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AJ Ellison Talks With Diet and Dumbbells

WBFF Pro AJ Ellison gives us a sneak peak of what a pros training and diet looks like to develop an award winning physique

Alkaline vs. Acid Foods, 80-20 Ratio

Most of us think of getting lean before getting healthy, and preserving muscle mass before eating vegetables. This mindset is leading to acidosis and bad eating habits.

Top 10 Shallow Reasons To Workout

Let's face it. Most of us have the best intentions when we start a new workout program. "This is the time that I will actually stick to bodybuilding and not quit!" or "Last time I was forced to quit because I was too busy to lift...but this time I am serious!"

Why Plateaus Happen

Incessant fatigue, horrible workouts, lack of motivation, persistent soreness and irritability and mood swings can all contribute to a plateau

Mark Richman Talks With Diet and Dumbells

Fusion Bodybuilding athlete and an overall beast Mark Richman Talks about his training and diet.

Thursday, 15 November 2012

IDFA Bodybuilder Dlouvan Dahouky Talks With Diet and Dumbbells

What got you started in fitness competitions and bodybuilding?

I was always into sports when I was younger…I would say throughout my childhood years and my high school years I was really into soccer. Coming from a 3rd world country your only limited to a few sports, for example, hockey doesn’t exist and everyone plays soccer. It wasn’t until my last few years of high school when I really got into bodybuilding and wanted to get big and also have people notice it. 

So I decided to follow my dream and continue my education at Humber College where I took a Fitness & Health Promotion program wanting to be a personal trainer and help others. It was an amazing program; I wouldn’t be where I am today if it wasn’t for that program. The knowledge I gained from the program, I immediately began to apply to myself and I began to notice results, people were noticing that I was getting big and I was getting a lot of compliments. That’s when I decided to compete and have been ever since.

Sunday, 28 October 2012

Flax Your Muscles

Most people are fed the notion that, in order to lose fat, you have to give up consuming fat. This is a large misconception. There are "good" fats and there are "bad" fats, and those of us involved in fitness and bodybuilding are aware that we need some fat in our diets, as some fats are good for you.

We've heard the term "essential fatty acids" (EFAs) and we've been told to try and incorporate fish into our diets at least three times each week. We also know to keep our saturated fat to a minimum. But what does this all mean? Which fats are the essential fatty acids? Why do we need them? And how much should we be taking in? Also, which fats should we avoid and what foods are these present in?

Monday, 22 October 2012

Mistakes You're Making In The Gym

You see, to me there are more than just form and technique mistakes that people are doing in the gym that are holding them back from really getting the best workout they can. That's too simple. What about the bad habits, or personality?! Ever think those things could kill your workout?

I see bad form and terrible technique all the time but it’s the little things to me that can add up to become bigger little things...you smell me? After doing a bit of thinking I started to compile a list of some mistakes that I know people do all the time (I'm guilty of a few). Check this out! Warning: extremely biased.

Tuesday, 2 October 2012

Motivation: The Gym Is War

Cogito Ergo Sum: I think therefore I am. These words of wisdom were originally dropped by the philosopher RenĂ© Descartes at the turn of the 17th century. Through the ages, they have stood the test of time as a to-the-point representation of the power of the human mind. Though Descartes didn’t share our united appreciation for the iron, his fundamental philosophy has unknowingly influenced the performance of successful bodybuilders and power-lifters for decades.

Like the Latin language itself, the mental approach to bodybuilding has long been forgotten by the majority of gym-goers worldwide. The psychological aspect of the iron game is consistently being overlooked in favour of more literal concerns: things like exercise choice, number of sets, and number of reps. Although these things have an important role in our sport, they’re inconsequential if you’re not psychologically prepared to approach them with the mentality indicative of a champion, and more importantly a warrior.

Wednesday, 26 September 2012

Gridiron Guns: Take The 45 Day Challenge

How would you like to add 1 inch of new muscle growth to your upper arms in the next 45 days? Are you willing to take the Diet and Dumbbells challenge and see if you can increase your arm size by 1 inch? I'll bet you do, unless you already have arms like Manfred Hoeberl. Manfred's arms have measured a legit 26 inches in peak condition. Since arms are one of the most popular (if not the most popular) muscle groups, then this article should be most welcome.

The system of training I'm going to describe for upping arm size is not new by any stretch of the imagination. Some of you may already know this training system as the Super Rest-Pause. 

Thursday, 9 August 2012

Protein: Your Guide To Success

Being one of the first, the most well known and the most reliable forms of supplementation it is to our concern that many still do not understand what protein might be best for and how to use it effectively. With hundreds of companies and so many different types of protein, we understand how confusing this can sometimes be, luckily for you our trusted and knowledgeable staff is here to help. In this article we will focus on the different types of proteins, how to use them best, and even the filtration practices that many do not understand.

Sunday, 5 August 2012

Lactic Acid: Old Myths & New Realities

Usain Bolt, 9.58s WR
Lactic acid has a bad reputation. Many people blame it for fatigue, sore muscles, and cramps. They think of it as a waste product that should be avoided at all cost. Guess what? Scientists have discovered that lactic acid plays a critical role in generating energy during exercise. Far from being the bad boy of metabolism, lactic acid provides fuels for many tissues, helps use dietary carbohydrates, and serves as fuel for liver production of glucose and glycogen. In fact, lactic acid is nature's way of helping you survive stressful situations.

However, lactic acid does have a dark side. When your body makes lactic acid, it splits into lactate ion (lactate) and hydrogen ion. Hydrogen ion is the acid in lactic acid. It interferes with electrical signals in your muscles and nerves, slows energy reactions, and impairs muscle contractions. The burn you feel in intense exercise is caused by hydrogen ion buildup. So, when you fatigue, don't blame it on lactic acid. Rather, place the blame where it belongs- on hydrogen ion.