How Often Should You Switch Up Your Routine?

Question: Marc, I've been wondering how often I should switch up my sets and reps?  I've been following a program now and while my weights are increasing, I'm still doing the same number of sets prescribed along with the same repetitions.  During the first six months, the changes (visual) came quickly.  Now I'm not seeing that as much.  What can I do? Answer: Anybody who looks for this answer on the Internet is bound to get 1000 different views and opinions.  Unless the person in question knows you personally and your situation, tossing out: "You should change up your routine every week." "You should change...

Big Gains on a Small Budget

This is post by NoBull Author, Mike Boyle Bodybuilding is a 24 hr a day job, that requires hard work, discipline and dedication.  Its also not a cheap job, it requires a lot of money.  With food, supplements and a gym membership you could be looking at anywhere from 300-600 dollars a month.  Most of us have to learn how to budget our money to fit our lifestyle.  I'm going to show you a few ways I have learn to budget my money to fit my own bodybuilding needs.

Aspirin: A Good Pre-Workout Supplement?

Question: Dear Marc, Do blood thinners such as aspirin and the like affect / effect the muscle building process?  I am a 56 year old male that REALLY needs to get into better shape. Thanks for the great site. Dave Answer: Dave, Before I discuss Aspirin or as it’s called, Salicylate, I want to stress that in all cases I NEVER recommend over the counter medications without first obtaining medical approval from a qualified medical professional. Aspirin works on many levels.

The Shocking Truth About Counting Calories

At some point in your weight management phase and it doesn't matter if it's to lose weight or to gain weight or just to manipulate your body composition, you're first though it to count calories.  Maybe I'm the first person to tell you this or the 10,000 but the truth is, calorie counting does have a use but it's not going to lead to long term success. Do you want to be a slave to numbers?

5 Little Know Factors That Could Affect Your Ability to Gain Weight

Let's face it.. gaining weight is pretty easy when you put the numbers down on paper but it's the behavior that limits people.  If I told you to eat X number of calories per day for your body weight, the math is the simple part.  It's the following behaviors that must change in order for you to make changes.  For instance... When somebody who is under weight is not eating enough but knows they need to eat a certain amount of calories per day to put on healthy weight, it's not that math that trips them up, it's the inability to...

10 Bodybuilders You Should Be Following on Twitter

Maybe you use Twitter and maybe you don't.  But because the second most frequently asked question by Twitter newcomers is, “who should I follow?” I've decided to put together a list of the bodybuilders and fitness experts I follow on Twitter…and why you should probably follow them, too! A Very Short List of Influential Bodybuilding and Fitness People on Twitter:

Sticking to the Program

This is a guest post by Linda Cusmano of BodyRush Personal Training Other than the famous "I don't have the time" syndrome, motivation is one of our foremost downfalls to getting into shape and keeping with an exercise regimen. Being in the sport of Fitness, with frequent diet modifications, high training demands and no room for slacking off, I myself find it a challenge to continually maintain such a trying schedule. We all have our days when we feel weak or bored and would take any excuse to skip or put off that days training. Over the past few years I have...

How to Lose Stubborn Lower Belly Fat

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5 Healthy Tips for Women to Stay Fit

This is a guest post by Hossein Noshirvani of Motionsoft. Women have a tendency to put the needs of others before their own. They volunteer for the little league carpool, help the neighbor across the street set up for a yard sale, stay late at work to help a co-worker finish a big presentation, prepare dinner for eight to entertain their husband’s clients…the list goes on and on. So while women are busy taking care of others, they lose sight of their own needs, including their fitness and personal wellness. It may be nearly impossible to get some women from ignoring...

24 Good Reasons Why You May Need Vitamin and Mineral Supplements

This guest post is from a section of the ISSA Training Guide. Have you ever wondered why taking a multi-vitamin is said to be an "insurance policy?"  Or maybe you've heard that you don't need a multi-vitamin IF your nutrition is very good. You know what I'm talking about right? "You can get all the vitamins and minerals you need from good, whole foods.  You don't need a multi-vitamin if you eat right." Could that be true? Here's 24 reasons that even IF your nutrition is right on the bulls-eye, you might consider taking a multi-vitamin and mineral supplement as that added "insurance policy."