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Gregg Valentino is one of the most popular names in bodybuilding. But why? Read on to find out …

Bodybuilding is an activity and a sport which has become a cliché in our everyday lives. Not a day goes by in our life without us having an exposure to one or the other image of muscular guys in the media be it in advertising, magazines, television, etc.

In many ways, it can be said that the modern world view of fitness and what it means to be a healthy human being has been greatly shaped by the world of bodybuilding. And just like in any aspect of life, there will always be some people who rise to the top of the field. One such individual happens to be a guy named Gregg Valentino.

It is very likely that you might have heard the name already, especially if you have paid attention to the world of bodybuilding. This is because the mentioning of Gregg Valentino is something that is very hard to miss if you have paid even the slightest of attention to the world of bodybuilding. If you haven’t, read on because you will soon get to know more about Gregg Valentino and how he has helped in influencing the world of bodybuilding.

So who is Gregg Valentino?

The short and simple answer is that he is a bodybuilder. He is a bodybuilder just like many of the other bodybuilders from across the world.

The long answer is that he happens to be a very famous bodybuilder who has become world famous due to a bodybuilding accident that he had because of bad choices as well as downright irresponsibility.

So what makes him famous in the world of bodybuilding?

The answer is that he happens to have the world’s biggest arms. He is in fact the proud owner of a massive and downright unbelievable 27-28 inches. This happens to be something that is considered very much impossible according to most bodybuilders since the body has a biological upper limit regarding on what can be achieved naturally. If you want to push the upper limit, there is but one way to do so; which is the utilization of steroids and growth hormones.

It is very likely that Greg has used something called ‘synthol’, which is used very commonly in bodybuilding circles as a ‘site enhancement oil’, for the purpose of enhancing the external appearance of the muscle. Then again, it is also possible that he had used actual steroids such as testosterone or growth hormone, which are well known to increase muscle size.

For those who are not familiar with synthol, the oil is usually injected into the muscle tissue until there is a marked and visible increase in muscle size. The effect of the injection happens to be immediate, with size differences becoming apparent from the moment that the oil is injected. The oil doesn’t really improve the endurance or strength of the muscle but it does have an immediate effect on the size of the muscle. There is however some negative side-effects related to this, particularly if there are issues with improper injection of the substance. Injecting it into the vein for example can cause immediate death.

Greg’s Story

What made Greg famous though was not the size of his arms but rather the incident related to his arms. According to his own statements, he apparently suffered from an infection when he was injecting steroids. Due to the lack of adequate sterilization, he suffered from a hematoma in which he tried to treat by himself. After a few attempts at trying to drain the pus that had accumulated in his arm, he was hospitalized due to his condition worsening. It eventually led to a surgery where much of the gains that he had made would be removed in order to treat the infection.

But the above was just the beginning for Greg. The usage of steroids in the U.S. without a doctor’s prescription is a crime, which was apparent when he was admitted to the hospital for the surgery. It wasn’t long before the law enforcement got involved and he was arrested. The arrest cost him almost everything in his life, be it money, wealth, fame, car, house, etc.

Greg’s incident received massive coverage in the media, which in turn brought spotlight on an otherwise fairly-ignored issue in the bodybuilding and fitness industry. His experience is often told to be one of the most defining moments in the world of fitness and bodybuilding, where a great deal of attention was given to issues such as steroid abuse and its deadly consequences.

As a whole, it can be said without a doubt that Gregg Valentino happens to be someone who has been a very influential character in the bodybuilding and fitness world. Regardless of whether it may be for the good or bad, he is certainly one person whose has played a major role in helping the industry to evolve and aim for higher standards everywhere.

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How to get the ball rolling on eating healthier

You may want to start eating healthier, but getting the ball rolling can be an uphill endeavor.

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Make a List

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When you get hungry, the last thing you feel like doing is running down a mental list of available healthy foods to eat. That’s why you probably end up grabbing whatever is closest to you and chowing down, vowing to start eating healthy tomorrow.

Instead, sit down and make a list of foods that you determine to be healthiest for you and your goals. Don’t just write a shopping list. Make a list of actual meals that you can prepare and eat. Include what day you’re going to have them, and what time. The more prepared you are when hunger strikes, the more likely you will be to have something ready without having to think too hard about it.

Buy a Cookbook

 

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Flipping through a cookbook with enticing photographs of healthy food will get you inspired to start eating healthy. Buy a cookbook or two that has nothing but healthy food recipes. Make sure it has a photo for every recipe, so you can visualize yourself dining on the healthy options. Put bookmarks on pages that really make you want to get up and start cooking. These are the dishes that will offer you the best motivation to start your new healthy eating plan. Alternatively, you can create your own cookbook by searching around the internet for healthy recipes and saving them to your phone or computer.

Buy Some New Clothes

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Wearing the same clothes every day when you already feel unattractive can keep you in a negative rut that’s hard to get out of. Put on your favorite pair of jeans, jacket, whatever, and go shopping for some new clothes. Buy a few that fit you now, and something special that you can work toward fitting into after you’ve achieved your weight goal. The change will help you to see yourself as someone new and fresh who is capable of switching eating habits for the better.

Stop Looking in the Mirror

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If your appearance really gets you down, stop obsessing over your flaws in the mirror. Seriously, you don’t need a visual examination over every wrinkle or bulge. Just stop looking in the mirror, get dressed, and be on your merry way. Wait at least a month before you give yourself a once over again. This time, you’ll be pleasantly surprised, instead of walking away thinking how bad you look.

Buy a Cool Scale

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If you’re trying to lose weight (or even gain weight), having a cool scale will make the process easier to measure progress. Get yourself a digital scale that measures ounces as well as pounds. They even have scales that speak your weight, if that’s what you need to keep motivated to eat healthier. Just don’t weigh yourself every day, because daily fluctuations in weight are normal, and have little to do with your eating habits. If you gain a couple ounces after eating healthy all day, you could lose motivation to continue to eat healthy. Every three days or so is sufficient to track your progress and measure your results.

Choose Restaurants With Healthy Food

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If cooking isn’t your thing, choose some local restaurants that serve healthy foods with wholesome ingredients. Keep a list of these restaurants at hand so that when you come home late from work and don’t feel like cooking, you’ll have a backup plan that doesn’t involve Domino’s Pizza.

Invest in Partitioned Storage Containers

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If you’re short on time like most of us, you need some quick options for meals every now and then. Invest in some portioned storage containers so you can make your own version of TV dinners. Instead of pudding and mashed potatoes, fill them with things like brown rice, steamed broccoli, and turkey breast. Prepare them ahead of time and stack in your refrigerator or freezer. Just pop one in the microwave when all you can think about is flopping on the couch in front of the television.

The key to getting the ball rolling to start eating healthier is to be prepared. When you stock up on the tools that will help you reach your goals, get ready for instances when there’s no time to cook, and be kind to yourself by not obsessing over your image, you stand a pretty good chance of improving your eating habits for good.

 

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Marijuana. Infused. Beer.

It was only a matter of time before weed found its way into America’s favorite drink. Enter: marijuana-infused beer.

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These days, you can find marijuana infused in everything from alcohol to BBQ sauce to bath bombs to candy bars. So, it was only a matter of time before weed found its way into America’s favorite drink: beer. Enter: marijuana-infused beer.

From Business Insider, a report that Lagunitas Brewing Company has released an IPA infused with marijuana. It’s called Supercritical, and it’s available for a limited release in California. In case you don’t know, Lagunitas Brewing Company is based in California and was purchased by Heineken in early 2017.

Sadly, though, it won’t get you high — the beer contains no THC.

For inside scoop, watch the full video. Then let us know in the comments what you think about marijuana-infused beer.

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Sweden’s Move To A 6 Hour Workday Should Make You Very Angry

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What would you do with 6 extra hours of free time every week? That’s the question every full-time worker in Sweden is going to have to answer. After years of individual companies making the switch, the entire country is about to embark on an ambitious plan to maintain productivity while also eliminating 17% of the current workweek. Yes, the entire country.

Not only have Swedish workers just been given 312 hours of their lives back each year, but they have effectively been given a rather nice raise as well. In 2014, the average Swede took home about of €30,612 (the equivalent of $34,285) each year, or €2551 ($2857)  a month, which is about €589 ($660) a week. If we break that down over a 36 hour work week (less than the 47 hours the average American works full-time ), that equals €16.35 an hour. With the switch from a 36 hour workweek to a 30 hour workweek, the average take-home hourly wage just jumped to €19.63/hour, or a 20% increase.*

That would make me pretty happy, and I hope our CEO reads this and feels compelled to give all of us at Men’s Trait a 20% raise. We’re not holding our breath, however. Wages in the U.S. have been slightly better than stagnant for decades, and now we have to sit back and watch as an entire nation was just collectively given a raise that we could only dream of in the States.

In the United States, the average earner made $45,230 before taxes in 2014. More than the average Swede, right? Not necessarily. You might have noticed that the amount people in Sweden take home, on average, was €30,612 ($34,285), not what they earned. That’s the net, after tax amount. In the U.S., depending on a worker’s tax bracket, that amount would be at best $33,923, excluding any deductions and credits on their taxes. Depending on the exchange rate at any given moment, people in Sweden might take home more money than Americans. Or Americans might take home more. It’s very, very close.

But each country is different, and the cost of living in Sweden is higher than in the United States. Or, rather no, it isn’t. When we look at just after tax income, not accounting for fixed expenses, the average Swede has more buying power than the average American. Rent and utilities are significantly cheaper for people living in Sweden, making it slightly more affordable than the U.S. overall. Removing just utilities from the equation gives the advantage to Americans for having more buying power. Luxury activities, like eating at restaurants or going to the movies, are more expensive in Sweden than they are in the United States; that’s one financial advantage we have. But Swedes don’t do those things on the same scale that Americans do, so the premium prices affect them less than they would someone living in the States.

Okay, so I’ve rambled for over 500 words about how the Swedes just made a change to how much people work, and then delved into a bevy of numbers comparing the incomes and buying power of Americans and Swedes, only to come to the conclusion that there really isn’t that much difference between the two countries. Both are wealthy countries, with each celebrating a 7.2 OECD Better Life Index score that measures the quality of life for people around the globe, well above the average score of 6.0. So what’s the point?

Just remember, you could be living the American dream in Sweden, only by working at least 312 fewer hours each year. Oh, and the Swedes are guaranteed 25 paid vacation days and 16 paid holidays yearly, plus some paid maternity (56 weeks, or 13 months) and paternity leave (34 weeks), neither of which are guaranteed in the United States.** Now, with this new 6 hour workday, your typical Swedish worker will work 458 fewer hours every year than the average American (this even includes part-time workers)—that’s 19 full days.

Yes, you should be angry. People in Sweden are living the American dream better than we are.

Preston Hemmerich is the Content Manager for 301 Digital Media, overseeing MensTrait.com, OutwardOn.com, DailyBeautyHack.com and more. He enjoys covering food, politics, travel and writing sad attempts at humor.

*This figure does not account for hourly employees, only salaried employees. Some businesses have applied a wage increase to hourly employees to make up for lost hours, but that is not a country wide practice. In reality, this de facto raise disproportionately benefits higher income individuals working salaried jobs.
**Collectively, citizens of the U.S. get nowhere near 41 paid days off a year that Swedish citizens do.

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