Quite often when experiencing slow or non-existent fat loss during a dieting phase the first instinct might be to cut back on calories and or to add in more cardio. Sure, that can definitely expedite the fat loss process, but depending on where one is at in the fat loss phase and/or where protocols are at (calories and cardio), it may not be the best option available. [Read more…]
The goal of this mini-series was not to convert everyone into full-on machine snobs. Instead, my goal was to help you guys increase the size of your bodybuilding toolbox. In my own personal excel training sheet, you will find that barbells and dumbbells are used heavily. You will also see a lot of non-free weight movement, all of which have their pros and cons. [Read more…]
If you are a follower of 3DMJ then you know where the topic of rest periods falls in the hierarchy of the Muscle and Strength pyramid. It’s 2nd to last in importance and just in case you are not aware, here is a link to the 5th level of the Muscle and Strength Pyramid on YouTube. [Read more…]
I recently completed a big-time coaching and career PR as I spent three weeks in Europe. First, I had the honor of being a part of the coaching team in the corner of my long-time client, friend, and colleague, Bryce Lewis at the IPF Classic World Championships. Working alongside the coaching legends Matt Gary and Sioux-z Hartwig-Gary was amazing. The fact that Bryce pulled off a silver medal second place finish was icing on the cake! [Read more…]
Many bodybuilders start to panic when they are dieting and progress either stalls in the gym, or “God forbid”, starts to back slide. It’s what often times either keeps people from participating in physique sports, or is the reason they pull the plug on a prep that might actually be going great. I touched on this a few years ago in a video and it can be found on the Team 3DMJ YouTube channel using the link below. Here are a few things to think about when you are dieting hard and progress starts to go the wrong direction. [Read more…]
There are two observations I would like to go over before we can start playing around with this hard to find and exotic piece of equipment….just kidding. I know it may seem like the goal of this series is to force you into getting three gym memberships, but more than anything, my goal is to help you build up your toolbox. With that being said, onwards with this blog post. [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. 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…]
When it comes to men’s natural bodybuilding we gauge the conditioning standard by whether an athlete has shredded glutes or not.
I hear it all the time with my bodybuilders as well with many on social media platforms that they want shredded glutes and I’ll admit, so do I. [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…]