When it comes to olympic weightlifting shoes the two premium shoes are the Adidas Adipowers and the Nike Romaleos 2. Both shoes offer a 0.75″ heel at a similar price point, so the question is which is right for you? Before we proceed, I want to re-iterate that these are the top of the line weightlifting shoes and for a beginner or intermediate lifter, a more entry level shoe such as the Adidas Powerlift 2 or Pendlay Weightlifting shoes will yield most of […]

Lifting Shoe Showdown: Adidas Adipowers vs Nike Romaleos 2


*article originally published on LeanItUp.com Dietary supplements are safe, right? I mean they’re just supplements…after all if they were really serious they’d be “drugs,” right? Wrong. According to a recent study published in JAMA, numerous banned pharmaceutical ingredients (drugs) were found in dietary supplements following FDA recalls — including anabolic steroids, anorexiants, and Viagra. Dr. Pieter Cohen of Harvard Medical School and his colleagues investigated supplements that were recalled by the FDA due to “adulteration with pharmaceutical ingredients,” yet were still available for […]

Supplements Contaminated with Banned Drugs



*article originally published on LeanItUp.com When it comes to lifting, it seems like most people who’ve been lifting for any substantial amount of time don’t “look” like they’ve been lifting for that long. This could be in part due to a skewed perception of what are naturally achievable results, but more likely than not, it’s due to many years of sub-optimal practice. We’re breaking down 5 of the most common beginner’s lifting mistakes so that you don’t have to suffer from the […]

5 Reasons You’re Not Making Gains in the Gym


*originally published on LeanItUp.com If you’re like most people, you’ve probably never heard of HMB before. HMB, also known as beta-hydroxy-beta-methylbutyrate, is a metabolite of the amino acid leucine, which is believed to enhance the repair of damaged muscle tissue as a result of exercise.1 Despite the fact that HMB is not very well known, its use has been studied since 1996 with numerous studies demonstrating positive effects on lean mass and strength gains, particularly in untrained individuals. More recently, results from a new study on HMB […]

HMB-FA Study: Improve Strength, Power & Lean Mass?



*originally published on LeanItUp.com Have you been dieting but still not losing weight like you’d expected? Have you been working on your abs in the gym and fixing your diet, but still don’t have the definition you want? There’s validity to the adage passed around the gym that “abs are made in the kitchen.” And when it comes to the food you eat, equally as important as the quality of the foods is the quantity. It’s simple; unless your body is burning more […]

Not Losing Weight? — Try Measuring Your Food!