The Business of Bodybuilding
By Shawn Ray Winning bodybuilding shows while exciting and satisfying, is only the beginning of the journey and not the end. The top bodybuilders in the world recognize the reward isn’t just a victory but creating “opportunities.” History has shown that longevity has its rewards in comparison to the glorious but short term emotions that […]
The Best of Canada- My Journey into the Fitness Hall of Fame
By Mindi O’Brien Being at the top of your game, and staying there for years, requires incredible determination, hard work, and notably, sacrifice. What are you willing to give up to get to the top – and stay there? For many, it becomes their career. Being a woman in a predominately male dominated industry, being […]
2X Ms. Bikini Olympia, Angélica Teixeira “The Ultimate Fighter”
By Shawn Ray The heart of a Warrior beats in the chest of its champions just a little bit louder and just a little bit faster when suddenly the realization of it all being taken away in an instant. Ms. International & multi-Olympia Champion, Angélica experienced the worst of possibilities in her pursuit of re-claiming […]
Mind Set with Mindi O’Brien
By MINDI O. “Clutch”, “In The Zone”… you hear announcers make that statement across a bevy of sports, but what is that magic formula that puts the elite athlete into “The Zone”? I have always been incredibly passionate as an athlete, striving to improve day after day, competition after competition, trying to find that […]
The Evolving Sport of Bikini
By Camen Haenggi The Sport of Bikini is evolving continuously from the arrival on scene as an amateur making an entrance in the sport all the way to the professional field of competitive athletes that compete the whole year round. Introduction to the physique of our Ms. Bikini Olympia winners have changed almost every single […]
A Winning Mindset – By Lenda Murray
By Lenda Murray Senior Editor The recipe for a winning mindset is the foundation for developing your life and physique to its highest potential. Does your mindset serve you or work against you? During my 30 years in competitive women’s bodybuilding I had to cultivate a mindset that allowed me to win 8 Ms. Olympia […]
Tips to Keep You on Track During the Holidays!
By Gina Aliotti The holidays are right around the corner, but you don’t have to say good-bye to your fitness goals until January 1. This is such a joyous time of year, full of family, friends and, of course, yummy food. As much fun as it is, however, it can also be challenging to stay […]
New Fitness Olympia Champ Whitney Jones: Was it All Just a Dream?
By Whitney Jones 2018 Fitness Olympia Champ It was 2012, Olympia weekend, and I was walking into the Orleans Arena to watch the finals. I felt the energy and buzz from the lights and music and thought to myself “how epic would it be to step on the Olympia stage one day.” Those “what if” […]
6 Ways to Kick Off the Day Right
By Gina Aliotti The way you wake up shapes your entire day. Those initial thoughts and actions set the tone for the remaining hours. Each day is a new day to start fresh and take action. You go to sleep at night and wake up in the morning to a new set of opportunities and […]
12 Reasons You May Not Be Reaching Your Fitness Goals
By Gina Aliotti The years are passing, and you’re wondering why you’ve yet to reach your fitness goals. You’re constantly trying new things in hopes that this one will be “it,” only to find yourself back at square one, often further behind than when you started. So here’s my list of 12 common reasons for […]
Visualization. It Works!!!
By John Hansen, Natural Bodybuilding Editor Schwarzenegger already knew “The Secret”. In that best selling self-help book (published in 2006) it was revealed that the key to happiness and success is telling The Universe what YOU WANT….and it will manifest itself in to reality. Before anyone heard of “The Secret”, bodybuilders like Arnold were touting […]
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 […]
True Grit: Your Success Depends On It!!!
By Aaron Singerman People generally attribute success to intelligence. The general public thinks you must be very smart or very gifted to achieve true success, especially in the case of overwhelming success. I disagree. I think the #1 thing someone NEEDS to become successful is GRIT. Webster’s defines Grit as, “Mental toughness and courage” and […]
4 Steps to Trimming the Fat
By Evina Del Pizzo In my last post, I talked about being lazy and how we often blame laziness when, in fact, a goal was just not a priority. How do we make it a priority? It’s easy to say that someone has “raw determination” or “mental toughness.” These slogans are great in locker rooms […]
Pregnant & Powerful
By Chaundra Tangi I competed as an IFBB Figure Pro since its inaugural year in 2001 and I’ve been personal training since 1999. As a natural competitor my form of training has always been heavy and intense in the weight room. I was born with only one kidney, so I’ve had to work twice as […]
Batman Was Natural
By John Hansen, Natural Bodybuilding Editor Hey guys. a heartfelt welcome to my NEW blog here on Digital Muscle. Honored to be a part of this new and rapidly growing media site. Dan and I have known each other for a long time and I’m comfortable to say that we share many of the same […]
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 […]
Straight Talk for the New Year!
By Roger Lockridge How often have you logged on to your Instagram, Facebook or Twitter, seen the images or videos of some jacked dude or a hottie looking amazing, and thought to yourself “What I would give to look like that”? Perhaps you’ve aspired to make it onto a competitive stage, or to try your […]
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 […]
Are You Ready to Commit? (Take the Quiz)
By Gigi Amurao The year is still young, and I’m sure many of you are still on the fence about starting a diet or actually getting started on that new lifestyle you have always wanted. You will often hear people say, “Get started NOW,” but they don’t take into consideration what else may be going […]
The Remarkable “D4” Dan Eslinger – Winner of the Purple Heart!
By Ruth Silverman Managing Editor Dan Eslinger’s life makes for a hell of a story, and the most striking thing is the way he marches forward – ducks, rolls, and pushes forward again, kind of like a human tank! The 6’3” Army combat vet and Purple Heart recipient served with the legendary 101st Airborne before […]
A Speech for the Ages – Jim Lorimer’s 90th Birthday Address
By Dan Solomon Last weekend I had the rare privilege of celebrating a very special 90th birthday. The night belonged to Jim Lorimer, the iconic co-creator of the Arnold Classic, one of the most influential living members of the global fitness community. This was no ordinary celebration. The guest list was nearly as extraordinary as […]
Stop Making Excuses!
By Evina Del Pizzo Are you always running late? Do you lack motivation to go to the gym? Are you tired of having no time for things you love or even for yourself? Is it difficult for you to make a commitment and keep it? If those questions ring a bell or two, here’s another: Do […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
A More Honest Look at Laziness
By Evina Del Pizzo Every couple of months, I conduct an online survey of clients and others, looking for feedback about people’s fitness goals. I generally don’t attach my name because I don’t want their answers to be influenced in anyway. I want honest feedback. One question is, what is preventing you from getting to […]
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 […]
Anger, Disbelief & Friendship: Lessons From a Major Injury
By Shandy Ortiz The Beauty Blog Initially, the feeling was similar to what a racehorse must feel after it’s been retired and put out to pasture. I remember thinking, “That was it?” Everything I was working so hard for, and just like that, it was over? The grind that I had pushed through—hour by hour, […]
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, […]
My Journey to Fitness & Health
By Jessica Gilmartin The BeautyBlog For the majority of my life I struggled with being overweight and being the “bigger girlfriend” of other, slimmer women, but when I found myself staring at 268 pounds on the scale, I knew things had to change. I needed not only to become healthy mentally, in terms of the […]
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 […]
True Grit: Your Success Depends On It – By Aaron Singerman
This article was written for DigitalMuscle.com nearly 2 years ago by supplement industry executive Aaron Singerman. Shortly after the article was written, Singerman launched RedCon1, a line of supplements that has fast become one of the industry’s most successful brands. With many of our business-minded readers looking for a source of inspiration, we thought it was a […]
There’s Only One Comparison That Matters
By Roger Lockridge Over the course of my nearly two decades in the fitness world, I’ve offered support to countless men and women, helping many reach their goals. Something nearly everyone has in common is that someone inspired them! Whether it’s a celebrity, fitness industry star, or a successful person in their own hometown, someone inspired […]
Goal Setting 101: The SMART System
By Gigi Amurao A new year is underway—a time to start fresh with all the things we want to accomplish. So many of us start out in January with the number-one goal of getting back in shape and becoming healthier versions of ourselves. The process is easy to start. It’s new, we’re excited and motivated, […]
10 Gym Tips and Tricks
By: Matt Weik IML Blog Everyone’s in search of a magic pill to help them achieve the body they’ve always dreamed of. Well, unfortunately it doesn’t exist. So, for that reason, I’m going show you a few things that can help you achieve your dream physique and improve your overall health so long as you […]
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 […]
10 Tips for Your Fitness Journey
By: Matt Weik When trying to turn poor habits into healthy ones, we often end up falling back into some of those unhealthy choices. Health and fitness is a lifelong journey. There will be ups and downs and your will is going to be tested. Here’s 10 health and fitness tips that you can apply […]
Forget About Resolutions. Make a Plan!!!
By Nicole Cress The BeautyBlog A new year is upon us, and it’s that time again. I’m not much for New Year’s resolutions, but I do believe in setting goals and intentions. Every year at this time I get out my new Passion Planner and mark all my important dates—and then I start to ask […]
Do You Have the Fire to Compete?
As the NPC and IFBB have added new divisions, it’s been exciting to watch each in turn grow faster than a Chia Pet’s hair. In fact, there are more new-pro status changes on Facebook each year than there were pro cards given out in the entire decade of the 1990s. Is yours destined to be […]
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 […]
When a Goal is Just a Goal…
By: Matt Weik IML Blog How many times have you said you wanted to do something and never followed through? Probably more times than you can count, right? We don’t have a shortage of wants, needs, goals, and aspirations. The issue comes down to when the reality of the amount of work punches you in […]
Diets Suck! – Get Help With Your Weight Plan
By Evina Del Pizzo Did you eat away your diet last summer? The good news is, your diet sucked; the bad news is, you’re probably going to gain back all the weight you lost and then some. You probably eliminated a food group or a macronutrient, thinking that you would lose some weight quickly. Likely, […]
Holiday Reminder: 40 Reasons to Keep Exercising!
By Shandy Ortiz The Beauty Blog Presented by BeautyFit The holiday season is entering the home stretch, and sugar and butter are still the stars of every food platter. With the hustle and bustle of the holidays, some things do have to be put off for later, but your exercise routine shouldn’t be one of […]
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? Muscle Beach TV SeriesMuscle Beach TV is a part of the DigitalMuscle.com network of original programming. Shot in Venice Beach, […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]