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Tip: Weight Loss is BS | T Nation

Second, it often just comes down to not knowing any better. Even today, every weight loss commercial on TV focuses on the scale, that blind device that doesn't know the difference between muscle, fat, water, and that big poop sitting in your colon. With media bombardment like that, even those who do know better can fall into the scale-weight trap.

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Tip: Improve Your Deadlift, Spare Your Low Back | T Nation

Whether your lower back is chronically cranky or you're just coming off of a heavy block of deadlift training, using strategic schemes to help rewire muscular sequencing while helping deload the lower back is a must. This can be achieved through a pre-activation superset that can quickly enhance the mind-muscle connection of the glutes, hams, and lats while taking stress off the lower back.

Growth Factor Shoulder Training | T Nation

Lactate accumulation through muscular work is maximized when the muscle is under tension for 45-70 seconds. This program is based on sets falling in that range. And since the shoulders have so much mobility, I prefer to use multiple exercises in each set to strengthen every angle of shoulder movement.

The 10 best workout challenges to put your body to the test

Let's put whatever workout routines you're following to the side right now—it's time for a challenge or break from the typical grind. These one-off workouts will test your muscular strength and endurance, and push you past pain thresholds. Sound a little too intense? That's OK. Take on each workout at your pace, focus on your form, and gradually make progress. Whether you're a beginner, intermediate, or workout-lunatic we're got a challenge to fit your abilities.

5 Ways Fitness Helps You Find Yourself

Those long hours in the gym and kitchen produce results that can be measured on the scale, but the payoff definitely doesn't end there. Here's how fitness can help you steer your life in the right direction!

Boost the Testosterone Within

If you like the Godfather movies (well, at least the first two), that’s good news because one study actually showed elevated testosterone in men who had watched a particularly violent 30-minute segment. On the flip side, watching 30 minutes of The Bridges of Madison County caused testosterone levels to drop sharply, while progesterone increased. One website actually suggested that this reduction was a good thing because it could stimulate a man’s desire to cuddle. How did we get to the point where some think lower T is a positive effect? I can just hear the ladies now: “Sure he’s small, overweight and impotent, but my man is an excellent snuggler.” I don’t think so.

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Quad Almighty: The Leg Pre-Exhaust From Hell

Now, imagine turning up the intensity on what's already the most challenging workout of the week. That's what you'll be doing with this pre-exhaust leg routine. It's perfect to keep in your arsenal for when your leg training has plateaued, you're just looking to try something new, or you want a change of pace from heavy squats.

A Massive Upper Back Made E-Z

Most guys at the gym tend to train the muscle groups they can see when they look in the mirror: Chest, shoulders, and arms. However, the one part of the body that cannot be overlooked (both literally and figuratively) is the upper back. It has been said countless times that most bodybuilding contests are won from the back, and the best powerlifters and strongmen do have massive, very strong upper backs.

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.

Inside Exos: An exclusive look at the world's most elite gym

One May morning, two young quarterbacks hoping to start on a major college team are throwing passes on a turf field outside a glassed-in conference room. Down a hallway, several NFL free agents are polishing off their breakfast—carefully arranged plates of organic, locally sourced protein, fruits, and vegetables. In a 10,000-square-foot gym, Olympic runners and Arizona Coyotes are doing drills on exotic machines like the Keiser functional trainer, which uses pneumatic air instead of weights for resistance, and the Woodway Curve, a $6,000 treadmill that—because it’s human, not electric-powered—burns 30% more calories. There’s even a professional Indian ping-pong player working on whatever professional ping-pong players need to work on. And because Exos is the “primary human performance contractor” for the U.S. Special Operations Command, the previous week a team of elite commandos had been in the house the same time as a group of tattooed UFC fighters, and, according to Exos VP Trent Wilfinger, had a jolly old time talking shit with them in the 55° outdoor recovery pool.

5 Alleged 'Synthol Freaks' Who Went Too Far

Synthol, a site enhancement oil (SEO), is a chemical that some "bodybuilders" use in order to make muscles appear enormous. It is composed of 85 percent oil, 7.5 percent benzyl alcohol, and 7.5 percent lidocane—which makes up 100% of the reason why you should never use the stuff. Synthol abuse can turn muscle into rock, potentially leading to amputations.  Yet, some guys will do whatever it takes to achieve a monstrous look.

What to drink (and eat) for 90-plus-minute outdoor workouts

At that point, it could be helpful to have a banana on hand, or a drink like Aquahydrate, which offers increased pH as well as electrolytes, helping the water buffer acid in the body. A study published by the Wilderness Medical Society showed that subjects who drank water fortified with electrolytes achieved better hydration than those drinking water alone, and could afford to drink less water as a result.

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Boost Your Testosterone on a Vegan Diet

Let's dispel a myth about soy, as it is one of the most commonly used protein source amongst vegans and it does contain estrogen-like compounds. A common misconception is that eating too much soy can lead to lower testosterone levels, however, a meta analysis conducted by Jill Hamilton-Reeves. Ph.D. and Mark Messina, Ph.D. concluded that 'neither soy foods nor isoflavone supplements alter measures of bioavailable T concentrations in men.

Are you a wimp in bed?

Is that how you want a woman to describe you in bed? No, you're damn right you don't. So, stop second-guessing, taking a backseat, and avoiding conversation and confrontation. Heed the advice of these 18 extraordinarily candid women who've outlined scenarios and traits they say make a guy a wimp in the sack.  Disclaimer: Always, ALWAYS be sure you have consent and you're both on the same page. There is a very real difference between being a "man" and making a woman feel uncomfortable. Sex tips Are you normal in the bedroom? 20 questions to help you evaluate your performance.

Build a Bigger Back With the Dumbbell Row

Every pulling exercise that involves the elbow bending requires a preliminary shoulder retraction in order to make the back do the work. This dumbbell row falls into this category and therefore is no exception. To start the movement, remember to “unlock” the shoulder blades while maintaining a flat back. The dumbbell should be close to the floor, and your elbow shouldn’t be bent. As you begin your pull, try to move it as far away from the ground as possible without bending your elbow. You’ll notice that the only way to do this (aside from twisting your body, which is just plain wrong – but you knew that already) is to retract the shoulder blade of the working arm. Once there’s no room left for retraction, let the elbow enter the movement and “drag” the weight to the torso.  Be sure to keep the elbow close to the body, and avoid curling the wrist. The elbow should finish beside the body. Control the rep on the negative half of the lift, and return to a fully stretched position.

Foam Rolling Facts and Fiction | T Nation

If tissues were able to be manipulated this easily, every single time you hit the gym and crushed a hard workout, the tissues would sustain a shit-storm of mechanical damage – the kind that would keep you out of the gym for a long time. Also, external pressures and forces on the body such as having a barbell on your back would tear your upper back apart due to the large amount of force. See why this doesn't add up?

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Row Toward A Six-Pack

Little-known fact: The lats are part of your core, too. They help stabilize your spine just like the muscles of the lower back. When you train them to brace your body while pulling (their main function), you speed up back and core development.

Don't Ignore These Five Often Neglected Muscles

WHY BOTHER?   If you don’t require neck strength for wrestling or football, you may not need to train these muscles. Some bodybuilders find that their necks expand from isometric strain during exercises like deadlifts and shrugs (not to mention the girth added by trapezius growth). Others, such as pros Chris Cormier and Hide Yamagishi, have done heavy neck training to muscle-up this area. How big you want a specific bodypart to be is your choice, but remember that your neck is usually the most visible indicator of strength — and it’s on display even when you’re fully clothed. Don’t be a pencilneck. A lot of hardgainers reading this could benefit from the sort of “headstand” that can never be compared to a writing utensil.

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3 times it's dangerous to have sex

But it's not just the girl you need to be cautious about. There's also a time and place where sex just isn't a good idea, for your health, relationship, and overall well-being. We've highlighted a few you should know about.

The Wolverine Workout: 4 Weeks to Shred Like Hugh Jackman

Main lifts are based off a percentage of your 1-rep max (1rm) in that lift, and the percentage changes each week (see the percentage charts to determine what weight you should use). Rest between sets is listed in seconds. Flexibility work such as static stretching and foam rolling should be performed at the end of each session.

13 top songs to get you going at the gym

The heavy-metal lover made the long walk to the Octagon as "The Immortal" rained down from the speakers of the American Airlines Arena in Dallas, Texas. Jamey Jasta, the lead singer of Hatebreed, wrote the song -- with a little help from Brown -- after the two met at a concert.

Bigger, Broader, Stronger Shoulders

play a crucial role onstage by helping to create the illusion of a smaller waist and enhance the coveted V-taper. Offstage, broad shoulders create a more commanding presence and are recruited for virtually every upper-body compound movement. Overdevelopment or underdevelopment of your deltoids is common when attention isn’t given to all three heads: anterior (front), medial (side), and posterior (rear). Aside from being a glaring flaw in your physique—it doesn’t take a bodybuilding judge to spot it—weak shoulders will hold you back from making gains in other areas, such as the bench press and other pressing movements.

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10 sex positions she wants you to stop

This position (where she’s in Downward Dog position, and you're standing behind her) is ridiculously challenging to hold, and not pleasurable enough to warrant the effort. If she’s ever taken a yoga class, she knows how hard it is to stay in Downward Dog for even 30 seconds, much less 10 or 15 minutes. Even if she has the strength, she’s bound to topple over at some point or another. Sex tips 12 reasons why sex sucks lately Your steamy love life turn cold? These reasons may be why.

Bigger Arms in 5 (Unconventional) Moves

Performed on the vertical side of a preacher bench or lying prone on an angled bench, this is a tough exercise to find a good balance point. It will require some experimentation with bench angle but start at about a 60-degree incline and go from there. Start with a neutral grip at the bottom position and rotate outward (supinate) on the way up if using dumbbells. Avoid swinging and keep your elbows from flaring out. This exercise can be placed in the middle of your routine after a good barbell curl and should stay in the 10-12 rep range up to the point of failure. For the ultimate pump, use a straight bar and squeeze tight at the top and make this your finishing move to pack on the muscle.

3 Healthy New Ways To Get Your Coffee Fix

For millions of sleep-deprived people, mornings would be a blur if not for the stimulating power of coffee. Athletes have long known that a cup of joe can help power up workouts, and research shows that coffee has some health-supporting potential, too. Research published in the journal Circulation reported that drinking 1-3 cups of coffee a day was associated with supporting cardiovascular health when compared to drinking no coffee.[1] Even more benefit may be associated with drinking 3-5 cups a day!

10 Rules to Eating for Mass

However, although there may not be any secrets to eating for size, there are rules — 10, to be exact. Know and live by these rules and you will gain the mass you want. And when we say live by them we mean live by them. Bodybuilding, after all, is a life- style, not a part-time hobby. You shouldn’t expect to grow following a diet only some of the time, any more than if you hit the weights only some of the time. It’s about a commitment to the body- building lifestyle that counts, which means 24/7/365 focus, discipline and drive. Remember: every time you eat a meal, you are bodybuilding. So, eat well and eat often.

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10 Hidden Physique Killers

Not every so-called "bodybuilder-friendly" food is all it's cracked up to be - and some seemingly unhealthy eats can actually be good for you.

25 real women on the sexiest body part in a man

If you make eye contact with a girl on the street, you're on a first date, or sitting with a girl you've been dating or married to for years, have you ever wondered what draws (or drew) her to you the most, physically? If you're getting checked out on the subway or train (trust us, you are) is she assessing your shoulders, or pulling a card from your book and checking out how you look in your jeans? What part of the male anatomy does a woman fantasize about the most, or go crazy over when you're face-to-face, chest-to-chest between the sheets? These are all questions we wanted answers to. So we did the obvious thing.

Build Your Own 6-Pack

We recommend mixing things up. As long as you’re not letting momentum take over, you can do some reps quickly and others more slowly. The important thing is that you feel what you’re doing, both during and after the exercise. Faster reps have been shown to increase the amount of muscle fiber activity in the rectus abdominis and obliques, which can help you better develop your midsection. We often recommend doing some workouts with fast reps and other workouts with slow and controlled reps. Or, start a set with 5-10 fast reps, and then finish with slow and controlled reps to better feel the abs work.

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10 Great Things About Lifting Weights | T Nation

C'mon, you won't admit this to normal people, but you're among friends now. Aren't you just a little bit disappointed when the guy in the tiny econo Beemer doesn't try to zip ahead of you and take your parking spot? Likewise, aren't you the least bit tempted to leave your door ajar, you know, to entice the occasional intruder?

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4 Politically Correct Fitness Lies | T Nation

But talking about how much you love your body means you're probably trying to convince yourself of something you really don't believe. The problem isn't a lack of self-love; it's a lack of effort, action, progress, and achievement... and overwhelming self-obsession. "Body love" is code for this self-obsession. It's forced narcissism, which is now encouraged and applauded these days.

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Tip: The Biggest Clown in the Gym | T Nation

The big-loaders don't just disrupt the flow of the gym by hoarding a ton of plates, they abuse expensive gym equipment by overloading it far beyond its engineered design tolerances. Then valuable stuff breaks and no one can use it until it's fixed, a cost that comes out of the pocket of the gym owner, NOT the dork who broke it.

Another 'First Strongman Competition' Person Looking for Advice

Okay, I took a big leap today and signed up for a strongman competition on November 11th in Lee’s Summit, Missouri. I think it’s at least in my reach to not zero any of the events, as long as I can make some trips up to KC between now and then and get some time on implements that I’ve never used, up at Stone and Barbell club. Here’s the events and weights for Novice/Masters:

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Versa Gripps are good for pushing and pulling exercises, and they’re easy to use single-handed, which can be valuable for any exercise that calls for an overhead position. When lifting, they’re flexible enough to allow you to switch the way you hold the bar while maintaining the rigidity needed to provide constant support. The 1 1⁄2-inch-wide strap is made with high-density foam and an adjustable hook-and-loop closure and finished with a stainless steel buckle.

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25 Easy Ways to Burn More Fat

One study in the American Journal of Epidemiology reported that subjects who slept five hours or less per night were one-third more likely to gain 30-plus pounds over the 16-year study than those who slept seven hours or longer per night. This may be due to an imbalance in the hormones leptin and ghrelin: While leptin decreases hunger and increases the metabolic rate, ghrelin boosts hunger. A study by University of Chicago researchers found that men who were sleep-deprived for two days experienced a rise in ghrelin levels and a drop in leptin levels, along with a concomitant rise in hunger. A Stanford University study showed that subjects who slept the least had lower levels of leptin and higher levels of ghrelin and body fat compared with those who slept eight hours. Try to get seven to nine hours of sleep every night to not only enhance your recovery but also improve your health and help you keep fat away.

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