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Fusing the art and science of bodybuilding

People argue about whether it’s the art or the science of bodybuilding that will help you build the best physique. In truth, it’s both, says Dr David Sandler David Sandler is a S&C coach, fitness researcher and co-founder of training and nutrition company StrengthPro. He is based in Golden, Colorado.  ‘Is it the art or science that comes first? For most of us, we all wanted to look like Arnie and that’s what started it in the first place. So the art fuels the passion to get into training. But you need to understand the science and the physiology. There should…

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Flex Lewis: Switch off or burn out

If you’re constantly thinking about training then you could be holding yourself back, says Flex Lewis Lewis James ‘Flex’ Lewis is a Welsh bodybuilder and five-time Mr Olympia 212. He lives in Parkland, Florida. Iron Insights 1 The hardest game I did my own prep for my first show – just to get a free gym membership – and I had no intention of ever stepping on stage again. I had excelled in a lot of sports, such as athletics and rugby, but bodybuilding was the hardest sport I’d ever done in my life. 2 You’re never happy I was the…

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Why you are more than your gym membership

Joel Snape is a journalist and author and currently Editor-At-Large at the UK edition of Men’s Fitness magazine. He also runs a blog  – called Live Hard –  at livehard.co.uk. He is based in London. You already know the maths. There are 168 hours in a week: you spend anywhere between about four and six (maybe twelve if you’re Arnold) in the gym. The rest, you’re constantly reminded, are for the Other Stuff: eating right, sleeping properly, prepping your supplements, maybe having a massage or doing some mobility. Go hard, then go home, goes the usual message – and remember…

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What makes a workout a success?

If you judge the success or failure of an individual workout by how heavy you were able to lift or by how sore you feel the next day, you are failing to appreciate the bigger picture when training for maximum muscle mass, says John Meadows John Meadows is a national champion bodybuilder and works with many of the best physique athletes in the world. He is based in Columbus, Ohio. Iron Insights Strength isn’t everything When I was younger I used to determine how good a workout was – especially legs training – by how heavy I was able to…

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Rich Gaspari: How Lee Haney taught me to lift effectively

Training with the most successful Mr Olympia athlete of all time showed me the difference between lifting and swinging a weight, says Rich Gaspari Rich Gaspari is a former pro bodybuilder and member of the IFBB Hall of Fame. He is based in Lakewood, New Jersey. ‘It made a huge difference when I met [eight-time Mr Olympia winner] Lee Haney and he taught me how to lift weights and how to train a muscle properly. To train that muscle to failure and not just swing a weight. You’re working to develop a muscle, not just lift heavy weights.’

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7 business rules to build your best-ever body

Take charge of your muscle-building mission by treating your better-body aspirations just like you would your own business, says Nick Mitchell, CEO of the world’s only global personal training gym business, Ultimate Performance By Joe Warner, Editorial Director, IronLifeMag.com What’s building your best-ever body got in common with building a global business from scratch? More than you think, if you believe the words of Nick Mitchell, a one-time amateur bodybuilder who gave up a lucrative career in the City to launch Ultimate Performance, the world’s first global PT gym business. Unlike many personal trainers who enter the industry fresh out…

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Harness the power of pain tolerance: Part 1

Getting comfortable with being uncomfortable during a training session is essential if you want to add serious muscle, says John Meadows John Meadows is a national champion bodybuilder and works with many of the best physique athletes in the world. He is based in Columbus, Ohio. Iron Insights 1 Bring the pain One of the most limiting factors in people reaching their genetic potential in training is simple pain tolerance. If you are a genetic freak you can get really far without having to push yourself as much. But for someone like me who is structurally not the best, I…

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4 reasons you’re not building muscle

Nick Mitchell is a leading body composition expert and the founder of the Ultimate Performance global personal training gym. He is based in Los Angeles. Most people struggle to add muscle. We all know that when you first start lifting growth comes quickly. But the more advanced you become the harder it gets. Yet it’s not rocket science. So if you are seeing the physique improvements you want, you’re most likely getting something wrong. And I bet it’s at least one if not a combination of the following four flaws. 1 You don’t train hard enough In my experience 99.9% of…

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