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Get Behind Bars

It’s no secret that weight training builds muscle, but is there a method of weight training that is truly more effective? Many programs are designed to use machines, free weights and compound movements. An example of a compound movement is a squat because it encompasses multiple joints and acts as a power movement. Which form of training is the most …

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Filling Up On Fiber

We all strive to eat well, but, according to a 2012 study, nearly 97% of Americans don’t consume nearly enough fiber. Eating the proper amount of fiber per day has a magnitude of health benefits. The human body is unable to break down cellulose, a large component of many plants, thus, dietary fiber remains relatively intact as it passes through …

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BCAAs for Recovery

Branched-chain amino acids, or BCAAs, have always been thought of as a failed performance enhancer for athletes. While the research has supported the claim that BCAAs do not inherently increase performance ability, they have taken on a more important role as a recovery aid. Amino acids are the building blocks of protein chains. BCAAs refer to three of the 20 …

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Foam Rolling for ROM

Foam rolling is a form of self-myofascial release (SMR) that is frequently used in both warm-up and recovery settings. SMR can be used to aid in the recovery of muscles that are prone to being restricted; restriction can stem from overuse, trauma, and inactivity, primarily in the fascia. The fascia surrounds a given muscle, protecting and stabilizing it. When the …

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