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[19 Nov 2008 | No Comment | ]

Chromium can boost testosterone levels and promote muscle growth
Testosterone is a bodybuilder’s best friend, and cortisol may be a bodybuilder’s worst enemy.
Testosterone is an extremely anabolic hormone that encourages muscle growth; cortisol is an extremely catabolic hormone that encourages muscle breakdown. In fact, cortisol actually competes with testosterone for its receptors in muscle cells to limit the anabolic actions of testosterone. (To determine whether an athlete is in an anabolic or catabolic state, scientists look at the ratio of the athlete’s testosterone to cortisol levels. The lower the ratio, the …

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[19 Nov 2008 | No Comment | ]

Written by Dorian Yates
No, they’re not packed with protein, but veggies are a still a bodybuilder’s best friend.
To maximize mass gains the basic rule of thumb is to take in protein throughout the day at two-hour intervals, and that time-released plan includes the preworkout meal. I generally train in the late morning, and I have a meal replacement powder — high in protein, amino acids and minerals with only a small amount of carbs — about 90 minutes prior to my session. If you plan to eat two hours before …

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Of all the qualities that distinguish Arnold Schwarzenegger from the rest of us, some are as simple to pinpoint as a shoulder press or a calf raise. Nearly from the beginning of his bodybuilding career, people have followed his path, hoping to duplicate some of his success. The unique exercises in the Oak’s regimen in the mid-’70s became popular primarily because he was doing them. Now, three decades later, many of them have fallen into disuse–typically because they’re more difficult to master than less-effective alternatives. Here are some exercises that …

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Chris Cormier’s laws for building impressive mass
Since becoming a pro after winning the overall title at the 1993 NPC USA, Chris Cormier has been one of the most successful at consistently blending size and shape at a competition. Here, the future Hall of Famer offers some tips and tricks he’s learned through the years.
1. GO HEAVY The more weight you use, the bigger and faster your body will grow. Use weight resistance to motivate you to lift harder and keep your body “tight” throughout the set.
2. IF YOU’RE ABLE TO …

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A 10-point plan for safe and rapid fat loss.
Written by Chris Aceto
Our resident bodybuilding nutrition expert, Chris Aceto, gave us these easy-to-follow tips for ripping up.
1)DOUBLE YOUR CARBS
Fix daily carb intake at two grams and protein intake at one gram per pound of bodyweight split over six small meals. Count only the protein from your main sources and disregard inconsequential protein levels in vegetables and other carbs. Your best carb choices are potatoes, rice, pasta, bread, Cream of Wheat and fruit.
2) CARDIO AT 4 x 40
Do 40 minutes of high-intensity …

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[17 Nov 2008 | No Comment | ]

Here’s a recipe that tastes better than it sounds: Canned Chicken a la FLEX
A: Get ready to pump for joy, because FLEX has a way for you to go from zero to chicken in just seconds. Since you are already practiced in the art of opening cans (what bodybuilder hasn’t seen his fair share of tuna cans?), you will be pleased to learn that chicken also comes in a can. Bonus: The taste is surprisingly good.
Canned chicken, sometimes labeled as chunk chicken breast, is usually located near the canned tuna …

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[17 Nov 2008 | No Comment | ]

If your opposing muscles are out of whack, so too will you be
By Jim Stoppani, PhD
You can’t get big and strong by sitting on your glutes while recovering from an injury, so injury prevention should be a high priority. Many sports medicine experts recommend balancing the strength of opposing muscle groups, such as quads and hamstrings, biceps and triceps and chest and back.
Many hamstring injuries are a result of the relative weakness of hamstrings in relation to stronger quad muscles. This also applies to chest (pectoralis major) and back (latissimus …

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