When I first started weight-training, I watched a lot of form videos to teach myself how to squat. I made sure my back didn't round at the bottom, the bar path was straight, and that I was going ass-to-grass. After a few years of training like this, I realized that my quads had outpaced my … Continue reading Grow Your Glutes, Not Your Quads: The Squat
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?
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
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