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  1. It pays to be an active member on NZBodybuilding.co.nz. Not only can you get great advice, you can also win great prizes. For instance... Post of the month Every month we're giving away a supplements voucher worth $100, thanks to the guys at NZ Muscle. When you see a post you think is extra special, hit the "I like this!" button to give it kudos. Every month, the mods will use the kudos to help them select a Post of the Month. The winning post could be an excellent question, or an excellent answer. It could be a journal entry, or an in-depth competition report. Let's see what you've got! Photo of the month Here's another $100 supplements voucher from NZ Muscle! And just for taking a photo. There's one catch - we're only interested in photos in the Competition (and Event calendar) forums, in the Recipes forum, and of course in Post your Pics. It's a perfect reason to take those progress photos you've been putting off - get out the camera and start snapping! (Obviously the photos you submit have to be your own. We may require proof of this before awarding any prize.) A few days after the end of each month (giving last-minute posts a chance to be nominated), the mods will select a winner using your nominations as a guide. This ensures we don't have the same people winning every time. Not that we're restricting people to one win only, but we want to spread the joy. _______________________________________________ Older Post and Photo of the Month winners have been archived. You can see the archived winners here.
  2. Just thought I'd stick this up before we start the "official" promotion campaign. It'll be interesting to see how the results change once posters, etc come out...
  3. The International Federation of Bodybuilders has announced a few rule changes to the Mr Olympia competition... 1) The Most Muscular pose is now compulsory, and will be included as one of the mandatory poses. 2) An onstage scoreboard will show the audience how well a bodybuilder does in each round, and his current ranking as the show continues. 3) And the biggest change - a new "Challenge round". Once the competition has been whittled down to the top six, the competitors will be able to challenge each other to a pose. The winner of each of these Challenges will be decided in real time, gaining two points which will be added to their onstage total. Details here. No prizes for guessing Ronnie will be called out on his abs pose! :twisted:
  4. So you've tried a new product and want to tell us what you think? That's great - we'd love to know. But first, here are a few things to keep in mind... What IS the product? It's not always obvious from the name whether you're reviewing a protein powder, a creatine product, a fat-burner, etc. Can you give us a breakdown of the ingredients/nutritional data? Does the product make big claims? What are they, and does it live up to them? How much does it cost? How many serves? For the results you get, is it cost-effective? Are you giving the product a fair trial? Are there other factors involved that might be "fudging" or distorting the results? How does your product compare with other similar products you've tried? Is there anything else we might want to know? Taste? Texture? Solubility? Side effects? Finally, reread your review, and check your spelling and grammar. Sure, we're not marking you on this, but a well-written review is easier to read, so we'll appreciate your efforts much more. Besides, it's really just good manners. The benefits of writing a review are threefold. Firstly, you help other people make informed choices about their next purchase. Secondly, you provide valuable feedback to the manufacturer (especially if they're a NZ company) so they can find ways of improving the product for you. Finally, writing a review forces you to analyse the product and its effect, making you more in tune with your body and ultimately increasing your awareness as a bodybuilder. Got all that? Good. Now go and write us a damn fine review! :grin:
  5. So Spring has sprung, the grass has ris, and I'm wondering where my abs is. About this time every year, the sun starts shining and I think, "Oh shit! Summer's on it's way, and I'm not ready!" Normally I just do a half-hearted cut. Ease up on the carbs, do a few token cardio sessions, that sort of thing. It's enough to get me down to ~10% BF, but this year I'd like to go a bit further. And preferably without too much more effort. So.... What do we all think about the Anabolic Diet? Do we like it? Does it manipulate muscle-building hormone levels like it claims? Is it better than the other keto diets? Is there something better still?
  6. Is your job bullshit?

    I've just been reading an article on the phenomenon of bullshit jobs - that is, jobs that don't really need to exist. It's a thought-provoking article and well worth reading, but if you can't be bothered, here's an except... (It's a great point... Why DO we pay those in essential jobs so badly?) Now, I love my day job, but I have to admit that the earth would continue to turn even if it wasn't blessed with the presence of us advertising creatives. So what do you do for a crust? And is it essential, or is it bullshit?
  7. Who do you get your training and diet advice from? Do you prefer to listen to the voice of experience who's been training for years? Or the guy who's got a degree?
  8. Games Meister wanted

    We've got a few companies who are lining up to send you guys some prizes. Tasty, tasty prizes. Which seems like a pretty good reason to run some more competitions. Problem is, I'm busy getting things ready to upgrade the forum software (the new software is awesome, btw, but I'll tell you more about that later) - so I need someone to help me organise this and future competitions. I need a Games Meister. Here's what the job involves... - Coming up with a killer competition idea - Running the competition (setting the rules, fielding the questions, managing contestants) - Promoting it on social media beforehand, and publishing the results afterwards - Arranging delivery of prizes to winners (usually just passing on the winners' details to the sponsor) - Keeping the sponsor well-informed throughout the process, and thanking them afterwards You'll need good writing skills, and ideally be a social whizz on Facebook and Instagram. Oh, and a hot-shot graphic designer with Photoshop. That's the ideal list. If you're missing a skill or two, that's okay - I'll still be involved, and can help you out where needed. At this stage, remuneration consists of a Gymnation tshirt. In the future it might eventually extend to a bit of contra as well, but it's probably not your most lucrative career choice. It's more about prestige - and with a swanky new Games Meister title proudly displayed under your username, you'll be the envy of all your fellow members. Does this sound like you? PM me.
  9. DISCLAIMER: NZ Muscle are a long-time sponsor of Gymnation (and they're truly awesome people and you should hit them up for all your supplement needs), but I think this is a topic that's legitimately news-worthy on its own merits anyway. ______________ As you might have seen, Shotgun Supplements has now been bought out by NZ Muscle. This is huge. Two of the biggest players in the NZ supplements industry, and one has just eaten the other! Shotgun had been started by a couple of guys in New Plymouth - one of them is/was a member here. It grew exponentially, and in 2014 (I think?) was bought by Torpedo 7, which in turn is owned by The Warehouse Group. So it's not exactly a small fish. And now... it's been gobbled up by NZ Muscle - another independently-owned business going through their own exponential growth phase. Impressive. What's your opinion on the NZ supplements industry? Who are the major players now? NZ Muscle, Xtreme Nutrition... and then who? Is there anyone else fighting it with these big guys at the top?
  10. Someone told me about this a couple of days ago. I only half believed it, but it's true. The Olympics aren't the only games with a drug problem... Esports has started introducing drug testing for its competitors! Turns out competitive gamers have been dosing themselves up with the ADHD medication Adderall prior to a tournament. http://www.news.com.au/technology/home-entertainment/gaming/esports-introduces-drug-tests-for-professional-gamers/news-story/4b34a7e0aacdd5baa3905155343a6fec In reality I'm not sure how effective this is going to be. They only have to provide a note from their doctor stating why they need the medication. Still, pretty amusing...
  11. Good Auckland physio?

    Right, after wasting yet another leg workout on account of a dodgy knee, I've finally decided to stop pissing around and get it looked at. Can anyone recommend a good sports physio in Auckland? West would be preferable, but not essential.
  12. I'm not sure whether I think this looks cheesy or just dramatic. Possibly a bit of both. Interesting though...
  13. Chicken nachos

    900g chicken breast, skinned and chopped into small pieces 500g bottle Dolmio Extra Spicy Peppers pasta sauce 400g tin of red kidney beans 400g Home Brand plain salted corn chips 150g Edam cheese, grated Tomato, finely diced This recipe makes 3 meals for me, so subdivide it when serving, and put the rest in the fridge. Heat a pan with a little oil, and brown the chicken breast. Add sauce and beans and cook (stirring occassionally) until sauce is thick enough to sit on top of chips. Arrange chips photogenically on a plate. Add sauce, sprinkle cheese and tomato on top. Eat. Total macros: protein = 400g, carbs = 340g, fat = 150g Subdivided into three meals: protein = 133g, carbs = 113g, fat = 50g
  14. In between updating the forum software this week, I've been keeping half an eye on the investigations into Russia's doping situation. Basically, the use of PEDs in sport is so rife in that country (and seemingly supported from the highest levels of authority) that many are calling Russia to be dropped from the Olympics altogether. Athletics: Commission advises IAAF to ban Russia athletics over drug accusations What do you reckon? A regrettable necessity, or a step too far? What would be the implications for the different sports if the Russians weren't there?
  15. This is grit. http://www.nzherald.co.nz/sport/news/article.cfm?c_id=4&objectid=11605706
  16. How to peel an egg?

    As a bodybuilder, I naturally strive for aesthetics in every aspect of my life. It bothers me that I am unable to achieve this state of perfection in my otherwise flawless soft boiled eggs. I simply cannot peel the bastards without half the egg coming off with the shell. It really spoils the look of my Caesar salads. Apparently older eggs are better to peel, but I can't wait 2 weeks for my eggs to fully ripen. I've tried putting a tiny crack in the shell prior to cooking, but that old wives tale hardly makes a difference. Letting them cool before peeling makes it easier, but it's still not perfect... and besides, then my eggs are cold. How do restaurants do this? Any tips? Pls halp.
  17. The fad of fitness apps

    Do you use Fitbit? Myfitnesspal? Or any other of the gazillion options out there for tracking and analysing every last detail of your diet/workout/cholesterol/heartrate/activity levels on your phone. The Herald republished an article from The Independent today: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/lifestyle/news/article.cfm?c_id=6&objectid=11433594 It's very well written, so worth reading in its entirety, but here's the point that got me thinking... Is he right? We've all looked at a fatty in a fast-food joint with a tray piled high, and inwardly thought, "Jeez, no wonder you've got problems..." It's not much of a stretch to see a world in which the "you brought it on yourself" sentiment is also applied with same un-sympathy to people who don't use fitness apps, and therefore clearly don't look after themselves. Question is, which side of the fence would you be on? The "ignorance is bliss" side, or the smugly statistic-tracking side?
  18. Last week I went out to talk to the performers in Cirque du Soleil's Totem show. It was brilliant. Really neat guys, and super-keen to talk about their training. Although everyone determines individually the type of training that suits them best, everyone seems to take a really analytical approach to it. They reminded me of powerlifters in that sense. They particularly wanted to demonstrate the stuff they do for pre-hab - ie, keeping themselves injury-free (not easy when you're performing 10 shows a week). So that's what we did. In the end, we came out with so much footage, I'm going to have to turn it into two separate videos. So here's the first one. Hope you guys find it as interesting as I did. I had a lot of fun... it was awesome! I tried to ask all the questions you guys gave me, but in chopping down 90 mins of footage to 10, not all of it made the cut. If there's anything you wanted to know that I haven't included, ask me here. BTW - if you haven't seen TOTEM yet, you should. It's an amazing show for anyone, but for fitness fans who know just how hard some of this stuff is, it's spectacular. TOTEM is on until September 28 at Alexandra Park.
  19. RIP Old Bull

    Thanks for posting that obituary, Realtalk. That's terribly sad news. Old Bull's been a member of this forum for almost as long as the forum has existed. And all that time, he's been the steadiest, most constant source of advice and support for up-and-coming powerlifters. It would be no exaggeration to say that powerlifters throughout the country owe their lifting careers to him. His passing will leave a big hole in this forum, and in the powerlifting community. One thing I'm sure of... wherever he is now, he'll be continuing to fill out his lifting journal. Thanks for your time, OB.
  20. Training with Cirque du Soleil

    Okay guys - it's been a while, but we've got another Cirque du Soleil video for you. This time it's with KOOZA, who are currently playing in Auckland (and they've just extended the season to March 23). I saw the show, and like every Cirque show, it's packed full of great acts, great costumes, and great music. Expect to see some amazing feats of fitness, agility and flexibility from the artists. Again, we've split this into two videos. In this first one, I'm talking to Straps aerialist Haley Viloria, who demonstrates some of her stretching and mobility work. Enjoy!
  21. You might have to tell us about it instead, mate... What did you think of the place?
  22. I agree with ^ this opinion. But yeah... this is a public forum. Ask your questions publicly, and then we can all learn.