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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Dealing with Lower Back Pain

So lately I have been dealing with lower back pain again. I say again because I have dealt with lower back pain on and off since I started lifting. It was so bad this time that I feared sneezing because it would cause so much pain.  When this happens I try and find stretches and mobility exercises that help make … Read More

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Blog Redesign

So I was forced to update my blog to a new theme and redesign it.. WordPress is moving to a new post editing software called Gutenberg.¬† Currently it is optional but it will be part of the core WordPress program in a future update. When I tried to use it I was getting an Updating failed error at the top … Read More

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Training Through An Injury

I am currently training through my own lower back injury right now. I thought I would share an invaluable video that I came across. This is not for serious injuries like broken bones or torn ligaments. This video is for those dealing with aches and pain while performing certain movements. This is an intelligent way to work through how best … Read More

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End Goal: Wanting To Be Jacked

Jacked is what most guys who lift want to be perceived as. Jacked is defined as “a person having very well-developed muscles.” The other day my wife Chris and I were shopping at Costco and Chris said, “Did you see that couple?” I repsonded, “No why?” She said, “You can tell they are lifters.” Sure enough we saw them a … Read More

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I Am So Blessed!

I am so blessed to have found someone so amazing to share my life with. My wife Chris and I are celebrating our 29th Wedding Anniversary today. Chris has always been my number one supporter. When I decided to compete in bodybuilding at the age of 47 Chris thought I was a little bit crazy. Despite that she knew it … Read More

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Fixing Hip Shift In My Squat

Hip Shift, what the heck is that? I had never heard of it until I decided to video tape my squat from the front. What I saw had me a tad concerned and its funny I have always recorded my squats from the side. As a result I thought my squat form was pretty good. In the following video you … Read More

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Bodybuilding and Picking Your Battles

A wise man once said “Pick your battles” but what does that mean and how does it relate to bodybuilding? I found the following definition which captures the essence of the phrase. To choose not to participate in minor, unimportant, or overly difficult arguments, contests, or confrontations, saving one’s strength instead for those that will be of greater importance or … Read More

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Natural Bodybuilding in Western Canada

Natural bodybuilding in Western Canada offers you a variety of organization you can compete with. I have competed with the IDFA, NPAA and INBF so far in my amatuer career. All three organizations offer a good experience for their athletes. That said I have to say that INBF Canada is the best natural bodybuilding organization in Canada to compete with. … Read More

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