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Bodybuilding Magazines

The articles done here are the best going, and the printed version a few years back was great too. But…sometimes I like to read other mags, just wondering what anyone recommends.

They just all seem to be the same shit, loaded with ads

Any suggestions what’s decent out there? or is it a lost cause?

mens health is entertaining for some of the trivia and percentage facts and shit like that. plus they sometimes have some cool articles like the one about the best ways to die and shit

Ironman is pretty decent, it’s been around since 1936. I just wish T-Nation published a mag, I don’t like reading long articles from a screen.

Once upon a time I bought Muscle and Fitness.
After purchasing I would rip out about half the pages. After about a year reading M&F- I found the information redundant.
Men’s health is okay-you can read in the store,the articles are short. Save money for protein bars.

T-Nation used to have a mag - Testosterone - wish they still published a print mag. It was even better than MM2K in its earlier, more extreme days.

I haven’t seen any good mags on the stands. They’re all huge collections of ads with maybe a few articles…all of which have just been reprinted from earlier editions and maybe tweaked just a little. It doesn’t help too much either that someone can more easily throw up a website and post all of their articles themselves.

Does anyone perhaps know any of the lesser well known print mags that you can’t find on the shelves of Barnes & Noble, Borders, etc. Sorta like “Milo” for the strongman crowd but for bodybuilding/weightlifting.

Muscular Development is in my opinion the best training mag out right now.

[quote]TheChosenOne17 wrote:
Muscular Development is in my opinion the best training mag out right now.
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Agreed. I don’t see how anyone could put Ironman or Men’s Health above it unless they just weren’t paying attention. Also, if you are looking to bodybuilding magazines in order to be taught how to lift, you are looking in the wrong place to begin with. People use magazines as motivation and info on the professionals, not for tutorials in how to lift a weight for the first time.

[quote]Professor X wrote:
TheChosenOne17 wrote:
Muscular Development is in my opinion the best training mag out right now.

Agreed. I don’t see how anyone could put Ironman or Men’s Health above it unless they just weren’t paying attention. Also, if you are looking to bodybuilding magazines in order to be taught how to lift, you are looking in the wrong place to begin with. People use magazines as motivation and info on the professionals, not for tutorials in how to lift a weight for the first time.[/quote]

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Plus, the only thing that truly captures my interest anymore, is the nutritional/chemical/scientific research that’s being done, and what they’ve discovered.

Really, with all of the training articles out there, it’s no wonder why people, (especially beginners) get so confused about how they should train.

I know there was an older thread on this, but I’ll reiterate my opinions…

MD is the only mainstream mag I pick up. The rest just have way too much fluff, filler, and ‘ad-reports’ for my taste.

That aside, I read every issue of Natural Bodybuilding and Fitness, as you actually learn things from the articles.

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The thing about these muscle rags is that if you haven’t read one and decided to start reading, within a year you will no longer need to ever look at one again. The same routines will be hashed out under a different name.

Jay Cutler will make a few cameo appearances in a few years (if his skin hasn’t melted off). Girls that are but children now will be 97% nude in a few years to either get you to buy the wretched magazine or to advertise a supplement. It is the same thing over and over and over. Nothing new.

I would recommend getting a hold of the first 5-10 years worth of Ironman and read it for some serious information.

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lately being bored I’ve bought the current editions of flex, muscular developement and another one I can’t remember. Most things to do with weightlifting are the same and everything now is becoming redundant. I like the interviews with pro’s and flex did this thing with lou ferigno which was pretty cool apart from that I like it for the pretty pictures lol

I dont actually buy any bbing magazines but over here there is a magazine called BEEF which i can imagine is excellent if you’re a keen follower of competitive bbing. It covers all the UK shows etc… Also has interviews with top bbers (mainly UK guys e.g james llewlyn)

good mag if your very in to the competing side of things.

I started off following the magazines, (flex, muscle and fitness, musclemag, etc) but after a while i found the info in them to be repetitive and ridiculous. The best magazine that i know of is MD, but now if i were to spend my money on training information, i just buy good books. Never buy the ones that look as pretty as the magazines.

I would recommend dinosaur training to be a good one to look into. Super squats is another favorite of mine. Basically any book that encourages the basics, hard work, good nutrition and isn’t overpriced then it’s worth it. If you’re into the older publications, superstrengthbooks.com has some good ones. In fact, thats where i found Dinosaur training and super squats.