MIND/BODY CONNECTION

Die of a Broken Heart?

Becky Holman

According to Nicholas Bakaler’s new book The Medicine Cabinet of Curiosities: An Unconventional Compendium of Health Facts and Oddities from Asthmatic Mice to Plants That Can Kill, death from a broken heart is real:

“Acute stress can cause heart failure, and a failed romance may be stressful enough to do it. So that’s dying of a broken heart, kind of. But sometimes people under stress already have heart disease, so whether the stress caused the fatal heart failure is unclear. Yet there is a syndrome called acute stress cardiomyopathy, which looks a lot like a heart attack but isn’t one and is caused by stressful events. Its victims are usually people without evidence of cardiac disease who come into the hospital after acute emotional or physical trauma. The most common emotional triggers are grief (the death of a loved one, for example) or fear (being robbed at gunpoint or being involved in a car accident).”


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10 Stupid Things Bodybuilders Do to Mess Up Their Wi

Skip La Cour

10 Stupid Things Bodybuilders Do to Mess Up Their Wi

Bodybuilders make some stupid mistakes when it comes to the mental aspect of training. As I admitted last month, stupid might be a little too harsh a word to describe some of the most common mental challenges bodybuilders face—but it made you sit up and take notice. Let’s get to the second five (an overview of all 10 is on page 238).

Category 5 Workout Intensity

Peter C. Siegel

Category 5 Workout Intensity

Have you ever had a workout where you were so feverishly driven that you felt you could, metaphorically speaking, burn a hole through steel? Where the weights you used felt light in your hands—as if the force flowing through you totally outmatched the iron’s attempt to overcome and exhaust you? Remember? It was as if your muscles were an extension of your will; they performed and contracted at a level seemingly beyond where they ever had before—you could actually f-e-e-l the deepest underlying fibers firing in a way you never had before.

10 Stupid Things Bodybuilders Do to Mess Up Their Winning Mind-set

Skip La Cour

10 Stupid Things Bodybuilders Do to Mess Up Their Winning Mind-set

Some bodybuilders make some stupid mistakes when it comes to the way they think. As I said last month in “10 Stupid Things Bodybuilders Do to Mess Up Their Diets,” stupid might be a little too harsh a word for some of the mental challenges bodybuilders commonly face. Even so, it should get your attention. Mistakes we make when it comes to the way we think range from coming to conclusions too quickly or adopting the negative opinions of others. So when you see the word

Bi-Laws

Eric Broser

Bi-Laws

Sometimes I’m completely fascinated with how badly the average gym dweller craves big arms. Although I witness these guys training chest, back, shoulders and legs with formidable intensity and passion, they seem to jump to another level when they’re attacking their arms. I often hear more yelling during a set of barbell curls than a set of squats. Strange but true.

Muscle “In” Sites

Eric Broser

Muscle “In” Sites

SandowMuseum.com

Many of you probably have no clue who Eugene Sandow was, but if you’ve ever heard a modern-day bodybuilder speak of hoping to “one day win a Sandow,” you already have an idea of how much the man affected the sport of bodybuilding. You see, the Sandow trophy is handed only to the man who has won the most coveted title in bodybuilding—Mr. Olympia. Born in 1867, Eugene Sandow was perhaps the world’s first true bodybuilder, and at www