As long as gyms have been around, people have trained with and without partners. Some like the solitude of being alone with their own thoughts and actions, while others like someone else in their face for the tough grinder sets. There is no right and wrong--just preference. Jordan Shallow, in his latest article, highlights the pros and cons of training with someone as he travels around the world.
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.
As athletes, we want to attack our goals full throttle. We want to do whatever is in our power to maximize our efforts as quickly and effectively as possible. But progression is seldom linear. Oftentimes we need to pull back or change direction slightly, otherwise we'll hit a wall and really stall out. Stefi Cohen is no stranger to this process. See what she has to say in her latest article.
To build big lifts in powerlifting, accessory movements are as equally important as main lifts. Jordan Shallow takes us through the top 5 best accessory movements and explains the benefits of incorporating them in your routine.
I believe anyone can be great, even you. All you have to do is find your way. When we’re born, we start out with a unique set of skills and talents. By finding the right combination of these two things, we can reach our potential. To find your sweet spot, you just need to be patient and keep experimenting. After that, it’s time for you to put in the long hours and hard work. The more you are willing to give, the more you will ultimately get.
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.
While Thomas Edison is best be remembered for his achievements, he also delivered many important insights into the idea of invention. For example, Edison often stressed doing over thinking. He’d say that genius was 99% about hard work (“perspiration”). One of my favorite quotes is the one used in the concluding post of this campaign: “I haven’t failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”
I still remember that day like it was yesterday. It was early in the first year of my PhD program in Physical Therapy at the University of Miami when my advisor and committee called me into a formal meeting. You have to maintain a high level of work to stay in the program and I was right at the line. I remember sitting in that room with all of my male professors.
There are many lessons to be learned from the Iron but one that sticks out prominently is overcoming adversity—the ability to bounce back after a setback or disappointment. Many talented athletes have fallen to the wayside because they never stood back up once they fell. Champions are defined by how they handle these hardships and still triumph. Derek Lunsford has something to say about it in his latest article.
To imagine the Self in contrast to the expectations of Others is always a challenging balancing act. For instance, when a parent doesn’t support your passing hobbies, you can overlook it. But what happens when passions and dreams are involved? Stef had little interest playing tea with other girls when she was 8, despite her mother’s best efforts. She didn’t like dolls; she didn’t want to dress up. She just wanted to play soccer with the rough and tumble boys. Numerous playdates later, Stef’s desire didn’t waver.
What does this bar mean to me? My bar, and its burden, represents the difficult road to achieving personal greatness. We have our own ideas about what greatness looks like and this is defined by our personal struggles and desires. My struggle chews me up and my desire burns me up. These two feelings can be a lot to handle. But this inner dynamic creates an outer benefit too – laser-like focus that I crave and need. Life is full of so much noise – distractions, temptations, expectations and condemnations. Focus helps you get closer to greatness, and as you do, these distracting sounds become more distant – like my past.
In the latest episode of "Big on a Budget," Chris Tuttle takes to Marrazzo's grocery store to put together a full week of clean eating for under $50. It can be done. Learn how to bodybuild while on a fixed income.