Bodybuilding Supplements – What a Professional Takes!

Bodybuilding supplements - scoop of protein, bcaa and creatine, omega3 in pills on wooden background

Buying protein powder, collagen, vitamin supplements and concerned by the cost? Spare a thought for the poor bodybuilder! SmartPlay spoke to Tom Lawry, a competitive bodybuilder, to get an understanding of what supplements and vitamins he takes on a daily basis. It’s fair to say that what it takes to be a serious player in … Read more

Struggling to Build Muscle? You may be a Hard Gainer

A slim, but fit young man in boxing gloves. He may be a hard gainer.

You work hard in the gym, lifting heavy, doing the same exercises, the same routine as all the massive guys. But you just don’t get any bigger. Why can’t you put on muscle mass? So you work harder, adding an extra session per week and doing even more reps every time you step inside the … Read more

The Dangers of ‘Dry Scooping’

A scoop of chocolate protein powder. SOme oyung people are dry scooping supplements

‘Dry Scooping’ is emerging as a new social media trend amongst the young. But what is this TikTok craze and is it safe? Here at SmartPlay we know that many of our readers use protein powders and sports supplements, either occasionally or regularly. There are many good reasons to take dietary supplements: whether you are … Read more

Top 5 Exercises to Build Power

close up of back of a train. One of the best exercises to build powerer holding a heaving barbell

When it comes to weight training in the gym, there are some classic exercises that we all come back to time and time again. Don’t make the mistake of thinking that because they are old, that they are not good. These exercises have proven themselves over the years to be highly effective in adding power … Read more

Better nutrition for busy people

Healthy vegetable soups and salads on a wooden table in a rustic tableau - perfect examples of better nutrition.

A dietitian’s guide to healthy eating whilst living a hectic 21st century life We may well aspire to cooking up a weekly bone broth, fermenting our own vegetables and swanning around the kitchen with elegant poise, but the reality of our hectic schedules makes these aspirations a forlorn hope. Let’s be honest, who can find … Read more

Supplements, how much do you know?

Herbs with alternative medicine herbal supplements and pills

Most people know that supplements, if used correctly, can be good for their health. However, that’s where the knowledge ends for a large proportion of the population. Many of us are unsure what supplements to take and why. And a great swathe of us have no real understanding of what’s in the supplements that we … Read more

Is Glutamine right for you?

A scoop of white glutamine powder on a bright yellow background. Products like this are part of the dry scooping craze

Glutamine is increasingly popular as a recovery supplement and for good reason. Have you ever tried Glutamine? If you suffer after going to the gym or exercise then glutamine might be just what your body needs to get you back to feeling ready to exercise again day after day. Glutamine is an amino acid and is one of … Read more

7 Food Myths Debunked

A hotdog roll stuffed with sausage and salad - an example of a food myth debunked

Nutritionist Stephanie McElhany was so fed up with some of the sub-optimal information about healthy food she wrote an opinion piece. Common food myths exposed We hope you enjoy the read as much as we did: Low calorie diets Low calorie diet foods are the best option for those trying to lose weight. It’s been … Read more

Sleeping poorly?

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A staggering 76 percent of Australians suffer from sleep deprivation. Why are so many people sleeping poorly? Stress and anxiety are often to blame, along with lifestyle habits like shift work. Critically, many of us don’t get enough non-REM sleep, the deep sleep phase which facilitates cell renewal and repair; shallow, dream-filled REM sleep is … Read more

Omega-3, the good fat

A selection of foods rich in Omega 3 fatty acids

If you think all fat is a no-no, think again. Omega-3 is incredibly good for you. Fat is not a dirty word when it comes to health. In fact, certain fats are – literally – essential. Omega-3s are called ‘essential fatty acids’ (EFAs), meaning the body requires them for optimal functioning, but they cannot be … Read more