Is The Best Protein Shake No Protein Shake?

Is The Best Protein Shake No Protein Shake?

Nutrition
With all of the different options on the market these days, how do you decide what the best protein shake really is. You see a ton of companies like Optimum Nutrition and MusclePharm pushing their products in your face everywhere you go...I can't even walk into my local gyms anymore without seeing a 20ft long rack of protein powders lining the walls. Here's the problem with this... you are likely NOT protein deficient. When you are not protein deficient all you are doing is causing your kidneys to work harder to digest something that you really didn't need in the first place. Remember that article where I talked about how I was on the brink of kidney failure? Well I'm attributing part of that to the two or three protein…
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Effects of Hydration on Sports Performance

Effects of Hydration on Sports Performance

Nutrition
So I know that many of you are athletes, and you probably are concerned all the time about dehydration and understand the causes and effects of dehydration. Well, I want to tell you about the opposite end of the spectrum. I'm going to explain to you my personal experience with the effects of hydration on sports performance, and not just hydration, I mean over-hydration. MYTH: "There's No Such Thing As Too Much Water" This is very, very wrong. I am going to go back to a point in my life where I was in top physical condition for swimming. I was competing at the highest level of master's swimming and held the title as one of the top breast strokers for my age group in California. This was the peak…
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Working Out and Alcohol: What Almost Killed Me

Working Out and Alcohol: What Almost Killed Me

Fitness
Alright so I maybe was a little dramatic at the "What Almost Killed Me" part of this post, but I definitely did some irreversible damage to my body that you should be aware of. Often times we push ourselves to our limits when pursuing fit lifestyles, I have noticed this in myself when I can't walk after leg day, or two days after some heavy deadlifts I can't get out of bed. Usually these are due to some underlying injuries, but is there a such thing as overworking yourself? My Recent Disaster So recently I was having some serious troubles internally, or at least I thought so. These issues occurred right after a night of drinking and although I drank a decent amount, I never really got to the point…
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Should I Buy a NutriBullet?

Should I Buy a NutriBullet?

Nutrition
Quite often we find ourselves in a tough position when trying to focus on nutrition. Why is it so hard to eat healthy? One thing I've realized is that time is probably the largest thing I'm lacking when it comes to my diet and overall health. With our extremely busy day to day lives and little time for relaxation, especially when pursuing a healthy lifestyle, you just can't fit in the time to have your daily servings of fruit, daily servings of vegetables, and everything else in six separate meals. In addition, eating a bunch of different vegetables separately is really quite the task. In addition to not tasting all that great back to back, it takes so much time to eat a banana, and then right after that drink…
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The Best All-Around Gym Shoe for Men

The Best All-Around Gym Shoe for Men

Gear
Background: I have gone through a ton of gym shoes in my time. So many in fact that I can't count them on two hands. Usually the rate of gym shoe turnover is pretty high, and this is because most people are EXTREMELY hard on their gym shoes, as you should be! Recently I took it upon myself to try out a few different types of shoes in the gym to see what really grabbed my attention and felt the most comfortable, but also contributed to maximum performance in the weight room. There's an advantage to having the best gear, no it's not to look the best, I am really passionate about the gym not being a fashion show, but having the right workout equipment is important because it can…
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