In Part 1 of this series, we learned how to identify underdeveloped muscle groups and discussed a list of items that must be executed properly before one can deem a body part as “lagging”.
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.
Any experienced athlete will develop aches and pains throughout their career. While this is almost completely unavoidable, the way that we handle these minor set-backs can make or break our progress.
Throughout this 5-video series, I’ll reveal the strategies I used for gaining 100lbs on my powerlifting total in 3 years. The final gain of 25lbs onto that total happened during the last 5 months while dropping 5lbs of body fat for my USAPL debut.