Bring it on, winter!
It starts with a tickle at the back of your throat and before you know it you’re dragging yourself through your day, coughing, spluttering and honking into a handkerchief.
Your work colleagues try to shield themselves from your germs, your partner is sympathetic, but let’s face it, you’re disgusting to be around.
A cold is a virus and on average we’ll each catch around 200 in a lifetime, adding up to around five years of wheezing and sneezing. There’s never a good time to catch a dose of man flu – or if you’re a woman, a common cold. If you train, or work out, it’s vital to build a healthy immune system, especially during the winter months. Here’s how.
“I want to suck your blood…”
Need a pick me up after all that hard training? How about human blood? Halloween is only a few days away, so let’s find out about this new spooky supplement.
True, blood is an unusual supplement and one that’s usually thought of in relation to tales of sharp fanged predators of the evil undead variety. But now scientists have discovered that Dracula might have been on to something when he sucked the lifeblood from the necks of young women.
Why? It turns out human blood is actually rather good for you…
Tips for staying ripped inside
You might think you’ll never need to workout in jail, but who knows what the future holds, right? Seriously, we know there are times when you just won’t be able to get to the gym, but that doesn’t mean you have to let all your hard work go to waste.
We also know that we live in frugal times, but just because your gym membership falls victim to personal budget cuts doesn’t mean you can afford to let your fitness suffer.
With all this in mind – we’ve decided to take a look prison workout regimes – because they’re free, even for those who aren’t free.
It’s chocolate week, the UK’s biggest chocolate celebration, culminating in the nation’s biggest chocolate orgy: the Chocolate Show at Olympia in London from October 17th to 19th.
That’s why we thought we’d tempt you with some of the most jaw dropping, eye-wateringly deliciously tempting chocolate treats we could devise.
But before you start shopping for a bigger jeans size, don’t worry, taken in moderation you’ll be fine. After all, we all deserve a treat sometimes. And because all our creations involve a healthy heap of chocolate flavoured protein, you’ll still be fuelling your muscles!
British adults now spend an average of nearly nine hours each day sitting down. And it’s ruining our health. Scientific evidence suggests too much time spent sitting can shave years off your life.
Too much sitting, it seems, is the new smoking and it substantially increases your long term, risk of contracting any of a host of serious diseases. We’re talking about a list of ailments including but not limited to: heart disease, cancer, high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity, back and neck problems, osteoporosis, and even depression and dementia.
And the bad news is that even if, like many of our readers, you work out and lead an otherwise active lifestyle, too much time spent on your behind is still bad for you. So what can we do about it?
Find out what they are…
Any bodybuilder worth their salt knows there’s no shortcut to getting the body they want. Sweat and hard graft are what achieves results.
But never underestimate the role that great nutrition plays. And supplementation is an increasingly indispensable part of the process of building the perfect physique.
But are you making the most of the vast array of nutritional supplements out there? Here are five supplements less well known for their use to the bodybuilding fraternity – from selenium to kre alkalyn, you’ll be surprised how effective they can be.
Who will win?
Scotland is in the grip of referendum fever, the rest of the UK waits with baited breath to see which way the vote will go.
Will the Scots opt to split the union on September 18th or will they choose to give brand UK a resounding vote of confidence by saying no to independence?
Whichever way our friends north of the border choose to use their vote, we thought it would be interesting to see how Scotland measures up to the rest of the country in the strength stakes. Yes, it’s Scotland v the rest in our very own combat and power sports smack down! Here we take a look at the very best wrestlers, bodybuilders and strongmen from both sides of the border.
ONE MORE REP!
Are you struggling to motivate yourself to get down to the gym? No matter how dedicated you are, everyone has their ups and downs.
But how do you break through the inertia when you’re tired, short of time or under pressure from work, family commitments or both? And what about the dreaded plateau? If you’re having a tough time, or even if you’re not – this is for you…
A little inspiration courtesy of our top six film workouts. Sit back, relax and enjoy, then go to it!
What will you choose?
Are you a morning person? If you are – you need to make sure your breakfast is built to power you through your early morning workout regime. If you’re not – hey – you need some good fuel in the tank just to drag yourself to work!
Either way, breakfast is a key meal. That’s because when you wake up after a fast of 10 or 12 hours, you need to replace the energy – and fluids – lost during sleep, and provide the juice for the busy day ahead.
You need complex carbs, protein, some of your five a day, and some fat. And that’s before we even get to the coffee. The ultimate breakfast is the holy grail of bodybuilders – here are a few suggestions to whet your appetite!
Is ‘clean’ eating all it’s cracked up to be?
There’s a new eating disorder sweeping the columns of tabloids, healthy living forums and yes, even the message boards of bodybuilding websites.
At one end of the spectrum, comfort eating and food binges can cause weight gain and all the emotional and psychological issues that go with it. At the other end of the scales, there’s anorexia, a horrible disease that sees sufferers starve themselves, sometimes to death.
But now it seems too much emphasis on ‘clean food’ can cause problems too…