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GI PODCAST WITH KAI GREENE: STRENGTH TRAINING VS BODYBUILDING

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Generation Iron Podcast Joe DeFranco Kai Greene

Joe DeFranco breaks down bodybuilding and strength.

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As Kai travels back from his big win in Australia. Krystal Lavenne is joined by one of the top trainers in the country and host of the “Industrial Strength Show” podcast – Joe DeFranco. The two break down the barriers between bodybuilding vs strength training. It’s often said that bodybuilding has nothing to do with functional strength. It’s all just aesthetics. But strength must play some role in competitive bodybuilding. That’s where Joe comes in. Joe gives pointers to aspiring mass monsters and talks how, in some ways, every athlete begins with bodybuilding. Listen to it above.
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The Generation Iron Podcast With Kai Greene airs every Wednesday and is available to listen right here on the Generation Iron Fitness Network, the iTunes podcast app, or on CBS’s official Play.It website. Please help us make a mark in the podcast world! Listen, subscribe, and rate us!

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Artemus Dolgin Opens Up About Marijuana & Bodyuilding

Generation Iron Marijuana and Bodybuilding

One bodybuilder opens up about weed and lifting.

When any athlete thinks about living the bodybuilding lifestyle the number one things that come to mind are training, dieting, and providing all the rest and recover your body needs in order to grow. Many experienced bodybuilders will caution you as to what you should and shouldn’t put into your body in order to see gains. The whole point of the endeavor is not only to train smart, but to make smart and healthy choices that won’t effect your body adversely.

Alcohol and drug use are viewed as being extremely harmful to your physique. Abusing alcohol and drugs like cocaine can mean you could be saying goodbye to all the gains you made in the gym. While cocaine is certainly a drug that should be completely avoided, some alcohol consumption here and there isn’t too terrible, but it can still definitely kill your gains. But as we move further into the future the question that seems to be on every bodybuilder’s minds is where marijuana fits into the equation.

Smoking marijuana has often been likened to smoking cigarettes by some and been defended by others as a miracle plant that can have healing effects on the body. As a bodybuilder you’re always are going to be worried about what you’re putting into your body and with good reason. Making uneducated and rash choices of what you consume can easily destroy all your hopes of looking like a shredded beast. Still, bodybuilders like Arnold Schwarzenegger have been known to smoke marijuana and he’s often considered to be the greatest bodybuilder to ever compete in the sport.

So what’s the truth behind marijuana usage and bodybuilding gains? It seems that physique competitor and bodybuilder Artemus Dolgin has his own opinions on the herb issue. Take a listen to his opinions on the subject of marijuana and bodybuilding.

Do you agree with Artemus Dolgin’s stance on marijuana? Let us know in the comments and forums. Also, be sure to follow Generation Iron on Facebook and Twitter.

BODYBUILDING TALK: HOW DOES CRAIG “BIG” GOLIAS GET SO BIG?

Generation Iron Craig Golias

They don’t call him “Big Golias” for nothing.

Craig Golias is a truly massive person and deserving of the title Mass Monster. When it comes to bodybuilding – something that many newcomers struggle with is actually putting on the extra size. Sure you train your ass of in the gym and start to see some lean muscle… but how do you get to a truly monster-level size? How do you become a Goliath – if you will.

Well there’s no need to guess anymore because Big Golias himself has sat down at the Elite Labs booth to go into detail on how exactly he keeps that massive muscle packed on. No guides, no tips… just personal experience straight from the big guy’s mouth. Watch it in the video above!
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What are your thoughts on Craig Golias’ advice? Let us know in the comments below and don’t forget to subscribe to our official YouTube channel for updates on our latest shows. Stay pumped.

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TEASER TRAILER FOR THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER 23 OUT NOW!

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Bad blood

Women’s strawweight champion  Joanna Jedrzejczyk and No. 1 contender Claudia Gadelha will square off against each other later this year over the title. While their skills alone is reason enough to tune in, these two just don’t like each other which will add bad attentions to end of every blow. The bad blood started between the two at the end of their first bout. Jedrzejczyk and Gadelha met in a non-title fight at UFC on FOX 13 in 2014, with Jedrzejczyk taking a split decision. Gadelha felt she won the fight and has been calling for the rematch ever since…looks like she got her wish. Rumor has it that the two couldn’t wait for the sanctioned bout later this year and took to blows at the end of the shows taping (head kicks and all). The series begins on April 20 on FOX Sports 1 with eight light heavyweight male fighters and eight female strawweights competing to become the next winner. https://youtu.be/sTacF73c8Hw

NY ASSEMBLY MEMBERS’ ATTEMPTS AT DEMONIZING MMA IS LAUGHABLE EVEN TO CHRIS WEIDMAN

ny assembly weidman headerSometimes all you can do is shake your head.

MMA has finally been legalized in New York and it’s about damn time. I for one have been waiting for this day for a long time and with it’s legalization there’s going to be a major shift in combat sports going forward. The fact that it took so long is pretty ridiculous in and of itself, but like they “better late than never” and despite it’s tardiness, mixed martial artist based in New York will no longer have to travel up and down the eastern coast of the US looking for a fight. Instead, combatants can fight in their backyard for a change which will most certainly bring more eyes on the sport and generate more interest to boot. While all NY based MMA fans can now rejoice at the new legalization, there’s still a point of interest to be discussed, one that is at once absurd and laughable. The vote in the NY Assembly was a resounding 113-25 in support of legalization, yet of those 25 assemblymen who wished to deny passing the bill, there were a few individuals who wished to throw some rather childish barbs. Hon. Daniel J. O’Donnell, brother of entertainer Rosie O’Donnell, made his thoughts on MMA loud and clear. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BSaFKpwWYtQ The fact that O’Donnell’s tactic of denouncing MMA as an act of homosexual pleasure is idiotic on multiple fronts. Equating the act of grappling to making love is just the kind of rhetoric that an individual with no knowledge of the sport would say. Educating themselves on the subject would have gone a long way to potentially proving a point, but it’s great to see the ignorance on full display. It just highlights the fact that there has been no concrete reasoning to keep MMA out of NY in the first place. The fact that it’s the only ammunition that he had to denounce the sport shows just how foolish this entire ordeal has been. Everyone is entitled to their opinion, but when it reaches levels of this kind of shocking ignorance you have to wonder just why an individual like O’Donnell is so against the sport in the first place. Even former Middleweight champion Chris Weidman has chimed in stating just how embarrassing the stance of the assemblymen truly were. Hon. Angela Wozniak goes even further to denounce the sport by alleging that coaches take advantage of young children, abusing them sexually. Rather than actually looking at the subject in question, the assembly would rather focus on things that have no tangible proof, choosing to instead demonize the sport rather than look at what it brings to the table. It will create jobs, open up new markets, and potentially raise a tremendous amount of money for not only the citizens looking to participate at all levels of the sport, but for the New York state itself. It’s been a long time coming, but not MMA is finally getting it’s due in NY and not all the ridiculous, unscrupulous, and unfounded allegations in the world is going to stop this plane from taking off. Let the games begin. What are your thoughts on this issue? Follow Generation Iron MMA on Facebook and Twitter. Also, be sure to share, like, and comment to show your support.


Jonathan Salmon is a writer, martial arts instructor, and geek culture enthusiast. Check out his Twitter and Facebook to keep up with his antics.

STORYTIME WITH GREGG VALENTINO: WHEN YOU EAT BIG, YOU SHIT BIG

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Gregg’s back and dirtier than ever.

STORYTIME WITH GREGG VALENTINO – is a new weekly series showcasing the most insane bodybuilding stories ever told by one of the industry’s most controversial figures, Gregg Valentino. They simply have to be seen to believe.

It’s been a bit of a break because of all the Arnold Classic madness these past two weeks. But Gregg Valentino is BACK! And does he have one hell of a story to tell you. There’s no holding back this week. No time to ease you all back into Gregg’s… erm, interesting… style of storytelling. We’re going big, dirty, and in your face offensive. Looking for some big laughs and big cringes? Then you’re in the right place. Watch our latest episode right above.
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You can catch Storytime With Gregg Valentino every Tuesday only on the Generation Iron Fitness Network. Make sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel to receive updates on all of our daily videos and never miss a beat. Stay pumped.

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BEST DAMN DEADLIFT INSTRUCTIONAL VIDEO. PERIOD.

Generation Iron Best Damn Deadlift Instructional

Generation Iron Best Damn Deadlift Instructional

Stop screwing up your deadlift.

No one’s born a bodybuilder. For a person who endeavors to build tremendous amounts of muscle there is always a day of awakening. For each individual that chooses to make a change in their physique there’s a different driving force that pushes them through each grueling training session, through every injury. Everyone who chooses to make that change has a particular motivation that brings them to the table. For some it’s purely for aesthetics. Others crave strength and power above all else which brings them to the weights.

Whatever the reason may be, you head to the gym to make a change, to make an improvement. In order to do so there are a handful of exercises that must be in your repertoire: the bench press, the squat, and the deadlift. The last exercise in particular is the one exercise that has turned men into crying babies through either injury or just sheer fatigue.

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Deadlifts are a movement that many trainers will tell you to perform once a week because of the toll it takes on the body. Deadlifts when done heavy, not to mention correctly, can be an extremely taxing ordeal. There’s a reason why you see so many competitors at powerlifting meets throwing up from deadlifting, it’s just that intense.

Whether you’re heading to the gym to build up your lower back and legs or if you simply just wish to grow in strength, the deadlift is an exercise that should be apart of your training. The problem with the deadlift, however, is that it’s easy to perform the movement wrong and when that happens you can be sure that you’ll be gifted with a severe injury. If you’re planning to hit the gym consistently without injuring yourself then you better know how to perform the deadlift movement with accuracy and perfect technique.

Of all the instructional articles and videos you can find on the internet, the clip below breaks down deadlifting technique unlike anything else out there. Check it out.

Are deadlifts apart of your training routine? Let us know if this helped you tighten up the movement.

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Jonathan Salmon is a writer, martial arts instructor, and geek culture enthusiast. Check out his Twitter and Facebook to keep up with his antics.

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GI WORKOUT SONG OF THE WEEK 3/22/2016

Generation Iron Workout Song League Of Legends

Generation Iron Workout Song League Of Legends

An epic climb.

The second of six Arnold Classic events took place over the weekend and in two attempts, Kai Greene has come out on top as the open weight champion. It seemed like yesterday when Kai was announcing that he wouldn’t be competing at the 2015 Olympia. Now, only three months into 2016, Greene already has two championship victories under his belt and some much needed momentum.

While many may have viewed it as a forgone conclusion, Greene was up against some pretty tough competition at both the Arnold Classic in Ohio and Australia. Cedric McMillan came close to snatching victory from Kai in the first Arnold event earlier this month. But the veteran was able to battle back with an elaborate posing routine that earned Kai a much needed victory.

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Cedric closing in on Kai helped to motivate “The Predator” to bring the best version of himself to Australia. His physique was more on point and his posing routine was sensational as ever. The victory will likely have people once again talking about the Phil Heath rivalry once more. At this point there is nothing but motivation for Kai Greene to get back in the gym and ensure that he can defeat his bitter rival in competition.

Whether you’re an amateur who lifts for fun or a pro looking to get fired up for a hardcore session, GI has the track to provide you with the motivation to battle through your training this week.

Today we’re going for a full blown epic track to make you feel like you’re marching in an army to bloody victory in the next big action film. Think Lord of the Rings meets Batman vs Superman meets… a completely INSANE build up. And once the heavy beat drops you’ll be breaking PR’s in no time.

This Week’s Pick

Song: Piercing Light (Mako Remix)
Artist: Riot
Album: League of Legends Soundtrack

Crank it up and hit the iron hard. You’ve got no time to be lazy. Get those gains!

Check back next week for the GI workout song of the week and be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

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This Is Why The Strongest Men In The World Come From Iceland

Generation Iron Strongman Iceland

Giants of Iceland indeed.

As a bodybuilder there’s no way that you can’t respect strength. For many athletes who endeavor to build muscle it’s all about hypertrophy. Strength usually comes second, but that doesn’t change the fact that performing feats of strength that most humans can’t is something that is surely appealing to a bodybuilder. If the average Joe looks on with awe as men perform superhuman acts of strength, then there’s no reason why a bodybuilder shouldn’t feel the same. Athletes who compete in strongman and other strength based competitions attain attributes no normal human can achieve and that in itself is something to be respected.

Sure, when it comes to strongmen and powerlifters they may not have the best physiques out there. But when you look at the amount of time, effort, dedication, and sacrifice it takes to be the best strongman in the world then you have no choice but to appreciate the journey these athletes travel. It’s easy to point and stare and call someone out of shape or fat, but if you understand the kind of work strongman put themselves through, not to mention all the feats they can perform, the prowess of these athletes become hard to deny.

Iceland is known for it’s tradition of producing powerful strongman athletes. You need simply look to Hafthor Bjornson to know that to be true. But the man who many refer to as The Mountain is just one amongst many strongman athletes from Iceland, each of them hulking giants with strength that you’re more likely to see in a comic book movie than in real life.

The Icelandic giants have a proud tradition and the video below from VICE highlights the world of strongman competition in Iceland.

Are you a fan of strongman competitions?

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Jonathan Salmon is a writer, martial arts instructor, and geek culture enthusiast. Check out his Twitter to keep up with his antics.

WHY ROBBIE LAWLER AND TYRON WOODLEY SHOULD BE THROWING HANDS AT UFC 200

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This one’s a no brainer

For all of you fight fans who don’t know UFC 200 is vastly approaching upon us. The highly touted historic card will be held in Las Vegas at the MGM grand arena and it seems everything is all set except for one minor detail…the fights. With only 1 bout officially inked (Cain Velasquez vs. Travis Browne – heavyweight), fight fans are starting to get restless. Recently on the MMA Hour Ariel Helwani revealed that the Conor McGregor vs. Nate Diaz 2 was all but signed at the catch weight of 170. However, that still only leaves us with 2 fights for a 6 fight main card. But don’t you worry your pretty little head Dana White, we’ve got some suggestions… The welterweight division has been in a bit of an upheaval lately. With Steven “Wonderboy” Thompson shocking the world by dismantling top 5 contender Johnny Hendrix via second round KO many people were calling for his title shot. Unfortunately for #3 ranked Tyron Woodley it seemed as if Dana White would listen…but alas. In a fortunate turn of events for Woodley, the promotion went ahead and booked “Wonderboy” for a fight with Rory “The Red King” Mcdonald in Ottawa, Canada for a Fight Night on June 18th. With the news of this fight being booked along with the lack of fights for UFC 200, Robbie Lawler vs Tyron Woodley is all but a no brainer. Tyron Woodley has been campaigning for this fight since Johnny Hendrix missed weight back in UFC 192 and not to long ago Dana White promised him the shot. But a promise from Dana White is about as cheap and reliable as a gold watch on canal St. and Tyron took to social media to promote his cause. Personally I like the fight. One, because I think Woodley deserves a title shot, it’s not his fault Carlos Condit got injured in their bout and Johnny Hendrix couldn’t make weight. Two, it’s a good match up, Tyron Woodley is an elite wrestler with knockout power in his hands. If he can get Robbie Lawler to the ground it would make for an interesting night. Three, he’s playing the game, in the age of Conor Mcgregor closed mouths don’t get fed, so for Woodley to start being more vocal and promoting his worth shows he’s willing to go out his comfort zone to get the fight. It shows he really wants it. Now Tyron Woodley isn’t the most household name or doesn’t have the most explosive personality but with a knockout artist like “Ruthless” Robbie Lawler, it’s damn near impossible ot fail. Besides it at UFC 200…HELLO?! Yes, Carlos Condit is still out there, and personally I think he won the Lawler bout but he had his chance. If he wants to hang around to get another crack that’s fine, if he wants to retire, it’s sad, but that’s fine too. It’s Tyron Woodley’s time, he deserves the shot. The winner of the Rory Mcdonald vs. Steven Thompson fight can then face the winner of the Woodley vs. Lawler fight for a shot at the strap. And there we have it, out welterweight picture. What do you guys/gals think of the above match-up for UFC200? Has Woodley done enough to Get a shot at the strap, or does he simply not have the momentum to surpass the bigger names at welterweight?

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