The past decade we’ve seen tremendous strides in contest preparation methods that have yielded bigger and more conditioned bodybuilders stepping on stage than ever before. While advances in our understanding of exercise and nutrition play a role, we also should give credit to the athletes themselves for their execution. Being on point with protocols, regardless of how scientific they are, really can be quite challenging. [Read more…]
When it comes to men’s natural bodybuilding we gauge the conditioning standard by whether an athlete has shredded glutes or not.
I hear it all the time with my bodybuilders as well with many on social media platforms that they want shredded glutes and I’ll admit, so do I. [Read more…]
As a natural bodybuilder it takes commitment, structure, hard work, consistency, poise and a lot of patience to build a great physique. These basic fundamentals have been proven time and time again. I know that sounds so basic or maybe cliché, but for many of us the fundamentals aren’t easy to comprehend or master, especially in our early years. [Read more…]
“Bro, how big are your arms?” A question I get from time to time and usually from much younger bodybuilders. Many tend to put a lot of stock into what the tape measure reads and even on how much one can lift (“Whatchya bench?”). Everyone wants huge arms, a 300lb bench press or maybe a 500lb deadlift, but speaking as a veteran bodybuilder, I’ve learned over the years there is a lot more to bodybuilding than the numbers. [Read more…]
There are some in the bodybuilding industry who for a variety of reasons, try to persuade us (not always knowingly), that this sport is a black or white endeavor. These reasons stem from a desire for monetary gain, power, fame, followers, popularity, or maybe just to boost or defend the ego. [Read more…]
I’ve experienced a lot over the past three decades in the sport of natural bodybuilding. I’ve had some great training sessions, attained PRS, made good progress and I’ve competed as a natural pro since 2011. I’m extremely proud of what I have accomplished as an athlete, but I’m most proud of my longevity. [Read more…]
In ’09, I attained two pro cards with a decent physique, but no doubt a physique that was still far from complete. In particular, my back was one of my weakest links and in hindsight, it’s hard to fathom how off-base my training was considering I was a veteran lifter. [Read more…]
One of our most often-asked questions from off-season or pre-season competitors is “when should I apply to start contest prep with 3DMJ?”
This is not surprising, as we all know that there is a delicate balance between the two sides of the coin here. On one hand, everyone wants to make sure they have enough time to get lean enough. On the other, everyone also assumes that ‘the shorter the better’, as the prep phase can be quite uncomfortable and will cause at least some loss in muscle mass.
Here at 3DMJ, we have a system of calculations and estimations to ensure that we find this balance in the most effective way possible to elicit the highest likelihood of a successful show, season, and career for our athletes. [Read more…]