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Abdominal Muscle Myths
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Avoid Overtraining
Back Muscle - Latissimus Dorsi
Back Muscle & Lats Exercise
Beach Body Abs
Become Fitness Model -1
Become Fitness Model -2
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Biceps Super Set Workout
Build Bigger Arms
Bodybuilding Tips - a few
Bodybuiding FAQ
Bodybuilding Myths
Break the Training Plateau
Build Muscle - Lose Body Fat
Calf Muscle Workout Exercises
Choose Bodybuilding Routines
Front Squat vs Back Squats
Forearm Exercises
Lagging Chest Development
Leg Muscle Squat Exercise
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Light Weight Lifting Vs Heavy
Martial Arts Training
Muscle Injury - How to Avoid
Motivation - Staying Motivated
Optimum Strength Training
Other Chest Workout Exercises
Over 40 Workout and Training
Pete Sisco Bodybuilding Q & A
Self Motivation for Workouts
Set Personal Records
Shoulder Workout Exercises
Static and Isometric Training
Static Contraction Training (SCT)
Strong Range Partials
Teen Bodybuilding
Thigh Exercise & Workout
Training With the Girl Friend
Training for Muscle Definition
Training Frequency and Rest
Training Frequency and Rest -2
Tricep Workout Training
Weight Lifting and Manual Labour

Womens Bodybuilding

Arm Workout For Woman
Woman Chest Muscle Exercise
Women Delt Workout - Shoulders
Women Forearm Exercise
Women Leg Muscle Workout
Women Triceps Exercises
Women Bodybuilding

BodyBuilding FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions

Check Out our Expert Advice on bodybuilding with the Pros! We get hundreds of bodybuilding questions every week. Here is a great sampling of FAQs that will help you achieve your bodybuilding and fitness goals.

Do you cycle Creatine? I'm finding that after the third week I don't feel the effect anymore.

Here's what I do with creatine:

week 1: load (20 g / day)
week 2-4 : maintenance (10 g / day)
week 5: load (20 g / day)
week 6-8: OFF

Repeat Cycle.

I'm basically on for 5 weeks (higher than average doses), then off completely for 3 weeks. This seems to work well for me and gives me continual progress with my creatine supplementation.

Another important factor here is what type of creatine you're using. I never made great gains with creatine until I switched to a creatine formula as opposed to just mixing the powder up myself.

In particular, AST's Creatine HSC has really worked well for me. Other people see good results with EAS Phosphagen HP and MET-Rx's Micronized Creatine. And MuscleTech's Cell Tech is becoming increasingly popular.

I've found that it's best to avoid generic creatine monohydrate (the cheap stuff) as the purity is often in question and it doesn't seem to work nearly as well as the quality formulas on the market.

I'm looking for a way to really develop my shoulders. My problem is I can't do behind the neck barbell presses without aggravating my shoulders. Any suggestions?

I tend to stay away from any movements that require you to push or pull from behind the neck (Lat Pulldowns, Barbell Presses, etc.) as I feel this puts the neck and the shoulder in very unnatural positions that invite injury.

One of the best and safest exercises I've found for all-around shoulder development is the Seated Dumbbell Press.

When doing seated presses for shoulder development, you want to maintain the stress on your delts by not locking out your elbows in the top position.

Locking your elbows out actually serves to take the weight off your delts and thus gives them a momentary break from the set. This break is clearly counter-productive to growth and development.

By maintaining continuous tension on the delts, you'll dramatically increase the effectiveness of this movement. You may have to drop your poundage down slightly, but I've found that with most people shoulders respond well to highly controlled, continuous tension sets.

I'm interested in quickly getting as muscular as possible. How many reps should I do for each exercise?

While generalizations are often misleading, for adding mass to the major bodyparts the following ranges seem to work best for most people:

Chest & Back = 5-8 Reps / Set
Arms & Shoulders = 6-10 Reps / Set
Quads & Hamstrings = 8-15 Reps / Set
Calves = 12-20 Reps / Set

Again, as always it's important to work variation into your training program. In particular, I like to periodically throw in some high rep training.

What exercises do you do to get the lower ridge on your pecs, that real chiseled look?

I use a combination of Decline Presses with a wide-variety of cable exercises to fully develop the lower ridge of the pectorals and to burn the cut, striated look into the muscle.

While not generally a big fan of Bench Pressing for chest development, I've had some success with Barbell Presses on the decline bench. Make sure the decline angle is not too severe in order to prevent the bulk of the stress from shifting over to your arms and, in particular, your delts.

I like to use about a 35% angle on the bench here. For best results use a shoulder-width grip and keep your arms in close to your sides. Form is key.

I'll occasionally mix things up by doing Decline Dumbbell Presses in order to really stretch the pecs.

I like to use various Cable Crossover and Cable Fly movements as finishing exercises for chest. The continuous tension that cables provide is instrumental in developing a full rounded chest. Be sure not to work against this continuous tension by jerking through the exercise or by swinging body momentum into the movements. Strict, smooth form will really pay off here.



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