What the Judges Want – Women’s Physique Division (WPD)

Since debuting in 2011, the women’s physique division has been steadily gaining in popularity, filling the void left by the not-so-willful departure of women’s bodybuilding from the competitive landscape as the latter was quietly swept under the rug by the powers that be, largely due to it’s lack of commercial appeal and excessive drug use required to be competitive. After...
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Wrecking Ball

Sometimes, you don’t NEED anything super fancy.  You need basic, sound programming that emphasize the principles that matter the most for growth – tension and fatigue!  The pump will be there as well for sure, but with these workouts I want to pull you into a slightly darker place and break down the walls around your comfort zone….hence the name!...
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Figure Ready

Of all the divisions a woman can enter in a bodybuilding competition, Figure is the oldest and most established.  Judging standards evolve over time but the things that score high marks tend to be pretty consistent – capped shoulders, a pronounced V-taper with a small waist, good sweep to the quads, a densely muscled back and good separation in the...
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The Drop Set – Episode 67: Knox Classic Recap, Darin…has a Coach? How to get in to Online Coaching

I went to the Knox Classic this last weekend to take in the sights – and yeah, it’s an amateur show and YOU don’t know anyone there so I’ll spare you the gory details but I do have some takeaway thoughts.  And, spoiler alert, yes, I *DO* now have a coach (details around the 18:00 mark).  Also a great question...
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SMASH

I primarily work with bodybuilders and people who are concerned about aesthetics first and foremost, and the training programs I create are indicative of that.  But even bodybuilders like to train for strength sometimes – the different training modes absolutely deliver different results, but strength-based training – training that focuses on moving weight more than breaking down muscle – will still...
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The Drop Set – Episode 66: Making Macronutrient Substitutions

Want to make food substitutions to your meal plan but are uncomfortable in your skills and abilities to do so?  Learn the secrets as I go over a couple examples – a basic one where we change out a carb source, and a more complex example where changing a protein source has a cascading effect that necessitates other changes.  Also: ...
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