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
"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?
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
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