Just about every top Olympian has a contest prep coach to help him stay on track. Some people may think it’s pointless, but a new study proves what many bodybuilders already know— contest prep coaches can help you pack on mass.

Scientists had 39 elite athletes assigned either to a nutritional intervention group in which a coach counseled them on nutrition or to a non-counseling group. The subjects exercised for 12 weeks and at the end of the study were analyzed for changes in body composition.

The athletes who received nutrition counseling were more successful at increasing body weight and putting on lean muscle mass than those who didn’t receive counseling. – FLEX

Chris Nicoll