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Should I Compete in Physique or Bodybuilding?

Okay so im 18 I know I still have a long time to grow I just competed in my first show last week in teen physique at the battle of texas, i placed third but if my poses were better i couldve placed higher, for some reason I just couldn't flare my lats at ALL on stage, I was nervous since it was my first time i guesss, I could do it easy in the room the night before But I was planning on competing classic physique July 8th at the battle on the bay in chorpus Christi.. My goal is to one day become iffbb pro just like everybody else's, and I was just curious in what yall thought I should start pursuing it in.. Physique or bb? Or even classic physique if they even have that in ifbb pro? I've been told my waist isnt small enough to go pro in physique but I was just curious what yall thought..? I could have been a lot leaner and dryer during this show but I plan on hitting my prep a lot harder this time around. I usually get measured at 6 foot tall but they put me down at 5"10 on my height card, i competed at 180 i was hoping to get down to 170-175 but it just didn't happen.. Just curious on yalls thoughts.

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Make 8 Great Exercises Even Better | T Nation

There's no reason why this shouldn't also apply to pulling movements, just like how horizontal pushing movements (bench press, push-ups, etc.) are complimented by horizontal pulling movements (row variations). And, just like how vertical pushing movements (shoulder presses) are complimented by vertical pulling movements (pull-ups and pulldowns), diagonal pushing movements (incline presses, angled barbell presses) are complimented by exercises like leaning lat pulldowns and high-cable standing one-arm rows.

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Tip: A New Way to Keep Your Shoulders Healthy | T Nation

Prevent injuries and keep your delts feeling good with this quick exercise you can do anywhere.

Tip: Master the Muscle-Up | T Nation

It looks cool and it's a tough exercise, but most people can't even do one rep. Don't be most people.

Tip: Stop Rowing Wrong | T Nation

You're not starting a lawnmower when you do dumbbell rows. Here's a better way to row for big gains.

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Now do another set and make it last at least 60 seconds, maybe even up to 90 seconds. Yep, you'll have to reduce the weight, and yes, this will hurt in a whole new way. In fact, it's tougher in many ways than doing fewer reps with a heavier weight, which is why many people avoid it. But you'll also be tapping into different muscle fibers and triggering a host of fresh biological responses that tell your body to "put some new muscle here."

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Johnson stars as veteran lifeguard Mitch Buchannon, who quickly comes into conflict with cocky newcomer Matt Brody (Zac Efron), a gold medal-winning swimmer who seems not entirely unlike Ryan Lochte. In the trailer, Mitch and Matt butt heads over their clashing styles, but team up as hints of a criminal conspiracy led by the villainous Victoria Leeds (Priyanka Chopra, briefly glimpsed in the trailer) emerge and bodies start to pile up.

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Tip: Ditch the Leg Press | T Nation

As an example, stand up and squat to mimic that exact position and you'll see how unfavorable it is for the low back. Though there's a minor save in the fact that the lifter has the load on his feet rather than his back, it's not enough to offset the fact that the lumbar spine likely goes into some deep flexion under heavier loads, especially if proper care isn't taken to watch form and technique.

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Tip: A New Way to Lift a Barbell | T Nation

This is a great exercise for shoulders, core, and more. Easy to learn, challenging to do! Check it out.

How To Build Muscle: Strength Lessons From Milo Of Croton

It is said that Milo built his incredible strength through a simple but profound strategy. One day, a newborn calf was born near Milo's home. The wrestler decided to lift the small animal up and carry it on his shoulders. The next day, he returned and did the same. Milo continued this strategy for the next four years, hoisting the calf onto his shoulders each day as it grew, until he was no longer lifting a calf, but a 4-year-old bull.

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Tip: The Dumbest Exercise in Existence | T Nation

It's the favorite exercise of bad personal trainers and people who don't look like they lift. Here's why you should avoid it.

Old School Training Good Morning Squats

Old School Training - Good Morning Squats - This really isn't old School as it's from the early 90's, but it's Old School based on today. *********************** *********************** This is a good morning - squat. This clip was from one of the early WSBB videos that's been remade twice since this one. This hybrid movement came about after a good morning max effort session between myself and author lifter. As we worked up and the weight got hard he started to squat after the descent. He figured this would allow him to lift more weight, thus beat the rest of us. To not be beaten I did the same and we worked up to around 725 for a single. The next day we were tore up from traps to calves so this became a new good morning variation. This "cheating" is actually a form of what's known as chaos training. #elitefts #westsidebarbell #wsbb #gymowner #barbell #powerlifting #strengthcoach #strengthtraining #bodybuilding #gymmotivation #sportsperformance #davetate #underthebar #custombuilt #strengthandconditioning #teamelitefts #barbell #gymmotivation #barbell #strengthequipment #strongman #

Sagittarius Horoscope for Friday, December 9, 2016

Friday, December 9, 2016 - On one hand, you're ready to play the day away, but on the other hand, you know it's in your best interest to keep your shoulder to the wheel. One minute you're enjoying the lighter side of life; the next it feels like you're sabotaging your own success. Luckily, your stress is only temporary because the buoyant Sun-Jupiter sextile reminds you of how far you can fly when you take the time to fully prepare for your journey. Accepting that your present actions determine your future happiness is a sign of wisdom and maturity.

Tip: A New Way to Keep Your Shoulders Healthy | T Nation

Prevent injuries and keep your delts feeling good with this quick exercise you can do anywhere.

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"This workout is effective because it's fast paced and designed to target both the rectus abdominals and the transverse abdominals," he says. "To burn fat, you must do more then just crunches and situps; you need to recruit your entire body to enter a thermogenic state that leads to an accelerated rate of fat loss." Complete your dream physique with these 10 moves that will carve up your core fast.

10 Best Foods to Help Skinny Guys Gain Muscle

The key to crafting muscle-boosting meals with those foods is designing your plate around the proper nutrient ratios. Rosante recommends eating three meals per day and two anytime snacks. Each meal should include two palm-size portions of protein, two fist size portions of veggies, two cupped hand-sized portions of starchy carbs, and two thumb sized portions of fats like nuts, oil, or avocado. As for the snacks, the principles remain the same, just cut the sizes in half. “After a few weeks, see how you're progressing. If you’re still not gaining the size you'd like, add an extra cupped handful of carbs or thumb of fats to a few of your daily meals,” says Rosante.

The best fantasy football waiver pickups for week 15

It’s going to take a while for the dust to settle from this week, what with so many studs soiling their britches or getting hurt. We saw Julio Jones (toe), Michael Thomas (foot) and Theo Riddick (wrist) inactive, while Melvin Gordon (hip), Matt Forte (knee), Donte Moncrief (hamstring) and C.J. Fiedorowicz (concussion) were forced out of their respective games early. Matthew Stafford is an absolute baller and orchestrated yet another comeback despite tearing some ligaments in a dislocated middle finger. Those of you who started Ryan Tannehill got a relatively great line before he suffered a torn ACL, and even Kelvin Benjamin got straight up benched after lazing around. Oy vey. Let's sort through the rubble.

KING-SIZED Workout: Day 2, CHEST

Triple Drop Set = After going to failure, immediately decrease the weight and perform a 2nd set. Then immediately decrease the weight again and perform a 3rd set. A Triple Drop Set requires decreasing the weight twice, so the 4th set of each exercise actually contains 3 sets with no rest in between.

Arnold Schwarzenegger Answers Your Cardio Questions

Never forget that your heart is the strongest muscle of all.

Cody Montgomery's Pec Pounding Workout

One body part he’s devoted more attention to is his already mighty chest. “Overall, I want to build bigger pecs, but I’m really focusing on flye and incline movements specifically to help my upper chest and to help widen my pecs onstage to create a denser and wider-looking muscle,” he says. Today’s workout—which falls second in his training split, following a quadcentric leg day— has been designed to do just that.

The 42 Best Arms in Hollywood History

Even his name sounds like a tough and buff action hero—and his jacked arms back up the image. While he may be best known for his deep, gravelly voice and clean-shaven dome, Diesel’s muscular physique is another trademark that’s often showcased in his action flicks. At about 16.5 inches, his fully loaded guns get lots of airtime kicking butt on the big screen.

5 Foods You Didn't Know Were Keto-Friendly

But this comes with a big caveat: Most cream-cheese varieties you find in a grocery store aren't going to be keto-friendly. Make sure you select full-fat, plain cream cheese, and double-check the ingredients. All flavored varieties—and even some unflavored ones—will have some form of sweetness or carbs added, either by the name of sugar, dextrose, cane syrup, or something else entirely. Those are definitely off limits.

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Clean and cut the tops of the artichokes. Place them stem down in 2 cups of water in your slow cooker. Drizzle mixture of crushed garlic, olive oil, lemon and spice over the tops of the artichokes. Large artichokes take about 6-7 hours to cook, but the magic of a slow cooker means you can set the timer, go about your day, and return hours later and enjoy with favorite protein for a healthy meal.

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Add One Inch to Your Arms in One Month

The key to serious size is to take that mythical, only-in-the-gym pump and turn it into permanent muscle. Sure, you can do some fast back-to-back exercises and push your pump through the roof—causing your clothing to fit tight—but just a few short hours later, that pump is gone, and you don’t have the muscle to show for it. The answer to this dilemma is to combine pump-type training with permanent size- and strength-building exercises, then allow for maximal recovery before beating your muscles into submission in the next workout.

6 Exercises That Need Excellent Form

Form Points: Plant your feet firmly on the ground about shoulder-width apart, or slightly wider, depending on the “style” of deadlift you are performing. Grab the bar with either a double overhand grip, or a combination over/under grip. Note: If you prefer an under/over grip, it may be best to switch hands set-to-set or workout-to-workout to avoid over-pulling on just one bicep repeatedly. I also recommend the use of wrist wraps to take some of the strain off of the forearm extensors and flexors. Bend the knees to almost 90 degrees and bend at the hips so the chest is over the bar and the torso is parallel to the ground. Begin your pull by driving through the feet, then contract the quads, glutes, hips and lower back to smoothly, but forcefully, get the bar from the ground to near the top of the lift. To straighten the torso completely, you will thrust the hips forward, tighten the glutes, lift the traps and then retract the shoulder blades. From this tightly-locked standing position, carefully reverse the process as you lower the bar back to the floor. Begin the next rep from a c

50 First Date Conversation Starters

If there's one thing that can ruin a first date and ensure a woman's first impression of you is a bad one, it's crappy conversation. You need ice breakers, light-hearted queries, questions that provoke banter, laughter, and thought, as well as questions that dig a bit deeper and go beyond the superficial. To save you from endless awkward silences, we've compiled 50 first date conversation starters that do all of these things. Plus, they're backed by professionals who know what they're talking about.

6 workout routines for rock-solid muscle definition and detail

You're not the only one that gets bored to hell with the same routine. Your muscles do too. (Oh, look, there's that mind-muscle connection thing again). After months, or even years of the same exercises day-in and day-out you've done an outstanding job at holding your body back from it's potential for next-level definition and hardness. You and your body are simply too accustomed to the same thing. We're creatures of habit with a tendency to follow the path of least resistance, or stick to the things we know. Everythings always the damn-same. Squat, bench, dead, squat, bench, dead. You know it, we know it—they're the cornerstones. But they're not the only exercises known to man. Step into advanced isolation training.

The 4 Biggest Holiday Fitness Destroyers

So, you’ve let your gym membership slide and you’re thinking you’ll just wait 'til the post-New Year’s deals before you re-sign up. Or you figure, with all the holiday parties and dinners you have lined up, you may as well wait until after January 1st to really commit to that new low-carb diet plan. Problem with this kind of thinking is that while you are waiting for the perfect time to make fitness your priority, you are packing on inches to your waist and getting further and further away from your goals. And, at this rate, it will take you until April just to get back to where you were in October.

6 Ways To Reduce Body Fat While Increasing Muscle

One of the biggest mistakes people make when they're trying to burn body fat is performing lengthy sessions of steady-state cardio. This works for burning calories, but it can also spin you into a caloric deficit where your body begins to preferentially burn muscle tissue over body fat. Instead, use high-intensity interval training (HIIT) as your primary form of cardio. Why? HIIT has been shown to preserve muscle mass, and even enhance fat use as fuel. 4,5 That's a winning combination!

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What Cues/Ways to Hit Proper Squat Depth?

Have you tried box squats? Try them unloaded. Just sit down to the box and stand up - the box should be just below parallel, so when you sit down the crest of the top of your hip is just below your knee. Practice standing and sitting off the box unloaded, then the empty bar, then some added weight.. you get the picture. Also, in Agile 8, hip circles and jumping your feet to your hands in plank position, then holding it for 30-60 seconds helps spread the hips and stretches the groin area - this should help you. Use your elbows to spread your legs in the deep squat position. If flexibility is really your issue, do Agile 8, 3 times per day. From the looks of the video, confidence seems more the issue than flexibility. Get your confidence up by trying the box squat until you can get to depth without it. There's something about a box below you that gives you the confidence that you're not going to crush yourself or get stuck in the hole.

Get Six-Pack Abs in 6 Simple Moves

For this, both  diet and exercise play important roles, but the reward is a set of abs that are the envy of everyone you know. Here are six ab exercises to get you that highly sought, but rarely achieved, holy grail; the six pack.

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Tip: The Kettlebell Face Pull | T Nation

Fix your posture and correct all those imbalances caused by too much benching. Nails your core too. Take a look.

Tip: The Leg Exercise No One Does Right | T Nation

The step-up. Nobody does it right, nobody coaches it right, and as a result it usually doesn't do much for you. If you can use a lot of weight, you're likely not doing it right. Unless you can squat at least 500-600 pounds using a high-bar style, it should be very hard to do proper step-ups with heavy weight.

The 10x10 shred extension workouts

Whether you've heard of it or not, German Volume Training, or GVT for short, has been around the weightlifting world since the 70s. The idea between GVT is to overload your muscles with extreme volume, but with fewer exercises. The traditional setup you'd see would most likely be three main, compound exercises performed for a total of 10 sets at 10 repetitions each. Between each set you'd see a modest amount of rest—roughly a minute or two. And, as expected, the amount of weight used would need to be on the lighter side or else you'll burn out early. On paper, it doesn't sound too bad, but you'll soon realize that 300 reps is a ton of reps, and even more so when they are big-boy exercises. You may also see a couple isolation exercises thrown in for 3 sets at 10 repetitions each. For this particular mini-plan, we've modified traditional GVT. it's somewhat of a mutant.

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