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Muscle Evolution March-April 2018

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Muscle Evolution is South Africa's leading resource for weight training, competition news and reviews, supplementation and nutrition. Established in 2003, Muscle Evolution has built a loyal following among the passionate local bodybuilding community. Muscle Evolution offers locally relevant, in-depth and informative content in innovative, progressively-designed features that are written by SA’s top bodybuilders, coaches and industry experts, to deliver a comprehensive and compelling read for competitive and aspiring bodybuilders, and serious gym-goers alike.

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2 min.
your next level

You are built for what you do. You have a particular structure. No matter what you bench, squat or deadlift, it is not going to change. When you are lanky you will need more reps and more time under a load to gain size, as opposed to a stockier person who can move up and down like a piston. We are all different. You must stick to what is working for you in the gym while still being mindful of adding new things to your repertoire. I think we are making things far too complex. You must do this or that exercise at this or that angle for this or that many reps and sets. In reality, it’s best to stick to the basics and tweak your training only slightly and only…

3 min.
life’s priorities

Driving home after a great gym session last night, I stopped next to a car similar to mine. This one was nicer, though. It was customised and kitted out with great accessories. I caught the attention of the driver and gave him a thumbs up while I admired his car. We pulled away from the intersection together. He then pulled ahead of me as we went through another intersection. An oncoming car was already in the intersection, turning right. The driver didn’t seem to be aware that we were approaching. That’s when the car I had been admiring smashed into it. It was a smaller car and took the brunt of the impact – it literally bent in half, leaving it like a smashed tin can in the road. Inside the…

8 min.
muscle news

NPL TEST CHARGE NPL has developed the ultimate testosterone-boosting stack, by synergistically combining research-proven ingredients to deliver a potent anabolic formula. Test Charge promotes nitrogen retention and protein synthesis to maximise muscle growth and enhance strength. It increases natural testosterone levels and keeps oestrogen levels low, enabling you to experience all the positive effects of increased testosterone levels. These include lean muscle development and enhanced fat loss for a harder, more sculpted aesthetic. SPORTHOLICS BCAA GUMMIES 90’S For the first time, Sportholics offers you all the benefits of BCAAs in the form of tasty, rapidly digested gummies. BCAAs are known to lower cortisol and thus have an incredible ability to suppress stress-induced cravings and blunt hunger. They also play an important role in muscle sparing during exercise and in muscle tissue recovery. Now…

2 min.
the latest gear

COMPLY™ FOAM EARPHONE TIPS Comply™ tips use unique viscoelastic memory foam technology to conform to the shape of the ear canal at body temperature for a dynamic custom fit. Your ear canal shape and size change with movement and temperature and now your earplugs can change with you. This true-fit seals in low frequency energy and won’t leak bass, resulting in richer sound. Materials are also engineered to provide optimal friction efficiency, so tips stay put within the ear. Multiple foam tips are available from the Sport, Audio Pro and Truly Wireless, along with the Variety Packs. Comply Audio Pro: R349 Comply Sport Pro: R349 Comply Truly Wireless: R429 Variety Pack: R349 www.luksbrands.co.za ENERGY FLYER SOLAR CHARGER Energy Flyer is a portable, flexible, lightweight solar panel manufactured in Italy by Solbian. It is made from special polymers…

4 min.
ask m.e

“A GOOD RULE OF THUMB WHEN YOU DO LEG EXTENSIONS, DUMBBELL KICKBACKS OR PRESS-DOWNS IS TO NEVER USE MOMENTUM TO REACH LOCKOUT.” LOCK OUT OR NOT? Q This may be a stupid question but when lifting weights should I lock my joints or not? Completely Curious from Vanderbijlpark A First off, there is no such thing as a stupid question. There are countless anecdotal instructions with regard to lifting weights and this is one of the more pervasive. Locking out is defined as completing a repetition with the joint or joints fully extended. Some lifters recommend not locking out to keep constant tension on the muscle while others profess the benefits of locking out to increase strength to push heavier poundages. Bodybuilders usually prefer locking out on exercises like leg extensions, dumbbell kickbacks…

3 min.

“FOR INSPIRATION I ALWAYS LOOK AT ATHLETES WHO ARE BIGGER AND BETTER THAN ME. I TELL MYSELF THAT I TOO CAN BECOME A BETTER VERSION OF MYSELF. IN MY FIRST FEW SHOWS I DIDN’T PLACE ANYWHERE AND THAT JUST MOTIVATED ME TO TRAIN HARDER AND TO DO BETTER!” THE BEAST FROM THE EAST After a two-year break due to an operation on his knee, the 34-year-old TRISTAN VAN AARDE showed true grit when he returned to the stage and reached the top echelons of what is often described as the most competitive sport on the planet. This year the gargantuan Biogen-sponsored Port Elizabethan is taking a 12-month hiatus to pack on even more muscle in his quest for unmatched size and conditioning. What inspired you to become a bodybuilder? I wasn’t into sports and…