Not only was the 2012 IFBB Pro Grand Prix Los Angeles a fierce competition, it was also an educational experience that taught all in attendance how to turn your body into a lean, massive, fat-burning machine. Thanks to contest promoter Jon Lindsay, Rx Muscle and Myotropics Physique Nutrition teamed up and presented a doctorate-level nutrition seminar to all those in attendance. Heading up the talks was protein metabolism expert, Dr. Scott Connelly. He was accompanied by a star-studded panel consisting of Myotropics-sponsored athletes and well-known industry professionals such as Dave Palumbo, Pete Ciccone, Vince Andrich and Danny Hester. Anyone in attendance that day would gladly confirm that this just might have been the most profound and relevant seminar regarding building lean body mass and maximizing fat loss in the last 10 years.
Overuse injuries. We've all encountered them. In fact, let's face it: it's a basic part of training if we're going to take it to the top and give it our all. Or is it?
By now it's no secret that testosterone and muscle building go hand in hand. Sure you have to break your ass in the gym to stimulate muscle growth. However, if your test levels are in the tank, rest assured nothing is going to happen! That's why bodybuilders are always searching for strategies to drive testosterone levels up. They know that the more testosterone they have, the harder they can train and quicker they can recover.
I've come up with an idea for a little project that would allow more readers to easily sift through information and get a variety of perspectives on various bodybuilding subjects. Our first top will be Dietary Fats in a Bodybuilder's Arsenal. Each author was asked to write anywhere from a few sentences to a few paragraphs on their experiences with fats and clients successes.
Everybody has heard it at some time or another "You're over training! That's why you're not making serious gains". But, do we understand what it means? I mean really understand what it means? Once you understand how to keep your body fresh and free from over training, you'll make some serious mass/strength gains.
They say if it is not broken, don't fix it. Well, if it could be better, it is as good as broken." Get Armed for life as Greg leads you through a punishing arm workout guaranteed to unleash the growth while arming you with the mental toughness to blast through the obstacles life throws at you. True champions aren't satisfied with what is and never apologize for improving themselves. Complete this grueling arm workout and, not only will your biceps, triceps, and forearms explode with growth, but you'll build the confidence of a champion to take on the world.
You've might have heard about this dieting technique on the boards, and if you haven't I will explain it. IIFYM stands for IF IT FITS YOUR MACROS. It has become very popular in the natural bodybuilding scheme of contest prep. I'm seeing more and more people catching on to this dieting method and using it in their own contest prep diets.
Nutrition is sort of like a symphony. That is, getting bigger never boils down to "just one thing" like eating tons of protein or overdosing on maltodextrin or vitargo in the over-emphasized "post training window."
"Intensity or Insanity", this moniker coined by John Defendis and training method developed by Steve Michalik, has been written about, debated and misunderstood since its creation 40 years ago. In their day, the exploits of Michalik and his "Monster", Defendis, were legendary.
QUESTION #1: Chris, how many exercises do I have to do per body part?
If you are a personal trainer, bodybuilder, fitness enthusiast or just a guy that looks like he works out, chances are that you have been asked how many exercises to do for each body part.
Wondering what your best source of protein is? Walk into any health food store, and you’re bowled over by the amazing array of protein choices. If science is the arbiter of your protein choice, then clearly whey protein should be at the top of your list and the main one you take in. We all know that whey is a fast anabolic protein, getting into your bloodstream quickly. Other special properties of whey make it the crème de la crème of proteins.
Recently, scientists compared whey and casein formulas on glutathione and inflammatory markers in aged patients with acute ischemic stroke. Yep, they’re giving it to folks who have had a stroke. Makes you wonder what all the fuss is about when teenage athletes want to take whey. Anyhow, 31 elderly patients—12 males and 19 females, 65 to 90 years old—with ischemic stroke were randomized to receive early nasogastric feeding of a formula containing hydrolyzed casein or another isocaloric and isonitrogenous formula containing hydrolyzed whey protein for five days. What happened?