Biosignature critique: Can you really optimise hormones to redistribute bodyfat? – Guest post by Menno Henselmans

This is a guest post from Menno Henselmans of Bayesian Bodybuilding – Menno is a bodybuilder and published scientific author who absolutely eats up research. In this post, he systematically tears apart the claims of ‘Biosignature’ and similar modalities: that is, that high skinfold measurements in certain areas are a result of hormone imbalances, and that …

Propane Picks and Podcast Episode 66 – Fitness Industry Bullsh*t with Chris Williamson

 Propane Picks It’s that time of the week again where we sift through the fitness world and pick out top 10 favourite pieces for your reading, viewing and listening pleasure. If you’d like to be considered for us to include you on this list OR if you’d like to write for us, shoot us a message here. …

Motivation slump? How to beat the winter blues

A case of the Winter Blues We’ve noticed a lot of our clients this week have been experiencing a slump in motivation. You’re not alone. My hunch is that this is SEASONAL, and related to 2 things: Lack of Vitamin D and sunlight exposure Caffeine If you’ve seen my caffeine video, you’ll see that caffeine …

The Skinny Man’s Guide to serious gains Part 2 – Guest Post by Cody “Boom Boom” McBroom

Part 2 So hopefully you read Part 1 of The Skinny Man’s Guide to Serious Gains. Here is part 2 and most likely the more difficult instalment for most people to take on board. Why? Because way too many people overuse and rely too heavily on supplements in the hope that they will get results. In …

PropanePodcast 39: The dirt on creatine

Here’s our roundup of creatine – no shownotes this episode, since it’s all covered (with Yusef’s beautiful mugshot) in this post. The post got some great feedback, so here’s our podcast consolidating and expanding on the WHAT, HOW, WHY, WHEN and WHO for creatine for those with a longer attention span keener interest in creatine.   Podcast: Play …

CAFFEINE: How it works, how to use it to gain muscle and lose fat

It’s not often that we really dig down into the details. Here is Yusef discussing the details of caffeine, why it matters for you and some useful, actionable things to apply today: Cliff notes: Benefits: 1) Fat loss 2) Training quality 3) Pain tolerance Disadvantages:  1) Tolerance 2) Withdrawal 3) Vitamin D absorption Recommendations:  1) …

Pre-workout PowerMuffins: Guest post from PaulNotSmall

Pre-workout supplements fall into one of two categories: – Overpriced sugar and caffeine with a violent name (e.g. Purple Psycho.. Hemo-rage.. Shotgun.. Assault… Core Fury.. Hot Blood.. Grenade.. Maniac.. Vengeance.. The Curse)* – A soon-to-be-banned methamphetamine analogue that will make you fail a drug-test. Wouldn’t you rather just eat a muffin? Paul Turner, bona fide Doctor …

Quest Bars – Review

OK – we’re not really big on product reviews, but protein bars are something I feel pretty strongly about.   That’s because most of them are actively criminal – being full of trans fats, sugar, polyols, and incomplete proteins (hydrolysed collagen). You’d literally be better off eating a Snickers.   That’s why when Reggie from …

7 Things That Enhance My Life: Yusef

Good afternoon everyone, we’re back with a lovely new design, courtesy of Ben. Last week, we drew the prizes for the Propane Challenge: Robert S was the proud winner of 5lb Pina Colada whey and a Platinum Consultation for making the best 10-week results on the Propane Protocol: See the rest of the entrants here. Anyway, …

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Introduction Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) is a disorder, or group of disorders, resulting in persistent fatigue. The symptoms are varied; they range from disturbed sleep, impaired memory and cognitive function, to muscle pain, headaches, sensitivity to light, and food allergies. Roughly 250000 people in the UK suffer from CFS, but there is no diagnostic laboratory …

Glutamine Makes a Comeback: 7 Reasons L-Glutamine is Better Than You Think

An Undeserved Reputation   For the last couple of years I’ve completely dismissed glutamine as a supplement, mainly because certain internet gurus take pleasure in demonising or worshipping certain supplements. Glutamine was one of the persecuted ones, and everyone jumped on the bandwagon. Since I reintroduced it I’ve had better workouts, recovered more easily and …

Poo: A Delicate Matter

Poopane Fartness When was the last time you had a one-wipe-wonder? Poo is a subject that’s often glossed over when it comes to improving your physique, but there’s no shying away from it. It’s a guilty pleasure of every one of us. Having good health is a prerequisite for developing a lean, muscular physique. Digestive …

Ceteris Paribus

20 weeks ago, to the day, I was obsessed with results. I wanted to improve, get stronger, bigger and leaner, I had gathered all my best knowledge, every supplement that I could imagine that might help and amalgamated all of my training knowledge into a super program. I was set and couldn’t wait to experience …

Single-tasking the basics

Anything can be made complicated, no matter how simple it may initially seem. It’s easy to get lost in minutia and ultimately miss the point of what you set out to achieve. This is a common mistake in the fitness community. 53 or 54g of carbs post-workout?!?! Decisions, decisions. I think anyone serious about training …

7 Things Currently Changing My Life: Jonny

Nespresso coffee machine I love my coffee machine for two reasons – one, I love coffee, the stuff is the nectar of the gods and without it I’d probably struggle with the work-load and physical demands that I put on myself. If you don’t like coffee all I can say is learn to like it, …