How helpful are BCAA/HMB/Creatine supplements for preserving muscle mass if you are running a caloric deficit?

BCAAs (particularly L-Leucine supplemented with Vitamin B6) and HMB become more efficacious (i.e. useful, practical and important) as anti-catabolic agents when in a situation of calorie deficit, a conclusion that has been supported in a number of relatively solid scientific investigations. My own opinion during 40 years of experience as a trainer and gym owner, as well as a competitive bodybuilder, also supports this claim. The further addition of creatine, especially in conjunction with a good resistance training scheme and not-too-much-cardiovascular and endurance training, will guard against the inevitable and real threat… Read More

Everyone keeps talking about either strength training or cardio for fat loss. What role does muscular endurance training (lighter weights, higher reps) have in fat loss mechanisms?

The answer has to do with mitochondria.

How do you stay accountable to yourself with exercise?

X+Y=Z

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Is one’s metabolism a factor in determining the rate at which results from weight lifting are experienced?

So, while you have to play the genetic hand of cards that you’ve been dealt, you always have some interesting options

I’m 60+. People my age are already checking into old age homes. Can I still be fit? How fit?

Nature wants to write you off. On the other hand, you may have alternate plans.

What exercise do you find most people do wrong at the gym?

Where to begin?

Blood Flow Restriction Training: When, Why, How?

Why not try something new that works?

Hiring a trainer is a lot of hassle and expensive. Why should I do it? Can’t I just read and do research on how to get fit?

Knowledge that you can’t apply or don’t know what to do with isn’t knowledge, it’s just for fun

Why do people invest so much time in steady state cardio, not high intensity training? They always complain the gym’s so boring, they don’t have time or they never improve.

Steady state is the low hanging fruit of the cardio world.