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Post Contest Rebound Success vs Distress

After being on prep for weeks on end, you find yourself ready to storm the closest doughnut shop as soon as your show is done. You then wake up from your food coma a week later up 30 lb and resembling a marshmallow. Twenty weeks of hard work vanish in just a few days. If this sounds familiar, there is a better way to handle yourself post show—a way that will satisfy those cravings but get you to the next level. What you do post show sets the stage for either tremendous muscle growth or enormous fat gain.
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Rebounding From Competition

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Big on a Budget: Supp Edition

If I only had $25 to spend on supplements per month, without a doubt I would choose Animal Pak. What’s great about Animal Pak is that it is jam-packed full of all your necessary micronutrients. Your body needs these vitamins and minerals to support your vital organs. Sure, you can get much of your micronutrients through fruits and vegetables, but let’s be honest, how much are you really eating? It’s likely that you are missing out on key vitamins and minerals from your diet. Taking a high quality multivitamin, such as the Animal Pak, ensures you are covering all the micronutrient support your body needs to perform optimally. The best part is that it’s well under my $25 budget.
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Hamstrings That Hang

We have all heard the saying that shows are won from the back. We train to develop a wide and thick back that can eclipse the sun, but many forget the backside also includes hams and glutes. I’ve seen some competitors lack glute separation simply due to not developing their glutes. This is a challenging area for many to train since the mind muscle connection isn’t usually as strong there and it is not a muscle you can look at and flex. Sedentary desk jobs also leave many of us with tight hip flexors and hamstrings, and unable to activate these muscles. Additionally, hams are sometimes just thrown on at the end of a quad workout and trained half assed while energy levels are dwindling.
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Vids

Boss of Bosses 5: The Feature

Boss of Bosses V, the fifth annual powerlifting meet held by Dan and Sparkle Green, took place this past August. One of the premier competitions in the raw powerlifting game, athletes from all over the world fly in to display their very best. Quite a number of Universal/Animal athletes and employees also got in the mix and took home high honors.

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On The Stage with Derek Lunsford: The Olympia Part 4

We've seen the build-up and the preparation leading up to the 2018 Mr. Olympia. We've seen Derek Lunsford relocate to work under the tutelage of IFBB Pro and world-renowned trainer, Ben Pakulski. It's finally time to see what all the hard work and dedication amounted to as he steps foot on the Olympia stage. With all the lights and cameras flashing in his eyes, where does the young phenom land on the greatest stage on Earth?

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Big on the Basics: Grip Strength with Grant HIGAMONSTER

Weightlifting, especially powerlifting and strongman, requires immense strength. It also requires a great grip to hold on to the bar. Check out Higa Monster's latest video where he works on grip strength and different ways to bring it up.

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Supersets for a Massive Back with Evan

You can train the back with a variety of angles and stimuli due to its large size. Some of the bigger compound movements are more taxing for both the body and the clock, so athletes occasionally steer clear of them. Evan Centopani has come up with a superset back workout for those who have back issues and are pressed for time—here’s how.

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