“I’m investing in my metabolism” I told myself, and I believed all of it would be worth it in the long run. At this point, I was eating about 3200 calories on average while weighing just 3-4lbs above my contest weight. Looking back, I would now go as far to say that at this point I looked better than I did during any point of my contest prep. I was eating 1,000 more calories than any leg of my diet, but really that was the only thing I had going for me. [Read more…]
I pride myself on being one of the more “stable” and “healthy” fitness personalities out there today. Because of this, it takes some looking away, on my part, to even share this with you guys. My primary incentive to share this is because it might help others currently dealing with a similar situation. At one point in time I was in a confused, unhealthy, and frightened place. Unfortunately, it didn’t have to be that way.
What I am referring to was a long time ago, 2008 to be exact. [Read more…]
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…]
There are a number of reasons as to why specific body parts for specific people don’t grow as well as others. Many of you completely understand why things work out this way. But many of you out there don’t, and too often I see less informed lifters go out and hunt down the people who have the best versions of the body parts they long for and adopt their philosophies overnight. Some of you are chuckling, but a few of you are wondering why this is not an approach I would ever recommend. [Read more…]
(To read Part 1 of this series, CLICK HERE)
If you have a few contest preps underneath your belt, you are well aware of how decreases in performance can significantly affect the final look. The more performance one is able to keep throughout the process, the better the look will be at the end of the prep. Ultimately, the ideal goal would be to maintain performance as long as possible while minimizing the time spent in the final leg where performance begins to back track. [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?
It’s funny… often times when you start writing these sort of articles, your own perspective grows. Originally, the idea for this series was initiated by a conservative old timer’s perspective. The conservative mindset was: “the good old days were good, and these days are not quite as good”. In reality, I remember that past times weren’t necessarily better. [Read more…]
Looking back now of course I can see that I was perhaps a bit too strict in my ways, and that so much of energy and time was directed towards things that didn’t matter, or perhaps to the point that I was going way beyond the threshold of the effective dose. The two prime examples of this was the fact that I felt I needed to eat a minimum of 6-8 meals a day in order to be effective. I was of course wrong in regards to meal frequency, but even when I was focused on the right variables such as sleep I perhaps took it too far. [Read more…]
I still recall how simple things were as an aspiring bodybuilder (if I were to be totally honest, I was a “chest and arms builder”). I would make it to the gym 3 days a week, perform 12 hard sets for my chest, maybe 3 sets of direct biceps work, and of course, I would end with a set of 21’s to finish America’s favorite muscle off. These were the simplest of times. Outside of those 60 minutes in the gym, I would say that I was a pretty “normal guy”. Little by little things became a bit more complicated and I started to add more and more strategies in order to improve. [Read more…]