Saturday Sharing: Bringing Up Lagging Body Parts Quickly

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We all have body parts that are lagging behind the others when it comes to growth. It is one of the more common questions I see -- "How do I bring up my lagging body parts?" Well, the answer is pretty straightforward, but requires some hard work and dedication to get the job done. Training Variables There are several variables that effect training. You can play with these … [Read more...]

Saturday Sharing: Does It Matter Where You Train?

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Does it matter where you train? Is it possible that your environment changes how you train? Before some recent events I would not have thought so, but my mind is now made up. During my initial bodybuilding contest preparation cycle I trained 3 times a week at Metroflex Long Beach. I did all my cardio exercise at 24 Hour Fitness. I really gave the environment very little … [Read more...]

Why Your Music Selection Matters

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Why would music selection matter to a workout? Is it possible to lift more depending upon your music selection? I am going to tell you that your music selection not only matters, but it is probably critical to the intensity of your training. Studies show... A study was published in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research that addressed the issue of music during your … [Read more...]

Life Changing Events that Hurt Your Momentum

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There are many things in life that can get in the way of your bodybuilding momentum. How you react to these events is going to determine how well you succeed on the other side of the event. I can tell you that I have had both positive and negative experiences with life changing events and my bodybuilding momentum, so I feel like I am qualified to talk to you about this … [Read more...]

10 Reasons to Get Ripped

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Ask most people and they will agree that they would like to be "shredded" or "ripped" like the people on the fitness magazine covers. I am not talking about bodybuilding magazines, I am speaking of magazines like Shape or Men's Fitness. There are 10 great reasons why you should get ripped and I am going to share those with you today! You will have healthier internal organs. … [Read more...]

5 Reasons to Lift Weights

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Lifting weights is something that many people look on with scorn and disdain. I generally hear things like "I don't want to get big and disgusting like the bodybuilders in the magazines!" or "All I want to do is lose some fat!" or "I only want to be leaner." When I hear these objections to lifting weights I think of my 5 reasons to lift weights. You will lose more fat by … [Read more...]

Monday Madness: Hammer the Hamstrings

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Great hamstrings really make the legs look good from behind. They are not really a difficult muscle to train, but there are definitely some tricks I have learned to help with it. The Workout Exercise Sets Repetitions Seated Leg Curls 1 20-25 Seated Leg Curls 3 12-15  Lying Leg Curls 4 12-15  1 Leg Standing Curls 3 10-12  Stiff Legged … [Read more...]

Let’s Talk About Contest Preparation

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Contest preparation. Those two words seem to scare so many people. I am going to talk to you about contest preparation from my perspective. Maybe it will help you if you're on the fence about competing. Making the Decision You have to make a decision to compete before you will ever have to embark on a contest preparation cycle. Once you compete you will be addicted to it. I … [Read more...]

5 Steps to a Great Squat

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Squats (along with deadlifts) are one of the best possible exercises you can do for your body. Where you place them in your workout is a strategic decision. Including them in your workout is a must. Step One: Improve your hinge technique. The hinge is a key component to a good squat. If you do not get your butt back you will not be able to get low and then get back up from … [Read more...]