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Meet MP Competitor Joseph Valenzuela

ianbloggerslideCongrats on a great showing!  What made you decide to compete in the Men’s Physique Division? I looked at it as a new challenge. I have been involved in sports all my life from five years old to my first year in college. Physical fitness is a big part of my life. I knew I had the muscle and work ethic but not quite the nutrition part. It forced me to learn more about nutrition and how it changed my physique.

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Complete Protein: The Complete Facts

proteinslideYou may have heard the term complete protein. What does it mean and is it something you should be worrying about?  What do you need to know?

Protein is made up of smaller building blocks called amino acids. There are 21 different amino acids that can be combined in endless variations to comprise a protein. Did someone mention Lego?

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What Do You Bring To The Table? Know Your Worth

staceysponsorshipLast month I wrote an article in which I discussed different levels of athlete sponsorship and the tendency of some sports supplement and fitness related companies to use athletes as unpaid salespeople under the guise of being sponsored. This month I am flipping to the other side and discussing athlete value, i.e., what the athlete SHOULD be bringing to the table in terms of marketability, knowledge, and salesmanship when approached for a sponsorship.

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Meet MP Competitor Adam Fetty

adamslideCongrats on a great showing! What made you decide to compete in the Men’s Physique Division?

Competing is something I’ve had a general interest in since I was in high school. I’ve always admired bodybuilding and wanted to do a show. When I approached my coach, Adam Bonilla, I had never heard of men’s physique, but he thought it’d be a better fit for me. Adam’s seventeen years of competition experience isn’t to be taken lightly, so I took his advice and tried Physique as opposed to bodybuilding. Now I’m hooked!

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Partial Repetition Training

paritalrepsPartial repetitions are an excellent way to add a novel stimulus to the muscles and add overall intensity to a given set.

The first time I encountered partial repetitions was back in the late 1970s when I was about 17 years old. They were actually introduced to me by my older brother. The exercise was ‘21s’ for biceps, one arm at a time, with the working arm supported on an incline bench.

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Ferrigno Legacy IFBB Men's Physique Results, Scorecard and Stage Pics

FerrignoLegacySlideThis weekend marked the first ever Ferrigno Legacy show in Santa Barbara, California. The festivities were put together in such a fashion as to make the show a true event rather than simply a bodybuilding show. Kudos to the Ferrigno crew as they succeeded at achieving this endeavor.  As for the IFBB Men’s Physique division, eighteen top quality Pro’s took to the stage. The level of competition across the board was solid. You can look at any of the callouts and are sure to be impressed with the physiques you see.

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New Men's Physique Pro's and Stage Pics from 2014 Nationals

Nationals2014SlideThis past weekend marked the fourth year that the Men’s Physique graced the stage at the NPC Nationals with a slew of men looking to earn their pro card. The first year was back in 2011. Then they only had three height classes. I remember in my height class alone that year there were over 70 guys shooting for that top spot. In 2012 they split the heights into six groups and I was fortunate enough to earn my card in a more moderate sized E class. These same six height classes remain today and the level of competition in each is as strong as ever.

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Daily Supplement Routine for Joint and Connective Tissue Health

supplementPlanIf you listened to PHYSIQUE STAR RADIO last week with Ian Lauer and myself on 11.13.14 you now fully understand the importance of connective tissue and joint health in your training endeavors.  With that new found knowledge, you should be intrigued and chomping at the bit for a supplement routine designed to optimize both.  Well, wait no longer!  Here’s a sample daily routine to improve your joint and connective tissue health.

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Kettlebells for Variety!

KettlebellSlideI’m always looking for new ways to provide an additional variety to my workouts. Recently, I have started to add kettlebells into the mix when doing traditional moves to add a different challenge.  I find that swapping out a dumbbell for a kettlebell really forces additional work on my entire body, but especially my core (primarily with one arm movements) and my forearms (depending on the grip).

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Felicia Romero Pro Men's Physique Results

FeliciaRomero2014SlideThis weekend marked the first time ever for the Felicia Romero Pro show which featuring both Men's Physique and Women's Figure Pro's. There was a solid turnout as 26 MP competitors from all over the nation headed to Arizona to hit the stage as the 2014 season winds to a close. Rodney Razor solidified his spot on the 2015 Olympia stage with the win.

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Preparing for a Show: Things All Physique Athletes Should Know

InjurySlideWhat would be the most detrimental thing to your performance in a physique competition? If you take a second to think about it, the answer is quite simple. The single most dangerous aspect that could prevent you from ranking among the best of the best in your competition is injury. If you manage to injure yourself during the process of preparing for a show, it will greatly impact your ability to work up to your potential.

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Are You A Sponsored Athlete, Or An Unpaid Salesperson?

SponsorshipSlideMost sports supplement companies and other fitness related companies aggressively promote their products through athletes who can sing the praises of their benefits.  Who could be better at describing the efficacy of a product and how it enhances training or recovery than an athlete who not only already uses those types of products, but someone who has a following and who can convince new customers to purchase from the company which they represent?

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2014 Kentucky Muscle IFBB Men's Physique Pro Results

2014KentuckyMuscleSlideThis marked the second year that the IFBB MP Pro’s hit the stage in Louisville, KY for Brent Jones’s Kentucky Muscle show. Head Judge Gary Udit had to work his way through a stacked class of 22 men bringing their best to the stage.  As the dust settled, Michael Anderson walked away with another huge trophy to add to his growing collection.

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2014 IFBB Sacramento Pro Men's Physique Results

2014SacProSlideThis past weekend marked the second time Men's Physique Pro's took to the stage at the IFBB Sacramento Pro Show.  Both Open and Masters classes were represented.  The  turnout was relatively small for the Masters group, but the open class had 20 men take the stage.  Winning the Open class was Dean Balabis while Mike Saffaie won the Masters group.

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Meet MP Competitor Joel Maly

 JoelMalySlideJoel Maly is making major progress towards Team Universe 2015! Congrats on a great showing!  What made you decide to compete in the Men’s Physique Division?

I've always had a passion for lifting weights on some level ever since I was little. By the time I was in college I was continually getting compliments.

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Meet the Man in the Shorts Collin Tate!

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Meet the Man in the Shorts Collin Tate who recently took home a big first place trophy in the MP Division!

I recently competed in the Dexter Jackson Classic 2014 taking home 1st in my class!

What made you decide to compete in the Men’s Physique Division?

A: To take my fitness lifestyle to the next level!

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IFBB Europa Phoenix Pro Men's Physique Results and Pictures

phoenixcomparison2014Just like the weekend prior, there were two IFBB Men’s Physique Pro shows this past weekend. The report on Dayana Cadeau Classic show has already been posted here on RXMUSCLE so chances are good you have already had a chance to review the stage pics and check out the quality of competition. At the same as the time as the men hit the stage at the Dayana Cadeau show nearly 20 more IFBB PRO MP Competitors took to the stage in Phoenix, AZ.

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2014 Dayana Cadeau Classic IFBB Men's Physique Top 3 and Pics

DayanaCadeau2014SlideThe Top 3 results are in for the IFBB Men’s Physique Division at the 2014 Dayana Cadeau Classic. First place went to Anton Antipov as he solidified his spot at the 2015 Olympia. Matt Acton pulled in second coming off of a very recent win while Denis Gusev grabbed the third spot. Eighteen men took to the stage in Coral Springs, Florida to battle it out in this hard fought competition.

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Why Physique Competitors Should Train Legs

TumaLegArticleSlideIt’s time to talk about something that some Physique athletes have been rumored to avoid – leg day. Some competitive fitness athletes think it’s unnecessary to train legs since they aren’t directly judged during the spectating. However, legs still are a big part of your overall physique. If you have worked hard to develop your upper body, you don’t want to give up on your lower half and look out of balance. If you look at many of the top IFBB professionals, you will see that nearly all of the best go out of their way to train legs with just as much intensity as they do any other body part.

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Men's Physique Results Ft Lauderdale and Titan's Grand Prix

ftLauderdaleComparison2014It seems that every day I’m saying that the Men’s Physique Division is growing by leaps and bounds. Today is no different. It is now becoming commonplace to have Men’s Physique Pro shows taking place in multiple locations in the USA simultaneously. This weekend was another such weekend. Just weeks after the 2014 Olympia, IFBB Men’s Physique competitors on both sides of the country and everywhere in between flocked to either coast to start on their chase of the 2015 Olympia stage. On the east side of the US we had the Ft. Lauderdale Cup taking place Florida. In the west the Titan’s Grand Prix was a hit.

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Post Workout Banana Bread Muffin

BananaMuffinSlideRecently I have been experimenting with my post workout meals. Knowing my macro break down I have come up with a recipe for Banana Bread Muffins.

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