DHT – Not So Bad After All

by Josh Hodnik

Dihydrotestosterone (DHT) is commonly viewed as the evil androgen responsible for hair loss and prostate issues. DHT does serve any purposes in the body, and reducing or eliminating this hormone may be the wrong thing to do for most people.
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Muscle Growth and the Estrogen Connection

by Mike Arnold

In a sport where the use of hormones is central, it is not unreasonable to assume that its participants would possess a broad knowledge of such, particularly those hormones which are naturally produced in the human body. Yet, when it comes to muscle growth, few have been as misunderstood as estrogen. Back in the late 1990’s, when the first 3rd generation A.I (anastrozole) was just hitting the scene, estrogen was considered so essential to the growth process that the off-season use of aromatase inhibitors, in any amount, was largely frowned upon.
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The Bodybuilding Process vs Bodybuilding Results

by Geoff Roberts

The main reasons for pursuing a given game or sport, range from essentially being forced since childhood, to discovering a rare talent much later in life. Of all these catalysts, the two that take precedence over all others tend to be chasing fame/fortune, and the simple love of the sport. When it comes to bodybuilding, it is very important to understand that partaking in this difficult endeavor should always be fueled by a love and passion for it. As opposed to the desire to be a top professional, earn large paychecks, or even to place top five a national level show. What this really means when it comes right down to it, is that a bodybuilder can either partake in this sport because he or she wants to become elite, professional and famous, or because he or she simply loves the bodybuilding process. The latter attitude will result in a much more fulfilling and successful bodybuilding journey than the former, nearly 100% of the time.
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Overcoming Whole-Food Protein Limitations

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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Weekly Block Training for Massive Gains

by Chris Marzarella

DUP essentially dictates that the sets, reps, intensity and volume will change throughout the week to quicken the strength and hypertrophy gains. There have been several human tests done on this protocol and they all have similar results; that linear periodization (LP) is less superior (1). Linear Periodization is when a certain number of reps are met, the weight then moves up linearly or in a stair climbing fashion. Again, the studies have shown that between the two, LP is less superior than that of DUP. Now, I will introduce to another form of training called Weekly Undulating Periodization (WUP).
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Return to Basics: Ensuring a More Jacked Physique

by Josh Hodnik

The book, “The Power of Six Sigma,” describes how to operate a business at its full potential by using the Six Sigma concept. It focuses on increasing efficiency and profitability by decreasing errors and waste. This concept can be carried over to other areas besides business, such as bodybuilding and fitness, to become more efficient and successful.
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Marijuana and Alcohol; Brainwashing at its Best

by Geoff Roberts

Discussions of marijuana vs alcohol are very powerful representations of how gullible and easily convinced of untrue nonsense the vast majority of people really are. Purely through the use of lies and propaganda put forth by the news and mainstream media, with zero evidence of anything, this massive herd of sheep which we call America, has been convinced that these two drugs are in some way comparable, in regards to the dangers they possess.
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The “New” Off-Season Approach

by Cade Thomas

Bulking. Cutting. Offseason. Prep. You know the drill. We have images burnt into our heads of how each of these are supposed to play out. Offseason = higher carbs, more food in general, forcing growth and typically using a cycle that is considered suited for this time of year. Many rules have been laid out that simply don’t really need to exist, and that is now shown with people changing their thoughts on how to approach food and chemical use during the part of the year when improvements are the priority.
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Deadly Advice – Who’s to Blame?

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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Over Analyzation – Just do it!

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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5 Signs That You Should Quit Bodybuilding

by Cade Thomas

I like to consider myself a positive person. I believe most of my articles support pursuing your goals and maintaining a positive outlook on bodybuilding and the lifestyle as a whole. However, there is a growing number of people who I feel simply need to ask themselves what the hell they are doing and why exactly they are doing it.
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Young Freaks: Is It Progress or Cause For Concern?

by Cade Thomas

The current state of the top ranks of professional bodybuilding is a topic of hot debate lately. Consistency, quality, and the execution of events in general have been called into question. Similarly, the number of bodybuilders in amateur events seemingly continues on the path of being swallowed by overwhelming entries in the MPD and female divisions.
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Are Heavy Weights Necessary for Maximizing Muscle Growth?

by Mike Arnold

It seems like just yesterday that every aspiring bodybuilder was following the example of men like Dorian Yates and Ronnie Coleman, who were known for lifting ungodly amounts of weights on a near daily basis. But over the last 10 or so years bodybuilders seem to have moved away from that, focusing more on “the pump” rather than continually testing the limits of their strength. This is not surprising though, as bodybuilding training tends to move in phases, with each generation following the example of whoever is on top.
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Ravenous or Repulsed; That is the Question

by Geoff Roberts

It is not uncommon for bodybuilders, or any other person for that matter, to think that their issues are the exception to the rule, when in reality, they are not. It is equally common for people to misunderstand the reasons why they are dealing with a particular issue or issues. Of the hundreds of misunderstood problems in our industry, the one that tends to really get under my skin is bodybuilders who eat like small children complaining about their fast or slow metabolism. It seems that every athlete in our sport claims to have a metabolism like a hummingbird, or the metabolic rate of a cold blooded reptile. 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 applies to the majority of people. So why do the overwhelming majority of people feel that their metabolism is atypical?
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