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Evan Centopani and Frank McGrath CHEST DAY

Evan Centopani and Frank McGrath CHEST DAY

There are as many different training philosophies as there are protocols in the muscle building game. Which one is best? What will help you avoid injury? Which one etches out the most detail? The answer is a mix of everything. Watch Evan and Frank compare their styles of training—and evaluate the pros and cons of each—as they train chest.
"Road To Recovery: Part VII" by Evan Centopani

"Road To Recovery: Part VII" by Evan Centopani

Taking baby steps doesn't sound tough and hardcore, but an injured athlete who has finally come back to the gym floor must take small steps toward full recovery in order to progress to where he once was. You can't start slinging weight. You can't act reckless. Otherwise, you're going to be right back on the damn operating table when you re-injure yourself. Build yourself up slowly so that all of this post-op pain wasn't for nothing. See what Evan Centopani has to say about his methodical, step by step process in his last installment of Road to Recovery.
Roman Fritz's Motivation "BRING THE PAIN"

Roman Fritz's Motivation "BRING THE PAIN"

Push Yourself For many, bodybuilding is a joyful hobby that brings self satisfaction and a feeling of personal accomplishment. But for the hardcore, bodybuilding is a deep, dark nightmare. It’s a nightmare that doesn’t end when your alarm goes off and the coffee’s brewing. You’re stuck in a never-ending shit storm of forced food, low energy, aching muscles, and mental anguish. If you find yourself here--good. You’re in the right place. Don’t expect to live in your comfort zone and make earth shattering progress. You either bring the pain or you bring yourself back home. There’s no in between.
ONLY IN THE CAGE "Push The Limits"

ONLY IN THE CAGE "Push The Limits"

HIGA MONSTER and the Atlas Stone What motivates you to total 2000 in 90 seconds? To deadlift 735 lb for reps? Who's sick voice in your head tells you to put 50 lb over your lifetime PR on the bar and squat it? With 360 degrees of people screaming your name and watching your every move, you have very few choices. You can play it safe and risk no one ever remembering your name or you can push past your limit and level up. Take a big snort of ammonia, grab the fucking bar, and don’t stop ripping until you’re standing upright. This is what happens when you step inside The Cage.    
ONLY IN THE CAGE "Rage Power Innocence"

ONLY IN THE CAGE "Rage Power Innocence"

To the unenlightened, weightlifters, powerlifters, and bodybuilders are just mindless drones incapable of putting together a sentence, let alone conveying deep emotions. Truth be told, it’s the passionate ones who are the most expressive during their lifts. Extreme gym enthusiasts are able to channel their inner emotions—aggression, sadness, happiness, or anger—and use it on the weights. When you add hundreds of cameras and a riveted crowd, everything magnifies tenfold. That's what you witness when Animals step inside The Cage.    
Only In The Cage: Nothing Around Me

Only In The Cage: Nothing Around Me

Pete Rubish's Tunnel Vision You need tunnel vision to be successful in this game. Even with hundreds of fans surrounding you and cheering your name, you need to imagine yourself as the only person in a desolate cave. You can’t be thinking about anything other than the barbell at your feet. Nothing else matters. Blocking everything out is just short of psychosis. Hell, it actually is.
Only In The Cage: The Hunger

Only In The Cage: The Hunger

Dan Green and Jay Nera at the Cage Things don't always go as planned. We have a schedule to keep and goals to achieve, but life tells us otherwise. Whether it's sickness, injury, or unforeseen circumstances, we’re knocked off course and we must adjust. Champions, by their very nature, are the best at adjusting. They can shift gears because they are always working to recover, improve, and progress from their current state. They are always looking to level up. For example, Dan Green and Jay Nera are recovering from injuries but recently benched personal bests with their feet elevated. Watch them face each other in a bench off in the Cage.    
The Road to Recovery with Evan Centopani Volume IV

The Road to Recovery with Evan Centopani Volume IV

So here's the score. True champions that possess passion, intensity and love for the sport hate to be sidelined. In the gym, they flourish. Unfortunately, injuries force them off the floor. Maybe they can’t walk or use their arm. Whatever it is, we all have two stark choices: Make do with what you have or go sit your ass down on the couch and feel sorry for yourself. A true champion grits his teeth. He chomps at the bit, looking for an opportunity to do something – anything that will allow him to move one millimeter closer to his goals. In the next installment of "Road to Recovery," find out why Evan Centopani is in the gym and why there's absolutely no quit in him. Also check out the companion article written by Evan over at Animalpak.com

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