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3 Ways To Use The Dumbbell Bench In Your Chest Workout

In short, the flat-bench dumbbell press is likely a solid addition to just about every bodybuilders' chest routine. How you approach it on chest day, however, depends on what position you put it in your workout order. Let's consider how you should do flat-bench dumbbell presses if you perform them at the beginning of your routine, and how that differs from doing them in the middle or at the end.

Chest Training for Natural Guys | T Nation

This is a more advanced technique, but it works wonders for chest development and increasing shoulder mobility. To do it, start with a light pair of dumbbells and get into the bottom position of a neutral-grip dumbbell press. Concentrate on getting the elbows as low as possible while lifting your chest up as high as possible. Hold this for 60-90 seconds and make sure you feel the stretch in your chest, not your shoulder joint.

The Best Way to Build Traps | T Nation

Do these exercises and your traps will grow whether you want them to or not! This is the best way to grow your traps, not shrugs or any other isolated trap work. The actual Olympic lifts themselves are great, but if you want to be even more specific, clean pulls and snatch pulls are the key. (Bonus: They're also great calf builders.) Here's what a clean pull looks like.

Lifting 3 Days a Week Is Best | T Nation

He meant that no matter how "optimal" a given system or approach is, if you can't or won't do it consistently, it's not going to pay off. Training three days a week allows time for a life outside of lifting – weekends off with the family, time for other hobbies, and enough energy to attend to life's responsibilities without becoming overwhelmed. Consider this if life stress is affecting your workouts.

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Tip: The Squat You Should Be Doing | T Nation

"Zercher" just means that the bar is held in the crooks of the elbows and the arms are flexed to prevent it from dropping. So you can do Zercher squats, Zercher deadlifts, and even Zercher carries. And with the squat version, you can do anything with it that you do with a normal squat: 1 RMs, accommodating resistance (chains and bands), etc.

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Tip: How to Bring Up a Weak Body Part | T Nation

Here's a real world example. I worked with top national level competitor Brad Davis and he saw great improvement in his legs, which had been his weakness. Our strategy was to scale down his back training – his back was already world class – from once a week to once every two weeks, and train his legs three times over two weeks. The result? He didn't lose an ounce of muscle from his back and his legs improved dramatically.

Ditch the Barbell for Big, Healthy Shoulders | T Nation

But there's a problem. You spend all day hunched over your computer like a Neanderthal and you have the mobility of a fork. Even worse, you've got beat up shoulders from imbalanced training, and an old injury or two. Your shoulders desperately need work, but every time you do barbell overhead presses, it feels (and sounds) like someone dumped gravel into your synovial fluid.

Tip: The Bench Press is a Whole-Body Exercise | T Nation

The bench press is a staple. However, one point to emphasize is that you should make the bench press a whole-body lift, not just a chest/triceps/delts lift. This is important for performance and safety, but also for milking the lift for all it's worth!

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Tip: Make Your Own Elvish Protein Bars | T Nation

That's all fine, but I wanted a legitimate meal replacement bar that I can take on a road trip so that the only reason I have to pull over is to hose the begonias, so to speak. I also needed a food to take with me so that when I go out into the world to take care of the mind numbing litany of doctor, dentist, and CPA appointments, I wouldn't have to pull into a goddamn Arby's and eat a beef and cheddar sandwich to keep my sugar and protein levels stable.

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Tip: The Forgotten Importance of Maintenance Phases | T Nation

This phase allows you to recover some insulin sensitivity after your high-carb mass phase. It also allows psychological relief. After following a high carb, relatively low-fat mass gaining phase you'll likely be sick of foods like rice, oats, and potatoes paired with lean proteins. As a result, the opportunity to have some fatty foods with some carbs during maintenance helps to wash away any fatigue and set you up for the next phase of dieting.

Tip: Dear Dumb People, Stop Giving Advice | T Nation

Or reference a handful of clients that trained with you before you started posting on social media or demonstrate credibility by achieving something in competition yourself. That doesn't have to mean placing first at a National contest, we just need to know that the entire reason anyone outside of your house knows your name is because of something more significant than "I worked out for a while and I think I look pretty good, brah, so I'mma tell everyone what they need to do."

Jay Cutler's 7 Tips for Building Huge Triceps

I wasn’t blessed with the greatest genetics for triceps, but I learned to work with my body structure. You have to be open-minded with the exercises you choose. I learned very early that skull-crushers (lying triceps extensions) weren’t the only exercise for tris, contrary to what a lot of people seem to think. Cable movements can be very beneficial for size and shape. It’s just a matter of finding the right position for your body structure and really putting your mind into working the muscle.

Tip: For Big Pecs, Do This After Bench Pressing | T Nation

The barbell bench press is great, but it's not that great at targeting the pecs. Add these two exercises to chest day to really grow.

Tip: Real Experts vs. Self-Proclaimed Experts | T Nation

Do research with their current clients. I've had many potential clients email some of my clients or drop in at their facility asking for feedback on my service, and I expect this will happen many more times in the future. It only takes a few minutes of your time to do the research that may determine whether or not you invest in the services of an online coach.

Tip: Machines for Functional Fitness? | T Nation

But recently I started training in a commercial gym again for the first time in close to a decade. In just six weeks, machines like the leg press, leg extension, and hack squat have helped me put considerable size on my quads. And I recently hit my 1-rep max front squat for an easy double. The lesson? Machines, used appropriately, can improve your functional fitness training.

Tip: A Simple Mobility Drill for Healthy Shoulders | T Nation

Spending a lot of time working on imbalances and doing corrective exercises probably isn't high on your list of favorite gym activities. You'd rather be lifting heavy stuff. But there are a few simple things you can do to help you avoid picking up silly injuries. This is one of those things.

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Sagittarius Horoscope for Sunday, October 29, 2017

Sunday, October 29, 2017 - You’re happy to hang out with your friends today, expecting to share adventures wherever you may roam. However, it might be difficult to get along with others if your agenda differs from theirs. At first, you remain quiet since you don’t want your preferences to hijack the fun. But a minor annoyance can quickly build into resentment now, triggering an emotional outburst as you try to set things straight. Don’t wait for your feelings to take over; discuss a possible compromise as a proactive measure. Mythologist Joseph Campbell wrote, “Regrets are illuminations come too late.”

7 Outstanding Meal-Prep Recipes

Meal prep recipes vary based on fitness goals and food preferences, but if you're looking for solutions that take you from morning to night, you can't beat these breakfast, lunch, and dinner basics.

6 Ways to Train for Striations

Individual muscles must be worked to their  capacity for every set, and the most efficient means I’ve found to achieve that state is with a minimum of 10 reps per set — and often as many as 15. Commanding an individual muscle to perform the bulk of the work from the very first repetition of a set is easy when you’re using light weight, but not enough stress is applied. The first few reps with heavy weight, however, require you to concentrate more on overcoming  and controlling the resistance than on the specific muscle’s contractions and extensions. Not until the fourth or fifth rep does a muscle adjust to flexing that heavy weight solely by itself to reach optimum efficiency. By aiming for higher reps, I am using those first few reps to acquaint the muscle with the weight. Thereafter, I’m getting five to 10 perfect heavy contractions and extensions before the set is finished.

The 5 best barbell complex workouts to burn fat and build muscle

A barbell complex is any series of movements performed back-to-back with a barbell in which the set number of reps is completed for each movement before moving on to the next. It also means—and this is what makes barbell complex workouts so tough—that the barbell never leaves the athlete’s hands until all the lifts and reps are completed.

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Scientists may have found the root cause of going gray and balding

Next up: Studies on humans to see if the pigmentation and baldness genes show up in people as they get older and their hair thins and gets gray. In the meantime, if you’re going gray, we say: embrace it. More and more dudes are rocking salt-and-pepper beards and hair, and looking good while doing it. If you’re going bald, there’s only one option once it gets too far along—shave it. (Hey: It works for The Rock.)

The Anti-Bodybuilding Hypertrophy Program | T Nation

Once you're comfortable breaking every "hypertrophy" rule in the book, you can rapidly build muscle with this program. And it's similar to the principles the old-time strongmen used to follow.

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Fit travel: 20 epic adventures to tackle in your 20s

Every bucket list should include a high peak, so how about Huayna Potosi, which stands at 20,000 feet—a mile higher than anything in the continental United States? Located in the Cordillera Real, Huayna Potosi requires crampons and ice axes but not too much extensive technical mountaineering experience beyond those basic pieces of equipment. The standard route is a straightforward glacier climb and there are tons guided trips out of La Paz, just 15 miles away. Plan for time to acclimate to the altitude, plus three days for the summit climb and return trip ($400 for 3-day trip; )

5 Worst Things to Do to Build Bigger Shoulders

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5 muscle-building moves you've never tried

In the weight room, it’s easy to get accustomed to the same old routine. Even in the search for variety, most guys rely on mixing around their go-to moves or substitute for some variation. But the truth is, to shock your muscles into bigger, better development and scare plateaus away, you've got to introduce your body to exercises its not used to seeing and feeling. Here are 5 you've probably never used, but should.

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40 Laws Of Lean

Unfortunate newsflash: You really have no control over the rate at which you lose fat. There are a lot of different individual metabolic and environmental factors at play and, as of yet, we don't fully understand them all. Don't get obsessed with losing 1-2 pounds a week. Instead, focus on actions that are under your control. Stick to your diet and training plan, focus on being consistent, and train with intensity. Train hard, eat right, and the fat loss will come.

The Right Way to Pit, Peel, and Dice an Avocado

Maybe those rookies executed the thwack-and-spin 99 times without an issue, but then, BAM, on the 100th time, just when they thought they had graduated to The Avocado Major Leagues, the knife slips and hits their hand. Nasty.

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Top 10 Natural Anabolics for 2017

Anafuse is so potent (and re-ordered so often) it also made the Top 10 Bulking Supplements List, the only natural anabolic to do so.  But unlike many on that list Anafuse produces its results without influence on your hormones and with virtually no side effects. Anafuse combines the two most effective natural anabolic ingredients on the market today (Epicatechin & Laxogenin) with the addition of absorption enhancers. The customer feedback and re-order rate on this anabolic has been so stellar that is on pace to become one of the best selling supplements ever. Certainly worthy of its No. 1 position among the Top 10 Natural Anabolic Supplements this year. Read all the reviews here .

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8 Things You Should Know About Protein

“If you had a list of biological values of how protein is broken down, whey would be at the top. And then dairy, and the rest fall underneath,” Lynn explains. “The pea and potato proteins aren’t terrible—let’s call them C-grade protein—but they’re not A-list. Whey protein is the best option, and you should be paying at least $25 per pound. As expensive as that seems, it’s less expensive than inferior sources of food proteins.”

6 Reasons Why You're Always Hurt | T Nation

Getting (and maintaining) tension is going to be a game-changer for a lot of people. If you're someone who just kind of hangs out and relaxes in the bottom position of the squat, and as a result places more stress on the passive restraints such as the tendons and ligaments, is it any wonder your back always hurts?

9 foods you have to eat if you’re going Paleo

You can get your omega-3s from plant-based foods, sure. But plant-based foods that are high in omega-3s like walnuts or flax seeds don’t have the same benefits that fish rich in omega-3s do, says Kimball. That’s mainly because your body has to convert ALA (a form of omega-3s in plant foods) to EPA or DHA (found in animal sources). So don’t write salmon off: A diet rich in omega-3s has been linked to a longer life, cardiovascular benefits, a better memory, and a lower chance of chronic disease—in part thanks to the natural anti-inflammatory effect. Plus, a higher intake of fish-based omega-3s is linked to a lower risk of depression, says Kimball.

Jay Cutler's Top 25 Training Techniques

Before his sixth-place finish at the 2013 Mr. Olympia, it was 12 years since Jay Cutler finished lower than runner-up in a bodybuilding contest. During that span, he’s strung together an improbable tally of 15 firsts and 11 seconds. He’s been in the top two at the Mr. Olympia a record 10 times, winning on four occasions. He won three consecutive Arnold Classics before stopping. Since 2000, the only three men who have defeated him—Ronnie Coleman, Dexter Jackson, and Phil Heath—are fellow Mr. Olympias. In 2012, recovering from a biceps injury prior to the 2011 Olympia, he forwent competition for the first time in 15 years and focused on his business ventures. The 2013 Olympia was the last time we saw Jay Cutler in posing trunks. His 11 consecutive years of excellence will stand as one of the greatest accomplishments in bodybuilding history. In honor of his 25 straight top-two finishes, we’ve assembled 25 techniques Cutler used to ascend to heights where only Mr. Olympias reside and where he remained for more than a decade.

7 squat variations to build muscular legs

Ready to really challenge your overall core strength? Instead of putting that barbell on your back, try holding it in the crooks of your elbows, a move called the Zercher squat. By positioning the load lower and in front of your body, the Zercher squat challenges your back and shoulders to support the weight without stooping over, all while your hips and legs have to do the work of, y'know, squatting. But take it easy at first—this position is far more demanding than the usual squat, so make sure you start light and work your way to a comfortable weight. Here's a primer on how to do it . Muscles worked: glutes, hamstrings, quads, lower back, and core.

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