Health & Fitness
Muscle Evolution

Muscle Evolution May - June 2015

Muscle Evolution is South Africa's leading resource for weight training, competition news and reviews, supplementation and nutrition. Established in 2003, Muscle Evolution has built a loyal following among the passionate local bodybuilding community. Muscle Evolution offers locally relevant, in-depth and informative content in innovative, progressively-designed features that are written by SA’s top bodybuilders, coaches and industry experts, to deliver a comprehensive and compelling read for competitive and aspiring bodybuilders, and serious gym-goers alike.

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4 min.
down with the dictators

It saddens me to start off the highly anticipated 2015 bodybuilding season with another editor’s letter about how the self-serving interests of a few at the top of our sport are negatively impacting the industry as a whole. Once again the potential of our promising local athletes is being stifled by a dictatorship, which seems to be rearing its ugly head on an even greater scale than before, and it now runs deeper than ever. Athlete meetings at recent season opening events were used to threaten and pressure beginners and amateurs to commit to just one federation or face potential sanctions. At these meetings it was announced that loyalty to one federation will be strictly enforced this year, with the penalty for disobedience the withdrawal of rights to stand in the more…

4 min.
muscle news

XTREME NUTRITION OPENS 18TH STORE Xtreme Nutrition recently opened the doors to its 18th store, expanding the brand’s reach into KwaZulu-Natal with the new store located in Pietermaritzburg, at the Liberty Midlands Mall. Every store stocks the widest range of top international and popular local supplement brands, and will beat any price. For more info call 033 345 8229, email sales@xtremenutrition.co.zaor shop online at www.xtremenutrition.co.za. SSN PROTEIN COOKIE Delivering between 22-25g of protein per serving, SSN’s new range of protein cookies are a great tasting way to boost your daily protein intake. Available in packs of six, in peanut butter, and cranberry and almond flavours, from leading supplement retailers country wide. NEW INITIATIVE TO ASSIST LOCAL ATHLETES Kevin Schwartz has announced plans to launch a new initiative aimed at assisting all federations in South Africa to…

3 min.
ask m.e

HELP ME TO TRAIN HARDER Q I do weight training for 45-50 minutes, five days a week. I’ve started with an Evox pre-workout drink and a Muscle Works whey protein that I drink first thing in the morning and after my workout in the evenings. I feel like I don’t train hard enough and I was thinking of adding a casein protein shake, as well as a BCAA drink to my supplementation to boost my workouts. I have had visible results after training for only a month but I want to make sure that I’m on the right track. Thanks for an awesome magazine! Theo Klein A To be honest I feel that if you are taking the time and making the effort and commitment to train in the gym every week…

2 min.
tech gear

CHARGE FITBIT HR The Fitbit Charge HR is an advanced device that delivers all-day activity tracking – steps, distance, calories burned, floors climbed, and continuous, wrist-based heart rate tracking via Fitbit’s proprietary PurePulse technology. This more accurately monitors calorie burn, to maximise training and optimise health. The Charge HR automatically tracks heart rate all day, during exercise and at rest, something other heart-rate monitoring trackers are unable to do. The Charge HR also delivers granular workout insights and summaries – see which heart rate zone you’re in, including Fat Burn, Cardio, or Peak, on the display, while you work out. The device also notifies users of incoming calls with caller ID when your phone is nearby and linked via bluetooth. It also tracks sleep automatically, with the option to set a…

1 min.
m.e people

M.E People is a forum for our readers to share their photos. Whether it has been your dream to see yourself in a bodybuilding magazine, you have some healthy competition with friends or simply need to keep yourself accountable, keep an eye on our Facebook and Twitter feeds for the M.E People theme each edition. You have put in the hard work - now share it with likeminded people all over the country. This forum is where we give our readers a platform to communicate visually and be part of Team Muscle Evolution. Follow us on Twitter (@muscleevomag) and Facebook (muscleevolution-southafrica’snumber1bodybuildingmagazine) to be first to send your photos in for the next edition! The address to send photos is info@muscleevolution.co.za ALL PHOTOS, NAMES AND SPELLING AS SUPPLIED BY READERS. MUSCLE EVOLUTION ACCEPTS…

6 min.
quantifying catabolism

MUSCLE BREAKDOWN, OR CATABOLISM, IS THE BODYBUILDING BOOGEYMAN. EVERY BODYBUILDER FEARS IT, TO SUCH AN EXTENT THAT JUST ABOUT EVERYTHING WE DO CENTRES AROUND MITIGATING IT, or halting it; from the intensity and duration of the cardio we do, to our protein intake and the nutrient timing strategies we employ, everything we do aims to boost anabolism, and reduce catabolism. But just how worried should we be? How quickly do we really lose muscle mass? Before I tackle this topic I believe that it is critical for you, the reader, to have a sound understanding of what, exactly, the definition of catabolism is. Catabolism is defined as the set of metabolic pathways that break down molecules into smaller units to release energy. Catabolism breaks down large molecules such as lipids, nucleic acids,…