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John Hansen

John Hansen is the first Mr. Natural Olympia and a 3-time Natural Mr. Universe winner. He is the author of the book “Natural Bodybuilding” and his 25 year career in bodybuilding competitions have provided him with an incredible amount of experience and knowledge.

  • Arnold and Training Duration

    Q: I know that Arnold trained four hours daily. Why do experts now recommend only 45-minute workouts for naturals? A: Back...

    ArnoldJohn HansenJune 19, 2015
  • Preventing Injuries While Training Heavy

    Q: I have a question about preventing injuries. I’m trying to train with as much intensity as possible, but I’m concerned...

    Injury & PreventionJohn HansenMay 29, 2015
  • Recovery and Overtraining

    Q: I started training for kickboxing about seven months ago and fell in love with weightlifting, powerlifting and bodybuilding. I have...

    Beginning BodybuildingJohn HansenApril 23, 2015
  • Switch It Up for Strength and Size

    Q: In your new MP6 training program, do you go to absolute failure on every set? I love training to absolute...

    Complete WorkoutsJohn HansenMarch 22, 2015
  • Water Manipulation for Cuts and Striations

    I’m often asked how to manipulate water prior to a contest or photo shoot to get as ripped and hard-looking as...

    Contest PrepJohn HansenFebruary 17, 2015
  • Genetics and Muscle Gains

    Q: I’m Ahmed from Egypt. I’m 16 years old,  and I’ve just started training. My height is 5’8 1/2”, and my...

    LatestJohn HansenJanuary 15, 2015
  • Get Ripped Without Losing Muscle Mass

    Q: How did you go about cutting down while keeping size as a natty? I’m about to go on a cut,...

    LatestJohn HansenDecember 20, 2014
  • Curls for Complete Forearm Development

    Q: Are hammer curls and barbell wrist curls enough for complete forearm development, or do I need to include reverse wrist...

    LatestJohn HansenNovember 26, 2014
  • Staying Motivated for Competition

    Q: I’ve just started to learn about natural bodybuilding, and after being a tad disappointed when coming across a lot of...

    Beginning BodybuildingJohn HansenNovember 21, 2014
  • Building Delts With Muscle Splits

    Q: How can I set up a muscle split that has me training four days a week—Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday?...

    LatestJohn HansenAugust 17, 2014
  • Low Reps for Leg Mass?

    Q: I’ve been reading a lot about natural bodybuilding and really enjoying your articles and the info that you share. When...

    LatestJohn HansenJuly 15, 2014
  • Train for Fat Loss and Muscle Gain

    Q: I was surfing at IronManMagazine.com and I came across one of your articles in which a guy asked you about...

    LatestJohn HansenJuly 9, 2014
  • Diet: Young vs. Older

    Things obviously change as we get older because our bodies change. Specifically, our hormone levels naturally decline. One very important example...

    LatestJohn HansenJune 7, 2014
  • What Is the Best Number of Sets?

    Q: What is the optimum number of sets for each bodypart? I’ve been doing 16 sets for chest and back and...

    LatestJohn HansenJune 2, 2014
  • How to prevent injuries before workouts

    Q: As a natural bodybuilder you are such an inspiration to me. I was wondering what you do to prevent injuries...

    Injury & PreventionJohn HansenMay 6, 2014