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?

Gratitude

Ever since last June, I've been putting in at least two hours a day at the gym every single day.  I wake up, take my supplements and caffeine, and go straight to the gym.  It's just routine at this point.  I don't think about whether I want to go or not, I just go.  My … Continue reading Gratitude

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

Blinders On

It is so easy to get caught up in your own head when preparing for a bodybuilding competition. You want to place well - and that means beating the other people that show up, right? Focusing heavily on how your competition looks on Instagram weeks leading up to the competition can be unhealthy and diminish … Continue reading Blinders On

How to Find and Pick a Bodybuilding Coach

So you've decided to take the plunge and begin preparing for your first bodybuilding show.  While you could go at it alone (and there are some that are successful with this approach), you may feel more comfortable with an expert guiding you along the way.  Ideally, your coach has a good sense of the judging … Continue reading How to Find and Pick a Bodybuilding Coach