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Know who you trust

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The internet provides a lot of information for those who seek it. The problem is always how to be sure if it is true or not. This problem is especially big when it comes to bodybuilding sources. Sometimes you get conflicting information, sometimes you get an “expert opinion” and sometimes you don’t get anything at […]

The muscle doesn’t have eyes

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A very intriguing study published by Angleri et al. proves a pretty important point. Muscles don’t “care” WHAT you do, as long the overall load remains the same. In the study they compared three different training protocols. “Traditional” sets with 12-15 reps, increasing pyramid sets, or drops sets. They made sure that the overall load […]

Lab values in bodybuilders

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Doctors love to do labs to check if everything is “in order”. Often, some values are increased in bodybuilders, and this is interpreted as hepatitis (inflammation of the liver) or even abuse of anabolic steroids. However, usually there is a easy plausible explanation for it. The hard workout increases the values itself quite a bit […]

Pro-hormones: Steroids in disguise

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I had a few questions lately about pro-hormones, and i need to point out some things here: Pro-hormones are steroids. They are not “more natural” or “less harmful” and as “powerful as the real suff”. They have the same suppressive effect on your own production of testosterone and your semen production, as the “real” anabolic […]

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 […]

Ever been treated badly by your doctor because you’ve been using AAS?

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A brief research report from Yu et al. looked into the question if health care providers have certain stigma towards patients with eating disorders or androgenic anabolic steroids (AAS) users. Interestingly they felt as follows: Results indicated that providers perceived the ED and AAS use patients less favorably than the cocaine user or healthy adult, […]

Whey or Aminos?

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A friend of mine recents boasted about his post-workout shake. A very elaborate mixture of glutamine, BCAAs and other ingredients. Now, I asked myself.. ist that clever? Whey is made up by of the following amino acids: 1/6th of whey protein is glutamine, 1/4 are BCAAs and 1/4 are other semi- or essential amino acids. 1/3 of […]

Globalisation of anti-doping: the reverse side of the medal

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Current anti-doping policy is essentially a costly, repressive, zero tolerance approach in elite sport, which seems only partly successful Clandestine non-medically supervised use of performance enhancing drugs in the general population is increasing, at a substantial cost to public health We need to question current anti-doping policy and to study alternatives, which should include harm-reduction […]

Viewpoint: Legalisation of performance-enhancing drugs – The Lancet

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The rules of sport define a level playing field on which athletes compete. Antidoping policies exist, in theory, to encourage fair play. However, we believe they are unfounded, dangerous, and excessively costly. Legalisation of the use of drugs in sport might even have some advantages. The boundary between the therapeutic and ergogenic—ie, performance enhancing—use of […]

Eggs and cholesterol

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In my diet, you put 6 whole eggs in the morning… Isn’t that bad for my cholesterol? No. I cite from the citation of Gray et al: This myth prevails despite strong evidence to show that the effects of cholesterol-rich foods on blood cholesterol are small and clinically insignificant. It also prevails in the face […]