Author: MariAnne Anderson

As we enter into this, the month of the New Year’s resolution, a common question that hits the boards is “how much cardio should I do to lose this gut/ass” (depending on your particular assignment of X and Y chromosomes). To anyone who knows me, the thought that my lazy, cardio-hating ass would actually sit down and WRITE about this most … unpleasant of activities, bear with me – this profound distaste has fuelled my attempt to find a way to optimize physique goals while doing as little cardio as humanly possible. In spite of my deeplfy-rooted loathing for this type of...

Okay, so I wanted to call this “the Skinny on Fats” – but it’s SOooooo cheesy! (Okay, and it’s been done. A lot.) Undaunted, I tossed around some other possibilities: ‘Grease – The Untold Story,” Rejected. Too “Olivia Newton-John.” Continuing, I tried “Hey Fatty” – but it somehow just didn’t convey my usual academic style. So I’ll settle on “Mmmmm fat!” Really, it’s my favourite macronutrient. There’s just something so … sensuous about this unctuous wonder. And we’re hard-wired to love it. Unlike proteins and carbohydrates, which contain roughly 4 kcal/g of energy, fat has more than double this – 9 kcal/g. No wonder part...

A massive back is a beautiful thing. Like Michelangelo’s statue of David, it is a work of art. Some of the greatest bodybuilders - Ronnie Coleman, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Dorian Yates - all possessed well developed backs. Their backs were both wide and thick, giving a depth to their physiques that many pros lack nowadays. The Baby Got Back routine was part of the Baby Got Back article. We've broken the routine out specifically because of it's popularity on the forums. (See Baby Got Back discussion thread) Day 1: Horizontal push pull, calves, and abs Thickness-Back: Rack pulls 5x5 (direct, hard, strength range) Bent-over rows 3x8 (hypertrophy...

This was article was inspired from a conversation I had with Erik Ledin, CSCS, CISSN (Lean Bodies Consulting) a while back. A massive back is a beautiful thing. Like Michelangelo's statue of David, it is a work of art. Some of the greatest bodybuilders - Ronnie Coleman, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Dorian Yates - all possessed well developed backs. Their backs were both wide and thick, giving a depth to their physiques that many pros lack nowadays. A well developed back leaves a lasting impression. A lot of people look good from the front, but from the back can be a disaster: sunken shoulder...