First of all, I am glad that the whole idea of taking a diet-break mid-prep, is no longer a novel idea. It’s much easier to propose the idea of tackling a contest prep diet with pit stops along the way. If you have ever prepped, you know how it is. [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…]
You guys are familiar with this feeling: you are three reps into a big set with a weight you are usually good for five solid reps with for multiple sets, but today’s third rep feels like it might be the last one. Another rep and from might break down (technical failure is what I consider failure), or even worse, the next rep might not even happen regardless of how offensive you let your form become. It’s arrived…the day you start to back track and lose strength is finally here. Or is it really?
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…]
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. [Read more…]
As my recent contest season ended the reflection began. The scientist in me questioned what was going on at a deeper level as I clung to the direction of my coach (Jeff Alberts) in the final weeks of prep. My trust fell completely in his hands as the calories dropped and the cardio increased. Get Shit Done, was the saying. [Read more…]
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.
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.
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…]