You 2.0 (A New Version of Yourself)

By: Matt Weik We’ve all found ourselves wondering how we can take the next step in our careers or even with our physiques. We’ve gotten comfortable at times with how things are and we simply continue down that path rather than ditching the security blanket and stepping outside our cozy comfort zone.  When you want to move up in life, … Read More

Fit Recipe: Savory Crustless Quiche

From the Kitchen of Robyn Maher It’s the end of winter, that time of year when we’re ready for spring and dreaming of tropical vacations but still craving comfort food. Now, though, we want it without all the calories.  This Savory Crustless Quiche is the perfect answer! It’s a breeze to make, and you can eat it anytime of the … Read More

A Fit Road Trip: Arizona!

By Magda and Paul Wilk Hey Guys. It’s time for another update as we continue our amazing world tour, visiting beautiful “Fit Destinations” around the globe. Today we’ll tell you about our most recent road trip. It started in Arizona where we hiked, trained outside and filmed new workouts for our Fitness Road Trip series. We stayed in Gold Canyon, … Read More

Kids: Cyber-Cycling for Behavioral Issues?

By: Matt Weik IML Research Blog Do your kids come home complaining about other students in their class that are a distraction to everyone else? Maybe your child was clinically diagnosed with a behavioral disorder?  With these types of disorders, it’s common to hear their behavioral issues disrupt the learning process.  In some instances, it seems like the teacher spends … Read More

Exercise: A Cure for Childhood Depression

By: Matt Weik IML Research Blog Back in the day, childhood depression never seemed to be an issue. In fact, I don’t even ever remember hearing about it when I was a kid.  However, the truth is, many kids these days suffer from depression.  Unfortunately, some never make it out of that depression and end up taking their own lives.  … Read More

New Study: Serve Yourself

By: Matt Weik If you’re looking to stay on your diet, the worst thing you can do is have an enabler feeding you food that you shouldn’t be consuming.  Or someone who leaves out portioned snacks for easy consumption.  You almost feel bad not eating it, right? New research says, feed yourself to keep your waistline in check. What exactly … Read More

Fit Recipe: Luscious Coconut Brownies – High Protein!

From the Kitchen of Robyn Maher Continuing with our popular Fit Recipe Series here at DigitalMuscle.com, our resident “Fit Chef” Robyn Maher shares this delicious high-protein recipe for those who love the decadence of coconut and chocolate! The picture says it all with these decadent-looking protein confections. Coconut Protein Brownies Wet ingredients 1/2 cup honey 1/4 cup coconut oil 4 … Read More

Report: Big News For Your Joints!

By: Matt Weik When it comes to sports injuries, most occur from wear and tear as well as damage done directly to our ligaments and tendons due to force exerted on the body either by another competitor or the playing field itself. The amount of stress and demand put on our joints and ligaments is sometimes too great and injuries … Read More

Is There a Pathogen Killer Right Under Your Nose?

By: Matt Weik Have you ever gone searching for something only to discover that it was right under your nose the entire time? We’ve all been there.  Well, science is kind of like that sometimes as well. Researchers in Germany have found inside peoples’ noses, a bacterium that can kill many different pathogens that are dangerous to our health—one of … Read More

Did The Ice Bucket Challenge Lead to an ALS Breakthrough?

By: Matt Weik Remember back in 2014 when everyone was dumping buckets full of freezing cold water on their heads? At first no one knew what the heck was going on, including myself. Many disregarded it as simply the latest social media trend, but more and more videos kept showing up and people started asking questions, trying to learn what … Read More

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 the next one as well! … Read More

Weight Loss & Cancer Risk

By: Matt Weik It’s no secret that our great nation has an issue with obesity—mainly, putting the fork down and walking away from the table!  With more than 60% of our population being overweight, something has to change to ensure longevity and our overall quality of life as we age.  Illnesses are on the rise, including things like cancer, heart … Read More

Exercise and Avoid Knee Surgery

By: Matt Weik Anyone who has had a meniscal tear requiring surgery knows they never want to go through that again!!! And now they might not have to. Researchers are saying that supervised exercise therapy might be as effective as having surgery for middle aged individuals.  This might be a relief to many of you as the occurrence of a … Read More

The Research Says: Walk Away From Your Desk!

By: Matt Weik It seems for years that we have generalized the health risks of living a sedentary lifestyle—but we’ve never really pinpointed exactly how many hours a day of being sedentary would be needed to induce health risks, specifically heart disease. Researchers have now released data that explains at what point people need to worry about their lifestyle choices … Read More

The Vitamin Hot List: Essentials for Performance

By Gigi Amurao Supplements are a billion-dollar industry in the U.S., and many athletes believe that vitamins and other nutritional supplements are crucial to getting the results they want from all their hard work in the gym. In my opinion, though, less is more. Unless you have a specific illness, a nutritional deficiency, or hereditary problem, nothing beats a healthy … Read More

Don’t Let A Diet Ruin The Holidays!

By Chad Nicholls During this time of year, there is never a shortage of self-glorified diet gurus and experts out there giving you advice on how to “survive” the holidays without ruining your diet and your physique.  Truth be told, if you’ve done everything RIGHT up to this point, enjoying a holiday feast is NOT going to wreck your physique … Read More

Home Cooking: Not Always Best for Babies?

By: Matt Weik The debate regarding baby food and which options are best has been an ongoing discussion for years. Parents who prepare their own food for their baby’s find they save a ton of money.  They are able to make things in bulk and freeze much of it to save for a later date.  Some working parents often say … Read More

Do Beards Contain “Healthy” Bacteria?

By: Matt Weik Beards are in style these days and it seems people young and old are into the trend—some old guys probably haven’t even got a clue that they are “hip” now. Has anyone ever wondered if there are health benefits associated with beards?  Believe it or not, a new study might actually make you want to throw your … Read More

Fit Recipes: Pumpkin Spice Protein Bread!

By Shandy Ortiz The Sin-O-Bun protein by BeautyFit has everyone talking…….because it’s heavenly! Here’s a couple of my favorite recipes to bring this amazing flavor to life in ways that you may have never thought of.  Try this quick-and-easy treat with oats and protein that will have you enjoying the essence of autumn with the very first bite! It’s my … Read More

Children’s Health Spotlight: Type 1 Diabetes

By: Matt Weik There are things in life that simply aren’t fair—one of which is childhood illness. Type 1 diabetes is a lifelong battle for those diagnosed at an early age.  Kids are forced to learn how to cope with the changes the body forced upon them and how to deal with and live through all that type 1 diabetes … Read More

Muscle Building & Insulin Sensitivity: Understanding the Connection

By Colette Nelson Are some of the things we do to build muscle actually making us predisposed to type 2 diabetes? Let’s start with the differences between type 1 and type 2 diabetes. Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease that usually occurs in children; however, we no longer call it “juvenile diabetes,” as we now understand that it can … Read More

Office Fitness: Walk This Way….Talk This Way

By: Matt Weik How many of us have desk jobs? Probably a good percentage, right?  How many of you feel as though getting up during the day to take a walk would get you called into the boss’s office?  Many people feel that way and it’s a problem in today’s workforce.  Most people are not taking the time to get … Read More

It’s All About “Getting Started”

By Gigi Amurao So you woke up today, looked in the mirror, and said, “Ugh, I look horrible! I need to get in shape.” Congratulations! You have reached the point where you are sick and tired of being sick and tired, and you are ready to do something about it. There’s just one problem—you don’t know how. We’ve all been … Read More

Bodybuilding Reminds Us to Never Settle!

By John Hansen The competitive bodybuilding landscape has changed dramatically over the last few decades. Forty years ago, bodybuilders were motivated to win big titles. During the 70’s, the ultimate title for the amateur bodybuilder was the Mr. America. Each year, bodybuilders would travel from all around the country to try to win the biggest amateur title in the sport. … Read More

Coffee Talk: A Fresh Cup of New Research!

By: Matt Weik In 1991, the World Health Organization warned coffee lovers that their preferred morning pick-me-up beverage could cause cancer. Never heard that claim before?  Me neither.  But then again, in 1991 I was too young to even know what coffee was.  But the W.H.O. claimed that there was evidence showing coffee was carcinogenic and put people at a … Read More

Macros, Food Choices & Long-Term Success!

By Nicole Cress The Beauty Blog Have you ever wondered how many times a day you make choices about food? For some people, the way they eat reflects their way of life. Most people struggle when it comes to dieting because they correlate the word diet with deprivation. Often, they eliminate certain foods because they associate them with being “bad,” … Read More

Lifestyle Choices and Cancer Risk

By: Matt Weik In May 2016, two new studies were published that touched on cancer risks and lifestyle choices. While it should come as no surprise and I’m sure I’m preaching to the choir, what you do and the choices you make every day can affect your chances of getting cancer. Too much time in the sun without sunscreen will … Read More

Getting Started on a Fitness Journey

By Roger Lockridge Whether it’s a resolution, a special event, or your first physique show, there is great motivation when you finally decide that you’re going to commit to a fitness program and the time for you is now. So first thing tomorrow morning, you’re going to begin your journey. Then tomorrow becomes today. You’re all fired up, ready to … Read More

Elderly Study: Exercise, Injury & Recovery

By: Matt Weik As we get older Father Time isn’t always so forgiving when it comes to injuries and getting banged up. It’s believed by many that at a certain age, the body is no longer able to fully recover from an injury or surgery.  That said, just because you’re getting up in age doesn’t mean that an injury of … Read More

Can Cardio Improve Your Memory?

By: Matt Weik My good friend often says, “I have a good memory, it’s just short.”  Well now exercise might be able to fix that—specifically cardio.  A Dutch study mentioned that “newly-learned information turns into long-term knowledge through a process of stabilization and integration of memories. This requires certain brain chemicals that are also released during physical exercise, including dopamine, … Read More

Maintaining Weight loss: Keeping it Off!!!

By Gigi Amurao After weeks or months of dieting and putting in the work at the gym every day, you finally hit your goal weight.  Congratulations, you did it! You stayed committed, worked hard, sacrificed a lot, and here you are—a slimmer, sexier, lighter best version of yourself. Losing weight for a competition, an event, or for health reasons is … Read More

Good News for the Sleep Deprived

By: Matt Weik Who doesn’t like sleep? Those fond memories of college where you could sleep in till noon without a care in the world so long as you didn’t have an early morning class.  You’d stay up all night partying as if the morning would never come.  Ok, I’m getting sidetracked – daydreaming of the good old days.  These … Read More

Fit Destination: South Beach!!!

By Magda & Paul Wilk Hi Guys and welcome back to our fitness and travel blog. Today we’re visiting Miami Beach, a city where fitness is visible everyhwere, a place where you’ll find fit people of all ages! It’s not unusual to see a senior citizen here with a visible six pack! Most people on South Beach don’t do it … Read More

Never Settle!! The Great Ones Never Do.

By Roger Lockridge Who are your favorite sources of inspiration? Do you look up to people like Schwarzenegger, The Rock, Stallone? Regardless of who your personal idol is, if you take the time to analyze these incredibly successful people, you’ll see that they all have one thing in common. They never settled. They never sat back and thought to themselves … Read More

Fit Recipe: Crispy Peanut Butter Swirl Bars!

From the Kitchen of Robyn Maher I know they look sinful, but these Peanut Butter Swirl Bars are actually very healthful. Unlike traditional recipes for crispy rice bars, mine gets its fats from beneficial sources, such as natural peanut butter and coconut oil. Peanut butter is made up of mostly monounsaturated fat, and coconut oil is a medium-chain triglyceride, or … Read More

Sports Reporter Roch Kubatko: Built for Success

By Dan Solomon, Publisher There are few things that captivate us like professional sports.  For some, it’s a form of worship.  For others, it’s a welcome distraction from the rigors of daily life. I once heard someone describe American sports as the country’s most unhealthy obsession, a world chronicled by sports reporters, those dedicated men and women who tell the … Read More

The Beauty and Fitness of Hawaii

By Magda and Paul Wilk Hi Guys and welcome back to our fit travel blog! As many of you already know we love to travel. We combine the love of fitness and travel and we organize fitness vacations. We always go to exotic places where conditions are ideal for different fitness activities. Today we want to write about one of … Read More

The “Hit the Road” Workout!

By Gigi Amurao Everybody travels. We jet-set here and there for leisure, for work, to see friends and family, or just to explore the world. It can be anything from a short getaway to weeks or even months away from home. No matter the length of time or the reason for our travel, one thing is certain—our normal routines almost … Read More

Can Exercise Benefit Concussion Recovery?

By: Matt Weik When you think of concussions and other brain injuries, you generally think about contact sports like football to be the cause. While this is true, concussions can happen to anyone without having to get hit by a 285-pound linebacker.  A car accident, falling down and hitting your head, and several other “accidental” knocks to your head can … Read More

Report: The World Congress on Anti-Aging

By Dan Solomon, Publisher Last weekend in Hollywood, Florida, I had the rare privilege of attending the World Congress on Anti-Aging & Regenerative Medicine, a pioneering organization co-founded by Dr. Bob Goldman. The anti-aging movement is the fastest growing segment of the global health & wellness industry, but more importantly, its impact on conventional medicine is immeasurable. The Academy for Anti-Aging Medicine … Read More

Fit Recipe: Banana Nut Protein Bites

From the Kitchen of Robyn Maher Life can get pretty hectic! As a single, working mom of three, I’m often not sure how I’m going to get everyone (myself included) where we need to go. In contrast, when I was a child, my mother stayed at home to raise five kids. She always had time to bake something for us … Read More

Millions Don’t Know They Have Diabetes!

By Colette Nelson Welcome to my new blog here at Digital Muscle!!! Let’s begin with a topic that far too many people dare to ignore… You can’t escape diabetes. Approximately 477 million people worldwide have some form of the disease, and even more alarming is that currently in the United States approximately 17 million don’t even know that they have … Read More

Fitness Spotlight: Venice Beach, California

By Paul & Magda Wilk Hi Guys and welcome again to our blog! In our last article we shared with you the story of our amazing Fit Trip to Rio de Janeiro. Today we’re writing from the mecca of fitness and bodybuilding, Venice beach California! This place is a must see destination for all fitness nuts like us! Every time we … Read More

Avoiding the Summer BBQ Trap!

By Gigi Amurao Warmer weather is finally upon us! It’s time to clean out the pool, break out the grill, and get ready for those summer barbecues, starting with Memorial Day at the end of this month. Summer is for relaxing, basking in the sun, and spending time with family and friends, and it brings an endless parade of weddings, … Read More

Fit Recipe: Spicy Thai Chicken Salad

From the Kitchen of Robyn Maher I love to travel! In addition to the incredible sights I see and the fascinating people I meet, I enjoy the interesting and flavorful new foods that I discover when I make my way around the globe. One of my favorite cuisines is that of Thailand. I love their blend of spicy, sweet, and … Read More

Let’s Talk About Stress!

By Matt Weik We’ve all had those moments at work that make us wonder how we have any hair left! The stresses that can be formed throughout your normal 9-5 can be enough to drive anyone mad—not to mention the anxiety and fatigue that seems to come along with it.  A recent study, however, seems to have found a way … Read More

Losing Motivation? 5 Tips to Get it Back!

By Roger Lockridge Take a quick trip with me down Memory Lane to when you first started training. Remember how psyched you were to get to the gym, to feel the weight in your hands? Remember how you craved the comradery of the others in the gym. It might have been an obsession for you at the time because of … Read More

A Connection Between Sneezing & Obesity?

By:  Douglas Kalman PhD, RD Have you ever been in a crowded room and all you seem to hear is people coughing and sniffling? I am not kidding!!!  This happens every time a room is quieted for some type of speech, or at the start of a movie, or during the singing of the National Anthem at a ballgame.  Have … Read More

Egg Whites: Don’t Forget the Basics!

By: Matt Weik With all the latest innovations in supplementation, it’s easy to lose sight of the basics. This blog is an important reminder that if you’re serious about those gainz, then you better have egg whites in your diet. No matter if you’re trying to lean out or put on size, egg whites will get you where you’re trying … Read More

Fit Recipe: Robyn’s Pizza Omelet!

I love incredible food! As a busy, full-time-working mom of three, however, I have little time to spend on cooking and creating gourmet meals. Yet I want my food to taste good. Do you have to sacrifice flavor if you are short on time? I say no! This blog here at DigitalMuscle.com gives me an amazing opportunity to share some … Read More

Hope for Hardgainers!

From day one, in whatever I did, I’ve always been the token tall, skinny girl—but that’s never stopped me from achieving my goals. My introduction to the weight room came in high school, as with so many of us, through organized sports. I would lift and lift and lift, but gains were hard to come by. That could be chalked … Read More

Fitness Spotlight: Rio De Janeiro

Welcome to our new blog here at Digital Muscle! We’re both excited to be a part of this awesome media site and to blog with the industry’s best! As many of you already know, we organize fitness vacations. As we travel, we see the growth of fitness all around the world – truly a global phenomenon!  – Magda & Paul … Read More

Your Child’s Nutrition. Be Accountable!!!

We call this “The Hardcore Blog” (Presented by IronMag Labs).  Typically this will take us down a road of hardcore training…..or hardcore supplementation.  But for today’s blog I’m going down a different road.  It might not seem “hardcore” to some of you.  But it’s of HARDCORE importance to those of you who have kids!!! As a parent, I find myself … Read More

The “Lose 5 Pounds Fast” Workout!

Welcome to my new blog here at DigitalMuscle.com!!! Here’s something to give you a jump start on getting your bikini bod ready for the Summer! Spring is definitely here, and though it’s still pretty chilly in some parts of the country, those long, cold winter nights are slowly coming to an end. Summer is just around the corner, and that means … Read More

Gym Rule #1:  Don’t Let Your Boyfriend Be Your Coach

One of the saddest things I’ve witnessed in my years in the fitness industry is what happens when young women blindly let their boyfriends become their coaches. I’m talking about beautiful girls who follow their meathead lovers to the gym and the disastrous results to which it leads. They’ll do anything their guy suggests without asking questions—until it’s too late. … Read More

I Competed in Columbus!!!

I’ve attended the Arnold Sports Festival every year since 2010. I’ve been there as a fan, as a member of the media, and in other roles as well. The one thing I had never done in Columbus was participate as one of the 20,000 athletes, competing in any of the 50 plus events. That changed this year when I was … Read More

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 and hair. Yes, we are … Read More

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 to the fullest! The Top … Read More

When Life Gets In the Way…

By Max Plasencia, Lifestyle Editor Let me begin my first blog by saying how humbled I am to join the Digital Muscle community.  And a sincere thanks to Dan and the team for building something that I really wanted to be a part of.  I’ve worked with countless men and women, and we all share a burning desire to improve … Read More

Are you EATING a good night’s sleep?

By Max Plasencia, Lifestyle Editor If you find yourself tossing and turning at night, struggling to fall (or stay asleep) you may need to re-consider your eating habits before bedtime. Several studies have found that eating less fiber, more saturated fat and more sugar is associated with lighter and more disrupted sleep. The studies are showing that greater fiber intake … Read More

Sign A Contract… It’s More Than Just a “Goal”

By Roger Lockridge Have you resolved that THIS is the year that you’ll do something incredible?  If so, that’s great. Unfortunately, many of these resolutions are forgotten by February 1st and some a whole lot sooner than that. Would you like to make this the year those goals reach the finish line? Here’s something I used to do with clients … Read More

Stay in the Game….after 40!!!

By Chaundra Tangi For an old-school bodybuilder like me, it was a bit challenging to accept that my 41-year old body isn’t quite the same as my 25-year old body. When I began to seriously lift weights over 19 years ago, I had the mindset of a “smaller” athlete, one who had to lift heavy weights with low reps. Many … Read More

The Fitness Field: An Insider’s Keys to Success in 2016

By Rob Ziruolo, Site Manager A new year is upon us, and once again it’s time to engage in the annual self-reflection that most of us embark upon this time of year.  Looking back, was it a good year?  Is your 2016 starting point a stronger position than where you stood a year ago?  Did you reach your goals for … Read More

Don’t Let a Diet Ruin the Holidays!!!

By Chad Nicholls During this time of year, there is never a shortage of self-glorified diet gurus and experts out there giving you advice on how to “survive” the holidays without ruining your diet and your physique.  Truth be told, if you’ve done everything RIGHT up to this point, enjoying a holiday feast is NOT going to wreck your physique … Read More