Bodybuilding is a step by step process to prepare for a competition. One month, one week and one day at a time. What you do the week prior will all have a profound effect on the changes made and how effective those changes are. Read further into how to move from Point A to Point B properly in prepping for a show in Derek Lunsford's newest article "Bodybuilding-The Process"
John Jewett is, and always has been, a technical bodybuilder. He approaches the sport with precision and a lot of thought, especially when deciding what foods to eat and what motions to perform. Read on about his contest prep training in his latest article.
Ever since I began my bodybuilding journey, I've trained mainly to pump my muscles full of blood and expand them as much as possible. This has been my number one guiding principle when trying to build more muscle tissue. Although I increase the resistance (weight) when I feel it's necessary, I don't believe more weight is the end all be all. I am not denying that heavy weight builds strength—and a stronger muscle is typically going to be a bigger muscle—but my training has mainly focused on the pump. After discussing training methods with other bodybuilders and power lifters, I noticed that their training methods were almost exactly the opposite. Power lifters train against the pump.
Having a big back is crucial in bodybuilding. At least 2 of the mandatory poses require a big, thick back. I’ve always had the impression that if you have a big back, it’s likely that the rest of your body will be big—or at least grow as your back grows—and that you train like an Animal. If you haven’t checked out my article “The 5 Pillars of Training,” I suggest you go now and check it out. The 5 pillars will help guide you through my approach to back training. In this video, I show you how to use the 5 pillars approach to take you through a back and bicep training session.
John Jewett may be jacked, but he’s also known for his brains. This guy is a walking textbook. John understands nutrition and can design effective training protocols. In his latest article, you will learn how to properly execute a back and trap session.
For the past three years, Savage Barbell Club in Tigard, OR has organized a charity lifting event to benefit the Doernbecher Children’s Hospital of Portland, OR. In their first year, they manage to raise $1,430 for the hospital. In 2016 they broke their goal of raising $12,000 by raising $13,000. This year, their goal was to raise $25,000.
Most new lifters instinctually gravitate toward the bench press because it has been a gauge of strength for athletes across all disciplines. If you’d like to bench like a pro though, Evan Centopani has a few tips. Check it out.
When I work out immediately after a show, my overall focus and goal is to pump up the muscle as much as possible. Keeping the muscle full will allow it to continue to grow as I’m rebounding from a show. It’s also important to train smart. Your mind says “lift heavy,” but your body says “not ready.”
Bodybuilding is nothing if not a game of balance. The end goal for each of us is a balanced physique where all muscle groups are maximally developed. Once we realize this, we almost always want to know how we can develop each muscle group to its maximum capacity.