Workout Logging: My Secret to Force Progressive Overload

Let's start with a quiz.  It's simple, so don't worry.  It'll take about 3 seconds, and then I'll call for pencils down.  Ready?  GO! Are you a human being? Do you like to lift? Do you hate hitting plateaus? If you answered 'yes' to all of those questions, then you should be logging your workouts.
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The Drop Set – Episode 85: Updates Galore! Routine Building, Client Horror Stories

So much stuff is changing here at The Drop Set and with Five Starr Physique in general!  Very excited and I run down all the latest developments, including my prep update for the week at 20 days out.  Also, we talk about the importance of routine building and elements to consider as well as how to refine it over time. ...
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The Drop Set – Episode 84: Is MFP Premium Worth it? Convergence-Free Pressing, Plateau Busting Tips & Tricks

If you’re a fan of macros, you probably use MyFitnessPal – today we’re going to dive into the Premium version and see if it’s worth or not.  ALSO:  some of my best tips for busting through fat loss plateaus, and a quick tip on pressing for chest and shoulder days.
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The Drop Set – Episode 82: FROM THE ROAD! Travel/prep Update, Intensity Scaling

The Drop Set has gone mobile!  Recorded entirely on my phone from the backyard at my parents house with a special guest appearance from my mom (ha!), I give the full rundown on my (mostly minor) travel snafus, how I’ll fix them going forward, and also tackle a great question:  “how do I know if/when I’m working hard enough?”
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The Drop Set – Episode 81: Special Guest, IFBB Figure Pro and Posing Coach Kimberley Helm

This episode is all about my extended interview with IFBB Figure Pro and posing coach Kimberley Helm.  She shares her passion for all things bodybuilding as we discuss how she approaches the sport mentality, the differences between prep and offseason and why both are needed to be successful, and shares some posing tips and tricks as well – LOTS of info...
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The Drop Set – Episode 80: Epic Listener Q&A!

It’s finally here, a GREAT compendium of listener-provided questions that I take the opportunity to riff on for 5-15 minutes each.  Covering topics ranging from “only one bodybuilder in a household” to “why does the NPC basically sanction drug use?” to a follow-up on Monday’s “cheat hacks” discussion.  You won’t want to miss this!
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The Drop Set – Episode 79: Cheat Meal and Cheat HACKS!

A discussion near and dear to all of our hearts…cheat meals!  What’s best, what to avoid, and if situations might dictate a different answer to those questions at times.  Also, cheat HACKS – things that might feel like cheating but are totally ok – realistically, how to make your diet more palatable while on a deficit and calories are more restricted. ...
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The Drop Set – Episode 78: Darin Update, Awesome Q&A!

At last my prayers have been answered as I got a couple of GREAT questions this week that really gave me the opportunity to flesh out some proper discussion on topics that will apply to a lot of people.  Also, an update on all my goings on!
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Understanding Tempo

An Introduction to Tempo-Based Lifting One of the most often overlooked components when executing (or hell…writing!) a training program is tempo.  It’s easy to say “4 sets of 10, go!” and just bang those suckers out rapid fire.  Or maybe you’ve got a little more experience and you understand the value in slowing things down and keeping things at a...
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The Drop Set – Episode 77: OIympia 2018 Recap, Grab Bag (3 Mini Topics!)

Time to break down the 2018 Olympia in relatively quick fashion, but first a weekly recap of my week that was surely WAY more exciting than that and a segment covering three topics I’ve gone into depth on previously but felt the need to address again briefly – quick hits!
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