The Drop Set – Episode 3: Prep Do’s & Dont’s

In Episode 3 of The Drop Set, I introduce two recurring segments – listener Q&A as well as a personal favorite of mine, bodybuilding myths.  In the main segment I go over my top 5 do’s and dont’s of contest prep, focusing on planning, seeing the “big picture” and also helping maintain some perspective.
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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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The Drop Set – Episode 1

In the first episode of the brand new Five Starr Physique Podcast, I give a brief introduction of myself and also what I hope this podcast will be about in future episodes. I also cover two topics central to why we’re here in the first place:  what exactly is bodybuilding (and who exactly is a bodybuilder), and why you should...
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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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No one matters but you

Ok, listen up – I’m giving everyone reading this permission.  Permission to be completely self-centered, absorbed, and borderline narcissistic.  You are the center of the universe.  Block everyone else out.  Picture yourself, alone, on top of a mountain somewhere.  You, and nothing else. This is the prism through which you need to assess your progress. You are the only one...
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Emotional thinking

People often ask me where I stand on certain topics.  What I think about this training style, that diet, some product, whichever method of cardio, you name it.  I live and exist in this industry, so it’s good to have opinions on things and be able to explain and articulate those opinions to others. Something I think we need less...
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Why everyone should practice posing

Yes, even non-competitors. If you have any desire to step on stage, you need to being practicing your posing now.  It is absolutely impossible to spend too much time working on it.  The more time you spend on it, the more automatic it becomes.  The more opportunity you have to see room for improvements and adjust the way you are...
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Squat smart and squat safe!

When I lived in Asheville I was a member of Biltmore fitness – a very cool gym that was definitely a bit on the…rustic side.  It has a very ‘old school’ vibe which I found super appealing.  By and large, the people who worked there and trained there were pretty chill, cool people as well.  When I moved to Knoxville,...
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