Health & Fitness
Muscle Evolution

Muscle Evolution July - August 2016

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.
the blade & beast show

Sandton was a hive of activity the day Arnold came to launch his Classic show. Burly powerlifters groaned under huge weights, strongmen with strange names broke records, and bodybuilders beamed and squeezed while hitting their poses. It was a mecca of muscle where thousands of athletes participated in their different sporting codes. It was also a place where ordinary people could encounter something extraordinary and sublime. Arnold himself took in all this energy as he moved from hall to hall, talking and joking in his distinct Austrian accent, always grinning for the cameras. The sports festival, named after him, promoted by him and dedicated to his legacy, had finally arrived on African soil. It provided a golden opportunity for many to find out why exactly the Pros are called Pros.…

4 min.
the lost art of hard work

Fourteen years ago at my first IFBB SA Championships we launched this magazine. Before that I thought I knew what the term shredded meant, until that fateful day when I got to see what the top six of each line-up looked like at a national championship level. They embodied everything that is great about bodybuilding and for that reason they were known throughout the land as the best of the best. For the top six athletes who made the final that night, anything less than first place meant that they’d failed, dismally. Only standing on the top step of the podium would suffice and the only thing they cared about was becoming the best in South Africa. That moment was all about one thing – victory. Fast forward 10 years and…

6 min.
muscle news

BIOGEN NIGHT FEED PROTEIN Biogen’s new Night Feed casein protein formulation is ideal for those looking to maximise their recovery and muscle growth with a great-tasting shake. With its anticatabolic effect, athletes can maximise their recovery potential during sleep as this high biological value casein protein is digested slowly, delivering an extended release of amino acids. This helps to promote optimal muscle protein synthesis to build and repair muscle tissue. Available exclusively at Dis-Chem stores nationwide. INBA AFRICAN NATURALS 2016 The INBA, the largest natural bodybuilding federation in the world, has announced that it’s African Naturals bodybuilding competition will take place on Saturday, 27 August 2016, at Robin Hills Primary School, Randburg, Johannesburg. The event will be used to select the South African natural bodybuilding team that will compete at the Natural Olympia,…

2 min.
tech gear

RAM X-GRIP & MOUNT RAM’s patented locking mechanism and suction cups are used in military aircraft because they keep devices in place through bone-jarring impacts, making it perfectly suited to carry your expensive smartphone in whatever car you have. Available with a lifetime warranty ensuring it is the last mount you’ll ever have to buy. R1,626 SAMSUNG 40-INCH SMART LED TV Offering a full multimedia experience in your home, the Samsung 40-inch Smart LED TV includes a wide colour enhancer and Smart television technology. The High Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI) inputs will transform your living room into a full-on entertainment centre. R8,399 SUUNTO TRAVERSE ALPHA Suunto Traverse Alpha watches now offer useful features for fishermen and hunters with the addition of two new models – the Alpha Stealth and Alpha Foliage. The integrated GPS/Glonass route navigation with…

8 min.
ask m.e

“The key to adding muscle mass to your frame is to derive sufficient nutrients and energy from your diet so that the maximum amount of energy output can be exerted during training, and the maximum volume of protein can be turned over to form new muscle tissue, potentially at the expense of conditioning.”“As an ectomorph you will require a far greater amount of carbohydrates in your diet, with more frequent feeding times. Insulin is a very powerful anabolic hormone that has the ability to increase the rate of protein uptake by increasing the rate and efficiency with which these nutrients are shuttled into muscle cells.” THE HARD GAINER’S DILEMMA Q I’m 19 years old and weigh just 63kg. I’ve been weight training for about three years now, but have only recently started…

9 min.
the last rep

TO COMPETE AT A SHOW, DO BETTER IN A SPORT OR JUST LOOK GOOD. THERE ARE A LOT OF DIFFERENT MOTIVES FOR BUILDING MUSCLE. BODYBUILDING HAS COME A LONG WAY SINCE IT FIRST STARTED IN ANCIENT SOCIETIES AS A FORM OF ENTERTAINMENT TO THRILL THE MASSES. Exercise programmes, first developed and used by bodybuilders, created the foundation of today's strength routines. Training with weights has become compulsory no matter your sport of choice. Health, wellness and longevity are often associated with bodybuilding. American bodybuilder Mike Katz was the first person to remark: “Bodybuilders are the only athletes whose sport you can tell by looking at them.” But do strong men actually live longer than their more complacent brethren? HEALTHY OR NOT? Apparently not if you look at a new study presented by Daniel Gwartney,…