Background

  • Ph.D. Nutritional Science with a specialization in skeletal muscle protein metabolism at the University of Illinois
  • BS in Biochemistry from Eckerd College
  • IFPA Natural Bodybuilding Pro
  • NGA Natural Bodybuilding Pro
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How I Started Lifting

I was pretty small when I started high school (130lbs.) and I got picked on quite a bit. After years of torture (and not getting any girls) I decided to take matters into my own hands.

The summer after my freshman year I started lifting with a set of sand weights in my basement and using a routine from a lifting book I borrowed from the library. Ever since that summer I've never looked back. I went from 130 lbs. to my current weight of 205lbs. as a sophomore in college.

I also along the way made up my mind that I would stay totally natural. I never have and never will take steroids, prohormones, insulin, or growth hormone.

Goals

Place top 5 in my first natural pro show.

Contest History

I won the 2001 INBF (International natural bodybuilding federation) Men's Novice tall (heavyweight) and Teenage Overall Mid-America Muscle Classic titles.

  • 2002 SNBF Mr. Tennessee: Open Tall Class Winner
  • 2004 NGA Internationals: 3rd place men's open heavyweight
  • 2004 ABA Mr. Indiana: Tall Class and Overall winner
  • 2004 ABA Mr. Illinois: Tall Class and Overall winner
  • 2006 OCB Spirit of America: 2nd place men's open heavyweight
  • 2006 OCB Great Lakes States: Heavyweight and Overall winner*
  • 2006 NGA Heart of America Natural Classic: Heavyweight and Overall winner*

  • *Denotes pro qualifier.

Inside The Life Of A Natural Pro

You knew it was just a matter of time before everyone's favorite Natural Pro Bodybuilder, Layne Norton, would host his own video series... Well, the wait is finally over!

Check Out Layne Norton: Inside The Life Of A Natural Pro.

Vital Stats

  • Height: 5'10"
  • Weight: 226 (offseason)
  • Calves: 17"
  • Thighs: 27.25" (at largest part) & 26" (at halfway up the thigh)
  • Waist: 35"
  • Chest & Back: 48"
  • Shoulders: 55.25"
  • Arms: 18"

Podcast Interview

Listen to Dan Gastelu's podcast interview with Layne Norton, here:

For more information, click here.

Links

Website: www.biolayne.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/laynenorton
Twitter: www.twitter.com/biolayne
Instagram: www.instagram.com/biolayne
YouTube: www.youtube.com/biolayne
Google+: Layne Norton, Google+
Bodyspace: str8flexed

He can be contacted at biolayneweb@gmail.com.

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Dr. Layne Norton is a smart guy, but he's also strong as hell! Follow his coaching tips and cues to bench press like a total beast.
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What happens in your body when you cut calories and boost your training? You may think you know, but the truth might surprise you! Dr. Layne Norton is here to pull back the curtain on the real cause of yo-yo dieting.
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Pop quiz: Size or strength? For raw elite powerlifter and natural bodybuilder Layne Norton, the answer is both. Try this innovative workout to build oak-strong legs and massive arms!
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Random training techniques produce random results. Get systematic and learn how to apply the scientific method to your own training, nutrition, and supplementation practices!
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A classic wins the Classic! Dexter Jackson caps his amazing, age-defying run to win his record fifth Arnold.
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Dr. Layne Norton has spent years refining his squat technique. Follow his coaching tips and cues, learn how to squat, and you someday could be the proud owner of monster legs!
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At the beginning of the evening, only 13 men had ever won the elusive Sandow. At the end of the night, it was still only 13. Phil Heath did it again!
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There was never a doubt. On a historic night, Flex Lewis blew away the competition to win his third consecutive 212 showdown!
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Tonight, the 50th Mr. Olympia kicked off with controversy and stiff competition. Stay tuned to see how it all pans out!
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Flex Lewis continued to set the bar in 212 prejudging. What happened in the other positions and callouts is the story of the day!
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Dieting down will get you shredded, but it might also shave some size from your biceps. BCAAs can help protect your muscles against the catabolic effects of dieting!
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C’è un mare di pubblicità e un oceano di informazioni sugli integratori di olio di pesce, ma sarà proprio il caso di provare a pescarne uno? Assolutamente sì.
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Most fitness enthusiasts learn early on to treat late-night carbohydrates like a nightmare waiting to happen. But what does science—real science—have to say? The answer may surprise you.
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Leucine, a branched chain amino acid, is a protein stimulus gunslinger. Find out how it works and pull the trigger to build more muscle!
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Beta-alanine is a supplement for people looking to improve their workout performance, build endurance and increase their lean body mass.
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There's an ocean of hype and information around fish oil supplementation, but should you take the plunge? Absolutely. Learn why fish oil is off the hook!
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Bigger, stronger, better—creatine monohydrate can help you do it all. Learn how this muscle-building king can serve your fitness goals!
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Il existe un océan d'informations sur les compléments alimentaires à base d'huile de poisson, mais ces derniers valent-ils vraiment la peine de se jeter à l'eau ? Assurément.
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Layne Norton pleads the case of casein, an ingredient found in cheese, glue, even plastic. Should it be one of YOUR daily supplements? You be the judge!
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Hay muchísima información y propaganda sobre los suplementos de aceite de pescado, pero ¿deberías probarlo tú también? Por supuesto.
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This 5 video series will tell you all you need to know about dialing it in during the last week pre-contest. Remember, when it comes to competing, you're only as strong as your weakest link.
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Branch Warren's combination of size, conditioning, and graininess are too much for the field at the 2011 Arnold Classic.
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A new beginning: Through pain and atrophy I am now on the long road back to what I love doing... bodybuilding. Here's a look at how recovery has progressed and time with the love of my life.
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In the final episode of the series, Layne and Jeremy finish up at a chilly APF Raw Power Challenge, the cold temperature hindering performance. Things improve as the competitors acclimate, but then Layne gets a red light for an improper lockout, and Eric injuries a hamstring. Layne redeems by finishing off the competition with his benchmark 700lbs deadlift.
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Layne continues on the warpath with an explosive 690lbs. deadlift at another meet in Indiana. Then in early '10, he competes in the APF Raw Power Challenge where he teams up with Jeremy again, but this time he's lifting heavy too. Layne's impressed by 19 year old Eric Lilliebridge with a 2000lbs. raw, and sets new goals for the upcoming year.
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This is the one you've been waiting for, find out how Layne fared in the big showdown. With injury prevention at the top of his priority list, it's certainly not going to slow him down in his quest for domination.
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In powerlifting, if you've decided you can't life a certain weight you're going to be right 100% of the time, and Layne utilizes this fundamental with his intense mind-over-matter philosophy. At an important state meet, he breaks down his strategy identifying his strengths and opportunities, and calls on his unofficial pump-up coach to help push him to the extreme.
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Back at the Gold's on the Vegas Strip, Layne let's his audience know why he feels this is one of the top gyms in the country. With an excellent variety of equipment available, it's easy to see why. Catch glimpses of Ava Cowan, Martin Kjellstrom and others, plus learn how to stick to your diet and fitness goals on the road. Layne's still surprised at his rising celebrity status.
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Back at the Olympia, Layne recaps his experience covering the events in his blog, and highlights his interviews with top pros about the direction of the sport. An animated Toney Freeman speaks his mind about the dynamic between Phil Heath and himself. At the Expo, Skip La Cour and Layne converge on the unique state of natural bodybuilding.
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While attending the 2009 Olympia, Layne stops in at one of his favorite Gold's Gyms, then walks the Expo and chats with the folks from Scivation, Gaspari, and Animal while offering insight into the supplement industry
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Layne competes in an APA meet in Indiana and absolutely blows them away with a world record 645lbs. deadlift. Squat fans get ready - this is your episode as Layne takes you through his routine incorporating a wide array of advanced techniques. His popular blend of technical expertise combined with incredible mental efficacy continues to amaze.
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Check out this brand new series featuring up and coming natural figure competitor Isabel Norton-Lago as she prepares to compete in the upcoming 2009 NANBF Mr./Ms. Natural Illinois with new husband and powerhouse trainer Layne Norton!
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There's some tough competition on the stage during the finals as Layne comments from the crowd. Chelsea loves the thrill of competing and highlights some of her strengths. The final stages of the competition are tense as Team Norton takes top spots.
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Isabel pumps up backstage in preparation to hit the stage at the OCB Circle City Championships. Layne reflects on working through her knee and digestive difficulties during contest prep. Chelsea Kmiec remarks on the details of her prep.
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Isabel continues to work on bringing up her shoulders and arms while still focusing on preventing an injury in her knees by utilizing occlusion training under the guidance of Layne. Layne goes into detail about the anabolic science of this type of training.
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Isabel continues to work on bringing up her shoulders and arms while still focusing on preventing an injury in her knees by utilizing occlusion training under the guidance of Layne. Layne goes into detail about the anabolic science of this type of training.
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Check out this brand new series featuring up and coming natural figure competitor Isabel Norton-Lago as she prepares to compete in the upcoming 2009 NANBF Mr./Ms. Natural Illinois with new husband and powerhouse trainer Layne Norton! First, we join another Team Norton star Amy Suds as she prepares to compete against Isabel. Find out the training and diet secrets behind this grandmother of one's competition success. Then, Isabel talks about her breaking point during contest prep that almost drove her to drop out.
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Check out this brand new series featuring up and coming natural figure competitor Isabel Norton-Lago as she prepares to compete in the upcoming 2009 NANBF Mr./Ms. Natural Illinois with new husband and powerhouse trainer Layne Norton!
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In this episode we join Isabel two weeks out from her show as she and Layne discuss her unwavering dedication to her contest prep and identifying opportunities for improvement including her back.
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I was in one of the best PhD programs in the country and I was about to get married to my lovely fiance Isabel in May... life was good. No life was great! But on February 25th, 2008... it changed forever. Read on.
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I was in one of the best PhD programs in the country and I was about to get married to my lovely fiance Isabel in May... life was good. No life was great! But on February 25th, 2008... it changed forever. Read on.
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I was bullied, pushed around, and was the butt of every joke. Bodybuilding changed that. Looking for a way out of the gloom? Find success and strength with this detailed beginner's training guide!
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Chimaira drummer Andols Herrick - I thought it would be very cool for our readers to get to know a real life rock star who is also a member of the iron fraternity. See how he trains and more while following a demanding schedule!
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Chuck is coming off a recent UFC win against Wanderlei Silva and takes a few moments to talk about this and other fights. He also shares some pre-fight diet & training tips as he starts getting ready for his next fight! Read on.
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Tom Brady led his team to an unblemished regular season record of 16-0 among other astonishing records! In a Bodybuilding.com exclusive interview Tom sits down to chat with us for one of his first interviews after Super Bowl XLII.
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Troy Alves is one of the best IFBB pros that have yet to win a show. I recently got a chance to catch up with him and chat about his training and preparation for the 2008 shows. Read on for this and more.
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Check out the interview with UFC fighter Chuck Liddell about his thoughts of his upcoming bout! Chuck & Wanderlei Silva is perhaps the most anticipated fight amongst the hardcore MMA fans in history. Learn more here...
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I recently had the pleasure of interviewing 9-time UFC Champ Matt Hughes. Join me as Matt talks about past fights, training, nutrition, off-season, and more right here. Check it out!
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I had a great opportunity to chat with one of the most feared linebackers in NFL history, Bill 'Romo' Romanowski. In this interview we talked football, drug testing, training, and more, and Romo had some very intriguing answers.
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Dave Goodin is a 3 time WNBF world's winner and the top money winner in natural bodybuilding history. I had a chance to chat with him earlier this year. Learn more about him, his successes, his issues with the WNBF and much more.
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There is no magic rep scheme. ALL rep schemes have merit and all should be utilized in order to achieve maximal physique development. Let me explain how every rep scheme has its merit.
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The main focus of this article will be to determine whether or not carbohydrates can be considered anabolic or not. Read on to get the details.
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A few questions are routinely asked when it comes to protein supplementation, like what is available, differences, and whether more than one kind should be used. I've answered these questions for you right here! Learn more...
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Here are the results and commentary for my quest to become a natural pro bodybuilder. I will not spoil the outcome here but let you know it has all been worth it. Read on as I describe my experiences at two pro qualifiers...
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I made it my goal to become a professional natural bodybuilder one day. Four and a half years later, I feel I've made the necessary strides... Learn more about me and see how am I preparing for competition.
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We would like to present to the consumer some widely accepted 'myths' about protein! See some of the seriously flawed accusations against protein below. The facts are presented!
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It has been shown that in order for protein balance to become positive post workout, dietary protein, specifically the amino acid leucine, must be consumed. Learn how that happens right here.
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Gas, bloating, abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhea, and abdominal cramping: These symptoms not only make life very unpleasant, but their causes may mean that the nutrients you intake may not be absorbed properly...
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This article will provide competitors information on diet, training, tanning, posing, and other competition related topics.
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Products that increase nitric oxide claim to have positive influences on body composition and recovery by increasing blood flow to skeletal muscle. Is that true? Find out here...
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I did a total of five contests in seven weeks and overall I was very happy with my performance. I hit my peak well almost every week...
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I am now 1 week out from Tampa Bay Classic. Check out the latest changes I made to my diet, sample day, stats and much more...
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I am now 5 weeks out from Tampa Bay Classic. Check out the latest changes I made to my diet, sample day, stats and much more...
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I am now 9 weeks out from Tampa Bay Classic. Check out the latest changes I made to my diet, sample day, stats and much more...
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I am now 11 weeks out from Tampa Bay Classic. Check out the latest changes I made to my diet, sample day, stats and much more...
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I have decided to start cutting at approximately 22 weeks out this year and only lose 1-1.5 lbs per week. I want to leave nothing to chance...
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I have decided to start cutting at approximately 22 weeks out this year and only lose 1-1.5 lbs per week. I want to leave nothing to chance...
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I have decided to start cutting at approximately 22 weeks out this year and only lose 1-1.5 lbs per week. I want to leave nothing to chance...
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I have decided to start cutting at approximately 22 weeks out this year and only lose 1- 1.5 lbs per week. I want to leave nothing to chance...
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Layne Norton & Eric Satterwhite team up to bring your The Lipoic Acid Project. Find out how to use this information to get the most out of your supplementation.
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I've heard so many training theories on abdominals from about every person that has ever touched a weight. In fact, if I gained an once of muscle for every time someone talked about a crackpot method to train abs, I would be accepting the Sandow instead of Ronnie Coleman.
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Now that I have some free time I can finally get around to answering some of your questions and writing some new articles. I am kicking off my return with a brief, but in depth Q and A session...
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Before I talk about the system itself it is important that everyone understands the basics behind muscle growth and how calorie surplus helps you gain muscle. I will cover these issues in 3 parts.
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Is creatine safe for use? This article will answer the question once and for all. With scientific studies!
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I realized after reading many of my reader's questions that many of them had the same questions. Get the answers here!
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Especially when your life revolved around preparing for a bodybuilding contest for 15 weeks and you don't place as well as you would have liked.
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At one week out I'm holding steady at about 191 lbs. By the end of the week after I carb deplete I should be around 187.
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At one week out I'm holding steady at about 191 lbs. By the end of the week after I carb deplete I should be around 187.
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First off lets talk about what kind of diet you should be on. There have been many diet fads in the past few years, with ketogenic diets becoming more and more popular among bodybuilders.
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Wow what a difference two weeks can make. Two weeks ago I was going over my pics and being objective with myself. I think I have the size to do well at the natural level, in fact I know I do. However I realize that conditioning is much more important and that I was not as lean as I should be with seven weeks out!
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Cutting down for a contest can be a bit unnerving at times. I look at myself everyday in the mirror so it is hard to tell if I'm getting the results I want. However over the past two weeks things have been looking up. I have dramatically increased my vascularity in my arms and shoulders and I'm starting to show vascularity in my legs and lower abdominals...
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Well the last two weeks have shown promising results. I have lost a noticeable amount of body fat as I am now seeing some chest striations and more of my abdominals. My arms, shoulders, and chest have also increased in vascularity. I have noticed one thing that is troubling a bit though...
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I don't usually like to write whole articles about supplements because I believe diet and training to be far more important than any combination of supplements. However there are a few supplements that work, creatine being the most notable of all of them.
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When I first started training my arms were only 12". Now they measure in at just a shade less than 18". For an all-natural 20-year-old bodybuilder I'd say that's not too bad. So how did I build them you ask? Well it's really a bit strange...Read how Layne did it and check out his two arm routines.
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I am a competitor, always have always will be. I cannot stand not competing against something or someone and after rugby season was over I had no one to compete against. So I decided that I would do another contest this year...
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What can give you the chest of your dreams? Dumbbells! Here are the reasons why along with a great 12 week chest workout that will have you growing quicker than you ever thought possible.
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Okay let's all be honest. Everyone in the room who did a back workout their first day they ever lifted weights please raise your hands. If you are raising your hand stop lying to me. Let's face it...the chest, arms, and abs are the showboat muscles.
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There are many bodybuilders who have great physiques. They are so huge many people say, "they don't need to get any bigger." But the Deltoids are one body part that EVERYONE will look better with more muscle in that area.
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The gym at my college sucks so my roommate and I decided that if we were serious about getting big that it would be a good investment to go to Gold's. The next week was spent adjusting to college life and then came the weekend.
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I feel many people can relate to my story and may be inspired by it. So here it goes, here is how I came to be the person I am today.
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As a freshman in college I found that there were many temptations and many freedoms that did not exist at home. I also found that the 3 meals a day offered on the meal plan left much to be desired in the way of a bodybuilder's nutrition plan!
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All right. I get the same questions about bulking everyday. Guys want to bulk up but have no idea how to do it. I'll show you all how.
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This article will be dedicated to that all important macromolecule named protein. It is no wonder that protein is needed for muscular growth, since life itself could not exist without protein.
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Here's a question. What makes a bodybuilder a bodybuilder? Is a bodybuilder a big guy? Is a bodybuilder a ripped guy? No. A bodybuilder is big and ripped. Anyone can get big (barring a severe thyroid problem), all you've gotta do is eat. But being big and ripped is something not many people achieve.
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