bodybuilding

Sleep Hack

By Gus Cooke / December 22, 2018 /

Living in the modern western world it is drilled into us to work more, do more, consume more and we sacrifice our poor sleep the most to gain more “time”. But as Dr. Matthew Walker suggest we will massively reduce our life expectancy, more likely to develop diabetes, cancer or alzheimers. So are we really…

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Podcast: Females on Steroids with Victoria Felkar

By Gus Cooke / August 23, 2018 /

In todays episode of the Muscle Nerd Podcast we have a special guest, Victoria Felkar. She is world leading researcher in womens’s health and female hormone manipulation within sport and medicine. She is a practitioner, consultant, author and educator. She has spoken all over the world including the great SWIS symposium in Canada. She has…

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The Bulk Life – Interview with Mitch

By Leoni Smith / June 25, 2018 /

I originally met Mitch McDonald when he came into Lifters League for a body composition scan. From here, a couple of scans and some general advice in between, Mitch decided to start coaching with me on the 2nd November 2018.

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Rhiannon Keith

By Gus Cooke / March 7, 2018 /

Became The Strongest Female in U75 Australia & IFBB Competitor

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3 Major Keys to Building Strength and Size

By Gus Cooke / December 11, 2017 /

On the surface, stimulating muscle growth is easy: just drink coffee, eat meat and lift heavy! Weight training will work as long as you’re progressively increasing the demand placed on the muscle over time (either by adding more weight, doing more reps at a given weight, doing more sets, etc.). But it’s still interesting to understand the…

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My Decision to Compete in Bodybuilding

By Leoni Smith / July 4, 2017 /

You read that right, I, Leoni Smith, have committed to competing in a bodybuilding competition. For those that know me well, would understand how much this is outside my realm of comfort. The competition itself will not be till february 2018, which ideally allows 6 months to prep. This will enable the methods utilised to reach 10%…

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Calorie Deficits Don’t Work

By Gus Cooke / February 16, 2017 /

  I’ve written before about why the fitness industry is wrong about fat loss. Let me explain to you what most don’t understand about calorie balance; it all comes down to something called ‘homeostasis’. Homeostasis is recognised in science as a major factor in every life form, but of course the fitness industry has overlooked…

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Danielle De Haas

By Gus Cooke / April 11, 2016 /

Victoria IFBB Physique Winner

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Physics lesson for 'Time Under Tension'

By Gus Cooke / May 5, 2015 /

In the late 1980’s, scientists discovered vital information that showed the stimulation of muscle growth and strength to be a function of ‘time under tension’ (TUT). However, the words from these studies had been taken too blindly by the fitness industry and this has caused huge confusion on how this data should be applied.

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Effects of High Protein Diets on Body Composition

By Gus Cooke / January 19, 2015 /

Protein is the most important macronutrient for positive alterations in body composition. Previous work has suggested that protein intakes in the range of 1.2-2.0 grams per kilogram (kg) body weight per day (g/kg/d) are needed in active individuals. In contrast, the Australians recommended daily allowance (RDA) for protein is about 0.8 g/kg/d. This is inadequate for…

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