Monday, February 28, 2011

Nick Morano: Arnold Amateur




Hoping to do better in the welterweight class at the 2011 Arnold Amateurs (he didn't place in 2010), Ohio's Nick Morano. Morano, a former Marine and ERT is currently studying to get his bachelors in nursing while training part time for Your Style Fitness.

In 2010 Morano was 2nd in his class at the NPC Pittsburgh Championships:



See more of Nick at North American Bodies.

Neil Gardner: Arnold Amateur



Another Aussie (well British ex-pat) with a sense of humor, Lightweight competitor Neil Gardner, the 5'2" "MonstaDwarf."



The 44 year old owner of the Winning Physique Gym in Ferntree Gully, Victoria has actually competed in the IFBB pro ranks in the days before the 202 class. Consequently being a smaller guy he didn't place at the 2005 IFBB Charlotte Pro (routine below) or 2005 New York pro, was 7th at that year's Australian Grand Prix (which was won by Lee Priest), didn't place at the show in 2006 and then came 11th in 2007 (which was won by Dexter Jackson).



As an amateur Neil has competed in numerous World Amateur Championships, including the 2009 (he was 7th) and 2010 (he was 12th), and of course many Australian show. As a couple of example he placed 2nd at the 2008 Australian Bodybuilding Championships (clip below) and won the under 70kgs class at the 2010 IFBB Nationals & NSW bodybuilding championships held last October.





Neil was on the cover of the November issue of Hardcore Aussie Muscle and also appeared in LIFE Magazine in a 2007 IFBB Australian Bodybuilding Grand Prix VII spread.

Latest Bodybuilding Easy Tips For Your Smarty Body

Latest Bodybuilding Easy Tips For Your Smarty Body
Pushups (Off A Counter):

Position yourself in front of a counter, with your hands resting on the edge about shoulder width apart. Move your feet back so your body is positioned at a 45-55 degree angle. Now perform ‘Pushoffs’ as you would flat floor pushups.

# Pushups (With Feet Elevated) bodybuilding Exercise:

This is the same routine as a Flat Floor Pushup, except you put your feet elevated on a bed or chair.

Arnold Schwarzenegger body building is not for everyone. There are many people who can simply not get that huge without the help of something like steroids. You do not ever want to have your goals include the use of any kinds of drugs, especially not ones as dangerous to your whole life as steroids are. Nothing is worth that not even Arnold Schwarzenegger body building. .

And some people are not meant to get that big either. Too much muscle can be too hard for the body to carry and the bones will suffer. In these cases the bones will ache and arthritis or other serious problems can occur if you do Arnold Schwarzenegger body building. Know your body before you start any type of body building, especially Arnold Schwarzenegger body building and learn what it can and cannot handle. Pushing too hard can just make things bad for you for years to come

# Situps (Frog style) bodybuilding Exercise:

Lie on your back on the floor, hands at the sides of your head. Bring your knees up while keeping your feet flat on the floor. Let each knee fall out to the side, down to the floor, or as far as your flexibility allows. Once you have assumed the ‘frog’ position, lift you shoulders only up off the floor as high as possible while crunching the abdominal muscles. Your legs remain steady and still throughout the exercise. This works the upper abs.

# Situps (Knees in the Air) bodybuilding Exercise:

Lie on the floor with your knees bent and feet crossed in the air. Place your hands at the sides of your head and sit up, forcing your head toward your knees, while keeping your legs and feet as stationary and steady as possible. Really try to crunch your abs at the top of the movement. Lower yourself back to the starting position slowly. (Placing your hands on your lower abdomen will make this exercise easier). This exercise works both upper and lower abs.

# Split Jump bodybuilding Exercise:

Holding a pair of dumbbells, stand as if you are about to descend into a lunge; one foot extended in front, the other extended back, torso upright. Jump off your front leg and switch your legs in midair so that you land in the opposite lunge position. Repeat for the desired number of reps.

# Squat Jump bodybuilding Exercise:

Stand with your feet shoulder width apart and toes pointed slightly outward, with a bar resting across your shoulders and traps. Descend into a squat until your thighs are parallel to the floor. Explode upward; as your hips and knees approach full extension, jump off the balls of your feet. Upon landing, move immediately into another squat. Look straight ahead and keep your torso and neck muscles tight throughout.

# Squat: Wave Squatbodybuilding Exercise:

In one continuous motion, descend into a quarter squat with a barbell resting across your traps and drive back up through your heels. As you stand up, push up off the balls of your feet.

Beginning Bodybuilding Exercise For Newbie

Beginning Bodybuilding Exercise For Newbie
Start Slowly

Overdoing workouts is the main reason that makes many people to quit their fitness programs. Start doing slowly and gradually increase. Once you start going to Gym don’t get too excited and do heavy workouts frequently. Keep yourself in a steady state of mind and maintain consistency.

Be a Student

Read fitness magazines, books, listen to what experts say and see to that you’re working out in the right way. More knowledge you gain, the more fun you’ll have applying your knowledge and see the results of your efforts. Gaining knowledge will motivate you and makes you more focused.

Have a Training Log

Note all the technical aspects of your training such as sets, reps and weight. Also write how you felt during your workout. This is a good way to monitor your progress over time.

Make it a Habit

Being consistent in your fitness routine takes sometime but you must stick to your schedule and see to that nothing interferes with your schedule. If you do this way in few months you will become used to it completely.

Remain Patient

One of the greatest things about being a beginner is that almost anything you do will give results. Eventually you’ll hit plateaus in your gains, but be patient and stick with it.

Reward Yourself

You are putting a lot of effort and working hard then why don’t you reward yourself. Just reward yourself by going for a movie or something that you like. Small rewards like this will encourage you and make you feel better.

Best Effective Bodybuilding Exercise And Tips

Best Effective Bodybuilding Exercise And Tips
Leg Tuck (Seated) Bodybuilding Tips:

Sit on a bench sideways, grasping the edges for support. With knees bent, raise your legs slightly and then straighten them, leaning backward as balance requires.

Lunges (Smith Machine) Bodybuilding Tips:

The basic purpose of lunges on the Smith Machine is to develop and separate the muscles in the thigh and shape the muscles in the glutes. Step into the Smith machine and place the bar across your shoulders / traps as you would to squat. Put your right foot two feet in front of you.

Military Presses (Seated) Bodybuilding Tips:

Your target zone are the Front Delts. Your supporting and secondary muscles are your side and rear delts, triceps and traps. Sit on a bench with your back supported. With a wide grip – four to five inches past shoulder width

Power Snatch Bodybuilding Tips:

Bend at your waist and knees to grasp either dumbbells or a barbell on the floor with an overhand grip. Straighten your torso and lift the weight as if performing an upright row; rather than stopping at the top, raise the weight overhead in one continuous motion by rolling your wrists back and ‘throwing’ the bar or dumbbells overhead. Reverse the movement to return to the start position.

Pulley Rows (Seated) Bodybuilding Tips:

Attach a V-handle to a low cable pulley machine and sit on the machine with your feet braced against the footrest or metal plate. Keeping your knees slightly bent, grasp the V-handle with your palms facing each other

Pull-Up Bodybuilding Tips:

One of the most overlooked exercises in bodybuilding. An excellent exercise in developing the lats and lower-trap fibers, and stresses the biceps quite well, too. Grasp the bar with an overhand grip, hands about 10 inches apart.

Pulldowns (Reverse Grip) Bodybuilding Tips:

Stand in front of a high pulley with your feet shoulder width apart. Grasp the pulley handle with one hand using a reverse grip and stand back, bending slightly at your hips. Hold the handle so that you upper arm and elbow are vertical and slightly in front of your body with a 90 degree bend in your elbow.

Pushups (Flat Floor) Bodybuilding Tips:

Lying facedown on the floor, place your palms next to your chest a little wider than shoulder width apart.

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