Thursday, May 21, 2015

My Exercise List For Hamstring Development

Hamstrings are a muscle group that require a concentrated mind-muscle connection; you have to focus intently in order to feel the muscles working. When training hamstrings, some exercises come easier than others based on the movement. For instance, any hamstring curl exercise that requires a strong contraction at the top of the movement is considered "easy". However, exercises that require you to focus on the stretch such as the stiff leg deadlift or hyperextension, are considered "hard". Keep in mind, the harder the exercise, the better the results, so be prepared to become a perfectionist if you want appreciable development.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Body By Ian | The Fastest Way To Build Muscle For You

Here are some fundamental rules to building muscle. 

1. Use a 3 dimensional approach to training where you are using varying rep ranges, training volume and intensity. DO NOT get stuck in one single training routine where there's no variation or change of emphasis in terms of the stimulation. You will quickly plateau and you'll be missing out on a lot of potential via different muscle fiber populations.

Upper Back, Chest Training | 05.18.15

Here's tonight upper back and chest training session in detail. I am pretty much operating at full strength levels and pulling and pushing relatively heavy weights with good form.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Shoulder Training | 05.13.15

Tonight was all about volume training in an effort to tax the delts from front every angle! Between "running the rack" and using the "Jumpin' Jack" side laterals, I could barely lift my arms when it was all said done. But the EVL ENGN pre-workout powder really gave me the kick I needed to get it done. Mission accomplished!

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Driven: Victor Martinez [VIDEO]

Victor Martinez has been in the game as a pro since 2000 when he won the overall title at the NPC Nationals. Since that time, he has steadily climbed the ranks racking up wins and top-five placings at some of pro bodybuilding's most prestigious competitions.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Juan Morel Wins 2015 NY Pro Open Bodybuilding

By winning the IFBB NY Pro, which Morel considers "his Mr. Olympia", he joins an elite group of pros that have gone on to have great careers starting from this prestigious New York-rooted competition. While I would have gone with his good friend Victor Martinez for the win, Morel's victory was deserving, especially considering that he didn't have an off-season and went right into training for this show just a few short weeks after the 2014 Mr. Olympia. Congrats on the win Juan!

Hammer Curls For Thicker Arms

While the barbell curl is considered to be the king of biceps exercises, I actually prefer the hammer curl when it comes to adding size to my arms. Why? The barbell curl, while very effective, has always been the type of biceps exercise that exhausted my front delts way before my biceps. I realized years ago that anatomically barbell curls were not going to be the exercise to give me the big arms that I wanted, so I found an alternative: Hammer Curls.