After reading part one (Consistent Peaking – Part One) you’ll know I’m not a believer in magical peak weeks, but I do believe in the ground work in the weeks preceding it. It’s there where the magic truly happens, and in those weeks your priority should be on getting in true contest shape before you even enter your peak week. If you’re not in contest shape a week out from your show and you’re relying on voodoo tactics (refer to part one), then you’ll most likely fall short of your true potential no matter how your peak week is set up. Based on my 30+ years of experience, I’ve never seen anyone get in true contest shape where they relied heavily on peak week to make up for what they lacked in the weeks prior. [Read more…]
If you’re a bodybuilder who is fast approaching peak week (the week leading to a show) or is getting ready to compete in the near future, this blog might intrigue you. I wanted to share with you, as a coach, how I approach peak week and I want to feature one of my athletes who is having a tremendous 2018 contest season. Thomas Davies, who is coming off a novice class win at the BNBF Midlands on August 11, 2018 nailed his peak and his best physique to date. [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…]
This is one of the toughest blog entries for me to date and there’s really no easy way to say what I’m about to say. So in short, I ended my 2018 contest prep prematurely a couple weeks ago. [Read more…]
I pride myself on being one of the more “stable” and “healthy” fitness personalities out there today. Because of this, it takes some looking away, on my part, to even share this with you guys. My primary incentive to share this is because it might help others currently dealing with a similar situation. At one point in time I was in a confused, unhealthy, and frightened place. Unfortunately, it didn’t have to be that way.
What I am referring to was a long time ago, 2008 to be exact. [Read more…]
First of all, I am glad that the whole idea of taking a diet-break mid-prep, is no longer a novel idea. It’s much easier to propose the idea of tackling a contest prep diet with pit stops along the way. If you have ever prepped, you know how it is. [Read more…]
As competitive physique athletes, it’s a pretty safe assumption to say we enjoy working out.
Training is probably one of your favorite things to do in life and has been for at least a few years.
However, when in a prolonged dieting phase, it becomes increasingly more difficult to maintain our excitement, enthusiasm, energy, and intensity in the gym. [Read more…]
You guys are familiar with this feeling: you are three reps into a big set with a weight you are usually good for five solid reps with for multiple sets, but today’s third rep feels like it might be the last one. Another rep and from might break down (technical failure is what I consider failure), or even worse, the next rep might not even happen regardless of how offensive you let your form become. It’s arrived…the day you start to back track and lose strength is finally here. Or is it really?
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…]