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You’ve decided to really commit to getting into better shape. In another month or so the army of people all over the world who will make that their New Year’s resolution will join you. Getting into shape may mean losing a bunch of weight, cutting your bodyfat by a few percentage points or adding a few pounds of quality lean muscle mass. You map out a plan, set some reasonable yet challenging goals and everything is going pretty well for a few days. So far, so good… Then life starts to

Is there a point in the day that is the optimum time for you to train to maximize your results? If we are asking that question from a metabolic/physiological standpoint, the answer is no. However, from a personal perspective, there are definitely a few things you should consider to determine the best time for YOU to train. PHYSIOLOGICAL/METABOLIC TRAINING TIMING PREFERENCES You’ve probably read some of the same articles that I have discussing why you should train in the morning and others extolling the virtues of training later in the day or

Ronnie Coleman. Susie Curry. Andrula Blanchette. They were the big winners in their respective Olympias this year. Are they role models? Most definitely. I am not one who adheres to the Charles “I’m not a role model” Barkley theory of setting an example and representing your sport. When a professional athlete signs on the dotted line to play for pay, they have voluntarily thrust themselves into the public eye. With that choice comes a responsibility to your chosen sport and those who may look up to you, young or old.

It kills me every time I see it. One person after another shows up at the gym, raring to go. They check in at the front desk, put their gear away and make a beeline for the cardio equipment. Somewhere between 20 and 60 minutes later they drag themselves off that treadmill and on to the gym floor to start the weight training portion of their session. This may be the most common training mistake I have seen in roughly 15 years of training in gyms from New York to

It’s September 12th, the day after the worst act of terrorism in the history of the free world, and my contribution to this month’s issue of Natural Muscle is due. As I began to ponder what topic to address, the idea of writing about sets, reps or calories seemed so unimportant today. Last week it wasn’t and, hopefully, next month those issues will regain some interest. But after being glued to the television for the last 36 hours watching vivid and horrific images from DC and New York, wondering in