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Bodybuilding Articles

I have put together a collection of bodybuilding articles on a variety of topics. Every time I research one of these topics I learn a little more about the chosen subject matter and I like to pass this knowledge on to you, the reader. These bodybuilding articles will guide you on what to incorporate into your training regimen and, more importantly, what to avoid.

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Steroids, what you need to know

Despite what is known about steroids today and how dangerous they are, abuse is still common. Because of the muscle building properties they have, body builders and other professional athletes often fall victim to the lure and promise of enhanced performance and leaner muscle mass. Unfortunately, the side effects of these dangerous drugs can be deadly. Read more


Diet Supplements, the good and bad

Despite what the commercials and magazine advertisements tell you, diet supplements are not miracle pills that will make all of the extra weight disappear. In fact, most of them will have no effect at all. What they can do, at least the quality ones, is give you a little help in conjunction with a healthy eating and exercise regimen. Read more

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Body Mass Index

Body Mass Index (BMI) tests aren't as effective as you may think. Many people depend on BMI calculators to tell them how overweight they are. Although this indicator can be useful, it is by no means the best tool and for people with large amounts of muscle, this test can actually be very misleading. Read more


Raising Your Testosterone Naturally

No other hormone works quite like testosterone to promote a ton of muscle growth and power. Remember your testosterone fueled teenage years? When you could just look at a barbell and gain muscle? As we age our T levels drop. As a bodybuilder, (especially if you are older like me) you should be looking at raising your testosterone naturally. Read more


Benefits of Nitric Oxide for Bodybuilders

When enzymes in the body break down the amino acid called L-arginine and convert it to L-citruline, a gas called Nitric Oxide (NO) is formed. This gas helps increase blood flow, getting more nutrients to body organs and muscles. For bodybuilders, this is important knowledge to have. Read more


Exercise and Diet for the Hardgainer

A hardgainer is a person who has trouble putting on weight and building the muscle mass that others find so easy to accomplish. According to some, the majority of people are hardgainers who are frustrated from the lack of results they are seeing from all of the effort they're putting in. Read more


Natural Bodybuilding

Natural bodybuilding can yield amazing results. In natural bodybuilding, you gain muscle without the use of enhancing drugs. No matter who you are, you can gain the muscle you want with enough hard work and dedication. Eating the right foods, following the right training schedule, and sticking to it will soon give you the lean muscle mass you are looking for. Read more


Chain and plate curls For DESTROYING Your Biceps!

Want bigger, stronger biceps? Barbells and dumbells not quite cutting it anymore? This VERY unique approach will set your biceps on fire! It'll keep maximum tension on your biceps from start to finish. Read more


Bigger, Stronger, Faster * movie review

An informative and entertaining movie on steroid abuse in America. As an athlete, you can never be too big, too strong or too fast. Every bodybuilder is looking to get bigger and stronger (although not necessarily faster), the only question is how far they are willing to go to achieve this goal. Read More


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How to get Ripped Abs!

Think ripped abs are unachievable? Think again! How many of those ab machines and diet supplements have you bought? How many crunches and sit-ups do you do each day? So, why then aren't you gaining the toned, ripped abs that you're working so hard for? The simple truth is that you cannot get the muscles and tone you want with just a few exercises and some diet supplements. Read more


Science of Overeating: Taking Control of your Appetite

Sugar, fat and salt. These three things make food taste great. These are also the things that make you fat and unhealthy. I've never really had a problem putting down the chips and french fries. Fried and salty snacks never had that much pull over me. But sweets, ahh sweets like cookies, candy and ice cream are my big weakness. I have a sweet tooth, and when I eat them a little is never enough. If I open a box of cookies, there is no way I will only eat one, and rarely would I stop until I had eaten at least half the box. Read more


The Muscle-Building Troubleshooter...

Not gaining muscle? Use this quick troubleshooting guide to fix what's wrong and get yourself back on the right track to building maximum mass FAST.

So you're stuck - haven't gained any muscle in months - the scale hasn't gone up and neither have the weights you're using.

What do you do? How do you step back and assess what you're doing and where you're going wrong? Just randomly changing things with your program and your eating isn't going to cut it...Read more


How To Increase Your Bench Press With Proper Technique

The Barbell Bench Press is one of the most popular gym exercises. It is also one of the most misused exercises. Part of the problem is that the bench press is an ego exercise. A lot of guys judge their training progress based on how much they can bench. So often times they end up training too heavy and using poor technique in effort to lift more weight. Read more


Muscle Specialization Secrets Review

Every bodybuilder has at least one body part that they want to make bigger - now keep your mind out of the gutter; they have special pills to make that body part bigger! For instance, my shoulders just won't seem to grow to the size I would like them. They look like meatballs instead of softballs! Every since I strained my rotator cuff (which took 10 long months to heal) I have consciously or subconsciously taken it easy on them. Read more


How to Gain Lean Muscle

To gain lean body mass, you need a calorie surplus. The biggest dietary reason most people fail to gain lean muscle is that they're simply not eating enough. Many times when they come off a fat loss program, they are completely paranoid about "losing their abs." Read more


How To Build Big Biceps

The "Guns." The "Pythons." "Thunder" and "Lighting." The "Rockweillers." There is no other muscle group that has earned more nicknames than when describing a bulging and huge set of bicep! Every guy wants to know how to build big biceps. Read more


Stop Smoking Now

If you smoke, stop now! Quitting smoking is the #1 thing you can do to improve your health.

I can't believe bodybuilders smoke. You lift weights and do cardio, take vitamins and supplements, eat the right foods and drink plenty of water, yet some are still inhaling poison! Read my story


Intermittent Fasting

Intermittent fasting can improve health, reduces the risk of serious illness, and promotes longevity. Perhaps you're intrigued and would like to give it a go but aren't sure how to start. Or maybe you have tried it once or twice and found it too challenging. This article will give you strategies and guidelines to practice intermittent fasting safely and successfully. Read more


The Ultimate Muscle Meal... a Salad on Roids

Today, I just wanted to share with you my special muscle meal of the week, and it actually comes in the form of a salad. I know the ladies will love this idea, but for all of you guys out there that think eating a salad makes you less of a man - well, you haven't tried the ultimate "salad on roids" yet! Keep in mind that this salad is not low in calories. It's not low in fat. It's not low in carbs. And guess what...that's the whole point! Read more


Bodyweight Squats Muscular Endurance Challenge

I challenge you to try to beat my results at this little 5-minute routine. I think trying different training styles and routines keeps things more interesting and can be motivating if you set specific goals for certain exercises. You basically just keep squatting for as many reps as possible in 5-min. You only rest a couple times here and there for a few seconds if you need it to help you keep squatting. To see how many I did...Click Here


Could You Be Doing Your Cardio Workouts All Wrong?

Are you a cardio junkie? Everyone seems to think that "cardio" is the best way to get in shape and lose body fat. I'm going to show you with this article why I disagree! It is quite common to hear fitness pros, doctors, and other health professionals prescribe low to moderate intensity aerobic training (cardio) to people who are trying to prevent heart disease or lose weight. Most often, the recommendations go something like this....Read more


Living Strong, Day by Day

So, this Wednesday morning, I did the usual: eyes open, assess damage. Where am I sore? How's the back? I had a big front squat earlier this week, paying for it now. Only one shoulder numb, well, that's good - Read more


Motivation at the Gym

The key to improving your overall fitness level is to make working out more interesting. But that's not always easy, particularly if you live in a colder climate during the winter months and are forced to do all your working out inside. To keep you moving and, at the same time, trim, here are a few tips for maintaining motivation at the gym. Read more


Personal Trainer Certification

Getting a personal trainer certification offers numerous job opportunities. Local, national and international job options are available. Certified trainers work in the medical, sports and recreation industries just to name a few. Read more


Flaxseed Oil Benefits

To keep that body in top shape, besides working out, you have to treat your body to the best supplements. Flaxseed oil, with its healing properties, is the perfect supplement to support your active lifestyle. Read more


Benefits of Resistance Bands

For many of us, finding the time to work is extremely difficult. After all, between holding down a job or two, taking care of the kids, taking care of your spouse and coping with the needs of aging parents, finding an ideal way to workout consistently can be difficult. Read more


The Health Benefits of Cardio Boxing

The benefits to using boxing as cardio are huge. As with any kind of cardiovascular workout your heart is running faster and your body is working harder in a way that is more intense for a short period of time. Read more


Human Growth Hormones

Human Growth Hormones can enhance the immune system, increase protein uptake and raise metabolism. Improvements in muscle mass have been observed in patients taking HGH. Some side-effects of HGH use include; joint problems, carpal tunnel syndrome and increased risk of diabetes. Read more


Is Vegan Bodybuilding Possible?

As healthy lifestyles evolve, so does that of diet and nutrition. Fitness and bodybuilding plans follow in accordance with lifestyle choices. Many vegetarians, for example, are choosing to completely eliminate animal proteins and follow a vegan lifestyle. Read more


Best Supplements for Men

Years of scientific research and market analysis have shown that dietary supplements can provide vital nutrients to optimize health and fitness needs. Men engaging in active lifestyles can benefit from a wide spectrum of vitamins and minerals not provided in standard diets. Using health supplements in conjunction with foods for fitness is ideal for muscle building and weight loss. Read more


Heart Rate Monitor Training

To gain the most out of heart rate training, research and compare before purchasing a heart rate monitor. Determine your fitness goals, training needs and personal preferences. Traditional heart rate monitors consist of a digital wrist monitor with a strap that is placed around the chest. You can also purchase a strapless heart rate monitor for extra comfort and convenience. Read more


Bodybuilding Diet Plan

For casual or competitive bodybuilding, two primary needs must be fulfilled; build lean muscle mass while cutting body fat. This difficult task is only achieved through a disciplined lifting routine coupled with a well thought out bodybuilding diet plan. Read more


Buying a Home Gym

If you don't ask the right question before buying you home gym you may end up with a hulking piece of metal that doesn't meet your needs or live up to its promises of giving you the workout you want. And, with a home gym costing anything up to eight-thousand dollars, it may be the most expensive mistake you'll make when purchasing a single piece of fitness equipment. Read more


Home Gym Equipment Repair and Maintenance

Just as proper diet and exercise help human beings live healthier lives, home gym equipment repair and maintenance is the key to getting the most out of your equipment. Read more


Weight Loss Tips

Losing weight is a constant struggle for millions of people. Whether you are trying to lose the first 10 pounds or the last 10 pounds, the challenges are evident. The benefits of losing weight have been well established. Losing weight drastically improves your overall health and fitness levels. Fortunately, there are a multitude of weight loss solutions to incorporate into any lifestyle. Read more


Lower Back Pain

Lower back pain is the leading cause of work-related disabilities in the United States. It is believed that nearly 80% of people will experience some form of lower back pain in their lifetime. Read more


What is Crossfit?

The last several years have given rise to a variety of exercise programs and training routines. In 1995 a former high school gymnast, Greg Glassman, and his wife developed a program called CrossFit. For the following decade, CrossFit training slowly caught on and was picked up by different gyms. Read more


Blood Glucose Levels and Exercise

If you suffer from diabetes, you have become acutely aware of the importance of how living a healthy lifestyle can help in managing the disease. Nearly 90 percent of people inflicted with diabetes have type 2 diabetes. Poor choices such at eating a diet high in fat and sugar that leads to substantial weight gain is the leading causes of type 2 diabetes. Read more


How to Make Protein Shakes

If you're someone who works out on a regular basis and takes your health and physical fitness seriously, then chances are you are interested in any techniques that may help take you to the next level. Protein shakes, if made correctly, can help you out. Check out this neat blender trick...Read more


My Lean Muscle Workout Plan

I'm choosing to do three full body workouts a week. These full body workouts will consist of exercises such as squats and deadlifts combined with multi-joint upper body exercises such as bench presses, pull-ups, dips and bent over rows which will pretty much stress...Read more


Homemade Paleo Diet Food

Not only is this a grain less cereal, it's high in good fat and one of the best cereals I have ever had! It holds its crunch in milk (yeah I know, milk isn't on the paleo diet list...too bad!), it's sweet and extremely crunchy - everything I want in a cereal! Read more


What Is Probiotic Acidophilus?

Most people are well aware of what antibiotic means. In simplest terms, an antibiotic is a medicine used to fight off the growth of bad microorganisms or bacteria. Not all microorganisms and bacteria, however, are bad. Perhaps less known is another form of biotic known as probiotic. Read more


Symptoms of Andropause

The hormonal changes woman experience during the aging process is well known. Menopause is the most significant physiological factor affecting healthy women in their late 40's and 50's.

Middle-aged men also experience physiological changes while navigating through and beyond middle age. Andropause is a condition relating to the reduction of hormones dehydroepiandrosterone and, most notably, testosterone. Read more


Shift Work Disorder

For those of you working a night shift, the challenges are evident. The disruption in sleep while transitioning to and from working night hours is the most difficult obstacle to overcome. As a result, you may have experienced sleep abnormalities. Those sleep problems and the complications associated with them are known as shift work disorder. Read more


Krill oil vs. Fish oil.

When making the decision to add an omega-3 supplement to your diet, consider the significant advantages of krill oil versus fish oil, and you will find that the choice is actually quite simple. Read more


Rogaine for Men

Known generically as minoxidil, has been known for years as the product of choice to treat male pattern baldness and hair loss. Now, generic Rogaine is available through such high quality trusted companies as Kirkland so that more people can afford to treat this frustrating condition. Read more


Leverage Your Way to Muscle Mass Gains

Leverage machines have successfully produced accelerated gains in overall muscular size and strength. Read more


The Meat & Nuts Breakfast: The Single Best Dietary Strategy For Leanness

When a student asked Charles Poliquin his best single dietary tip for optimal leanness, energy and sustained mental focus, he told us to try the rotating meat and nuts breakfast. Read more


8 Secrets To Movie Star Muscle

Have you ever wondered how Hollywood pip-squeaks transform into big screen powerhouses in what appears to be a matter of months? Or, if you're a movie buff like me, maybe you''ve recently wondered about the following: How did Mark Wahlberg get ripped up to play boxer "Irish" Micky Ward in The Fighter? What does Jason Statham do to stay jacked up and stay in top physical condition? How did Chris Hemsworth pack on 20 pounds of muscle to get a godlike body to play Marvel's blockbuster,Thor? Read more.


Isometric Exercise

Can you stand around and do nothing and build muscle? Well, not do nothing, but not move? Read More


Homeless Bodybuilder

If a homeless bodybuilder can look like this, I now have no more excuses for not getting the body I always wanted. Check out the video and leave your comments. Read More


Ideal Shape Shake Review

Lose those extra pounds. Ideal Shape uses a unique blend of protein, fiber and the patented hunger-blocker Slendesta, an all-natural potato protein extract with no reported side effects. Read more


Best Cardio For Fat Loss

Mention the word cardio and immediately you think of traditional, long distance walking on a treadmill or pounding away on the elliptical machine. The problem is, these are far from the best cardio for fat loss. In fact, I call this type of cardio training the road to nowhere. Read more

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