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shredded-bodybuilder

by Cade Thomas

In the mid 2000′s, many tragic things happened. Children were kidnapped, dogs were murdered, families were torn apart and terrorism was rampant. Shockingly, every single horrible event was caused directly by the disgusting and vile force known as carbohydrates. While women cried and disaster swept the human race, carbohydrates laughed in the face of mankind. How did one macronutrient become so horrendously evil? The world may never know, but dammit we fought back.

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by Craig Titus
Craig Titus

Question: Could you please give a detailed report on a specific steroid and your professional experience using it?

The last Anabolic Androgenic Steroid (AAS) I discussed was Oxymetholone, more commonly known in the bodybuilding world as Anadrol 50. This time I’ll give a detailed report on the AAS Stanozolol, better known under its trade name Winstrol. This is the second anabolic steroid introduced to me early on in my career back in 1988. In fact, I was introduced to injectable Winstrol V about 8 weeks before stepping on stage in my very first bodybuilding competition…

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exemestane

by Mike Arnold

Estrogen and the Bodybuilder

The human body is an incredibly complex and precise organism, capable of self-regulating all aspects of its internal environment down to the most minute level of functioning. Under normal circumstances this highly interconnected corporal collaboration runs effortlessly, with each system dependent on the next for physiological equilibrium, but this can all change when outside influences are brought into the equation.

As BB’rs and strength athletes, we deliberately seek to disrupt this delicate balance through the planned use of anabolic-androgenic steroids. While useful for helping us achieve our physique & strength goals, the subsequent alterations to our hormonal landscape can result in unwanted side effects.

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eric-efi-ironmaglabs

by Geoff Roberts

It would seem that most people feel a person’s metabolism is tied exclusively to that person’s ability to lose or gain fat tissue. However, this is not 100% accurate, as a persons metabolism is more closely related to his or her overall body weight than it is his or her body fat percentage. Body fat is dependent on several different factors, whereas body weight is based heavily on only two things, a person’s metabolic rate and simple energy balance.

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eric-efi-ironmaglabs

by Cade Thomas

Let us just get one thing out of the way – this article will be laden with thoughts of mine that some of you will label “bro-science”. You could say that not only is there going to be bro-science lathered on top of this page, but it will be baked right into the core. Now, if that troubles you in some shape or form because you feel that something must include a laundry list of references for it to be considered valid or useful, please proceed to shelter your eyes now and prevent this dreadful sacrilege from entering your brain.

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by Craig Titus
Craig Titus

Question: In the magazines I read quite of few pro’s are using shakes to replace meals in their diet. Which do you prefer, shakes or actual food?

Always remember using food is far superior to any shake in the world!!! That being said, if you read a current pro’s diet where he’s clamming to use more than pre and post work-out shakes, chances are he’s not being forthcoming. In fact, more than likely the diet is an outright lie.

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pramipexole

by Mike Arnold

Diagnosing the Problem

In today’s ultra-competitive society, the use of performance enhancing drugs in sport has become commonplace, enabling athletes to attain a degree of athletic prowess inconceivable to previous generations. While the performance advantages associated with a pharmaceutically altered state are clear, it does not come without risk. Whether one chooses to utilize AAS, growth hormone, insulin, or any of the other numerous performance enhancers currently available, the likelihood of encountering some type of undesirable side effect(s) is nearly guaranteed. However, by taking the proper preventative action, one can minimize and in many cases prevent these negative side effects from occurring altogether, thereby allowing the individual to achieve his/her goals in the healthiest and most pleasant manner possible.

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dumb-bodybuilders-2

by Geoff Roberts

The false assumption that bodybuilders are “dumb” more than likely stems from two different places. These two places being insecurity and jealousy. It is easy to see how a five foot eleven inch 250 pound man with single digit body fat levels and a 30 inch waist could make a “normal” man feel insecure about himself. Jealousy, coming from either a man or woman, tends to elicit similar responses as insecurity, being that insecurity is often times the cause of these bouts of jealousy.

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mr.olympia-2014

by Cade Thomas

Phil vs. Kai, Kai vs. Phil. Blah blah, we hear the same battles and cliches daily. Kai won’t win because of his past, Phil can only beat himself…at this point everything that can possibly be said about this match up has been said (and said…and said). Let’s explore a few of the other match ups and athletes and talk about what people aren’t talking about.

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by Craig Titus
Craig Titus

Question: Is the use of AAS (Anabolic Androgenic Steroids) equally as important as training, nutrition, supplements and proper rest in bodybuilding?

This question has been presented to me more times than I can remember. In fact, this particular question seemed to be a hot topic discussion at all of my seminars. I think I was asked the importance or significance of AAS use more so then any other question because of the transparency I’ve always maintained through my body building career.

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supplements

by Geoff Roberts

The question, “Why do all the good supplements get taken off the shelf?” is one that I and anyone else who works in the supplement industry hears on a weekly basis. The answer to this question, for anyone heavily invested in this industry, should be easy to come by. However, for the average person who, devastatingly enough, gets their information from the media or any other “mainstream” source, the answer is not so clear.

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Sport and Fitness Supplement
by Cade Thomas

The bodybuilding industry is not exactly robust with breaking news. Aside from the occasional motorbike accident or mysterious arm wrestling tragedy, the only gossip that makes the major media outlets is usually tied into the supplement industry. We see the major players drop athletes, decide to not renew contracts, and throw money at new prospects on a regular basis and it’s basically a world of “what have you done for me lately”. While we tend to hype up these roaster changes like they are equal to an NFL team throwing millions of dollars to swallow up a new star, the fact is supplement companies are not teams in any functional sense and which Olympia competitor is signed to which company has very little effect on us as spectators and fans.

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phil-heath

by Cade Thomas

Building significant amounts of muscle is a selfish endeavor no matter how you slice it, and there are certain sacrifices that must be made on a social and financial level if progress is something you value. Genetics are always a factor that can either afford you a certain leeway to live a little or shackle you to a micro managed existence, and most of us fall somewhere nearing the second one.

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