We’re about a month out from the 2015 Arnold Classic Brazil and the competitors have only four short weeks to complete their preparations for the show. The competition will see the return of Big Ramy to competition as the Egyptian bodybuilder looks to unveil the physique he’s been sculpting during the off season. Like the competitors for the show, we know that you all are making preparations of your own. Summer is quickly closing in and the window of opportunity to shred your body into tip top shape is closing with every passing day. If you were lacking any motivation before then check out this work out song that is sure to mean certain death for body fat and spark for making some major gains.
This song will get you fired up in the gym to get all the gains you seek. Burn fat and pack on muscle with this track from Five Finger Death Punch. “Weight Beneath My Sin” is a high intensity track off the group’s album, The Wrong Side of Heaven and the Righteous Side of Hell, Volume 2, that’s sure to put some adrenaline into your lifts.
This Week’s Pick
Song: Weight Beneath My Sin Artist: Five Finger Death Punch Album: The Wrong Side of Heaven and the Righteous Side of Hell, Volume 2
Crank up some Five Finger Death Punch and hit the iron hard. You’ve got no time to be lazy. Get those gains!
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Start training like a tried and true IFBB Pro with a little help from Fred “Biggie” Smalls in our new video training series: Train Big! With Fred Smalls. This will be an in depth comprehensive break down of how to train like the pros. The perfect visual guide to destroying your muscles in the gym. Check it out in the trailer right here.
Jeff Logan is a beast in his own right. A massive bodybuilder in both attitude and size – Logan is a bodybuilder to keep an eye on. And we’re not just talking about posing on the stage. Jeff Logan has some big national TV plans in store and we had a second to grab an interview at the Arnold Classic about these television plans in 2015. Will he help bring bodybuilding to the public eye? Find out in the video above.
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Sometimes there’s no avoiding running into this guy.
There comes a time in every gym goers journey to getting swole where you come across something you’ve never expected. Something that you would have never thought you’d see at the gym. That’s right. The gym jackass is almost a proud position to be filled by someone who thinks they have a bright idea when it comes to working out, but really, they’re just making asses of themselves.
Now don’t get us wrong, sometimes it’s refreshing to see the gym jackass make a fool of himself, come up with some new exercise that will give them the “ultimate gains”. But really, that stuff gets old pretty fast and those same funny jackasses you’d point and laugh at soon become a nuisance that must be dealt with.
Take this guy for example. We don’t know what the hell he was thinking, but we do know he’s making a jackass of himself.
We don’t know about you, but we’re thinking this is an exercise fail waiting to happen. Maybe the whole thing works in theory, but what happens when he messes up and busts his ass? Are you just gonna sit there, point and laugh? Maybe. We’d probably join in with you if we could. But once the laughter settles down then you’ve gotta ask yourself something. Do you really want this guy representing your gym like this? The gym is your holy temple, your sacred ground. Having it filled with jackasses will only make a mockery of you and everything you believe.
So here’s our suggestion. Go over to the next jackass who messes up at the gym and show them how to be a real gym rat. It’ll be hard, it’ll be a bit frustrating, but who knows, maybe you’ll discover that you’re an awesome trainer. See. There’s a silver lining for everything.
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Lifting cars, trees, planes… basically a crap ton of weight.
There’s big and then there’s strong. Just because some bodybuilders are mass monsters doesn’t mean they can lift at a godly level. Bodybuilding isn’t about strength but physique, conditioning, and form. But what about the extremely strong people out there? The strongmen who perform massive feats of strength that blows minds all over the world. Things like Franco Columbu lifting cars in Pumping Iron or maybe even bigger – like pulling an entire Boeing 767 plane across the tarmac. We have it all in our latest episode of GI Weekly. Get your mind blown in the video above!
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Exclusive interview with the world famous Charles Glass.
If you don’t know who Charles Glass is – then you should get the hell out of the gym. Or maybe you should wise up and take a minute to look him up. He’s one of the biggest trainers out there right now. A legend in bodybuilding circles who has trained many greats throughout his career. We had a chance to grab an interview with Glass at the Arnold Sports Festival this year – and now we want to spread the voice behind the great bodybuilding trainer. Check it out above.
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Over here in NYC, the weather is finally picking up with warmth and sunshine. And no one is loving it more than our very own Krystal Lavenne. Sunlight is a bikini competitor’s natural natural home after all. Check out the latest diary entry of the body bawse as she goes wild through Central Park while still finding time to fit in some bikini sun tanning and a little more stretching too. It’s all in the video above!
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Forget the holidays. Get a Christmas tree back all year around.
Mr. Olympia. It’s a title that every bodybuilder wishes to hold at some point in their career. To stand on stage and be announced the winner of the competition is no doubt the greatest feeling in the world. With so many competitive athletes chasing the same goal, there’s no doubt that at least a few dreams will be crushed. It’s the nature of the sport and it’s unavoidable.
Many bodybuilders have had the honor of being named Mr. Olympia in their time. Frank Zane, Sergio Oliva, Franco Columbu, Ronnie Coleman, Lee Haney, and Arnold Schwarzenegger are among the men on the lofty list of winners. Among the great Olympia champions is a bodybuilder who has been a major influence on the sport. Hailing from Lebanon, Samir Bannout was one of the winners who wowed audiences, competitors, and judges alike.
When Samir Bannout won the 1983 Mr. Olympia competition the main focus of interest was the man’s impressive back. Not only did the Lion of Lebannon have some serious size, he had some crazy definition giving him the famed Christmas tree back. To this day, Bannout’s back is used as an example of exemplary back development and with good reason. He was completely shredded all over, but it was perhaps his back that was the key to taking home the Bronze Sandow in the 1983 competition.
So how exactly did Bannout get his back into such impressive shape? Well, according to the Lebanese bodybuilder he had a great edge in the back department due to his training prior to entering into competitive bodybuilding. Bannout was an Olympic lifter who utilized a specific lift that gave him great back development.
Clean and Jerk
This lift was perhaps one of the biggest reasons the former Olympia champ had such an impressive back. Bannout has said that the lift was responsible for strengthening his lower back, particularly his lumbar region.
This workout was a staple of many of the old school bodybuilders out there. Chin ups are perhaps the best back workout you can possibly perform and can be modified to your needs. Either a wide or narrow grip could attack different regions of the back and ensure overall development. It’s no wonder that it’s one of Arnold’s go to exercises.
Bent Over Rows
Another great pulling exercise, the bent over row was another of Bannout’s favorites. In fact, besides chin ups Bannout has stated that bent over rows are the main recipe for success when it came to building up his back. This one is apart of his bread and butter movements for creating the ultimate back and it shows.
Samir Bannout is a true beast and even to this day is in tremendous shape at age 59! There’s no doubting his expertise as a bodybuilder and truly redefined how we look at back development.
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We’ve all heard it before, the notion that higher reps with moderate weight is the key to shaping and sculpting lean muscle mass. In a sense there’s definitely great things that high reps can do for you, particularly building muscle endurance. But if you want to look like a statue carved out of granite then you better reconsider your approach. Just because you do 100 reps doesn’t mean you’re gonna get the body you want.
Well, if you were ever wondering which was the way to go: higher reps with moderate weights or low reps with heavy weight, we have some great tips to live by from none other than the 8 time Mr. Olympia champion Ronnie Coleman.
Quantity over Quality?
There’s been an idea floating around that somehow the more you do something the better you become at it. That’s true, if you’re doing things right. But if your form is crap and you do it 100 times then all you’ve been able to prove is that you can perform something incorrectly at high reps. Coleman emphasizes that no matter what your workouts should always be about the quality, correct form, and technique of your lift. It’s the only way you’ll get a pump.
How light is too light?
Ronnie has always been an advocate of lifting heavy ass weights, but the former champ cautions that if you’re going to lift lighter you better be able to get a pump out of it. Coleman claims that if after 15 reps you’re not getting a good pump then you better up the weight. Nothing wrong with lifting light, just can’t be too light.
Some people can pack on muscle easier than others even with a low rep count. Everyone has a different make up, so what works for you may not work for everyone else. Safely experimenting with your lifts is always a great idea. You’ll understand whether or not your body requires heavy weights and lower reps or moderate weight with high reps.
Get started right
Following the typical training program of a pro may not be the way to go in all cases. It can be a great road map, but if you’re a beginner you want to start off slow and build from there. Try to find a weight and routines that will allow you to get a good pump after 12 good reps. Don’t cheat yourself with bad form and that could be all you need to start seeing some good results.
What do you think of these words of wisdom. Let us know in the comments below and be sure to follow Generation Iron on Facebook and Twitter.
Kai Greene is much more than a bodybuilder. He is an artist and a creative mind. We’ve pulled out previously unseen footage from Generation Iron of Kai going in detail about how posing is what makes a bodybuilder an artist. And how the power of the pose is what stands a bodybuilder apart from just another guy in the gym who wants to be able to lift the most weight.
Get deeper insight of one of the main stars behind the film with this extended look into Generation Iron.
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