Mental Strength 101

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My journey has seen many changes since starting to lift weights around 12 years old, spanning as one of the strongest powerlifters of all time to now training in my 50s. These changes included everything from programming to my mentality towards...

How Stress Can Impact Your Performance

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Some athletes shock you. One day they are performing extremely well, absolutely crushing their training sessions, and you are sure they will peak come competition time. But then something goes wrong. Either they fail or just do not have a good...

The 6 Best Supplements for Heart Health

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Most American men will die from heart disease. I’m trying very hard not to be one of them. As such, I research heart-healthy strategies that go beyond exercise and diet. I’m talking about chemical solutions: supplements that destroy plaques...

8 Lessons From a Life-Long Lifter

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You are reading this, which makes it safe to assume you have been dean to the iron. All of us start for varied reasons, and we will learn more from starting, both about the Iron Game and much more about ourselves. How I came to lifting is...

How to Not Get Injured While Training Over 50

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I would have used the term "masters competitor," but I hate that term. It just sounds old. It IS old, but I don't like to remind myself that I'm old. Most guys over 50 don't want to, either. In my mind, it might as well be called "geriatric...

Prostaglandins and Protein Synthesis

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When most of us think of the hormones in the body that are responsible for building muscle, usually testosterone, growth hormone (via IGF-1) and insulin come to mind. These are the “big three,” so to speak. By no coincidence, these are the same...

Is Recomping the Holy Grail or a Waste of Time?

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Recomping is a buzzword like "main-gaining," both thrown around a lot within the fitness industry. Recomping can signify pursuits that might not align with reality, but can still be a goal worth chasing. However, there is a big misconception...

Bodybuilding for the Powerlifter: Extra Workouts

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Bodybuilding and powerlifting are complimentary. You're selling yourself short if you’re not studying and learning from both disciplines. Now, in the case of extra workouts, we’re not really sharing between disciplines — we’re combining them...

How to Stay Small and Weak

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I walked into a weight room for the very first time in July 1999. It was the beginning of football two-a-days, and I was about to begin my freshman year of high school. At 135 pounds, I looked and felt out of place. I remember watching a senior...

The Ultimate Guide to Creatine

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Creatine is a substance that naturally occurs in muscle cells, helping to produce energy during high-intensity exercise or heavy lifting. Chemically, it's a combination of three amino acids: glycine, arginine, and methionine. The body synthesizes...

The Ultimate Guide to Ashwagandha: Benefits, Dosage & Side Effects

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This complete guide explores everything you need to know about ashwagandha. Learn how supplementing with this herb can help you reach your fitness goals. What is...

Why I Quit Using Steroids

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Anabolic steroids helped Scott Abel develop an impossibly big and ripped physique, but then some bad, bad things happened. Here’s his story.
Anabolic Steroids: A...

Contrast Sets – One of the BEST Powerbuilding Methods

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The Key to Long-Term Progression For most of us, long-term improvements in strength will depend on two distinct factors: muscle mass and neurological factors. One without the...

3 Reasons You Can’t Train Like Steroid Users

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Plus How Natural Bodybuilders Should Train Nothing wrecks natural lifters faster than training like steroid users. Here are the scientific reasons why, plus how...

The Crucial Role of GLUT-4 in Muscle Building: An In-depth Analysis

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This article aims to shed light on how understanding and leveraging GLUT-4 can optimize muscle building through a combination of exercise, nutrition, and lifestyle modifications, supported by...

Do Hormone Imbalances Cause Weight Gain?

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The never-ending debate is: “Calories in versus calories out is all that matters!” “Hormones are the sole cause of weight gain because #stress!” I want to dive down this rabbit hole today and set...

The Fat Loss Blueprint

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Unless you’re an athlete where it’s advantageous for you to have more body mass, chances are you want to be a bit leaner. How lean you get depends heavily on your diet, along with some other key factors...

You’re Fat. Are Hormones to Blame?

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The Truth About Hormones and Overeating Here are the cold hard facts about insulin, leptin, cortisol, and thyroid hormones. Hormones are often blamed for fat gain or...

Maximizing Muscle Growth with Protein Pulse Feeding: The Role of Whey, Casein & Blended Protein Supplements

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What is Pulse Feeding? By Brian Batcheldor Optimising Protein Intake – Introduction In the sports nutrition arena, optimizing protein intake is considered paramount for enhancing muscle...

Is Shirted Board Work Killing Your Bench Press?

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First off, I am one hundred percent sure this article will make a lot of shirted board pressers angry. But for those of you that want to learn, hear me out. I will state my case why and how shirted...