Some of the most popular supplements today are the so called pre-workout nitric oxide (NO) boosters 1, 2. These contain a panoply of ingredients, but the main one is arginine. The rationale goes that arginine is a nitric oxide (NO) precursor and NO is a potent vasodilator 3, 4, which in turn supposedly will boost blood flow to exercising muscles, performance and recovery. And while arginine supplementation is beneficial for various clinical populations (see below), studies in healthy adults have not unequivocally supported the marketing hype surrounding arginine supplementation and nitric oxide boosters 1, 5, 6. Why? Let’s take a look under the hood…
It is dangerous to be right when the government is wrong. - Voltaire
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For reasons that are not readily apparent, there appears to be a conservative political movement that opposes the use of testosterone in older men. This was clearly demonstrated by the report of the Institute of Medicine, which felt that testosterone is not yet ready for prime time and that there is still a need for studies to prove its efficacy 1. Along the same lines, the guidelines of the Endocrine Society on testosterone use in older men seem to be ultra-cautious 2 . But fortunately, there are also other, more liberal guidelines and recommendations 3-5.
Probably no other medical issue has been bombarded by the influx of “expert” views from all walks of life; from endocrinologists and psychiatrists to urological surgeons and gerontologists, from the lay press to the regulatory agencies and from the pharmaceutical to the entertainment industries. The dismal result of all this free-for all cacophony of opinions is a great deal of confusion, erroneous information and significant detriment to patients and physicians alike.
Let’s take an in-depth look at the reasons for the negative attitudes to male testosterone replacement therapy (I will cover post-menopausal testosterone replacement in an upcoming article), and the hard scientific data that refutes it…
Fundamentally, there are two ways you can approach physical activity. You can “exercise,” which is the term normally used when your goal is oriented toward improving your appearance. “Exercisers” tend to view the terrain through the prism of energy balance: if the exerciser wants to be leaner, she’ll restrict calories and increase energy expenditure, with the goal of a net calorie deficit.
Consumption of red meat has been associated with fat gain (and weight gain) because of its high energy and fat content. Even though the role of fat intake as a causative factor for obesity recently has been seriously questioned, and rightly so, red meat still is a food that’s on the forbidden or avoid list of most diet plans. And while there are studies showing an association between meat intake and obesity [1-3], there are also studies not showing this [3-5]. And when digging deeper in the data, many of the studies that have reported a significant association with meat intake and fat gain / obesity have several flaws that invalidate their conclusions….
The Gauntlet claims two new victims!
Latest victims of the BrinkZone Gauntlet, competitive bodybuilder Janet Esterkes and figure competitor Andrea Kalligheri, which shows what a whole body functional killer calorie “burning” workout looks like! The BrinkZone Gauntlet: For GPP, conditioning, endurance, metabolic work, and functional strength, it’s efficient and hard work…
In a previous article I reported the controversial results of a study that compared the muscle (myofibrillar) protein synthetic response of a traditional “bodybuilding” high-load low rep workout (90FAIL) to a higher rep low load workout (30FAIL), both taken to failure 1. If you haven’t read that article, here’s a lowdown:
The workout with higher rep lower load sets (30FAIL) was equally effective in stimulating muscle (myofibrillar) protein synthesis as a workout with low rep high load sets (90FAIL) 1. But more notably, the high-rep low load workout (30FAIL) resulted in a more prolonged muscle protein synthetic response and a greater elevation of muscle protein synthesis rates than the low rep high load workout (90FAIL) 24h after exercise, and also induced a greater stimulation of anabolic signalling pathways 1.
However, this study was an acute study with measurements taken for only 24 hours after one single workout bout. This doesn’t tell us whether higher rep sets would lead to long term increases in muscle mass, which is what we are ultimately interested in. Well, the same research group just published an actual 10 week training study 2 to find the answer to this nerve-itching question….
1:1 Consults With Will Brink
After an extensive hiatus from doing 1:1 consulting/training work, I’m going to be offering 1:1 Skype -or phone consults – on a limited schedule. I get a lot of requests for it, and do them sporadically for a few people ‘ (mostly medical professionals and those in the law enforcement and military community), but it’s been limited.
Due to regular requests for the service, I’m opening a few days per week to 1:1 consults where topics such as supplements, nutrition, training, and other topics related to athletes and health conscious people alike, can be covered.
I think those who have read my various articles, watched my vids, and specifically those who have read/followed one of my programs such as BBR or FLR would benefit most from some direct 1:1 counseling, but some may have a specific topic to cover not found in those programs/books.
Sessions would be in one hour blocks, and discounts for multi block purchase, LE/mil, etc exist. If interested in 1:1 consulting, inquire by using “contact me” option on the upper right hand corner of this page or email Will (AT) BrinkZone.com with subject heading “1:1 consults inquiry” and I’ll send a current costs sheet and then a time for a consult can be set up.
No, I’m not inexpensive (think what you would pay a good doctor or lawyer for his expertise per hour…) but if people want a “cheap” consult with a trainer, etc, they may want to approach one at their gym or ask around for a referral. Also, getting either Body Building Revealed or Fat Loss Revealed, or The Sports Supplement Bible, is a highly cost effective way to get started on those topics and will save you years of wasted time and money!
Not that I want to talk people out of getting a 1:1 consult, I just want it to be worth their money and my effort so they receive the most value for their money. Here’s what IFBB pro Milos Sarcev – nicknamed “The Mind” for his high level of knowledge on all things training & nutrition – was nice enough to write regarding yours truly:
“I first met Will many years ago in Niagara Falls. We started talking about exercise physiology and performance nutrition. After about an hour of his monolog I knew that instead of purchasing every bodybuilding piece of research in the world all I needed to remember was his phone number, Will is the most honest and down to earth guru’s in the industry, I trust him implicitly, the changes I was able to make to my physique with his advice are simply amazing.” – Milos Sarcev
More quotes from pro athletes, medical professionals, and others HERE if interested.
To inquire about 1:1 consults: Contact Will
Risk factors and chronic diseases often get more attention among the middle-age and elderly population. And rightly so, since that’s when the manifestations of chronic diseases start to show up, and when people get reminded about their chronological age. An integral component of successful aging (also known as healthy aging) is the freedom of physical disabilities and debilitating chronic diseases 1-3. While it is true that it is never too late to become health conscious and reap the benefits of a healthy lifestyle 4,5, the fact remains that the sooner we start the better off we will be as we get older. If you are in your 20s or 30s, or have kids, read on…
Why people have NO EXCUSES not to exercise. I cover – and counter – some common excuses used not to workout like: “I don’t have the money for a gym membership” “I have to get the right equipment before I start” and other classics that are not valid excuses!!! Yes, there are valid reasons why one can’t always exercise (illness, injury, etc.) but most of them I hear, are not valid reasons.
This vid sets the record straight on what can be done regardless of your situation! I’m not trying to be harsh or mean, and I know it can be difficult, but some straight talk is needed on the topic I feel.
In discussions about dieting, a topic that often comes up is that of “cheating”; is it good or bad to cheat once in a while during a diet?
In order to answer this questions appropriately, it is necessary to look at both the quantitative and qualitative aspects of dieting, and the physiological and psychological responses they each elicit.