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…]
One of the most common detriments to physique and strength athletes is their impatience.
Everybody wants to be ten times more aesthetic and strong than they currently are, and they want it to have been achieved yesterday.
You might even have a very solid nutrition and training plan in place to ensure muscle growth occurs over time, but still not look the way you want to look or lift the way you want to lift. [Read more…]
In our last entry, we went over a machine that I would classify as a “must-have” if I were designing my own bodybuilding gym. I still have a few more of those in mind, but today I wanted to shift the focus to a movement that, though it can be done with free weight, should probably be left to be done on a machine. As I pointed out in the previous article, the lateral head of the deltoid is a very illusive muscle for most bodybuilders. [Read more…]
Don’t get me wrong, I love me some good barbell movements! They are both practical and effective when performed correctly. I highly recommend centering a proper strength training around these core movements, be it a barbell hip hinge movement, barbell chest press variation, or simply hanging from a bar (bell) and doing some form of pull-up. [Read more…]
“I blew my reverse diet”
“This time I plan to be strict with my reverse diet right”
How many times have you heard this come out of a competitor’s mouth regarding their last attempt to “reverse out” of a show? [Read more…]
It’s very rare that a physique athlete is “built for the stage” from birth.
Sure, genetic freaks exist, but almost everyone has a body part (or two, or a few) that are a bit smaller, weaker, or less proportional than others.
WHAT ARE LAGGING BODY PARTS?
“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…]
In our world of gender equality being so present we do have to remember male and females are similar, but still very different. To quote Lyle McDonald, “if you think of your female athletes as ‘little men’ you are probably setting yourself up to be fired as a coach.”