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SHAUN CLARIDA: THE GIANT KILLER & 212 AMBASSADOR

by Christian Duque

212 Mr. Olympia Shaun Clarida has gone above and beyond what most people thought could be done in terms of growing the division he competes in. I say, most people, because I knew all along what he was capable of. After all, he has great predecessors in James “Flex” Lewis and Kamal Elgargni. Although it may seem hard to believe, Shaun is the title’s first American recipient, and he’s been able to do quite a bit to grow the division stateside.
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FITNESS MODEL DENIZ SAYPINAR BANNED FROM AMERICAN AIRLINES FLIGHT

by Matt Weik

There are some things that just make you shake your head these days. If you pay attention to what’s going on in the world, you would know that issues with airlines have been increasing steadily. It seems like every week we are hearing about something happening on a plane or airport in regard to people being thrown off of planes, people and kids being yelled at for masks/no masks, and this latest one just further shows that those who have an incredible physique are under fire by those who are overweight and obese with what happened to Deniz Saypinar.
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HERE’S HOW THE PANDEMIC CAUSED YOU TO GAIN WEIGHT FAST

by Matt Weik

While gaining weight is nothing to joke about, people always poke fun at those on their way to college, saying they’ll fall victim to the “Freshman 15.” Well, this pandemic has sent many of us back to school, and we’ve found ourselves watching the scale creep up quite steadily.
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SHOULD YOU BE ON THE CLOCK?

by Christian Duque

The key to being successful on social media, is to be where the most people are, and have an active presence there. Most of the top people on social media can replicate their numbers on pretty much any platform. And not only can they do it, they actually do! There’s a number of platforms to consider, including Instagram, Facebook, YouTube and the new kid on the block, TikTok. Most of its influencers simply refer to it as “the clock.” Get it? Tik Tok, clock? Lol.
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3 HEALTHY FROZEN TREATS TO ENJOY GUILT-FREE THIS SUMMER

by Matt Weik

When the temperature heats up and simply walking outside makes you sweat, people tend to crave something cold and sweet. What generally comes to mind? Ice cream. Sure, while a little ice cream here and there won’t cause you to look like a beached whale during your much-anticipated summer vacation, eating it regularly could cause the phones to ring at the Save the Whales organization when you’re laying out in the sand. To prevent this from happening, I found three new and amazingly healthy frozen treats that you and the whole family (assuming you’ll share) can enjoy without guilt this summer.
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UPCOMING PHIL HEATH PODCAST

by Christian Duque

Word on the street is that 7x Mr. Olympia Phil Heath is looking to branch out on the airwaves and come out with his very own podcast series. I, for one, think that’s a fantastic idea. When you stop to think about it, why listen to a podcast? I mean, really? Ask yourself why you listen to Joe Rogan, why listen to Howard Stern, Chuck Zito, or the late, great Imus? The reason people tune into podcasts and other radio type formats is because they like what the host is all about. Listeners also like the choice in guests, topics discussed, and the consistency of a program that stands for something. The bottom line, however, comes down to the host(s)’ outlook.
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HOW TO BUILD A BASEMENT GYM ON A BUDGET

by Matt Weik

To be completely honest, there’s nothing better than creating your own home gym or basement gym. I’ve had conversations with followers of my work, personal training clients I work with, podcast listeners, and people on social media about my personal home setup and basement gym. I explain to them how I wouldn’t trade it for the world. Don’t get me wrong, I love fitness centers and gyms due to the variety of equipment that is available as well as the amenities. However, there’s nothing like not having to leave your house and being able to fit in a workout regardless of your schedule, right in the privacy of your own home with your very own basement gym. Combine your basement gym with a solid nutrition and supplementation plan, and you’re good to go!
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YOU’RE NEVER TOO OLD TO START A FITNESS BUSINESS

by Matt Weik

I see so many intelligent people out there complaining that they are bored with their job, they want to do more, they want to have freedom and start their own fitness business yet when I speak with them, they say they are too old. Listen, you’re never too old to start a business. In fact, there are many fitness business owners and celebrities who didn’t start their business or personal brand until later in life and that’s where they made all of their money. So, stop coming up with excuses why you can’t and figure out what’s stopping you from moving forward with your dream.
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LEE PRIEST ADVISES KAI GREENE ON A COMEBACK?

by Christian Duque

“If you’re gonna do it, do it.”
-Lee Priest

As Kai Greene walks around at 317lbs looking his all-time best, and training as if he might be staging the comeback of the decade, many people in the industry just can’t get enough. The fans have been begging for this, ever since Kai semi-retired from the stage after the 2016 Arnold Classic.
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WALDEN FARMS SALAD DRESSING: A WEIGHT LOSS SAVIOR?

by Matt Weik

So, hear me out on this one, as I know the word “salad” is about as painful as a root canal. I like experimenting with different things to see how I can take a low-calorie option (such as a condiment) and use it in various ways to make things I normally already eat, even healthier. And that’s why I picked up some Walden Farms salad dressings.
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