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No, Creatine (Probably) Doesn’t Cause Hair Loss

There are many common concerns and myths about creatine, but none quite as popular as the idea that creatine will make you go bald. In this article, we’ll discuss where the idea came from, and why you probably don’t need to be concerned about creatine causing hair loss.

Beyond the Headlines: Aspartame and Cancer Risk

You’ve probably seen the headlines; the International Agency for Research on Cancer recently made waves by declaring aspartame a “possible carcinogen.” Let’s get to the bottom of what this really means.

Effective Strength Training for the Time-Poor

It is a given that at some stage in your training career, you will end up time-poor. This article covers strategies for continuing to progress, even when time is tight.

Don’t Close the Door on Creatine Yet

A recent meta-analysis suggested that creatine only has a “trivial-to-small” effect on muscle growth. However, that language might understate the actual impact of creatine.

Can You Avoid Plateaus by Manipulating Relative Training Intensity?

A recent six-month crossover study had subjects perform three months of low-load training and three months of moderate-load training, in a randomized order. The researchers found that lean mass gains were similar during the first and last three months of training, in contrast with other research. Read on to learn if you can truly avoid plateaus via wholesale shifts in relative training intensity every few months.

Attempt Selection in Powerlifting: An Interview With All-Time Great Coach Matt Gary

Selecting attempts at a powerlifting meet is more than just finding your 1RM for the day. Attempt selection is a meticulous and nuanced process that can differentiate between hitting your meet goals or falling short. In this interview by Eric Helms and Mike Zourdos, all-time great powerlifting coach Matt Gary provides insight into attempt selection from his 25+ years of coaching at the highest levels of the sport.

Increased Satellite Cell Number is Associated With Higher Responders to Resistance Training in Young, Untrained Women

The hypertrophic response to resistance training is highly variable between individuals, potentially due to the magnitude of the myofibrillar protein synthetic response, increase in ribosome content, and increase in satellite cell number. This is the first paper to examine these variables in relationship to hypertrophic outcomes in young, untrained women.

Crash Dieting is Still a Bad Idea

A recent study indicates that jumping right into a severe energy deficit was just as effective as a progressive stepwise energy deficit for body composition. So are they equivalent? Well, no. A larger net energy deficit should mean greater fat mass loss, but that’s not what happened.

Specificity: Conceptually Simple, but Deceptively Complex

Specificity is a given. All trainers learn the “SAID” principle and know that the body produces Specific Adaptations to Imposed Demands. So, if you want to get stronger, you lift heavy. Thus, in a simple, individual, closed-sport like powerlifting, it’s no surprise that highly specific training is commonly seen, and it undoubtedly works. However, in many cases specificity is misunderstood, misapplied, or overused.

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