For first time competitors who are planning to dive into this crazy sport, I hope this article can serve as a general checklist as you approach the stage. It might not cover EVERY one of your EXACT needs, but I promise it will be useful in covering the typical bases.
What are the pros and cons of high-bar vs low-bar squats?
To set this off, we’ll primarily be discussing the impacts in the context of physique and strength athletes. Let’s first analyze these two movements a bit. The high bar squat is called as such simply because the bar sits on the upper part of the traps, so the bar is higher. While the low bar squat, the bar is lower on the traps and is going to be supported mostly by the rear delts. There are some significant form differences between these squat styles. You’ll notice that no matter what the person does when they squat, to do it properly, the bar must stay over their base of support. The base of support is typically around midfoot.
“Tick-tock, tick-tock, tick-tock…” We’ve all been here before: it’s 3 in the afternoon, you just finished eating lunch an hour ago, and you’re already starving. You stare at the clock, counting the minutes until you get to eat again, “Only 2 more hours and 53 minutes until dinner time.” What a terrible way to live, right?
Fat-loss is difficult, and there will inevitably be times during your diet where you find yourself in a similar situation to the one above, however minimizing the number of times we find ourselves here, and the length of time we spend here, is critical. Not only is this critical for maintaining your sanity, a productive work day, healthy relationships with family and friends, and overall well-being, but reducing the frequency of the above scenario also increases the likelihood that you will be successful in achieving your fat-loss goals.
This article will discuss some of the decision-making criteria we use at 3D Muscle Journey whenever we’re helping an athlete decide on which female bodybuilding division would be best for them.
“High-Fructose Corn Syrup will make you fat!” “High-Fructose Corn Syrup is the reason you can’t lose weight.” “High-Fructose Corn Syrup is worse for you than table sugar.” The list goes on and on of the various claims made about high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) throughout the dieting community and popular media headlines. And while these claims have become almost law to many who are trying to lose weight, is there actually any truth behind them? Is high-fructose corn syrup itself really to blame for the current obesity epidemic sweeping America?
There has been great debate amongst experts in the field of diet and nutrition over the last fifteen to twenty years regarding the safety of artificial sweeteners, primarily aspartame. Often times, certain influential public figures (with no dietary credentials whatsoever might I add) receive extraordinary exposure from the media on this subject, thus resulting in the skewed opinion and misrepresentation toward the public. Reporters capture this, and mislead the public and my job here is to inform you, not that sugar substitutes are good for you, but how they are all right in moderation and that if you drink a diet soda in the morning, you are not going to suddenly develop a cancerous tumor from it, rest assured.
Is bone structure going to dictate your success in the sport of bodybuilding? What about whether people are going to think you’re natural?
Comparing yourself to others is the fastest way to become discouraged and it won’t result in you getting your best results. Remember, it’s always you versus you. Instead of worrying about how you compare to others, focus on improving yourself every single season. You’re more likely to reach your true competitive potential with this mindset. In all honesty, worrying about your genetic potential is somewhat of a pointless practice because you’re never going to know what you can accomplish until you’ve been at it 10 years or longer anyway. [Read more…]
As a strength/physique athlete there are many challenges. Dieting and training are two that most know well. These are challenges that we are all well aware of and, in a sense, we enjoy them. But on the other hand, there are challenges that we don’t necessarily “sign up” for. One that took me by surprise was the difficulty of post contest dieting. I thought I was prepared, but a week after the last show of my first season there were 3 cheeseburgers left over after a family dinner. I had already had two, so I volunteered to eat one more. I didn’t want to waste food and I figured if I had one more so would some other people. They didn’t. After the last two burgers and half a tray of brownies, I knew I was in trouble. That realization helped me get back on track and not gain 25 pounds in a month after my show like some have done.
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…]
Throughout this 5-video series, I’ll reveal the strategies I used for gaining 100lbs on my powerlifting total in 3 years. The final gain of 25lbs onto that total happened during the last 5 months while dropping 5lbs of body fat for my USAPL debut.