Squats are probably the single most important exercise for building mass.
Not only do they help you avoid the “skipped leg day” aesthetic, but they also recruit a huge array of muscle groups. Front squats are often overlooked in the modern workout.
Now, I know you’re not skipping legs (right?), but you might be stuck in the back squats only rut. It’s time for you to break out and change your leg routine. I have some great workouts on my site, but today I’m going to give you 5 reasons why you should be incorporating front squats.
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As bodybuilders we have two mortal enemies that can keep us from showing our full potential: body fat and water weight.
Body fat is pretty straightforward when it comes to how we lose and gain weight. Water weight, on the other hand, is a bit more complicated and overall much more sensitive. In my book Rebound Like the Champ, I touch on water weight and I give you dieting tips to help you avoid it altogether.
In all honesty, the only way you can fight bloating from water retention is by fighting it on three fronts: supplements, diet, and water intake in general.
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Everyone has heard that phrase before, and usually together with a photo of a guy who is all buff up top but has legs that might as well be string beans.
As you can see in this video, I take leg day seriously. Once you get signed up to my VIP membership, you’ll get to learn about how you really have to do leg day.
For now, let’s get down to brass tacks: why is leg day so important?
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All bodybuilders should know that if they don’t have DOMS, their workout needs improvement.
I’m not talking about whatever crazy stuff that you do in the privacy of your own home, I’m talking about Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness. This is a pain that we should all be familiar with; it’s the ache of our muscles that means that we did our workout right.
DOMS is caused by the microtears that our muscles develop from a hard workout and usually comes up a couple days after working out. Even though the pains should be expected, there are ways to reduce its effects through muscle recovery. Muscle recovery can be done with stretching and other techniques that I cover in my book Rebound Like the Champ, but today we’ll just cover foods that can help speed muscle healing.
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There are plenty of different bodybuilding sites nowadays that tout the use of enhanced recovery in order to achieve maximum gains.
Enhanced recovery calls for using different substances and techniques in order to stimulate muscle growth without needing a normal amount of rest. That means that you will have less down time in between workout sessions.
The ultimate goal of enhanced recovery is to increase gains within a shorter period of time, it won’t get you closer to your long-term goals. You, as a bodybuilder, should know straight off the bat that decreasing the rest your body needs is counterintuitive. Not only is it unhealthy, it is also unsustainable. Eventually all that neglect will catch up to you.
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You probably immediately read the title and laughed or sneered.
A lot of people think it’s not very possible to reduce fat and bulk up at the same time. In fact, it sounds outright contradictory.
The problem with this thinking is that bodybuilders have to lose while making gains if they want to be competitive. It’s one of the main banes of our profession because we have to show off pique physical condition with all the vascularity and toning we can get. I have come up with my own technique of simultaneously getting big and slimming down, which is one of the many things you can learn with my VIP Membership.
In the meantime, let me tell you a few ways you can start losing fat and gaining muscle at the same time. It’s possible. I promise.
If nothing else, you should be doing cardio for a healthy body and overall fitness level. The biggest muscle gods can look ripped, but they will probably be in horrible shape if they don’t do cardio. A fantastic physique is great, but health is ultimately more important? In any case, what I’m about to tell you will really get you thinking about cardio.
The main reason why bodybuilders stray away from cardio is because people say it burns more muscle than fat, and this is true, but not always. In reality, you can do cardio up to 6 times a week, but you should alternate between high intensity blasts and slower cardio. Mixing it up really gets your metabolism on edge and over time your body will tap into your fat stores (the slow burning stuff) rather than your muscle (the fast burning stuff for spur of the moment energy).
With cardio, the thing you really need to be concerned about is your energy levels throughout the day. When your energy really sags and you become lethargic, that probably a sign you’re not eating enough calories. If you barely have the energy to go for a short run,
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Most people think that getting into great shape is as easy as saying, “I’m going to start going to the gym every morning.”
If that were true, there probably wouldn’t be an obesity crisis in America today. The truth is, if you want to work towards a great body, you have to prioritize it.
The truth is, I have days when I just don’t want to do it at all (especially cardio). But bodybuilding is more than just working out when you feel like it. It’s an entire lifestyle that you have to stick to in order to get any results. Take it from me – it’s not easy, but nothing you have to work for is supposed to be easy.
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Do you want to know what’s next for the 3x Men’s Physique Olympia Champion? In this video, Jeremy Buendia shares his future plans for training and also the coaching workshop he’s preparing for you.
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Do you want to maximize your workouts? In this video, Jeremy Buendia shares his shoulder workout tips for rear-delts. Perform this rear-delt focused workout 2-3 days before or after your normally scheduled shoulder routine and also keep rear-delt training to a minimum on those days to avoid over-training.
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Do you want to maximize your workouts? In this video, Jeremy Buendia shares his workout tips for arm training. The main thing to keep in mind regarding arm-training form is to make sure that you really feel your biceps and triceps working when you’re training them.