Muscle Pain and the Fat-Burning Chain

Ori Hofmekler

Muscle Pain and the Fat-Burning Chain

“No pain, no gain” is a motto that has historically guided athletes in their quest for superior performance. Recent discoveries have demonstrated that the old-fashioned approach may also work very well for individuals who wish to lose fat, including the most stubborn kind.

Recent studies at the school of medicine at RMIT University in Bundoora, Victoria, Australia, revealed that muscle pain during exercise may be an important indicator of a profound fat-burning effect. The researcher found that working muscles release a certain chemical that increases fat burning, or lipolysis, during intense exercise. The chemical, called interleukin-6 (IL6), belongs to a family of proinflammatory immuno-compounds known as cytokines. They are released during muscle inflammation, which is also associated with muscle pain.

The Wisdom of Mike Mentzer

John Little

The Wisdom of Mike Mentzer

More on Intensity

Q: I like Mike’s scientific approach to bodybuilding very much. He renders very technical issues intelligible to lay people like me in a way that makes perfect sense. I’m really intrigued by his writings on intensity in training. What else might he have said about the subject of intensity?

TEXAS SHREDDER

Steve Holman

TEXAS SHREDDER

Dave Goodin is amazing. He still has the motivation and rock-solid physique to hit the bodybuilding stage with the best—and come out on top, or close to it, every time. At his most recent outing, the ’08 NPC Team Universe Championships, he took second in the welterweight class, beating some very good, and young, drug-free bodybuilders. And he did it only a year after ripping his hamstring from the bone in a freak accident.

New Nutrition Research

Jerry Brainum

New Nutrition Research

Some studies presented at the recent 15th European Congress on Obesity, held in late April in Budapest, Hungary, are relevant for bodybuilders. Among them: 

• Green tea is known to exert thermogenic effects, which convert fat calories into heat, favoring fat loss. But since green tea also contains caffeine, another thermogenic substance, which is the active factor that promotes fat loss?

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