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With 5 million-plus followers on Instagram, it’s safe to say that Kai Greene is one of the most recognizable pro bodybuilders of all time. The 44-year-old former competitor takes to social media all the time to share his personal keys to getting freaky huge, and his fans seemingly can’t get enough.

Despite many chalking up Greene’s physique—especially his back—to genetics, “Mr. Getting It Done” often cites the mind-muscle connection as a key aspect of the progress he’s made thus far. He recently posted a photo of his famously built back with a caption that drives the point home. 

“I do my best to truly master movements like the chin-up, consistently challenge myself to get closer and closer to the perfect rep, with everything aligned optimally to recruit the target area, and to achieve the exact feeling in the lats and smaller muscle groups of the upper back that I was after,” Greene wrote in the post. “Many years of dedication brought about the development you see now, which is why I don’t know whether to laugh or shake my head in wonder at the ignorance when someone makes the comment, Oh, Kai’s back? That’s all just genetics!”

Greene went pro at 18 years old, so there’s no denying that he’s spent countless hours in the gym chiseling his physique. That said, we’re sure his genetics aren’t exactly working against him. 

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For some reason I had a natural sense of what it should feel like as each respective muscle group contracted and stretched. I do my best to truly master movements like the chin-up, consistently challenge myself to get closer and closer to the perfect rep, with everything aligned optimally to recruit the target area, and to achieve the exact feeling in the lats and smaller muscle groups of the upper back that I was after. Many years of dedication brought about the development you see now, which is why I don’t know whether to laugh or shake my head in wonder at the ignorance when someone makes the comment, Oh, Kai’s back? That’s all just genetics! – – #KaiGreene x #BodyBuilding x #ThoughtsBecomeThings

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For a guy who last appeared on the Olympia stage in 2014, Greene sure is looking stage-ready. Follow him on Instagram at @kaigreene.

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Even after a three-year hiatus, Nate Diaz still knows how to spark up drama. The UFC lightweight, who gained mainstream notoriety for tapping out Dana White’s favorite child Conor McGregor in early 2016, lit up a joint four days before his scheduled bout with Anthony Pettis at UFC 241 on Saturday, August 17.

The incident took place in Anaheim, CA, at the UFC open workouts. As he walked to the mat, Diaz removed a pre-rolled joint from his pocket, tossed the crowd a few lighters, lit up, and then passed the doobie to one lucky fan.

Marijuana, though legal in California, is a banned substance in UFC by way of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), which manages the UFC’s anti-doping rules. (Just ask Nate’s older brother Nick, who was banned in 2013 for testing positive for marijuana after a loss to Anderson Silva.) Diaz, however, revealed in a media scrum that the joint contained CBD, which is the non-psychoactive chemical in cannabis plants that helps athletes recover and reduce inflammation

This tracks, since the Diaz duo is involved in Game Up, a plant-based nutrition company that sells, among other herbal remedies—CBD. Also, the UFC in July announced a partnership with Aurora Cannabis to let the Canadian-based companies research the effects of CBD on fighters. 

In other words: Diaz was smoking in the name of science. 

 

 

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Powerlifting powerhouse Amanda Lawrence constantly posts training updates and personal records on Instagram, but the phenom’s most recent deadlift milestone had her pretty much jumping for joy.

Lawrence, the International Powerlifting Federation world champ, deadlifted 257.5 kg (567 pounds) without lifting straps. She’s lifted more with straps in the past, but this is the most weight she’s done raw, she said in the post.

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Lawrence is about nine and a half weeks out from competing at USA Powerlifting Raw Nationals, and this lift is a good sign considering she pulled 252.5 kg (556 pounds) for a new world record just a couple of months ago at IPF Worlds. It looked relatively easy for the 22-year-old lifter, who called grip strength “the biggest limiting factor” for her deadlift in the caption, and had enough energy to spring off the platform immediately after completing the lift.

Even her coach, Joey “Flexx” Ferratti, hopped into the comments to offer some words of encouragement.

“Grip has got to be one of the biggest things we’ve been working on,” he wrote. “Today was a huge win.” He added that Lawrence has “made damn near every single change he’s asked for.”

Lawrence has only been lifting seriously for about three and a half years, but she’s already proven herself to be an absolute powerhouse in the gym. Follow her on Instagram at @miss.amanda.ann to keep up with her best lifts and training tips, and stay tuned to see what she’ll pull off at USAPL Nationals in October.

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