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Animal invented the pack. Animal Pak, the training pack, launched an entire brand. ...
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Latest Animal pullover hoodie is black and feature the Animal “Energy” Icon in military green.* 100% combed, ring-spun cotton * Lightweight 4.2 oz fabric * Crossover V neckline...
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A smooth, non-ribbed tank made out of a superior combed cotton jersey material and featuring the Animal "Whey" Icon in stark white.* Combed ring-spun 100% cotton * Athletic cut * Made in USA...
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Military Green Gym Bag with embroidered Black "Snak" Iconic * 22" x 12" x 12" * Zippered sided pockets on outside * Rugged straps and carrying handles ...
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Rethinking Optimal Protein Intake

Protein has always been the hot topic in sport nutrition. It seems to be the cornerstone upon which bodybuilders build the other macronutrients. Bodybuilders want to know how much to take, when to take it, the best sources to take, and much more. I have heard so many times the recommendation that bodybuilders should consume 1g of protein per pound of body weight. Do you ever wonder where this number originated? I think it is time to readdress the age-old question of how much protein should we consume per day.
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How to Build Your Legs Like an IFBB Pro

Leg day is the day that separates the men from the boys. If you don’t like leg day, you aren’t a bodybuilder. There is no other body part that I train where I get anxiety on the way to the gym, every single time, because I look forward to crushing the weight and growing my legs.
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5 Tips To Maintain Training Intensity During Contest Prep

There are many ways to train for contest prep—some are very sound in science, some are based on anecdotal experience, and some just make no sense at all. Resistance training during prep is the greatest tool we have to change the physique. Done correctly, it gives the stimulus to initiate a muscle to grow. Lack of stimulus can lead to a muscle atrophying. The main driver for muscle hypertrophy is mechanical tension. Mechanical tension can be generated by a heavy load or a light load taken to failure. Regardless of light or heavy weights being used, to achieve this optimal stimulus you must maintain training intensity (effort) during your prep. This means working sets are taken at or near the point of concentric muscle failure.
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Hypertrophy Training: Preparing for Your Hard Sets

There are many variables to look at when planning training. We can look at volume patterns, reps ranges, exercise selection, exercise order, training splits, etc. Having a plan is important, but what can determine a lot of the plan is how you execute a work set. You can have the perfect program planned out with the right exercises and volume, but if you can’t take a set and create the greatest hypertrophy stimulus out if it, all those other variables are almost moot. Our goal in a set for bodybuilding is to apply as much tension as possible to the intended muscle with maximum effort, and progress that over time. This is one of the main drivers for hypertrophy. Tension must be applied to the muscle and we have to reach an effort level that hits near or at failure for that muscle to generate a stimulus for hypertrophy to occur. If you are just moving weight around, not paying attention to what muscle you are contracting, and training very far away from failure, you are not going to get a hypertrophy response. We have to master set execution and effort. This will determine how much volume (number of sets) you can do, how often you can train, and what your recovery capacity is. Let’s look at how to maximize a working set.
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Vids

Supps on a Budget with Evan "Ox" Centopani

We get it. You don’t have a bankroll of hundreds a months for a whole cabinet of supps. What are the most important? Which ones should you prioritize? Evan Centopani explains which supplements he’d grab if he were on limited funds in the new series "Big on a Budget: Supplements."

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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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Our Roots Since 1983

A Family Company

A family owned company, born in the 70s on the rough-and-tumble streets of industrial New Jersey, Animal is a product of its environment. Producing no-nonsense supplements and gear for the hardest-training lifters in the world now in our fourth decade, Animal has sought to nourish, educate and inspire dedicated bodybuilders who demand the best. Backing up our tough talk by walking the walk every day, the Animal commitment to authenticity informs everything we do, because like the place from which we hail, is real.

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