Monthly Archives: May 2015

The Self-centered YouTube Fitness Pricks

| May 31, 2015 by Truth Seeker |

Every day 100 new people join the YouTube Fitness parade. Whenever you search for something training related on the Internet, the results are always the same – tons of videos made by popular fitness YouTubers. Over the last few years, the spam has reached epic proportions. The most annoying part about the fitness YouTubers is […]

How To Use Dips As a Primary Chest & Triceps Exercise

| May 30, 2015 by Truth Seeker |

Most fitness and powerlifting media promote dips solely as an assistance exercise for the bench press, but the truth is that the dip can be a primary lift too if you give it an opportunity to shine. Have you ever wondered why the bench press is always treated as the Queen of all pushing exercises? […]

Can Natural Bodybuilders Have An Ultra Thin Skin?

| May 29, 2015 by Truth Seeker |

One of the telltale signs of drug abuse among bodybuilders and fitness models would be the ultra-thin skin. To understand what I mean by that pinch the skin at the back of your hand. It will be very thin even if you are obese. Many steroids users have skin that thin all over their bodies. […]

Is Pavel’s Russian Bear Routine The Secret To Muscle Growth? How about no?

| by Truth Seeker |

The Russian Bear protocol is a relatively popular hypertrophy routine designed by Pavel Tsatsouline. It requires you to perform only 2 exercises. In the original program, the movements of choice are the deadlift and the overhead press. The first major flaw of this routine is the high deadlift volume. I’ve heard of people doing deadlifts for […]

Which Muscle Groups Grow The Fastest

| May 27, 2015 by Truth Seeker |

According to my observations, the muscle groups with long muscle bellies and short tendons grow the fastest when trained frequently and intensely. Those, however, vary for different people. As I wrote in the article about calves, some lifters will never develop that muscle group to something impressive regardless of training, food intake or drug use because […]

Why the Planche and the Front Lever Won’t Make You Big

| by Truth Seeker |

Believe it or not, the front lever and its counterpart the planche will not cause significant if any hypertrophy. Why? The number of reasons is longer than you may think. 1.Skill-based movements are not optimal for hypertrophy and basic strength development. When a movement is complex and demands too much skill, it immediately becomes less […]

Genetics: Is Your Bodybuilding Success Predetermined?

| May 24, 2015 by Truth Seeker |

Yesterday I watched a video meant to explain why modern natural bodybuilders are breaking the size limits. The idea was that there are people with incredibly good genetics who can build an enormous amount of muscle mass compared to the rest. The maker of the clip is the popular bodybuilder Marc Lobliner. He used the following example […]

Are Calves All Genetics? Can you actually make them BIG? My experience confirms all stereotypes about calves.

| May 22, 2015 by Truth Seeker |

As most ectomorphs, I have calf muscles with extremely high insertions (long Achilles tendons). As a result, my lower legs and ankles have always been skinny looking. Naturally, my awareness of this fact increased when I joined the muscle game. Sadly, high calves just can’t grow in the cases I have observed. There’s overwhelming evidence suggesting […]