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A man concerned about hair loss
By Michael Garrico 4 weeks ago
Can Steroids Cause Hair Loss? (According to a Doctor)
In my practice as a fitness professional, I’ve witnessed that men who use steroids for rapid muscle building usually develop male-pattern hair loss. Since one of my clients who was prescribed anabolics for a medical condition came to me concerned about hair loss, I spent a few days researching the subject and talking to an endocrinologist to determine if all steroid users go bald over... Read more >
Elevate product with capsules close up
By Michael Garrico 6 days ago
Avantera Elevate Review (2022) Does This Supplement Work?
As a certified fitness coach, I always strive to make sure that my clients are in their best mood and have elevated cognitive function and focus all through their workout routine. Recently, I’ve been getting a lot of questions about Avantera Elevate, which claims to facilitate all of this. So, I took a few weeks to go through Avantera reviews and research its ingredients, benefits, and side... Read more >
Amy long's weight loss picture comparison side by side
By Michael Garrico 1 month ago
Amy Long’s Weight Loss Journey (Diet and Exercise Revealed)
Season two of Family By The Ton was probably one of the most successful when it comes to the total amount of weight the King and Anderson family were able to lose. Among the most successful was Amy Long, the cousin of Casey King, and I felt her story could motivate some of my fitness clients. The school teacher’s inspiration was that she could see herself in Casey King and Amanda Johnson, and... Read more >
A worker getting dizzy while in the office
By Michael Garrico 3 weeks ago
Can Low Testosterone Cause Dizziness? (From a Doctor)
Testosterone deficiency can be a serious issue, especially for men. It can lead to many health problems, including cardiac, fertility, and weight issues. But during a conversation with a doctor friend, I found out that one of the rarely recognized problems due to low T-levels could be fatigue and dizziness. The interesting thing about this problem is that many men simply put it down to stress... Read more >
Top view of healthy breakfast
By Michael Garrico 1 month ago
What to Eat Before a Morning Workout? (18 Energizing Foods)
As a personal trainer, I've been giving my clients tips and advice on what to eat before a morning workout to help them get good nutrition and fuel their training routines. I always try to point my clients and readers toward foods that are high in complex carbohydrates for sustained energy and complete proteins for faster muscle gains. Recently, I met with a dietician to refresh my knowledge... Read more >
A black man shivering in cold
By Michael Garrico 1 month ago
Do Cold Showers Increase Testosterone? (5 Amazing Benefits)
To avoid testosterone therapy (TRT), many of my fitness clients ask me whether some tips and tricks like taking a cold shower, can boost their testosterone levels. To build upon my intuitive knowledge and experience, I spent a few days reading up on scientific literature and consulting an endocrinologist on the effects cold water stimulation can have on testosterone levels. Let’s dive in. Read more >
A person running in a treadmill with her heart rate being monitored
By Michael Garrico 1 month ago
Does Testosterone Increase Heart Rate? (Facts You Must Know)
While many people legitimately need medical intervention to deal with testosterone deficiency syndrome, there are probably even more athletes who abuse testosterone injections. There are several health risks with excessively high free testosterone, and I spent a few hours with a doctor friend to look at the scientific evidence for heart problems such as chronically increased heart rate. We... Read more >
Top view of a man smiling while sleeping
By Michael Garrico 5 days ago
Sleep and Testosterone (Is There a Connection Between Them?)
A common question I field from my fitness clients is whether their sleep or lack of it impacts their testosterone levels. This question definitely has merit, so to understand the relationship between sleep and testosterone more profoundly, I took a couple of weeks to examine peer-reviewed papers on the subject, and then I took my notes to a medical colleague for a constructive discussion and... Read more >
A scoop of powder with a bunch of pills
By Michael Garrico 1 month ago
Is Testosterone a Steroid? (What Are Their Differences?)
Testosterone is a hormone that plays a role in maintaining muscle mass, bone density, and red blood cell levels. After the age of 30, testosterone production gradually declines. That’s why many gym enthusiasts decide to take steroids in order to increase their levels. However, there is a major difference between these two terms. Recently, I’ve teamed up with an endocrinologist to determine... Read more >
A stressed woman with a headache
By Michael Garrico 1 month ago
Does Stress Cause Weight Loss? (4 Reasons You Should Know)
In my long experience as a fitness coach, I've learned that the effects of stress can sometimes be uncertain. To some, it may cause weight gain, and to others, it may cause weight loss. I’ve met a few clients who wanted to know how that's possible, specifically how stress affects weight loss. So, in this article, I’ve compiled what I know, and I reviewed some literature on the subject and... Read more >
Supplements scattered around the table
By Michael Garrico 1 month ago
Are Fat Burners Natty? (Basics Explained)
Some of my fitness clients participate in competitions outside the gym and want to make sure whatever they put in their bodies isn’t going to get them banned. Many of them use fat burners for cutting phases before they compete, but they often check in with me to ask if “fat burner XYZ” is natty. So, I got together with our dietician to closely examine the most common ingredients in these... Read more >
A person holding grocery bags full of healthy food
By Michael Garrico 1 month ago
What to Eat Before a HIIT Workout? (8 Best Meals to Try)
Part of my job as an athletic trainer is to give nutrition tips to my clients on what to eat before starting any workout. Knowing that high-intensity interval training requires a lot of effort, I spent a few weeks researching the most nutritious pre-workout foods that fit in this context. I also consulted a dietician to see if these foods could provide complete nutrients to support this... Read more >