Author: Amit Sapir

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The Real Pros and Cons of the Bodybuilding Lifestyle

Over my career, from beginner all the way to the Olympia stage, I heard it all. Every sleazy comment, every myth and misconception about the bodybuilding lifestyle. In my experience the average person,


5 Ways I Maintain Strength During a Weight Cut

There is a misconception that if you are dieting, you are bound to lose strength in your beloved lifting. This assumption is not necessarily valid. Here are a few things you can do


5 Tips for Combining Bodybuilding and Powerlifting

Despite some old school bodybuilders calling powerlifters fatties and powerlifters calling bodybuilders weak, the two sports can actually complement each other more than you’d think. Not only this, we are starting to see


How I Competed in 4 Powerlifting Meets in 20 Weeks

Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Amit Sapir. After representing Israel in weightlifting at the 2004 Athens Olympics, Sapir became an IFBB bodybuilder and a powerlifter. At the time of writing,


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