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Bodybuilding and the financial challenges

Nelson Mthembu Guest Blog

Nelson Mthembu The majority of competitive bodybuilders will face financial challenges, at least at some point in their careers, as this is one of the most demanding sports in terms of costs. The food, the supplements, the travel and competition entry fees all add up to a financial figure that ...

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Achieving my 2010 conditioning

John Leslie Guest Blog

John ‘The Terminator’ Leslie I have decided that it is better to come in more conditioned for the open class pro stage, so I am no longer going to chase size. This is how I plan to do it, keeping in mind that I was much lighter back in 2010. ...

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Gauging conditioning

Hennie Kotze Guest Blog

Hennie Kotze When it comes to checking the conditioning of the athletes I coach, I have two systems that I use. The first, and most important tool I use to gauge progress is body fat measurements. We use a set formula per division, which we use to plan the specific ...

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Ready for a new approach

Cobus van der Merwe Guest Blog

Cobus van der Merwe After finally receiving my pro card at the end of last year I decided to take a break from training and bodybuilding to spend quality time with my family. However, I resumed my off-season training – my first season as a pro athlete – from February. ...

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Transitioning from off-season to pre-contest prep

Andrew Hudson Guest Blog

Andrew Hudson With the upcoming contest season looming I thought I would give you guys a few tips on how to transition smoothly from the off-season into the pre-contest prep phase. Before you even start with your pre-contest prep there are a few things you should’ve done during the off-season, ...

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Striving for full, dense muscles

John Leslie Guest Blog

John ‘The Terminator’ Leslie Bodybuilding is about building the best possible physique. This involves far more than just striving for mass and size. We also strive to achieve that muscle density and full muscle bellies. But what does this mean for our training? I am a massive believer in basing ...

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The pH Factor

This one small thing could be holding your muscle gains back What’s happening on the inside? The internal environment of the human body is a very intricate system. So many biological, chemical and physiological reactions take place within the body that scientists still do not understand how the body coordinates ...

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My journey to a pro card

Cobus van der Merwe Guest Blog

Cobus van der Merwe After a three year hiatus from bodybuilding I made a comeback in 2011. I was haunted every day by a burning desire to achieve my goal and become an IFBB pro bodybuilder. It is something I have wanted since the age of 11, when I first ...

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Finding support

Nelson Mthembu Guest Blog

Nelson Mthembu Without a strong psychological state of mind it is impossible to reach your goals in this sport. Unfortunately we don’t have any formalised development programmes available to help motivate young athletes in our sport. It’s also rare to find seminars or workshop nowadays, unless someone is willing to ...

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Life as a pro vs life as an amateur

Andrew Hudson Guest Blog

Andrew Hudson If you asked me a year ago if I would be where I am today I honestly would’ve laughed. I mean, I’m an IFBB pro bodybuilder now (I still have to pinch myself to make sure I’m not dreaming). I earn a living doing what I want to ...

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