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My Training Evolution Heading Into the New Year

We are in a constant physical, mental, and spiritual evolution. Whether it's how we approach training, the thought process behind getting ready for a show, or the overall outlook on life, we're always changing, fine tuning, and improving. Derek Lunsford, who has quickly shot from amateur to the upper 1% of the pro ranks, dives deep on how his training has morphed over the past few years.

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The Making of Animal Pump Pro

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.

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The Advantages of Training Solo vs. Training With a Partner

As long as gyms have been around, people have trained with and without partners. Some like the solitude of being alone with their own thoughts and actions, while others like someone else in their face for the tough grinder sets. There is no right and wrong--just preference. Jordan Shallow, in his latest article, highlights the pros and cons of training with someone as he travels around the world.

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Knowing When to Pull Back: Taking One Step Back to Take 10 Steps Forward

As athletes, we want to attack our goals full throttle. We want to do whatever is in our power to maximize our efforts as quickly and effectively as possible. But progression is seldom linear. Oftentimes we need to pull back or change direction slightly, otherwise we'll hit a wall and really stall out. Stefi Cohen is no stranger to this process. See what she has to say in her latest article.

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How to Build Your Legs Like an IFBB Pro


Legs are one of the most prominent--and important--feature on a pro bodybuilder. If you have weak legs, you're going to have a hard time turning pro, and most certainly underperform among them. Derek Lunsford is known for having a killer set of wheels. He highlights how to build your legs like an IFFB Pro in his latest article.

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5 Tips To Maintain Training Intensity During Contest Prep

Intensity is one of the key components to accomplishing anything of magnitude, but especially to building a successful physique. You have to train in a way that will produce results, even when energy and calories are in serious deficit. John Jewett tells us how to approach and sustain intensity when you're getting ready for a show.

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Hypertrophy Training: Preparing for Your Hard Sets

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.