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Chris Barakat, MS, ATC, CISSN

Chris Barakat, MS, ATC, CISSN

Iron Culture Podcast (Dr. Eric Helms & Omar Isuf)

I had the honor and pleasure to chat with Dr. Eric Helms & Omar Isuf on their Iron Culture Podcast to discuss Body Recomposition. Apple Podcast 0:00 Intro 4:57 Guest Introduction 9:22 Christopher’s Perspective on Body Recomposition 15:58 Misunderstandings about Body Recomposition 23:20 Evidence of Recomposition being Real. How/Why Recomposition is Real 40:02 How Relevant is the Body Recomposition Data to the Average Listener? How Significant is Body Recomposition? 50:25 Some of the Underlying Mechanisms Behind why Body Recomposition is Possible 56:56 How does Body Fat Ranges Affect Building Muscle for Competitors? 1:03:00 Ideal Approaches for Body Recomposition 1:12:04 How......

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Body Recomposition: Can You Build Muscle and Lose Fat at the Same Time?

Written by: Christopher Barakat, MS, ATC, CISSN If I told you that YOU have the ability to build muscle and lose fat at the same time, would you believe me? … I see it so often, that I believe you can achieve body recomposition as well!  In this article, I’m going to provide you with scientific evidence from multiple individuals I’ve helped and also randomized controlled trials that have shown significant gains in lean body mass and reductions in fat mass.  When it comes to improving our body composition, we all want to build muscle and lose fat at the......

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Anabolic Radio: Adjusting & Adapting

In this episode of Anabolic Radio I had the pleasure of interviewing my friend Christopher Barakat who’s the owner of an educational brand School of Gains, head coach at Competitive Breed, and professor/researcher at Tampa University. Now while there is some uncertainty during COVID-19 that doesn’t mean we can’t still progress toward our body composition/health related goals during this period of time. Despite the best-laid plans, life isn’t always predictable. External events and unexpected circumstances often create chaos- causing us to lose focus and get distracted. At times like these, you can reclaim some sense of security by focusing on what......

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Calf Training – Research Validates Old School Bodybuilding Practices

Written by: Christopher Barakat, MS, ATC, CISSN The idea of having six-pack abs, bulging biceps, and a strong bench press to match an aesthetic chest is a pretty common goal amongst most gym-goers. On the other hand, building massive calves isn’t nearly as desired for many. The truth of the matter is, too many people skip leg day, and even those that do train legs, regularly skimp out on calves at the end of their session. Moreover, there is this common belief that the calves are a stubborn muscle to build and don’t respond to resistance-training like other muscle groups.......

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Training At Home During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Written by: Christopher Barakat, MS, ATC, CISSNIf you want to know what the best exercises you can do from home with limited equipment are, and how you can stay fit, maintain your muscle and even make progress during this time (COVID-19 Pandemic), then you want to read this article & download the free workout.Key Takeaways You can create intense, stimulatory training sessions without fancy gym equipment.  Your muscles respond to an internal stimulus. We can create this in many external ways.  Maintaining your muscle is relatively easy.  The COVID-19 pandemic is officially a global crisis, rightfully forcing many gyms around......

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HIP THRUST – The Ultimate Booty Builder or an Overrated Imposter?

Written by: Christopher Barakat, MS, ATC, CISSNOver the past 5 years, one exercise that has become exponentially more popular is the Barbell Hip Thrust. From female fitspos on Instagram saying it’s their favorite booty builder, to elite strength and conditioning coaches claiming this is going to enhance lower body strength and power, it seems like everyone is performing them in their training program. Interestingly, what seems like overnight, a lot of people are hopping off the hip thrust band wagon and are now saying it’s overrated. This is due to a recent study(1) that was just published comparing the strength......

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