April 2009

Guys, let’s face the facts. If you plan on spending the better part of your life banging away at the iron, you’re going to want your woman to join in on the fun. Sure, you might not always want her as a training partner. But you’ll definitely want her paying some attention to her health and her body composition. And that’s not just because you want a hot chick on your arm. I’m guessing you’ll also enjoy the benefits that come along with fitness, including increased self-esteem, increased self-efficacy, and a generally more positive outlook. So, you’ve got two choices in life....

Note: ‘Taking it to the next level’ is the second article in a two part series. The first article can be found here - So You Wannabe a Bodybuilder? A breed apart If you have made it this far, give yourself a nice pat on the back. Many people that set out to become bodybuilders never make it past the beginner phase. They quit for several common reasons. Most often it’s because they failed to see amazing results right away. With the unrealistic expectations fed by dramatic ‘before and after’ photos in ads, untold thousands of would-be bodybuilders prematurely give up on their...

You know that feeling when you walk into the gym and everything just seems to fall into place? The weights that you have attempted countless times in the past feel like a warm-up, and personal records (PRs) are set and eclipsed with ease! The PR is an integral component to your short and long term success in the gym.  PRs allow you to measure progress, configure goals, and serve as a tremendous motivator.  When you hit a PR it literally creates a feeling of euphoria. A PR need not be defined as your 1 repetition maximum.  It can be anything from running...

I believe that one of the main misconceptions about weight training in the pursuit of bodybuilding concerns training intensity (defined as relative intensity of effort).  I can’t tell you how many times I have been approached for advice with guys telling me that they just can’t get bigger or stronger no matter what they do.  These same inquiries usually end up with attempts at conversations about the best drugs to use, or more often, how to eat or supplement to fix the problem.  Prior to engaging them in any further conversation I ask them how they train.  Invariably they will tell...