Transitioning out of a cutting phase

To be clear, bodybuilding is tough even on the easiest days.  There’s so much going on – meal prep, eating everything, hitting cardio, and attacking your workouts with an appropriate intensity so that your body get a clear signal of what you’re supposed to be doing.  Building muscle, or at least preserving it when dieting. Having worked with hundreds of clients...
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Varying approaches and strategies for training legs

There are a billion (precisely…I counted) articles online talking about the best way to train legs, why you NEED to train them twice a week, why training them more than once a week is a bad idea, or why you should only squat and forget everything else. This is not one of those articles. Instead I will talk about various...
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Effectively Logging your Workouts

If you’re reading this, you should be logging your workouts.  Unless you have a freakshow memory, you just aren’t going to remember all the important stuff – and if you do this long enough, all the days/weeks/months/years tend to blend into each other and before you know it, you’re going to the gym to hit shoulders only to pull into...
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Top 5 tips for chest training

Guys tend to train chest a LOT.  I see plenty of dudes in the gym who hit chest every day and yet it looks severely under-trained.  Why?  As with everything, the devil is in the details. Just doing the work is NEVER enough.  How the work is executed is everything. So if we’re gonna hit chest, let’s hit it right and maybe...
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10 things that will make your meal plan easier to follow

How much someone struggles with sticking to a meal plan long-term is directly related to how bland they insist on making their meals and how crappily their food is prepared.  Utilizing a handful of products and techniques can turn following a plan from a chore to something you can actually enjoy.   1 – Salt          ...
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Posing for progress pics – why it’s important and how to do it

Everyone with a coach has a love/hate relationship with progress pics.  They can be a great reminder of how far you’ve come, forcing you to see yourself as the camera captures you.  They can also be a pain in the ass and a frustrating “raw” view of a body you are trying hard to move away from. The psychology of...
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Picking the right show for you

With the end of the year quickly approaching, bodybuilders everywhere are thinking about the inevitable start of their prep for an early spring show or deciding exactly what show(s) to hit for the upcoming year.  How do you pick the show that’s right for you?  There are many factors to consider, so let’s dive in.  In no particular order: Schedule...
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New Division for Men – AKA, the System is Broken

Last week the NPC and IFBB shared a joint announcement introducing the division of a new “classic physique” division for men, described as being in-between the current men’s physique and bodybuilding divisions.  There were be mandatory poses and routines, and attire will be “spandex trunks/shorts” – so once again, legs will matter. Watch the full announcement here: NPC/IFBB ANNOUNCES NEW...
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Q&A for 9/11/15 – progress pics and weight selection

Here we go – a couple of good questions this week that come up all the time. I feel like I’m making good progress, but then I look at my photos and I’m like *gag* – what am I doing wrong? Honestly – as I tell my clients, the problem is that you’re a terrible photographer.  Nothing personal, just the...
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