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Biotest Store at T NATION | Velocity Diet® Plan

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.

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Sagittarius Horoscope for Saturday, January 24, 2015

Sunday, January 25, 2015 - Although your current plans start out inspirational, they can become a weight you must bear if you inflate an idea so big now that it's becomes impossible to manage. Instead of confidently assuming you can do anything today, scale back your expectations and hit an easy target, rather than aiming so high you fall short. However, don't let negativity rule your choices. Making practicality your guiding principle fixes problems before they happen.

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5 Ways Jumping Rope Can Help You Look and Perform Better

Traditionally, jumping rope falls under the category of cardiovascular exercise .  When jump ropes are used for longer duration sessions, you can burn a lot calories. The great thing about varying your jump rope training to include shorter, high-intensity interval sets (especially with a weighted rope) is that you are getting much higher muscle activation and recruiting more muscle fibers for both upper and lower body. This will actually help you build muscle over time, which can make your body more efficient at burning calories. Think of the difference between a distance runner’s physique and a sprinter’s physique and that will give you a good analogy of the different results you can get from varied jump rope training routines.

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5 Unique Shrugs to Get You Yoked

Set the crash bars on a squat rack at about mid-thigh level. Unlike a conventional bar shrug the resistance will actually be behind you. This slight deviation stresses the mid traps more than a standard bar shrug. Hand placement on the bar can also serve as a way to recruit different parts of your traps. Try it with a close grip, shoulder width grip and just inside of a snatch grip to really tax the upper back from different areas. Perform 3 sets of 20-25 reps.

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5 Tips for Cold Weather Training

Cold weather training is common in hockey players, skiers, snow boarders and winter-sport endurance athletes. Battling the elements during training or competition can wreak havoc on your body and reduce your ability to perform at your highest level if the proper precautions are not taken. Preventing cold weather injuries and training effects should be of primary importance, especially as the temperature drops below 0°C (32°F).

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Can Music Help you Lift More Weight?

Have you ever been in the middle of a heavy bench press, headphones in, when your Eminem track fades out only to be replaced by some lovey ballad? If so, then you know that music can, on some level, affect your performance in the gym. That heavy lift that you started with gusto can become a life-and-death struggle without the right tunes.

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Muscle in Minutes: Big Arms

For this workout, we are looking to flush as much blood into the arms as possible and breakdown a ton of muscle fibers. The goal is to isolate the muscle to dig deep into the mind-muscle connection of the exercises. The barbell curl done with higher reps is sure to leave every muscle fiber in the arms screaming in a way that the chin-ups did not do on Day 1. The overhead triceps extensions with the rope provide a big range of motion that focuses on the long head, giving you a full, three-head thrashing for the week.

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Build Boulder Shoulders with the Ahrens Press

Ahrens had no choice but to press the dumbbells in this style because he used special loadable dumbbells that were very long; in other words, it was impossible to press them straight because they would hit each other with the massive poundages he routinely threw overhead. Because of the lateral pressing motion, this exercise forces the medial delts or “caps” to work harder.

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The 7% Body-Fat Diet

We estimate that the average weightlifting guy walks around at about 15% body fat. This is well within healthy levels, but it’s not going to turn many heads on the beach. (Reminder: Beach abs are carved in winter.) To look that good, you need to get below 10%—the point at which most guys can see some definition—and preferably as low as 7%. That seems to be the magic number associated with adjectives like shredded, diced, and genetically gifted (haters always gon’ hate). The plan is simple: six-pack, 7%, eight weeks. let’s go.

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Lower Body Dumbbell Demolition

The following three exercises are performed in a giant set; we will do a set of five reps, a set of 15 reps and a set of 40 reps, without rest between sets. Furthermore, there is no rest between giant sets. This means you will be doing 120 reps in a row with no rest.

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WATCH: It Only Takes Minutes For This Guy To Silence Every Chris Kyle Critic For Good (EPIC)

“We have the right to be as big of idiots as we want in this country and a lot of people prove it on a weekly basis. The only guy who affords that is a guy like Kyle on a roof in some crap town, keeping good people alive and killing bad people. He’s heaven sent. They’re heroes for the ages. Iconic figures. Thank God for men like Chris Kyle.”

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Update Your Chest Workout for Supersized Pecs

OK, we’ll give you a break. The Oak’s pecs were one of a kind, thanks in part to his Herculean genetics, and he had more time to train than you probably do. (We are, however, assuming you have the heart to work as hard as Arnold, whose dedication to the iron was supreme.) But all that aside, using a routine that was popularized a half-century ago while science and experience have revealed far better methods is, as Arnold would say, for “girly men.” If he were starting today, Arnold would likely take a much different approach.

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5 Tips for a Deeper Squat

What we do need to answer is the “how”. In many cases it’s much easier said than done. Having a good depth squat takes plenty of maintenance work to be able to (re)achieve ideal positioning. Here are a few helpful tips.

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10 Ways to Look Better Instantly

It's good to make big goals, like aiming for that six pack or one-rep max. But sometimes it's OK to cheat with some quick-fixes. Here are 10 simple and quick  style  tips that can help you look more attractive by tomorrow. 

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10 Superfoods for Super Health

The latest nutrition science research, as well as data collected from people living way beyond 80, strongly suggests what (and how) we eat has a significant effect on the quality and duration of our lives. So if you want to go the distance and keep pumping iron well into your golden years, consider incorporating these 10  healthy foods into your daily diet.

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The Men's Fitness Guide to Suffering

Professor Timothy Noakes, the exercise scientist known for the Central Govorner of fatigue theory, once said, “The brain is the ultimate determinant of performance.”  Noakes’ premise is that fatigue occurs in the mind (i.e., the central govorner) before the body. Even if your heart and muscular system may have more to give, the brain shuts the body down as a protective mechanism when stress levels get too high.  Although the Central Govorner can be an unruly performance limiter, it also prevents an athlete from pushing themselves into organ failure, which is a good thing.

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10 At-Home Workouts to Build Muscle in Under 20 Minutes

Designed by Los Angeles based personal trainers Ben Bruno and Anthony Yeung for getting fit from home fast, these time crunch workouts use bodyweight and dumbbells to get you ripped in your room. Build muscle in under 20 minutes with these 10 effective at-home workouts.

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Gym Bag Essentials for the Modern Man

Want to get 2015 off to the best possible start? Then get your you-know-what into the gym and burn off that holiday excess. Then, make sure you throw out all the junk in your gear bag and get these must-have grooming essentials in there instead. There's no point in breaking your butt in the gym if you don't look your best leaving it, right?

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7 Ways to Shred Body-Fat in 7 Days

We’re not saying it’s CGI or Photoshop that’s responsible for creating these onscreen bodies. Rather, it’s a secret, weeklong get-shredded strategy that separates people who make their living with their bodies from guys like us who just want to eat popcorn and watch them dodge bullets. The movie stars, the underwear models, the pro bodybuilders—they don’t look like that all the time. They can’t. But when it’s go time, they’re ready with Hollywood’s biggest get-shredded secret.

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The Top 15 Pushup Variations

. So it might be time to switch it up with a few new challenging moves. You'll feel more motivated, diversify the muscle groups you're hitting, and build muscle and strength in places your average-Joe pushup wouldn't even dream of touching. We tapped Anthony J. Yeung C.S.C.S. and strength coach at PUSH Private Fitness in Toluca Lake, CA, to see how many different variations he could come up with.

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5 Crunch-Free Core Exercises to Get Ripped Abs

You don’t have to do a million sit-ups for six-pack abs. We’re giving you the best muscle-defining moves for a stronger core, without the crunch.

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The Beginners Workout: Top Muscle-Building Moves

Returning to the gym after a long time away—or hitting the weight room for the first time? Check out our intimidation-free beginner's workout plan, packed with need-to-know moves for a better body.

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Deadlift More Weight Now

This got me thinking. In theory, the same technique could be used with the deadlift. When your glutes lockout a deadlift, like the vertical jump, they are opposed by the hip flexors. You can weaken the opposition the same way.

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Eight Ways to Drink Like an Athlete

Face it, gents: Despite all of your  healthy choices , the threat of the beer gut isn’t enough to stand between you and a booze-soaked social calendar. You know you’re going to do it anyway so you might as well approach the bar just like you approach the  bench : as a health-conscious athlete. The good news is, it’s not all hangovers and empty caloric intake; there’s plenty of science behind the health benefits of alcohol. A  study  published in the  American Journal of Epidemiology  linked moderate drinkers to healthier weights than those who binge or abstain from alcohol all together. And the perks of imbibing don’t stop there. Stay fit and even gain some fringe benefits with these healthy drinking habits.

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Four Ways to Correct Muscle Imbalances

Typically, muscle imbalances occur around areas of your body that are supposed to be mobile—hips, shoulders,  thoracic spine—but they can happen almost anywhere. What does it look like when you have a muscle imbalance and how do you know if you have them? Read on for the four most common muscle imbalances, a quick test to see where you’re at, and exactly how to fix them.

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The Fit 5: Healthy Eating Guide

“I think it really depends on the person and his goals. For guys who want to get ripped , or those who want to get the best results possible as fast as possible, it's a very good strategy. Most bodybuilders and many fitness models when preparing for photo shoots and competitions measure their food because it's such an effective method to achieve very low body fat levels. When you know exactly what you are putting in your body, in terms of calorie level, and the exact breakdown of protein, carbs, and fat, it's not a matter of if the body will change, but how much and how fast. On the flip side, I don't think constantly measuring food is a sustainable, or enjoyably nutrition strategy, nor is it completely necessary to get results.”

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6 Signs You're Lifting Wrong

If you're experiencing any of these things, it may be time to change the way you train.

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Time for Football! Time for NFL Cheerleaders!

Preseason is in the tank, your fantasy football team should be drafted and the first game of the season is almost here. No doubt, this year will be filled with hard hits, breakaway runs, incredible catches and of course beautiful women cheering on their team from the sidelines.

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Front and Center Forearm Workout

If your forearms are severely less developed than your upper arms you might want to train them twice per week. Another way to give the forearms a boost in size is to avoid using wrist straps as much as possible in your back training, so the forearms are forced to squeeze the bar or dumbbells harder in order to hold the weight. Finally, if you are truly a glutton for punishment, try performning the below exercises as one “giant set.” If that does not freak out your forearms, nothing will .

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This is the Most Dangerous Sex Position

According to a study published in Advances in Urology , you are safer staying on top. That’s because the most dangerous sex position is cowgirl; researchers found nearly half of penile fractures in their data set came when the girl was on top.

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What's Actually in Your Protein Powder?

But do you really know what’s inside the massive plastic tub? Delve deep into the wrapper’s fine print and you’ll find a list of unpronounceable ingredients. Here’s a primer on what each does, and why it's used in that giant vat taking up space in your kitchen.

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The one rule of the Pre-Party Pump

We present the Men’s Fitnes s Pre-Party Pump, a workout specifically engineered to maximize blood-flow to your muscles in those desperate minutes before your buddies pick you up. Because remember, for the man staring back at you in the foggy bathroom mirror, it’s not about how much you can lift. It’s about how much you look like you can lift.

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The Beginner's Guide to Yoga

1. Relieve stress. We all find ways to deal with stress. But Terrence Monte, a managing teacher at Pure Yoga, says, “going to amped up gyms or punching a punching bag can make you more aggressive or more tired.” Yoga, on the other hand, employs a number of relaxation techniques, which, with regular practice, can make you calmer overall. Sadie Nardini, host of “Rock Your Yoga,” adds, “Along with training your body, yoga trains your mind to see the bigger picture and act from integrity instead of freaking out. If you want to be more James Bond than Charlie Sheen, get yourself on the mat.” Being forced to unplug from text, calls, and email for 60 to 90 minutes doesn't hurt either. 2. Get flexible. Most series of yoga asanas (physical postures) include one or more spinal twists to loosen the many joints that make up your spine. This can improve your tennis gam e and golf swing, as well as promote detoxification and good digestion. Yogi Cameron Alborizan, Ayurvedic healer, yoga guru, and author of  The One Plan , says, “Think of the body as a sponge filled with dirty sink water. Gentle twists help to wring the sponge out and purge toxins.

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14 Boxer Briefs She Wants to See You Wear

Make your underwear something she’ll want to see. Better yet, make them something she’ll want to take off (she can appreciate them later). Here are the 14 boxer briefs she wants to see you in this year.

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How to Add Five Pounds of Muscle in a Month

Before you go and “dirty” bulk — eating junk like donuts, burgers, and fries just to get enough calories to gain weight — follow these eight tips to rapidly add slabs of muscle to your frame without sacrificing your health. You’ll look better, you’ll feel better, and avoid a dreadful “cut” if you decide to shred your new gains up even more.

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CrossFit Corner: Airborne Cardio Burns Up the Fat

You perform a burpee facing a box, then jump onto the box, to the other side, and repeat for reps. When jumping onto the box, maintain “soft” knees to ease into the landing. As you dismount, keep knees bent and rotate in the air so that when you land you’re facing the right direction for the next burpee. Carefully eye your landings, both on the box and on the ground. There’s also incentive to bring your feet all the way to your hands on the burpees: If you’re short, you’ll have a longer jump to the box.

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