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BCAA's: Are They Worth It?

BCAA's: Are They Worth It?

When it comes to supplementation in the gym world, Branched Chain Amino Acids (BCAA's) are right up there with creatine and protein on the celebrity supplement list. Many people can be seen walking around a gym, sipping on various bright coloured BCAA based intra-workout concoctions. The question is, are they worth it?  BCAA's: What Are They?  For those that aren't familiar, BCAA's are three essential amino acids (meaning we have to get them from our diet, or we die), that are strongly involved in the growth of new muscle within the body. BCAA's can make up to one-third of all muscle protein...

Better Shoes, Better Squats

Better Shoes, Better Squats

It’s well-established that the squat is one of the most important exercises in the gym. Whether your goal is gaining strength, increasing athletic performance, muscle growth or a combination of those above, perfecting the squat and performing it safely, is a priority for many people in the gym. With that said, one aspect of squatting that is often overlooked (particularly for beginners), is a suitable footwear choice, to maximise performance and ensure safety.  Below I am going to highlight some pros and cons of squatting in some everyday choices of footwear worn in the gym, and what is the best...

Is Sugar Evil?

Is Sugar Evil?

Sugar faces more accusations and attacks than the most notorious figures in modern world history. Sugar has been held responsible for the obesity epidemic, touted as being more addictive than cocaine, had the finger pointed at it for a myriad of modern health problems and everything in between, but is it deserving? Like most things in life, the answer to this question is not a straight yes or no. Consuming excess sugar has been associated with a lot of negative health impacts. These include, but are not limited to; childhood obesity, type 2 diabetes, decreased insulin sensitivity and other nasty things like fatty liver...

Does Music Make Us Workout Harder?

Does Music Make Us Workout Harder?

 Since the rise in popularity of portable MP3 players and the i-Pod, working out has been done in conjunction with your personal music library. Whether it be running on the street, on the treadmill or lifting weights in the gym, it seems every second person is dawning a set of headphones when getting a sweat up. We all feel that certain songs help us push that little bit harder, but is there any science behind that? And if so, is there a particular type of music that helps you go that extra mile?  Can Music Help You Train Harder? It...

Supplements For The Common Cold

Supplements For The Common Cold

  Let's face it; nothing puts a dampener on gains like getting sick. A cold or flu can throw a real spanner in the works, when it comes to performing optimally in the gym, gaining muscle and they can leave you on the sidelines for days. Below we are going to take a quick look at some supplements for staying cold-free. What is a cold? It may come as a shock, but you can't catch cold from cold weather. So all those times your mum told you to ''rug-up'', or you'll catch a cold, well she was wrong. A cold...

Interview With Gymmealsdirect Athlete - Bronwen Stead

Interview With Gymmealsdirect Athlete - Bronwen Stead

We'd like to welcome our latest sponsored athlete Bronwen Stead, to the Gymmealsdirect team! To introduce her, we asked her a few questions. We discuss her commitment to her family and training. We hear about her philosophy on training and nutrition, what drives her and she gives some solid advice for anyone looking to compete!  Q: So, tell us a bit about yourself? A: Oh gosh, where to start?! Last year my husband and I welcomed our baby boy into our family, and it has been a tremendous learning experience. He is a happy and incredibly active little guy who...

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