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BENCH MORE – Try This

“Researchers at Southwest Minnesota State University reported in the May 2009 issue of The Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research that using elastic bands in addition to the weight may increase your one-rep max for your bench press. Here’s how you can try it for yourself: Tie each end of an elastic band around a barbell (outside of where you’ll have your hands for the lift) and lie faceup on the bench, slipping the band under your back, underneath your armpits. Lift the bar from the supports and perform the list as usual, being sure that you have a spotter throughout.

Source- The Body Shoppe: Training. Muscle and Performance Mag, December 2009.

Chew Gum, Get Smart

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“News Flash: Chewing sugar-free gum enhances standardized math test scores, at least in eighth graders. Although researchers from Baylor College of Medicine aren’t sure why, they theorized that chewing gum increases blood flow to the brain, and as a result reduces stress and improves alertness. So chew on my friends. Sugar-free gum can promote dental health (less plaque buildup), helps stem dragon breath, and may even make you smarter.”

Source: Muscle and Body Magazine – Muscle Talk News & Research;

Go Green, Go Lean

“A more fit humanity just may save us all.
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– We may have stumbled upon the ideal renewable energy source: you. While enormous investments by the U.S. government and private gazillionaires are planting wind farms and funding other climate saving projects, the rest of us can do our part just by getting in the gym and buffing up. Researchers out of London claim that obesity is creating tons of extra greenhouse gases due to the demand of creating all the extra food that fatties are shoving down their throats. Scientists calculate that the lean population of a billion people would create 1,000 million tons less carbon dioxide than a billion obese folks. Yeah, that’s alot! In other words, your body’s either an Escalade or a Prius. So streamline your chassis, and you just may save the planet.”

*Research from: Muscle and Body Magazine – muscle talk news