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by Cade Thomas

One of the great joys of my first years following the world of bodybuilding was walking into the local grocery or convenience store and finding a new issue of any top muscle rag. Flex and Muscular Development were my main go-to but I would often pick up a Musclemag or any other thickly paged magazine that caught my eye (we will ignore the fact I started with Muscle and Fitness…I didn’t know better, okay?).

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Alcohol-bodybuilding

by Anders JP Eskilsson

I’m squeezing myself through people to reach the crowded bar. Meanwhile really loud house music is blasting in the background and multi-colored spotlights are flashing all over the place. Finally I have reached my goal. The bartender greets me with, “Hi! What can I help you with?” “One Long Island Iced Tea, please,” I reply. “Sure! No problem, coming up!” I think better of my order, “No, no, wait. Make it a shot of Jägermeister, also. No, no make it three!” After some drinks, shots, late hours at the club without any food at all – just alcohol – you finally get a cab and manage to get home to your dark apartment. Stumbling on heavy feet, you finally lie down on the bed and fall asleep almost immediately.

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by Josh Hodnik

Recent scientific studies have helped the medical community make progress in the treatment of many modern day diseases that were untreatable mere decades ago. Professionals in the medical community have learned that many of the methods used to treat many diseases also have an application in increasing athletic performance. This is how most performance enhancing drugs enter the mainstream bodybuilding community to begin with, as medical studies involving a drug that was intended to treat a disease that showed an ability to increase performance in some way.

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Justin Compton

by Cade Thomas

Once or twice in a decade we see a genetic specimen rise through the bodybuilding ranks at a ferocious pace sparking debate on how limitless the potential of the competitor is. While many pop up who have the tools to be one of the greats, the true freak who combines the talent with constant progression is much more rare. While Big Ramy might have the highest ceiling of true potential on the circuit right now (along with Cedric McMillan), lackluster performances and missed peaks have fizzled out the hype to a degree. The last person we saw who combined the “it” factor with rapid improvement and consistency now holds 4 sandows and is the reigning best bodybuilder on the planet, Phil Heath.

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bodybuilder-training

by Cade Thomas

Bodybuilding contest sure have changed. Over the years as every new division has slowly been added to the line up, the length of the show has stretched further and further to the point where now it can feel like some sort of hunger strike backstage with hundreds of athletes withering away waiting to get back on stage for the night show. If you were to simply look at ticket sales you would likely come to the conclusion that bodybuilding is more popular and there are more fans in attendance than ever.

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lgd4033

by Mike Arnold

For those who are unfamiliar with the term S.A.R.M, let me fill you in. S.A.R.M.’s, which is short for selective androgen receptor modulators, are a new class of drugs designed to provide the anabolic (i.e. tissue building) benefits of steroids, but without the androgenic, estrogenic, and in many cases, cardiovascular side effects typically associated with AAS. This means you don’t have to contend with unwanted issues like gynecomastia, water retention, prostate problems, hair loss/growth, acne, oily skin, emotional disturbances, etc. Depending on the dose administered, they even have a less pronounced effect on the HPTA, resulting in decreased suppression of natural testosterone production. Consequently, PCT is a breeze.

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arnold-schwarzenegger

by Anders JP Eskilsson

Many of us who once started with weight training or bodybuilding dreamed that one day to be able to be on stage competing with other bodybuilders. For many of us the interest for bodybuilding began already in a young age. I think one of my first meetings with bodybuilding or anatomy was when I got my first He-Man action figures when I was maybe 5-6 years old. I was impressed with the plastic figures because they looked so muscular and powerful. In addition, when I got older, the Hollywood movies came along with actors such as Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger.

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Johnnie-Jackson

by Mike Arnold

Instead of giving you guys to usual spiel about some new drug or how to use them I decided to do something a bit different this time around, the idea for which came to me during a conversation with another member of the online bodybuilding community. In the midst of our back and forth banter, it eventually became evident that I was dealing with someone who had been misled regarding the true place of non-traditional AAS within a steroid user’s program. As the conversation progressed, he revealed that most of the information he was sharing had been provided by another well known writer within the industry.

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whole-food-proteins

by Mike Arnold

When analyzing the bodybuilding diet, there is one common denominator which takes priority above all else. Regardless of individual goals or variances in metabolism, its role remains central, around which everything else revolves. I am talking about protein—the basic building blocks of life. An indispensible macronutrient, it is responsible for the construction and maintenance of every tissue in our body, enabling us to build an awe-inspiring physique and perform super-human feats of strength. As the initiator of muscle growth, ensuring adequate quantities of this nutrient within our diet is of paramount importance, lest we inadvertently short-change ourselves of the results we could be getting.

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Max-Pump-Extreme

by Mike Arnold

No longer considered a novelty item, the pre-workout category of supplementation has evolved dramatically over the last 10 years, with the one-dimensional products of yesteryear being replaced by more holistic formulas. In the beginning, these products relied almost solely on stimulants as their claim to fame, as popular opinion declared that the more jacked you got, the better the product was. With effectiveness based almost entirely around this stimulatory effect, we saw competing companies start dumping stims in by the handful, regardless of whether such a practice was actually beneficial for muscle growth, let alone healthy. The excessive stimulant content of some of these preparations left them nearly unusable by the majority of the population, and if you were unfortunate enough to have purchased one of these, the following crash was often enough to make you think twice before taking another dose.

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by Craig Titus
Craig Titus

Random Thoughts
Lately I’ve been reading more than a few articles talking about legendary training sessions. I mean these aren’t your typical pro bodybuilder work outs, no these sessions aren’t performed by humans, these mind blowing “legendary” training sessions that cause a man to puke! My first thought is… are these pro bodybuilders eating too much before working out? Or maybe some of these guys have really weak stomachs?

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teen-bodybuilding

by Cade Thomas

The gym can be an intimidating place for newcomers. Let’s face it; A lot of people have the desire to build some muscle and improve their physique long before they muster up the balls to actually join a gym. Men in particular have a hard time admitting they don’t know how to do something that is considered “manly” – it’s evident when you see a guy playing trainer for his girlfriend in the gym and he clearly has no idea what the hell he is doing but figured since he is a man he was born with the knowledge of how to lift weights.

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tom-platz-lee-preist

by Cade Thomas

Oh, the drama. There is no question that the main thing that separates bodybuilding today from any other time in it’s history is the fact everyone and their dog has a coach. Shit – everyone and their dog IS a coach. The concept of having someone experienced guide you through a contest prep or a professional enlisting the help of a “guru” to take him to the next level is not exclusive to this modern age, but it has spiraled out of control.

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eric-bodybuilder

by Cade Thomas

Bodybuilding is the ultimate pursuit of learning your body and maximizing your potential. Or at least it was. Now it seems that it’s really about researching and questioning things for hours and hours every day and being afraid of trying it for yourself. Terms like “bro-science” have been coined to explain pretty much anything resembling anecdotal evidence, and following this dark magic is one of the gravest errors you can make in bodybuilding (according to the internet crowds).

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