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Episode 3: Will The Travel Ban Destroy Hadi Choopan's Career? | The Breakdown

Breaking down the upcoming Arnold Classic 2018 lineup & how the travel ban can affect Hadi Choopan and other promising bodybuilders. Believe it or not but we are not very far away from the Arnold Classic 2018 in Columbus, Ohio. One of the biggest bodybuilding events of the year, 2018 looks to be perhaps the best lineup in quite some time. You can feel the excitement in the air - and it's definitely sparking between our hosts on The Breakdown. With special guest Stanimal De Longeaux, Shawn Ray and Tifanny Urrea break down the Arnold Classic 2018 line up and what we can expect from the big competition. One big talking point regarding the Arnold Classic is also Hadi Choopan - an Iranian bodybuilder who almost beat Flex Lewis (and many people believe DID beat Flex Lewis). Choopan has a major uphill battle due to President Donald Trump's continuing efforts with the travel ban. With immigration and visas becoming harder to get (especially for those in Iran), Hadi Choopan has found himself unable to compete in some truly big competitions. And if Hadi can't compete against the best of the best.

The Perfect Biceps Curl | T Nation

To make sure there's always resistance (torque) that your biceps has to work against, the line of force from the bar must always remain anterior to your elbow. Once the line of force either lines up with the elbow joint or passes posteriorly to it, the moment arm relative to the biceps is gone and all resistance and mechanical tension is lost. Not so good for the gains. The biceps curl is really all about keeping the line of force anterior to the elbow to preserve mechanical tension.

Tabata Training, Fat Loss, and the Intensity Effect

Best of all? You can make progress at any activity, burn fat, and not have to completely sacrifice your schedule to become fit. And while it’s just 15 to 20 minutes, if you push the pace and maintain a high intensity, you’ll be shocked by how much you can transform your body.

Tip: Another Good Reason to Use a Spotter | T Nation

Does having a spotter lead to better bench press performance, even if he doesn't touch the bar? Check out this fascinating new study.

Velocity Diet® Plan - The New Science of Rapid Body Transformation - Biotest

I soon asked Chad Waterbury to write a custom training plan, specially designed just for those on this diet. To test out the latest version of the plan, I put T Nation reader Gus Pancho on the latest version of the V-Diet. Gus is 37 years old and lost 40 pounds and nine inches from his belly during and after his Velocity Diet experience.

Tip: A Murderous Barbell Clean Complex | T Nation

Then progress to 3-4 hackey pulls. Begin with an RDL position and the bar just below knee-level. Accelerate the bar as it passes the knees, aggressively extending the hips forward, in effect "popping" the bar off the thighs. This movement teaches you to reach full-hip extension before breaking at the elbows during the pull. This also helps you "feel" your glutes working.

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Sagittarius Horoscope for Saturday, January 13, 2018

Saturday, January 13, 2018 - People may be amused but rarely shocked when you do something that they would never dream of doing. Your brute honesty and bald antics are expected, yet you can go too far in your drive for authenticity today. Others might not realize that your actions represent your exploration of new ideas and not a firm conviction. Someone may try on different styles to see which clothes make the best appearance. You are putting on a variety of personalities now, so you can decide which one serves you the best. Author Lisa Mangum wrote, “Sometimes wearing a mask is the best way to show our true selves.”

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A Strongman's Guide to Shoulder Health | T Nation

The shoulder is an incredibly mobile and complex joint that needs to work with your scapula and thoracic spine (upper back). For the shoulder to function properly you must have an adequate amount of thoracic mobility. To address your mobility restrictions, begin every workout doing some soft tissue work. It'll help loosen restrictive connective tissue and increase blood flow to the areas targeted. Using a foam roller is great for general areas such as the pecs, lats, triceps and thoracic spine.

Tip: Do This to Fix Non-Organic Produce | T Nation

But then there's that affordability thing again. Organic just plain costs more. There does, however, thanks to researchers at the University of Massachusetts, appear to be a way you can make your less expensive, non-organic produce almost as healthy for you as the organic variety. All it involves is a little water, some baking soda, and a few minutes' spare time.

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If there is one muscle group that can truly set you apart from the rest of the iron-pumping crowd, it is most definitely the shoulders. Why do I say that? Well, because the deltoids “live” in three-dimensions, with heads in the front, side, and back. Any curious onlooker can clearly see just how developed your shoulders are no matter where they are standing. In addition, big, thick, and wide shoulders are not only easily noticeable when in a T-shirt, but also when wearing a dress shirt, sweater, and even a fitted suit. In other words, no other muscle screams, “I lift hard and heavy!” like the shoulders do when they’re fully developed. Of course, wanting big delts and manifesting them are two entirely differently things. If you have been trying hard but are still finding yourself with only gumballs at the ends of your clavicles when it’s cannonballs you’re after, here is some advice that may remedy the situation.

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The gluteus maximus is one of the most powerful muscles in the human body. The gluteus maximus is a powerful extender of the hip joint as well as an external rotator and adductor. Because of its size and superficial location compared to the other glute muscles, it is often the major focus when it comes to training the backside of your body.

Generation Iron's Second Annual Bodybuilding Awards | 2017

The judges have already cast their vote at the 2017 Mr. Olympia – now it was time for the FANS to decide who the true best athletes of 2017 really were! The votes are in and we now have the list of our official FAN CHOSEN winners of 2017. See the results below.


A person’s biceps shape isn’t necessarily the same for both arms. If you check out photos of Arnold in his prime, for example, you’ll see that one of his biceps had a greater peak than the other. No training could change that for him, just as it can’t change the shape of any of your muscles.

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Flabby jowls and batwings for triceps not only make you look more feminine on the outside, but carrying that extra body fat makes you more ladylike on the inside, too. Since body fat is responsible for aromatizing testosterone into estrogen, the more fat you have on you, the more estrogen will be circulating in your body. Danish endocrinologists at Aarhus University recently tracked several changes in 43 men who underwent a 14-week diet and exercise program. As the pounds came off, and body mass index improved, estrogen levels dropped and testosterone started to climb. Additionally, sperm health and sperm quantity improved dramatically. By the end of the experiment, the subjects were not only leaner and more fertile. IM


Caffeine has typically been given credit for the way coffee smashes a case of the munchies, but new research shows that decaffeinated coffee might be an even better ally when you’re cutting calories. In a study published in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition, scientists examined the effects of coffee, decaf coffee, and caffeinated water on perceived hunger and hormones related to satiety. Of the three beverages, decaf coffee proved to be the most effective in blunting hunger and promoting levels of peptide YY, a hormone in the gut that signals the brain to regulate appetite. Caffeinated coffee was not as effective as decaf but performed significantly better than the caffeinated water, which had almost zero effect on hunger. Scientists concluded that substances in the coffee other than caffeine are resposible for acutely decreasing hunger. If you like coffee while dieting, brew up a pot of decaf and save the caffeine for your pre-workout. Your central nervous system will thank you.

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Tip: Are You Using the Right Weight to Grow? | T Nation

You may think you're training hard, but are you really selecting the right weight for the rep range you're working in? This study highlights the important differences in weight selection in people who train by themselves versus those who train under the supervision of a coach or personal trainer.

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The 5 Most Worthless Exercises of All Time | T Nation

In some CrossFit classes you have the option to "scale down" if you can't do an exercise as prescribed. Let's say you have pull-ups in a WOD. If you can't do pull-ups, instructors normally have you do banded pull-ups. But some people are too weak (or heavy) for those. What do they do then? They put a box below the pull-up bar. The person stands on the box with his or her hands grabbing the pull-up bar. They're instructed to "jump and pull" until their chin is above the bar.

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