Sports Drinks: A Sugar Trap for Kids?

By: Matt Weik We’ve all seen those commercials. The ones where our favorite athletes are drinking sports drinks and performing at a high level.  Kids envision themselves as these athletes thinking that they too can achieve greatness if they drink those same beverages.  Little do they know that, in most cases, what they’re drinking is mostly just a bottle full … 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

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

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

Fit Recipe: Herbal Dynamite (Salad Dressing)

By Ruth Silverman, Managing Editor Who doesn’t love a big, crisp salad? Whatever your pleasure when it comes to dressings, nothing’s better than a bowl of crunchy lettuce and salad veggies to balance out a savory meal. And if you’re on a diet, filling up on salad with lower-calorie dressings is a great tip. When I was growing up, my … 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

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

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

Soy Story: Dr. Kalman Reveals What You Need To Know!

By Douglas Kalman PhD, RD, FACN Nutrition Editor “Soy”, just saying that word, the shortened descriptor for a healthy legume in some circles, can get you in trouble. Can you imagine that? For the past twenty or so years, soy has been thought predominately as a “female” protein. A protein source that was to solely be used by women or … 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

Stop Playing Games With Your Kids!

By: Matt Weik Obesity rates are on the climb and we need to get things under control. Even worse, more and more kids are becoming overweight and obese due to inactivity.  With the advent of game systems and computers (technology), kids are spending hours each day in front of the television or have tablets glued to their palms playing video … 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

Thinking of Competing? Nancy Noreman Talks Budget!

By Nancy Noreman How much does it cost to compete in your first amateur physique show? In the beginning, ignorance is bliss, but it can cost you!  Spending big bucks won’t guarantee you the winning trophy, and there are ways to cut expenses, especially when you are beginning your competition journey. You can spend as little as $500 or as … 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

Fit Recipe: Skinnier Guacamole

From the Kitchen of Robyn Maher Guacamole!!! A delicious dip that enhances any meal or summer barbecue. If you enjoy it too much, though, the calories from fat can add up quickly. Mixing garbanzo beans with the avocado in this recipe solves that problem. You can’t taste them, and the texture is great because you process the guacamole until smooth. … 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

Hardgainer Myth: No, You Can’t Eat Everything!!

By Evina Del Pizzo One of the biggest struggles I’ve had my whole life has been with food. With sports requiring me to eat more, and fashion modeling requiring me to eat less, I couldn’t help noticing that food was the common denominator affecting my weight. There’s a big misconception about the way ectomorphs eat. People think that we have … Read More

Karina Nascimento Joins DigitalMuscle.com

DigitalMuscle.com, the fitness industry’s rapidly growing media hub, is pleased to announce the arrival of Karina Nascimento to its growing team of fitness minded personalities. The Brazilian born physique champion has spent the last decade lighting up stages around the world with her trademark swagger and world class physique. Karina joins Digital Muscle as part of Phase 2 of an ambitious content … 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

Supplement Brands: Adapting to Female Demand

By: Matt Weik In an industry loaded with well-built men, the ladies often get the short end of the stick when it comes to nutritional supplements. In fact, many female athletes avoid supplements all together due to male-minded branding, while others  don’t seem to mind if a tub of protein has a skull on the label.  There’s definitely been a shift over … 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

Endorsement Deal Up for Grabs at “The Mayhem”

One of the year’s most valuable and exciting prize packages is up for grabs on June 4th in Overland Park, Kansas at the inaugural IFBB Pro Bikini Mayhem Championship. The event will be held as part of the special 10th Anniversary NPC Muscle Mayhem, one of the NPC’s premier events. In addition to a $5,000 total prize purse, the winner … 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

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

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

Understanding Cellulite…and Getting Rid of It!

Cellulite. For some, just the thought of it is a nightmare. I’m sure most women at one time or another have wondered if their legs or rear end would ever be plagued by the dreaded “lumpy-bumpy” dimpling that often strikes women as they age. A once-used term for cellulite was Gynoid lipodystrophy, or “G.D.,” which sounds a whole lot worse … Read More

Arnold Pole Fitness Championships – Watch Now!!

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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

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

Ruthless is in the House

Welcome to my new home here at Digital Muscle! Many readers know me as “Ruthless Ruth Silverman,” the longtime correspondent for Iron Man magazine and for my gossip-and-personalities column, Pump & Circumstance. I’m also known as a bodybuilding editor, having worked with experts on every facet of training, nutrition and the science of muscle growth. I’ve been reporting on the bodybuilding … 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