How to get revved up for any workout, the unexpected trap-building exercise, a study on the perception of females with muscle, new science on how muscle burns fat, and why creatine deficiency is on the rise.
On Our Minds
There's a trick to get yourself excited for any workout: do your favorite thing first. My favorite thing (Dani here) accidentally grew my traps seemingly in a matter of days. And if you’re also a fan of my favorite lift, here’s a similar chain to help you load it up like I did.
Then we get into a study that looks at the way people perceive different levels of muscularity on women. Without being able to see the pictures subjects actually looked at, it's kind of disturbing how childishly stereotypical that perception is. BUT we don't know the extent of the muscularity the subjects saw.
We also discuss this new trend of bashing muscular women in an effort to shame them into becoming helpless and stereotypically girly. I’m all for femininity, but these “trad wife” edicts are just vapid and arbitrary.
Take the quiz and see if you can beat my score! Chris tests our knowledge on these things:
1. The "vesicles" in muscle cells and what they can do: Study
2. The least sexy muscle on men according to women: Article
3. What changes the attractiveness of the female voice: Study
4. The favorite junk food, state by state: USA Map
If this doesn't scare you out of veganism, nothing else will. Creatine is now considered a "conditionally essential" nutrient, and you get it from meat and animal byproducts. Even though you can eat it naturally in your diet, many aren't getting the bare minimum. Check out how much our intake has been dropping over time and what it's causing: Study here. Now, the easy solution is to get enough meat/dairy. But if for some reason you can't, supplementation is a smart idea. I wish the general public would stop thinking of creatine as "just a bodybuilding supplement", and stop getting it confused with creatinine. (Those are two totally different things.)
Here's the plant company I recommend: Bros With Hoes Plant Co
Here's Chris's recipe for Moscow Mule:
• 1/2 Lime
• 2 Ounces of Ketal One Vodka
• 6 Ounces of any diet ginger beer