Thursday, July 29, 2010

Forget Your Routine?

Having trouble remembering your routine? For bodybuilders, the mind-muscle connection is everything: Within the mind-muscle connection we live, breathe and create muscle. Without this connection – without the brain mentally connecting to your muscles in real time – muscle contractions can feel mechanical and disconnected, and injury can result. The mind-muscle connection is a function of brain activity and central nervous system efficiency.

A new study has revealed that memory function and overall thinking abilities are greatly affected by diet. Scientists at Columbia University Medical Center in New York examined the dietary intakes of 2,148 persons for a total of four years.

After four years of follow-up and dietary analysis, they determined that subjects consuming saturated fatty acids, monounsaturated fatty acids, omega-3 fatty acids, omega-6 fatty acids, vitamin E, vitamin B12 and folate in high amounts dramatically reduced their risk of memory and thinking problems.

So here’s your FUSION FACTOID: Your brain is the most important muscle in your body. Without your brain, there is no mind, and no mind-muscle connection. Poor thinking and poor memory are symptomatic of a poorly functioning brain. So, feed your brain well – eat plenty of nuts and seeds, fish, poultry, and fruits and vegetables. As a bodybuilder, you should be making these staples in your diet already. If they aren’t, get to work! Treat your brain right, and it will help you remember your routine and grow plenty of muscle for years to come.

Source: Gu Y, Nieves JW, Stern Y, Luchsinger JA, Scarmeas N. Food combination and Alzheimer disease risk: A protective diet. Arch Neurol. 2010 Apr 12. [Epub ahead of print].

Wednesday, July 21, 2010


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Darnell Collins: Road to the Nationals Vlog - 4 Weeks Out

Thursday, July 15, 2010

More OMEGA-3’s Please!

If you’re a serious bodybuilder, you’d better be taking an omega-3 fatty acid supplement. And if you aren’t, you need to ask yourself “why not?” A ton of studies have been done on omega-3 fatty acids, almost all of which have shown tremendous benefits, including better cell health, higher testosterone levels and lower levels of inflammation. Now a new study has discovered the actual mechanisms by which omega-3 fatty acids exert their effects.

Scientists at the University of Pittsburgh looked at the effects of omega-3 supplementation on inflamed body tissues. They discovered several specialized types of previously unknown inflammation mediators and modified these to interact with proteins. They found that omega-3 fatty acids work by the same mechanism as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen without the negative hormonal effects seen with ibuprofen use, such as estrogen increases.

The researchers concluded that evidence is increasing that omega-3 fatty acids are so powerful at reducing inflammation that they should be considered for treatment in inflammation-related diseases! For the first time, we have proof that omega-3 fatty acids reduce inflammation via the same mechanism as traditional pharmaceutical NSAIDs.

So here’s your FUSION FACTOID: If you aren’t using an omega-3 supplement, you should be. Omega-3 fatty acids not only strengthen your cells and support optimal testosterone production but also dramatically reduce inflammation via the same mechanism as NSAIDs. So, the next time you’re tired and sore after a hard training session, think twice about taking that ibuprofen – it’ll just crush your testosterone – and reach for the omega-3 fatty acids instead!

Source: Groeger AL, Cipollina C, Cole MP, et al. Cyclooxygenase-2 generates anti-inflammatory mediators from omega-3 fatty acids. Nature Chemical Biology.

Tuesday, July 06, 2010

Thursday, July 01, 2010



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Schwarzenegger the artist makes a pitch.

June 28, 2010 2:57 pm

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has been many things -- a bodybuilder, an actor, a politician. But now it can be revealed that Schwarzenegger, in his quiet moments, finds solace with a paintbrush in his hand.

It came to light Monday as Schwarzenegger joined First Lady Maria Shriver, Quincy Jones, T-Bone Burnett and others to launch the "Million Plates Campaign for the Arts" -- an effort to get California drivers to voluntarily pay higher vehicle registration fees to raise money for the arts.

"I paint. I draw," said Schwarzenegger, who said he makes Christmas and Mother's Day cards for his family. "I would rather write, but I can't write. I'm a bad writer, I can tell you. But I paint. That's how I express myself. I only am able to do that because when I grew up in Austria, we had twice a week arts classes."

Schwarzenegger said his appreciation for art led him to bodybuilding. "I took art so serious that I started sculpting my body and created a Mr. Universe body. Think about that. I learned about Michaelangelo and Leonardo Di Vinci and Rodin, and all those sculptors, and said 'Why don't I try to do this with dumbbells and barbells and sculpt my own body?' So that's also art."

To the governor's Twitter followers, of course, this is old news. Last year, Schwarzenegger posted a photo of this mixed-media masterpiece on his Twitter page.