Category: Training

Guest Post: Working Out in the Flu Season – The dos and the don’ts

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Our latest post comes from the wonderful and talented Samantha Olivier from Ripped.me. We’re delighted to have Samantha featured on the site again and know you’ll enjoy her latest piece.

Do viruses really have their own “season” when they go out and start infecting people? No, of course not, we are the ones that create a suitable environment for them to grow in. The environment we create for our body constantly changes, while we’re constantly being attacked by various pathogens. When we start drinking more, eating without control, and get stressed out (usually during the holidays), we seem to enter the flu season as well.

Flu season is the time when we bombard ourselves with things like alcohol and sugar. Alcohol is known to depress the regenerative HGH (human growth hormone) at night during sleep, while sugar may depress the immune system for up to few hours.

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Say Goodbye To Knee Strains With The Best Wraps And Sleeves Of 2017

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If you are regarding hitting the gym as a possibility or you’re already a seasoned weight lifter, taking into account knee protection should be one of your top priorities. Knees are one of the most crucial parts of your body when you’re doing physical activities such as running or weight lifting and factors such as heat insulation, elastic rebound and strong leg protection should be the most regarded.

Read more reviews on the best knee wraps to make sure you have a better understanding of how your knees can take a pounding under the heavy weights. We’ve come up with a list of top products to choose from in 2017 when it comes to keeping your knees safe during heavy sessions of lifting.

Joe Weider’s Weight Gain Contest (1955)

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In December of 1955, Joe Weider published the first issue of Junior Mr. America magazine. Aimed at teenagers and young men between the ages of 12 to 21, Junior Mr. America highlighted the importance of the younger community for bodybuilding entrepreneurs. Packed with training, dating and general life advice, the magazine was viewed by many teenagers as a godsend.

For Weider, the magazine was a chance to market his products to the highly enthusiastic and highly gullible. Something he did with gusto. Pictured above is the magazine’s first cover, featuring Clement Desjardins, the Jr. Mr. Canada of 1955. Aged just 18 years old, Desjardin had only taken up training two years previously at the behest of his friends. Beginning at just 125 lbs., Desjardin weighed 170 by the time he turned 18. Something which Weider attributed to Desjardin’s faithful following of the Weider training principals.

Now as part of the first issue (Dec 1955), Joe wrote an article that kicked off what he called a “Giant Weight Gaining Contest.” This contest would not take place within the confines of an arena but rather within Joe’s new publication.

Bradley J. Steiner’s 1988 Hardgainer Program

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Interesting the term ‘hard gainer’ appears less and less in everyday gym use these days. Whereas previously whole bodybuilding industries were built on the term, the modern gym goer sees it as just one more phrase amongst several.

Nonetheless, the fascination that previous physical culturists had with ‘hard gainers’ provides us with a wealth of training programmes and worthwhile advice. This is especially the case regarding today’s programme from Bradley J. Steiner.

For the unaware, Steiner was one of the foremost training writers of the 1970s and 1980s in America. Detailing everything from bodybuilding to basic maintenance, Steiner was revered for his common sense, sage wisdom and general good demeanour. In a world dominated by ‘mass monsters‘, Steiner stressed overall development from his trainees. Both physical and mental.

The programme given below is dedicated towards the ‘worst-case’ hardgainer. The trainee for whom many routines have come and gone. As simple as it is effective, the routine will certainly be of interest to beginners and advanced trainees alike.

Guest Post: Why Swimming Every Day is Good for You

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New Year’s Eve is a good moment to set resolutions and make some changes in your life. Most resolutions are health related, which is kind of fitting because that’s the most literal self- improvement one can make. Consider swimming as an alternative to fitness program. It has all the benefits of a serious work-out, without any of the downsides, and it doesn’t feel forced or repetitive.

The History of American Powerlifting

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Perhaps the most popular form of training for modern gym goers, powerlifting is nevertheless a relatively recent phenomena. Indeed, while bodybuilding and Olympic Weightlifting date to the start of the twentieth-century, it was not until the 1960s that the art of lifting incredibly heavy things was formally recognised.

Today’s article thus looks at the birth of American powerlifting, from it’s humble beginnings, past it’s first competitions and into the age of international contests. A story of strength, politics and fun.

Reg Park – Basic Principles for Gaining Definition (1951 Article)

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Whenever I hear some bodybuilders use the term “definition” I always feel like asking them just what they think it means. It is a loosely used word, with certain authorities in particular throwing it about without any deep thought of what the development of muscular definement entails, or if certain types of lifters actually CAN acquire it. In fact, it is common to hear many novices talk of definition development before they have even built the foundations of a good physique.

Guest Post: How To Lose Weight and Have Fun Doing It

Most of us lead a sedentary way of life. Because a huge chunk of most people’s day is dedicated to work, and a lot of their free time is spent online, they usually don’t get as much exercise as they should. Food is another important contributor to weight issues that seem to plague an overwhelming number of people. We eat too much processed food and don’t pay enough attention to calories hidden in our soft drinks and coffee. Putting on weight seems far too easy and losing it is near impossible. Or is it? For most us, exercise equals torture. But that doesn’t have to be the case. The secret is to find an activity that you will actually enjoy! Losing weight can be fun and easy. Don’t believe us? Try some of these:

Forgotten Bodybuilding Exercises: Barbell Turns

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Popularised by turn of the century strongman Siegmund Klein, the ‘Barbell Turn’ is unlikely to be an exercise you see everyday on the gym floor. Difficult in the extreme, the exercise is an excellent finisher for chest and shoulder days as it hits the triceps, pectorals and deltoids all in one.

Additionally given the mechanics of the exercise, it is nigh on impossible to use heavy weights. This makes it a deceptively safe but nevertheless effective move. So how does one perform the exercise and why hasn’t it caught the public imagination?

Vince Gironda on the Nautilus Machines (Muscle and Fitness, 1974)

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Published by Joe Weider in 1974, the following interview with Iron Guru, Vince Gironda, details the influential trainer’s thoughts on the then growing popularity of Nautilus Machines. Unsurprisingly given that Weider was in direct competition with the Nautilus machine’s founder, Arthur Jones, the interview proved to be negative at best.

In any case, it highlights Gironda’s own training strategies and serves as a timely reminder that muscle magazines rarely publish without an agenda.

Enjoy!