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Introducing Animal Primal

Animal Primal: Our Most Comprehensive Preworkout

Each time you train, you have to raise the bar just a little bit more than last time to progress. Intensity must be high, blood flow maximized, and focus sharp. Why not supplement with something that will dial up all those factors?

HELP! I Have Small Arms!

Everyone wants huge arms. Who doesn't? But, sometimes it could be a glaring weakness in a physique that needs attention. Quite often with guys and girls that lack a muscular connection there, arm training could seem impossible to progress. John Jewett has some suggestions for you.

Bodybuilder Gary Turner shares some tips for beginners to navigate the gym.

The Do’s and Don’ts for the Gym

There are a lot of new people in the gym, and very few have been cued in on proper gym etiquette. Bodybuilder G-Six runs you through the dos and don'ts of the gym in his latest article. Check it out, and be sure to share it with any other gym noobs who may need some guidance.

Powerlifter Rob Hall outlines how to know when it's time to hire a powerlifting coach.

When Is the Right Time To Hire a Coach?

Not sure if it's the right time to hire a powerlifting coach? Maybe you're contemplating if this is a necessity at all. In his latest article, elite powerlifter Rob Hall outlines how to know when it's time to pull the trigger on a coach.

IFBB Pro John Jewett shares tips for setting the stage for your best hypertrophy workout

Set the Stage for Your Best Hypertrophy Workout

You can't just aimlessly go to the gym. That's a surefire way to make minimal, if any, progress. The sad thing is this is what most people do. There are ways to set yourself up so your training is optimal. Find out how in IFBB Pro John Jewett's latest article.

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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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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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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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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.

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The Animal Homegrown Program: Exclusive Bodyweight/Band Hypertrophy Training

Listen, we're just as frustrated as you are with the current restrictions the country is facing as we battle COVID-19. The gym is life for most of us, so to not be able to go for an unknown amount of time means we have to be resourceful. John Jewett shows us what it's like to be a true Animal: accepting circumstances beyond your control, making no excuses, and adapting to situations. Here are some good "at-home" exercises to get you by until your gym opens up.

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Deload For the Bodybuilder

If you are like me, nothing is better than destroying the log book week to week. Just weeks on end of battling with the iron to lay on slabs of new tissue. I wish this progress could be linear and never end, but it never pans out that way. Progress gets stalled, strength drops, injuries happen, and/or you lose motivation. A deload might be needed in these instances, so in this article we will look at when and how to utilize a deload.

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How To Properly Start a Prep

There is often a great deal of confusion surrounding how to approach the process of getting in shape. Whether you’re starting preparations for a contest or want to get yourself in shape, the most challenging part is simply getting started. An evolving approach is best. Just as you wouldn’t go from being single to completely changing your life by moving in with someone you don’t know, I think it’s foolish to make grandiose plans to commit to a diet that is a huge departure from what you currently follow. What if that diet is just not right for you? To go from a diet that you have been following for a significant period of time, regardless of how good or bad it may seem, to one that is radically different is usually a mistake.