GABA: The Forgotten Amino Acid (New Research)

By:  Matt Weik GABA (gamma-aminobutyric acid) supplements have been around for quite some time. Their claim to fame has been to help with relaxation, improve sleep, improve your mood, as well as improve your focus. GABA is a naturally-occurring amino acid and inhibitory neurotransmitter found in our cells. A new study from Japan is actually […]

My Road to the Stage!!! (10 Weeks to Go)

By Jessica Gilmartin I’m almost 10 weeks out from my show in October and I feel like a sculptor slowly chiseling away the fat. The process of getting to the stage isn’t brand new to me; however, this time my approach is very different and much more intentional. I am feeling high energy, but I’m […]

Research Report: mTor Triggers Muscle Cells

By: Matt Weik We all know how lucrative and how LARGE the supplement industry has become. Innovation keeps the industry growing and exciting.  As research is made public, everyone is rushing to come out with something new and be the first to market.  Speaking of which, a study has been released that shows some impressive […]

The Columbus Bodybuilding Report

What a difference a few short years make! Cedric McMillan got no respect from the judging panel at the 2013 Arnold Classic, relegated to sixth behind a host of structurally inferior athletes. Despite his incredible mass, shape, height and proportions, McMillan was severely punished, reportedly for such minor indiscretions as “not enough oil” and “tan […]

PBW Radio: Sergio Oliva Jr & Listener Q&A

On a new episode of Pro Bodybuilding Worldwide Radio hosts Eric Broser and Dave Bourlet answer listener questions about supplementation and contest prep. Also on this episode Sergio Oliva Jr. visits the show with some exciting career updates! This week’s episode is brought to you by Ironmag Labs and by House of Pain Apparel. Use the player […]

Backstage at the Arnold (Digital Muscle Has its Privileges)

I finally got backstage at the Arnold Schwarzenegger Classic Men’s World Pro Bodybuilding Championship, which was the original name of the legendary competition held annually in Columbus, Ohio, along with a growing slate of physique contests and a slew of competitions, too numerous to mention and too wide to imagine. Art at the Arnold—you can’t […]

Doing it our Own Way!!!

By Dan Solomon The bodybuilding media sub-culture is among the more quirky corners of the fitness industry.  It’s where I’ve made my living for the better part of two decades.  Along the way we’ve been asked to play by an unusual set of archaic, antiquated rules.  Many of them, the unwritten ones, have caused us […]

Arnold Interviews with Digital Muscle!!

Dan Solomon and Ben Pakulski visit with Arnold Schwarzenegger during the exclusive DigitalMuscle.com LIVE coverage of the 2016 Arnold Classic in Columbus, Ohio. [cs_section id=”” class=” ” style=”margin: 0px; padding: 0 0px 45px; ” visibility=”” parallax=”false”][cs_row id=”” class=” ” style=”margin: 0px auto; padding: 0px; ” visibility=”” inner_container=”true” marginless_columns=”false” bg_color=””][cs_column id=”” class=”” style=”padding: 0px; ” bg_color=”” […]

Fitness Champ Oksana Grishina: Meet My Family!

In this behind the scenes, up close and personal visit.  4-time Fitness Olympia champ Oksana Grishina invites DigitalMuscle.com into her home for a visit with her family in town from Russia.  Hosted by Dave Bourlet and brought to you this week by House of Pain Apparel and IronmagLabs. Have You Visited the Digital Muscle Video […]

Fit Recipe: Chocolate Chip Protein Pancakes

From the Kitchen of Stefanie Antorcha Hey Ya’ll! Welcome back for another healthy, DELICIOUS recipe!  If you’ve been following, you know how much I freaking LOVE breakfast (any time of day).  If you’re new here, be sure to check out some of the other fit recipes that I’ve shared so far.  Today we’re making some delicious, fluffy pancakes! […]

1993 Flex Wheeler – The Best Arnold Champ Ever?

As we rapidly approach the 28th edition of the Arnold Schwarzenegger Classic, it’s interesting to ponder the million-dollar question: Who was the best Arnold Classic winner? Comparing champion bodybuilders from different generations always brings an onslaught of heated opinions and passionate debates, especially when it involves a contest history as rich as that of the […]

Jim Manion Breaks Silence – Explains NPC/IFBB Amateur Break-Up

DigitalMuscle.com Exclusive! – In a historic meeting held during Olympia Weekend, NPC President Jim Manion met with IFBB Amateur President Rafael Santonja to inform him that the NPC has decided to end its long standing relationship with the IFBB. As rumors circulated, confusion set in as the industry questioned how the split would impact competitors […]

The Yucatan Peninsula: A Fitness Paradise

By Magda and Paul Wilk Hi Guys, today we write from Tulum Mexico where we’ve just completed our Wilk Fitness/Yoga Vacation! We had a blast thanks to the amazing people who attended! Thank you all! The energy was amazing and we can’t wait to do it again! We know all of you can’t wait for […]

Understanding Inflammation: Nutritional Factors

By Lindsay Kent In Part 1 of this post, I described how inflammation is at the root of most diseases humans suffer from today. When the body is injured, the immune system jumps into action, sending white blood cells to the affected area to promote healing. That is called acute inflammation, and you will experience […]

2016 Arnold Classic Predictions: Will Kai Nail Number Three?

As the 2016 Arnold Classic rapidly approaches, the bodybuilding world is wondering if Kai Greene will win his third Arnold title or if there’s an upset in the works. Here’s some predictions to get Columbus week started as we prepare for one of the most anticipated weekends of the year. 6th place: Maxx Charles—Ultra wide […]

Articulate Makeup: The Face of a Champion

A message to all the female athletes who are working on finishing touches for your NPC and IFBB Competitions. You’ve spent months, some of you even years, creating the most aesthetic, toned and conditioned physique you can.  Now it’s time to bring it to the stage with the finishing touches.  This includes skin tone, makeup […]

Fit Recipe: Protein Pumpkin Pie

From the Kitchen of Stefanie Antorcha It’s almost that time again; well, not really… but kind of!!!! Pumpkin EVERYTHING time! I don’t know about you, but I’ve been singing holiday songs, wearing my Mrs. Clause apron, and filling the house with fall scents since, well, March! This week starts the official introduction of our fall […]

Fit Destinations: Sedona & White Sand

By Paul and Magda Wilk Hi Guys and welcome back to our fitness and travel blog. We want to first thank everyone who has been following us here at DigitalMuscle.com on our travel blog and a special thanks to everyone who has joined us on some of our amazing fitness road trips! Today we’ll tell […]

Fit Recipe: Protein Fudge!

From the Kitchen of Stefanie Antorcha Hey ya’ll! So… who’s been enjoying my low carb waffles for every meal of the day??? If you aren’t, and have no idea what I am talking about, make sure you take a look back at the “low carb waffle recipe” from last week! What do you do when […]

Ruthless is in the House

Welcome to my new home here at Digital Muscle! Many readers know me as “Ruthless Ruth Silverman,” the longtime correspondent for Iron Man magazine and for my gossip-and-personalities column, Pump & Circumstance. I’m also known as a bodybuilding editor, having worked with experts on every facet of training, nutrition and the science of muscle growth. I’ve […]

Does Low Carb Equal High Fatigue?

I am sure by now with the plethora of low carbohydrate foods on the market and the television advertisements for the Atkins wraps at Subway or the reduced carb friendly Ruby Tuesday’s menu that by now you have eaten at least one or two of these foods. Some of you may even be on a […]

Supplement Review:  Intra-MD

BREAKING NEWS: the importance of postworkout nutrition is fading! Okay, okay, that isn’t exactly breaking news—I am no visionary, and the theory is really nothing new. Nonetheless, bodybuilders and fitness enthusiasts are placing a greater emphasis on supplementation inside the gym and finding that they get greater benefits than they get with postworkout carb loading. […]

New PBW Format: The Possibilities Are Endless!

By Chad Nicholls, Executive Editor Today is a great day!  When I joined Dan and the team here at Digital Muscle I knew some really cool things were happening. As Dan likes to say, it’s been a “brick by brick” building process.  Well the latest brick is a BIG one!!  One of the most respected […]

Ask the Doc – September Episode – Q&A on Hormone Therapies (Video Series)

Dr. Rand McClain, one of the world’s renowned experts in Hormone Replacement Therapies, is back with a new episode of his popular “Ask the Doc” series – now on DigitalMuscle.com. On this September 2017 edition of the show, Dr. Rand answers new questions on Low T and thyroid health, fertility and muscle growth. Hosted by […]

A Movie with Muscle: Reviewing “100% Nasty”

By Matt Samansky What does it mean to be a professional bodybuilder in the U.K.? If you think it’s all about big money sponsorships, large mansions and a pimped out Jeep, you would be sorely mistaken. From acclaimed director James Grealish who brought “Under Construction” and “Prep: The Series” to our screens, comes “100% Nasty”, […]

Bob Cicherillo’s Royal Event

By: Dan Solomon Publisher Fresh off his annual hosting gig at Olympia Weekend, bodybuilding’s reigning king of the podium is showing no signs of slowing down. Following the announcement that the NPC has ended its relationship with the IFBB’s Amateur Federation, there appears to be some exciting opportunities and Bob Cicherillo has positioned himself to take […]

Young Female Athletes: The Risks!

By: Matt Weik Many kids and young adults these days engage in athletics. For some its recreational and for others it’s organized competition.  One thing many don’t focus on is the nutritional aspect and what it could be doing to young athletes’ bodies without even realizing it. When a high demand is put on the […]

Dan Solomon’s Olympia Reflection

By Dan Solomon Publisher I typically enter the building long before the crowds arrive, a world-class arena that hosts sporting events, concerts and just about anything suited for its 10,000 seat configuration. On this night the Orleans Arena, two miles off the Las Vegas trip, belonged to the event that crowns the top bodybuilder in the […]

What’s Your Risk Factor Score?

It’s a bottom line for fitness enthusiasts and athletes: everyone needs to have a baseline of fundamental human movement. Let me tell you about the Functional Movement Screen—why it makes sense and how it can potentially help reduce the risk of injury for athletes, strength enthusiasts, and recreational exercisers at all levels. The FMS was […]

Our Day at the DigitalMuscle.com Seminar

By Dan Solomon, Publisher The singular most endearing quality of the global fitness community is the passion and dedication shared by those who have committed to the lifestyle.  On Saturday, February 13th, we joined forces with longtime NPC/IFBB event promoter Tim Gardner for the inaugural Digital Muscle Athlete Seminar for a full day of knowledge, […]

Jay Cutler Visits the Troops!

Legendary bodybuilder Jay Cutler, a 4-time Mr. Olympia champ, enjoys visiting with his fans serving in the military.  DigitalMuscle.com’s Dave Bourlet joined Jay on his latest visit. Have You Visited the Digital Muscle Video Vault?

Should You Eat Before Exercise?

By: Matt Weik There has been a debate for quite some time on whether you should eat before you exercise or if you should exercise when in a fasted state. The banter has been enough to turn people blue in the face arguing their point of view.  Theories have gone back and forth for both […]

Don’t Train Like a Sissy!

By John Hansen, Natural Bodybuilding Editor I saw a great photo of Clint Eastwood on Facebook the other day with the quote, “I miss the ole days when everybody wasn’t such a pussy”.   Although I’m not quite as old as Clint, I can relate to his brash opinion of the diminishing state of manhood when […]

50 Ways to Thrash Body Fat

By Dr. Doug Kalman, Nutrition Editor Whether you’re a competitive athlete or you just like the lean look, keeping your body fat in check may help to extend your lifespan.  I’ve put together a few tips, 50 to be exact, to help you thrash body fat, and in the process, help you to live life […]

WATCH THE OLYMPIA WEBCAST (Amazon.com)

The 53rd edition of Joe Weider’s Olympia Weekend is set for Friday and Saturday (September 15-16) in Las Vegas.  Highlighted by Phil Heath’s pursuit of a 7th consecutive title, a victory would leave him just one win shy of equaling a record set by both Lee Haney and Ronnie Coleman.  Fitness champ Oksana Grishina will try to garner a 4th […]

Understanding Sugar Alcohols

By Lindsay Kent The Beauty Blog Planning meals, calculating macronutrients, and carefully reviewing food labels are part of the daily routine of most health-conscious people. To that end, you should be paying attention to sugar, especially if you are focused on carbohydrate control and losing weight. The three main macronutrients are protein, which is calculated […]

Fit Recipe: High Protein-Low Carb Waffles

From the Kitchen of Stefanie Antorcha Hey ya’ll!!! so, we’ve covered a healthy snack and a nutritious dinner (if you haven’t checked out my protein mac and cheese… WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR!) Now, it’s time for my favorite meal of the day… breakfast! Breakfast foods are the MVP of life! In the Bambody house, […]

Arnold Notebook: Early Look at New Events!

By Ruth Silverman Managing Editor I know, I know. 2016 is barely over, and I’m already thinking about next March, but last week’s email brought a press release about the big, fabulous Arnold Sports Festival in Columbus, Ohio—and how much bigger and more fabulous it will be in 2017—and the excitement started to build. Full […]

Tempo Training: Follow the Beat!

By Evina Del Pizzo As you may have noticed in my previous posts, I talk a lot about workout tempo. In most of my workouts, I make sure that I am contracting the muscle in a specific tempo that will give me the most for that muscle from the range of motion—for example, using a […]

Supplement Review: 3 Protein Bars Rated & Reviewed

By Matt Samansky, Supplement Review Editor Hundreds of protein bar variations have hit the market over the years. Mainstream snacks from companies like Nature Valley, Pure Protein, Power Bar, and Cliff are, to some degree, just glorified candy bars, containing a meager 8-10 grams of protein and loaded with hidden sugars. Let’s take a look […]

Structuring a Diet for Fat Loss

By Ben Pakulski Question:  “How do you structure a diet for fat loss? Diet structuring for fat loss is a very popular and often misunderstood topic.  There are many different approaches and methods, such as maintaining a constant deficit by simply adjusting as plateaus are reached, or a calorie/carb cycling routine. I think the first […]

Building Muscle: It’s So Much More Than Flexing!!

By Dan “The Mayor” Dillon My first blog article here at Digital Muscle!! Let me begin by saying that I’m not famous. I’m a retired NYPD police officer who fell in love with bodybuilding and it changed my life. They call me the Mayor.  It’s a tongue and cheek way of saying that I’m a […]

The Power of Defeat… and the moments that reveal character

By John Hansen, Natural Bodybuilding Editor One of the biggest stories trending this week is the poor attitude that was displayed by Carolina Panthers superstar quarterback Cam Newton after his team lost the Super Bowl. Newton walked out of the postgame press conference after answering a few questions and was roundly criticized by both fans […]

Joints: The Painful Truth (Advanced Research Series)

By Dr. Doug Kalman, Nutrition Editor As we age, many of us notice that our joints ache a tad more than they used to. In addition, muscles ache that never used to ache before. Some would say that these symptoms are just part of the natural fabric of aging (for anyone older than 30), but […]

Kettlebells vs Dumbbells!! Setting the Record Straight

By Scott Iardella Nothing irritates me more than a YouTube video or article about kettlebell training featuring exercises that could just as easily be done with a dumbbell or any other training modality. Kettlebells are fantastic training tools, and so are dumbbells, but they serve different purposes and are very different modalities. So, when I […]

Ladies Night in Phoenix! (Event Report)

By Ruth Silverman, Managing Editor Oh, wow. I am so jazzed for the upcoming Olympia weekend after watching the IFBB Wings of Strength Rising Phoenix Women’s World Bodybuilding Championship and the IFBB Arizona Women’s Pro on the free DigitalMuscle.com Livestream on Saturday. For one thing, the Tim Gardner production, now in its third year, is […]

Fitness Champ Oksana Grishina on Muscle Beach TV

On a new edition of DigitalMuscle.com’s Muscle Beach TV, Oksana Grishina, the greatest pro fitness athlete of all time, visits as she prepares for her final Fitness Olympia. Hosted by Dave Bourlet and brought to you this week by House of Pain Apparel and IronmagLabs. Have You Visited the Digital Muscle Video Vault?

WEBCAST: RISING PHOENIX & ARIZONA WOMENS EVENT (Watch Now)

DigitalMuscle.com, the fitness industry’s media hub, is pleased to present this exclusive FREE webcast of the WINGS OF STRENGTH RISING PHOENIX, the World Championship of Women’s Bodybuilding, held in conjunction with the ARIZONA WOMEN’S PRO, an IFBB sanctioned event featuring pro bikini, figure and physique competition. Watch the event RIGHT HERE on Saturday September 9th LIVE from the Talking Stick […]