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January 2018: New Year, New You, New Fitness Routine.

Post by: Margherita Di Bari – IFBB Fitness Pro

I think it’s great so many people choose to start their year strong with the commitment to their health and fitness. After all, consistently training improves not only your physical body, but your entire mindset and quality of life. If you’re looking to upgrade, find an avenue of fitness that works for you and go with it!

January is a perfect time to test the waters – different classes, methods, different gyms – with all the new year trials and specials going on, it’s the perfect opportunity to find what works for you.

When it comes to making the decision, I find there is one important factor that tends to get overlooked in the beginning, but makes all the difference in the end:

Make sure your gym has as much heart as you do.

This realization hit me hard when I was training for my Canadian Nationals fitness competition in 2016, just before I won my IFBB Pro Card.

Training out of Torque Barbell Club, I was on the stair master for my 3rd cardio session of the day; wrapping up a 2 hour workout and finishing my training for my fitness routine choreography. Needless to say, it was one of those times I climbed up on the stairs and thought to myself, “how the hell am I going to finish this”? Read More

Training Log: Dan Petkovsek

This is the second post in my training cycle for USPA Nationals on July 8th.

First off – I know I said I would post each week, but to be honest – the past few weeks have been very busy, and unfortunately, this fell by the wayside – so I apologize.

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I’ve had some questions about percentages and other things on this program for people who are running it on their own. Read More

You’re Too Technical – And It’s Making You WEAKER

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The only exception to this article is if you’re peaking for a competition.

When you’re training daily in the gym, there’s no doubt that some days will be better than others both physically and mentally. It’s important to have a plan going into each workout – but some days you need to say “F*CK THE PLAN”, and throw some weight on the bar.

I see it far too often. People come into the gym, they slept great, ate well, feel good, and the bar is moving fast – yet they decide to “stick to the plan” and leave either pounds, or reps, or BOTH in the gym.

Don’t get me wrong, I value a good training program, and don’t Read More

Accepting Your Training Responsibility

Yesterday I was training legs at torque, getting in the zone with my Sumo Squats when Dan passed by and complimented my depth and form. Big compliment coming from the king of powerlifting! We got on the subject of people getting low enough on their squats, and how there are few people that do. Which got me thinking, how couldn’t people be getting low on their squats, aren’t you feeling for depth in every rep?

The answer is no. Some people are not feeling for depth, or much of anything at all. There is an absence of one’s own connection to the movement; there is no mind-muscle Read More

Lose The Wrist Wraps! Increase Your Bench

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This post is short – as I feel it can be said in just a few paragraphs.

There seems to be more and more lifters in gyms wrapping up these days – and using wrist wraps in the WRONG way.

Don’t get me wrong, I fully understand the benefit of using them, and believe they are a beneficial tool to push more weight – however, when guy’s (and girls) are using them for EVERY SINGLE Read More