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Maintaining A Competitive Mindset With No Meets In Sight

2020 is a tough year for everyone, especially competitive athletes. With shows and competitions getting canceled and postponed left and right, the uncertainty or lack of a final destination in your training can lead to a loosening of the competitive mindset. Some people can only stay motivated when there is a goal on the map. How do you keep your head in the game with no meets in sight?

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Patience: A Lost Skill

As the years pass and new generations emerge, the evidence of a culture based upon instant gratification grows. Everyone wants everything quickly. If you couple that with a group of people who were given participation trophies their whole life, they'll begin to expect great things, not earn them. Gone are the days of grinding in the trenches, where folks said "I'm not where I want to be today, but I'm one step closer to getting there in the future." G-Six elaborates on this subject in his latest article, "Patience: A Lost Skill." Be sure to check it out.

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Ways to Improve Mental Health

While maintaining good mental health has always been important for our overall wellbeing, it's more relevant now than ever due to current events derailing many of our normal routines. There are many strategies that we can employ to help ourselves keep our heads "screwed on straight." Evan Centopani, one of Animal's most grounded and logical athletes, highlights some ways we can make sure our brains and thought processes are operating optimally.

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I Am a Bodybuilder

Not too many people can say they’ve placed second twice at Mr. Olympia. Derek Lunsford can. But in true champion form, these runner up spots are not enough for him. He’s after the gold. To come up short two years in a row is a hard pill to swallow, but those that are destined for greatness are the best at looking introspectively and making adjustments, both physically and mentally. Derek catches us up on the changes he’s made going into the 2020 Olympia with plans to nail this one down.

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The Homegrown Animal Returns to the Gym

As the gyms begin to open and we head back in, there are some precautions people should take if they have only been doing bodyweight exercises or haven't been doing anything at all. John Jewett explains how to properly reintegrate into the gym scene.

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WHY YOU ARE NOT PROGRESSING

You've seen the people at the gym who go there every day and never change. Year after year, they still maintain the same look while others around them move forward. Why are they not progressing? IFBB Pro Chris Tuttle provides some answers in his latest article, "5 Reasons Why You're Not Progressing." Check it out.

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Train Safe or Stay in Place

As the United States presses forward, we have begun to see the re-opening of gyms around the country. Make sure that when you head back in or when you open the doors as an owner, you take proper safety measures to ensure that everyone is able to progress while mitigating the chances of becoming sick.

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More Than Supplements

It's been pretty rough in the world these past few months. There are no two ways about it. It has been difficult, frustrating, and oftentimes tragic. This was the time to band together for the good of our fellow humans. From donating thousands of Animal Boss Bars to local food pantries to hooking our frontline heroes up with the brand new Animal Immune Pak, Animal will always be here to support those in need. Click the link to read the ways Animal helped the community during the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Chasing Greatness

You are your worst critic. In strength sports, that is both good and bad because it keeps you accountable but at the same time you'll never be satisfied. Being content with your progress is the kiss of death and the nail in the coffin. We're all chasing greatness which feels close, yet so far away. But in the end, we just keep going.

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The Build: Guidelines for the Rack

Preparation is fundamental to anyone hoping to attain their physique related goals. The word “prep” has become so overused that it’s actually easy to forget that it is short for preparation. Take food prep and contest prep, for example. We set aside time to prepare food in advance. Why? Efficiency is part of it, but it’s mainly so that we can repeat day after day of proper eating with no missed or imperfect meals. The entire concept of contest preparation is based on having what you need come the day of the show: a dialed in, competitive physique. Ultimately, preparation is about having what you need when you need it.

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A Note to My Younger Self

John, I am writing this to guide you in a very uncertain time in your life. As the decade older version of you, I have gained knowledge that will really help you move forward in exactly what you want to do. You just graduated with your bachelor’s. Well done! At the end of this degree you finally gained some confidence in your academic ability. Your collegiate powerlifting journey was a great feat as well and, now that it’s coming to an end, bodybuilding has piqued your interest. I know you have lots of questions about what to do for a career—should you continue your education and how can you become a bodybuilder? I am going to guide you through this.

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Adaptation: The Key To Success

Most of us were contemplating our strategies for 2020 not too long ago. Whether you were thinking about your next competition or how you were going to add ten pounds of muscle or finally get your ass in shape or improve your squat, you had plans this year. I don’t think that any of our plans included being quarantined on account of a highly contagious and potentially lethal virus sweeping the globe. But, hey, shit happens. And shit has most certainly happened. Aside from the immediate health threat posed by the COVID-19 virus, many of us have to deal with new difficult circumstances such as businesses shutting down, massive layoffs, food and product scarcity, and social distancing. So what does all of this mean for the average bodybuilder/powerlifter/fitness enthusiast like you and me? It means that we’ve all had to make some adjustments in the name of keeping things moving.