As a content producer who uses social media to engage a (relatively) large audience with useful information, I’m often left with a decision to make either a “big picture” post about a broad topic, or a “specific post” on an element of a topic. For example, a picture of the Muscle and Strength Nutrition Pyramid, or a specific guideline to limit how often you train to failure because of the disproportionate fatigue it can generate, respectively. [Read more…]
The chicken, or the egg?
Over the years I’ve noticed a distinct difference in the habits of elite and sub elite athletes. To expand the population size of my observation, the general mind set and verbiage used by most successful and consistent gym enthusiasts, whom I will define as “elite”, is vastly different compared to the on-and-off general population who are not as consistent, and often times unsuccessful. [Read more…]
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…]
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…]
Are you obsessed with bodybuilding? Think about that for a minute, and I mean really think about it. If you are reading this blog article, it’s a question that is definitely warranted in this day and age of the internet. I know all too well how easy it is to spend countless hours reading articles, watching YouTube videos, listening to podcasts, and following other athletes’ journeys on social media. [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…]
I’ve previously written about how your attitude towards training can make you feel fulfilled or failed during your everlasting quest for muscle growth. The sluggish crawl of physique and strength development challenges even the most patient of individuals, and it’s a process that only gets slower over time.
What is the best way to train? What is the best diet? What is the best form of cardio? Low volume vs. high volume? Clean eating vs IIYM? HIIT vs LISS? I’m sure these questions look very familiar to you and I’m sure you’ve asked at least one of them at some point. If not, congratulations on being part of an extremely rare breed! I know I’ve asked those questions over the years and especially in my younger years. [Read more…]
This is a blog post I originally wrote for our friends at DeNovo Nutrition for the Philosophy Element of their “Elements Education” series. It’s an absolute honor to help such a great group of people in their efforts to expand the knowledge and reasoning skills of the community. Not to blow my own horn, but I thought this article was some of my better work. [Read more…]