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From Overweight Dreamer To Fitness Fanatic

Bryan thought being heavy was his lot in life, but he always wanted more. Then a friend helped him find fitness, and the two have been on the same quest ever since.

Bodybuilding's Best Guest Pose - IFBB Pittsburgh Pro 2016

9 of the top bodybuilders on the scene today guest-posed this past Saturday at the 2016 NPC/IFBB Pittsburgh Pro. Sergio Oliva Jr, Brian Yersky, Guy Cisternino, Branch Warren, Big Ramy, Shawn Rhoden, Dexter Jackson, Kai Greene & reigning Mr. Olympia Phil Heath comprised it.

Kevin Levrone Olympia Comeback - Officially Announced

Today at the 2016 IFBB Pittsburgh Pro, bodybuilding legend Kevin Levrone officially announced his 2016 Mr. Olympia comeback!

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Sagittarius Horoscope for Friday, May 6, 2016

Friday, May 6, 2016 - You're ready to say yes to a new project today but only if it meets your particular conditions. Rather than being motivated by high ideals, the Taurus New Moon's occurrence in your 6th House of Work reflects a more pragmatic approach to your job. It's not that you lack vision; it's just that you're more concerned now with completing one task before beginning something else. Keep it simple until you can see how much time you need to allocate to your previous commitments.

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8 Pre-Workout Foods That Are Upsetting Your Stomach

If you don't want to slog through your workout suffering from bouts of nausea, fits of stomach cramps, or waves of acid reflux, heed the advice of Jim White, RD, ACSM HFS, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics spokesman, owner and president of  Jim White Fitness & Nutrition  Studios. White has highlighted the foods that have no place in your pre-workout plan, so there won't be anything holding you back in the gym, in the pool, or on the track.

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The Rock Clock™ on the App Store

I love the concept and I think this app will go far. Only complain that I have is that you must keep the app open for the alarm to actually go off and wake you up. That actually would drain my battery. I love all the ringtones and the fact that you can choose to wake up at the same time as The Rock. I'll probably use it for the most part but I don't see me using it long term for the fact you have to keep the app open. Also I wish there was something you could track your goals or progress. That would be pretty neat.

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6 Things Experienced Lifters Do Every Day

After you have been in the iron game for a while you start to develop more daily habits and goals as apposed to focusing on just one long-term goal. Experienced weightlifters still will have long-term goals but they are also seasoned enough to know that creating habits that they do everyday will create long-term success. You can’t build muscle, get lean or increase strength just by setting a goal. You need to think about what you do each day if you want to have longevity as a lifter and keep making progress.

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The Best and Worst Time to Eat a Fatty Meal

When it comes to nutrition and fitness, timing is everything. (Just read  The Best Times of Day to Maximize Your Fitness  for proof.) For example, recent research found that when guys ate carbs after exercise, they torched more fat in the three hours post-workout than if they ate carbs before. Now, scientists have pinpointed an optimal time to eat saturated fats to minimize their negative effects.

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Hidden Physique-Killing Foods - Part 3

Not every so-called bodybuilder-friendly food is all it’s cracked up to be. Here’s how to make the right choices with 3 staple foods.

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The Top 10 Exercises For Thick, Strong Thighs

Here's a good rule of thumb for determining weight: If you can bang out 20 reps with relative ease, increase the weight; if you're struggling to do just eight reps and begin to lose proper form, decrease the weight. With this in mind, Musico suggests 3 sets of no more than 10 reps for the strength training moves, and no more than 30 minutes at a high resistance for cardio. Follow these tips and you'll be on your way to thicker, more defined legs.

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The Legendary Triceps of Kevin Levrone

Then there were his stupendous triceps. The upper lateral and long heads were so enormous they gave a rare “hang” to his arms, even in his side chest pose. Yet another interesting thing about the two-time Arnold champ was how remarkably strong he was. There’s a video of him benching 495 for a triple less than two weeks before the 1998 Olympia. Levrone believes too many bodybuilders rely on isolation when they should be hoisting heavy metal in the compound basics.

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Kevin Levrone Is Back!

BREAKING NEWS: Bodybuilding legend Kevin Levrone is officially out of retirement and is prepping for the 2016 Olympia! Watch Kevin's special announcement at the 2016 IFBB Pittsburgh Pro, and our interview with him just moments after he broke the exciting news.

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8 Mistakes Men Make With Diets | T Nation

Many men get tripped up by mistake number two because they're copying the diet of their favorite bodybuilder or hypertrophied action movie star. The problem? Well, most men 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. Heck, even guys on steroids probably aren't using a tenth of what the pros use. 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.

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Bikini Pre-Judging Comparisons - 2016 Pittsburgh Pro

Classic Physique, Men's Physique, Figure & Bikini Championships.

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How Your Genes Could Impact Your Fitness and Health Goals

Sure, you probably have a good idea what you’re genetically good at and where you struggle. But, do you know what to do about those things to maximize the good and overcome the bad? Click through the following slides and read about which genes could be impacting your "struggle" with certain diet and fitness goals, plus what you can do about them.

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ErgoGenix ErgoBCAA at Bodybuilding.com - Best Prices on ErgoBCAA!

ErgoBCAA is designed for athletes looking to perform at their peak, both in and out of the gym. You live by the credo “I Lift Ergo I Am.” ErgoBCAA is designed so that you can train harder and longer. Branched chain amino acids are the building blocks of muscle and staying hydrated is crucial to making sure you stay in the game.

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Tip: Make PB&J Protein Parfait | T Nation

Dani Shugart is a published author, figure athlete, and editor for T Nation. She helps readers take control of their dietary behaviors to finally build the body they want. Follow Dani Shugart on Twitter

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Fitness Model Shares Amazing Pregnancy Pics

BUMP UPDATE 37 weeks.... Only 21 days to go Well well Little D you have caused quiet a commotion, you are most certainly making your entrance into this world noticeable. But seriously "what a week" did not expect that, can not believe how many people are apparently doctors, how easily people can slam a pregnant women, but more importantly how INCREDIBLE absolute strangers are. I don't think there are any words that could describe just how humbled I am to see absolute strangers support my lifestyle, pregnancy, my unborn child & give me the respect I think I deserve for putting in the effort to maintain my habits whilst pregnant. For a women to consider falling pregnant is a HUGE decision it's a permanent decision, not just the physical demands, the risk, but you're preparing to sacrifice your very being to be this little persons everything for as long as you live. Then there's conceiving, you couldn't feel more pressure if you tried, it's extremely difficult for so many women, I am extremely grateful I fell first go, but I am close to so many whom have struggled greatly. Now you're pregnant the physical changes, the tests & the realisation that it's happening is prominent.

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8 Weeks to a Turbocharged Metabolism Training Plan

Change Up Your Cardio. You’ll perform two types of cardio workouts in both phases of this program. On Days 1, 3, and 5, you’ll do 45–60 minutes of steady-state cardio on a StepMill at 75% of your maximum heart rate (MHR). (If you don’t have access to a StepMill, use a treadmill set to an incline of at least 5%.) On Days 4 and 6 in Phase 1 of the program, you’ll perform 30 minutes of high-intensity interval training (HIIT) with your choice of cardio. (See “HIIT Plan,” right.) Integrating both types of workouts will allow you to work different energy systems to maximize fat burning.

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Spring Sports Nutrition Guide: Protein

Discover today’s best-tasting, most potent protein supplements on the market to maximize your muscle-building potential.

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The 6 Most Brutal CrossFit WODs

A CrossFit staple, the Filthy 50 is a brutal series of taxing exercises that’s likely to seem endless if you’ve never done it before. The circuit includes 50 reps of 10 different exercises, all done as quickly as possible. Do 50 box jumps with a 24-inch box, 50 jumping pullups, 50 kettlebell swings, 50 walking lunge steps, 50 knees to elbows, 50 reps of push press with 45 pounds, 50 back extensions, 50 wallballs using a 20-pound ball, 50 burpees (dropping all the way to the floor), 50 double-unders.

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9 Best Exercises You're Not Doing

Sometimes the best exercise is the one you’re not doing. And why, exactly, is such a great move not part of your training? Probably one of two reasons: a) you don’t know it exists, or b) it’s so challenging that you’d rather skip it and do something easier.

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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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10 Full-Body Exercises that Use Battle Ropes

How to do it: Drop into a squat position, hinging at your hips, and lean your upper body slightly forward. Hold a rope in either hand using the handshake grip. Alternate making waves with the ropes, making sure the ripples run all the way to the end of your anchor point. "Think about making small but fast waves rather than huge explosive ones," Hopkins says.

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5 Ways to Prevent and Stop Side Stitches During a Run

You'll brave below-freezing temps, that oversized bear of a dog your neighbor refuses to leash, and about a dozen other obstacles during your runs. But there's one thing that can stop you dead in your tracks: side stitches. Those cramps racking your stomach and knotting the muscles between your ribs are actually spasms in your diaphragm, a huge, dome-shaped sheet of muscle at the bottom of your ribcage. Your diaphragm plays a huge role in breathing, so yeah, it can really throw off your pacing and hurt your training if it's constantly cramping up.

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6 Back-Sculpting Moves

Put your back muscles front and center with six posture perfecters.

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Tip: Do Prisoner Extensions for Hams & Glutes | T Nation

This variation doesn't require additional load. Placing the arms in the prisoner position increases the torque loading at the hip by increasing the lever length of the torso's center of mass.

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Biolayne | The official website of Dr. Layne Norton

Get access to premium content from Layne and some of the best authorities on building muscle and burning fat! Not only will you get access to premium articles, you will also have the opportunity to attend live webinars, videos, and Q&As with Layne and other experts. Take your knowledge to the next level!

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Top 10 Muscle Building Tips

There's a reason why Pauline Nordin of Fighter Diet has such a kick ass body. She eats right and she trains hard. By holding to her core values when it comes to diet and exercise, Pauline has been able to become one incredibly fit and strong woman. She's also helped countless others achieve their own muscle and fitness goals.

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Jay Cutler at the 2016 NPC/IFBB Pittsburgh Pro

Shawn Ray catches up with 4 time Mr. Olympia Jay Cutler and they talk about the 2016 Mr. Olympia and who stacks-up as a prime contender as well as life after competitive bodybuilding.

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STRONG Life Ep. 82: Zach & NFL Veteran, John Welbourn Answer Your Questions! • Zach Even-Esh

Episode 82 of The STRONG Life Podcast was my favorite episode ever as NFL Veteran, John Welbourn and I work together to crush this QnA episode.

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Mike Titan O'Hearn on Twitter

@CTFletcherISYMF lol we have been doing this over 35 years each, Haters are still trying to get as jacked as us before we even hit puberty

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53 4 Supplements to Keep the Muscle, Lose the Fat
54 5 Best Foods for Building Muscle
55 HIIT 100s: Carve Up Your Physique in 6 Weeks
56 6 Sleep Tips For Weightlifters
57 H.U.G.E. Gym Class: Cardio
58 Instant Muscle: Two Curls in One
59 Workout Finisher: Pull-Up Insanity for a Bigger Back
60 Calf Training: Build Bigger Lower Legs
61 5 Things You Should Know About Eggs
62 15 Daily Life Hacks To Achieve Greater Fat Loss
63 The 8 Best Chest Exercises That Don't Require a Bench
64 The 15 Best Pullup Variations
65 6 Tips to Get Bigger Calves
66 Top 10 TRX Body-Sculpting Moves
67 The Biggest Hurdles to Working Out at Home—and How to Beat Them
68 The 6-Week Built for the Beach Program
69 The Secret to a Killer Core
70 25 Ways to Improve Your Workout
71 The Problem With Fitness Wearables
72 3 Tips to Improve Your Cardio Work
73 Top Gifts for the Fitness-Focused Mom
74 5 Ways to Torch More Calories on the Treadmill
75 Top 5 Moves for Shredded Lower Abs
76 Bedtime Fuel for Muscle Recovery & Fat Burning
77 The Celtic Warrior Workout Routine
78 Eat Like a Pig & Still Get Ripped
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83 Three Easy Moves to Your Best Butt—Ever!
84 The Fit Guy's Guide to Fish
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92 The No-Caffeine Pre-Workout Boost
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94 3-Day Fat-Torching Workout Routine
95 Forget Motivation. Find Your Pulse.
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