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This Week We Hit A Milestone
This week at Boss Strength was a big week for us. At the beginning of the week, we actually hit our first milestone of reaching over 1000 unique viewers per week to the site. Best thing is, this was accomplished without the use of advertizing. Just plain ole' fashioned consistency. I also wanted to take this opportunity to thank you from the bottom of my heart if you happened to be one of those 1000 individuals. Truly, I am so grateful that you're interested in the information I'm providing.
It's all uphill from here.
The Holiday, Healthy Eating Guide Was Launched
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This week, I also launched the first, standalone E-Book to be offered at Boss Strength. Additionally, it's totally free (apart from entering your email address). The purpose of this guide was to provide normal people like you and I with some special ways to tackle your holiday season without just gaining weight and dealing with it. I'd rather be ahead of the curve and have a few techniques to avoid bingeing over the holiday season. I assure you there is no catch here, just some decent information that I thought might be helpful to many for eating around a holiday that is based on consuming large amounts of food (which isn't an issue, read to learn more). If you're interested in this kind of thing, just click the banner and enter your email address. It's that simple. (downloads available: .PDF &. EPUB).
We learned Low Blood Sugar Isn't Making You Hungry
The first article dealt with the idea that a drastic drop of blood sugar is cause for increased hunger. The theory goes like this: you're hungry, you eat a meal high in carbohydrate, you have a drastic rise and fall of blood glucose, and because of this drastic dip, you become hungry.
Well, these researchers debunked that idea, at least when glucose is intravenously injected (potentially much different from responses to real foods). I personally think this increase in hunger is due to a rapid expulsion of food from the stomach, but really, we don't know. If you're interested in learning about the research or more about my insights, click the image above.
We revisited Post Activation Potentiation
This week, I revisited our article on Post Activation Potentiation; an advanced technique that forces you to increase the weight you're lifting and then decrease, giving you the perception (or reality) of increased strength. Originally, when I wrote this article I felt it may be a bit too confusing. After rehashing this idea, I re-wrote much of the article to be a little bit more clear and concise.
If you want to set a new PR immediately and happen to be interested in the science behind motor neurons (really cool brain stuff) and muscle contraction, you really don't want to miss this one. In fact, it's easily in my top two favorite articles that I've ever written.
We learned about Protein Dosing
In our last research review, we tackled the idea of BOLUS doses of protein (1 large dose) compared to PULSE dosages and their effect on stimulating protein synthesis, the leading theory behind how a muscle grows. Interestingly, they tested the same amount of protein for each group. As it turns out, 1 dose of 25 grams of whey is far superior to 10, 2.5 gram doses, in terms of stimulating this muscle building process.
If you regularly sip on protein or aminos, you may want to consider re-thinking that position. Further, it's important to remember this was all done with Whey protein, a relatively fast digesting protein. It's possible this also sheds light on the idea that "real food" protein (chicken, steak, etc.) may not be optimal immediately post workout. But I'll let you make that decision for yourself.
This week, I decided to make the transition into some bodybuilding training. I'm in the works of building a training program for myself and I'm considering building an option into my website that will allow others to join in and compete with me. I think that might be cool.
Otherwise, I spent this week writing, recording videos, playing video games and watching some trailer park boys. Otherwise, it was a really productive week and I'm actually quite optimistic about what's to come.
What's To Come
To come this week, we'll be having an additional 3 articles, being released on Tuesday, Thursday, & Sunday so be on the lookout.
Additionally, I'll be beginning work on a new training program that will be focused on providing a complete beginners training program with the focus of improving physique, increasing muscle size & definition and of course, strength. This program will likely start off with a linear progression model and eventually move into DUP, with some advanced training techniques.
Additionally, I'm in the process of coming up with some other ideas, such as month to month group training, 1 time training programs based on duration and much more.
If you ever have questions or suggestions, and even article topics, please do let me know and I'll consider anything and everything.
Thanks for stopping by! I'll see you next week.