The Drop Set – Episode 48: Intermittent Fasting & Ketosis – A Practical Perspective

This week I get into the weeds a bit on my personal experience with both ketosis and intermittent fasting.  Not a lot of clinical/research data here, but more of a practical perspective based on the biases I had before trying them out and my thoughts after giving each a spin.
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The Drop Set – Episode 47: Social Media Distortion, Peak Week, Stretch Reflex, and more!

It drives me insane that social media is nothing more than a highlight reel – for many reasons, most of all because of the distorted perception it creates of bodybuilding for those just starting out.  I rant and rave about that this week as well as diving into my general philosophy for peak week and covering the ins & outs...
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The Drop Set – Episode 45: Lousy Spotters, Tracking Workout Variables, Proper Scale Usage and more!

Stepping things up a bit this week!  Production values through the roof!  Extra-long episode!  Feedback welcome as always – this week the primary segments discuss workout variable tracking:  what matters, what doesn’t, and why, and also revisiting proper use of the scale for tracking progress – including some real world numbers that I step through and explain.  New poll on...
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The Drop Set – Episode 44: Get the Funk Out, A-A-A-A-A-Alcohol!

We all hit a funk from time to time – as I recorded this episode today, I happen to be in the middle of one myself!  How does it manifest itself, how do you recognize it, and what – at the end of the day – should you do about it?  Also, alcohol and bodybuilding:  a question that answers itself,...
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The Drop Set – Episode 43: Reverse Dieting Basics, Overthinking Things!

After missing last week, I’m back with a new poll question and a rundown of my crazy weekend before diving into the topics du jour:  a primer on “Reverse Dieting” (when it’s appropriate and when it’s unnecessary), and a discussion on the perils of overthinking the details at the expense of…well, listen and find out!
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The Drop Set – Episode 42: Sickness Recovery, Bodybuilding & Life Balance, NPC Guideline Issues: pt. 2

C’mon, get up, get down with the sickness!  Oh wait, no – let’s not.  Today I talk about what to expect when you DO get sick (tip:  you’re NOT losing all your gains), how to minimize the impacts of illness and getting back into the routine.  Also:  balancing bodybuilding and life can be hard, but there are things you can...
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The Drop Set – Episode 41: Occlusion/BFR Training, NPC Judging Creep

Ever wanted to be a bit more like the Ultimate Warrior but didn’t know where to start?  Occlusion bands might be the answer!  Do these things actually work and are they worth playing around with?  I dive into that as well as explaining how the NPC judging standards creep and evolve over time and why that is a HORRIBLE thing...
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The Drop Set – Episode 39: “I’m competing! Now what?”, Rep Ranges for Growth

Often times when a client finally picks a show they’re overcome with a moment of panic when they start thinking about all of the stuff NOT related to their diet and training that has to get done prior to a show.  Rest assured – there’s a lot to do but it’s VERY manageable.  In this episode I break it down...
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