The Drop Set – Episode 4: Sleep, Lifting with tension

In episode 4 we do a little more Q&A, take a different spin on bodybuilding myths, discuss sleep quality and how to improve it, and finally start digging in to the nuts and bolts of proper lifting technique as we shift our focus on to creating muscular tension.  Enjoy!
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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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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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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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September 2nd Q&A: peak week, off-season planning

What kind of protocols do you advocate for peak week? Peak week is a funny thing.  Everyone thinks of the week before the show as being the difference maker and the thing that’s finally going to get them looking stage-ready.  Hint:  if you’re expecting a miracle, it ain’t happenin’.  Peak week protocols have a larger impact – and are potentially...
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Introducing the Q&A series!

So here we go!  This is the start of what I anticipate being a recurring series of posts, addressing the topics that clients, prospective clients, and random people ask that I feel are worth sharing with a general audience.  Without further ado, let’s dive in: Can I have an occasional drink and still lean out? Probably (maybe?), but the question...
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