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Muscle Evolution May - June 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.
hardcore wannabes

I come from a line of lifters who trained in places devoid of slick chrome machines and iPods. What mattered most was not the size of the audience or where you lifted, but if you lifted with determination, intensity, pride and courage. A guy at the gym asked me the other day how I still manage to train hard after so many years? I told him that I always ask myself the same question: Do I feel tired, and proud of my work ethic? The answer to this question is a benchmark for the next trip to the gym. Patience is a virtue. Many lifters like to push themselves beyond a specific threshold, but gaining muscle is a tedious process. We sometimes forget that we wear hoodies, not lab coats. Adaptation of…

4 min.
there’s no growth without change

“I DON’T CARE HOW LONG YOU’VE BEEN IN THIS GAME, THE BIGGEST MISTAKE YOU CAN MAKE IS THINKING YOU’VE GOT IT ALL FIGURED OUT. IF YOU’RE NOT GROWING, YOU’RE NOT TRAINING HARD ENOUGH.” I’ve just endured another few weeks of gruelling recovery following more surgery. It was a major operation which left me (once again) sitting around the 90kg mark, staring at the ceiling and reassessing what’s most important in life. It’s not like I needed to be reminded, but when you lie in bed all day recovering from something as big as this, you get to reassess a few things in your head and in your life. One thing I didn’t do for those two weeks was engage with the outside world – no social media, no messaging (just family and…

6 min.
muscle news

NEW FLAVOURS FOR USN HARDCORE WHEY GH USN Hardcore Whey gH is a new generation whey protein for those who require more than just a standard whey protein supplement. Hardcore Whey gH is born from extensive research on protein and amino acid uptake and utilisation, with a Hypervol Glycotrans System developed and added to ensure nutrients are rapidly transported and absorbed into muscle cells. Hardcore Whey gH also contains a multi-level complex that comprises elements proven to assist in muscle recovery, such as zinc, magnesium, creatine monohydrate, l-glycine, taurine and Tribulus Terrestris. This powerful formulation delivers a potent, comprehensive pre- and post-workout protein complex for hyper-accelerated growth. This hardcore product is now also available in two delicious new flavours in the form of Caramel Popcorn and Rocky Road. EVOX ALPHA RESURGENCE BCAA 3:1:1 Evox…

2 min.

APRIL 29 XTREME BODY CLASSIC Athletes from all over the country will once again travel to Bloemfontein to go head to head in one of the most popular shows in the Free State, under the auspices of the National Amateur Body Building Association (NABBA) and World Fitness Federation (WFF). The competition will be hosted at the Bloem Show, an annual event that combines agricultural, entertainment and trade activities. • VENUE: Showgrounds, Expo Area, Curie Avenue, Bloemfontein Contact Kobie Pieters on 084 208 3627 or email kobie@supremesport.co.za MAY 5-7 ARNOLD CLASSIC AFRICA Thousands are expected to flock to the second edition of the Arnold Classic Africa, which forms part of the Arnold Sports Festival, a large multi-sport festival that attracts a multitude of athletes from all over the world who compete in different sporting codes and events. The…

4 min.
ask m.e

“A PROTEIN-RICH MEAL IMMEDIATELY OR 1 TO 2 HOURS AFTER GYM IS LIKELY SUFFICIENT ENOUGH TO BOOST RECOVERY AND MUSCLE GROWTH.” LIMIT MUSCLE BREAKDOWN Q Many guys in the gym obsess over muscle loss. Just about everything they do is aimed at limiting muscle breakdown and boosting muscle tissue development. How obsessed should we be about this process? Lloyd from Jozi A “TAKE CARE OF YOUR BODY.IT IS THE ONLY PLACE YOU HAVE TO LIVE.” Jim Rohn, motivational speaker. We are all in the gym with the common goal of building better bodies. In this regard Rohn’s words ring absolutely true: we need to take care of our bodies, but if we train hard and care about our results, nutrition is also of extreme importance. CREATING THE BEST ENVIRONMENT To grow bigger we need to…

1 min.
young lion from umlazi

How important is nutrition to you? In the off-season I wouldn’t really say that I follow any particular diet. I do, however, try to keep some of my meals clean because I know that muscle size and definition are critical elements to success. I enjoy food and focus on eating adequate amounts of carbohydrates, fats and protein. Supplements are at this stage not really part of my daily routine. I basically use what I have available at the time and as needed. How does it feel to taste bodybuilding success on a world stage? Honestly, I still cannot find the words to describe the feeling. It still feels like some sort of dream. The moment was extremely emotional for me, and still is. I remember all the challenges I went through to just…