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Jaime Filer

Jaime Filer graduated with a kinesiology degree from York University, where she was a varsity athlete. She’s also a former competitive bodybuilder who competed in drug-tested events throughout North America. If something new is trending in fitness, chances are Jaime’s already tried it!

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Build Muscle with HMB

HMB stands for beta-hydroxy beta-methylbutyrate and is a metabolite of leucine, a branched-chain amino acid. MUSCLE INSIDER’s own Bill Phillips helped introduce HMB to the supplement market back in the ‘90s, and the research backing HMB continues to grow. HMB helps build muscle, prevent catabolism while dieting, and decrease delayed onset muscle soreness. Researchers at the University of Central Florida wanted to see if they could boost muscle strength and quality through the use of HMB, without having test subjects work out. Half the subjects in their study were given a placebo daily for 24 weeks, and the other half were given 3 grams of CaHMB, the calcium salt form of HMB. In the HMB group, lean body mass increased by half a kilogram, and muscle mass increased by 300 grams. That means that taking HMB while not training can in fact increase your muscle mass!

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