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?
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
Motivation is great for inspiration. Something you see or read can inspire you to start working towards a new goal. You make plans to achieve those goals. You might even start - you get a gym membership, you enroll in a new class, you buy supplies for that new hobby you want to start. You … Continue reading When Motivation Fails…
"If It Fits Your Macros" (IIFYM) sounds like a gimmick at first. "Eat foods you love with no guilt!" "Restore a healthy relationship with food!" "No food is bad for you or off limits!" All of this sounds way too good to be true. For some reason, diet culture has tricked us into believing that … Continue reading Eating for Sustainable Weight Loss
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?