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Muscle Evolution

Muscle Evolution January - February 2017

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.

Country:
South Africa
Language:
English
Publisher:
Muscle Evolution cc
Frequency:
Back issues only
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3 min.
discipline before motivation

Motivation is not the same as discipline. We live in a day and age where it is difficult to get up and to get going when there is no one waiting for you at the gym. It is easier to hit snooze than getting an early start. We constantly need someone to kick our butt to complete a workout. This is all nice and dandy, but at the end of the day everything is solely on you to make a difference in your own life. A training partner is invaluable if you are fortunate enough to find one who is reliable, but it must be someone who will not baby you and bail you out when the going gets tough. You cannot blame your trainer or coach or an app if…

4 min.
if you want things to be different, think differently

“THE MESSAGE HERE IS THAT NO MATTER HOW PASSIONATE YOU ARE ABOUT DOING SOMETHING AND NO MATTER HOW BAD YOU MIGHT WANT IT, YOU’RE GOING TO FIND YOURSELF IN SITUATIONS THAT WILL TEST YOUR SKILL AND RESOLVE – KIND OF LIKE STICKING POINTS IN A TRAINING REGIMEN.” One of the biggest personal challenges I’ve had to overcome over the past few years is to always be conscious of my thoughts, my actions, my work and my efforts, and then to consciously change anything about myself that I don’t feel is constructive, positive, giving, kind or for the greater good. Greatness, more than anything, requires a change in mindset and a complete overhaul in how the average person thinks. If you want to be that person who achieves things at a higher level…

10 min.
muscle news

ELITE ATHLETE EXTRAVAGANZA 2017 A new show on the local physique competition calendar is aimed at preparing, conditioning and developing new and upcoming South African athletes and gym enthusiasts, by providing a non-affiliated platform to encourage and enable athletes to achieve their dreams at a competitive level. The show will take place on 18 March 2017 at the Lyric Theatre at Gold Reef City in Johannesburg. With 11 men's and nine ladies' divisions, there is a category that suits every physique, style and intent to compete. The show will also pioneer a unique Coach’s Division that aims to recognise the often unsung but vital component of every successful athlete's efforts. This award will go to the most successful coach across all divisions. There will also be an invitation-only Legends showcase and Olimp will…

2 min.
tech gear

PHANTOM 4 DRONE The Phantom 4 features 4k\60fps HD video, a 20-megapixel camera, live HD view, and a dedicated remote controller plus powerful mobile app. The Flight-Autonomy system uses dual rear vision sensors and IR-sensing systems for obstacle sensing and avoidance. Boasts a maximum speed of 72 km/h. Available from www.droneworld.co.zafor R29,995. PORTABLE BLUETOOTH JBL SPEAKERS The range of portable Bluetooth JBL speakers include the JBL GO (R619), JBL Clip 2 (R1,099), JBL Flip 3 (R2,099), JBL Charge 2 Plus (R2,899), JBL Pulse 2 with customisable light show (R4,299) and the bass-booming JBL Xtreme (R5,299). They all stream music via Bluetooth and are compatible with iOS and Android devices. Rechargeable batteries offer between 5-15 hours of continuous play, depending on the model, and the splash-proof cover feature makes these ideal for use by…

6 min.
ask m.e

FOOD FRUSTRATION Q Please help. I’m totally confused about the process of food intake and its impact on performance in the gym. James from Pretoria A Muscle contraction, no matter where you train, is ultimately made possible by the sun. This is because muscle contraction requires energy and biological energy on this planet originates from the sun. The energy in sunlight is captured by plants on land and in water and converted via photosynthesis into fuel: carbohydrates, protein and fat. Animals eat plants capturing energy contained in plant nutrients for conversion into carbohydrates, protein and fat needed for animal growth and daily movement. Humans then consume plants and animals and the energy contained in carbohydrates, protein and fat is subsequently used for metabolic processes such as muscle contraction. The human body creates…

9 min.
unstick your lifts

“THE MORE COMPLEX A MOVEMENT, WHICH IS A FACTOR OF THE TOTAL NUMBER OF MUSCLES AND JOINT STRUCTURES REQUIRED TO EXECUTE IT, THE MORE LIKELY WE ARE TO ENCOUNTER A STICKING POINT, OR EVEN MULTIPLE STICKING POINTS.” AS THE OLD SAYING GOES, A CHAIN IS ONLY AS STRONG AS ITS WEAKEST LINK. AND IN THE CONTEXT OF MOVEMENT CHAINS, THE WEAKEST LINK IS OFTEN THE CAUSE OF COMMON STICKING POINTS DURING THE BIG COMPOUND LIFTS THAT ARE SO IMPORTANT FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF STRENGTH AND SIZE. There are many reasons as to why we experience sticking points during these lifts and they may not always be the same for everyone. At the most basic level, it is important to understand that human movement relies on the coordinated activation of specific muscles in…