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Archive for October, 2012


by Kelly Baggett

One of the biggest debates among coaches and trainers that always arises every few years is the topic of recovery. Some say you need to be beating yourself up week in and week out and always increasing your work capacity by simply doing more, more, and more work over time. Others in the HIT (high intensity) camp emphasize recovery with a mantra that says, “less is always more”. So who’s right? Are you gonna get better results by constantly training yourself into the ground or will that approach leave you chronically overtrained? Is that overtraining maybe a good thing? Or will you get better results by sitting on your butt 5 days out of every 7 and attacking your workouts with ferocity when you do?? Or will that approach leave you undertrained and so inactive that you pile on enough fat to make Warren Sapp look like a GQ model??
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by Mike Arnold

Stomach distension. What started out as an anomaly in the mid-90’s has now grown into an aesthetic epidemic affecting the large majority of professional BB’rs to one degree or another. The reasons which have been offered up for its near spontaneous appearance have been plenty, with most individuals pointing the finger at drugs, particularly GH & Insulin. While there is no doubt that PED’s share part of the blame for today’s protruding abdomens, they are certainly not the sole cause of their existence and in reality, they are not even the primary contributor. While it might be more exciting to place the blame at the feet of some exotic drug cocktail, the main cause is far more mundane and is connected directly to one of the chief pre-requisites for getting big…FOOD.
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by Kelly Baggett

It could be said that gaining strength is relatively unimportant for a bodybuilder due to the fact that the muscles don’t know how much weight you’re lifting, they only know tension. This is true – particularly in the acute sense. Over the next month you probably could gain 7 pounds of muscular bodyweight and an inch on your arms without gaining an ounce of strength. However, the ability to gain size without strength is a very short-term thing that tends to only take place over very short periods of time. For continuous long-term gains in hypertrophy you need to be directing greater and greater amounts of tension to your musculature. In this sense, strength gains are ultra important for the bodybuilder simply due to the fact that more strength equates to more tension you can direct to your muscles. If you fail to make strength gains over time you’ll spin your wheels and go nowhere.
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by Craig Titus
Craig Titus

This column does not represent the opinions or views of IronMagazine, it’s advertisers or affiliates. Craig’s column is unedited and for entertainment purposes only, read at your own risk.

I know every pro bodybuilder takes steroids but what role do recreational drugs play in the sport and culture of bodybuilding?

Recreation drugs and the culture of bodybuilding together like peanut butter and jelly, like Abbott and Costello, like a fag in a dick tree…well you get the picture. There are so many different reasons bodybuilders use recreational drugs other then just to party…and other drugs that aren’t considered recreational. For example, a drug that’s very prevalent in the culture of bodybuilding is Nubain, or Naluphine. Nubain is a mild injectable pain reliever used either IM or IV. I myself used Naluphine from 1994-2002 off and on depending on its availability. This particular drug is a very effective aid while preparing for contest during severe dieting as well as a excellent pain reliever during and fallowing training sessions.
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by Mike Arnold

This has been a hot topic for many years now and with good reason, as steroid use in teens presents a set of risk factors foreign to adult users; often of a more serious nature. The physical risks have been well documented, but among those young adults who have decided that the potential physical side effects are worth the reward, admonitions to abstain centering on warnings of physical harm are minimally effective. Just as adults engage in risk-taking behavior of all types, these teens have weighed the positives and the negatives, as they perceive them, and have made a decision. Whether or not we agree with their reasoning or conclusions is beside the point.
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by Mike Arnold

How many of us would love to have a bit more peak to our biceps…or maybe some more roundness to our delts…or how about adding some much needed size to our calves? As BB’rs, we are always seeking to perfect our physiques, but genetic short-comings can make this an extremely difficult task. Most of us at one point or another have struggled with weak points, but no matter how hard we try to bring them up, they seem impervious to growth.
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by Kelly Baggett

With any discussion of athletic performance one topic that arises again and again without fail is the topic of muscle fiber type. So how important is muscle fiber type? If you are slow twitch dominant is it possible to make yourself fast twitch dominant? Or is your muscle type completely reliant on genetics? I believe that muscle fiber typing is both over-rated and under-rated. People and coaches tend to fall into one of 2 groups. They either say that muscle type determines just about “everything” when it comes to athletic ability, or they say that muscle type makes “no difference” whatsoever. This article will deal mainly with the 2nd argument, how muscle type is over-rated and how it gets more credit then it deserves. Let me say ahead of time that the vast majority of people should pay a lot more attention to this article as the 2nd will incorporate a lot of minutia and only apply to advanced athletes or those who really like to dive deeply into training science. That said lets get to it.
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Hypogonadotropic Hypogonadism

Pulsatile secretion of gonadotropin releasing hormone (GnRH) from the hypothalamus is required for both the initiation and maintenance of the reproductive axis in the human. Pulsatile GnRH stimulates the biosynthesis of luteinizing hormone (LH) and follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) that in turn initiates endogenous testosterone production and spermatogenesis as well as systemic testosterone secretion and virilization. Failure of this episodic GnRH secretion or disruption of gonadotropin secretion results in the clinical syndrome of hypogonadotropic hypogonadism (HH).
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by Mike Arnold

“Debunking the Misconception”

In Part #1 of this article, we finished off by addressing the 1st argument against the use of CJC-1295 with Dac. In Part #2, we are picking up right where we left off and will begin by moving onto the 2nd argument. In short, this argument states that GH pulses are necessary for GH-induced muscle growth and because CJC-1295 with Dac does not result in pulsation, it is therefore inferior. However, I think those who cite this as a reason for CJC-1295’s inferiority to ModGRF1-29 have stopped looking at the bigger picture and have begin focusing on the minutia. When it comes to GH pulses and their ability to influence muscle growth, I believe we have some people in this industry who have made a mountain out of a mow hill. In reality, we have accumulated decades of real-world evidence demonstrating the visually superior benefits of keeping GH levels elevated for much longer than what we experience with the typical GH peptide pulsing program, while any evidence showing that these GH pulses result in visually noticeable growth is sorely lacking.
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by Mike Arnold

“Debunking the Misconception”

Numerous articles have been written about this category of peptides and for good reason. They are the only compounds which can stimulate the release of growth hormone in meaningful amounts in adults. We have seen many different supplements come and go over the years, which have claimed to elevate growth hormone levels, but none have been able to come even remotely close to achieving the levels seen with the use of exogenous traditional growth hormone…until now.

Since the release of the first GH peptide, we saw a number of other similar peptides hit the market in rapid succession. As of this day, there are about 10 or so GH peptides available for purchase, all of which can be legally purchased (for now, but knowing our government’s past history when it comes to effective performance enhancing drugs, perhaps not much longer) from numerous research/peptide companies.
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by Tom Venuto

There is a food philosophy making its way around the internet, called “If it fits your macros,” or IIFYM. There are some good reasons why this new trend is popular, and in some ways, I’m on the same page with this movement. But as with many trendy diet programs, this one in particular has a very high potential to be taken to an extreme. I’m also seeing it misinterpreted and misapplied in sometimes laughable and even harmful ways. Today’s Burn the Fat Blog reader Q & A explains…

Question: Hey Tom, I read your Burn the Fat, Feed the Muscle book and dieted using those principles for my competition in 2009 with success. This year, I’m dieting with IIFYM or flexible dieting as they call it, and I’m only 4 pounds away from my 2009 stage weight, so this seems to be working too. What is your opinion of this approach?
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