MIND/BODY CONNECTION

Before-Work Workouts

Becky Holman

New research from the University of Bristol in England found that working out before you hit the office or even during your lunch hour can boost your productivity. More than 75 percent of the subjects improved their mental performance and had better relationships with coworkers after prework or lunch-hour workouts.


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Pro Active

Cory Crow

Pro Active

“The best amateur.” That’s probably not a title that any bodybuilder would want for an extended period of time. Unlike the “best golfer to have never won a major,” or “the best player in the minor leagues,” the “best amateur” in bodybuilding reads “not a pro.” Other athletes can at least make a decent living, and in some cases they are millionaires. Bodybuilders are different. An amateur bodybuilder doesn’t make a dime on his competitions. But the title gets passed down, from Mat DuVal to Bill Willmore to Mike Ergas. In the case of Ergas, it’s a title that just means he’s not a pro—yet.

Workouts for Life

John Balik

Workouts for Life

This morning I was talking with a friend about training. He was an outstanding competitive bodybuilder 30-plus years ago and has never stopped training. The subject turned to how our workouts have evolved. Why was the process so deeply satisfying? What made it a lifetime addiction?

We discussed the connection between effort and reward. At our stage we train for the pleasure that the process gives us. The physical dividend of strength and muscle is secondary to the exhilaration of the process itself.

Bodybuilding “Secrets”

Stuart McRobert

Bodybuilding “Secrets”

No matter how much you read about training and no matter how knowledgeable you become, what follows will provide you with the “secrets” bodybuilders hanker for in their quest to build bigger and stronger muscles.

Are you really delivering the training goods?

• Are you really following an abbreviated

Good Workouts—Guaranteed

Randall Strossen

Good Workouts—Guaranteed

It would be nice if you could decide one day that you wanted to look like Dorian Yates or be as strong as Ed Coan, and—pop!—three months after hitting the weights, you achieved your ideal. Unfortunately, building serious levels of muscle and strength takes years. Sure, you can make amazing progress in amazingly short periods of time, but to hit peak levels, you have to be in it for the long haul. To make matters worse, there’s no contract that says if you punch in, you get paid. In the bodybuilding game there’s a close relationship between the quality of the input (training, diet, psychology) and the quality of the output (gains in size and strength).

Muscle “In” Sites

Eric Broser’s

Muscle “In” Sites

If you find something on the Web that IM readers should know about, send the URL to Eric at bodyfx2@aol.com.

www.AmyLeeMartin.com

More than 100 ladies hold IFBB pro cards for figure, each with a beautiful look all her own. Of all the women I’ve reviewed in this column, however, I have to say that Amy Lee Martin fits the description of the “beautiful girl next door” more perfectly than any. With her blond hair, captivating blue eyes and engaging smile, she can grab your attention and have you wishing you could take her home to meet your mother—just ask her husband, Doug.