MIND/BODY CONNECTION

People Power

Becky Holman

Research from the UCLA School of Medicine suggests that one of the keys to happiness is the big O. No, not that O—others, as in people. Scientists found that isolation and loneliness can produce excessive inflammatory responses as well as a suppressed immune system. Those two negatives combined lead to a downward spiral of health and a significant increase in risk of disease, including cancer.


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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

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

Less Drag, More Cuts

Steve Holman and Jonathan Lawson

Less Drag, More Cuts

Cable and machine exercises are great, and often there is no substitute-as with leg extensions-but some techniques are best suited to free weights.

In the e-book The Ultimate Fat-to-Muscle Workout we explain how using negative-accentuated sets can set the stage for more fat burning. By raising the weight in 1.5 seconds and lowering in six, you emphasize the negative stroke and cause more muscle damage. During the postworkout repair process, your metabolism is higher, and bodyfat is the preferred fuel for muscle-tear repair. Using cables and machines, however, can make those negative-accentuated sets less effective.