2019 Training Update #2

Figured I should do another training update. I was able to hit my goal of getting down to 195 lbs from 220 after 27 weeks of dieting. Training is going well and I am now officially on Alberto’s Off Season Roster! We now bring up calories and take a break from dieting for the next 3 months before starting contest … Read More

2019 Training Update

Despite a pretty awesome training year in 2018 the beginning of 2019 was not looking great for getting on stage in 2020. Work and life stress had derailed my training yet again. I have been able to get things back on track by focusing on keeping stress low and being consistent in the gym. Part of keeping stress low has … Read More

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New Gym Equipment

I purchased some new adjustable dumbbells for my gym. I did not need dumbbells but certain exercises just feel better using a dumbbell. Not having a lot of room in my gym the Powerblock Sport EXP look to be a good fit. The dumbbells are adjustable from 5 lbs to 90 lbs. It’s super easy to adjust in 10 pound … Read More

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I am Not Giving Up!

“Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.” – Thomas Edison So things have not gone the way I have wanted them to but I am not giving up. I hurt my back just over a month ago putting the seats back in our van. I could … Read More

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Not Perfect

So one week into training and things didn’t go as planned. I started out wanting to train all five week days. Monday started out good with a push training session. I went light as I wanted to ensure I did not over do it. Despite taking it easy I was pretty sore the next day. I decided modify my training … Read More

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Welcome 2019

So here we are the beginning of a new year. Looking back, 2018 was a decent year and I am very grateful for the many blessings in my life. That said the end of the year kind of went off plan as far as continuing to make progress in the gym. In fact I have not trained in the last … Read More

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Dieting Information: Do Your Homework

Dieting Information has gotten a lot better since I started my fitness journey over 6 years ago. That said there is still a lot bad information out there. As an example I came across a supplement retailers website that was promoting expert contest prep advice. CONTEST PREP DIETING PLAN Foods to Avoid Protein – High-fat meats like beef, and pork, … Read More

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One Year Progress Update

One year ago I started working with Alberto Nunez of 3D Muscle Journey. I told him that for most of my time lifting weights I had dieted. I felt like I was more of a professional dieter than a bodybuilder and I had never felt “big”. Weighing 203 lbs at the time I had spent most of 2017 dieting. I … Read More

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Information Overload

Information overload is defined as “exposure to or provision of too much information or data.” In my younger days,¬† before the internet, the only way you got information on bodybuilding was from buying bodybuilding magazines. Every month I would get my copy of Musclemag and read it cover to cover. Information today on bodybuilding has exploded due to the internet. … Read More

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Training Volume For Hypertrophy

More and more research is showing that volume is a key driver for hypertrophy. Increasing volume can be done by adding weight to the bar, adding reps, or adding sets. Traditionally I would keep the sets the same and try and complete¬† 3 sets or 6 to 8 reps of a given exercise. Once I could complete 3 sets of … Read More

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