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3 Steps to Make Exercise Fun

Oh, the gym. So many people dread the thought of stepping inside it. They know if they want to lose weight or “get in shape” they need to suffer through some grueling workouts. We have a real problem in our society today. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 70 percent of the

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Complete Guide to Staying Lean While Eating Out

  You’ve made it your mission to get leaner. You fill your home with lots of vegetables, fruits, lean proteins, and all your junk food has found its way into the trash can. You’re committed to eating healthy, but then disaster strikes – a friend or family member asks you out to dinner at a

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5 Things to Know for Your First Show

  Have you ever thought about competing in a physique show, but the thought of dropping carbohydrates extremely low and doing cardio multiple times per day scares you to death? Competing in a show can seem overwhelming, and you may have no idea what to expect. If you’ve ever considered it, I’m going to share

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5 Tips to Go from Average Joe to Swole (Plus Workout)

  You’re an average Joe or Jane. You have no desire to ever train for a bodybuilding show or play sports at a highly competitive level. You have lots of competing demands in your life such as work, family, and social obligations. You’ve tried following the advice from all the popular health and fitness magazines,

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Synergizing Training and Nutritional Sciences for Maximal Muscle Growth

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  Why do some people possess the innate ability to pack on muscle and cut body fat on a whim, while others struggle their entire lives to create the body of their dreams? When it comes down to it, it’s all about nutrition and training. We all know we must prioritize strength training, get our daily protein

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Building Muscle: What Actually Matters

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  Type in “how to build muscle” on Google and you’ll get nearly five million results. It’s no wonder skinny guys everywhere are so confused as to what actually matters for putting on size, and what doesn’t. You’ll read an article one day telling you to eat 300 grams of protein per day to add

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5 Muscle-Killing Mistakes that are Keeping You Scrawny

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  Are you struggling to pack on size? Does it seem like you’ve tried everything, yet nothing you do seems to work? If so, you’re not alone. Every day, millions of dudes across the world venture to the gym with the goal of getting huge, yet many fail. Type “how to build muscle” into a

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7 Action Steps to Start Building Muscle Now

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  Does this sound familiar? You’ve been trying to pack on size for quite a while now, but nothing seems to work. You’ve tried bodybuilding splits, whole-body splits, supersets, drop sets and everything in between. Despite your best efforts, you still can’t put on a lick of muscle. Why doesn’t anything work? Read more HERE.

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Why I’m Training for a Physique Show

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  After spending years focusing on adding size and even dabbling in powerlifting for a while, I’ve decided to do something I never imagined I would ever do. Later this year, I’m going to compete in my first physique show. A couple of years ago, I wrote off the idea of ever training for a bodybuilding

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Can You Guarantee More Muscle and Strength?

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  If you can never seem to get anywhere with your training, don’t worry. I’m about to reveal to you the most effective methods to see progress. We’re talking about bigger gains in both muscle and strength! And you know what’s funny – these keys have absolutely nothing to do with training or nutrition! I

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The 7-Step Muscle-Building Checklist

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  Back in my college days, the gym was my sanctuary. I loved exercising so much I would sometimes spend four or five hours at a time working out. I would lift for two hours before heading to the basketball courts for some pick-up games. I dreamed of getting bigger and stronger like some of

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The Simple Solution for Skinny Hard Gainers

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  The skinny struggle is real. In every weight room across America, you’ll see guys who have been coming to the gym day-in and day-out and still look like the same wiry-framed individuals they were a year earlier. They read all the muscle magazines and take every mass gain supplement known to man yet can’t

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6 Biggest “Skinny Guy” Training Mistakes

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Here’s the workout of a typical gym bro. Walk into the gym and maybe do a couple arm circles with a five-pound plate. Next, head to the bench press and perform sets of eight to 10 reps. In between sets, check yourself out in the mirror and play on your phone for three or four

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Your Secret Weapon for Pain-Free Muscle Growth

You might look like a beast grinding through heavy weight, but you’re not doing yourself many favors in the hypertrophy department. Pushing top-end weight with sub-optimal form may help you increase strength, but it won’t maximize muscle growth. Performing a one-rep max has little benefit for hypertrophy because form and focus go out the window.

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Smarter Science for Swol-Tastic Muscle Growth

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  Enough with this “hardgainer” mentality people. There is a reason why the vast majority of people, both male and female, have a damn hard time putting on lean muscle mass and taking their bodies to the next level, and sometimes end up flabby and soft in the process. Hypertrophy isn’t achieved through random acts

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Think You Can’t Afford Healthy Food? Think Again.

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I’ll keep it short and to the point this week. Some people often argue they can’t get food that’s “all-natural,” “organic” or “grass-fed” because they don’t have enough money. I recently ran across an article from USA Today titled “20 ways Americans are blowing their money,” and it discusses a number of ways you don’t even realize

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3 Simple Tips to Gain Muscle Mass

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  Every year, high school athletes try all sorts of crazy things to get bigger, faster and stronger for their sports. They take all kinds of supplements and different strength-training programs, yet many still fail to gain weight. So what does it really take to put on muscle mass? Here are three quick tips. Read more

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How to Become a Personal Trainer

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I’ve been waiting to write this blog post for a while because I know there are so many of you out there who have been thinking about becoming a personal trainer. I feel I’m qualified to create this post because I don’t have an exercise science background, and I’m only a couple years removed from

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4 Diet-Derailing Fat-Loss Mistakes You Don’t Even Know You’re Making

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Fat-loss is at the top of nearly everyone’s health and fitness goals. Depending on how much fat you have to lose, this process can be highly confusing, as many once thought gold standard fat-loss methods actually contradict each other. This week we have guest author Luke Briggs back on JRx to shed some light on

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5 Fitness Tips for Busy People

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If you’re reading this blog, chances are you care about your health and fitness. You probably have a goal of building muscle, burning fat or getting stronger. You also probably have a lot of other commitments in your life from family, work, friends and other things. As such, finding time for fitness and nutrition can

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Top 3 Book Recommendations for Success

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As a personal trainer and fitness enthusiast, I thoroughly enjoy reading anything related to strength and conditioning. But I’ve quickly learned being knowledgeable about your craft is only half the battle. Success is driven by other things like communicating effectively with others. Here are three books, in no particular order, I recommend reading to help with

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5 Life-Changing Lessons From Martin Rooney

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  When I strolled into a large room just before 8 a.m. on a Saturday morning at the Perform Better Summit in Chicago, I saw a number of droopy-eyed trainers and strength coaches spaced out along the perimeter struggling to finish their morning coffee. Just more than an hour later, that same group exited the room

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Five Female Fitness Myths Debunked By Science

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  Step aside, guys! It’s time to share the squat rack. We are currently living in the new age of fitness. As men, you are no longer the only gender passionately pumping iron with goals of chiseling a strong physique that will turn a few heads while tossing around a few plates. While men have

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5 Reasons You Can’t Build Muscle

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  Building muscle is probably the biggest goal of anyone who steps into a gym. Numerous types of workout programs can help you accomplish this goal, but your success is largely up to you, not the program itself. So, before you blame your workout for lack of results, make sure to correct the following muscle-blocking

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5 Questions High School Athletes Should Ask Before Using Supplements

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  Nutritional supplements hold a lot of appeal for high school athletes looking for a quick and easy boost. Whey protein, creatine, branch-chain amino acids and nitric oxide all promise to improve strength and muscle mass. But is spending money on these items actually worth it? Here are a few things to consider before you

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5 Quick Workout Fixes for Faster Muscle Growth

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  Have you tried every workout program on the planet yet still can’t seem to build muscle? It’s possible you could be using a program ill-suited to your goals, but chances are it’s your execution that’s making muscle growth challenging. Here are five changes you can make to your program right now to starting packing

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