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Fortitude Training

Fortitude Training was created by Scott Stevenson and is all about testing and surpassing limits in the gym with fortitude and strength. Stevenson devised the system after years of meticulous research on kinesiology and body mechanics. While it can be a demanding training system it relies heavily on auto-regulation , ...

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The right rice

Meals consisting of steak, sweet potato, chicken and rice have been staples of bodybuilders for decades. Rice is one of the most popular carbohydrate sources for bodybuilders because it is cheap and easy to prepare. Brown rice is generally the preferred choice. It has more protein, fiber, vitamins and minerals ...

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The squat is dead. Long live the squat.

“Nothing tests your will more than a heavy barbell across your back” – Jim Wendler. I don’t like getting people’s juices flowing but I love the squat. It’s one of my favourite exercises. For me it’s bad ass. Nothing gets me fired up more than to pile on some plates ...

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Iain Valliere – Olympia bound

Canadian bodybuilder Iain Valliere has qualified for the 2018 Mr. Olympia. After his victory at the recently held IFBB Bigman Weekend in Spain, the 27-year-old Valliere is on everyone’s radar for the Open weight division at the Mr. Olympia competition. “It’s really incredible how your mindset and attitude towards something ...

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Inactivity can trigger diabetes

Inactivity, even if it is just for two weeks, can have a dramatic impact on your health. Not only did an abrupt, brief period of inactivity hasten the onset of Type 2 diabetes and elevate blood sugar levels among pre-diabetic patients, but scientists reported that some study participants did not ...

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Juandre wins big at PCA Western Province champs

A rock hard Juandre Nel walked away with the honours at the first ever Physical Culture Association (PCA) Western Province championships held in Durbanville at the weekend. Juandre won the Junior and the Overall titles at the show and will definitely use the success on stage as momentum for the ...

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Heat therapy for muscles

Researchers have found that long-term heat therapy could boost the mitochondrial function in muscles. In the study, published in the Journal of Applied Physiology, scientists of the Brigham Young University in Utah in the United States applied two hours of shortwave diathermy – a type of heat therapy generated by ...

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The reason for food cravings

When activity in a certain part of our brain is suppressed our craving for high-calorie foods increases. Scientists have found that when they temporarily decreased activity in the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex – the brain network responsible for self-control – participants in a study evaluated high-calorie snacks more positively, paid more ...

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Lessons from the Olympians

The title of Mr. Olympia is annually awarded to the best bodybuilder in the world. But what can we learn from the men who stood out among the best of the best? Only 13 men have won the coveted Sandow trophy in the history of the Mr. Olympia contest, the ...

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Can Big Ramy steal the show?

Egyptian Pro bodybuilder Mamdouh ‘Big Ramy’ Elssbiay is determined to nail his conditioning and to stop the reigning Mr. Olympia Phil Heath from winning his eighth Sandow. In new progress photos released by Bader Boodai, owner of Oxygen Gym in Kuwait, Big Ramy appeared to have put on additional size ...

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