MIND & BODY: Mental Edge

While bodybuilding equipment, training, and nutrition have kept pace with the high-tech times we live in, the mental approach to the sport has stayed relatively unchanged since World War II. Yet more attention has been given to psychological processes involved in the sport since that time. And with the fall of the Iron Curtain, the…

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Separating Fact from Fiction: Amino Acids

Free-Form Amino Acids vs. Di- & Tripeptides Some research suggests that purified di- and tripeptide fragments are absorbed more quickly than free-form (single, unlinked) amino acids. Though di- and tripeptides are simply two and three amino-acid molecules bound together, respectively, they’re extremely expensive and not readily available to consumers. Yet pure free-form amino acids are…

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5 Reasons to Try Swimming

During a recent whitewater rafting trip, I slipped over the edge of my group’s raft and tumbled down a small rapid―not uncommon, but still a bit frightening. Luckily, the water just past the rapid was calm, and my P.F.D. held me afloat until my guide could reach me. Before whitewater trips, guides instruct rafters not to swim…

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