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Sagittarius Horoscope for Friday, January 1, 2016

Friday, January 1, 2016 - You might think you're acting in a more practical manner, but you'll probably end up letting your feelings dictate your activities now. You may be in the throes of a new relationship, consumed with a competitive sport or fascinated by a captivating hobby. Whatever the reason, you are willing to be pulled off course now. But this doesn't need to be all-or-nothing venture as you seek exciting avenues of expression. Play close to the edge and don't be afraid to move the boundaries. Just be careful not to step on anyone's toes in the process.

2 Head and Shoulders Above

No amount of training will lengthen clavicles, but Heath still widened his shoulders significantly by expanding his deltoids. The medial delts are of primary importance in breadth, but at least one of the three delt heads (anterior, medial, posterior) plays a substantial role in every mandatory pose except for abs and thigh. Colossal traps can also provide crucial depth in many poses. “I want to maintain my advantage there,” the reigning Mr. O says. “Or expand it. Delts and traps are always going to be a big focus for me.” You can’t lengthen your bones, but, like Heath, you can give the appearance of doing so by making strategic additions.

Fat-Free Mass Gains

One of the hardestnutrition programs to put together is a mass-gaining plan for the formerly fat guy or the person who continually wrestles with bodyfat. The problem: whenever the individual’s mass gains start to kick in, lo and behold, he starts to balloon up and add too much bodyfat. It’s a never-ending struggle and exercise in frustration.

7 Tips for Burning Fat and Building Muscle

Go outside and take a walk. Do some pushups , do some lunges – just get moving. And if you think you need hours and hours each day, you’re wrong. 10-15 minutes of moving, stretching, doing bodyweight exercises will add up very quickly in a week. Start slow and do 3 times a week and as you progress, do 4 or 5 times a week if you want. Now do this each week over the course of a month, 3 months and a year. Be consistent.

Six Deadly Diet Sins

Solution: During bodyfat reducing phases, try a four-on/one-off approach. Diet strictly for four days, eating 1 g of carbs per pound of bodyweight daily and taking in no carbs at each day'’s final meal. On the fifth day, take a break from dieting. Dramatically increase carb intake, up to as much as 3 grams per pound of bodyweight on that day. The higher carb intake not only will provide much-needed energy, but it will also prevent a drop in metabolic rate.

9 Foods That Will Kill Your Sex Drive

Has your sex drive gone M.I.A? What turns us off may very well start with what we’re eating — causing you to suffer from a low sex drive. As we age, the foods that we eat can have an impact on testosterone levels , which ultimately helps determine what’s going on below the belt. To ensure that your next romantic rendezvous won’t go soft, consider cleaning up your diet by tossing these foods to the wayside.

Lou Ferrigno's Mass Class

Before and after he was the Hulk, Lou Ferrigno was bodybuilding’s ultimate behemoth. When Arnold Schwarzenegger was winning Olympias at 235, Lou was 275. And when Dorian Yates was collecting Sandows at 265, Lou was 315. In fact, the future not-so-jolly green giant first broke the 300-pound barrier in the off-season at the age of 20—an unprecedented muscular body weight in the early ’70s. At 6'5", he towered over competitors, but whereas most tall bodybuilders have trouble filling out, Ferrigno carried his mass proportionately with pleasing symmetry. He’s the best over-6'2" bodybuilder of all time, and if he hadn’t spent 17 years off posing stages, he may have collected a mantel full of Sandows. In celebration of what was and what could’ve been, Lou serves up his 30 best tips for hulking mass.

8 Worst Things You Can Do to Build a Bigger Back

Whether your goal is to be a 250 lb. freak or 185 lb. sculpture, all of us who lift want to develop a V-shaped back with enough bumps and lumps to match the Rocky Mountains. However, this is no easy task, as the musculature of the back is quite complex and often hard to feel while lifting. It’s quite common to hear fellow trainees complain that when they try and work their lats, they manifest a better pump in the forearms and biceps, which does little to stimulate back growth .

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Which Workout Program is Best for You?

Answer these six questions and we'll help you find the perfect training regimen.

Pomegranate Polyphenols Fight Free Radicals

We all know that antioxidants are important to include in any eating plan, and that the best way to add them to our diet is to get enough of the whole, natural foods found mainly in the produce section. But did you know that one type of these free-radical-neutralizing compounds is called polyphenols? These micronutrients help protect plants—and may help boost your health, too.

Seven Best Carbs to Build Muscle

Benefit: A mass builder with fiber You can determine a quality bran muffin by reading the label, but your best bet may be to make your own. Purchase any high-fiber cereal that has a muffin recipe on the side of the box. Substitute honey for sugar, add two or three scoops of whey protein to the mix, and you have a high-carb, protein-rich snack. Fiber in the cereal makes the end product low glycemic or "slow burning," which is ideal for bodybuilders who struggle to stay relatively lean while bulking up.

5 Exercises for Shredded Obliques

But even if you're still chiseling down your body fat percentage, you still need to train your obliques before you'll see them. You need to train them both for show and sheer functional ability: The external and internal oblique muscles are responsible for rotating and bending your trunk. These muscles also contribute to spinal stability—and that means training them with rotational stresses.

The Best Muscle-Building Supplement Stack

You can curl, lift, and squat all day, but without the right nutrients, you’ll never build up the bulk all that hard work is intended for. Muscle needs a pool of specific amino acids and macronutrients to properly repair (read: come back bigger). Plus, certain molecules can help your muscles fight fatigue while helping you push through those last few reps that will make all the difference in the mirror. There are a lot of products and minerals that claim to help you build muscle—and science does show some of them will give you small gains. But we’re looking for the big guns—the supplements with the strongest science behind them on helping you build bulk. And if you think protein is all there is to getting chiseled, listen up: Here are the five most important supplements you should be taking to build muscle. Don't forget to also check out the best foods for bulking up without getting a fat belly.

The New Year Redemption Workout Plan (2016)

The REDEMPTION  is more than workouts. It's about finding the right state of mind, and igniting what triggers your motivation. For 45-60 minutes per day, your number one priority is to hit the gym and give your all. And while pounding away, rep after rep, think about everything you want to achieve. Know that with each successful push, pull, and lift that you're inching closer to what you want.

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Should Your Workout Kick Your Ass?

If you were to ask me to choose the one thing most people could improve in the gym my answer would be “Intensity.” Problem is, when I suggest workouts need to be harder, most interpret that as meaning more sets, reps, or hours in the gym. Nothing could be farther from the truth. Intensity doesn’t hinge necessarily on what you do (although it can), but oftentimes it’s how you do it. Your focus, your energy, and your devotion to push past barriers and challenge your body. To help you understand the difference between working harder and training smarter, I interview Sean Hyson, C.S.C.S, fitness director for Men’s Fitness and Muscle & Fitness, and the author of  The Truth About Strength Training . You won’t learn any new exercises or magic bullet secrets, but the strategy you’ll gain will be as valuable as any other lessons you’ll find.

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Tip: Eat More to Build, But Not That Much More | T Nation

Many lifters get tripped up by this mistake because they're copying the diet of their favorite bodybuilder or hypertrophied action movie star. The problem? Well, most people don't have the genetics of a pro, they don't do the marathon workouts of a pro, and they're not using the drugs the pros are using. All of those things add leeway to the diet. The pros can get away with crazy diets (at least for a few years) because of the drugs. You can't. Follow their muscle gain diets and you'll get fat and wreck your health. You're smarter than that.

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The Problem With Strength Training Advice On The Internet • Zach Even-Esh

Zach thanks so much for not only the amazing work you do with your athletes at your gyms but for all the free and invaluable information you provide on a daily basis. It is greatly appreciated. Like you I am a father of young children. I have a 7 yr old, a 4yr old and a 1 yr old. My 7 yr old is into Tae Kwon Do and baseball so he has a good amount of physical training. My 4 yr old is starting baseball this yr. is there anything I can be doing on the home front other than regular playing that I should be doing with them. Since they are so young I don’t want to make exercise a chore to them so it doesn’t bore them. My oldest gets plenty of good body weight training in Tae Kwon do class so don’t want to go overboard. Also hope the shoulder is doing well. I tweeted you about my own shoulder surgery the same day as yours. I’m a NYC firefighter so I’m working hard to get back. Your videos and blogs are all the motivation I need. Thankyou sincerely. Live the code bro!!! -Mario R-

Fill Your Frame for a More Muscular Physique

A bodybuilder's physique has traditionally been described as an X, complete with wide shoulders, a small waist, and big legs. The term V-taper has evolved to describe men’s physique, a look focused on upper-body training. With the launch of the classic physique division in 2016, a new frame has been introduced to the mix. I’ll call bodybuilding “Bold X,” classic physique “X,” and men’s physique “V.” Follow these pro tips to maximize your frame (shoulders, back, waist, and legs) or build up into a bigger one.

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How Sex Affects Your Workout

The question of whether the last time an athlete got lucky makes or breaks a championship game is as serious and personal as the rest of the player’s pre-performance ritual. Most guys fall hard on one side or the other. NFL quarterback Tim Tebow, for example, announced a few years ago that he was abstaining until marriage. Rocky Balboa swore off sex before every major match (as did the real-life Marciano before retiring 49-0) and Muhammad Ali famously said no to nookie for the six weeks before a fight. Most of the World Cup players were sexually frustrated when they hit the field as per their coaches’ instructions.

5 Rules for Gaining Mass

If you'’re looking to add muscle mass to your frame, hitting the weights hard is a given. Quality time in the gym begins a cascade of changes that will stimulate your muscles to grow bigger in response to the challenges you throw their way. It'’s tempting to think that'’s all it takes to add muscle to your body. After all, you can actually feel your biceps growing after an intense set of curls. That pump is tangible, real-time biofeedback to let you know that blood is flowing to your muscle cells, beginning a chain of events that stimulates protein synthesis. Maybe that'’s why it's easy to overlook how important good nutrition is in the mass-building equation. When you choose to eat, say, chicken instead of ice cream, there'’s no immediate muscle gratification -- no pump to keep you motivated. Make no mistake: Eating for muscle is just as important as lifting for muscle. The foods you grab in the morning on the way to work, the meals you pack for lunch and mid-afternoon, what you put into your body immediately following your workout, and your final meal of the day impact your results as much as, if not more than, the number of reps you squeeze out at the end of a set.

10 Things You Got Wrong About Working Out

You may think you've mastered all there is to know about getting stronger, faster, fitter. But most of the ideas you hear circulating in your local weight room today have about as much basis on scientific fact as the notion that the world is flat. We're calling out these myths once and for all. Class is in session. Are you ready to be schooled?

The Born Fitness Approach to Health and Fitness

I wanted to quit fitness, but there’s really no escape. It’s like the mob in that way. Some of us just choose to make it a more prominent part of our lives, while others either ignore the value or never cease to grasp that fitness—and health—can be an enjoyable, invigorating, and stress-free (as well as stress-busting) experience.

The Ultimate Hangover Cure

Too much booze. Headaches. Stomach aches. Memory aches. Let's end them all. This simple recipe, based on nutrition science, is the perfect hangover cure.

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52 6 Muscle-Building Exercises You Can’t Do Wrong
53 8 Ways to Build Shoulder Strength and Stability
54 4 Elbow-Friendly Moves for Bigger Triceps
55 Optimal Rep Pace
56 4 Medicine Ball Exercises for Shredded Abs
57 10 Best Old School Exercises
58 Best Grips for Big Lats
59 6 Top Fat-Burning Plant Foods
60 Take a Break...or Not?
61 Keep Body Fat in Check with a 35-Gram High Protein Breakfast
62 8 Reasons Your Biceps Are Flat
63 The Dieter's Secret Weapon
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65 7 Best Bodybuilding Foods
66 2016 Horoscope. OMG so accurate!
67 9 Tricks to Burn Fat Fast
68 The Most Stunning Iron Maidens of 2015
69 8 Great Foods to Eat Before and After Your Workout
70 7 Ways to Grow
71 Low Carb Myths
72 25 Real Women on the Sexiest Body Part in a Man
73 Developing A TOUGH Mindset for Greater Success In ALL Areas Of Life • Zach Even-Esh
74 10 Unconventional Fitness Tools that Really Work
75 Part of Ronda Rousey Died in Fight with Holm Says Her Sister
76 The Love Handle Elimination Workout
77 How to Lose Your Gut On Your First Day at the Gym
78 Snack For Gains: Butternut Hummus
79 Is This the Best Protein Shake Ever?
80 Does Fitness Make You Unhappy?
81 SNEAK PEEK: What's Coming in The 21-Day Shred App Update on January 5 - HUMANFITPROJECT
82 Three Time’s a Charm or Three Strikes You're Out?
83 Six Moves for a Shredded Six-Pack
85 5 Ways to Lose Weight After Overeating During The Holidays
86 Get Bigger Arms by Correcting This 1 Bicep Curl Mistake
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88 5 Less Traditional Ways to Get a Killer Workout
89 STORY: How The Encyclopedia of Underground Strength Almost NEVER Happened, Until... • Zach Even-Esh
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92 10 Upper-Body Moves That Build Your Core Too
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