We are really transparent when it comes to our weekly 3DMJ podcast,where as a group we discuss many bodybuilding topics. With that said, I started this blog series back in February where I thought it might be cool and interesting for you to be a “fly on the wall” while I give coaching feedback to my weekly rostered athletes. In this third episode below, I share three more snippets from this past week’s athlete check-in responses that involve three of my current contest prep athletes. I hope you find it interesting and enlightening!
Now that I’ve been lifting with serious intent for 14 years, and training other people for 13, I’ve noticed a consistent pattern that occurs during the “lifespan” of a serious lifter.
Initially, (especially for those who start reasonably young, say in their teens or twenties) enthusiasm and passion combined with a lack of understanding of what it truly means to commit to a lifetime of lifting, and a lack of knowledge and experience regarding the “diminishing returns nature” of gains over a career, results in some poor decision making among novices. [Read more…]
My current opinion on blood flow restriction training is as follows in the year 2018. I feel that it’s such a valuable tool that all strength athletes should be at least somewhat well versed on how to, and when to apply it. I can’t imagine many ambitious athletes who will not at some point find a reason to pull the BFR card. [Read more…]
I just finished a Skype posing session with one of my athletes, who is deep into his contest prep and is finding it tough not to compare himself to others on the IG (Instagram). This is important, especially when many of the people he follows have a feed that looks like an ESPN highlight reel of their life, and everything appears to be super spectacular. Progress for my athlete at times has been quite challenging and in comparing himself to those who appear to make it look easy, he is left questioning his own abilities. [Read more…]
What follows is an excerpt from my contribution to a roundtable on overtraining in the most recent issue of Alan Aragon’s Research Review, which by the way, is an amazing body of work that spans a decade of issues. I’ve had the privilege of contributing to the AARR twelve times over the years and I can’t recommend it highly enough for those who want to see how the master engages with the literature: https://alanaragon.com/about-aarr/ [Read more…]
This fall will be my 20thyear in the Iron Game. In that 20 years I have tried at least 100 different “Hacks” in an effort to get my training completed when I didn’t have the ideal set up or machine. I remember in 1998 when the local gym, which ironically I ended up buying, had a brand new Smith Machine. At the time, I was newly diagnosed with my spondylolisthesis and was instructed by my neurologist not to squat until I had my CT Scan done and my results back. So I came up with the idea of using the Smith Bar as a leg press. I did so by laying on the floor, on my back, below the smith bar and putting my feet up on the bar. [Read more…]
There were many warnings along the way that what I was doing was wrong. I was always good about sacrificing what was needed in order to become a better bodybuilder. Hence, I went to a night club maybe once in my early 20’s, and partying in general was an infrequent treat. However, these were all sacrifices that made me happy, and I always found time for my closest friends. But, at this point I was turning down some get-togethers that didn’t involve late night outings. Post-work meet-ups with coworkers, grabbing lunch with friends, and other such occasions I was uncharacteristically avoiding. The show was over, but I avoided things I would otherwise have enjoyed because I really wanted to nail my reverse diet. [Read more…]
It’s fair to say that the 3Ds were part of who I was and what made me tick long before 3DMJ came to be. Dedication, Desire and Discipline ran through my veins long before I became a bodybuilder. I could be wrong, but I think this is true of many of us to some extent. However, when we discover something we are passionate about to pour that energy into, it can really bring out and further develop any amount of the 3Ds we have in us. [Read more…]
The unfortunate reality of human existence is that we aren’t born with equal abilities or opportunities. We are a product of nature and nurture, but nurture (learned/taught behavior and the subsequent action you take) can only make up for so much. Some of us are born into abject poverty even by third world standards. Others are born in countries where either for social or actual legislative reasons, certain doors are closed or extremely hard to open if you happen to be born of a certain ethnicity, nationality, religious background, gender or sexual orientation. [Read more…]