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