Risks of Ibuprofen Use in Athletics

All athletes use NSAIDs when they are injured. However, most rely on the use of NSAIDs to allow them to continue to train in spite of being injured as well. In surveys, up to 70 percent of athletes report the use of NSAIDs as a preemptive measure for pain or soreness during competition. But a valuable new study … Continue reading Risks of Ibuprofen Use in Athletics

Optimizing Digestion for Health and Gains

Let’s face it: Digestion is hardly a sexy subject. Every time you walk into a gym locker room, you will definitely come across a bunch of dudes engaged in conversation: "Bro! You gotta slam in 80g of hydrowhey and 100g of waxy maize as soon as you finish your last rep or you will loose … Continue reading Optimizing Digestion for Health and Gains

Starting Smart – A Beginner’s Guide – Part II

Let's assume that you have been training for a few months. You've gained some muscle and lost some body fat rapidly. Great! But you are not making any more progress. So what next?  This is where most people lose their way. They seek a new "magic" program or training advice on the internet and magazines, only to … Continue reading Starting Smart – A Beginner’s Guide – Part II

Team Ironmonger’s Recommended Supplement List

Team Ironmonger's Recommended Supplement List   Protein Powders: While your protein requirement of the day can be fulfilled with whole food alone, protein powders can provide convenience and flexibility for people having problems meeting their protein needs. They can be especially valuable when people travel and may have their normal eating patterns disrupted. So this one … Continue reading Team Ironmonger’s Recommended Supplement List

Dealing with Post-Workout Soreness (DOMS)

Do you get really sore from training? Do you use post-workout soreness as a gauge of your progress? Many people who have become involved in the recent extreme fitness movement’s popularity have grown accustomed to being sore all the time. The workouts are often done in a random fashion, which prevents the adaptation that would be … Continue reading Dealing with Post-Workout Soreness (DOMS)

Exercises in Futility Part 2: Muscle Confusion

Every time you open a fitness magazine or watch a video on YouTube targeted at impressionable beginners, you will inevitably hear about the concept of "Muscle Confusion" which they claim is the selling point of their fitness program or routine. It seems like this confusion is the state of mind of most gym-rats today and has become … Continue reading Exercises in Futility Part 2: Muscle Confusion

Starting Smart – A Beginner’s Guide

The next time you are in a checkout line of a 7-Eleven, count the number of contradictory claims being made on different magazines. Magazine A claims that they have the secret to six packs in 6 weeks, Magazine B claims it has the secret exercise for bigger arms, Magazine C has another secret for weight loss, … Continue reading Starting Smart – A Beginner’s Guide