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Q&A – Is it okay to feel physically sick (not ill) after the workout from the effort sometimes?

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Yes, it is okay. That feeling comes from an increased lactate level in the blood stream.When you work out hard and heavy, you go into glycolysis, producing energy from glucose directly without using oxygen. That results in an accumulation of the final product called pyruvate which is readily transformed into lactate. That lactate then, in […]

Q&A – odd cramps after elliptical

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Hey Doc. Question for you. I returned to leg training with a vengeance in November and December, working squats, dead lifts, lunges that had fallen off my routine. Now my quads are kinda tender to pressure, as in when I do back extensions. After I put 20 minutes in on the elliptical, I’ll squat down […]

Flu or cold – should I work out?

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Soon temperatures will drop and flu and cold will be around. Should I go workout when I feel sick? It depends on the strength of the disease. A cold or some sore throat is usually not a reason to stay home, a flu is. If you have only a cold or a light cough, the […]

Snacks while being away

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How can I maintain my diet while I am traveling? I don’t want it to be too difficult, as traveling as such is already too time consuming… It’s not easy to maintain a reasonable diet when you’re travelling. So quick snacks come in handy: Cottage cheese. A good low carb variant of protein source. Add […]

Ephedra for workouts

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A friend of mine uses ephedrin for boosting his workouts. Is it any good? No. Ephedrin mimics the effects of adrenaline in your body but on a longer time frame and less pronounced. Scientific research has not found any benefit for workout in terms of higher weights, nor better workouts, although the participants said that […]

A cold or a flu – should I work out?

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I felt sick yesterday and stayed in. Today a felt a bit better and thought I hit the gym, to boost my immune system. Good idea? No. When you are sick, the immune system relies heavily on the amino acid flow from your muscles and triggers through cytokines some catabolic processes. Those can NOT be […]

Whey with growth factors – a doping risk?

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I read on the label of my whey, that there are growth factors in the mixture. Do I have to be afraid to show up in a doping test? No. If the product was produced according to the GMP (good manufactuing practice), it is very unlikely to contain any doping listed substances. The label may […]

Fatty liver from low-carb food?

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I switched recently to low-carb food and some colleagues told me that I will get a fatty liver. Is that true? No. It is not. The causesof nonalcoholic fatty liver has not been fully researched. The most widely supported theory implicates insulin resistance as the key mechanism leading to hepatic fat accumulation (steatosis), and perhaps […]