Body Transformation / Bodybuilding Training

Former Bodybuilder and Trainer John Meadows Dies at 49

As many of you know, bodybuilding is what started one side of my career back in the early 90’s. It led me to create Ironmag, the first internet magazine and community in 1996. I’ve written more 500 articles within the fitness and health field, managed several magazines, worked with the Talent Hunt project for five years and also trained, coached and worked with hundreds of top athletes from 1997 to 2016. In other words, …

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August 7, 2021. Fasting update – 117 hours, 42 minutes

I started on Monday, at about 10am, and broke the fast today, Saturday morning at 7.42am. That’s 4 days and almost 22 hours.The reason I didn’t go a full 5 days or more was simply that I wanted to hit the gym again, and I felt I needed something as a pre-workout. So, I ended the fast with a tablespoon of fish roe, followed by a small 40-gram whey shake and some rice cakes. …

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August 18, 2020. Training and goals update

If anyone is interested in what I’m currently doing, here’s a short update for you. In early February, when I got back to the gym after more than three years mostly off from training due to my illnesses, I weighted a measly 62 kg (136 lbs.) Fortunately, I’m used to be between 74 and 78 kg, and due to muscle memory I hit 80 kg (175 lbs.) in late July. Starting August, I’ve been …

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TDEE, Your Total Daily Energy Expenditure Explained

I posted this about a year ago. If you still think that calories are important, please take a few minutes and educate yourself. The TDEE formulas are derived from an average of people following a typical westernized/modern diet. This kind of diet is high carbohydrate and made up of at least 70 to 80 percent of plant foods (keep in mind that almost all junk food, soft drinks, etcetera are made from plant foods …

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10 Diet/Nutrition Myths That Must Die In 2020

Plants cannot run away from predators. Therefore, they have developed several sinister defense mechanisms to prevent them from being eaten. These include toxins that are highly poisonous in larger quantities, antinutrients that block nutrients from being absorbed and can cause cellular damage, and phytoestrogens that will make the predator infertile. As for vitamins and minerals, none of these are in bioavailable form and must be converted in our bodies. The bioconversion rate is between …

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Some of the BIGGEST LIES in the fitness and health industry

What are some of the BIGGEST LIES in the fitness and health industry? I’ll start with a couple to get the ball rollin’, and please feel free to add whatever you see fit! Any form of ‘cardio’ or ‘exercise’ marketed or aimed to burn fat. The miniscule effect is not worth the time spent. Enjoy your family and friends instead! You burn body fat by fasting and following a sensible diet. Exercise should be …

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Safety of long Anabolic Steroid use

Safety of long Anabolic Steroid use And the life after lengthy use of steroids All Four parts in one article Part 1: Introduction and the history of testosterone and Anabolic SteroidsBy Joachim Bartoll, January and February, 2017. Classic Muscle Magazine #29 As a coach and student within the fields of sports, human physiology, and performance, I first came across “underground” articles about anabolic steroids in early 1990. At that time, and in the years …

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Human Growth Hormone. Applications, and the aging process

Human Growth Hormone Applications, and the aging process Written by Joachim Bartoll, October 2016 and February 2017.Classic Muscle Newsletter #31 Part 1 Perhaps no other hormone in the body is subject to more misconceptions than human growth hormone (GH). If you are to believe the many claims repeatedly made on numerous web sites and blogs, as well as that often voiced by various “anti-aging clinics,” GH is a miracle hormone that can set back …

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Muscle Tension and Going to Failure

Written by Joachim Bartoll, February 15, 2016Classic Muscle Newsletter, February 2016 (issue #17) The concept of continuous muscle tension is quite old. We wrote about keeping a muscle under constant load/tension in our old internet magazine Ironmag Online in the late 90’s, and I’ve covered it from time to time on various discussion boards. The subject of tension and muscle failure usually comes up after some “know-it-all” has watched a video of a pro …

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Thumbless Pressing – For Wrist, Elbow, and Shoulder Injury Prevention

Thumbless Pressing For Wrist, Elbow, and Shoulder Injury Prevention Written by Joachim Bartoll, November 20, 2015Classic Muscle Newsletter, January 2016 (issue #16) How do you grip the barbell when doing the bench press and the shoulder press?There are two different approaches; the regular grip with the thumb “wrapped” around the bar, and the thumbless grip (aka “false grip” or “open grip”), where you place your thumb beneath the bar and together with your fingers.There …

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