Life Changing Events that Hurt Your Momentum


There are many things in life that can get in the way of your bodybuilding momentum. How you react to these events is going to determine how well you succeed on the other side of the event. I can tell you that I have had both positive and negative experiences with life changing events and my bodybuilding momentum, so I feel like I am qualified to talk to you about this … [Read more...]

10 Reasons to Get Ripped


Ask most people and they will agree that they would like to be "shredded" or "ripped" like the people on the fitness magazine covers. I am not talking about bodybuilding magazines, I am speaking of magazines like Shape or Men's Fitness. There are 10 great reasons why you should get ripped and I am going to share those with you today! You will have healthier internal organs. … [Read more...]

Why I Dislike the Paleo Diet

Paleo Diet

The Paleo Diet is an extremely popular diet plan being used by millions of people around the world. It is based upon alleged scientific principles that seem to mimic the better parts of the Adkins Diet and most ketogenic diets. As a person who has tried many different types of diet plans, I wanted to present the reasons why I dislike the Paleo Diet. Please understand that I am … [Read more...]

How to Maximize Your Workouts

How to Maximize Your Workouts

When we think of training, most of us will say it is hard to fit a workout in. These tips for how to maximize your workouts should help. I have used all of them at one point or another and can tell you that when done with focus you can really maximize your time in the gym. Keep your workouts to 45 minutes in length. Many people think that the longer you spend in the gym the … [Read more...]

Eating for Mass

Eat for Mass

Eating for mass sounds like such an easy thing, but honestly, it is one of the most difficult things to do correctly. You have to eat a lot of food to gain mass the right way. So what is "the right way"? The right way involves gaining mass while minimizing fat gain. That's where the difficulty arises. There are bodybuilders who still believe that "off-season" means they can … [Read more...]

How to Use Active Stretching


Active stretching is an essential element of your warm up routine. Active stretching involves foam rolling and stretching movements that are not static. The idea is to remove the force that is caused by static stretching, thereby reducing the potential for injury. Active stretching relies only upon the muscle being stretched. There is no additional force applied. An example of … [Read more...]

Progressive Overload Principle to the Max


The progressive overload principle is one of the most important training principles to understand. It is with a good understanding and execution of this principle that you will be able to pack on a lot of mass. Today I am going to explain my understanding of the progressive overload principle and how to properly execute it for maximum results. Increase the Stress on the … [Read more...]

Cardio Timing for Fat Loss


Have you ever considered how important the timing of your cardio is? Some people are completely obsessed with the topic while others dismiss it as completely unimportant. The question today is does it matter at all? Cardio Before Weight Training Doing cardio before you train with weights is something that the uninformed gym member will think is perfectly acceptable. The … [Read more...]

Mission Grand Prix: 117 Days to Go — Deload Week

Deload Week

This week is a deload week for me. This is a very important part of the strategy for contest preparation. It gives my body some time to recover before we put it through the rigorous training that will start on January 1, 2012. Cardio Training Today was a cardio only day. While I am not fond of cardio, I am motivated to get it done because I want to be as lean as I possibly … [Read more...]

Alcohol: Drinks Count Too


It’s the holidays and it’s time to celebrate. Fortunately and unfortunately much of that celebration includes unhealthy eating choices and alcohol. Many of us too are the picture of perfect health all week, but as soon as the weekend hits we treat our bodies like a dumpster. Well next time you consider taking a sip of your favorite adult beverage consider this: Alcohol is full … [Read more...]