A champion shouldn't be judged solely on outcomes. In fact, their reaction to defeat is more indicative of what caliber of a winner they are. When someone learns, adapts, and overcomes, that is when they will truly shine. After falling a bit short at the 2019 Mr. Olympia, Derek Lunsford reflects on what he's learned and how he's moving forward.
Walt Disney's newspaper editor told the aspiring cartoonist he “wasn't creative enough.” When you first get into bodybuilding, it is in its purest form. It’s you, the weights, the gym, and the obsession with progression. It truly is “you against you.”
Animal's newest non-stim pump formula, Pump Pro, is fresh off the assembly line. Designed entirely by athlete and IFBB Pro John Jewett, Pump Pro focuses on cell volumization, increased vascularity, and intense focus. Read further as John explains the making of this premier pre-workout.
I have to admit that I haven’t always been great at finding balance in my life with bodybuilding, but I’ve learned how to get better through the years. It’s not an easy thing to do when you’re competing to be the best at something. I’m pulled to capitalize on every minute of every day to set the standard of what it means to be the best bodybuilder in the world. When I “give up” one day of training, I feel like it’s one day I’ve lost. I constantly think about how I can be better today for tomorrow.
Bodybuilders are arguably one the most rigid athletes around. The attention to detail needed to become successful results in a monotonous and repetitive life. But what happens over the holidays? Are they supposed to forget what they're doing and go off the rails, or do they just completely avoid social gatherings? We got the Animals together to discuss what they do and do not do when it comes to holiday eating.
The off-season allows you to be a bit more flexible with your eating compared to pre-contest. This does not mean it's a free-for-all, but there are ways to incorporate variety to break up the monotony of a bodybuilding diet. John Jewett explains in his latest article how to properly execute a flexible dieting strategy.
We diet hard for many weeks in an attempt to bring a fat free physique on stage. Afterwards, many of us rebound hard. We gain an excessive amount of fluid and fat, which can not only ruin months of hard work but can also be detrimental to our health. A proper reverse diet, however, can help us exit contest prep in a healthy and effective manner. Click the link to read John Jewett's guide to creating a proper reverse diet.
There are many lessons to be learned from the Iron but one that sticks out prominently is overcoming adversity—the ability to bounce back after a setback or disappointment. Many talented athletes have fallen to the wayside because they never stood back up once they fell. Champions are defined by how they handle these hardships and still triumph. Derek Lunsford has something to say about it in his latest article.
In the latest episode of "Big on a Budget," Chris Tuttle takes to Marrazzo's grocery store to put together a full week of clean eating for under $50. It can be done. Learn how to bodybuild while on a fixed income.
Hypertrophy—the breaking down of muscle fibers so that they rebuild themselves with increased size—is the point of training. If you want to achieve the greatest degree of hypertrophy, you must be in tune with what you're doing in the gym and how you're doing it. No one understands this better than IFBB Pro John Jewett. He explains how to properly initiate and reach maximum hypertrophy in his latest article.
Sleep, without a shadow of doubt, is the most overlooked aspect of recovery and growth. We're talking about a deep sleep state that allows your muscles and your mind to recover fully from your day to day grind. In his newest article, John Jewett explains the importance of a good rest and why it is absolutely crucial for recovery. Tag someone who is up all night and needs this reality check.