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Shotput and the Strength Athlete

Shotput is a track and field specialty that involves throwing a 16 lb metal ball as far as you can.  The sport involves a rare combination of speed and strength to enable the competitors to throw 60 feet, 70 feet, and beyond.  The current world record is over 75...

Secrets to Staying Motivated

Secrets to Staying Motivated

One of the greatest inhibitors to reaching your fitness goals is a lack of motivation. Without motivation, it is impossible to accomplish anything, let alone the difficult task of getting and staying in shape.   While there are many reasons people lose focus and...

Bodybuilders Throughout the Ages

Bodybuilders Throughout the Ages

Although many are acquainted with Arnold Schwarzenegger, few realize that bodybuilding was a part of the ancient Greek culture. Men strengthened and toned their bodies for competition and in preparation for war. Resistance training emerged in the 11th century as a...

A Brief History of Bodybuilding

A Brief History of Bodybuilding

Bodybuilding uses progressive resistance exercise to develop and control one’s musculature. The culture of muscle building has attracted people for many years, long before it became the competitive bodybuilding sport that we know it as today.    Bodybuilding...

Preworkout Nutrition for Bodybuilders

Preworkout Nutrition for Bodybuilders

As the old adage goes, "bodybuilders are made in the kitchen, not the gym." Nutrition is a huge, and frequently overlooked, aspect of building lean muscle while keeping the fat off. Although getting optimal macronutrient ratios beefed up with plenty of protein,...

How to Start Bodybuilding at Home

How to Start Bodybuilding at Home

If you’re a fitness fanatic who is stuck inside because of the COVID-19 crisis, finding a way to work out and maintain your strength while you stay home is surely of paramount importance. Thankfully, bodybuilding from home is still possible, so you shouldn’t worry...

The Most Important Supplements for Bodybuilding

The Most Important Supplements for Bodybuilding

A proper diet and weight lifting aren't enough alone to get the physique that bodybuilders desire. Supplements are one of the best ways to get the most out of intense training sessions and build muscle while trimming away fat. There are thousands of supplements on the...

The Importance of Stretching as a Bodybuilder

The Importance of Stretching as a Bodybuilder

Most people don’t know there are two kinds of stretches: dynamic and static. Dynamic stretching is meant to be performed on cold muscles before a workout begins. It is a technique designed to improve the mobility of a group of muscles ahead of time in order to avoid injury. It does this by moving through a range-of-motion, most often in a way that mimics the activity someone is about to perform. This is a great stretch to do before cardio exercise such as running. On the other end of the spectrum is static stretching. This is when you hold a position for a matter of moments without moving, at the end-range of motion (extension). It is similar to yoga posing, but unlike yoga, static stretching isn’t as focused on breathing techniques. It’s more about improving your overall flexibility. It also aids in recovery after exercise and provides other healing benefits. This type of stretching is especially important in the field of bodybuilding.

The Bodybuilders Guide to New Years Resolutions

The Bodybuilders Guide to New Years Resolutions

The start of the new year means a chance to kickstart new goals for 2020. Most people center their goals around their health, pledging to eat better and work out more. For those who never miss a gym day no matter what month of the year, your goals may look a little...