Most competitors like the off-season. They can make improvements and get bigger and stronger without worrying about being ultra shredded. But what if things get out of hand? How far is too far? Renee Jewett lets us know how she makes that call and what to look out for in her latest article.
You tryin' to get huge? Then you're going to have to put a plan in place for your off-season nutrition. You can't tiptoe around eating like a bird and expect to be some monster that people stare at. Doesn't work that way. No one knows this better than Shawn Smith. Go read his latest article.
"How do I add muscle and lose body fat?" Everyone is seeking an answer to this magic question. In his latest article, John Jewett shares some ways we can operate a proper off-season that will keep body fat in check while adding a substantial amount of tissue.
Unfortunately, physique athletes tend to develop a poor relationship with food. This is often brought on by strict dieting that leads to hyper-focus on both the foods they can and can't eat. How do you stop that? Chris Tuttle shares tips for maintaining a healthy relationship with food.
When people think of getting in shape, the first thing they consider is the work in the gym. And while this for very good reason, they often completely neglect nutrition. Structuring your diet with your current goals in mind is absolutely essential to make any progress. It's the driving force behind your gains. Renee Jewett highlights some key points on the matter in her latest article.
How many times have you seen a competitor blow up immediately after a show? No, not with muscle. With water and fat. To the point where you even said, "What the hell happened to them?" This is a clear case of not managing a post-show rebound and the sooner you learn how to, the better muscle accrual you will have. Shawn Smith provides some tips to managing the post-show rebound in his latest article.
Bodybuilding is as much internal as it is external. Yes, it is the goal to look as big and ripped as possible but the idea of health is also a factor. The types of food you choose to put in your body can have a positive or negative effect on how the inner workings operate. It comes down to what you choose to fork into your mouth. Chris Tuttle, Registered Dietitian, dives deeper on the subject.
In the fitness world, people rely heavily on calorie free foods and products. They want to enjoy all the yummy sweet and savory foods but limit all the calories. Zero calorie foods are also a go-to for many in order to satisfy cravings. I hate to break the myth here, but zero calories on a food label does not mean it truly is zero calories. Although the amounts consumed for some foods might not add up to be significant, that is not always the case. The biggest issue is that it is easy to abuse zero calorie food items when food focus is so high on test prep. If you are dieting on 1500 calories, you can easily rack up an extra 150 calories for the food items you thought were zero calorie. Now you just bumped your calorie intake up 10%; that can be the difference between getting that last bit of body fat off or not. Let’s look over some common zero calorie foods.
An immune system is your body's shield against viruses, bacterias, and pathogens. The stronger your immune system is the better chance you will have in overcoming illness. Key herbs and minerals in the recently released Animal Immune Pak can help buff up your internal armor. Read more about it in the latest article, "Is Your Foundation Strong or Is Your House Ready to Crumble?"