Motivation seems to be a huge issue for a lot of people I talk with. They often ask me how I stay motivated. Even more often, both men and women tell me they want to lose weight and/or gain muscle, ...Read More »
I’m about to leave for the gym. It’s a sunny day, Sunday, one you might call perfect; low 80s, light...
Q: I started training for kickboxing about seven months ago and fell in love with weightlifting, pow...
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The revelation that doing sets at different speeds can increase mass and strength has stirred...
I’m an international girl. I love extreme skating—half-pipes—which I’ve been doing for 15 years. I a...
I’m often asked how to manipulate water prior to a contest or photo shoot to get as ripped and hard-...
No matter how bad a day you were having or how much your life sucked at the moment, if you had the p...
Chocolate to get lean? Maybe so. Researchers at the University of Granada have shown that “higher co...
Christel Oerum Age: 36 Weight: 128 Height: 5’8” Bodypart split: day 1: chest, legs; day 2: biceps, b...
First, let me say that as a reader I hate multipart articles. Yet, as a writer I keep producing them...
Throwback Thursday: The Ripped Arms of the Law and Other Tales It may not be Thursday as you’re reading this, but it is as I write, and it’s shaping up to be full of faces from the past charging ahead ...Read More »
• Many people avoid dairy, even yogurt, because they think it will make them fat, but they may be missing the boat and not shedding the bloat. Get this: According to the November ’13 Health, animal studies suggest that probiotic ...Read More »
We’ve all had sniffles and wondered, “Hmm, should I work out, or will it make me sicker?” According to the November ’13 Prevention, you should do a “neck check.” If your symptoms are only above your neck—runny nose, slight headache ...Read More »
Ah, so many sugar questions this month! In a word, yes! You may not know that refined sugar did not exist in our evolutionary period, and eating it poses an increased risk for negative health effects. There is very good ...Read More »
In my last column I began discussing some common myths that are written about in articles, talked about online and passed along in gyms. Let’s continue. Myth 3: Use heavy weights and low reps for mass and light weights and ...Read More »
If you’ve given up on “normal” barbell and dumbbell squats due to knee or back issues, this exercise is for you. This variation of the dumbbell squat will enable you to get a tremendous range of motion on a squat ...Read More »
Q: Does sugar cause yeast infections? If so, how? A: Candidiasis, or “thrush,” is a fungal infection resulting from the genus Candida. You are probably referring specifically to vaginal yeast infections (Candidal vulvovaginitis). Candida are naturally occurring fungi on the ...Read More »
More than 50 years of research has shown that negative, or eccentric, exercise has more muscle-building potential than positive, or concentric, exercise. In spite of those findings, there’s never been a safe, simple, practical way to provide progressive-negative training consistently—until ...Read More »
Q: What are the best foods to eat before bed to gain muscle and increase metabolism? A: That somewhat depends on the individual. If you’re not metabolically compromised, overweight or otherwise ill, it might apply to you. To begin with, ...Read More »
IM Insiders can download a PDF of this Issue Instantly. Learn More] I started working out in 1956, using the information from the pages of Iron Man as my guide. I had no long-range plan but to become stronger and ...Read More »
You may be able to protect the ligaments in your knees to some degree by weight training, particularly the anterior cruciate ligament. ACL tears in young female athletes are far too common, and we see “noncontact” ACL tears in football ...Read More »
I started working out in 1956, using the information from the pages of Iron Man as my guide. I had no long-range plan but to become stronger and have some visible muscle. I have spent some time lately trying to ...Read More »
Q: I got the Power-Density Mass Workout 2.0 and was motivated by [Mr. America] Doug Brignole's interview and how he uses only one exercise for each muscle. I notice the he adds weight over five sets so his reps fall--but I'm with you and think 50 reps is a bit much--and boring. My question is, if I use your TORQ method [30-20-15] on two or three exercise per bodypart, should I add weight over those three sets?Read More »
Age: 25 Weight: 170 (contest); 185 (off-season) Height: 5’8” Hometown: Anchorage, Alaska Current residence: Fullerton, California Occupation: Field service rep for Armstrong World Industries Contest highlights: ’13 NPC Tournament of Champions, men’s physique, A-class, 3rd; ’13 NPC West Coast Classic, ...Read More »