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    Are there any good mags out there?

    I was looking around in Wal-Mart the other day at there bodybuilding magazines. I fliped through several and decided they were totally full of crap. I've never read any before, and usually trust the articles I read here at WWB. Are there any good lifting magazines out there that aren't full of bs like You need to 50 sets each workout (I exaggerated a little). More like 6-7 sets of Squats. Anything out there that even closely resembles the info you get at WBB?
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    Re: Are there any good mags out there?

    Originally posted by dkliewer
    I was looking around in Wal-Mart the other day at there bodybuilding magazines. I fliped through several and decided they were totally full of crap. I've never read any before, and usually trust the articles I read here at WWB. Are there any good lifting magazines out there that aren't full of bs like You need to 50 sets each workout (I exaggerated a little). More like 6-7 sets of Squats. Anything out there that even closely resembles the info you get at WBB?
    Thanks.
    Occasionally, Muscular Development and Ironman have a decent article or two. Ironman even published things from people like Stuart McRobert from time to time, which aren't that dissimilar to the sorts of things that many at WBB espouse. All the major magazines, however, are owned by supplement companies and place entirely too much emphasis on the products they sell. MD has also really gone downhill in the pursuit of being 'hardcore' At this point, half the magazine is pseudo-pornography and info on drugs. Personally, when I do buy one of these it usually ends up being Ironman. But really they all pretty much suck.

    We tend to think of Sisyphus as a tragic hero, condemned by the gods to shoulder his rock sweatily up the mountain, and again up the mountain, forever. The truth is that Sisyphus is in love with the rock. He cherishes every roughness and every ounce of it. He talks to it, sings to it. It has become the mysterious Other. He even dreams of it as he sleepwalks upward. Life is unimaginable without it, looming always above him like a huge gray moon. He doesn’t realize that at any moment he is permitted to step aside, let the rock hurtle to the bottom, and go home.

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    Hardgainer is the best muscle mag IMO. I just subscribed and so far it has been good reading.

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    Originally posted by Neil
    Hardgainer is the best muscle mag IMO. I just subscribed and so far it has been good reading.
    Yeah, I wasn't thinking about mags like that. There are some specialty magazines like that are quite good. Milo(though I haven't looked at it myself), Hardgainer, and one or two others that I can't recall off the top of my head.

    We tend to think of Sisyphus as a tragic hero, condemned by the gods to shoulder his rock sweatily up the mountain, and again up the mountain, forever. The truth is that Sisyphus is in love with the rock. He cherishes every roughness and every ounce of it. He talks to it, sings to it. It has become the mysterious Other. He even dreams of it as he sleepwalks upward. Life is unimaginable without it, looming always above him like a huge gray moon. He doesn’t realize that at any moment he is permitted to step aside, let the rock hurtle to the bottom, and go home.

    Parables and Portraits, Stephen Mitchell

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    As a beginner, I've read absolutely everything I can get my hands on. I know the mags are owned by the supplement companies, but I just don't read their 6-page "infomercials". Since I don't want to do roids or any supps other than vitamins and glucosamine I kind of treat the articles on the "big boys" like I view WWF wrestling. Entertaining, but not real, at least for me.

    Having said that, there are great articles for beginners on proper exercise form in virtually every one of them. So they're not TOTALLY worthless. However, I'm about done. You read six months worth of 3-4 mags and I think you got everything they have to offer as far as learning for beginners. I cut out a lot of exercise technique stuff and saved it and tossed the crap.

    The discussions here are usually VERY helpful and there is a wealth of knowledge here that is simply amazing. You'll get pointed to stuff all over the web that is excellent, too.

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    what about that mag that uses the other mags bullshit to market itself and is called No Bull. is that any good?

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    Magazines

    I agree. A majority of magazines are ads and softcore porn. Muscular Development used to a magazine of substance. Ironman magazine is still one of the best magazines of the bunch. Planetmuscle is a decent magazine for the price $1 and so is powerlifting magazine.

    Many magazines are just rehashed articles of 'Pro bodybuilding techniques', month to month.

    I have found a nice link that gives access to a lot of research articles for supplementation : http://www.medbioworld.com/articles.html

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    Hardgainer, MILO, Ironman.

    Problem with Magazines are...you can only reinvent the wheel so many times. If you wanna get good reading materials, buy a specialized book.

    A good one might be Mastery of Hand Strength by John Brookfield, or Pavel's Bullet Proof Ab book, Super Squats by Strossen, Draper's Your Body Revival, or Heavy Duty (I or II) by Mike Metzner.

    It's fun to read theories from different people

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    Muscle fitness is pretty good...or at least i like it.

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    Yeah, I wasn't thinking about mags like that. There are some specialty magazines like that are quite good. Milo(though I haven't looked at it myself), Hardgainer, and one or two others that I can't recall off the top of my head.
    What do you mean by specialy magazines? What is the difference of these compared to the other ones?
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    musclar devleopment used to be very good. but has gone down hill.

    iron man has some good, but also some terible articles. that jerry barnuim is not very clever.
    my exprience - joined gym 10 years ago, 6 1/2 years hard weight training exprience.

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    Originally posted by dkliewer


    What do you mean by specialy magazines? What is the difference of these compared to the other ones?
    You have to subscribe to them to get 'em, so far as I know. They're not available--at least not widely available--at bookstores, newstands, etc.

    We tend to think of Sisyphus as a tragic hero, condemned by the gods to shoulder his rock sweatily up the mountain, and again up the mountain, forever. The truth is that Sisyphus is in love with the rock. He cherishes every roughness and every ounce of it. He talks to it, sings to it. It has become the mysterious Other. He even dreams of it as he sleepwalks upward. Life is unimaginable without it, looming always above him like a huge gray moon. He doesn’t realize that at any moment he is permitted to step aside, let the rock hurtle to the bottom, and go home.

    Parables and Portraits, Stephen Mitchell

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    Thanks for all the info. I probably would never waste my money by subscribing to any of these, but I might pick one up every now and then.
    Squat - 505
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    Total - 1380@175

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