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Will stress kill my gains?

By Dr. Jeremy Girmann This month’s column will be based on a question from Performance Press reader, Alex: “Will stress kill my gains?” Stress equals elevation of cortisol, which equals less muscle, more fat, and potential for getting sick, right? Not necessarily. First, we should recognize that there are different forms of stress. Mental stress [...]

2019-03-14T13:52:19-04:00 March 14th, 2019|Dr Jeremy Girmann, The Press|

Mature Muscle: adding muscle as we age

By Dr. Jeremy Girmann This month’s column will be based on a question from Performance Press reader, Tim: “Can I still make muscular gains at 60 years old?” Among many there floats the idea that we exit this world much the same as we entered – rather pathetic and weak. How’s that for optimism? We [...]

2019-02-16T14:33:00-04:00 February 16th, 2019|Dr Jeremy Girmann, The Press|

Living Limitless

By Dr. Jeremy Girmann In a previous question submission, Performance Press reader, James, reported that he was stuck at a particular weight on the bench press and that he could not, despite repeated attempts and great effort, push any more weight. He stopped progressing and wants to know how he can break through his plateau. [...]

2019-01-16T22:09:22-04:00 January 16th, 2019|Dr Jeremy Girmann, The Press|

Shoulder Health: One thing you should be doing

By Dr. Jeremy Girmann I have received several recent questions related to shoulder pain. Those who have experienced shoulder discomfort to any significant degree are painfully aware of the limitations that it imposes, not only on training, but also on general daily function. I have become increasingly convinced that most of us could be protecting [...]

2018-12-26T14:09:41-04:00 December 26th, 2018|Dr Jeremy Girmann, The Press|

Mind Muscle Connection

By Dr. Jeremy Girmann I recently received the following question from a Performance Press reader named Dan: “What is one thing that many bodybuilders fail to do in their quest for progress?” Coincidentally, I read this question immediately following a workout during which I was astounded by the lack of engagement demonstrated by the trainees [...]

2018-11-09T16:32:08-04:00 November 9th, 2018|Dr Jeremy Girmann, The Press|

Sensible Sun Exposure

By Dr. Jeremy Girmann Last month I introduced the topic of sun exposure and questioned whether the popular recommendation to reduce exposure is a good one. Let’s dive deeper. Over the past century, many public health messages have focused on the potential hazards of ultraviolet radiation (UVR). There is often an emphasis on the risk [...]

2018-09-13T20:23:38-04:00 September 13th, 2018|Dr Jeremy Girmann, The Press|

Scared of the sun?

By Dr. Jeremy Girmann Some time ago, I posted a few comments on social media regarding the importance of exposure. Here is the original post: “It seems to me that some people have a fairly illogical fear of sun exposure.  We routinely hear about the potential dangers of excessive sun exposure but I never hear [...]

2018-08-22T19:33:01-04:00 August 22nd, 2018|Dr Jeremy Girmann, The Press|

Boosting Stem Cells

By Dr. Jeremy Girmann A large number of you have probably heard of stem cells but may not be particularly familiar with the topic beyond what often appears in the news and entertainment media. Much of what makes headlines relates to human embryologic stem cells. These cells have the natural ability to turn into any [...]

2018-06-13T15:27:39-04:00 June 13th, 2018|Dr Jeremy Girmann, The Press|

Wrong about RICE?

By Dr. Jeremy Girmann What are you supposed to do after experiencing an acute muscle strain or ligament sprain? For decades, people have been told that Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation (RICE) will expedite recovery and enhance healing. But is this so? In 1978, Dr. Gabe Mirkin authored The Sportsmedicine Book in which he first [...]

2018-05-10T22:18:00-04:00 May 10th, 2018|Dr Jeremy Girmann, The Press|

Biomechanics — What you’re doing wrong!

By Dr. Jeremy Girmann In last month’s article, we set the stage for further discussion related to the ways in which biomechanical considerations might allow us optimize training and reduce risk of injury with various exercises. Let’s review a few more examples. Pull-downs: How do you perform pull-downs? Do you use an open grip, keeping [...]

2018-04-09T14:11:01-04:00 April 9th, 2018|Dr Jeremy Girmann, The Press|

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