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Leucine – A protein that athletes rightly turn their nose up at – because it doesn’t provide the optimal amino acids for muscle building – becomes a lot more interesting if you add leucine to it. Nutritionists at the University of Illinois wrote in Nutrition & Metabolism about the animal study they performed in which wheat protein became as anabolic as whey after leucine was added to it.

Leucine is an interesting amino acid. Muscle cells ‘see’ leucine and, depending on the concentration of leucine they ‘see’, they decide how hard their anabolic machinery needs to work. As a result the anabolic stimulus of a meal increases if you ingest a couple of grams of leucine with it. Studies have estimated that the growth stimulus increases by 16 percent.
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by Jonathan Benson

With so much misinformation out there about food and how it affects human health, making healthy food choices for you and your family can be difficult and confusing. There are a number of specific foods; however, that you will want to avoid in almost every circumstance because they provide virtually no health benefits while posing plenty of health risks. Here are nine foods you should never eat again if you care about preserving your long-term health:
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by Tom Venuto

A recent study from Duke University comparing aerobic versus weight training to see which is better for fat loss was one of the most publicized studies of the year (my in-box was bursting with emails from Burn the Fat readers sending me links and asking me, “What do you think of this Tom? I think the researchers missed the mark when they concluded that “Aerobic exercise is better than resistance training for weight and fat loss” … Read on to find out why and see what the top trainers, best bodybuilders and hottest fitness models in the world really say is the best way to burn fat the fastest…
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by Mike Arnold

Boldenone, particularly Boldenone Undecyclenate, is a drug which has procured devoted advocates on both sides of the fence. Opinions run strong regarding the effectiveness of this steroid, with the unimpressed often chastising it as worthless and its ardent supporters touting it as indispensible. Perhaps more than any other steroid, there is a clear rift between acceptance and rejection and while variances in personal response combined with its slow-acting nature no doubt play a role in this divide, I am convinced that the primary reason for such conflicting views is due to suboptimal dosing practices among many of its users.
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by Monica Mollica

The mere word cholesterol gives many goose bumps. We have been indoctrinated since the well-known Framingham Studies that the higher the blood cholesterol level, the higher the risk of heart disease 1-3. However, much has been discovered in medical research since then. Today there is compelling evidence showing that strict reliance on the traditional cholesterol test that is routinely run in the clinic can falsely tell you and your doctor that you’re fine, even if you aren’t. Here you will find out what to look for…
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by Mike Arnold

Nandrolone Decanoate, affectionately known as “Deca” in the bodybuilding community, is one of the most popular steroids ever produced. For decades this drug enjoyed considerable success on the blackmarket and within the pharmaceutical industry, being used for both muscle-building and various clinical applications. Only in recent years has the phenylpropionate ester of Nandrolone (NPP for short) started to take up residence in the cycles of bodybuilder’s and at this point in time, a case can be made that NPP has surpassed Deca in popularity. While both compounds utilize the same base drug in their design, there are distinct advantages afforded to NPP over the more traditional Deca, but before we explore these differences let’s take a minute to discuss their similarities and history.
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by Craig Titus
Craig Titus

This column does not represent the opinions or views of IronMagazine, it’s advertisers or affiliates. Craig’s column is unedited and for entertainment purposes only, read at your own risk.

The Notion of professional Bodybuilding would ever be accepted as an Olympic event… Seriously?

That some day IFBB Pros would some how be competing in the Olympics…seriously? The IOC (International Olympic Committee) would suddenly have a total disregard for the law…Seriously? Are you kidding me?

Let me point out a few things about professional bodybuilding and the fitness industry in general. If you’re an IFBB professional Bodybuilder, you are immersed in and surrounded by illegal activity, period! You see, using anabolic steroids, HGH, EPO and Plasma expanders without a prescription is a felony. If you purchase, trade, transport or sell anabolic steroids, HGH, EPO, and plasma expanders, you’re breaking the law all felonies.
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by Kelly Baggett

Over the years I’ve done quite a bit of research on metabolic typing and I’d like to talk a little bit about this concept. Metabolic typing is the term for a form of nutritional management and diet based upon the concept that people have unique metabolisms, and therefore the nutrients and their balance which are appropriate for one person may be inappropriate for a second, and detrimental for a third.

A principle of metabolic typing is that different populations of people and their respective genetic pools have developed over time, different types of metabolism. For example, some people oxidize carbohydrates quickly and others oxidize them slowly. Some people have a sympathetic nervous system which is more (or less) reactive than their parasympathetic system, and so on. Because of this, different nutrients, eating patterns, and supplementary trace elements will often have different effects for different people.
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Ronnie Coleman
by Gavin Kane

Alright, by now I assume you have read parts 1 and 2 and understand and have applied the principles listed. If not, stop reading this now and go back to the first two articles or this one won’t help you. This is not a crash course on cycling steroids; this is how to use steroids in conjunction with my first two articles that establish proper eating and training. Most of you will not need to add a cycle off season if you follow my principles in the first two articles closely. But since it is my job to fully educate you, and I am not naïve, I know this is the article you have been waiting for most of all.
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by Tom Venuto

I like to come back from my business trips, vacations and holiday breaks in better shape than when I left: More muscle, less fat, better condition, feeling great. You may be thinking, “Impossible! You can’t even maintain, let alone improve, when you have to deal with airports, airline food, business meetings, all-day seminars, hotels, mini-bars, room service food on speed-dial, restaurants and all that travel stress.” Good news: Yes you can! In fact, while most people slip back or maintain at best, I’ve discovered a way to accelerate my progress when I travel… I got the idea from pro bodybuilders, and it’s actually quite exhilarating to take this challenge and achieve it…
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by Mike Arnold

It is doubtful that any other performance enhancing drug has been surrounded by as much admiration, mystique, and confusion as growth hormone. Its extravagant cost coupled with its unique cosmetic and internal effects have made it one of the most sought after drugs in all of bodybuilding…not to mention one of the most faked. Among the less informed, it has often been viewed as some type of magical elixir capable of completely transforming one’s physique within a matter of months. It is not uncommon to hear comments such as “you can eat as much as you want when using GH and not get fat”…or “GH is the reason BB’rs weigh 50 pounds more today than they did in the 80’s” (of course, all other relevant factor are discounted)…or “you can never go pro without using 15-20 IU of GH”, etc. Among the initiated, a more balanced view is typically present. In truth, GH is in many ways irreplaceable.
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by Mike Arnold

The large majority of my previous articles have focused on the needs of the steroid using BB’r and his/her unique goals, but there are plenty of other steroid using athletes out there whose goals do not reflect those of the typical BB’r. One frequently asked question that routinely applies to this demographic is “What drugs can I use to help increase my strength without adding bodyweight?” You might be expecting me to write out the perfect steroid cycle for accomplishing this objective, but it is a bit more complicated than that. You see, just as steroids are diverse in their effects on the body, so to does personal response to these drugs vary considerably. Just because one steroid might work great for one individual does not mean the next guy will encounter the same degree of success.
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