Category: Muscle Gain

Is there a limit to how much protein the body can use in a single meal?

I’ve gone over this topic before in How Much Protein Can Your Body Digest at One Time?, but sometimes you just can’t say it better than someone else can. In this case, I cannot say it better than Alan Aragon, one of the leading experts in nutrition as it relates to fitness and exercise. Below is Alan’s…



Does Eating Healthy Promote Better Bodies?

image provided by mhaller1979   I have a problem when people tell me that they are going to reach their fitness/physique goals by “eating clean”. It’s not a problem because clean eating is inherently bad or wrong; in fact, I’m all for it. The problem arises when clean eating becomes an end in and of itself,…



What Protein Shakes Really Are and Do You Need to Buy Them?

Image provided by juanstermonster What are protein shakes?  There seems to be a lot of confusion among people on what exactly protein shakes are and what they do. Some people think that if you touch the stuff your muscles will grow twice their size, while others think that they are a complete waste of money.  What’s…



The Real Reason Why You Can’t Gain Weight

Image provided by Jo Christian Oterhals You hear it all the time: “I want to bulk up and gain some more muscle mass but I just can’t seem to gain any weight. I eat all the time but I never gain a pound. I think I’m just one of those people who will always be skinny…



The Surprising Truth About Pre- and Post-Workout Meals

Way too many people buy “gainer” shakes or some other type of post-workout meal replacement. If you do, stop. Go look at your gainer shake’s ingredients. What is it mostly made out of? Protein and carbs. What kind of carbs? Most of the time maltodextrin, which has similar properties as dextrose, the simple sugar. Now, I’m not…



How to Tone Your Body

This is a question that many women would like to know the answer to. Some guys also say that they want to tone their muscles, but the vast majority of the time it’s women who want to “get toned”. Can you “get toned”, though? Well, that depends on what you think toning actually means.  If…



What is the Best Bodybuilding Split?

Almost everyone uses some sort of lifting split when they go to the gym.  Although you don’t need to use any split at all, especially if you are a beginner (see Hypertrophy Specific Training), it is usually a good idea to do so if you are an intermediate or advanced lifter.  However, all splits are…



Awesome Lighter Weights Method: Myo-Reps

Alright, so as I already discussed in When to Lift With Lighter Weights, lifting heavy is still your best bet for continued progress over time, but incorporating lighter sets in towards the end of the workout might not be such a bad idea. This article is going to discuss a method that can be used when lifting…



Nothing Beats Hard Work, but Not All Hard Work

Every year there is more and more research that comes out to answer the ultimate question: How do we build more muscle and lose more fat?  Even though is seems like we are continually getting closer to the answer of this question, most of the time, the basics stick. To lose weight, have a negative…



When to Lift With Lighter Weights

Heavy weights, low reps, long rest breaks.  That’s how you get stronger, right?  In order to get stronger, you have to keep lifting heavier and heavier weights – at least that’s what all the strength coaches say. For the most part, I completely agree. You are not going to get anywhere unless, over time, you…