by Geoff Roberts
The list of misused or exaggerated terms in bodybuilding and fitness stretches far out of sight. Of the hundreds of misused terms in our industry, two interesting terms that are often incorrectly used, but seem to fly under the radar are “metabolism” and “appetite”. It seems that every athlete in our sport claims to have either a rapid fire metabolism, or the metabolic rate of a three toed sloth. Why is it that athletes rarely if ever claim an “average” metabolism? This question is especially interesting when one considers that the word average implies to something that pertains to the majority. So what could conceivably explain this phenomenon?
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by Mike Arnold
The most basic component of every workout is the repetition. Although small, it forms the foundation of everything we do. In fact, the entire training experience, when broken down into its most fundamental essence, is comprised of nothing but reps. Perform several reps in succession and we have a set. Perform several sets and we have a workout. All are derived from and revolve around the concept of the rep. In addition to this distinction, the manner in which we perform our reps is also of considerable importance. Although seemingly trivial on the surface, rep performance plays a crucial role in determining the type of results we get from our training. Is strength your main focus? How about muscle growth? Are you training for explosiveness, or are you trying to build up your muscular endurance? If you look closely at the training styles of various athletes, you will see a significant difference in the way that they perform their reps.
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by Mike Arnold
There has been a lot of talk in the bodybuilding community over the last few years regarding the role of workout-based insulin and for good reason–it is the single best time one can use the drug to promote recovery & growth, but what exactly makes it so effective…and more importantly, how can we maximize our results with this approach? Of all the subjects I have touched on over the years, nothing else has even come close to generating such a large amount of interest from so many people. With this in mind, I have decided to address some of these unanswered questions not only to validate this particular method of administration, but to clear up any misconceptions which arose as a result of my former writings on the topic.
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by Mike Arnold
To the typical American, the pursuit of bodybuilding is often perceived as a simplistic affair requiring little intelligence or insight. To them, success is determined by little more than grunting in the gym and eating an abundance of protein. While this has caused many to label its adherents with less than flattering stereotypes, those who have seen the sport from the inside know differently.
Now, it is true that no single aspect of bodybuilding is overly complicated, but the foundational sciences of which the sport is comprised can be enormously complex, requiring doctorates and beyond before one is officially recognized as possessing an advanced level of learning in any single branch. Even then, it only scratches the surface of the total amount of knowledge contained therein.
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As the greatest development in the area of adjunctive performance enhancement in the last 20 years, post-cycle therapy offers undeniable benefits to the cycling steroid user. The ability to maintain long-term endogenous testosterone production, preserve muscle mass between cycles, reduce off time from AAS, and protect fertility are usually the most appreciated. With so much confusion on the subject, let’s take a few minutes to discuss the various PCT drugs and their role in maintaining our hormonal landscape. Although differences in financial status, goals, and degree of suppression prevent a single program from meeting the needs of all, there are some basic guidelines that any effective PCT program should adhere to.
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Month of weight training with prohormone 3-beta-hydroxy-5-alpha-androst-1-en-17-one: four lean kgs’ gain
A couple of years after the American government banned the highly effective designer steroids 1-testosterone and 1-androstenedione in 2004, the biochemist Pat Arnold introduced 3-beta-hydroxy-5-alpha-androst-1-en-17-one [structural formula on the right] under the name 1-DHEA. And 3-beta-hydroxy-5-alpha-androst-1-en-17-one was pretty effective too, write sports scientists at West Texas A&M University in an article that’ll appear soon in the Journal of Applied Physiology.
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Don’t be afraid of eggs! Eggs are a perfect source of protein, providing an array of powerful brain nutrients, easily digested amino acids, and other vitamins that are vital for wellness.
Despite being one of the most nutrient-rich foods on the planet, eggs are often demonized since they are a very misunderstood food. The supposed ill effects of eggs have been equated with cigarette smoking, “the road to hell,” and “one foot in the grave” by uninformed individuals.
Is there any chance eating eggs is truly so dangerous to your health and quality of life?
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by Vince DelMonte
I spent most of my life as a skinny guy, as one of the many guys who is genetically unfortunate when it comes to building muscle. Now I’ve made a career of not only building my own physique but helping thousands of other skinny guys do the same thing.
Skinny guys are often referred to as hardgainers because it’s assumed that we have to work out much harder and longer in order to see gains that are “acceptable”. However, what I’ve learned from my own experience and from coaching and mentoring other former skinny guys is that you don’t necessarily have to work out harder, just differently and strategically.
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Trying to decide on which proteins to use at what times and for what reasons can be a mind numbing process. There are basically two major proteins in the bodybuilder’s arsenal. Those being casein and whey. They are also sometimes referred to as slow and fast acting proteins respectively. The purpose of this article series is to give you an in-depth look at the properties of each of these proteins, explain what it all means and why it is important to you. And, Finally, to provide a systematic way to apply it all.
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by Mike Arnold
If you read Part #1, you were either able to confirm the soundness of your current program, or you realized that you have been making some big mistakes which needed to be corrected. In Part #2, we will round out the top 12 most common roadblocks to muscle growth by touching on subjects every BB’r should be thoroughly aware of. With that said, let’s pick up right where we left off…
7.) Failing to establish a mind-muscle connection during training
This is something that needs to be gradually learned through repetitive experience, rather than taught from a book. The problem is that many BB’rs never really learn how to establish a strong mind-muscle connection because they’re too busy focusing on the wrong things. BB’ing training is not about moving the weight from Point A to Point B, doing as many reps as you can within a set, or using as much weight as possible. There is only one goal when it comes to BB’ing training– to stimulate the target muscle. Anything which takes away from this objective is a liability and will only hold back your progress.
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by Mike Arnold
Released by Upjohn in 1957, Halotestin was and remains the most potent androgen ever released by a pharmaceutical company for prescription use. Originally developed to treat medical conditions such as hypogonadism, breast cancer, and delayed male puberty, Halotestin was used with a fair amount of success. Although considered a marvel of steroidal engineering in its day, its popularity in the medical community began to wane as more effective, less side effect ridden treatments became available. Inevitably, large-scale production transitioned into small-scale production, precipitating a decrease in overall availability. While the drug’s relevance among medical practitioners may have been in decline, its desirability in the BB’ing and strength communities was as great as ever.
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by Mike Arnold
This month I decided to take a break from the typical PED laden monologue which characterizes the majority of my writings and revert back to the basics. In our search for ever-increasing knowledge, any of us can find ourselves beginning to neglect the fundamentals in favor of the details. It’s the nature of the beast, but as with all things in life, a periodic re-evaluation of our priorities can help ensure we stay on the right track. The basics are the basics for a reason…because they form the foundation on which everything else stands, without which we simply end up spinning our wheels. For those of you who are well-versed on this thing called BB’ing, you will find this to be more of a re-fresher course, but for those who are still new to this game, pay attention, as your ability to implement and adhere to the following guidelines will mean the difference between getting big and staying small.
Continue reading “12 most common Roadblocks to Muscle Growth ~ Part 1”