Kris Gethin’s Quick Tip #5

Quick Tip #5 – A New Triceps Movement:  Regarded as one of the world’s leading authorities on advanced training concepts, nutrition and supplementation, DigitalMuscle.com Executive Editor Kris Gethin presents his Quick Tips Series, aimed at sharing many of the philosophies that helped earn him global acclaim as an athlete, trainer, author, speaker, editor and industry leader.  Check back each week … Read More

Kris Gethin’s Quick Tip #4

Quick Tip #4 – A New Kind of Biceps Set:  Regarded as one of the world’s leading authorities on advanced training concepts, nutrition and supplementation, DigitalMuscle.com Executive Editor Kris Gethin presents his Quick Tips Series, aimed at sharing many of the philosophies that helped earn him global acclaim as an athlete, trainer, author, speaker, editor and industry leader.  Check back … Read More

Kris Gethin’s Quick Tip #3

Quick Tip #3 – Try Cable Deadlifts for Full Muscle Contraction:  Regarded as one of the world’s leading authorities on advanced training concepts, nutrition and supplementation, DigitalMuscle.com Executive Editor Kris Gethin presents his Quick Tips Series, aimed at sharing many of the philosophies that helped earn him global acclaim as an athlete, trainer, author, speaker, editor and industry leader.  Check … Read More

Heart Rate Variability

By Lindsay Kent Heart rate (HR) is controlled by the two arms of the autonomic nervous system. Normal resting heart rate ranges from 60 to 80 beats, and those who exercise regularly have ranges much lower, from 35 to 50 beats per minute. When you begin to exercise, your body releases the neurotransmitter acetylcholine, which disables the parasympathetic nervous system, … Read More

Kris Gethin’s Quick Tip #2

Quick Tip #2 – Hamstring Isolation for Real Results:  Widely regarded as one of the world’s leading authorities on advanced training concepts, nutrition and supplementation, DigitalMuscle.com Executive Editor Kris Gethin presents his new Quick Tips Series, aimed at sharing many of the philosophies that helped earn him global acclaim as an athlete, trainer, author, speaker, editor and industry leader.  Check … Read More

Kris Gethin’s Quick Tip #1 (New Series)

Quick Tip #1 – The Single Leg Advantage: Widely regarded as one of the world’s leading authorities on advanced training concepts, nutrition and supplementation, DigitalMuscle.com Executive Editor Kris Gethin presents his new Quick Tips Series, aimed at sharing many of the philosophies that helped earn him global acclaim as an athlete, trainer, author, speaker, editor and industry leader.  Check back … Read More

Kris Gethin Named Executive Editor at Digital Muscle

As the business of fitness-related publishing remains in a state of constant change, Digital Muscle Media continues its steady climb with the announcement that one of the industry’s most popular insiders and leading personalities has joined its team.  Kris Gethin, former editor-in-chief at Bodybuilding.com, has been named Executive Editor and Senior Producer at Digital Muscle, a fitness industry media destination … Read More

Rosie “Rascal” Harte Comes to DigitalMuscle.com with New Video Series!

Quite possibly one of the fitness industry’s most uniquely diverse personalities, Rosie “Rascal” Harte is the latest addition to the DigitalMuscle.com family of original content providers.  An IFBB Professional Physique athlete, Rosie is also known throughout the UK as a dancer, a singer and a multifaceted fitness celebrity.  Her most sincere passion is to inspire others, providing the tools to … Read More

Overtraining: How to Recognize It and Overcome It

By Lindsay Kent Anyone who trains for a sport or works out intensely can become overtrained. Athletes in particular are susceptible due to their great motivation and the demands of coaches and trainers. How do you know when you are overtrained, and what can you—and your coach—do to keep it at bay? It starts with recognizing the signs. Overtraining Syndrome … Read More

Triceps Tips and More with Coach Broser at Gold’s Venice

The B-Built By Broser training series continues as Eric “Merlin” Broser is joined by bodybuilder Mark Durando to demonstrate a triceps movement that you may wanna add to hear routine, along with other insight directly from Gold’s Gym Venice Beach.  Get all the latest training insight right here at DigitalMuscle.com. Eric Broser has fast risen to elite status as a trainer, strength/contest prep coach, … Read More

Sheena Martin Trains at Gold’s Venice (Iron Diaries)

Our Iron Diaries series, presented by House of Pain and brought to you by RedCon1,  brings you a workout with IFBB Professional star Sheena Martin as she prepares for the upcoming Arnold Classic. Recorded at the world famous Gold’s Gym Venice Beach. Hosted by Dave Bourlet. Visit the DigitalMuscle.com Video Vault for More! Dave BourletDave Bourlet has enjoyed a high profile career … Read More

Sergio Oliva Jr Trains Chest with Coach Broser

The B-Built By Broser training series presents a new training session as Eric “Merlin” Broser is joined once again by superstar bodybuilder Sergio Oliva Jr for a Chest workout at Gold’s Gym (Venice Beach) using Coach Broser’s SPEC Training System.  Check back soon for more episodes and valuable training info right here at DigitalMuscle.com (filmed by Dave Bourlet). Eric Broser has fast risen to … Read More

Sergio Oliva Jr Trains Back with Coach Broser!

The B-Built By Broser training series presents a special training session as Eric “Merlin” Broser is joined by superstar bodybuilder Sergio Oliva Jr for a back workout at Gold’s Gym (Venice Beach) using Coach Broser’s FTX2 Training System in preparation for this summer’s Chicago Pro event.  Check back soon for more episodes and valuable training info right here at DigitalMuscle.com (filmed by Dave Bourlet). … Read More

Coach Broser Reveals New SPEC Training System!

The B-Built By Broser training series presents a special 2 part episode as Eric “Merlin” Broser announces his new S.P.E.C. training protocol.  Discover the training program that has all of Venice Beach talking!  Check back soon for more episodes and valuable training info right here at DigitalMuscle.com. Part 1 Part 2 Eric Broser has fast risen to elite status as a trainer, strength/contest … Read More

B Built By Broser (Episode 6) at DigitalMuscle.com

The B-Built By Broser training series features Venice Beach super-trainer Eric “Merlin” Broser.  On this episode Coach Broser teaches a new way to improve the biceps’ brachialis. He also address one of the most frequently asked questions, “Which kind of diet is best?”.  Check back soon for more episodes and valuable training info right here at DigitalMuscle.com. Eric Broser has fast … Read More

B-Built By Broser (Episode 5) at DigitalMuscle.com

The B-Built By Broser training series features Venice Beach super-trainer Eric “Merlin” Broser.  On this new episode Coach Broser provides some variations for side lateral raises, shares the best time to put on lean muscle, and answers more of your questions!  Check back soon for more episodes and valuable training info right here at DigitalMuscle.com. Eric Broser has fast risen to … Read More

B-Built By Broser (Episode 4) at DigitalMuscle.com with Mark Durando

The B-Built By Broser training series continues, featuring Venice Beach super-trainer Eric “Merlin” Broser. Coach Broser is joined by bodybuilder Mark Durando for a demonstration of new moves for upper back and trap development.  He also discusses different protein sources and the best time to enjoy the specific benefits of various protein types. Check back soon for another episode right here at DigitalMuscle.com. Eric Broser … Read More

Training Back and Biceps at Gold’s Venice! (Iron Diaries)

Our Iron Diaries series, presented by House of Pain and brought to you by RedCon1,  continues with a back & biceps session at the world famous Gold’s Gym Venice Beach.  Amanda Machado and Francisco Soriano take you inside their intense routine along with a post-workout interview. Hosted by Dave Bourlet. Visit the DigitalMuscle.com Video Vault for More! Dave BourletDave Bourlet has enjoyed … Read More

The Dangers of Exertional Rhabdomyolysis

By Lindsay Kent Master Trainer While it’s common practice for athletes and exercisers to push through pain and extreme exertion to achieve their goals, certain training protocols have taken it a step too far and are caught in a debate among doctors, physical therapists and trainers over their safety and effectiveness. Prominent in the discussion is a serious and potentially … Read More

PBW Radio: Venice Beach Buzz / Training Q&A

On a new episode Pro Bodybuilding Worldwide at DigitalMuscle.com hosts Eric Broser and Dave Bourlet catch up with rising star Josh Wade after his impressive showing at Lou Ferrigno’s Legacy event. Coach Broser also answers listener training questions along with inside scoop from Venice Beach, including a recent Kai Greene visit! Presented by House of Pain Apparel. Use the player above to listen now or … Read More

Chest Day at Gold’s Venice with the Stanimal (Iron Diaries)

Our Iron Diaries series, presented by House of Pain, continues and its chest day at Gold’s Gym Venice Beach with Stan “Stanimal” Delongeaux.  Hosted by Dave Bourlet. Visit the DigitalMuscle.com Video Vault for More! Dave BourletDave Bourlet has enjoyed a high profile career in the bodybuilding world for nearly two decades having worked with major industry media outlets, including Flex Magazine … Read More

B-Built by Broser at DigitalMuscle.com (Episode 3) with Lionel Brown

On a new episode of the B-Built By Broser training series featuring Venice Beach super-trainer Eric “Merlin” Broser, Coach Broser is joined by veteran bodybuilder Lionel Brown as the pair discusses contest prep strategies in the final days of Brown’s march toward one of the biggest events of his career.  Check back soon for another episode! Eric Broser has fast … Read More

Cutler’s Cali Weekend: Former Champ Busier Than Ever!!!

Our Iron Diaries series, presented by House of Pain, continues with Jay Cutler’s return to the Mecca of bodybuilding for a couple of days to hit Gold’s Venice, have dinner at Cheesecake Factory in Marina Del Rey, and make an appearance with Guy Cisternino at the Grand Opening of a new supplement store in Santa Ana, California called So Cal Supplements. – … Read More

Queen of Curves: Vida Guerra Trains at Gold’s

Our Iron Diaries series, presented by House of Pain, continues with Vida Guerra, The Queen of Curves! In 2011, she became an IFBB Bikini Pro after spending years as one of the most sought after models in the industry. Now she’s making her way around Hollywood as an actor and director. Today she trained legs at Gold’s Venice and DigitalMuscle.com … Read More

Iron Diaries: Tour of Mendy’s Gym in Van Nuys, CA

Our Iron Diaries series, presented by House of Pain, continues with a tour of the hardcore Mendy’s Gym in Van Nuys, California.  Gym owner and Bench Press Champion Scot Mendelson takes DigitalMuscle.com on a tour during Powerlifting Night and gives us some of his world famous deadlifting techniques. – Hosted by Dave Bourlet. Visit the DigitalMuscle.com Video Vault for More! Dave BourletDave … Read More

B-Built By Broser at DigitalMuscle.com (Episode 2)

On a new episode of the B-Built By Broser training series featuring Venice Beach super-trainer Eric “Merlin” Broser, Coach Broser shares some great tips on training the inner and outer portion of the biceps. Plus some commentary on low carb dieting.  Check back soon for another episode! Eric Broser has fast risen to elite status as a trainer, strength/contest prep coach, model, author, … Read More

PBW Radio: Contest Prep Tips and Visit and Weider Movie Update

On a new Pro Bodybuilding Worldwide Radio hosts Eric Broser and Dave Bourlet answer listener questions on water manipulation and contest prep. Also on this episode Dan Solomon visits with an update on the new Joe Weider movie currently in production.  Presented by House of Pain Apparel exclusively at DigitalMuscle.com. Use the player above to listen now or access show with this download … Read More

The Rascal Stretch with Rosie Harte

In this new episode of her series MIND, BODY & SOUL, Rosie “Rascal” Harte focuses on stretching, taking you through a series of advanced stretches – produced for DigitalMuscle.com by Giles Thomas. Mind, Body & Soul – Episode 2 – The Rascal Stretch Quite possibly one of the fitness industry’s most uniquely diverse personalities, Rosie “Rascal” Harte is the latest addition to the DigitalMuscle.com family of … Read More

New Video Series: B-Built By Broser

The DigitalMuscle.com line up of original programming continues to grow.  Check out the new episode of B-Built By Broser, a training series featuring Venice Beach super-trainer Eric “Merlin” Broser.  On this episode, Coach Broser provides some useful tips for triceps training and some important things to consider when choosing a personal trainer.  Check back soon for another episode! Eric Broser has … Read More

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 above to listen now or … Read More

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 bouts of it throughout your … Read More

PBW Radio: The New “In-Demand” Trainer at Gold’s Venice! Plus: Training Q & A

On this week’s episode of Pro Bodybuilding Worldwide Radio hosts Eric Broser and Dave Bourlet answer listener questions about why doing too much cardio before a show is unnecessary and how the Yates’ Style HIIT workouts can benefit your long term progress. Finally, top trainer at Gold’s Venice, Chris “Psychofitness” Lewis, stops by to talk about how and why he took … Read More

Iron Diaries: Jimmy Juge Blasts Arms at Gold’s Venice

Our Iron Diaries series, presented by House of Pain, continues with another visit to Gold’s Gym Venice Beach. Veteran bodybuilder Jimmy Juge, with several titles to his credit including Mr. California, trains arms and DigitalMuscle.com was there to capture all the sleeve splitting action – hosted by Dave Bourlet. Visit the DigitalMuscle.com Video Vault for More! The House Of Pain BlogThis … Read More

Top 8 “Equipment Free” Exercises!

By Evina Del Pizzo For thousands of years, the human race existed without fad diets and insane fitness machines, and people managed to maintain the physiques of the gods. Looking at the pictures in history books, you can see that typical human physiques have changed. Current body types are more overweight than at any previous time, but the crazy thing … Read More

Iron Diaries: Silvio Samuel is Back!

Our Iron Diaries series, presented by House of Pain, continues with another visit to Gold’s Gym Venice Beach.  After a turn in life forced him away from competitive bodybuilding, Silvio Samuel is on the comeback trail. DigitalMuscle.com spent an afternoon with Silvio for a shoulder workout with super trainer Charles Glass and an interview with Dave Bourlet. Visit the DigitalMuscle.com … Read More

The Return of an Old Friend: Flex Wheeler is Back!

By Chad Nicholls I’ve been getting a tremendous amount of questions about Flex Wheeler’s comeback and his transition to the Classic Physique category, so I just wanted to address this. First, I’m honored that Flex trusts me enough to help him in his preparation for the 2017 Mr. Olympia Classic Physique. Back in 1998, when we first began working together, I found … Read More

Iron Diaries: Chest Day at Gold’s Venice with The Stanimal

Our Iron Diaries series, presented by House of Pain, continues with a visit to Gold’s Gym Venice Beach for a chest workout with bodybuilder Stan “The Stanimal” DeLongeaux.  DigitalMuscle.com senior producer Dave Bourlet was their to capture all the pec pumping intensity. Visit the DigitalMuscle.com Video Vault for More! The House Of Pain BlogThis new blog here at DigitalMuscle.com is … Read More

Iron Diaries: 360lb Morgan Aste Trains Back & Bi’s at The Mecca!

Bodybuilder Morgan Aste, one of the largest, most muscular men in the world heads to Gold’s Gym, Venice Beach, for a workout and DigitalMuscle.com was there to capture it for a new edition of our House of Pain Iron Diaries series with Dave Bourlet.   Visit the DigitalMuscle.com Video Vault for More! The House Of Pain BlogThis new blog here at DigitalMuscle.com is … Read More

Technology Update: Fitness Apps to Keep You on Track

By: Matt Weik The Apple iWatch has been around for quite a while now and has several versions to choose from. Regardless of the version, there are some great apps out there that can help you with your health and fitness goals.  This article will showcase some of the top health and fitness apps for the iWatch and they won’t … Read More

Iron Diaries: Regan Grimes Blasts Arms at Gold’s Venice

With his professional debut only days away, IFBB Pro Bodybuilder Regan Grimes and his Trainer Chris Lewis blast arms for DigitalMuscle.com’s Dave Bourlet at Gold’s Venice.  This episode of Iron Diaries is presented by House of Pain Apparel. Visit the DigitalMuscle.com Video Vault for More! The House Of Pain BlogThis new blog here at DigitalMuscle.com is presented by the world famous House of Pain Ironwear apparel brand. … Read More

Talkin’ Training on PBW Radio!

On a new edition of Pro Bodybuilding Worldwide Radio the focus shifts to training!  Hosts Dave Bourlet and Eric Broser are answering your questions on a variety of topics. Also this week, Neuromuscular Therapist Steve Murphey joins the discussion.  This week’s episode is brought to you by Ironmag Labs and by House of Pain Apparel. Use the player above to listen now or … Read More

Olympia Legend Samir Bannout (Part 2)

Part 2:  On this edition of the Training with the Legends Series on DigitalMuscle.com, Samir Bannout continues his discussion with Dave Bourlet at SixPax Gym in Culver City, California.  This time the focus shifts to training!  Part 2 of 3 – brought to you by House of Pain Ironwear! Visit the DigitalMuscle.com Video Vault for More! The House Of Pain BlogThis new … Read More

Iron Diaries: Upper Body Tune-Up at Gold’s Venice

With the biggest contest of his life only a few days away, Super-Heavyweight bodybuilder Douglas Fruchey visits with DigitalMuscle.com’s Dave Bourlet for a final tune-up at Gold’s Gym Venice Beach as he prepares for the NPC USA Bodybuilding Championships.  This episode of Iron Diaries is presented by House of Pain Apparel. Visit the DigitalMuscle.com Video Vault for More! The House Of … Read More

Iron Diaries: Shoulder Training at Gold’s Venice

As the NPC USA Bodybuilding Championships approach, Toto Djung & George Thibault train delts just 1 week before the event. The Iron Diaries series is a presentation of DigitalMuscle.com and brought to you by House of Pain Apparel.  Produced by Dave Bourlet at Golds Gym Venice Beach, California. Visit the DigitalMuscle.com Video Vault for More! The House Of Pain BlogThis … Read More

Understanding Inflammation – Part 1

By Lindsay Kent BeautyFit Blog Inflammation is a common term that encompasses both acute and chronic conditions in the body. Acute inflammation occurs when the body experiences an injury or illness and then produces the hormonal response to healing, removing the intruder. For example, when you accidentally cut your skin, your body immediately produces hormones and chemicals to heal the … Read More

Plyometrics: Give Your Workouts a Boost!

By: Evina Del Pizzo Power development is not just for athletes. It has tremendous benefits for the general population as well. How is power developed? Plyometrics! The word plyometric is a combination of two Greek words—plio, which means “more,” and metric, or “measure.” Literally, then, it means a “greater measure,” but a practical definition of plyometric exercises would be, “quick, … Read More

Olympia Legend Samir Bannout (Part 1)

Only 13 men have won the Mr. Olympia title.  On this new edition of Training with the Legends on DigitalMuscle.com, Samir Bannout visits with Dave Bourlet at SixPax Gym in Culver City, California for a no holds barred discussion on the way things were…and what they’ve become. Part 1 of 3 – brought to you by House of Pain Ironwear! … Read More

Iron Diaries: Back Training at Gold’s Venice! (Video)

On a new edition of Iron Diaries at DigitalMuscle.com, Dave Bourlet catches up with bodybuilder Toto Djong as he preps for the upcoming NPC USA’s and his training partner George Thibault at Gold’s Venice. Filmed on June 22nd, 2017 (Less than 6 weeks from contest day). Brought to you by House of Pain Ironwear! Also See: Olympia Champ Dexter Jackson … Read More

Tom Platz Exclusive Interview – Part 3 (Video)

Part 3 (Class is in session) – In this 3rd and final part of Training with the Legends with Tom Platz, the Golden Eagle takes his pupils thru a grueling set of leg extensions that will push them to their limits while explaining his unique training philosophy. DigitalMuscle.com is proud to present Dave Bourlet’s exclusive interview with Platz, now 61 years old, during a … Read More

Tom Platz Exclusive Interview – Part 2 (Video)

Tom Platz Interview Part 2 – The Squat Regarded in bodybuilding circles for his hardcore training style and jaw-dropping leg development, the legend of Tom Platz has inspired countless bodybuilders to push far beyond their limits.  DigitalMuscle.com is proud to present Dave Bourlet’s exclusive interview with Platz, now 61 years old, during a recent seminar appearance at SixPax Gym in Culver City, … Read More

Leg Training at Gold’s Gym Venice Beach!

The DigitalMuscle.com Training Series invites you to meet Venice Beach visitors Peter Lagermand and Anders Trust in town from from Denmark.  Recently victorious at the NPC West Coast Classic in Riverside, California, they were back at it training legs at Golds Gym Venice!  This video is sure to kick start your next leg workout.  See if you can keep up….at your own risk!!!  Video … Read More

The 3 Bears: A Story of Muscle Fiber Activation

By Lindsay Kent BeautyFit Blog Having a plan in place is one of the most important weapons you can have in your training arsenal. Without one you end up with a cluttered mess of loads and principles, lacking a planned progression of exercises and repetition ranges built to suit your individual needs and goals. There is so much information out … Read More

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

Springing Into Summer Shape (A Procrastinator’s Guide)

By Evina Del Pizzo Bathing suit weather is coming! When it gets here, some people will be ready to show off the body they’ve been working hard for all year, while others will be hustling last minute to get ready for that special pool party they’ve been planning to attend for months. If you fall in to the pool-ready group, … Read More

How To Choose a Personal Trainer

By: Matt Weik The IML Blog Are you ready to kick things up a notch and hire a personal trainer to put you through the ringer? Or, maybe you’re just starting out and you want to make sure you have the proper form before you start conquering the gym alone? Either way, you’ll want to make an informed decision on … Read More

Ask the Bikini Coach!

By Gigi Amurao Got a question for the Bikini Coach? If you’re new around here – My name’s Gigi Amurao, and I’m a veteran trainer and coach and an active IFBB bikini pro. If you’re not familiar with me, check out my other DigitalMuscle.com articles where I write about pretty much anything I want. As a fitness professional and mentor, … Read More

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 sides, yet we never had … Read More

Understanding Periodization – The Training Blueprint

By Lindsay Kent The Beauty Blog While most people think of their workout plan in terms of how it will look daily or even weekly, many fail to consider the bigger picture, meaning how the program’s structure will affect their results over a longer period, such as several months or a year. Periodization is a method of training, in which … Read More

Fit Tips: Walk Before You Run!

By: Matt Weik For those just starting their fitness journey, it’s going to be just that—a journey. Your path isn’t going to be a straight line, in fact, it’ll be like putting a crayon in the hands of a 2-year-old and asking them to draw a line from one side of the paper to the other—the line is everything but … Read More

H.I.I.T. Training: New Research!

By: Matt Weik IML Research Blog We live in a society that believes if a little yields a good result, then more would yield an even better result.  But more times than not, this isn’t the case.  And actually, that kind of thinking can get you in a lot of trouble in certain situations.  Just look at how many lawsuits … Read More

Training: Understanding the Stretch-Shortening Cycle

By Lindsay Kent The BeautyBlog Looking for ways to improve your training is a necessary part of progressively overloading your body with various challenges and stimuli. The techniques usually involve primary components, such as varying the volume, load, complexity, time under tension, or exercise selection. Often, by taking it back to basics, we can focus on simple concepts that we … Read More

Calorie Burning 101: Excess Postexercise Oxygen Consumption

By Lindsay Kent The Beauty Blog This post was suggested by a comment I received during a personal-training session on why we incorporate different movements, use different pieces of equipment, and often change the sequence of the exercises and circuits during our workouts. I always tell my clients that our workouts are structured a certain way to keep the metabolism … Read More

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 four-count on an eccentric move … 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

In Praise of the Pole: Nancy Noreman Loves Pole Fitness!

By Nancy Noreman Walking into my high school reunion after so many decades, I was bombarded with the big question: “Hey, Nance. What have you been doing?” My reply, “I’m a pole-dancing judge.”  “No, c’mon, seriously.…” All too often people pass judgment on things they know very little about, despite the old saying, ”Don’t judge a book by its cover.” … Read More

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 coming home to Florida to … Read More

Ectomorphs: Growing Lower Body Curves

By Evina Del Pizzo What’s often the most stubborn, annoying, muscle group to train for hardgainers? That’s right—the lower body. While everyone else wants those skinny legs with a gap between them, the kind you’ll often see on fashion models, hardgainer trainees yearn for the thick thighs with high glutes.  For competitive bikini/physique athletes, it’s the look that will enable … Read More

Cramps: The Science and a New Solution?

By: Matt Weik Most everyone has experienced a muscle cramp in their lifetime. Some are short-lived cramps while others are the kind that seem to come from the fiery depths of HELL. The 411 to avoid 911 We watch our favorite athletes sometimes come out of a game or a match with what appears to be an injury of some … Read More

Gym Tour Series: Welcome to the East Coast Mecca

At the heart of the global fitness culture is the neighborhood gym.  It’s where men and women, of all shapes and sizes, go to pack on muscle, lose body fat, recover from injuries, or just blow off some steam.  Everyone’s goals are different, but we’re all bonded by the fundamental pursuit of self-improvement. As part of a new series here at DigitalMuscle.com … Read More

Jessica’s Contest Prep: Saying Goodbye to Cheat Meals! (7 Weeks Out)

By Jessica Gilmartin The BeautyBlog by BeautyFit  By the time you read this, I’ll be in the last seven weeks of my contest prep before I hit the stage at the “Iron Man Naturally” on October 1. I am doing everything I absolutely should be doing at this point and starting to feel more fatigued because I am cutting macros … Read More

Iso-holds: A Secret Weapon for Building Upper-Body Bikini Curves

By Evina Del Pizzo What’s the best workout for building nice, full but chiseled arms? My mentors usually gives me a quick look and giggle when I ask that question. Mostly the answer has been, “Time and consistency.” Looking back on what I’ve learned about training for my ectomorph body, it was partly the right response—not just time, but time … Read More

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 extremely nervous, I feel as … Read More

Tart Cherry Powder: An Ergogenic Aid?

By: Matt Weik In an effort to get one step ahead of the competition, athletes are always looking for the next best thing to allow them to recover faster and boost their overall performance. A study by Texas A&M University is showing Tart Cherry powder could be the answer to endurance athletes’ prayers. Let’s first throw out a disclaimer, however, … Read More

A Gun Show…For Girls!

By Nicole Cress “Welcome to the gun show!” – Yeah, we’ve all heard that expression. Summertime is here, and that means tank-top season – time to show off those shapely arms you’ve worked so hard for! I have to say that I am proud of my baby biceps! How did I get them? For one thing, whenever I train them, … 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 You Keep Up With Karina? (Video)

Digital Muscle’s Karina Nascimento provides a look at one of her workouts in this new video. Produced by Kevin Ostajewski Visit the Digital Muscle Training Blog for More Great Content! Karina NascimentoA highly decorated Brazilian born physique champion, Karina Nascimento lights up stages around the world with her trademark swagger and world class physique. A popular IFBB bodybuilding and physique … Read More

Experts. Embrace the Real Ones!

By Dan Solomon We receive a pile of emails here every day. Most are opinions or questions about articles published here at DigitalMuscle.com, a diverse assortment of topics ranging from training & nutrition to supplementation & bodybuilding.  Yesterday I got an email from a guy in London with the words, “Tired of the So Called Experts” in the subject line.  … Read More

Bigger. It’s Not Always Better

By John Hansen I recently interviewed an IFBB professional bodybuilder named Santiago Aragon about a decision he made to switch from the “Under 212lb” bodybuilding division to the new Classic Physique division.  Santi, who earned his pro card at the 2014 NPC Nationals as a Welterweight, had just made his pro debut at the Miami Beach Muscle Pro event where … Read More

Get Sleep, Gain Muscle!!!

Let me begin by acknowledging that IML is a sponsor here at Digital Muscle so I don’t want this to come across like I’m trying to brown-nose a sponsor. I’m blogging about this because I really wanted to share a personal experience!  -Matt A key contributor to your overall size and strength gains is sleep. If you don’t get enough … 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

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

The Hardcore Blog is Coming!!!

Presented by IronMag Labs, this new addition to the Digital Muscle Media Hub will feature insight on training, nutrition and science – the kind of info appealing only to the most dedicated athletes in the world.    By Matt Weik Welcome fellow hardcore fitness enthusiasts!  On behalf everyone at IML, we are excited to be the premier sponsor right here at … Read More

Choose a Training Style…..Like the Champions Do!!!

  We call them the greatest bodybuilders of all time. Ronnie Coleman, Lee Haney, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Dorian Yates – dominant, iconic and legendary! Although each champion had rivals who wanted to knock them off their perches, they were undeniably the best of their respective eras. Fans look up to them and study how they trained.  They want to achieve their … Read More

Minor Injuries: The Un-Breakable Rules!!!

In a previous article here on Digital Muscle, I discussed how the FMS (Functional Movement Screen) can help potentially reduce the risk for injury. But sometimes things just happen. A few weeks ago I was playing around with my kids. Well, the truth is, I was starting to teach sprint training drills and got a little intense with one my … 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

PBW Bodybuilding Radio (3-23-16) Nicholls & Pakulski Talk Training!!!

Two of the best minds in bodybuilding discuss training and an array of topics on an all new edition of PBW – Bodybuilding Radio!  Hosts Chad Nicholls and Ben Pakulski are also joined by Flex Wheeler.  Visit the show online at DigitalMuscle.com or subscribe to the podcast on iTunes!   PBW Show PublisherThe Pro Bodybuilding Worldwide Radio Show, bodybuilding’s radio voice, … Read More

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 developed by physical therapist Gray … 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

The Turkish Get-Up: A Movement for Everyone!

By Scott Iardella They say the Turkish get-up has been around for 200 years. That’s a long time my friends.  For those who are new around here, the “get-up” is an exercise that is highly regarded by elite performance experts, such as renowned physical therapist, Gray Cook and leading spine biomechanist, Dr. Stuart McGill.  It’s a dynamic and powerful movement … Read More

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 hear someone say, “Kettlebells are … Read More

My Love Affair with the Barbell

By Scott Iardella The barbell had me at “hello.” I have to admit that when I started training over 30 years ago, it was the “barbell bug” that bit me from the very beginning.  But the harsh reality was that I had no idea how to really use this powerful tool.  The benefits are significant for the performance athlete, bodybuilder, … Read More

Maximizing Hypertrophy: The Scientific Variables – Part II

By Scott Iardella In Part I of my Maximizing Hypertrophy series, we talked about 3 of the most important training variables: volume, intensity, and exercise selection. These 3 are critically important to maximizing muscle building or the hypertrophic response.  If you implement these 3 appropriately, maximizing hypertrophy could be much easier, yet there are more considerations in the quest for muscle. … Read More

Kettlebells: For Size and Strength!

By Scott Iardella In this writer’s opinion, kettlebell training is revolutionary!  It’s revolutionary because it’s a very simple, bad ass training tool that offers many benefits.  After weight training for many years now, I definitely have a sense for what works and what doesn’t.  And my hope is that more people will discover how to use kettlebells to accomplish the things they … Read More

Maximizing Hypertrophy: The Scientific Variables – Part I

By Scott Iardella The desire to increase lean muscle mass is a widely sought after physical attribute for athletes of all levels and general exercise enthusiasts.  However, in regards to understanding muscle building (hypertrophy), it’s been said that we are still in the “infancy” of truly discovering the keys to unlocking maximal response. New science continues to emerge each year … 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

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

Cardio for Muscle Contraction?

By Ben Pakulski Most people jump onto a cardio machine with the desired end result of ‘getting their heart rate up’, or maybe to ‘get their body temperature up to burn some calories’.  Sound familiar? Of course it does. Basically, we’re all looking for the most effective and efficient way to shed a few pounds of body fat, right?  It’s … Read More