Monday Madness: Push Yourself Harder

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Push yourself harder. I am sure you've been told that at some point. I am here today to be blunt and direct about this topic. If you leave having learned something then my mission will be accomplished. I am not going to worry about your feelings. This is not going to be a politically correct article. This is going to be a "getting real" article. Yes, shit just got real! Go … [Read more...]

Burn Fat with Tom Venuto

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Burn fat--that's what Tom Venuto wants to teach us. It is part of the title of his book, Burn the Fat, Feed the Muscle. Tom has become somewhat of an internet legend with his practical and easy to follow approach to fat loss. If you've been reading this site for long you will know that I have great respect for Tom and the things he teaches. In fact, despite all the different … [Read more...]

Saturday Sharing: My Opinion on HIT Training

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HIT training (High Intensity Training) is a weight training principle that gets very little respect in the bodybuilding community, but was used by some big names to achieve a tremendous physique. Those of you reading this site for any amount of time know that I believe in the Experiment of One. I have personally used HIT to get some incredible results. I always seem to go back … [Read more...]

The NPC Nationals Update

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The NPC Nationals 2014 took place in Miami, Florida on November 21 and 22.  62 men and women earned their IFBB Pro cards. The competition was fierce. Let's have a look at the Top 3 in each class. NPC Nationals - Men's Bodybuilding Alexis Rivera-Roton Overall winner NPC Nationals - Men's Physique Logan Franklin Overall … [Read more...]

Cardio Techniques: Hill Climbs

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Using various cardio techniques can help keep you going on your cardio routine. Nobody I know enjoys cardio, but when they vary their routine it is much easier to complete. I have been working through a series of cardio techniques the past month and today's session is about hill climbs. I use them on a treadmill in a unique way. You can even do hill climbs outside if you'd … [Read more...]

How to Track Your Goal Progress

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In order to achieve them you must track your goal progress. It seems intuitive, but so many people fail to do this very simple step that will improve goal completion rate tremendously. If you don't measure it you cannot manage it. That's a fact of life. Write Your Goals Down As already discussed in this series of articles on goals, writing them down is the initial step … [Read more...]

Musclecast Episode #2: Why Do a Competition?

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Welcome to the second episode of the MuscleCast video podcast. In this episode I discuss the reasons that people might want to enter physique competitions. The first thing we need to clarify is what I am talking about. Many people hear "bodybuilding competition" and immediately shy away (especially women) because they are afraid to "get too big." When I say "physique … [Read more...]

5 More Things You Should Remember at the Gym

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Gym etiquette is a topic near and dear to my heart. I cannot stand when people misuse the gym. I recently wrote 5 Things You Should Remember at the Gym and these are 5 more things to add to that list. The squat rack and power rack are for squatting, overhead presses and other compound barbell exercises, not bicep curls. It irritates me when I see someone using the squat or … [Read more...]

Monday Madness: Chest Training to Blow Up Your Pecs

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Chest training is like a religion in most gyms. Monday's are dubbed "Bench Press Mondays" because that's when most people do their chest training.My good friend and mentor, Ken Turchek, taught me some amazing tricks for building my pecs. While it is a slow process (what in bodybuilding isn't), it works. I see changes all the time as I look in the mirror. In today's Monday … [Read more...]

11 More Bodybuilding Myths Destroyed

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Bodybuilding myths are everywhere. Not that long ago I published 11 Myths About Bodybuilding Destroyed. The response was so good that I decided to expand the list with another 11 bodybuilding myths that need to be destroyed. If women lift heavy weights they will begin to look like a man. The facts are that any woman who lifts weights will become stronger over time, but that … [Read more...]