HMB: The Newest Muscle Builder?

Click Here to Jump to the Summary What is HMB? Beta-hydroxy-beta-methylbutyrate (HMB) is a metabolite of the amino acid Leucine. Your body produces HMB from dietary leucine and some studies have shown that HMB production is correlated with leucine intake (1). ¬†While you can get increased HMB through leucine supplementation, this is an inefficient process[…]

Fat and Carbohydrate Utilization During Exercise

Fat and Carbohydrate Utilization During Exercise How the body uses fat and carbohydrates during exercise is a hotly debated concept in the fitness industry right now and, frankly, this puzzles me. The research over the past 30 years has borne out exactly how our bodies use carbohydrates, proteins, and fat during different exercise intensities. The[…]

Pre-workout Supplements: Are They Effective?

  The supplement industry is saturated with pre-workout supplements: C4, No-Xplode, PreJYM. I would venture to guess its a 9 figure market. Interestingly, very few of these pre-workout supplements have been thoroughly investigated in the scientific literature. However, there have been investigations into some of the individual ingredients in these supplements. In this article we[…]

BCAAs: Hype Or Muscle Builder?

BCAAs:What are they? Branched chain amino acids (BCAAs) are essential amino acids (meaning our body does not create them) that contain an aliphatic (branched) side-chain. These amino acids are key players in the regulation of muscle mass and must be consumed through your diet. There are three BCAAs: valine, isoleucine, and leucine. One really interesting[…]