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  • A look at the side effects of steroids

  • How creatine boosts the brain

  • Train your abs in 10 minutes

Health

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“The problem with anabolic steroids is that they work,” says natural bodybuilder and content creator Jeff Nippard. And he’s right: In a landmark 1996 study on the effects of testosterone supplementation, scientists observed that people who took anabolic steroids gained vastly more muscle than “natural” individuals even without lifting weights.

The incredible potency of anabolic-androgenic steroids (AAS) has caused them to explode in popularity in recent years, Nippard said in a Jun. 17, 2024 YouTube video. He’s right about that, too, but what about potential anabolic steroid side effects among bodybuilders?

To determine how bodybuilders and recreational users alike interact with and manage the side effects of anabolic steroids, Nippard broke down the science and interviewed bodybuilding athletes with performance-enhancing drug (PED) experience. Let’s pull back the curtain and see what they had to say.

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Nutrition

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Creatine, known in some circles as “that supplement that actually works,” has been making waves in the medical community and inside gym-bro locker rooms for some time now. But there’s more to this powerhouse amino acid outside of its ability to give you a pump after a gnarly set of curls — turns out, creatine might also have some pretty impressive benefits for your brain.

Since you’re reading The BarBend Newsletter, there is a good chance you are taking creatine already. If so, keep doing what you’re doing; the same pathways creatine uses to help with musculature and strength might help you operate with more mental clarity in your day. But if you want to know exactly what kinds of brain benefits you can expect, there is plenty to dig into below.

Exercise

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Washboard abs, America’s national symbol of physical desirability, are both a highlight of the human physique and something that often gets ignored once people learn what it takes to get them.

Nothing is more common than the gym-goer who simply “blows off” ab work after a hard day of weight training… for the 47th time this year. That’s because a sleek core is the product of tireless work in the gym and in the kitchen, not the product of saying “meh” every time the subject comes up. But it might not be the time investment you imagine.

Whether you’re new and excited about torso training or beleaguered and tired from squatting, you have 10 minutes free, right? Sometimes, that’s all you need to put your core through the wringer. Here are some soreness-inducing ab workouts you absolutely have time for.

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