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 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 41: Occlusion/BFR Training, NPC Judging Creep

Ever wanted to be a bit more like the Ultimate Warrior but didn’t know where to start?  Occlusion bands might be the answer!  Do these things actually work and are they worth playing around with?  I dive into that as well as explaining how the NPC judging standards creep and evolve over time and why that is a HORRIBLE thing...
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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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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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The Drop Set – Episode 19: Cheat Meals, Sustainability in Bodybuilding

Everybody loves a good cheat meal, RIGHT????  In this episode I talk about why they AREN’T needed, but why you might want to implement one anyway along with some alternatives and some do’s and don’ts.  Also:  sustainability in bodybuilding.  It’s a marathon, not a sprint – so how can you make sure you’re in it and progressing for the long...
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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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