Background

IRON MAN Magazine was founded in 1936 by Peary and Mabel Rader of Alliance, Nebraska. Their first print run of 50 copies was done via a duplicating machine which sat on their dining room table. Iron Man started out as an educational vehicle to inform and enlighten those people who were interested in weightlifting, bodybuilding and eventually, powerlifting.

The focus of Iron Man Magazine during its first 50 years was on all three sports, with emphasis on weight training in general as a life-enhancing activity. Iron Man has always stressed the health and character-building aspects of weight-training, and was always the leader in bringing exercise and nutrition concepts/ideas to those in the training world.

In the early 50s, Iron Man Magazine was the first weight-training publication to show women working out with weights as part of their overall fitness regimen. It even went so far as to show a pregnant woman training with weights and educating readers on the benefits of exercise during pregnancy—thoroughly modern concepts 25 years ahead of its time. In the late 50s-early 60s, Iron Man Magazine was the first to talk about high-quality proteins derived from milk and eggs as well as liquid amino acids. The bimonthly magazine by this time had acquired over 30,000 subscribers simply on the strength of its information. The Raders never worked at expanding its circulation. It grew by word of mouth fueled by the general hunger for and IRONMAN's ability to provide intelligent, timely and reliable training information.

By 1970 Arthur Jones had created the first Nautilus prototype. He was eager to share his exercise concepts with the world, but every magazine except Iron Man turned him down. Peary Rader saw the potential of the Nautilus concept and in keeping with Iron Man's will to remain an open forum for ideas, Rader embraced Jones' enthusiasm and ideas. Iron Man was the leader in bringing Nautilus to the marketplace and the only publication to stand behind it. The entire exercise machine industry today was built on the shoulders of the Nautilus. If Iron Man had not supported Nautilus, we would see a vastly different market today.

By the early 80s, the Raders—-now in their 70s—-had spent nearly 50 years working incredibly long hours to put out a bimonthly publication. The hard work was beginning to take its toll.

I had been interested in Iron Man since the mid-70s as a business and had in fact talked several times with the Raders about purchasing Iron Man. Eventually, my dream of owning and publishing a bodybuilding magazine was realized and in August 1986, Iron Man Magazine changed owners after 50 years. At that time, Iron Man had no foreign editions, published bimonthly and averaged 96 black-and-white pages except for a color cover.

Eighteen years later, Iron Man Magazine is published worldwide not only in English, but also Japanese, Australian, Italian, German, Greek and Russian. The English language edition averages 250 pages in full color.

Iron Man Online is a natural extension of the magazine-complete, unbiased training and nutritional information for the beginner and hardcore bodybuilder/weight trainer. As the Internet continues to explode across the world and hundreds of companies spring up everyday, each claiming to have the answer or magic potion that will turn your fat into muscle, remember that the one true voice is your own. As you experiment with new routines and supplement schedules, your body will tell you if you are on the right track or not. As always we will provide you with the basic tools to get started as well as information on the latest trends and shortcuts. We insist upon your feedback as we strive to remain your training, nutrition and inspirational guide.

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Registrations are now open! Starting October 1st, sign up to compete to be on the front cover of Iron Man Magazine!
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See the Top 40 Semifinalists from the 2012 Bodybuilding.com BodySpace Spokesmodel Search presented by Iron Man Magazine!
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Voting has begun and lasts through the entire month of November! Vote for your favorites to be the next BodySpace Spokesmodel!
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Registrations are now open! Sign up to compete to be on the front cover of Iron Man Magazine!
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The January 2011 issue of Iron Man features Joe Weider's 90th birthday bash! Also check out 6 Big Back Attack Tips!
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You hit your back with every possible technique and exercise. You’ve even increased the weights that you use. So why hasn't your back grown in ages? You need to rethink your back-training plan.
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Iron Man Magazine presents The 2011 Bodybuilding.com BodySpace Spokesmodel Search! Two lucky winners get to grace the cover of Iron Man Magazine. See who was picked!
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The December 2010 issue of Iron Man features 6 Big-Back-Attack Tips. Rev up that rear view with these mass makers.
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From the Bodybuilding.com archive, Vince DelMonte reveals his against-the-grain tricks for getting you thick. Prepare for mass!
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The November 2010 issue of Iron Man features The Beach-Body Workout, for sun, sand, surf and sexiness. Also check out the 10 Secret Muscle Building Tips!
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Iron Man Magazine presents The Bodybuilding.com BodySpace Spokesmodel Search! Some lucky winner gets to grace the cover of Iron Man Magazine! Vote for your favorite spokesmodel contestant!
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When T-shirt weather rolls around, you just gotta have eye-popping arms-you know, the kind of sleeve-stretching size that makes you look as if you have 20-pound hams hanging by your sides. Find out how to get massive arms.
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The October 2010 issue of Iron Man features 3 Minutes To Giant Arms, great tips for attacking those arms. Also check out an amazing artistic view of Ms. Olympia, Iris Kyle. Check it out!
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Iron Man Magazine presents The Bodybuilding.com BodySpace Spokesmodel Search! Some lucky winner gets to grace the cover of Iron Man Magazine!
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The August issue of Iron Man features the Midlife Metamorphosis, tips to help you remake your middle-aged physique! Other notable features include the change-to-gain mass training program, and more! Check it out!
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If you are over 40 and you want to achieve your dream physique, strength training will be the key to your success! Read this excerpt from the August 2010 issue of Iron Man Magazine to find out more!
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The July issue of Iron Man features a legendary 20-rep squat routine! Other notable features include BodySpace model search winners Jaquelyn Roberts & Ben Booker, and more! Check it out!
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The 20-rep squat is without a doubt one of the-if not the-most demanding exercises you can do. You will definitely know what pain is after. Here's the latest excerpt for building legs. Learn more.
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The June issue of Iron Man features a simple solution for wild shoulders! Other notable features include lost muscle-rocking exercises, training with Stan McQuay and more! Check it out!
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If you have a desire to inspire, it's time to get X-tra wide. This program is sure to deliver. Find out more from this excerpt.
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The May issue of Iron Man features a 10X Mass Blast! Other notable features include fat-loss blastoff tips, how to build huge arms and more! Check it out!
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There is one training system that stands above all the rest and is better known as German Volume Training. Find out more from this excerpt.
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The April issue of Iron Man features the Hercules Workout! Other notable features include big back prep, organic eating and more! Check it out!
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Supposedly the advanced split enables your body to recover over a longer period of time and lets you perform more sets... The following excerpt begins to describe why the Hercules workout works!
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The March issue of Iron Man features greater fat loss by mastering your metabolism! Other notable features include Arnold Classic preview, Ausie style workout and more! Check it out!
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You've slashed your calories and living on the treadmill to lose fat... Right? So why is the body fat coming off so slowly? Learn more.
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Imagine discovering that you've only been training half your muscles' growth capacity, and with one small change transform your physique... Learn more.
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The February issue of Iron Man features Arnold's Get-Bigger Trigger! Other notable features include the NFL's strongest man, blood bath leg training and more! Check it out!
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The January issue of Iron Man features mass-building economics! Other notable features include diamond delts, Femme physique and more! Check it out!
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This nutritional strategy works. It took me years to find it, implement it correctly and reap the rewards. Read on to learn more.
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The November issue of Iron Man features effective back training for big lats! Other notable features include a great chest blaster and more! Check it out!
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Back work has long been an area of controversy in strength training. Questions about lat development are especially prevalent. Find out more.
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The December issue of Iron Man features an anabolic fat-blasting diet! Other notable features include how Jennifer Nicole Lee lost 70 lbs and more! Check it out!
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Iron Man Magazine presents the 2010 Bodybuilding.com BodySpace Spokesmodel Search! See which of your favorite aspiring models have won the first preliminary rounds of the contest!
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Vote for your favorite 2010 male BodySpace Spokesmodel contestants! Stop by daily to cast your votes - the winner will be on the cover of Iron Man Magazine!
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Vote for your favorite 2010 female BodySpace Spokesmodel contestants! Stop by daily to cast your votes - the winner will be on the cover of Iron Man Magazine!
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The October issue of Iron Man features a 10x10 workout for unstoppable arm size! Other notable features include training for lower back, the latest on vitamin D and more! Check it out!
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What if we told you that eye-popping new arm size can be yours with only 10 minutes' training each for your biceps and triceps? Interested? Of course you are! Check it out.
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Iron Man Magazine Presents The 2010 Bodybuilding.com BodySpace Spokesmodel Search! Start voting now for your favorite BodySpace competitors!
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Iron Man Magazine presents the 2010 Bodybuilding.com BodySpace Spokesmodel Search! Sign up now for your chance to win a photo shoot in Iron Man Magazine!
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Iron Man Magazine presents the 2010 Bodybuilding.com BodySpace Spokesmodel Search! Sign up for your chance to win a photo shoot in Iron Man Magazine!
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The September issue of Iron Man features 10 drop set tactics! Other notable features include best HIT methods, recovering bodybuilder confessions and more! Check it out!
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If I had to pick just one high-intensity technique for building muscle, it would be drop sets. In my opinion, they're the best high-intensity-bodybuilding technique of all time. Read on to find out why...
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The August issue of Iron Man features rare, classic pics of Arnold! Other notable features include beginning bodybuilding methods, fat loss tricks and more! Check it out!
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Even Vince's beginning programs were controversial, but they were designed to transform a trainee's body in a short amount of time. Here's an excerpt from one such program. Learn more.
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The July issue of Iron Man features Greg Plitt flexing for Hollywood! Other notable features include a muscle-building plan for men (and women), an all-dumbbell pec workout and more! Check it out!
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My back was coming around nicely, my arms looked great, and my legs were lagging behind, but what struck me the most was the problem with my chest. Here's an excerpt from the July issue of Iron Man magazine. Read on.
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The June issue of Iron Man features an interview with Model Search Winner Sean Harley! Other notable features include a triceps torcher, goals to gain and much more! Check it out!
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Former college athlete Sean Harley knows how to take on challenges. As a fitness model, Sean has been featured in many workout magazines... Now Sean is here to share all of his insights, advice and secrets with you!
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The May issue of Iron Man features the Super 7 Size-Surge Supplements! Other notable features include huge arms without curling, volume training and much more! Check it out!
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If you've been at the muscle-building game for a while, you know that it's not just training that can make gaining more efficient. Specific supplements can supercharge your efforts in the gym... Here's more from the May issue of IM.
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The April issue of Iron Man features Over 40 bodybuilder creatine use: is it effective? Other notable features include staying in shape as we get older and much more! Check it out!
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One product that gets a lot of attention is creatine. It obviously has a lot of believers, but is it something we boomer bodybuilders should be taking? Here's an excerpt from the April issue of Ironman. Check it out.
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The March issue of Iron Man features 8 rules for successful growth! Other notable features include high frequency workouts, biceps training, and much more! Check it out!
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Do you do too many sets or train for too long or too many days? The following is an excerpt from the most recent issue of Ironman Magazine about overtraining and 8 rules to start growing. Read on.
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Iron Man Magazine presents the Bodybuilding.com BodySpace Spokesmodel Search! See which of your favorite aspiring models have won the first preliminary rounds of the contest!
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The February issue of Iron Man features a 12 week tranformation story - building a sleek muscular physique! Other notable features include scrawny to brawny workouts, less cardio to fry fat, and much more! Check it out!
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I began my 12-week transformation challenge because of the massive amount of weight I gained after I injured my back... Learn more as I discuss the how to and importance of this 12 week plan!
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The December issue of Iron Man features back-building training with Lock and Load Your Lats! Other notable features include curling for eye-popping arm size, hardbody Debbie Leung, and much more! Check it out!
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The January issue of Iron Man features anabolic training for the over-40 bodybuilder! Other notable features include getting shredded at 50, anabolic leucine, and much more! Check it out!
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For older natural bodybuilders the idea of manipulating the body's release of hormones through exercise and diet should be quite exciting. The hormones I'm referring to are the big three: testosterone, growth hormone and insulin.
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By understanding how the lats are shaped, its connection to the skeleton and its function, you can make every workout twice as productive. Here?s an excerpt from Lock & Load Lats in the January 2009 issue.
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Iron Man Magazine presents the Bodybuilding.com BodySpace Spokesmodel Search! See which of your favorite aspiring models have won the first preliminary round(s) of the contest!
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Iron Man Magazine presents the Bodybuilding.com BodySpace Spokesmodel Search! Vote for your favorite aspiring FEMALE models to win a photo shoot in Iron Man Magazine!
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Iron Man Magazine presents the Bodybuilding.com BodySpace Spokesmodel Search! Vote for your favorite aspiring MALE models to win a photo shoot in Iron Man Magazine!
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Iron Man Magazine presents the Bodybuilding.com Model Search Voting Page brought to you by BodySpace. Vote for your favorite aspiring models to win a photo shoot in Iron Man Magazine!
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Iron Man Magazine presents the Bodybuilding.com Model Search brought to you by BodySpace. Sign up now for your chance to win a photo shoot in Iron Man Magazine!
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The November issue of Iron Man features the best-of-both-worlds workout! Other notable features include muscle fiber study, HMB controversy, and much more! Check it out!
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Let's put it all together with the big-and-strong training program. It consists of strength and hypertrophy workouts with an alternating schedule. Learn more.
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The October issue of Iron Man features Killing The 'OLD' Myth! Other notable features include middle-aged muscle, workouts for your kids, and much more! Check it out!
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Well-meaning people believe it's their duty to 'take care of the old folks,' to give them an easy time in their last years. I'm here to tell you how it should be and hope to fire you up in the process!
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The September issue of Iron Man features 7 steps to rock-hard results! Other notable features include no-cheat chest chiseling, hard body Ava Cowen, and much more! Check it out!
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Ever wonder why some guys keep growing every year while others seem to take one step forward and two steps back? The key to making continuous gains is a matter of following some common sense steps! Learn more.
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The August issue of Iron Man features the 30 big lies of bodybuilding! Other notable features include creatine myths exploded, hot figure pro Kristal Richardson, and much more! Check it out!
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Learn the shocking truth from the following bodybuilding lies that are sure to shock everyone! Get this and more from the August Edition of Iron Man Magazine, on newsstands now!
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The July issue of Iron Man will feature chin-up workouts and tips! Other notable features include Victor Martinez victory diet, and much more! Check it out!
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A chin-up-specialization program will not only build impressive width and thickness in your back but also solid inches on your arms... Improve your own routines and physique with the following tips and exercises!
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The June issue of Iron Man will feature power aging: crush old barriers with proven mental steps! Other notable features include benchless chest chiseling, and much more! Check it out!
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The following interview isn't for couch potatoes or the pathetically lazy. It's for those who want more - a lot more - from life than just growing old with dignity. Learn from the best and improve your workouts and lifestyle!
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New in 2008! Iron Man & Bodybuilding.com team up to present the BodySpace Physique of the Month! This month we are proud to present John Labello!
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Novice lifters usually lift under the misguided assumption that if they continue doing what they're doing long enough, they'll eventually build large muscles. Unfortunately this does not work. This excerpt contains ideas that can help. Learn more!
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The May issue of Iron Man will feature Mind-Blowing Muscle Size! Other notable features include weight training for women, 2008 IM Pro Pics, and much more! Check it out!
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The April issue of Iron Man will will feature occlusion training! Other notable features include benching the right way, the low-carb lowdown, and much more! Check it out!
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Wild and crazy training methods seem to come out every other week... Whether it's static-contraction training or something else! We are here to tell you that occlusion training is not a fad and can help you reach your muscle-building goals!
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The March issue of Iron Man will will feature how to shock the shoulders! Other notable features include hyperspeed hypertrophy, truth of steroids, and much more! Check it out!
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The following is an excerpt from the March 2008 issue of Iron Man magazine - Shocking Shoulders: Keys to building electrifying delts! If you are looking for better ways to build shoulders then learn more right here!
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The February issue of Iron Man will talk about over 40 bodybuilding and conventional training wisdom. Other notable features include a midlife-muscle supplement guide, midsection perfection, and much more! Check it out!
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The following is an excerpt from the February 2008 issue of Iron Man magazine - Training over 40: the most intimidating enemy in the process of advancing years is conventional wisdom. Learn more!
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Come join us as Bob Chick travels around the country visiting IFBB Pros as they continue their preparation for the 2008 Iron Man Pro Competition. You can get the latest video from this series right here. Episode #2: Silvio Samuel!
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Come join us as Bob Chick travels around the country visiting IFBB Pros as they continue their preparation for the 2008 Iron Man Pro Competition. You can get the latest video from this series right here. Episode #1: DeShaun Grimez!
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The January issue of Iron Man will present findings about the effectiveness of NO. Other notable features include 4 complete winter workouts, mass-packing diet, and much more! Check it out!
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The following is an excerpt from the January 2008 issue of Iron Man magazine: Based on the sheer numbers of nitric oxide-boosting supplements on the market, bodybuilders must love them. Get in-depth with NO right here!
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The December issue of Iron Man will present testosterone & growth hormone. Other notable features include high intensity training, legends speak, and much more! Check it out!
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Part 1 was all about growth hormone, what it does and the pros and cons of hormone-replacement therapy. This installment covers testosterone.
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The November issue of Iron Man will present Bench Press Under Fire: How to Keep the Flame Burning. Other notable features include a fat-burn Q&A, back training, and much more! Check it out!
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The bench press is no doubt the most popular exercise in all of weight training. The following is an excerpt from the November 2007 issue of Iron Man magazine!
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The August issue of Iron Man will present a birthday bash for Arnold. Other notable features include a giant arms Q&A, X-Man training and diet, and much more! Check it out!
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The following excerpt from Chapter 6 looks back and improves on the 3D POF back workout Jonathan used. Get a sample back workout right here!
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Life span is 25 percent inherited and 75 percent determined by exposure to environmental toxins, accidents, injuries and chance. Learn more from this brief exerpt.
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The October issue of Iron Man will present workouts for size and longevity. Other notable features include top 10 supplements, ripping diet, and much more! Check it out!
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The September issue of Iron Man will present Arnold's psychology of success. Other notable features include a mass-building system, core strength, and much more! Check it out!
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The following is an excerpt from the September 2007 issue of Iron Man magazine: Shoulder Shocker Mountainous Muscle Growth With Overload Drop Sets. Learn more from this great excerpt.
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The Ironman, March 2007 issue will showcase anti-aging supplements, training tactics, motivation and much more! Check it out!
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The Ironman, February 2007 issue will showcase Big-6 Fast-Mass Facts, Building 3D Calves, What It Takes To Gain Mega Strength, and much more! Check it out!
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Find out how Mike Semanoff packed on more mass with proper diet and basic training. I recently contacted Mike to see how his career was going. Here he describes exactly how he gained that muscle!
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With the ultimate split I'm about to describe, you'll hit each body part three times every two weeks... Try this split and follow the guidelines that I've put together for you, right here! Read on for the details.
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Tired of looking like crap and wondering why you aren't making great gains even with great training? The answer might be lack of protein. I've put together the following studies to show you just how well protein really works. Read on for more...
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An introspective look at 12 research reports that can jump-start our muscle growth and fat loss - From nutrition nitro to de-catabolizing your cardio to spot reduction to speed moves for mass.
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So what are the top 10 supplements currently on the market? I will share that and include a brief history of food supplements and what constitutes a solid scientific study. Review the following and keep an open mind.
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Just about every champ you can name has devoted many hours to the squat rack. This article will list more variations of the squat in one place than you have ever seen. Check it out.
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The fact that so many different kinds of high-tech protein supplements are now available doesn't clarify the issue. Get your questions answered on protein here.
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