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Muscle Talk

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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Health Zone - Timing and Quality - Axe deodorant

Timing Means Nothing to Newbies

In the world of weight training, timing is of the essence—timing your carbs, timing your post-workout shake, and timing your rest between sets. When it comes to the latter, there’s a lot of debate. If you’re going for endurance, 30 to 60 seconds should suffice. Hypertrophy is usually 60 to 120 seconds, and strength should be about 2 to 5 minutes. Scientists at the University of Brasilia wondered if people who are just getting into the sport should be as concerned about their rest times as veterans. They had 34 untrained men do 5 basic exercises for their major muscle groups. Half of the group took just over one minute of rest between sets, and the other half took three minutes. The difference in strength gains between the groups after 12 weeks was insignificant, meaning it didn’t matter how short (or long) you rest for if you’re just getting into training.

Eat Less to Live More

There might be a scientific case to be made for intermittent fasting, and it might be worth listening to. Intermittent fasting is the idea that humans can (and should!) go without eating for 8 to 16 hours at a time. You wake up, fast, then eat all your calories in a small 8- to 10-hour window. Periods of fasting give your cells a chance to repair and remove toxins, in addition to switching over to burning fat as fuel instead of glucose. This lifestyle, according to researchers at the American National Institute on Aging, delays the process of aging on the brain and the body, and prevents weight gain (assuming you stay in a caloric deficit or caloric maintenance).

The Axe Effect Is Real!

Japanese researchers at Nara University of Education are a funny bunch; they wanted to test whether women actually would throw themselves all over men who wore Axe deodorant. Maybe that wasn’t their exact hypothesis, but it was close. They wanted to see if hormone levels of men and women react to “floral” fragrances (like those used in Chanel No. 22) and “musk” (like those used in Axe). Both scents lowered the cortisol levels of the male and female subjects. Smelling musk doubled the concentration of testosterone in the saliva of the women.