The Drop Set Podcast with Darin Starr – Bodybuilding for the Masses


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In each episode I cover topics relevant to competitors and non-competitors alike, cutting through the crap and talk about stuff that actually matters.  What you should focus on, how to get better, and how to apply the science of bodybuilding in a practical way.  I also feature guest interview, recurring segments, and a splash of my personal life as well.

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198 – Gear 101, Women & PED’s

198 – Gear 101, Women & PED’s It’s third rail time! Today we dig in on a basic primer for gear/PED’s/anabolics – including the obvious questions of “is this right for me?” (which I absolutely cannot answer, but I can help you ask better questions of yourself), “what should I be worried about?”, “what are some dumb things I can avoid?” and much more. Also intertwined with this I dig&hellip

197 – NPC Nationals Recap, Grab Bag Q&A

197 – Recapping NPC Nationals, Grab Bag Q&A With NPC Nationals in the rear view I recap the weekend with a focus on how my clients did and also – as you might expect from me – have some suggestions on how the whole weekend can be improved. Having classes of 40+ competitors just is not a good way to create a fun experience for anyone competing. After that I&hellip

196 – Spotting Technique, Should we Blow Up the NPC?

195 – Spotting Techniques, Blow Up the NPC? First up, CALLING ALL COUPLES – if you are a couple and you train together regularly or – better yet – prep together, I want to hear your experience. Call in at 865-518-2974 and leave a message, or email me @ (or use the contact form) or hit me up on IG or Facebook – if you’ve got a good story&hellip

195 – Post-Show Rebound and Breaking Down Thanksgiving

Catching up on my post-show rebound with a food-based holiday thrown into the mix after missing last week due to sickness!

194 – Breaking Down the Lee Haney Games

This past Saturday I competed in Atlanta at the 2021 Lee Haney Games - in today's episode I recap the whole experience from peak week up through the events of show day and beyond.

193 – Volumizing Meals, Caloric Floor, Prep Partners

193 – Volumizing Meals, Caloric Floor, Prep Partners In today’s episode there’s a warning of changes coming! The Drop Set will be undergoing a little renovation soon and it’s all very exciting stuff – stay tuned and you’ll hear things as we get them rolled out. There’s a poll online at – click on over and cast your vote regarding BCAA use Also, I’ve got a new private group&hellip

The Drop Set – Episode 192: Prep Update, Social Media Anxiety, Way More

The Drop Set – Episode 192 Back for a solo episode today after a longer break than I expected due to some surprise travel – all details inside!

The Drop Set – Episode 191: IFBB Pro Janeen Lankowski

The Drop Set – Episode 191: IFBB Pro Janeen Lankowski Janeen brings 20 plus years of experience as a competitor and coach to our conversation as she’s about 2 weeks out from the Olympia – we talk about her background, posing philosophy, and the “no excuses” mindset it takes to compete at a high level.

The Drop Set – Episode 190: NQ NPC Classic Physique Competitor Brian Barber

The Drop Set, Episode 190 Brian joins us today to talk about a bunch of the ‘standard’ bodybuilding topics but also his unique work situation and how that impacts bodybuilding and his home life, as well as dealing with shoulder reconstruction and spinal fusion and how he’s had to adjust his training around those.

The Drop Set – Episode 189: Darin Goes Solo! Prep Update and More

The Drop Set – Episode 189 Today on The Drop Set…it’s just me! Sorry to disappoint – I’ve got another interview going online soon but I wanted to get this up first since I had some time set aside to record it and give everyone an update on how my prep is coming along. Also a couple questions tackling “things to know for a first show” and how to incorporate&hellip

The Drop Set – Episode 188: Made2Macro President & CEO Alexis Urso

The Drop Set – Episode 188: Alexis Urso Alexis Urso is the President & CEO of Made2Macro, a custom meal prep service provider based out of Florida. In our wide-ranging interview we talk about her business and how it works, some general meal strategies and ideas, what she’s up to and what’s in store for her business in the future.

The Drop Set – Episode 187: IFBB Pro Kelly Lynn Nauyokas Returns!

The Drop Set – Episode 187: Kelly Lynn Nauyokas On The Drop Set today our VERY FIRST repeat guest, IFBB Figure Pro, prep coach and posing coach Kelly Lynn Nauyokas returns for a very casual chat about just about everything – you know how we roll here.