Lee Labrada Talks About Injuries, Preventing Them and What To Do If You Get Them
by Clayton South and Lee Labrada

Bodybuilding injuries can occur for several reasons and once they happen, they limit our ability to continue making progress.

As bodybuilders hit the gym harder than ever in order to build some serious muscle, inevitably some get injured in the attempt to get the perfect body. When this happens, what do we do? How can we avoid being sidelined or, worse, crippled, by injury? How can we continue on to achieve our goals?

In this interview, Lee Labrada shares his over three decades of professional bodybuilding expertise and knowledge, and answers these questions like no one else can.

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The Best Exercises for Lean Muscle Mass Gains

Which bodybuilding exercises are the best ones for lean muscle mass gains? This is one of the most common questions that I get asked on almost a daily basis.

In weight training, there is a variety of exercises that one can choose from to sculpt the body of your dreams. Results in bodybuilding are generally measured in body composition changes; increased muscle mass or tone, depending on the goal, along with decreases in body fat. The speed at which such changes are acquired depends on the training protocol used, the nutrition plan followed and the amount of rest (good night sleep) that the trainee gets.

In order for a training protocol to work at peak efficiency, not only must it be periodized or cycled but it also must include exercises that give you the most stimulation in the minimum amount of time.

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Here is a great article from my friend Ben Pakulski, one of the
creators of , regarding the 20 DUMBEST things
that bodybuilders say! I LOVE IT because it crushes a lot of myths
and “bro science” that you hear out there.

By the way, to me a “bodybuilder” is not necessarily someone who
competes in bodybuilding shows but instead just someone who uses
weight training and nutrition to build muscle and lose fat. So if you are
a 67 year old grandma who wants to gain muscle and lose fat, that makes
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Gain Weight And Muscle Mass As You Minimize Body Fat

While most of us who practice bodybuilding are trying to lose fat as we gain muscle, there are some people who are interested in just bulking up; which in simple terms means eating more and training heavier in order to gain muscle weight.

There could be many reasons for this:

1. A bodybuilder whose metabolism is so great that requires a plan just suited for exclusive muscle gain; the so called hardgainer.

2. A person who practices a sport, such as football, that may require a certain weight.

3. A bodybuilder who simply wants to go up a weight class (if he or she competes) or who simply wants to go on an exclusive muscle gain phase (like most bodybuilders do during Winter).

Like everything, there is a right way and a wrong way to do things.

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Whatever your bodybuilding goals are, if you are confused about how to gain muscle and lose body fat, you cannot miss this offer!
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Can You Get Better Natural Bodybuilding Results Via Super Slow Lifting?

The concept of super slow lifting for better natural bodybuilding gains is not a new concept. It has been around probably for as long as weight training has been.

It started to become a really popular concept once a Florida-based trainer named Ken Hutchins (author of “Aerobics is Dead” and “Why NOT Aerobics”) patented the name and really started promoting the idea. In addition, I have also seen many books written by Dr. Ellington Darden (writer of over 40 weight training publications such as the “Nautilus Advanced Bodybuilding Book”, “Bigger Muscles in 42 Days”, and “Grow :A 28-Day Crash Course for Getting Huge”) promoting slow lifting as a way to enhance your natural bodybuilding gains. Basically the concept is simple: slow down the repetition in such a way that it takes you 14 seconds to perform each one. [Read more…]

Achieving bodybuilding success has a different meaning for every person. For some bodybuilders success is measured by their ability to win bodybuilding competitions, while for others, bodybuilding success is simply losing a couple of inches off the waist, firming up the muscles and feeling more energetic and positive about life. My personal definition of bodybuilding success, for instance, is to achieve the most symmetrical, defined and balanced physique that I can while building and maintaining a high degree of muscle mass that looks good (which is a matter of personal opinion) on my 5’4″ frame.

The Magic Pill or Supplement Stack

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Just a few days ago, you bought your new pre-workout supplement, and already you can’t believe your results! Your strength has gone through the roof and your previous bests now seem laughable. When you step into the gym you feel like a machine. Your energy kicks into overdrive, your muscles pump to new levels, and you become completely focused on the task at hand. Finally, you think to yourself. A product that actually works as well as it claims to!

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One of the keys for teenagers (or any other bodybuilder for that matter) to have bodybuilding success is nutrition. Nutrition is what gives us the raw materials for recuperation, energy, and muscle growth so having the proper bodybuilding diet plan is essential. Without a good bodybuilding diet, your dreams of achieving your ideal body will never be reached.

In order to lose body fat and achieve good gains in muscle mass, your nutrition program needs to provide your body with quality nutrients in the form of carbohydrates (which serve to provide energy), proteins (which provide the amino acids to repair muscle tissue and other tissues in the body), good fats (which support healthy hormonal production) and finally water (as most of your body is made up of water).

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In my last article, we discussed what the key items are for achieving bodybuilding success. In this article I want to focus on the weight training aspect of the formula for success, and show you how through the cycling of training parameters like sets, repetitions and rest in between one can maximize bodybuilding gains and avoid dreaded training plateaus (periods of no progress). I will also show you a series of bodybuilding training routines that when performed in the sequence in which I present them are guaranteed to bring you the results that you are looking for.

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