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Since my youngest years, I can consistently recall how anyone achieving anything at a higher level than "normal" was called "crazy", as if achieving success and fighting the urge to fall in line with mediocrity was a bad thing. At The Underground Strength Gym, the athletes constantly tell me how their friends call them crazy …

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The 6 Most Overrated Things in Fitness | T Nation

The one thing that lifters have over runners is that we have the ability to alter our training loads, methods, means, and frequencies more easily. Running is a single modality. So let's learn from runners and their commitment, but also be damn thankful that as lifers we have more wiggle room that'll allow us to be healthier, stronger and more resilient for the long haul. That is, if we're smart enough to use the tools in front of us.

The best plyometric exercises to build muscle

Performing plyometric movements increases muscular power, which translates to higher jumps and faster sprint times. Combining plyometric moves with resistance training is a way to maximize power and performance, but as a general rule, if you lift legs heavy one day, then skip the lower-body plyometrics training and vice versa for upper-body lifting and plyometrics.

5 tips for maximizing your lat exercises

5. Another great lat exercise is the bar row or dumbbell row, and this tip applies to both: Besides pulling your arms toward your sides, your lats also pull your arms down and back. A good way to visualize the movement: using both hands to close the trunk of your car. This definitely over-simplifies the motion, but it should give you a picture, and emphasize why you should not swing backward to complete even heavy reps .

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Tip: You Need to Be Doing Ring Pull-Ups | T Nation

Using rings in place of a bar is a lot like using dumbbells in place of a barbell. Since the hands aren't fixed in place on a bar, the wrists, elbows, and shoulders can move freely into the most comfortable position. Anyone experiencing wrist, elbow, or shoulder discomfort during pull-ups will find the rings to be a worthy alternative.

Tip: The Top 3 Myths About Testosterone | T Nation

Don't expect it to be some kind of magical cure-all. You still have to do the work. But testosterone therapy isn't the psycho killer some have made it out to be. What it WILL do is help put you back in balance.

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The Best Muscle-Building Breakfast | T Nation

Breakfast eaters tend to stay in better dietary control throughout the day compared to breakfast skippers, who tend to get fatter over time. Studies back this up. This is partly due to the fact that skippers often overeat at night, and partly due to the sensitivity of muscle vs. fat tissue, which changes over the course of the day. In fact, even if daily calories are kept the same, breakfast eaters tend to lose more fat than breakfast skippers / late-night eaters.

Tip: Supplement Your Training With Band Work | T Nation

There are several ways you can vary these movements, such as simply changing band thickness or the positions in which you perform your band work. Things like banded pushdowns can be done with a single-arm variation, and banded pull-aparts can be done from a variety of positions: eye-level, behind the neck, etc.

The Best Muscle-Building Breakfast | T Nation

Breakfast eaters tend to stay in better dietary control throughout the day compared to breakfast skippers, who tend to get fatter over time. Studies back this up. This is partly due to the fact that skippers often overeat at night, and partly due to the sensitivity of muscle vs. fat tissue, which changes over the course of the day. In fact, even if daily calories are kept the same, breakfast eaters tend to lose more fat than breakfast skippers / late-night eaters.

Tip: Do the Opposite | T Nation

Is your incessant desire for a 500-pound bench press tied to any worthy context outside of just having a huge bench? If you're a competitive powerlifter, and powerlifting adds purpose to your life, your answer is yes. But for the rest of you, maybe not. Only you can answer this question, and it's probably worth some exploration.

The 10 People That Drive Gym Owners Crazy | T Nation

Now, to those who needed to do cardio, this must've been annoying. But, I didn't care. I cared so little, in fact, that I didn't bother warning him about the puddle of sweat HE was about to dip the back of his head in. He was getting ready to do some dumbbell presses on a bench and there was a giant sweat puddle left on it by the previous inconsiderate asshole. By this time, cardio sweat man had dried himself off, changed his shirt and was ready to crack off some big reps with a pair of 30s.

5 Worst Things to Do to Build Bigger Shoulders

Although presses overhead most strongly activate the anterior (front) deltoid head, they are still the best exercises for manifesting overall muscle mass in the shoulders. I don’t know too many “delt-monsters” out there who do not include at least one form of pressing in every shoulder workout. However, like laterals, overhead pressing exercises are also performed incorrectly much of the time. In an effort to use more weight, many trainees use a very short range of motion, only bringing the bar about halfway down before pushing back to the top. Now while this might look cool, the only thing these people are accomplishing is working more triceps than delts. Another common error is leaning back (often again to be able to use bigger weights) during presses, which shifts much of the emphasis off the delts and onto the clavicular pecs. So, sit upright and always use a full range of motion!

The best chest workout for beginners

Looking to pump up your pecs for a fuller, more three-dimensional upper body? Start with these five moves.

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7 Reasons Your Pecs are Flat

Almost as bad as bouncing the bar off the chest is the inane practice of performing half-reps on the bench press. You want massive pecs to be proud of? Then lower the bar to full stretch (which for most people will mean lightly touching the bar to the chest or to a point just slightly above) to excite every fiber, and then press the bar straight up to lockout, while consciously squeezing the pecs into a tight contraction.

Tip: Fake Natties Are Unethical Losers | T Nation

And don't give me the "yeah but lots of people use steroids in the Olympics and they're banned" excuse. True. But that's probably not much better. There is no Natural Olympics or Non-Tested Olympics. So everybody who wants to compete ought to compete at the same place.

Tip: Get Your Head Out of Your Science-Butt | T Nation

Another thing to keep in mind while frowning over ingredients lists and palpating your torso for tumors is dosage. Chemicals are often measured in parts per million (PPM) or parts per billion (PPB). One part per billion is equivalent to one piece of lint from a gym sock floating around in your average 24-Hour Fitness center. Stuff that's truly dangerous in large amounts isn't going to be a problem when we're talking about PPM or PPB.

Tip: Combat Muscle Loss With This Fat | T Nation

The exact mechanisms for why this anabolic effect is taking place is unclear. Some research has indicated that in combination with an anabolic stimulus, the mTOR pathway's activation gets augmented. Other researchers link this muscle-building effect to the anti-inflammatory properties of omega-3s or increased amino acid utilization because of the enhanced insulin sensitivity.

Slow Metabolism, Advice on Physique?

I can't understand why I have such high fat on such a low calorie diet. Also i tend to just get fat when i try to bulk, even if it's clean. I do cardio as well, when my legs are capable.

Operation Build A Bigger Deadlift!

It’s hard trying to keep up with the guys while training but somehow I always manage. Today’s training was nothing short of hard, extreme, exciting and different. In fact, I haven’t squatted for months and months and today, I decided to try some squats. To my surprise I didn’t forget how and I had no knee pain.

15 exercises to develop the best glutes in the gym

How to do it: Stand tall with a dumbbell in each hand, arms to your sides. Put some slack in your knees so they're in a neutral position, slightly bent. Extend one leg back; this non-weight-bearing leg should extend straight back until it's parallel to the floor, while your planted leg remains engaged and planted firmly to the floor. Your weight-bearing knee should be neutral to just slightly bent to avoid hyperextension. Sink your arms toward the floor when you draw your elevated leg back, moving with the flow of gravity. Use your glutes to pull yourself back to the upright position.

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The Perfect Penis According to 105 Women

Study authors sent out a questionnaire to the women (ages 16 to 45) asking them to rate eight penis parts by level of importance. Then those women observed, judged, and rated images of men's penises on a scale from one to five.

6 Perfect Post-Workout Meals

The Perks: Breakfast for dinner? Uhhh…yes. Plain egg whites just get too boring, forcing you to ditch your high-protein meal for a Krispy Kreme when you are burned out on traditional bodybuilding foods. Keep the yolks for the extra omega-3 fats, vitamins and minerals. Make them taste good with some bacon (turkey bacon is a great, lower-fat option) and increase nutrient density and texture with the veggies. Nothing says post-workout breakfast like eggs. This post-workout is perfect for those on low calories and carbs, but need the protein to retain muscle and fat to decrease hunger.

7 Common Moves Where Form is Often Flawed

In my last article I highlighted several exercises where proper form and technique are crucial in order to prevent potentially serious injuries. In this piece I will again talk about form, but more so in relation to optimizing muscle targeting. I have chosen the seven exercises that I have seen “abused” by gym-goers most often in all my years of pumping iron. I feel this is an extremely important topic because so often people blame lack of results on poor genetics when it is actually the result of incorrect exercise performance.

Tip: Combat Muscle Loss With This Fat | T Nation

The exact mechanisms for why this anabolic effect is taking place is unclear. Some research has indicated that in combination with an anabolic stimulus, the mTOR pathway's activation gets augmented. Other researchers link this muscle-building effect to the anti-inflammatory properties of omega-3s or increased amino acid utilization because of the enhanced insulin sensitivity.

Tip: Master the Kettlebell Deadlift | T Nation

Any time we add velocity to a load, we're adding a progression. So to nail the swing we have to take a step back and move the load in a more controlled fashion. I'm not talking about pulling a max loaded barbell. For our purposes, the best place to start is deadlifting a single dumbbell or kettlebell from the floor.

Tip: Two Tricks for Perfect Squats | T Nation

Coaches use a lot of verbal cues to help people fix their squat form. A "cue" is something like "chest up!" or "spread the floor!" etc. Cues and demonstrations usually do the trick, but there are other options that work better for some people: tactile (touch) cues and something called "movement blocking."

How to use dropsets to bulk up

We'll let you in on a little secret about training for muscle growth: Most of the old-school techniques you've seen bros doing in the gym your whole life have little to no science behind them. They were made up on the fly by lifting enthusiasts—not trained experts—and passed from generation to generation until they were universally accepted as unwritten rules.

Sagittarius Horoscope for Sunday, June 4, 2017

Sunday, June 4, 2017 - Looking off into the distance is often easier for you farsighted Sagittarians than seeing something that's right in front of your nose. However, you might not get very far in your vision-questing while delusional Neptune squares the Sun in your 7th House of Partners. It's inadvisable to head out today without the company of a fellow traveler. Collaborating with a like-minded friend changes the energy now. Deepen your understanding by engaging in meaningful communication. Your presence in the present moment averts a developing power struggle in the future.



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Tip: How to Stay Lean and Still Build Muscle | T Nation

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Mayweather vs McGregor

Being both a boxing and MMA fan I think this is a classic mismatch. I don't believe McGregor could even beat an amateur champion much less Floyd Mayweather. To those who just don't get it yet, boxing is an entirely different sport than MMA. And it takes more than a few months to prepare to fight one of boxing's legends. But that won't stop millions of people from shelling out their hard earned money to watch this Circus sideshow. The fans will be disappointed as it will be quite clear almost from the opening bell that McGregor is in way over his head. While Mayweather is not a power puncher I think he will beat McGregor down fairly early leaving him bloody with eyes puffy enough for the fight to be stopped somewhere between the 4th and 7th rounds. I could certainly be wrong Mayweather may want to carry him a bit longer so that the fans don't feel cheated.

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.

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White vs. Dark Meat for Bodybuilders

Are you trying to cut calories or carbs? Neither white nor dark meat contains any carbs. When you’re dieting you need saturated fats to improve satiety and support hormone production. We’ve been beating the drum, encouraging bodybuilders to emphasize saturated fats for boosting hormones such as testosterone while also suggesting that they supplement omega-3s because they’re vastly underrepresented in American and even bodybuilding diets. Therefore, bodybuilders should focus on quality cuts of organic chicken rather than worrying about white or dark meat. Hard-gainers and those seeking to add mass can also consume the skin, which is almost all fat, if they’re partial to it.

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Watch: Myles Garrett crushes a massive leg press, proves he’s just fine after injury

After being asked about how his foot was feeling by a fan on Twitter, Garrett posted a video of him crushing a huge leg press. It’s hard to tell, but it looks like there’s at least 8-10 plates on each side of the machine, and that’s not even counting the person sitting on top of it.

3 Reasons You're Not Ripped

One of the great training misconceptions is that lifting weights gets you bigger and cardio gets you leaner, period. As a result, the guy (or gal) who’s primary goal is to get more “defined” often makes cardio the centerpiece of his program, while lifting takes a backseat. And by “centerpiece,” we’re talking 45-60 minutes on the treadmill followed by 15-20 minutes of pumping iron. What you end up with is some weight loss perhaps (provided a clean diet is followed), but a body that’s no leaner than before.

The best bodyweight exercises for legs

How to:  When squatting, stand with feet either hip- or shoulder-width apart, then drive the hips back as if you were going to sit down on a seat behind you. As the hips drive back, allow the knees to bend until you reach your desired depth. It's important to keep the shins vertical at the bottom of the squat to keep the knees from passing the toes. This means that the depth will vary from person to person depending on their anatomy, mobility, and lower-body strength. When your knees begin to shift forward, that is your end range.

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5 ways coffee intensifies your workouts

All you have to do is swing by a coffee shop and get a cup of America’s favorite drink—minus the cream and sugar. That's because downing a cup of Joe before your workout doesn't just give you an added energy boost, there are a whole slew of health benefits—all of which can help maximize your gains in the gym—that come along with it.

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The 5 best diets for losing weight and burning fat

Cons: Eating this way perpetuates the outdated idea that dietary fat is the enemy of body fat. And it isn’t necessarily better than other diets: One study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition compared high-protein, normal protein, high-fat, and low-fat diets, and found no significant difference in fat loss among the groups at six months or two years (though all did result in some fat loss). What's more, while the low-fat group was supposed to keep its intake of the macro at 20%, actual intake was closer to 26-28%, suggesting that sticking to a strict low-fat diet is rather difficult and potentially unrealistic for most.

Four Keys to Gaining Quality Mass

GH spares the body from tearing down its own muscle tissue for energy during training. The net effect: if you tear down less tissue, it’s easier to work the other way and build up more tissue. You can’t underestimate the impact nitric oxide boosters (i.e., arginine supplements) have on GH levels. Put in the simplest terms, arginine is a noted GH releaser, and the more GH you can release, the more you’ll grow. – FLEX

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