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Muscle Evolution March - April 2017

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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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3 min.
the training mindset

We all know we have to prepare ourselves physically and mentally before any lifting can be done in the gym. While taking the time to warm up sufficiently is crucial to prevent injuries to muscles, joints, ligaments and tendons, we also need to be in the right mood for lifting hard and heavy. I’m talking about the ten minutes before a workout when you prepare yourself for the upcoming battle. Lifting weights is a trivial thing when compared to war, but we all know for that hour in the day it is the most important thing in the world. Stressors that usually consume our lives dissipate by the fourth or fifth set. In order to stay motivated you have to set new goals each time you reach the previous one. When you’re…

4 min.
be believable!

“IF YOU INTEND ON BUILDING A CAREER AS A REPUTABLE, SOUGHT-AFTER INDIVIDUAL IN THIS INDUSTRY, IN THE HOPES OF RECEIVING SUPPORT FROM BIG BRANDS, THEN YOU NEED TO EVOLVE INTO AN INDIVIDUAL WHO IS BELIEVABLE AND RESPECTED.IF NOT, YOU MIGHT ACHIEVE SUCCESS AS AN ATHLETE, BUT YOU’LL NEVER REAP THE REWARDS AND BENEFITS OF BEING A TOP BRAND AMBASSADOR.” They say that change is inevitable, unless you’re standing in front of a vending machine. I couldn’t agree more, but to be honest it’s hard to accept change and it isn’t always easy to adapt to changes that you don’t agree with. Life is constantly evolving, though, and so is business. If you’re an athlete, believe it or not, you’re a self-sustainable business and brand within yourself and you must adapt or you’ll…

7 min.
muscle news

EVOX BRAND RE-LAUNCHED Evox, a well-recognised South African sports nutrition brand, has embarked on its brand revamp and re-launch. With an increased interest in international distribution and a growing footprint of clientele, Evox has begun an evolution to become a viable international competitor and major player in off-shore supplement markets. And it’s not just about a new logo and new packaging, says Katherine Mouton, Marketing Manager for Ascendis Sports Nutrition. “We’ve taken the opportunity to better define our product categories, and the science team has reformulated and improved on many of the existing products we offer. We also have an exciting innovation pipeline of new products launching soon.” For more info, visit www.evox.co.zaor follow EvoxAdvancedNutrition on Facebook and @evoxnutrition on Instagram. CICCONE PRE-WORKOUT Ciccone is proud to announce the latest addition to their…

1 min.
new divisions on the horizon

The new division was initially created for female competitors in Brazil, South America who were carrying a more voluptuous look with regard to lower body musculature. The Wellness Fitness division follows the inclusion of both the Fit Model Women and Fit Model Men categories at IFBB contests, with the criteria stating that less attention is paid to body parts and muscles and more focus is given to overall lines and the shape of the physique, elegance of moving on the stage as well as the style and attractiveness of presentation. Other new categories include Men’s Muscular Physique and Mixed Pairs. The IFBB brought back the Mixed Pairs division composed of a male classic bodybuilder together with a female physique, female fitness or female body fitness athlete. There is also a category…

7 min.
ask m.e

YOU’LL NEED TO START MEETING YOUR PERSONAL SLEEP QUOTA, WHICH IS BETWEEN 7 AND 9 HOURS PER NIGHT. INSOMNIA MEANS YOU HAVE A DIFFICULTY FALLING ASLEEP AND REMAINING ASLEEP, WAKING UP TOO EARLY AND/OR YOU HAVE POOR SLEEP QUALITY. POST-WORKOUT INSOMNIA Q I find that I have trouble sleeping after my gym session since I have to train at night due to work obligations. I find it tough to wind down and get a deep, restful night’s sleep. Can you help me with a few tips for improving my sleep after gym? Steve from Port Elizabeth A Adequate shut-eye is beneficial for both your brain and your body. If your lifestyle is such that you can only train at night, then there are a few tips you can try out to improve your…

3 min.
tech gear

CANON POWERSHOT G9 X MARK II Canon's refreshed PowerShot G9 X Mark II is a super-slim, pocketable camera offering super-fast continuous shooting speeds of up to 8.2 fps, a large 1.0 type 20.1-megapixel sensor and Canon’s DIGIC 7 processor. The G9 X Mark II has a 3x optical zoom and 28mm wide angle lens. The sensor significantly reduces noise and improves dynamic range for consistent performance day or night, while the f/2.0 lens lets in more light, giving users the freedom to use lower ISO or higher shutter speeds, and create background blur. Users can also capture Full HD video. The DIGIC 7’s improved subject tracking ensure you capture everything, from big, sudden movements to changes as small as a change in facial expression. With both Wi-Fi and Dynamic NFC, users can…