Author: Matt McGorry

It was four years ago, and it was my first time trying to bench 100 lb dumbbells at the gym.  On rep three, I decided that my head was too far off the bench, so I tried sliding down while holding the dumbbells at lockout.  My shoulder popped out of the socket and the dumbbell bounced off my chest like Snuggles the teddy bear bouncing off the pile of towels in the old Tide commercials…only I didn’t feel all warm and fuzzy on the inside. I suppose I should backtrack a little further and let you know that I’ve got hypermobility...

There inevitably comes a time in every lifter’s life when he decides to buy posing trunks, start tanning, shave all his body hair, and get shredded. Ok, maybe most lifters won’t enter the world of competitive bodybuilding, but everyone reading this site still wants the best information on how to get leaner and more muscular. I’m here to provide you with better ways to avoid some of the most common mistakes that recreational or newly competitive bodybuilders make when trying to look their best. Messing up in these critical areas will limit progress. They can set you backwards, and leave your body...