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Lift Like a Girl

Karishma Sharma

Of grit, steel and sacrifice—a quick peek into the world of female competitive bodybuilding

Deepika Chowdhury’s tryst with sweat and iron wasn’t just metamorphic; it was cathartic. “I had a very disturbed childhood, was a weak child and grew up with an inferiority complex,” she says. Bodybuilding changed everything for her says the Pune-based Chowdhury, the country’s first figure athlete to hold an IFBB (International Federation of Body Building) pro card.… Continue Reading...

Careful, Your Dietary Supplements Might Contain Steroids

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Hardcore Formulations is recalling all lots of Ultra-Sten and D-Zine capsules due to the presence of anabolic steroids.

Athletes beware! A recent FDA press announcement says that capsules marketed by Hardcore Formulations as dietary supplements for bodybuilding contain anabolic steroids. The two products, Ultra-Sten and D-Zine, are labeled to contain methylstenbolone and dymethazine respectively, which are considered to be derivatives of anabolic steroids.… Continue Reading...

Dr. Oz refers to THF for Performance Enhancing Substance Information

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Beware Performance-Enhancing Substances

One of the most remarkable things about the great golfer Bobby Jones was that he never played golf as a professional. He was a lawyer by trade and won all of his 13 major championships as an amateur.

Now, nobody today is expected to walk out from behind an office desk and qualify for the U.S.… Continue Reading...

Is DMAA coming back?

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DMAA has been illegal for use as an ingredient in dietary supplements for more than 3 years. It still is, but just when you think it would be disappearing from the market, it seems to be on a slight rise again. Our online search of available dietary supplements with DMAA turned up 11 products we had never encountered before, in addition to 34 products still on the list since before DMAA became illegal.… Continue Reading...

Energy drinks: different labels, same risks

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Most energy drinks are now labeled with Nutrition Facts instead of Supplement Facts, but that doesn’t automatically make them safe. The most popular energy drinks contain about 80–120 mg of caffeine per serving (8 oz.)—about the same amount of caffeine in an 8-ounce coffee. Caffeine isn’t necessarily a bad thing. When used appropriately, caffeine can boost mental and physical performance.… Continue Reading...

Supplements: Can you spot a red flag?

Some dietary supplements on the market can contain unsafe ingredients and might even contain ingredients not listed on the label. If you are currently using or considering using a dietary supplement, ask yourself these questions to minimize your risk of consuming potentially harmful products.

Is it a high-risk dietary supplement? High-risk product categories include:
  • Bodybuilding
  • Weight loss
  • Sexual enhancement
  • Pain
  • Cognitive enhancement
Is the label missing a third-party certification/ verification label?
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Why do some protein powders have Nutrition Facts labels while others have Supplement Facts labels?

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The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has specific definitions for conventional foods and dietary supplements, but protein powders can fall into one or the other. There are no definitive guidelines for protein powders, and a product’s category (and, thus, label) depends on how the manufacturer intends the product to be used.… Continue Reading...

Muscle dysmorphia: How idealized masculinity became the new eating disorder

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The mirrors bolted to the walls of Sydney’s bodybuilding gyms are crowded with impossibly muscled men. It’s a smorgasbord of peak health and physical perfection.

But Joey Sheather can pick them. The men who have bulked-up too fast, whose passion for fitness has tipped over into obsession. The ones who will never be satisfied no matter how hard they shred or how much body fat they lose.… Continue Reading...

Steroids warning: Chronic use ‘may fatally damage the heart’

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BODYBUILDERS who abuse steroids risk fatally damaging their heart, warns new research.

Long-term anabolic steroid use may reduce the heart’s ability to pump blood throughout the body, according to the study.

And the research, published in the journal Circulation, also shows that long-term use of steroids damages the heart muscle’s ability to relax and may cause atherosclerotic coronary artery disease.
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Doping more prevalent among nonathletes vs. elite competitors

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AUSTIN, Texas — Contrary to public perception, most androgen abusers are not elite athletes seeking to enhance performance, but instead are nonathletes pursuing a leaner and more muscular appearance, according to a speaker at the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists Annual Scientific and Clinical Congress.

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