Am I Stage Ready?

Getting stage ready in time is every bodybuilding competitor's driving motivator.  No one wants to work hard for months and still show up 'softer' (less conditioned/less defined) than the rest of the competitors.  It's easy to start doubting yourself and your coach, wondering if you need to work harder or if you should just give … Continue reading Am I Stage Ready?

NPC Bikini Posing: The Basics

Proper posing is such a fundamental part of stage presentation.  You want to find a posing routine that highlights your physique's strengths, downplays its weaknesses, while conveying grace, poise, and a nice dose of stage presence.  You have to smile and control your facial expressions as you contort yourself into unnatural ways of holding yourself.  … Continue reading NPC Bikini Posing: The Basics

Should I Take a Fat Burner?

Getting competition lean is difficult and sometimes you have to dig deep to get the conditioning you need to be successful on stage.  What's more is that you can only push your body so far - through caloric restriction and increased cardio - before you burn out emotionally and physically.  It's tempting to reach for … Continue reading Should I Take a Fat Burner?

Rachel McLish

Today's Valentine's Day/#wcw goes to Rachel McLish. Rachel McLish won the first ever IFBB Ms. Olympia in 1980.  After an impressive four year career, she retired and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1999.  Not only was she one of the first female bodybuilders, she also acted in several movies portraying a physically … Continue reading Rachel McLish

Training with Intention: Time Under Tension and the Mind-Muscle Connection

One of the most valuable insights I've picked up on is the concept of "training with intention."  I first started weightlifting a few years ago with Strong Lifts 5x5, with the goal of increasing my strength.  I didn't pay attention to what muscles were contracting - I just wanted to move the weight for the … Continue reading Training with Intention: Time Under Tension and the Mind-Muscle Connection