With the primary goal of acquiring strength or size, a common secondary aim for most lifters is to manage their body composition by way of monitoring nutritional intake and caloric expenditure manipulation. You can’t be an athlete in strength sport without loving the weights (and probably the food), but it’s just as likely that you hate the cardio as well. [Read more…]
If you want to build your body and you are, in fact, a competitive bodybuilder, decisions are easy.
Goals are clear and simple paths can be set up to make the most out of your efforts, both in-season and out of season.
But what if you do not see yourself hitting the stage any time soon? Or what if you never have plans of competing, but you still enjoy building your body? [Read more…]
As competitive physique athletes, it’s a pretty safe assumption to say we enjoy working out.
Training is probably one of your favorite things to do in life and has been for at least a few years.
However, when in a prolonged dieting phase, it becomes increasingly more difficult to maintain our excitement, enthusiasm, energy, and intensity in the gym. [Read more…]
I’ve written before about how one of the hallmarks of a great career-bodybuilder is the ability to voluntarily add body fat without much psychological stress.
To those who have never been stage lean, this seems absurd. But to those of us who have spent months or years in severe caloric deficits, it’s an easy trap to fall into. [Read more…]
Warm-ups, like programs, are not made of good or bad movements. Sure, we need them to prevent injuries, but the exact methods and exercises within said warm-up can include a wide variety of practices while still remaining beneficial.
Most bodybuilders would consider themselves hardcore or extreme, and this would typically be worn as a badge of honor.
Not only do you get to look awesome, but you are also viewed in an awesome light by the general public as a badass who is so invested in their physique that they were willing to do whatever it takes to get jacked and shredded. [Read more…]
Most online nutrition coaches do not have formal degrees in dietetics.
Most online trainers do not have formal degrees in exercise physiology.
Many industry leaders have no problem giving advice or suggestions when it comes to the kitchen and the gym, despite having no credentials to show for it. Their athletes look good, and that seems to be enough for us to assume their competence in the realms of nutrition and training. [Read more…]
Three years ago this month, I competed in my very first powerlifting meet.
As any inquisitive first-timer, I had a lot of questions for my then-coach, Alberto Nunez on how to handle the entire experience in general. [Read more…]
The same phrase or saying can mean a lot of different things to a lot of different people.
For instance, let’s say you’re a personal trainer working with someone who has an arched back during a plank hold and you would like them to straighten it. Some people will completely understand how to “squeeze their abs”, while others may need to be told to “push their mid-back toward the ceiling”. Both can fix the same saggy position, both can make perfect logical sense, but sometimes individuals simply have different mental models and learning styles.
I’ve previously written about how your attitude towards training can make you feel fulfilled or failed during your everlasting quest for muscle growth. The sluggish crawl of physique and strength development challenges even the most patient of individuals, and it’s a process that only gets slower over time.