Virtual Muscle


Our Mission

Our mission is simple: To educate consumers and other professionals about nutrition, exercise, and all manner of topics related to performance and physique enhancement in an entertaining and unbiased way. You may see ads and product examples from our sponsors throughout the site, but this will not adversely affect the information provided. By providing this service, our hope is that readers will apply the knowledge to better themselves (and their clients).

Virtual Muscle Contributors

The people contributing to Virtual Muscle include university professors, researchers, exercise physiologists (biologists), nutritionists, health educators, coaches and journalism professionals that realize they can reach a larger audience (than in traditional classroom settings) by way of our world wide web presence and newsletter.

The individuals that author and edit the content of Virtual Muscle are legitimate professionals, often holding advanced degrees such as MS, PhD, RD, RN, R.Ph, etc. They belong to such prestigious organizations as the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), American Dietetic Association (ADA), Association of Parenteral and Enteral Nutritionists (ASPEN), National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), and Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology (CSEP).*

Although original article submissions are welcomed for consideration, blatant sales pitches and uneducated "guru"-type articles will not be accepted in this publication. Virtual Muscle utilizes a "peer review" policy, wherein article submissions are reviewed by relevant experts for scientific merit. Editorial content (articles, interviews, editorials, etc.) and sponsors' advertisements will be kept strictly separate and clearly marked.

  • Managing Editor: Robert Fortney
  • Research & Education Editor: Lonnie Lowery, PhD
  • Associate Research Editor: Tim Ziegenfuss, PhD, CSCS
  • Associate Research Editor: Ron Mendel, PhD
  • Ron Mendel, PhD
  • Ellen Glickman, PhD
  • Lonnie Lowery, PhD
  • Stephanie Hornyak, RD
  • Joe Mendel, RN
  • John Berardi, BS
  • MichaelAnn Cariglio, RD
  • Kristin Reisinger, BS
  • Bob Lemieux, BS, CSCS
  • Phil Appicelli, PhD, CSCS
  • Elzi Volk, MS
  • Michael Francois, IFBB pro

Check out for even more great articles!


  • Tennis Elbow: What Can You Do?

    Set aside some time weekly to train the non-beach muscles, like the small muscles of the forearm. This will lessen the chances of tennis elbow occurring. It is not a pleasant experience.

  • Make Your Muscles Grow: All About Cell Volumizing!

    Learn how to start forcing your muscles to grow by learning how they work! Learn the anatomy of your muscles, how they work and much more...

  • All About Testosterone - Part Two!

    There you have it, a quick but accurate treatise on prohormones. And despite the media hype, no one is gaining 30 pounds of lean mass by using andro.

  • Vegetarian Bodybuilding: Does It Have A Chance?

    I know, real men eat meat. My mission in writing this is to merely present the idea that it is possible to adhere to a vegetarian diet while trying to gain lean mass and/or decrease bodyfat.

  • Ecdysteroid: Bogus Bug Stuff Or Legit Ergogenic Aid?

    As a group, ecdysteroids are naturally occurring, polyhydroxylated plant sterols that have a plethora of non-hormonal anabolic and ergogenic activities in mammals. Learn what it is and how it can help YOU!

  • Plyometrics: Time To Mix It Up!

    Plyometrics are series of exercises that combine movements such as jumping, bounding, skipping, and throwing in a quick and repetitive manner! Learn about it here.

  • Sucralose: Is This Sweetener Right For You?

    Sucralose is the only non-nutritive sweetener made from sugar. Is it safe? Should you use it? Find out here!