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Flex March 2018

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American Media Operations, Inc
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(GARDNER/COURTESY OF WEIDER HEALTH & FITNESS)THE BEST CHESTS OF ALL TIMEA lot has changed over the years, and that includes bodybuilding standards—today’s best legs and backs far outpace those of the 1970s. But during that same period, chests have remained the great constant. Their standards have fluctuated over the years but have never eclipsed the ’70s. To find out why that is, what has changed, and what has stayed the same, we look back at the best pecs of four decades, ranking a top five for each era, and we examine how they were built, then and now.FLEXonline.com/bestchests8 WEEKS TO TREE-MENDOUS LEGSAre you tired of making excuses for your lagging legs? Are you the guy wearing track pants in the gym when it’s 100 degrees and not because you’re trying…

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DEATH WISHCheck out Eli Roth’s remake of the 1974 action-packed film, which starred Charles Bronson as a gun-wielding vigilante who took the law into his own hands. While most reboots arguably fall flat, Bruce Willis (Die Another Day) and Dean Norris (Breaking Bad) provide enough star power—with some seemingly strong directing from Roth—to make this a welcome revival.IN THEATERS MARCH 2(COURTESY OF METRO-GOLDWYN-MAYER PICTURES INC.)BIGOVENThis food-focused social app contains more than 350,000 recipes and lets you upload your own, including pictures, and build grocery lists. The best part: Punch in what you have in your fridge (at least three ingredients), and the app will tell you what you can whip up on the spot.FREE; IOS AND ANDROIDDIESEL MULTI STRAPThis cable attachment—invented by renowned strength coach Jim Smith—is extra-long, so you…

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(CHRIS LUND)DON’T STRESSEVERYDAY STRESS CAN LIMIT YOUR PERCEIVED S STRENGTH AT THE GYM AND HOW WELL YOUR MUSCLES RECOVER AFTER A WORKOUT, ACCORDING TO A STUDY PUBLISHED IN THE JOURNAL OF STRENGTH & CONDITIONING RESEARCH. IN THE STUDY, RESEARCHERS ASKED STUDENTS TO DO SOME PSYCHOLOGICAL TESTS THAT RATE MENTAL STRESS. THE STUDENTS WERE THEN ASKED TO DO HEAVY-RESISTANCE EXERCISE—SIX SETS OF 10 REPS ON A LEG-PRESS MACHINE AT 80 TO 100% OF THEIR 10-REP MAX. THE RESULT: THE STUDENTS WHO SIGNALED HIGH STRESS MORE SLOWLY RECOVERED THEIR MUSCLE FUNCTION.10 Minutes it takes for a session of moderate to vigorous aerobic exercise to boost your decision-making process and improve your focus, according to a study published in Neuropsychologia.CLEANER ARTERIES WITH PLANT PROTEINStudies have shown that you can build muscle on a…

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As bodybuilding fans are surely aware by now, Phil Heath is still the reigning Mr. Olympia, with an incredible seven titles in a row.But that last one? It sure as hell wasn’t easy, with a certain 5'10", 300-pound behemoth offering up a brutal fight. Mamdouh Elssbiay—aka “Big Ramy”—has been steadily gaining on Heath and all the other top pros in the IFBB Pro League since earning his pro card by winning the 2012 Amateur Olympia.The 33-year-old’s steady ascension can be measured purely by his Mr. O results: eighth in 2013, seventh in 2014, fifth in 2015, fourth in 2016, and now a runner-up medal in 2017. Along the way, he’s captured five pro titles, including the 2013 and 2014 New York Pro, 2015 Arnold Classic Brazil, 2016 Kuwait Pro, and,…

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48The “Real Deal” Chris Cormier’s eye-pleasing size helped him rack up an impressive record during his competitive prime in the late ’90s to the mid-2000s.Seven-time Mr. Olympia Phil Heath opens up about the humbling effects of his post-O surgery.PAGE 36Gymnast, track athlete, cheerleader, and Army vet Liz Yisrael has her sights set on bikini’s biggest prize.PAGE 38The 212 Olympia champ dishes the dirt on the four men who finished behind him at last year’s 212 Olympia.PAGE 40Travel itineraries, how to measure up against bigger opponents, and more from Weider Athletes.PAGE 44 ■…

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(PAVEL YTHJALL)Q Did you have surgery after the 2017 Olympia?Yes, I did. I had surgery for a double hernia less than a week after the Olympia. I can’t say that I felt anything at the O, but I suspected something was off. I don’t think it affected my prep or my performance, but in hindsight, I have to wonder. I mean, on the one hand, it’s pretty impressive that I was able to do what I did having that going on inside me, and it makes me feel that I’m going to be able to do that much better next year without that kind of stress in my system.Q You did a post-Olympia FLEX leg workout photo shoot in that condition?Yeah, I worked right through it. But I’ve got to…

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