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 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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The Drop Set – Episode 38: Arthur Jones HIT, Genetics and Bodybuilding

Arthur Jones was the founder of Nautilus and had some pretty groundbreaking ideas on high intensity training (lifting – not to be confused with HIIT cardio).  In this episode I talk about what’s good (and not so good) with his protocol and with skill-based lifting programs generally.  Also, genetics and bodybuilding:  how important are they, what do they influence, and...
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What you NEED in your gym bag to be prepared for everything!

Little known fact .. the secret to never ending gains lies in the contents of your gym bag! OK maybe not, but a properly loaded gym bag, with all the essentials is going to help you fly through your workouts more effectively, stay in the zone and will help you work through some common issues. Today I’ll walk you through...
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