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…

October 22, 2018 Jonathan

Whether it is about muscle gain or height gain or getting success in any other field, just go through this article to change your perceptions. One of the most frequent questions bodybuilders hear is, “How long did it take you to get that big?” There’s an assumption that building muscle size is mostly a matter of time – the longer you do it, the bigger you get. While it’s true that it takes years to come anywhere near your genetic limit for muscle size, not everybody develops at the same rate. Some are fast gainers and begin to see impressive…

October 17, 2018 Jonathan

How is it that out of the infinite number of possibilities that are available to us, we have created the restricted reality in which we are living? It is our thoughts that create our world. If you’re not sure about this, you might like to try this simple experiment. Close your eyes and think about your inadequacies, your defects, your imperfections and your failures. Now look in the mirror. Part two: close your eyes and feel your beauty, your inner worth, your Buddha nature…and look in the mirror. Do you look the same? What changed? Only your thoughts. And so…

October 7, 2018 Jonathan

AT HOME WITH THE BODY I am particularly happy to present this post on Body-Wisdom, a subject dear to my heart. Since I started meditating with totality a strange phenomenon occurred: the connection between my mind and body was severed. The more I was disidentified with my body, the more I started knowing, caring for and respecting it. A kind of gratitude arose in my heart and I felt I could never thank the body enough for keeping pace with the transformative process meditation brought about. Of course, I had to go a long way to eradicate the deep-rooted social…

September 27, 2018 Jonathan

When it comes to waving good-bye to the pounds, the magic number is 3,500, say countless nutrition experts, diet books and magazine articles. That’s the number of calories it takes to lose a pound of fat. Spread a 500-calorie deficit over seven days and presto! You should emerge 1 pound lighter. Unfortunately, the maths isn’t so clear-cut in practice – as you probably know if you’ve ever tried to implement this equation in your diet. Many people find that though they manage to trim their calories in accordance with this theory, the numbers on the scale don’t seem to equal…