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Thursday, February 28, 2013

Heat It Up

We can all agree that progressive resistance and high intensity training are the key to seeing serious strength and size gains.  But warming up properly is equally important, and in fact, warming up is an integral part of HIT--too few warm-up sets and you could miss out on strength and power during your working set, too many and you'll end up in the same boat.  Here's my guide to a great warm-up (and a great workout).

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Bodybuilding v. Physique

Female bodybuilding has long been an issue of contention within the bodybuilding community.  Public opinion has varied throughout the years, but in general, it's kind of a niche market.  Female bodybuilding peaked in popularity in the late 80's, and since then, division after division has been introduced in an effort to get us to tone it down and try something else.  So far, none of these new additions have worked.  At all.  Female bodybuilders are bigger, harder, and more determined than ever--but that shit doesn't put asses in the seats now does it?  The recent introduction of the Physique division is the latest attempt to shoehorn muscle girls into something smaller and more "appropriate."  Here's a breakdown of the two divisions and the drama that surrounds them.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Flu Season

Well, it's flu season around here, and that means more and more people sniffling through their workouts at the gym.  Here's a few reasons why "working through it" isn't the best idea you've ever had.

Saboteur!

Getting ready for a contest involves a lot of dedication, it's true: There's training, posing practice, choreographing a routine, hours of cooking and meal prep, days of cardio, and of course, dieting.  But sticking to a diet, that’s really just willpower right?  Wrong.  Here are a couple hidden factors that can sabotage even the most determined among us.

Tuesday, February 05, 2013

Open Season

Well, it's 20 weeks until the Nevada State Championships and that means it's time to start my diet.  My most recent prep went really well overall, so I'm not going to change my approach in any drastic ways this time.  The primary alteration will be the duration of the diet--for my last show I only had 12 weeks by the time I decided to compete and it just wasn't long enough at the pace I was going.  An additional 8 weeks should be enough to really bring a dialed in package this time around. Here's my jumping off point for the first few weeks.

Friday, February 01, 2013

Happy Birthday!

I can't believe it's already been a whole year since my first post on FM and my first appearance on YouTube!  And what a year it's been.  I'm working on my FIFTH year of bodybuilding--whew!  That's a lot of blood, sweat, tears, and short shorts.  The coming year has a lot of excitement in store as well.  FM has been a great outlet for everything I've picked up over the years, but I originally started this blog to share the contest preparation experience.  The next few months are going to be pretty intense, and I'm super excited to share it with you guys.  Get ready for more pictures, better videos, and an unlimited supply of new things to learn and share.  It's going to be a wild ride, so buckle up!

I'd like to thank everyone who has contributed to this project over the past year.  Big thanks to Jordan Cronin who put me in a video of his once upon a time, and gave me no choice but to jump right in and stop procrastinating.  I'd probably still be hemming and hawing about it if it weren't for that final push--thanks man!  I'd also like to thank the music producers who have let me use their work in my videos.  You guys have given me SO many amazing workouts, srsly :)  Thank you, thank you, thank you Grant, Kevin, Jeff, and Matt!  And finally, thanks to anyone and everyone who has read, skimmed, followed, subscribed,  commented on, or even been aware of this project.  I know bodybuilding isn't for everyone, and I know female bodybuilding really isn't for everyone, so.. Thanks!