NFL Play 60 Program: Getting Kids Fit

By:  Matt Weik IML Research Blog If you’re a sports fan, I’m sure you’ve heard of the NFL PLAY 60 Program.  This program was designed to help our youth get and stay active.  The National Football League Foundation has put a lot of time, money, and effort into this program over the past ten years.  While in theory the program … Read More

Cancer Drugs to Fight Obesity?

By: Matt Weik IML Research Blog It doesn’t happen often, but every once in a while, when researchers are investigating one piece of data, they come to discover something else that could be groundbreaking. When researchers at a Mayo Clinic were running cancer studies on mice, they discovered that the drugs used in the study were also causing considerable weight … Read More

A Caffeine Study Gone Wrong!

By: Matt Weik When researchers begin a study or trial, generally every piece of the study has been laid out and double checked to ensure the safety of the participants and subjects. However, Northumbria University just got slammed with a hefty fine for completely botching their calculations on their caffeine study. Here in America, we love our coffee. Some of … Read More

Technology Update: Fitness Apps to Keep You on Track

By: Matt Weik The Apple iWatch has been around for quite a while now and has several versions to choose from. Regardless of the version, there are some great apps out there that can help you with your health and fitness goals.  This article will showcase some of the top health and fitness apps for the iWatch and they won’t … Read More

11 Reasons Why Being Fit Sometimes Sucks!

By: Matt Weik IML Blog Ok, being fit doesn’t really suck. But, there are some instances where it can cause a bit of frustration.  This article is meant to be fun — showcasing some of those unexpected headaches that being fit can cause.  If you’re among the seriously fit, I’m hoping you chuckle reading it….the way I did writing it. … Read More

Is Coffee Making You Fat?

By: Matt Weik IML Blog Coffee, the most consumed morning beverage ever. In fact, they say that around 54% of American adults need their cup of Joe every morning, regardless of the temperature outside.  Have you ever gone past a Starbucks or Dunkin Donuts and no one was in line?  Me neither.  I don’t even think it’s possible.  People wait … Read More

Fitness Certifications: A Closer Look

By: Matt Weik IML Blog What Fitness Trainer Certification Do You Need? I have a feeling this article may ruffle some feathers, but the facts are the facts. I’ve been a certified personal trainer, strength and conditioning specialist, and sports nutritionist for many years. Guess how many of my clients have asked me who I’m certified through?  The answer is … Read More

Gym Style – What’s Yours?

By: Matt Weik The IML Blog Everyone wants to be fashionable. Sometimes people create their own style instead of following trends—and that’s perfectly fine.  Days of the old man sweatpants and beat up t-shirt are gone.  We are in an era where fitness meets fashion.  With brands popping up all over, it’s tough to decide who you want to support. … Read More

Goat Yoga is Real – We “Kid” You Not!

By: Matt Weik IML Blog I had a little fun with the title, so sue me, it’s funny! (If you don’t get it, look up the definition of a baby goat).  If you’re still with me and you stopped laughing (probably at me), there’s actually a new fitness trend called “Goat Yoga.”  No, this isn’t a joke (I’ll spare you … Read More

Are You a Gym Bro? (Accessory Guide)

By: Matt Weik The IML Blog Let’s face it, there are items that we all use when heading to the gym—the staples. It’s like a ritual we go through before we walk into the weight room and make the daily sacrifice to the Gainz God.  But let’s be clear about one thing.  If you don’t have the items listed below … Read More

Is it Healthier to be Single?

By: Matt Weik IML Blog I want to begin by saying if you are in a healthy and happy relationship, don’t break it off just because of this article! But I’m going to bring up some valid points as to why I believe being single can improve the overall quality of someone’s health. This is meant to make you think, … Read More

Gym Membership -vs- Home Gym

By: Matt Weik If you were nearby, you’d hear me shouting “YES!” at the top of my lungs when it comes to building a home gym.  In all honesty, investing in your health is the best thing you could ever do.  Will the upfront cost be a little shocking at first?  Yes, but over time you’ll see the value of … Read More

Some Basics to Getting into Shape

By: Matt Weik IML Blog Getting in shape doesn’t need to be difficult or taxing—especially if you make it a lifestyle. After some time, things become second nature and it won’t feel out of the norm.  If you want to avoid becoming a statistic, follow these simple tips below to be on your way to a new, healthier you. Monkey … Read More

10 Gym Tips and Tricks

By: Matt Weik IML Blog Everyone’s in search of a magic pill to help them achieve the body they’ve always dreamed of. Well, unfortunately it doesn’t exist.  So, for that reason, I’m going show you a few things that can help you achieve your dream physique and improve your overall health so long as you put in the work.  Let’s … Read More

10 Tips for Your Fitness Journey

By: Matt Weik When trying to turn poor habits into healthy ones, we often end up falling back into some of those unhealthy choices. Health and fitness is a lifelong journey.  There will be ups and downs and your will is going to be tested.  Here’s 10 health and fitness tips that you can apply to help keep you heading … Read More

When a Goal is Just a Goal…

By: Matt Weik IML Blog How many times have you said you wanted to do something and never followed through? Probably more times than you can count, right?  We don’t have a shortage of wants, needs, goals, and aspirations.  The issue comes down to when the reality of the amount of work punches you in the mouth, do you man … Read More

How To Choose a Personal Trainer

By: Matt Weik The IML Blog Are you ready to kick things up a notch and hire a personal trainer to put you through the ringer? Or, maybe you’re just starting out and you want to make sure you have the proper form before you start conquering the gym alone? Either way, you’ll want to make an informed decision on … Read More

Do We Need an App to Make Healthy Choices?

By: Matt Weik A new app was launched in late 2016 called “Order Healthy.” The app is designed to help you make healthy decisions when it comes to eating meals away from home.  Maybe you’re enjoying a night out on the town and you sit down to eat at a nice restaurant?  What do you order?  This app might just … Read More

Should You Eat Before Exercise?

By: Matt Weik There has been a debate for quite some time on whether you should eat before you exercise or if you should exercise when in a fasted state. The banter has been enough to turn people blue in the face arguing their point of view.  Theories have gone back and forth for both sides, yet we never had … Read More

Insect Based Protein?

By: Matt Weik IML Research Blog Remember back when you were in school and you were taught that people ate bugs to survive in the wilderness? Remember how disgusting that sounded?  Well, now companies are expecting you to do that for fun.  What?!  Well, it seems like my reaction is the same as the majority of consumers out there—at least … Read More

Fit Tips: Walk Before You Run!

By: Matt Weik For those just starting their fitness journey, it’s going to be just that—a journey. Your path isn’t going to be a straight line, in fact, it’ll be like putting a crayon in the hands of a 2-year-old and asking them to draw a line from one side of the paper to the other—the line is everything but … Read More

You 2.0 (A New Version of Yourself)

By: Matt Weik We’ve all found ourselves wondering how we can take the next step in our careers or even with our physiques. We’ve gotten comfortable at times with how things are and we simply continue down that path rather than ditching the security blanket and stepping outside our cozy comfort zone.  When you want to move up in life, … Read More

H.I.I.T. Training: New Research!

By: Matt Weik IML Research Blog We live in a society that believes if a little yields a good result, then more would yield an even better result.  But more times than not, this isn’t the case.  And actually, that kind of thinking can get you in a lot of trouble in certain situations.  Just look at how many lawsuits … Read More

A Workout to Manage Diabetes?

By: Matt Weik IML Research Blog When illness falls on us or someone we love, it’s never easy. We often wonder what our next step should be.  Research seems to keep coming back to the same answer—exercise and lifestyle.  Exercise can do so much good for our overall health and wellbeing that it’s truly shocking that more people aren’t getting … Read More

Kids: Cyber-Cycling for Behavioral Issues?

By: Matt Weik IML Research Blog Do your kids come home complaining about other students in their class that are a distraction to everyone else? Maybe your child was clinically diagnosed with a behavioral disorder?  With these types of disorders, it’s common to hear their behavioral issues disrupt the learning process.  In some instances, it seems like the teacher spends … Read More

Exercise: A Cure for Childhood Depression

By: Matt Weik IML Research Blog Back in the day, childhood depression never seemed to be an issue. In fact, I don’t even ever remember hearing about it when I was a kid.  However, the truth is, many kids these days suffer from depression.  Unfortunately, some never make it out of that depression and end up taking their own lives.  … Read More

New Study: Serve Yourself

By: Matt Weik If you’re looking to stay on your diet, the worst thing you can do is have an enabler feeding you food that you shouldn’t be consuming.  Or someone who leaves out portioned snacks for easy consumption.  You almost feel bad not eating it, right? New research says, feed yourself to keep your waistline in check. What exactly … Read More

Supplement Commentary: The Future of the Pre-Workout

By: Matt Weik We live in a world where people who use pre-workouts are focused only on one thing — stimulants.  That’s right, they want to feel jacked up.  They want to feel as if ants are crawling under their skin, that tingly sensation telling them their pre-workout product is working.  If they don’t feel it, it’s not working—right?  This … Read More

Report: Big News For Your Joints!

By: Matt Weik When it comes to sports injuries, most occur from wear and tear as well as damage done directly to our ligaments and tendons due to force exerted on the body either by another competitor or the playing field itself. The amount of stress and demand put on our joints and ligaments is sometimes too great and injuries … Read More

Is There a Pathogen Killer Right Under Your Nose?

By: Matt Weik Have you ever gone searching for something only to discover that it was right under your nose the entire time? We’ve all been there.  Well, science is kind of like that sometimes as well. Researchers in Germany have found inside peoples’ noses, a bacterium that can kill many different pathogens that are dangerous to our health—one of … Read More

Did The Ice Bucket Challenge Lead to an ALS Breakthrough?

By: Matt Weik Remember back in 2014 when everyone was dumping buckets full of freezing cold water on their heads? At first no one knew what the heck was going on, including myself. Many disregarded it as simply the latest social media trend, but more and more videos kept showing up and people started asking questions, trying to learn what … Read More

GABA: The Forgotten Amino Acid (New Research)

By:  Matt Weik GABA (gamma-aminobutyric acid) supplements have been around for quite some time. Their claim to fame has been to help with relaxation, improve sleep, improve your mood, as well as improve your focus. GABA is a naturally-occurring amino acid and inhibitory neurotransmitter found in our cells. A new study from Japan is actually showing the potential to now … Read More

Young Female Athletes: The Risks!

By: Matt Weik Many kids and young adults these days engage in athletics. For some its recreational and for others it’s organized competition.  One thing many don’t focus on is the nutritional aspect and what it could be doing to young athletes’ bodies without even realizing it. When a high demand is put on the body due to performance in … Read More

Weight Loss & Cancer Risk

By: Matt Weik It’s no secret that our great nation has an issue with obesity—mainly, putting the fork down and walking away from the table!  With more than 60% of our population being overweight, something has to change to ensure longevity and our overall quality of life as we age.  Illnesses are on the rise, including things like cancer, heart … Read More

Exercise and Avoid Knee Surgery

By: Matt Weik Anyone who has had a meniscal tear requiring surgery knows they never want to go through that again!!! And now they might not have to. Researchers are saying that supervised exercise therapy might be as effective as having surgery for middle aged individuals.  This might be a relief to many of you as the occurrence of a … Read More

The Research Says: Walk Away From Your Desk!

By: Matt Weik It seems for years that we have generalized the health risks of living a sedentary lifestyle—but we’ve never really pinpointed exactly how many hours a day of being sedentary would be needed to induce health risks, specifically heart disease. Researchers have now released data that explains at what point people need to worry about their lifestyle choices … Read More

Home Cooking: Not Always Best for Babies?

By: Matt Weik The debate regarding baby food and which options are best has been an ongoing discussion for years. Parents who prepare their own food for their baby’s find they save a ton of money.  They are able to make things in bulk and freeze much of it to save for a later date.  Some working parents often say … Read More

Do Beards Contain “Healthy” Bacteria?

By: Matt Weik Beards are in style these days and it seems people young and old are into the trend—some old guys probably haven’t even got a clue that they are “hip” now. Has anyone ever wondered if there are health benefits associated with beards?  Believe it or not, a new study might actually make you want to throw your … Read More

New Research: Children’s Bedtimes and Obesity

By: Matt Weik If you follow my work, you know that I’m a huge advocate for getting kids active and learning how to make healthy decisions with their life. This instills healthy habits early in life which can carry over into adulthood. It’s much easier to form healthy habits early in a child’s life than it is to break bad … Read More

Cramps: The Science and a New Solution?

By: Matt Weik Most everyone has experienced a muscle cramp in their lifetime. Some are short-lived cramps while others are the kind that seem to come from the fiery depths of HELL. The 411 to avoid 911 We watch our favorite athletes sometimes come out of a game or a match with what appears to be an injury of some … Read More

Pomegranate Juice: Something You KNEEd?

By: Matt Weik Runners and weightlifters know plenty about knee pain. For some of us it’s constant, for others it comes and goes.  There are many products on the market that claim to help ease joint pain.  Some of them are topical and smell terrible, while others come in a pill form and are taken daily (more for prevention/maintenance and … Read More

Children’s Health Spotlight: Type 1 Diabetes

By: Matt Weik There are things in life that simply aren’t fair—one of which is childhood illness. Type 1 diabetes is a lifelong battle for those diagnosed at an early age.  Kids are forced to learn how to cope with the changes the body forced upon them and how to deal with and live through all that type 1 diabetes … Read More

Office Fitness: Walk This Way….Talk This Way

By: Matt Weik How many of us have desk jobs? Probably a good percentage, right?  How many of you feel as though getting up during the day to take a walk would get you called into the boss’s office?  Many people feel that way and it’s a problem in today’s workforce.  Most people are not taking the time to get … Read More

Coffee Talk: A Fresh Cup of New Research!

By: Matt Weik In 1991, the World Health Organization warned coffee lovers that their preferred morning pick-me-up beverage could cause cancer. Never heard that claim before?  Me neither.  But then again, in 1991 I was too young to even know what coffee was.  But the W.H.O. claimed that there was evidence showing coffee was carcinogenic and put people at a … Read More

Sports Drinks: A Sugar Trap for Kids?

By: Matt Weik We’ve all seen those commercials. The ones where our favorite athletes are drinking sports drinks and performing at a high level.  Kids envision themselves as these athletes thinking that they too can achieve greatness if they drink those same beverages.  Little do they know that, in most cases, what they’re drinking is mostly just a bottle full … Read More

Joint Supplements: Not Exciting….but Necessary!

By: Matt Weik If you’re anything like me, you get excited to take your joint and bone support supplements every day (can you smell the sarcasm?). I keep them next to my bed on the nightstand so I can wake up to the bottle every morning.  You know what I’m talking about, right?  It’s exciting to even think about.  Wait, … Read More

Lifestyle Choices and Cancer Risk

By: Matt Weik In May 2016, two new studies were published that touched on cancer risks and lifestyle choices. While it should come as no surprise and I’m sure I’m preaching to the choir, what you do and the choices you make every day can affect your chances of getting cancer. Too much time in the sun without sunscreen will … Read More

Elderly Study: Exercise, Injury & Recovery

By: Matt Weik As we get older Father Time isn’t always so forgiving when it comes to injuries and getting banged up. It’s believed by many that at a certain age, the body is no longer able to fully recover from an injury or surgery.  That said, just because you’re getting up in age doesn’t mean that an injury of … Read More

Can Cardio Improve Your Memory?

By: Matt Weik My good friend often says, “I have a good memory, it’s just short.”  Well now exercise might be able to fix that—specifically cardio.  A Dutch study mentioned that “newly-learned information turns into long-term knowledge through a process of stabilization and integration of memories. This requires certain brain chemicals that are also released during physical exercise, including dopamine, … Read More

Good News for the Sleep Deprived

By: Matt Weik Who doesn’t like sleep? Those fond memories of college where you could sleep in till noon without a care in the world so long as you didn’t have an early morning class.  You’d stay up all night partying as if the morning would never come.  Ok, I’m getting sidetracked – daydreaming of the good old days.  These … Read More

Supplement Industry: Growing Muscle AND the Economy!

By: Matt Weik There’s so much negativity surrounding the sports supplement industry these days that it’s about time some positive news is shared. It seems like everyone wants to take a shot at the dietary supplement industry – whether it’s for bogus claims, fake studies, tainted products, placebo effects, high prices, poor quality, fairy dusted ingredients, the list goes on … Read More

Research Report: mTor Triggers Muscle Cells

By: Matt Weik We all know how lucrative and how LARGE the supplement industry has become. Innovation keeps the industry growing and exciting.  As research is made public, everyone is rushing to come out with something new and be the first to market.  Speaking of which, a study has been released that shows some impressive results from the use of … Read More

Tart Cherry Powder: An Ergogenic Aid?

By: Matt Weik In an effort to get one step ahead of the competition, athletes are always looking for the next best thing to allow them to recover faster and boost their overall performance. A study by Texas A&M University is showing Tart Cherry powder could be the answer to endurance athletes’ prayers. Let’s first throw out a disclaimer, however, … Read More

Technology Update: The “Shop Well” App is a Must!

By: Matt Weik With so many apps on smartphones these days it almost seems like our phones aren’t only running our lives, but they’re also allowing us to get complacent and lazy as they do a lot of our work for us. Now there’s a new app. This one actually to helps you make better choices while at the grocery … Read More

Stop Playing Games With Your Kids!

By: Matt Weik Obesity rates are on the climb and we need to get things under control. Even worse, more and more kids are becoming overweight and obese due to inactivity.  With the advent of game systems and computers (technology), kids are spending hours each day in front of the television or have tablets glued to their palms playing video … Read More

Nutrition Labels. More Changes Coming?

By: Matt Weik Not too long ago I wrote an article about how the nutrition labels found on packaging could soon have “exercise equivalents” on them.  The reason for this addition is to make people aware of how much someone would have to exercise in order to burn off a serving of whatever product they are looking to purchase or … Read More

Are the Animals Taking Over the Protein Market?

By: Matt Weik Exercisers around the United States are constantly shopping for a quality source of protein to use post workout. What they usually grab is a tub of their favorite flavor of whey protein from a manufacturer they trust.  Whey has been used for a very long time, giving the consumer the protein requirements needed to help pack on … Read More

Are Allergy Meds Killing Your Gains?

By: Matt Weik Yes, you read the title correctly. Your over-the-counter allergy meds could actually be diminishing your potential muscle gains.  Now don’t read this and say “I don’t care how bad I feel, I’m not taking any medication for my allergies.”  That’s not what this article is all about, nor does it make sense if you’re suffering from the … Read More

Can Exercise Benefit Concussion Recovery?

By: Matt Weik When you think of concussions and other brain injuries, you generally think about contact sports like football to be the cause. While this is true, concussions can happen to anyone without having to get hit by a 285-pound linebacker.  A car accident, falling down and hitting your head, and several other “accidental” knocks to your head can … Read More

Beware of Fake Supplement Reviews!

By: Matt Weik You’re in search of a new supplement to try…  What do you do?  Look for reviews on new products, right?  What if I told you most of the reviews out there today are fake and paid for by supplement companies?  One of the largest online supplement retailers is the worst offender, and they don’t seem to care. … Read More

Vitamins/Minerals Can Help Kids Grow Taller?

By: Matt Weik We’ve all been there. Or we had friends growing up that were well… short.  Many of them got picked on for their size or picked last when playing ball on the schoolyard.  Heck, looking at bodybuilders today, it makes you wonder if they were one of the smaller kids growing up since many of them are in … Read More

Lactobacillus Plantarum for Muscle Gains?

By: Matt Weik Before we all get our hopes up that this article will unlock the secret you’ve been waiting for to unleash untapped muscular gains, let’s get one thing straight. The results found in this study were done on male lab mice, not humans.  You and I don’t have a tail or whiskers and we don’t run around on … Read More

Multi-Vitamins: They Could Save Your Life!

By: Matt Weik It’s commonly recommended that all men, whether we exercise or not, should take a daily multivitamin. And now for good reason!  Statistics show that anywhere between 70-89% of sudden heart attacks transpire with males.  Half of men who die due to heart attacks had zero symptoms prior to the episode.  If you are a male, you’re already … Read More

Research: Can Fiber Fuel Weight Loss?

By: Matt Weik Some might say that we are in a bit of a crisis mode when it comes to battling the bulge. The rate of those suffering from being overweight or obese seems to forever be climbing across this nation. With nearly 70% of adults being overweight/obese, we have a serious problem on our hands. Roughly 35% of Americans … Read More

Dark Chocolate: An Ergogenic Aid?

By: Matt Weik Who would have thought that a visit to Chocolate World at Hershey Park in Pennsylvania would give athletes an advantage over their competition? As ridiculous as it sounds, it could actually be true!  Recent studies are showing that dark chocolate is able to boost athletic performance. Elite endurance athletes listen up! No, this is not a joke.  … Read More

Supplement Brands: Adapting to Female Demand

By: Matt Weik In an industry loaded with well-built men, the ladies often get the short end of the stick when it comes to nutritional supplements. In fact, many female athletes avoid supplements all together due to male-minded branding, while others  don’t seem to mind if a tub of protein has a skull on the label.  There’s definitely been a shift over … Read More

Let’s Talk About Stress!

By Matt Weik We’ve all had those moments at work that make us wonder how we have any hair left! The stresses that can be formed throughout your normal 9-5 can be enough to drive anyone mad—not to mention the anxiety and fatigue that seems to come along with it.  A recent study, however, seems to have found a way … Read More

Antioxidants: The Cell Protector

By: Matt Weik Our bodies are constantly under attack! Thanks to antioxidants, our cells are shielded from harm. Antioxidants help protect the body from free radical damage.  Here’s a visual for you: Cut an apple open and sit it on the table and watch it after a few minutes. Slowly you’ll see the apple starts to turn brown—this is due … Read More

Behind the Launch of Super DMZ 5.0

By Mike Arnold 2014 and 2015 were brutal years for the muscle building sector of the supplement industry. As most of you know, the government cracked down pretty hard on the prohormone/designer wagon, banning what was at the time, the most potent class of muscle building products on the market. Seeing the writing on the wall, IronMag Labs (IML) decided … Read More

Egg Whites: Don’t Forget the Basics!

By: Matt Weik With all the latest innovations in supplementation, it’s easy to lose sight of the basics. This blog is an important reminder that if you’re serious about those gainz, then you better have egg whites in your diet. No matter if you’re trying to lean out or put on size, egg whites will get you where you’re trying … Read More

Get Sleep, Gain Muscle!!!

Let me begin by acknowledging that IML is a sponsor here at Digital Muscle so I don’t want this to come across like I’m trying to brown-nose a sponsor. I’m blogging about this because I really wanted to share a personal experience!  -Matt A key contributor to your overall size and strength gains is sleep. If you don’t get enough … Read More

Research Spotlight: RTD Protein

The IML Blog Series:   There’s no mistaking the multi-billion-dollar supplement industry these days. Seemingly everyone (and their brother) is trying to break into the industry, looking for a piece of the action.  Many of those newcomers fail miserably while others show amazing growth year after year.  Innovation has been the great separator in this category for years.  The first manufacturer … Read More

Your Child’s Nutrition. Be Accountable!!!

We call this “The Hardcore Blog” (Presented by IronMag Labs).  Typically this will take us down a road of hardcore training…..or hardcore supplementation.  But for today’s blog I’m going down a different road.  It might not seem “hardcore” to some of you.  But it’s of HARDCORE importance to those of you who have kids!!! As a parent, I find myself … Read More

The Hardcore Blog is Coming!!!

Presented by IronMag Labs, this new addition to the Digital Muscle Media Hub will feature insight on training, nutrition and science – the kind of info appealing only to the most dedicated athletes in the world.    By Matt Weik Welcome fellow hardcore fitness enthusiasts!  On behalf everyone at IML, we are excited to be the premier sponsor right here at … Read More