Does Working Out More Lead To More Muscle Gain?

All of us want to be fit, and in todays time, almost every other person makes some effort to do so. Be it joining a gym, or yoga, following a weight loss diet or playing some recreational sport, everyone tries their bit to try and stay fit.

Unfortunately, most people fail to achieve their fitness goals. Even if they see improvement, it is not exactly what they had in mind when they started training. Very often you will find yourself wondering why – you go workout regularly, try to eat the right kinds of food, put in adequate time and effort – yet your body does not seem to quite be at the fitness level you would have ideally wanted. If you constantly look at other people at the gym or in fitness magazines and wonder why you don’t look like that, despite all the effort you put in, chances are that you might be making one very common mistake that people who are new to fitness tend to do. Blame it on misinformation or jumping on the fitness bandwagon without adequate information, this is one myth that you are going to have to get over, should you want significant improvements in your fitness levels –

Working out more will lead to better muscle gains –

This is probably the number one, biggest misconception that people have. Very often people come up to me and ask “I work out 6 days a week. Why am i not putting on more muscle?” Or “If i work out for longer hours per day, will it help me get faster results?” Ive even had people ask me if they should go to the gym twice a day!

I mean, sure, if you don’t have anything else to do, and like your gym that much, by all means! But its not going to do much for your muscle gains.

To debunk this myth, we need to first understand how we put on muscle, without getting too technical because, well, you didn’t come here to get a lecture in Biology !

When we lift heavy weights, our muscles develop microscopic tears, which they eventually repair and heal. The human body is really good at adapting. If it senses that these tears are going to be a regular thing, with proper nutrition and rest, it heals the muscle bigger and stronger than it originally was to keep up with the continued overload (this is also why we keep increasing weights lifted, for results, but that is for another article, another time)

So, essentially, you are not building any muscle at the gym. At all. All you are doing is subjecting your body to blunt force trauma, for it to be able to come back stronger from. As you can see by now, all the muscle growth that takes place, takes place outside the gym. So it does not matter how often you train, in fact, it is not recommended for natural athletes to train more than 4 or maximum 5 days a week if the goal is muscle growth. Continued trauma to the muscle without adequate rest in between will yield permanent damage to the CNS (Central nervous system) and will make it extremely hard, if not impossible, to make new gains after a certain point, should you be training in a natural (non steroid) way. Which is why it is also important to take a week off from training every 12 weeks.

So next time you decide to put on some muscle, you know that spending more time at the gym is not the answer!

Smart Photos by Tinder

In its latest update, Tinder has introduced a new algorithmic feature called Smart Photos which registers how others respond to your opening profile picture, notes each response as others swipe on your profile and changes the order of your pictures accordingly,  to show the best ones first resulting in better match making.

According to the resident sociologist at Tinder, Dr. Jess Carbino,  people tend to swipe left more often if you are –

  • Not smiling
  • Covering your face, even a small portion
  • In a group of people
  • Wearing a hat
  • Wearing any kind of glasses

According to Tinder, Smart Photos has led to a 12% increase in matches based on its testing.

Smart Photos is another addition in a series of new features by Tinder. A couple of weeks back they introduced Tinder Boost, letting users pay to have their profiles promoted/boosted for a 30 minute period. There was also a partnership with Spotify that lets users find potential matches based on their shared taste in music.

PlayStation 4 Pro

Sony have launched an upgraded PS4, the PlayStation 4 Pro. PS4 Pro creator Mark Cerny says “It’s for the hardcore gamer, or the one who’s invested in a high – definition [display].” Cerny showed off a host of titles such as Spider-Man, Rise of the Tomb Raider, Watch Dogs 2 and Call of Duty: Black Ops 3, talking about the console’s adeptness in terms of high resolution, compatibility and performance, adding “The difference is the high resolution the PS4 Pro can support, it is simply transformative.”

As an upgrade, the PS4 Pro will exceed the original console in terms of processing power.

These are the PS4 Pro specs –

  • Main processor: Custom-chip single Processor
  • CPU: x86-64 AMD “Jaguar,” 8 cores
  • GPU: 4.20 TFLOPS, AMD Radeon™ based graphics engine
  • Memory: GDDR5 8GB
  • Storage size: 1TB
  • Mass: Approx. 3.3 kg
  • Input/Output: Super-Speed USB (USB 3.1 Gen.1) port × 3, AUX port × 1
  • Networking: Ethernet (10BASE-T, 100BASE-TX, 1000BASE-T)×1, IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth® 4.0 (LE)

Basically, in layman terms it has a faster processor, a larger hard drive storage and advanced graphics to play on an ultra-high resolution of 4K and HDR TV.

It will be available from November 10, 2016 internationally for $399 (around Rs. 26,650). No release date for the Indian market has been announced yet but you can expect it to cost around Rs. 40,000 – the price at which the original PS4 was sold when it was launched in the country.

Desi Beers

We Indians love our beer and lately, a couple of new Indian beer brands like Bira have only reinforced that love. So with that love in mind, here’s a list of some local Indian beers that y’all should try if you haven’t already ;p 

  1. Solan No. 1
  2. Gymkhana
  3. Lion
  4. Golden Eagle
  5. Kalyani Black Label
  6. Asia 72
  7. Taj Mahal
  8. Black Knight
  9. Godfather
  10. Sandpiper
  11. Cobra

Better hurry and tick them off of your list because we will be listing a few more soon!!!

New Social in Town !

In a city where every cafe that opens offers more or less the same thing, the concept of the differently themed Social’s was a fresh breather.

The newest social in town just opened up in Cyber Hub, and is themed like a Mumbai chawl. It feels a little quirky and shady, but that just adds to the experience. One plus point is that if you are a big group, you can get one of the chawl themes rooms to yourself.

There is a dining area as well facing the bar, which is good if you are looking to grab a bite to eat. Be warned though, that finding a table on weekends is close to impossible.

All in all, a great place to chill with friends over some drinks and lively music!

Fun Facts About Munich’s Oktoberfest

What started as a grand town wedding, back in 1810, the first- ever fest was held to celebrate the 12th wedding of the Bavarian Crown Prince Ludwig to the Saxon princess – Hildburghausen Therese.

Here are some interesting facts that you probably did not know –

  1. Munich beer only – it is a celebration of Bavarian traditions, so the only beer you’ll find during the festival is brewed within the city limits of Munich.
  2. Locals call it “Wiesn”
  3. No one raises their mug until the Mayor says so.
  4. Visitors drank a record 7.5 million liters of beer in 2011.
  5. Strong beer is specially brewed for the fest having at least 6% alcohol.
  6. ‘Beer corpses’ or ‘Bierleichen’ is what they call people who’ve had too much and pass out.
  7. There is a Red Cross tent on-site.
  8. Losing your kids(temporarily) at the fest is quite normal.
  9. There are 14 beer hall tents – the most famous being Schottenhamel, it’s where the first keg is tapped and the biggest one is Hofbräu-Festhalle which seats almost 11,000 people.
  10. Over 140 food stands and restaurants serve dishes like Roast chicken (Hendl), Grilled ham hock (Schweinshaxe) to Sausages (Bratwürst) along with Brezen (Pretzel).
  11. Albert Einstein, once worked as an electrician and helped to set up one of the beer tents in 1896.
  12. The fest has its own Pop-Up Post Office.
  13. In 2010, 1,30,000 beer mugs were confiscated and taken back to their tent owners.
  14. Paris Hilton is permanently banned from Oktoberfest – She went to the event dressed in a golden and shiny Bavarian Drindl to promote a brand of canned wine. Locals got the organisers to ban her because they were offended by how she was dressed.

All you need to know about Creatine

If you are into fitness, one supplement name that you will constantly keep hearing is Creatine. There are still, however, a lot of doubts surrounding this supplement, and people have a lot of questions regarding its safety, dosage, benefits, types to buy and so on. This post should shed some light for a layman looking to supplement with creatine.

Benefits of supplementing with creatine:

– Increases muscle strength and size
– Enhances recovery
– Improves anaerobic performance
– Enhances brain function

Creatine is a supplement, and is completely safe for long term use. The only thing one should watch out for is to make sure they have atleast 4litres of water daily for optimal kidney function as well as to maximise the benefits of creatine.

Creatine enhances the body’s capacity to perform high intensity work. In simple terms, under strenuous activity, creatine will help increase energy production that will translate into a few additional reps, which in turn will benefit muscle growth.

Creatine supplementation reduces muscle cell damage and inflammation following exhaustive exercises, as well as helps with overall recovery.

Studies have shown that supplementing with creatine significantly improves muscle volume and anerobic performance in power athletes.

Another important benefit for bodybuilders and strength athletes is creatines muscle volumizing effect. Creatine has a property that causes muscle cells to inflate, which produces a more heavily muscled appearance, and, more importantly, serves as a stimulus for protein synthesis.

Studies have also shown people who supplement with creatine to exhibit better short-term memory, and better ability to solve problems under time constraints.

With so many different types of creatine being available in the market, it can be confusing to decide which one to buy. However, studies have shown little to no benefits of these newer variants of creatine, that combined with their more expensive costs does not make them a worthwhile choice. So, when it comes to creatine, it is still best to use a micronized form of creatine monohydrate.

As for dosage, one can start with a ‘loading’ phase of about 20gms of creatine for a week, followed by 5gms everyday thereafter. Or, one can even take a steady dose of 5gms everyday, it would just take a little longer for the benefits to manifest. Under both cases, however, one needs to supplement for atleast 5-6 months to really see results, along with a high protein diet and good workout regime.

Johnnie Walker Black – An essential in your bar collection.

Johnnie Walker Black could arguably be the most recognisable scotch whiskey in the world. A 12 year old blended scotch whiskey, it has a unique mild flavour that is great for an occasion or just some laid-back drinking.

Slick and sublime, it is a perfect addition to a night out with friends or just some quiet alone time. At 40% alcohol content, it is certainly not the strongest stuff out there, so you can expect to get through 6-8 glasses on a night of binge drinking, if you are really looking for that high. All in all, one of the safest options should you ever find yourself in a dilemma about which scotch whiskey to order, or get for your home bar.

FIFA17 Demo

Launched on September 13, 2016 for PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One and PC via Origin, the demo gives players the chance to sample the all-new “Journey” mode, playing as Alex Hunter of Manchester United. In the standard “Kickoff” mode, you can play with the following teams –

 

  • Manchester United
  • Manchester City
  • Chelsea
  • Real Madrid
  • Juventus
  • Inter
  • Paris Saint-Germain
  • Olympique Lyonnais
  • Seattle Sounders
  • Bayern München
  • Tigres U.A.N.L. (MX)
  • Gamba Osaka

Some of the stadiums that you can select  are Stamford Bridge, CenturyLink and the Suita Football Stadium, home to Gamba Osaka.

The demo gives us a glimpse at the new gameplay engine, Frostbite. This is what makes  FIFA17 revolutionary with authentic and advanced graphics. However, you should know that some of its features are only available on new generation consoles and PC.

About the game itself…while tackling is largely the same, the dead ball system has been changed, now a little more complicated than before. In-depth information like shots taken and touches of key players will be displayed in each game.  Also, another feature included in this demo are commentary lines analyzing league table and cup standings, making the experience more realistic.

The game, as always, looks good and does not disappoint. The full version will be launched on September 27, 2016.