Banned Stimulants for Drug-Tested Athletes Part 1

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As a drug-tested athlete, it is your responsibility to make sure you are not taking prohibited/banned substances. Many popular pre-workout supplements contain ingredients, specifically stimulants, that are prohibited in drug-tested sports. Therefore, you must educate yourself on which ingredients you can and cannot take. In this article, we are going to go over a group of compounds referred to as aliphatic alkylamines with stimulant properties.
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Citrulline Malate Supplementation and Weight Training Performance

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Citruline Malate is known for its ability to increase blood flow and the pump experienced during weight training. But does Citrulline Malate do anything beyond making you look and feel swole? Can supplementing with Citrulline Malate increase muscle hypertrophy and performance? In this article, we will look at three studies that examined the effects of Citrulline Malate supplementation on weight training performance.
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Research Review: How Long Should I Rest Between Sets?

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How long should I rest between sets? 

It has long been believed that the metabolic demands of shorter rest periods produced greater gains in muscular hypertrophy than longer rest periods. The general rest period recommendation for bodybuilders looking to optimize hypertrophy training is 1 minute or less. Brad Schoenfeld and his team put this “established” rest period recommendation to the test.

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Exercise Selection: Powerlifting vs. Bodybuilding

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In the PR-BREAKER Training Principles article, I highlighted that strength is specific to the exercise performed while hypertrophy is not; hypertrophy can be stimulated by any exercise. I received quite a few emails on this topic, specifically emails asking if certain exercises have to be performed to maximize muscle growth. Because there has been a lot of interest on this topic, I decided to write an article discussing exercise selection based on one’s goals as a powerlifter (strength-focus) or a bodybuilder (hypertrophy-focus).
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L-Tyrosine vs. N-Acetyl Tyrosine: Are Companies Using the Inferior Form?

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A current trend in supplement formulation is to use N-acetyl tyrosine (NAT) instead of L-tyrosine because NAT is more soluble and mixes much better in water than L-tyrosine. NAT’s increased solubility should in theory make it more bioavailability than L-tyrosine. But is this true? Is NAT superior to L-Tyrosine? Let’s dive into scientific literature to find out!        
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