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Does Stretching "Loosen" Muscles and Tendons?

Some of the key effects of stretching are in your brain.<p>There's plenty of debate about whether stretching before and/or after running is useful. But we spend less time thinking about what stretching actually <i>does</i> -- what's changing on a muscular, neuromuscular, and biomechanical level when we …

10 Reasons You're Not Building Muscle—and What's Holding You Back in the Gym

Packing on muscle is no easy feat, regardless of whether you’re a string bean or a husky guy. And why you’re missing out on gains is typically caused …

Exercise

Exercises For When You're Freaking Sore

Photographed by Winnie Au.<p>There’s nothing better than a killer workout that leaves you drenched in sweat and flying high on endorphins. The next …

I lift weights all the time and can’t build any muscle. What’s wrong?

<b>The question:</b> I read your column a few weeks ago where you explain how to get stronger without getting bulky, but I want some bulk. I have lifted weights for years but I can't seem to put on any muscle. What am I doing wrong?<p><b>The answer:</b> The fact that genetics can predispose the body to react to …

NSAIDs and Muscle Recovery

The Sports Doc says daily use could be harmful to the kidneys.<p><i>Dear Sports Doc,</i><p><i>I've been hearing some conflicting information about the effects of ibuprofen after a long run - specifically that the anti-inflammatory effects of the ibuprofen stop the muscle from recovering as effectively & decrease</i> …