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…]
As some of you know I am feverishly working very close with the team at 3DMJ on a “Deload and Tapers Guide.” Good news is that we are coming close to finishing. This month I made a discovery via coaching one of my athletes that is so good, it is worth adding to our book. [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…]
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.”
There are some in the bodybuilding industry who for a variety of reasons, try to persuade us (not always knowingly), that this sport is a black or white endeavor. These reasons stem from a desire for monetary gain, power, fame, followers, popularity, or maybe just to boost or defend the ego. [Read more…]
If you are like me, you need to actually experience something first hand, or see it in order to understand it. With that in mind, I’m going to outline in a contextual way what de-loads and tapers can do.