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My favorite has to be... 1 cup vanilla almond milk 1 cup frozen organic blueberries 1 scoop vanilla Metabolic Drive 1 scoop Biotest BCAA's 2 tbsp organic peanut butter 1 tbsp organic chia seeds 1 tsp ground cinnamon 2 handfuls organic spinach This shake not only tastes amazing, but it is full of awesome, puts hair on your chest and could potentially put an end to world hunger! That's one hell of a shake my friends!


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Sagittarius Horoscope for Thursday, June 19, 2014

Thursday, June 19, 2014 - You wish you could take it easy today so you have the chance to integrate recent breakthroughs into your creative process. However, you probably won't get the peace and quiet you seek, even if your morning starts out slowly. You may be your own worst enemy now as you wrestle with emotional ghosts from your past. Fortunately, you can end an unrewarding pattern by talking about your concerns with an understanding friend. Working through your feelings is a more productive use of your time in the long run.

5 Fat Loss Myths

The number one reason that people start to work out and improve their eating habits is to lose fat . Sure, everyone also wants to improve his or her health condition and get more physically fit but let’s be honest here: We all want to look better. Losing fat, improving your fitness level and health condition are usually all wrapped up into one. You lose fat, improve your fitness level and you will improve your overall health condition. The problem is that there is so much misinformation out there, leading to most people getting discouraged and quitting.

10 Training Tips for Gaining Lean Muscle

Hitting the gym twice a week is fine if you want to maintain the muscle you already have, but if you are shooting to add some size you should consider increasing your training frequency to 4-5 times per week. Even though these sessions may need to be a bit shorter to allow for recovery , the increased exposure to a training stimulus can be helpful in packing on mass .

Best Exercises for a Complete Back Workout

The back isn't only one of the body's biggest and strongest bodyparts, it's also the most complicated in terms of being a series of interconnected muscle groups. For the purposes of this feature we're dividing the back into its four main regions: 1) the upper and outer lats, 2) the lower lats, 3) the middle back and 4) the lower back . Each area requires specific stimulation via the exercises and angles of attack used, and we'll show you the two best exercises for each. With this menu, you can customize your own workout by choosing one exercise from each category to create a total program. Or if one region is lagging, you can pick additional movements that hit that area only. Either way, fully understanding which back exercises hit which portions of your back will allow you to build shape (in particular the V-taper ), thickness and width. Note: Many of the exercises we include here do not isolate but rather emphasize certain areas of the back musculature.

Clear Results Program: The Workout

Build groundbreaking strength and shirt-busting size with this 12-week training program.

The Drive (and Despair) of The Rock: Dwayne Johnson on His Depression, Decision to Fire Agents and Paul Walker's Death

He also is preparing a second autobiography, following his 2000 best-seller The Rock Says . The new, untitled volume is out in the fall, and in addition to his film career, it may go into his 2008 divorce, which plunged him into a third depression — though he doesn't go into details of his breakup. "Once I manned up and became accountable for the mess I was in, that's when it all hit me," he says. "What kind of dad does this make me? What kind of man will I now become? Failing at marriage and as a husband was a heavy thing, and divorce had that special way of knocking me on my ass."

12 Healthy Foods and Drinks That Can Make You Fat

Avocado is everywhere, and rightfully so. It’s a superfood. Each fruit is packed with 10 grams of fiber and more than twice the potassium of a banana. Avocado has been shown to lower cholesterol levels, reduce cancer and diabetes risk, and improve skin health . The drawback: Due to its high-fat content (heart-healthy monounsaturated fat is still fat) and the heavy praise avocado receives for its health benefits, it’s all too easy to go overboard. “While they’re packed with more than 20 vitamins and minerals, avocados are still calorically dense,” says Tanya Zuckerbrot, R.D., author of The Miracle Carb Diet . “Use moderation when adding them to your salads, sandwiches, and anything else.”

8 Performance Pointers for Summer Six-Pack Abs

You’d like to think it’s never too late to start, but the truth is that clock is ticking when it comes to getting those washboard abs in time for beach weather. Don’t panic, though: get started with these tips today and you’ll be set for a (mostly) shirtless summer.

Go Back for Bigger Triceps

The most popular triceps exercises are skull crushers, pushdowns , and dumbbell kickbacks —all of which emphasize development of the lateral and medial heads of your tri’s. Those two form the outer part of the muscle, the area most visible when people look at you from the side. But the long head is equally important, and makes up a considerable portion of the upper arm. If yours is lacking, you can target it directly by moving your arms overhead—and that’s where the overhead cable extension comes in.

The Fit Five: Raw Strength

"Use a barbell, which will allow you to load the greatest amount of weight for the strongest muscle-building stimulus. Hold the bar at shoulder width with your palms down (or use an alternating grip if the weight is too heavy to hold on to; lifting straps are another option). Shrug your shoulders to your ears, pulling them back a bit as they come up. Since the bar will touch your thighs, it won't allow you to retract your shoulders very far, but doing so activates more of the traps."

12 Signs You're Overtraining

As a Men’s Fitness reader, you take your workouts seriously. But, have you ever found yourself placing unreasonable demands on your body to the point of overtraining? Rest assured, if your commitment to gym time is in the neighborhood of about five hours per week, chances are you aren’t at risk of overtraining. However, if it’s greater than five hours per week and training is becoming a borderline addiction even at the expense of possibly doing harm, it’s probably time to reassess your goals. If you’re in this position, ideally you’ll have the assistance of a knowledgeable and experienced personal trainer who can quickly help you get your training back on track. Regardless, it’s crucial that you listen to your body and know the signs of overtraining. We’ve compiled a list of 12 common symptoms of overtraining.

The Fit Five: Body-Weight Exercises for Muscle-Building

“Start off with some foam rolling; myofascial release helps to remove some of the minor knots and wakes up the muscle groups you roll on. Then go over to the wall and do some wall slides by having your elbows bent 90 degrees against the wall and trying to slide your arms as high as possible without letting the elbows leave the wall. Finally, take a long dowel and hold it farther than shoulder-width apart and perform shoulder rotations by lifting the dowel over your head and behind your back.”

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Advanced Workout: Calves and Forearms

The Workout: That leg press machine isn’t just for hogging the 45s on leg day. You can use it to perform the 45-degree calf press, which allows you to use heavy weight through a short, fixed range of motion, while also allowing for a fantastic stretch. Training one limb at a time – as you will for two exercises in this workout – allows you to use more weight than you normally would. Studies show that unilateral training results in a nearly 20 percent increase in force production in working limbs, likely because the brain senses that the limb will have to work harder to overcome gravity. So if you normally use 300 pounds for 10 reps on this exercise, assuming 150 pounds of effort from each calf, you can safely load with about 180 pounds for unilateral work.

Never Diet Again

The Saw films' unspeakably gory medieval death traps and hopelessly terrifying choices between life and death redefined both physical and psychological torture for a generation. But as creative and complete as the terror was in these movies, the bad guy forgot one very powerful and compelling torture tactic: dieting. (Pause for chills, gag reflex and token horror score.) Most of us want to grow bigger and stronger without having to deal with that dreaded four-letter word, diet. For many, dieting by itself is blood-curdling terror in its basest form. But it doesn't have to be that scary. By making 12 simple adjustments to your everyday approach to nutrition and training, extreme diets and deprivation can be things of the past. You won't be living off pizza, but some simple tweaks can add up to a lifestyle change that helps you strip away fat and keep it off for years to come. Want to play our game? Here are the 12 simple rules.

5 More Ways to Eat for Strength

The meals you eat before your workouts are the most critical. Consider them an insurance policy. This is your last chance to adequately fuel your body before the big workout . Right before the workout, protein is the most critical as it will prevent the muscle from being broken down for fuel and will stimulate muscle growth and strength gains immediately after the workout. Your best bet is a 20-gram whey protein shake right before workouts, as it is the most convenient form of protein and the most easily digested which means it will get its amino acids to your body rapidly. You'll also need about 20-40 grams of slow-digesting carbs to fuel your workout all the way to the last rep.

Fat Loss Mistakes (and How to Lose Weight For Good) - Born Fitness

Weight training is designed to provide faster results with less time in the gym. Not only do you have to work out fewer times per week (you’d be shocked what you can do in just 3-4 workouts per week) you’ll also have shorter sessions. That’s because intensity is much more important than duration for eliminating fat. So you can spend a fraction of the time in the gym and still kiss your tummy good-bye. In fact, research has shown that 8 to 12 minutes of intense intervals can burn as many calories as 25 to 30 minutes of constant moderate exertion exercise. Does that mean you only need to exercise for 8 to 12 minutes to see your abs? Unfortunately, no. But don’t be surprised when you spend less time on the cardio machines, pick up a few dumbbells, have less time in the gym and suddenly don’t even recognize your own body.

20 - 8 Moves To Get The Perfect Butt.

That's because the butt comprises muscle overlaid with body fat. It's impossible to get a wide butt from weight training alone-muscles don't grow sideways outside of your thighs. Those saddlebags you're worried about? That stuff is pure body fat! It's why building the perfect butt requires dieting, cardio , and weight training-all of the above!

8 Ways to Get an Early Morning Edge

As a man living in a hectic and highly competitive world, it’s not enough to establish proficiency in one or two aspects of life. You need to take a more holistic approach if you hope to gain that all-important edge. That’s why we’ve put together a panel of experts to give you some quick and easy tips in the fields of meditation, brain health, physical fitness, and nutrition—soul, mind, and body. By incorporating their expertise into your morning routine, you’ll be on your way to a happier, healthier, and more productive life. Our experts are: Mas Vidal, the founder and director of Dancing Shiva Yoga and Ayurveda (DSYA) in Los Angeles; Cynthia R. Green, Ph. D, a leading expert in memory fitness and brain health, and the author of the forthcoming book

Bench Press Seminar 7: Hand Spacing

The wider the grip, the less distance you have to push the bar to complete a bench press. This is why many competitive lifters pick a wide grip for the bench press. But lately, some lifters, including the greatest bench presser of all-time, my client Jeremy Hoornstra, have had greater success with a narrower grip. Lifters that espouse narrow grips say this feels better on their shoulders and gives them better drive off the chest.

8 Weeks to TREEmendous Legs

Since many lower-body muscles span two joints, they play a role on each joint and are involved in both isolated and multi-joint movements. For example, your main quad muscle, the rectus femoris, works across the hip and knee on the front (anterior) side of your body. This partially explains that they sometimes don’t fire during certain portions of the squat movement and why some good leg extensions may help your ailing legs. Several muscles in the body need to be attacked in a few different exercises to ensure they’re completely blitzed. And this is just the beginning.

Daily Session: Pull-Up Bar Workout

The gym is crowded, sardine can packed - and the only thing available is the pull-up bar and the small amount of floor space directly under it. You could just decide to skip your workout , but you know it’s a slippery slope. Your missed workout today will totally derail your whole plan. Enter Bianca Sultana, NCSF-CPT and founder of BODYbyBianca Training System. She provided us with a workout to get the most out of that small space.

Build Muscle in Minutes

For your main exercise in each workout , you’ll perform each set at the start of every minute. That is, at the :00 mark, you’ll begin doing your reps. From the time you’re done until the top of the next minute is all you get to rest. Compare this with the normal procedure of resting a minute (or much more) between sets, and you can see how MOTM sets promote efficiency. So that you don’ fatigue too quickly, you‘ll perform a low number of reps, which also happens to be ideal for gaining strength and muscle. For instance, you’ll do 10 sets of three in Week 1 of our program, or 30 total reps. As your body’s work capacity improves, you’ll add weight and volume, until by Week 4 you’re doing 50 total reps with a greater load in approximately the same amount of time.

30 Minutes to 3-D Shoulders

Sometimes there's no better way to start the work week than with a circuit. This week, we're highlighting a shoulder circuit that will help you achieve that 3-dimension look. You'll target the front, rear and side delts in 4 moves. You should complete this workout in 30 minutes after performing the 3-4 total circuit rounds. (not including warm-up)

5 Muscle Building Mistakes (And How to Make Gains) - Born Fitness

A goal of many lifters is to increase muscle development while simultaneously reducing body fat levels. In an attempt to accelerate fat loss, cardio is frequently ramped up while performing intense resistance training. Adding some aerobic training a muscle-building routine isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Overdoing it, however, certainly is. You see, the signaling pathways for resistance training and aerobic training are contradictory. Some researchers have coined the term “AMPK-PKB switch” whereby aerobic training promotes catabolic processes (AMPK is involved in pathways associated with protein breakdown, which for your sake can be considered “muscle wasting”) and resistance training promotes anabolic processes (PKB is involved in pathways associated with protein synthesis, or for you, “muscle gaining”). While the concept of a “switch” is a bit overly simplistic (most of the evidence points to anabolism and catabolism taking place along a continuum), there is little doubt that concurrent training has the potential to interfere with anabolism and thereby undermine your ability to build muscle.

What is the Best Protein Powder? - Born Fitness

At the end of the day, worrying about the speed of digestion or any special properties of the various protein powders is an exercise in nit-pickery. Protein powders are meant to be a quick and easy solution for more protein, and all powders fit that criteria (although you saw our thoughts on meat powder). Your primary goal should be to eat as much protein as possible from whole food sources, and then meet your protein goals by using the supplements that work best for you to fill the gaps. Whether that means choosing convenience and taste (whey), cooking (casein), allergies (pea and rice, or egg protein), or cost (soy), there’s nothing magical about powders but each can serve a purpose and help.

Born Fitness Recipes: Banana Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Pancakes - Born Fitness

Adam, these taste fantastic! I used regular peanut butter instead of chocolate, though. And, the egg whites made the batter too thin (probably because they were liquid not whole), so I made protein crepes. I threw on some thawed organic strawberries and a little whipped cream for good measure. This one’s going in the “keep” pile!

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Zach Even-Esh: Strongcast

In this episode of The STRONG Life podcast I share my success tips not just for Strength Coaches / Fitness Professionals but for anyone who is an entrepreneur, business owner and even an employee of a company who wants MORE success. I take you through...

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Elitefts™ Banded Pullovers

Elitefts™ Advisor and Owner of Mountain Dog Training and Nutrition  John Meadows performs an intense set of banded pull overs with  assistance from elitefts™ CEO and Founder Dave Tate.

All The Good Things In Life, Money Can't Buy - Cyborg Documentary - Zach Even-Esh

Cyborg exudes passion. This vid shows how a person can live, eat and breathe something so much that not only can it transform them into kings or queens of their chosen paths, but also bring a humble sense of peace for that person. I”m not sure if you follow basketball, but the Spurs were a good example of this love for the game. No showboating and passing the ball to the best open man. All humble guys on that team. Last, but not least, you sir. You are passionate about what you do and say, and it shows. Honest, helpful, respectful and strong. Forge on, Mike G.

Quitting Smoking Could Ease Depression

Despite what you may think, cigarettes don’t boost your mood. Two questionnaires filled out three years apart by 4,800 daily smokers showed that smokers who’d quit since the first survey were a lot happier by the second.

10 Lightened-Up Colognes for Summer

Add some breezy sophistication to your summer with these sporty, citrusy scents


Bodybuilding, gymnastics, powerlifting—we love all types of fitness. Here are 15 Instagram posts that show just how diverse talent can be. #bestself

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Get It Right: Reverse-Grip Bench Press

In the gym, some exercises might make you feel clumsy on the first go-round. The reverse-grip bench press is that kind of move, but few people actually give it a second chance. Unfortunately, they're missing out on an exercise that can dramatically shape their chests, specifically the upper portion, as well as their triceps. Once you've had some practice, you just might have a new special something to turn to on chest day. Follow these steps, always use a spotter and get it right!

Kai Greene Trains Before Guest Posing

The Predator gets in a full body workout and practices posing before guest posing in Pittsburgh.

Exercise and high protein diet may increase gut microbiota diversity: Research

Exercise and ‘extreme' high protein diet could have beneficial impact on gut microbiota diversity, according to research published in the British Medical Journal. 

5 Foods That Make Your Body Freak Out

As more adults are being newly diagnosed with food allergies, it’s still unclear whether these allergies have simply gone unnoticed or have just developed over time, says Paul Bryce, Ph.D., associate professor of medicine, division of allergy-immunology, at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine. (Northwestern's Food Allergy Research Consortium recently got a multimillion-dollar boost from generous donors, alumnus Anthony Melchiorre and his wife, Andrea. Read more about the gift here. ) In any case, they're annoying. Allergic reactions to food range from mild skin irritations, coughing fits, nausea, and diarrhea to severe reactions like anaphylaxis, or difficulty breathing; swelling or tightness of the throat; chest pain; trouble swallowing; and dizziness or feeling faint. More extreme cases may require keeping an injectable epinephrine (EpiPen) on hand. Unfortunately, there's no cure for food allergies, but if you’re noticing recurring symptoms and still don’t know the real culprit, see an allergist. “Food allergies are not something to be taken lightly or diagnosed over the Internet,” says Bryce.

A Three Step Plan to the One-Armed Chinup

Muscle-ups seem to be what everyone's talking about lately, but we're bringing back something old-school, the one-armed chinup. Does it actually do anything? Maybe, maybe not. It's still pretty cool to be able to complete. Here's how.

Get A Grip

Hook In this variation of a closed grip, the thumb is angled inward on the bar, and the index and middle fingers are placed on top of it (and the bar); the other two fingers are wrapped around the bar as usual. The thumb works harder than in a closed or thumbless grip, and the index and middle finger apply pressure to both the thumb and the bar. Olympic lifters favor this grip. At first, it’ll probably feel less secure and more painful, but with practice, the thumb-finger interaction makes this a strong hold.


4 Tips to Speed Up Muscle Recovery

You work hard to get the most out of your lifting workouts—but are you maxing out your rest days? Take this quick muscle-rehab advice to see faster results.

4 Leg Moves Better than the Barbell Squat

We dig the squat. It’s great for adding size to any frame, it’s a proven strength-builder and it has unparalleled carryover for sport. But loading that bar across your traps from week to week may be keeping you from other moves at your disposal that can trigger, dare we say, better growth than the traditional barbell squat .

How Chris Pratt Dropped 60 Pounds in Six Months

Later, Pratt, who turns 35 on Saturday, sent ripples through Hollywood when he posted a shirtless selfie on Instagram last year, showing off a chiseled frame and six-pack abs with a caption that read: “Six months no beer. #GOTG Kinda douchy to post this but my brother made me.” Pratt’s brother helped him land the lead role of Star-Lord with that photo. The Best Celebrity Shirtless Selfies>>>

INTERVIEW: Mr. Olympia, Jay Culter, challenges us to 'tug-o-war'

Four time Mr. Olympia, Jay Cutler, stopped by to challenge us to a "tug-o-war!"

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