November 19, 2018 Jonathan

Q: I’ve heard that the reverse-grip pressdown works the triceps lateral head better than the standard pressdown does. What’s the best way to perform this exercise? A: What you’ve heard is correct. Generally speaking, the medial head of the triceps does most of the work in elbow extension, especially at the beginning of movements. But in the reverse-grip pressdown, the most stress is placed on the lateral head, the big, beefy muscle that is seen in the upper middle portion of the back of the upper arm. This exercise not only adds variety to your triceps workout, but it also…

November 18, 2018 Jonathan

Big arms are the mark by which recreational lifters and professional bodybuilders inevitably make comparisons. In fact, they have their own lexicon: guns, cannons, firearms. Heck, can you even name the pro bodybuilder with the biggest chest, or quads? Probably not, but I’ll bet you can visualise your favourite’s heavy artillery. In my experience, better gains can come from training smarter rather than relying solely on effort and sometimes blindly emulating the programmes of the genetically blessed. After reviewing some of the concepts inherent in smart biceps training, I’ll point out which are the best exercises and how to include…

November 18, 2018 Jonathan

“I am a marketing executive working for a company. We are authorized channel partner of a big concern. I have huge targets to be accomplished each and every month but due to the present market conditions I am not able to achieve them. The job is a great pressure and the stress level is much too high for me to cope up with. How can I come to terms with it?” This person is one of millions trying to live in the fast lane and keep their nerves intact. He is young, educated, dynamic and … disintegrating! The pace of…

November 12, 2018 Jonathan

Jump-start your fitness programme with an ab routine that’s guaranteed to work! Many women come up in the gym and ask about “training secrets to success.” The big “secret” is that dedication to reaching a goal and self-sacrifice are the only ways to make improvements in the battle to build a better body. With another new year coming closer comes the challenge of shedding the fat gained during the holiday season. This is when the self-sacrifice part of getting fit comes into play in turning your fantasies of a lean, hard and sexy stomach into reality. The truth is that…

November 11, 2018 Jonathan 1Comment

PUNCH UP YOUR MASS When it comes to training, are your gains coming faster than an Ali one-two combo? Or are you getting worked over in the corner like some washed-up pug, folding up under a rain of body blows? While you probably don’t want to admit it, chances are it’s the latter. You see, so many of us find ourselves making zero progress after months, even years of battling in the weight room. Unfortunately, and contrary to popular opinion, building your body is not an endeavour of brute force. When you aren’t making progress, simply dropping your head and…

November 9, 2018 Jonathan

Q: Why do bodybuilders seem to eat more broccoli than any other vegetables? Are there some special constituents to it which make it a better choice? A: Broccoli seems to be the vegetable that’s singled out as the veg of choice for bodybuilders. You only have to look at a few sample meal plans for bodybuilders, aimed at both cutting and bulking, and you’ll see broccoli mentioned. Well, it is singled out for a good reason as it is a nutritional powerhouse of a vegetable. It is a rich source of Vitamin A, containing nearly 100 mg per 100 g…

November 8, 2018 Jonathan

Answers To Frequently Asked Questions On Building A Broader Back How would you define your back training? If you’ve been pushing the weights for a while, you’ve probably discovered that certain bodyparts are rather stubborn. (How about a show of hands for those who want trade-ins on their calves?) Surprisingly, the back usually falls in this category for many people, but rarely does it get the full attention it deserves. To the discerning eye, your back can either close the deal or seal your fate when it comes to having the total package. Think about it: without flaring lats, you…

November 7, 2018 Jonathan

Chocolate is healthy! Chocolate’s sweet decadence is one of life’s greatest pleasures. But does it fit into your healthy lifestyle? It’s no health food, but scientific research does back up your need to indulge once in a while. Just remember: the darker, the better. Chocolate, particularly dark chocolate, contains antioxidants and flavonoids that have been shown to decrease the risk of cardiovascular disease. In fact, chocolate has more antioxidants than spinach, blueberries or even prunes, and 40 g of dark chocolate offers as many antioxidants as 150 ml of red wine. In addition, oleic acid, a monounsaturated fat also found…

November 4, 2018 Jonathan

BEEN TRAINING SINCE THE “IRON AGE”? Q: I’ve been lifting for about 20 years now, and I often struggle with joint pain and flexibility issues. How can I modify my workouts to still benefit from them? A: “Age is just a number”, some people will tell you. Yeah, tell that to your joints. After some 25 years of training hard and heavy in the gym myself – plates piled on top of one another in my daily battle against the iron – I often surprise people when they learn I’m 46. Jim Stoppani, Ph.D., author of “Encyclopedia of Muscle &…

November 3, 2018 Jonathan

Shoulders are one of those rare body parts that are often both overtrained and undertrained. Allow me to explain: With delts playing a part in all chest pressing movements, it’s easy for them to be overtrained and so come up short when shoulders are worked. The reason I say many people undertrain delts is because they stick to the same old moves for shoulders – barbell or dumbbell overhead presses, dumbbell lateral raises, and maybe upright rows. Before you get trapped in this sort of rut, start working the following moves into your shoulder routine: CABLE LATERAL RAISES I rarely…

November 2, 2018 Jonathan

Learn A to Zzzzzz of supplements to build muscle mass while you’re sleeping! If putting on muscle mass is your primary goal – and, really, what other goal is there? – then you probably already know that frequently eating ample amounts of protein is critical. You likely also know that getting 7-9 hours of sleep every night is a must for gaining muscle, because that’s when your growth hormone (GH) levels peak. Yet that represents a long stretch when you neglect to give your body protein. Would you go 7-9 hours without eating during the day? Not unless you want…

October 30, 2018 Jonathan

Here are the best principles for arm training: OVERLOAD PRINCIPLE: In order to force a muscle to become larger and stronger, you must continually overload it with increasingly heavier weights. So when you see favourites doing barbell curls with 225 pounds or knocking out lying triceps extensions with nearly 300 pounds, you can understand how the overload principle develops massive arms. Remember, those bodybuilding greats took a long time to build those poundages, but they kept adding weight to keep gaining muscle. CHEATING PRINCIPLE: Most bodybuilders train to failure with each set in their arm workouts, but the ones with…