H.I.I.T. Training: New Research

by Matt Weik

We live in a society that believes if a little yields a good result, then more would yield an even better result. But more times than not, this isn’t the case. And actually, that kind of thinking can get you in a lot of trouble in certain situations. Just look at how many lawsuits have been filed over the years because someone used that mentality with their fat burners or stimulant products – winding up in the hospital because they couldn’t follow directions!
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Are Anabolic Steroids Truly Anti Aging?

by Josh Hodnik

Aging is a process that is unavoidable, and people have been searching for that elixir or fountain of youth since the beginning of time. Let’s face it, people don’t like getting old. Rarely do you see anyone that truly embraces the aging process. The ongoing joke around my house is that no matter how old I get, my wife will always be 29. I get it, people want to look and feel young.
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Break Through Muscle Building Plateaus

by Josh Hodnik

Many of us can easily recall a time when everything regarding our training, diet, and supplementation seemed to come together just right. We were consistently rewarded with muscle and strength gains for our hard fought battles in the gym. This left us content, happy, and comfortable in the world of muscle building. Then out of nowhere, we seemed to hit a wall and all progress just stopped. This is known as the muscle building plateau. When we are afflicted with this inevitable muscle building plateau, it seems that all we do is maintain, regardless of how hard we work. Sometimes we may even take a bit of a slide back in progress during one of these periods. It all can become a little frustrating to say the least.
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Stopping Exercise Leads to Brain Blood Flow Issues

by Matt Weik

It goes without saying that blood flow, especially to the brain, is extremely important. Restricted blood flow can easily be fatal. Exercise has been known to improve blood flow throughout the body—including up to the brain through research. But what happens when you stop exercising for a period of time? Does blood flow remain the same or does it change?
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New Research on Joints

by Matt Weik

When it comes to sports injuries, most occur from wear and tear as well as damage done directly to our ligaments and tendons due to force exerted on the body either by another competitor or the playing field itself. The amount of stress and demand put on our joints and ligaments is sometimes too great and injuries such as tears can occur. While our kids might say there’s always time for Jell-O, athletes unfortunately don’t have time to be sidelined with injuries. With the help of a gelatin supplement, they might be able to continue to hit it hard in the gym as well as the playing field.
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This Childish Industry We Live In

by Matt Weik

This article is honestly going to be mostly a rant with me standing on top of my soapbox. There will be profanities—many of them to be exact. So if you want to come along for the ride and be entertained, the more the merry. If you want to hop off at the next stop, be my guest. But we need to take a long hard look at this industry we all play in—this gigantic fitness and supplement industry sandbox. It seems over the last few months that this industry has turned into a shit-show. And not because the products are changing, but rather the people.
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The 5% Attitude Will Live On! Rest In Peace, RICH PIANA!

by Christian Duque

Next time you finish a sentence with ‘God Damn It’ or start one with ‘Good morning’ or ‘Good Fuckin Morning,” you’ll think of Mr. 5% Rich Piana. Next time you dig into some Ben & Jerry’s or order a bowl of food at Chipotle, chances are you’ll think of Mr. California. Rich Piana was the larger than life bodybuilder who commanded the longest lines, the biggest fan adulation. Seeing him at expos made one think about what it must have been like when Moses parted the seas. People just couldn’t get enough! He wasn’t just huge physically, but he commanded massive respect.
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Supplement Brands: Adapting to Female Demand

by Matt Weik

In an industry loaded with well-built men, the ladies often get the short end of the stick when it comes to nutritional supplements. In fact, many female athletes avoid supplements all together due to male-minded branding, while others don’t seem to mind if a tub of protein has a skull on the label. There’s definitely been a shift over the years as more females enter the sports nutrition space in search of products and ingredients to fit their specific needs.
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Don’t Be THAT Guy at the Gym

by Matt Weik

Everyone needs to start somewhere with their fitness journey. The first step is generally to sign up for a gym membership. The gym, however, can be a frightening place to those who have never been in one before. Hopefully this article sheds some light on things NOT to do. If you’re a veteran lifter and avid gym-goer and find yourself doing any of these things… Please stop immediately. Don’t be THAT guy. The below is totally unfiltered and raw. I’m telling it like it is, so be prepared.
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Stimulants and the Future of Pre-workout Drinks

by Matt Weik

We live in a world where people who use pre-workouts are focused only on one thing — stimulants. That’s right, they want to feel jacked up. They want to feel as if ants are crawling under their skin, that tingly sensation telling them their pre-workout product is working. If they don’t feel it, it’s not working—right? This mentality is what’s going to get people in a lot of trouble. Let me explain.
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Jeopardizing Health in Pursuit of Bodybuilding Greatness

by Josh Hodnik

Most of us can recall particular dreams and goals as a child. While the goal itself may have changed as we got older, the thought of doing something extraordinary still remained. The need to do something great seems almost instictual or embedded in some people. It takes a strong work ethic, drive, and commitment to be successful. Internal drive, and willingness to do what others wont do are great attributes to have, but when does the sacrifice become too much?
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The Passing of a Legend – Dallas McCarver, RIP

by Christian Duque

At just 26 years of age, IFBB Pro Bodybuilder Dallas “Big Country” McCarver accomplished a great deal in his very short life. Turning pro at just 21yrs of age, he managed to give 110% in his training, diet, and supplementation, landing two huge supplements contracts, a deal with Muscular Development Magazine, and countless endorsements. This phenomenal athlete seemed larger than life, appearing on a variety of bodybuilding shows, gracing the covers of magazines, and commanding a loyal, devoted following, the likes of which, very few bodybuilders ever experience.
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Beware of Fake Supplement Reviews!

by Matt Weik

You’re in search of a new supplement to try… What do you do? Look for reviews on new products, right? What if I told you most of the reviews out there today are fake and paid for by supplement companies? One of the largest online supplement retailers is the worst offender, and they don’t seem to care. Their excuse is “everyone is doing it these days”. What kind of answer is that? I won’t throw out their name, but it’s not too hard to figure it out.
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Joint Pain in the Summer? Here’s Why!

by Anthony Roberts

Whether you’ve just started training, or you have a couple of decades under your belt, you’ve probably experienced joint pain. And although the cold of winter months can cause additional stiffness and add time to your warm-ups, the summer months can actually make joints hurt worse than they do in colder weather.
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