💪 Ronnie Coleman’s Latest Chest Workout

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Here’s what we’re serving up:

  • Ronnie Coleman teams up with Jesse James West for an Olympia-worthy chest workout.

  • Can creatine cause hair loss? We looked at the science to get to the bottom of this burning question.

  • And head into the weekend with a full-body HIIT workout that’ll make your gym sessions fast and furious.


“The King” Still Reigns

Image: Jesse James West on YouTube

We don’t need to run down Ronnie Coleman’s accolades, right? The eight-time Mr. Olympia is a fixture in The Ripped Report, even though he’s been retired from bodybuilding for more than a decade. And despite some serious health issues in recent years, this legend of the physique stage still hits the gym on a regular basis.

Most recently, Coleman performed one of his favorite chest workouts with Jesse James West, a fitness influencer and bodybuilder with nearly 3 million subscribers on YouTube. The duo cycled through all the usual suspects — flat bench, incline bench, chest flyes — as Coleman doled out the type of advice that only he’s capable of. (Though the revelation that he allegedly consumed 600 grams of protein a day during his Mr. Olympia prep is advice you might not want to follow.)

You can check out the full video in the article below.


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Follicular Query

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Creatine is one of the most popular supplements for gym-goers, with an impressive amount of scientific evidence supporting its efficacy and safety across a broad range of sports and populations. It can improve performance, support muscle growth, and even benefit the brain. What’s more, it’s relatively inexpensive, tasteless, and you can take it any time. Too good to be true, right?

Despite the huge body of evidence showing that it’s safe for almost everyone, you’re not foolish to be concerned about potential side effects.

There’s a shockingly persistent claim that creatine supplementation can cause hair loss. As it turns out, that claim isn’t totally off base. But, fortunately, you don’t need to worry too much about losing your locks if you use creatine to bulk up or build strength. Here’s what the research actually shows.


Take a HIIT

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Many people want to show up to the gym, exercise just enough to achieve their results, and get out ASAP to return to “the real world.” Sure, there are some who use the gym as a meditative space and nearly reach a Zen state after a few dozen sets of moving iron, but that’s not the majority.

Fast and efficient training is essential for getting results with relatively short workouts, and HIIT workouts are one effective way to get there. High-intensity interval training, or HIIT, is a training technique that repeats alternating periods of challenging exercise with periods of recovery throughout a training session.

HIIT can be applied to any number of workout methods, from barbell training to treadmill workouts. To crank up the efficiency to the maximum, we’ve detailed a routine to train your entire body with a single HIIT workout. Check it out below:


GIF: Hunter Labrada on YouTube

  • Bodybuilder Hunter Labrada is looking to bounce back from a disappointing 7th-place finish at the 2022 Mr. Olympia. Here’s how he’s training six weeks out from his next competition.

  • You might have the triceps pushdown in your routine — but are you doing it the right way? Brush up on your technique with our detailed breakdown of this staple move.

  • Derek Lunsford is getting big — we’re talking BIG — for the 2023 Mr. Olympia. Check out how he relies on pre-cooked meals to build his physique during prep.