The abdominal wall is composed of 3 major muscle groups: the rectus abdominis, the obliques, and the transversus abdominis. Each group is shown below along with a brief description.
Abdominal/core exercises will train these muscles either in isolation, working to correct areas of isolated weakness, or in combination, working to strengthen motions that resemble everyday movements. The exercises that follow are grouped according to the major muscle group they work. A complete set of abdominal exercises can be found in read more
One of the most common concerns for anyone new to weight training is whether to supplement their protein intake. Answering this question becomes more difficult because just about everyone you meet believes he’s an expert on protein supplements. This leads to a lot of misinformation and confusion. However, with some key information about daily protein intake, the different types of protein, and what to look for when choosing a protein supplement, you will be able to cut through the junk and find the protein intake read more
Resistance exercise provides the numerous benefits. Additionally, starting a resistance exercise plan can help reverse chronic health problems regardless of when you become more physically active.
Increases muscle mass
Increases resting metabolism
Improves body compostion
Decreases risk of diabetes
Improves mental health
Improves sleep quality
Weight Training Benefits
The main benefit of weight training is that it read more
Unfortunately, as men age, total and free testosterone decline. Worse yet, these declines have been associated with unwanted physical changes such as increased abdominal fat and decreased muscle mass.1-4 Low levels have also been associated with low libido, low energy, and depression.5
Fortunately, certain healthy lifestyle choices, such as exercise and proper diet, may actually increase testosterone naturally. At the very least read more
Testosterone implants in the form of small pellets slowly deliver testosterone over the course of three to six months. The testosterone pellets are implanted under the skin by your physician.
Imbedded in the fat, the testosterone pellets gradually dissolve over a few months. This testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) administration method gives a slow, steady constant infusion of read more
Gynecomastia is breast enlargement in males due to benign (non-cancerous) breast tissue growth. It is caused by an imbalance between testosterone and estrogen. In other words, there is too much estrogen relative to testosterone. It can be physically uncomfortable, psychologically distressing, and may have a negative impact on self-confidence and body image.
Male breast tissue contains receptors for androgens (like testosterone) and estrogens.1 Most men think of estrogen as an exclusively female hormone, but men read more
Luteinizing Hormone (LH) is a hormone secreted by the anterior pituitary gland (a small endocrine gland in the base of the brain). Once secreted in men, it stimulates the testes to produce testosterone, which acts as the primary male hormone and is essential for the production of sperm.1
Similar to follicle stimulating hormone (FSH), which is also produced by the pituitary gland, LH plays a vital role in the hormonal status and read more
What Is a Stroke?
A stroke is similar to a heart attack in that it is basically death of an area of brain tissue. This tissue death results from either temporary or permanent loss of blood flow to that area of the brain or from bleeding inside the brain. These two forms of stroke are classified as ischemic and hemorrhagic, respectively. As a result, the affected area of the brain cannot function, which might result in an inability to move one or more limbs on one side of the body, read more
Hair loss treatments are available for androgenic alopecia (male pattern balding). All of the following treatments have been approved by the FDA and recommended by the American Hair Loss Association (AHLA).
It should be noted that many additional products or procedures are advertised for the treatment of androgenic alopecia, such as vitamins, trace elements, herbs, amino acids, scalp massage, etc. But, most of these products read more
Heart Attack Introduction (AKA Myocardial Infarction)1
Heart attack (aka myocardial infarction) is synonymous with unfortunate consequences and possibly death. But, do you really know what it is and what to do if it happens to you or someone you love. Our goal is to provide you with a basic understanding of what a heart attack really is and how to maximize your or your loved one’s chances of surviving one if it read more