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Masked Marauder
You can train like “The Natural Born Killer” and look like one too by donning an elevation training mask. While the mask doesn’t simulate the low pressure environment found at altitude, it has been shown to increase endurance by strengthening the diaphragm, and increasing overall lung capacity. In other words, restrict your air intake and breathe a little easier.

Unleash Your Wild Side
Wild rice isn’t rice at all. It’s actually a semi-aquatic grass species. Well liked for its chewy texture and nutty flavor, wild rice boasts more protein than brown or white rice and pairs well with chicken and fish.

Sinister Squeeze
According to a new study by the American Psychological Association, some athletes may improve their performance under pressure simply by squeezing a ball or clenching their left hand before competition to activate certain parts of the brain. In the study of 20 judokas, right-handed athletes who squeezed a ball in their left hand before competing were less likely to choke under pressure than right-handed players who squeezed a ball in their right hand. For skilled athletes, many movements, such as kicking a soccer ball or throwing a punch, become automatic with little conscious thought. When athletes under pressure don’t perform well, they may be focusing too much on their own movements rather than relying on their motor skills developed through years of practice.

Roid Void
According to researchers at the University of Gothenburg, there is a link between the use of anabolic-androgenic steroids and reduced mental health later in life. Steroid users were more likely to have been treated for depression, concentration problems, and aggressive behavior. The juice ain’t worth the squeeze.

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