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Self-talk

Ever so often I imagine even Mr Olympia looks at himself in the mirror and would say something like: “You are going to show the world who you are!” We all have doubt bouncing around in our head. Even if you are not a top bodybuilding competitor you will always ...

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Underrated exercises

We often fall into a rut of repeating and constantly rotating exercises in our arsenal of tried-and-true moves. Your body however adopts to anything you throw at it – so today I am giving you some alternatives you can try so that you can break out of your current comfort ...

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Unravel the chain

Muscle Evolution editor Werner Beukes stands with local bodybuilder Johnny Lucas

When you hit panic stations the last thing you need is a ‘Keep Calm And Lift’ meme. Taking a step back and looking at what is reasonable is a great way of unravelling the chain of events that you view as catastrophic for your future. Let’s say for example that ...

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Clash of bodybuilding giants – 2016, a year in review!

The year 2016 brought us some of the most exciting bodybuilding shows south of the equator

The year 2016 brought us some of the most exciting bodybuilding shows south of the equator The two most prominent ones were our first Arnold Classic Africa in Johannesburg and the IFBB South African Bodybuilding and Fitness Championships held in Durban. Arnold Classic Africa The much-awaited Arnold Classic, where our ...

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Does the Smith machine really work?

The Smith machine might be the most hated piece of equipment in the history of the gym, especially among hardcore lifters.

The Smith machine might be the most hated piece of equipment in the history of the gym, especially among hardcore lifters. I have to admit that I counted myself among those haters but over the recent festive season I made good use of this generally misunderstood piece of equipment. It ...

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The importance of now

Charles Mazibuko, Werner Beukes and Nhlanhla Mathebula

I don’t like New Year’s resolutions but they always seem to appear at this time of the year Over the festive season we all reflect on our current state of health and fitness. We ask questions like: ‘Am I still on track for that contest?’, ‘Have I gained muscle mass?’ ...

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Silly season tactics

I am a big proponent of not lifting your foot off the accelerator just because you find yourself in silly season

I am a big proponent of not lifting your foot off the accelerator just because you find yourself in silly season Now, at the end of another year, it is the ideal time to hit the compounds hard and heavy while also including detail work in the form of machines ...

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Don’t drop the bar

Don't drop the bar

Bodybuilders are creatures of extremes We train until we crawl out of the gym because balance for most is a far off frontier. When we lift time folds in on itself and we are lost in the middle of an all or nothing effort of grinding out that last rep. ...

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Tried-and-tested truths

Muscle Evolution Editor, Werner Beukes

In the gym and in life you can never stop learning Be it from books, podcasts or seminars.If you are saying ‘I am good enough’ or ‘I know everything there is to know’ I can guarantee you that you will stagnate. Always be on the hunt for knowledge, even if ...

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Go beyond the basics

I am a big advocate of the basic, mass-building exercises. It is no secret that deadlifts, squats and the bench press are best for developing size and strength. Throw in solid bodyweight exercises such as chins and dips and you are well on your way of building a respectable base ...

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