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 put in the work.  Let’s … Read More

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 to help keep you heading … Read More

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 the mouth, do you man … Read More

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 on in your life at … Read More

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

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 point blame at outside … Read More

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, and everything seems so clear; … Read More

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 myself how I want to … Read More

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 them. Here are 40 benefits … Read More

The Remarkable “D4” Dan Eslinger!

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 coming home to Florida to … Read More

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 the man himself.  They travelled … 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

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

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, day by day—to reach goals … 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

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 way I saw and treated … 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

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 them to move forward because … 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

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

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 one of them? More to … Read More

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 it comes to the modern … Read More

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 REALLY BIG FAN!!!! I’ve been … Read More

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 and media for his unsportsmanlike … Read More

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 the benefits of Visualization in … 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

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 “firmness of mind or spirit, … Read More

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 hard to gain and maintain … Read More

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 values.  I’ll be serving as … 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

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 luck at modeling, but you … 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