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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.

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The CAGE

As Rob Hall gets ready for his 4th appearance in the Animal Cage, we can't help but reminisce about the craziness of his early years, especially when he did a 600lb deadlift for 67 reps. Read his latest article to see what got him into the idea of The Cage and what it's like being inside.

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No Switch Off: Bodybuilding, Work, and Relationships

Bodybuilding is, and always will be, a time consuming endeavor as there is no off-season. It doesn't just turn off when you leave the gym or competition. This often creates an imbalance in priorities. Chris Tuttle shows us in his newest article how maintain a healthy balance between family, career, and competition.

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Date Night Friendly Lasagna Recipe

Valentine’s Day is coming up and nothing says romance like a home-cooked Italian meal for your significant other. At the same time, we are regimented bodybuilders and might not want a full blown cheat meal. This week let’s make a macro matched lasagna that will melt hearts and not pack on the fat gain.

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New Mass For the New Year

A new year is a great time to reflect on the past and move forward with greater knowledge and experience. When I think about what I learned this year, the biggest factor in my improvement as a bodybuilder was in perfecting the basics. We can’t advance if the basics are not in place or not optimized to the fullest. It can be easy to get hyper focused on fine details and lose sight of the big picture. With that in mind, I will cover the basic tenets to help you lay down some new muscle mass this year.