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Gain 40lbs muscle in 4 months! Is this a good workout program?

I get asked all the time about all different types of workout programs. How can you decide whether to trust the workout program being presented? Start by figuring out the motivation of the person promoting the program! Sometimes its obvious and straightforward, you are paying for it. The P90X infomercials are an example of this, they want to sell you their DVDs. They sell a good product and have lots of happy customers. When the information you are getting is 'free', it can be trickier to figure out their motivation but it will tell you a lot about whether you...

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Why I dont give personal info about myself

Tom from Facebook ask this excellent question!For my personal safety I dont give out any personal info. I have a lot of very rich and powetful enmies. The fitness and supplement business is a billion dollar market and they dont take kindly to me telling people not to buy anything- I cut into their profits. Making matters worse, I give my videos, website and forum away for free. Take a look at the "Wall of Shame" on my website and you will see why I keep a low profile. Several of the companies on that list have made life very...

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Attitude is everything in fitness and health

You cant always control what happens to you but you CAN control how it affects you. Scientists cant explain this yet but the healing effects of positive mental attitude are real and significant. Happier people live longer, healthier lives. Its the power of positive thinking. Bad stuff happens - injuries, illness, disease, family problems, job problems. You can either stew on it and send yourself into a depressive downward spiral or just laugh and roll with the punches.What makes me write about this now? Well, I've been punched and its time for me to laugh and roll - I'm much...

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Which supplements should you take?

creatine? nitric oxide? hyrdoyxcut? protein powder? jack3d? no-xplode? glutamine? zma? Which supplements should you take?Here are three foods/supplements that I strongly believe every bodybuilder over the age of 18 should be using:Protein Powder, isolated wheyFlax seed , ground at home (not pills or oils)Green tea (not pills, just real brewed tea - no sweeteners or whiteners)Here are supplements that many other people think are valuable, but am less optimistic about. You need to do research and decide for yourself. In my opinion, the below supplements might give you a 5% edge - not worth the money or potential health risks:CreatineBeta-alanineGlutamineTaurineTyrosineMultivitaminsPlease...

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Bikes for transportation and exercise – Not in America!

After just completely 800 miles cycling thru Germany, I was so extremely grateful for the consideration and respect that drivers gave me that I felt compelled to reply to the news report that a German cyclist had been killed by an American driver in San Francisco.Alleged Drunken Driver Pleads Not Guilty in Cyclist Hit-and-Run DeathI just wish that my fellow American drivers could have shown the late Mr Linke the same respect that thousands of German drivers gave me. Here was my reply:I am deeply saddened by Mr Linke's tragic and senseless death. German tourists here have the dangerous impression...

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focus is easier when you are injured

I had an amazing leg workout. Now with my shoulder out of commission, life is much simpler! Doctor has nixed all chest, lat and shoulder exercises. I can now use this opportunity to give more attention to other bodyparts. It actually feels really good to have my life simplified. :) legs abs biceps and cardio, cardio, cardio!

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A heat advisory, wooo-hooo!

Its over 100 degrees - time to do some serious hill climbing on my bike so I can sweat! Finally, its been so gloomy, grey and foggy this summer - about time we got some heat. I have a very efficient and finely tuned cooling system, in other words, I sweat profusely! HydrationWhen exercising on hot days like this, hydration is key! Most people think about drinking water when they start to get warm and thirsty, this is WAY too late. When its hot like this, you need to be fully hydrated before you set foot outside. Whats fully hydrated?...

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Physical Therapy Exercises for Shoulder Impingement Tendonitis

There are eight physical therapy exercises that can help with shoulder impingement tendonitis and I will be doing them for 3 weeks to see if I can lick this thing. Its been 5 days since my cortisone shot so its time to start my shoulder physical therapy. The doctor thought there was an 80% chance I would need surgery anyway but I wanted to give the non-surgical route a try. By the way, with all these exercises remember that the shoulder muscles are very small and you should be using small weights - ego lifting with these will send you...

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Flax and vegetables as skin cancer prevention

Yet another excellent reason to eat your vegetables and flax, as if we bodybuilders dont have enough reasons already! A study just published in "Nutrition Reviews" suggests that a diet rich in anti-oxidants and omega-III fatty acids can protect you from skin cancer. When I talk about nutrition, I always harp on how important vegetables are - skin cancer prevention is yet another reason to eat those vegetables high in anti-oxidants. Good vegetables for this are kale, spinach, brussels sprouts, alfalfa sprouts, broccoli, beets, red bell pepper, Onion, corn, and eggplant. One of the few 'supplements' I have always recommended...

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The IPS (Internal Pillow Scream)

The IPS (Internal Pillow Scream): a stress relief maneuver which can safely be done in a public setting. Used most often when you must give a diplomatic and sensitive answer to a really stupid, idiotic action or question. To use this effectively, after someone says or does something really stupid:clamp your mouth shut to keep from saying what you really want to sayvisualize screaming into a huge, heavy pillow. The scream starts from your belly button and your whole chest forcefully contracts expelling the air so forcefully that the pillow would fly away if it were not clamped over your...

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