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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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Overcoming Food Shortages

The recent food shortages over the last few weeks have left many people struggling to maintain their habitual diet. Although there is no question that we are not truly experiencing a food shortage as seen in the past, I’d like to address our current situation and provide some tips on what you can do if you are a strength athlete or on a strict diet.

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Animal Whey Pancake/Waffle Recipe

With limited food access in many places due to the Coronavirus, John Jewett looks around the kitchen for some pantry staples to make the macros work. Waffles and pancakes, a crowd pleaser, can be easily made into a balanced meal. John’s favorite is Animal Whey Salted Caramel Peanut Butter pancakes, but your options are endless. Grab you favorite Animal Whey and let’s get started.

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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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Where I’ve Been

A proper offseason is the key to building essential mass for your contest prep. Without executing properly, you will likely look the same as you did in your previous show. In his latest article, G-Six highlights and points out some major strategies he used in his most effective offseason yet.

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Air Fryer Crispy Chicken Sandwich

Fried food rarely crosses the path of a bodybuilder. A delicious fried chicken sandwich is something they might only have in their dreams. However, this week I'll show you how to use an air fryer to make a low fat, crispy fried chicken sandwich that a bodybuilder doesn’t have to feel guilty about enjoying.

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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.