Monthly Archives: October 2016

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!!!