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Muscle Evolution

Muscle Evolution November - December 2015

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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At the recent IFBB South African Championships Louis Bessinger kicked off his individual posing routine on stage using the soundtrack of a classic Superman movie we all are familiar with: “Faster than a speeding bullet! More powerful than a locomotive! Look, up in the sky! It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s Superman!” This dramatic intro made me think about our ongoing quest to transform our bodies and the phenomenal role the mind plays in the process. At one point or another we all wanted to look like the Man of Steel. In the industrial town where I grew up I started reading comics and wanted to be as strong as Superman from an early age. In my teens I watched movies like Rocky and Terminator, and spent the bulk of…

3 min.
the price of success

A good friend of mine who lives in Durbs, Matt van der Veen recently went on social media to openly mention how self absorbed and selfish the sport of bodybuilding can be and how it impacts those who live with a competitive bodybuilder. He has just put himself through 16 weeks of one of the most gruelling preps of his life, and although he undoubtedly looked his absolute best, the real question is; who has suffered in the wake of his preparation? The fact that he is conscious of those around him and the pressures that his own prep has put on them is, in my mind at least, true testament to champion inside of him. After I saw the post, I did some thinking and I came to a subtle…

5 min.
muscle news

THE TERMINATOR WINS WBBF WORLD TITLE John ‘The Terminator’ Leslie recently won the Overall title at the World Body Building Federation (WBBF) Pro Invitational show held in Lithuania, Europe. He competed in an open pro line-up as there were no weight classes at the show. Leslie, who is coached by Federico Focherini, has multiple bodybuilding titles to his name, including three IFBB SA super-heavyweight titles as well as Nabba SA and WPF SA Overall titles. John would like to thank everybody for their support and motivation while he was prepping for the competition. BIOTECH TACTICAL POST WORKOUT RECOVERY Speed up recovery time and increase strength before your next gym session with Biotech’s Tactical Post Workout Recovery shake. Research suggests that while protein synthesis persists for at least 48 hours after exercise, it’s most…

3 min.
ask m.e

STRESS AND MUSCLE GAIN Q I have a stressful job and a stressful home life. I am worried this is affecting my efforts to build muscle. What would you recommend I do to minimise the impact of my life stress? John A Stress, either physical or psychological, is one of the worst thing that can happen to someone trying to build muscle. Stress leads to an increase in cortisol, which is basically (among other things) a muscle scavenger: it breaks down muscle tissue to produce amino acids that can be used either to produce energy (converted into glucose by the liver), to repair body structures or to fabricate neurotransmitters. In that regard, stress can literally eat up your muscle! Sadly, some people put themselves into tremendously stressful situations. This is often due to…

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m.e people


2 min.
tech gear

SNUG ACCESSORIES Local branded technology distributor Gammatek has launched the Snug range of smartphone accessories. The range includes the Snug PowerBank, a compact external battery which can fully charge a smartphone up to seven times to extend the device’s battery life, anywhere, at any time. It features a dual USB to charge two devices at once. The battery life indicator shows how much power is still available. The Snug Wireless Charger is a convenient device charger that allows users to simply place their QI device on the wireless charging matt to power up. Power is transmitted from the pad to the device without the need for a physical connector or cable. For info on stockists contact 011 201 0800. DUCATI 1299 PANIGALE S The new flagship model from Italian superbike maker Ducati sports a…