CORE Training


We live in a performance-enhanced society. College students take Adderall to score higher on exams. Television personalities inject Botox to improve their ratings. Healthy males use Viagra to improve their sexual performance. Workers consume caffeinated beverages to stay alert. Our society has embraced a variety of technological, medical, and particularly pharmacological means to enhance performance.

But mention performance enhancement in the context of increasing strength, improving muscularity, and reducing body fat and you will often be met with disapproval. Muscle and strength apparently make people feel uncomfortable, particularly legislators.

And don't even think about taking a "supplement" to enhance your physique! The U.S. government has already restricted the sale of ephedrine and ephedra, a very effective fat loss supplement, in dietary supplements.

In January 2005, prohormones and prosteroids will be removed as over-the-counter supplements as well. The prejudice against these products has less to do with their adverse effects but more to do with their association with increased muscle growth and improved athletic performance.

CORE Magazine isn?t afraid of a little muscle growth. We applaud your decision to engage in bodybuilding and/or resistance training to improve your physical appearance or to meet performance goals. In fact, we are determined to provide you with the information necessary to reach your goals.

We?re clearly disappointed that many effective supplements are no longer legally available to us. We feel that adults should have the right to make their own dietary supplement choices. But rather than mourn the removal of these supplements from store shelves, CORE Magazine will focus on what lies ahead for the supplement industry.

We are very fortunate to have Author L. Rea (author of Chemical Muscle Enhancement and Building the Perfect Beast) write a monthly column for CORE. Mr. Rea is one of the leading innovators in the industry and will answer your questions on the technical and practical aspects of supplementation in bodybuilding and sports.

We agree that supplements have a clear and necessary role in sports nutrition. But we feel most publications overemphasize the importance of supplements. CORE does not plan on making this mistake. The majority of our content will focus on training and nutrition. These are, without a doubt, the most important tools for performance enhancement. Proper application can lead to dramatic muscle growth and an improved physique. And guess what? There is nothing the government can do about them!

Take a look at the inaugural issue of CORE Magazine, we have articles by several top minds, such as:

  • Don Alessi
  • Author L. Rea
  • Bryan Haycock
  • Lori Incledon
  • Dave Douglas
  • Scott Mendelson
  • Lyle McDonald
  • Matt Reynolds
  • Dennis Weis
  • Brian Cunningham
  • Clarityandfocus

Please read and re-read these articles. We know you will find these articles informative, useful and inspiring.


  • HPTA Supraphysiological Overcompensation: The Holy Grail Of Optimized Natural Human Performance

    The first and most important How-to answer in the optimization of human performance begins with HPTA Supraphysiological Overcompensation. Learn more...

  • Gynecomastia-Male Breast Development

    The treatment of gynecomastia has become a specific interest of mine due to all the bodybuilders I treat. Find out what it is and how to prevent it...

  • SunTan Science: The Good, The Bad And The Ugly!

    Tan skin accentuates the physique, highlighting lines and definition. Unfortunately the sun will also hasten damage to the skin. This article will show you that there is a way to get that sexy tan (plus all the health benefits) and minimize the damage.

  • Site Specific Androgen Receptor Modulation - Get Big, Stay Big!

    Recently many readers have been writing in asking questions about how to use one of the hottest new supplements to hit the market - ATD. If you would like to learn more regarding this please continue reading.

  • Double Session Burst Training

    Double session burst training is an extreme, 6-week blitz, geared to diametrically increase muscle mass while shedding body fat. Like most great things, this type of training will require dedication. Read below if you are not frail of heart.

  • AMPk: Master Metabolic Regulator.

    The molecule I want to talk about is called AMP-activated protein kinase or AMPk for short, a compound that is turning out to be one of the major metabolic regulators in the liver, skeletal muscle, fatty acids, and the brain.

  • April Core Training Article Table Of Contents.

    CORE is a collaboration of articles from a variety of writers helping you with physique and performance excellence.

  • Soy Protein Sucks!

    As of late, it seems that I have been getting more and more questions about soy protein and my reasons for suggesting that athletes, and especially male athletes, avoid it like a bad blind date. I would like to offer some insights to this evil...

  • The 10 Minute High-Protein Meal!

    Steve Tower Henneberry, a star on the former American Gladiators television program, goes for peak performance in the kitchen by preparing what he calls One-Step High-Protein Meals. See below for one such meal!

  • Living With Obesity At 700 Calories Per Day!

    Consider a common female client. She's a woman about 5'5 and 185 pounds. A combination of a mostly sedentary lifestyle, quick-fix, processed foods and consistent excessively low calories.

  • Ask Author L Rea: Q And A.

    Is it a good idea to stack boldenone and nandrolone? Will stacking interleukin-15 with insulin-like growth factor turn even the most ordinary physique into a freak show? Author goes into these questions below with some brief detailed answers.

  • Tea And Crumpets With Glenn Pendlay!

    Glenn Pendlay is a guy you've probably never heard of. Unless you're into hanging out with Exercise Physiology or Kinesiology professors. If you would like to read about the best then look no further.

  • Body Composition Training.

    How do we make sense of this metabolic Jeckle and Hyde? The answer is closer than you think. Find out here...

  • Toxicity - Are You Full Of Crap?

    We will now focus on the gastrointestinal (GI) tract and lymphatic systems. High calorie bodybuilding diets can often overload these two systems; therefore we must find a way to cleanse these two systems so that our bodies can continue to stay healthy...

  • Muscle Separation Training.

    Bodybuilders can set their watches by it. 12 weeks before the contest, around the time they decide to cut calories, insecurities emerge like a fat chick at Dairy Queen.

  • Dual Factor Training: How To Use Training Theory To Reach Your Physique & Performance Goals.

    There are basically two accepted theories in the world of weight training. One is called Supercompensation and the other is called Dual Factor Theory. Bodybuilding tends to follow...

  • All About Alpha Lipoic Acid.

    Alpha lipoic acid is a coin with two sides. As an antioxidant, it inhibits reactions promoted by oxygen or peroxides that destroy or corrupt cells. When taken as a supplement, alpha lipoic acid (ALA) increases...

  • Initial Body Fat & Body Composition Changes.

    A more recent idea making the rounds in bodybuilding nutrition is that, prior to trying to gain lean body mass, people should diet down first.

  • The Art Of War: The Battle Against Homeostasis

    So ya wanna be a freak - or even just have a nice degree of muscle and a dialed in six-pack. Well your body and tens of thousands of years of evolution have second thoughts in regard to this pursuit...

  • An Interview With Eric Serrano, M.D

    I am joined today by world famous nutrition and supplementation expert Dr. Eric Serrano MD. Dr. Serrano is well known amongst elite athletes and coaches who seek his help for the most complicated cases.