A new year is a great time to reflect on the past and move forward with greater knowledge and experience. When I think about what I learned this year, the biggest factor in my improvement as a bodybuilder was in perfecting the basics. We can’t advance if the basics are not in place or not optimized to the fullest. It can be easy to get hyper focused on fine details and lose sight of the big picture. With that in mind, I will cover the basic tenets to help you lay down some new muscle mass this year.
Animal's newest non-stim pump formula, Pump Pro, is fresh off the assembly line. Designed entirely by athlete and IFBB Pro John Jewett, Pump Pro focuses on cell volumization, increased vascularity, and intense focus. Read further as John explains the making of this premier pre-workout.
The off-season allows you to be a bit more flexible with your eating compared to pre-contest. This does not mean it's a free-for-all, but there are ways to incorporate variety to break up the monotony of a bodybuilding diet. John Jewett explains in his latest article how to properly execute a flexible dieting strategy.
We diet hard for many weeks in an attempt to bring a fat free physique on stage. Afterwards, many of us rebound hard. We gain an excessive amount of fluid and fat, which can not only ruin months of hard work but can also be detrimental to our health. A proper reverse diet, however, can help us exit contest prep in a healthy and effective manner. Click the link to read John Jewett's guide to creating a proper reverse diet.
Now, the sky’s the limit. My goal is to win the 212 Olympia. This is not a dream, but a reality I can make true. I have the entire year focused for the 2020 Olympia. I will change my physique into what will be an Olympian champion—my vision is set.
Intensity is one of the key components to accomplishing anything of magnitude, but especially to building a successful physique. You have to train in a way that will produce results, even when energy and calories are in serious deficit. John Jewett tells us how to approach and sustain intensity when you're getting ready for a show.
Hypertrophy—the breaking down of muscle fibers so that they rebuild themselves with increased size—is the point of training. If you want to achieve the greatest degree of hypertrophy, you must be in tune with what you're doing in the gym and how you're doing it. No one understands this better than IFBB Pro John Jewett. He explains how to properly initiate and reach maximum hypertrophy in his latest article.
Sleep, without a shadow of doubt, is the most overlooked aspect of recovery and growth. We're talking about a deep sleep state that allows your muscles and your mind to recover fully from your day to day grind. In his newest article, John Jewett explains the importance of a good rest and why it is absolutely crucial for recovery. Tag someone who is up all night and needs this reality check.
There is a saying, "You are what you eat". However, better verbiage would be "You are what you are able to digest". Poor digestion can be a result of a host of issues which can and will limit fat loss and overall progress. Your body function will be limited even if you were 100% dedicated. John Jewett highlights the various issues that can cause GI distress and poor digestive capability in his latest article and offers remedies that can help you alleviate some of these side effects and keep your body moving forward.
Bodybuilders, in general, focus on becoming as muscle-bound as possible. After all, muscularity is a huge part of the judging criteria. However, shape and aesthetics are just as important as muscularity.
Your diet won’t always be perfect—things come up, obstacles present themselves, and you have to roll with the punches. Rather than throwing in the towel and grabbing a cheeseburger, John Jewett explains how you can rescue a diet when you're in a bind with his latest article.