“Here’s a simple biology lesson: The more muscle you build, the easier it is to lose bodyfat. After all, muscle is a highly metabolic tissue that requires a lot of fuel to maintain. The more fuel (calories) you burn, the less bodyfat you’ll have. New research shows just how muscle influences fat-burning. Researchers from the University of Hawaii (Honolulu) genetically built overly muscled mice and found that their fat cells produced higher amounts of mRNA proteins – signaling agents the genes use to build specific proteins – associated with greater fat-burning. This supports what we’ve said for years, but now we better understand how having more muscle directly influences fat cells to stay small.”

Source: Muscle and Fitness, the EDGE. p. 42

“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.