Boulder Shoulders; Major In Minor Movements

The muscles of the shoulder area, known as deltoids or delts, take a beating. Your delts provide assistance to most all upper body movements that involve your torso (i.e., when not simply isolating your arms). Even though the delts get a lot of work, many physique athletes find this area lagging. This is because although…

Blow Your Muscles Up; No Tourniquet Needed.

If you’ve been keeping up with the latest techniques for building muscle and burning fat, you’ve likely heard of Occlusion Training, otherwise known as Kaatsu. Yet, unlike most training fads that are here today, proven wrong tomorrow, this technique is the real deal. My first read on this training method was through someone I would…

The Trouble With Genetics; Muscle Cells FIght Back

Even if you’re obsessed with building your physique, you may not know your own muscle cells lost their capacity to copy their own DNA before you were born. That means your fully formed muscle fibers are incapable of producing “daughter cell” copies of themselves. So how do you build a more muscular physique?   Muscle…

More Muscle, Less Time; Putting Supersets To Work

Once you’ve been weight-training physique athlete style for about a year, your mind and your muscles are ready for a few advanced techniques to keep you motivated and progressing. As someone who is truly focused on building muscle, you may already know (from reading my blog), that the most critical concept you can never forget…

Two Birds, One Stone; Muscle Mass with Strength Bias

Regular readers of my blog, know I am not a strength coach. I’ve been training to get and maintain a better physique for nearly three decades, and have tried literally hundreds of training variations to gain my current insights. That said, beyond sports specific skill, adding muscle AND explosive strength is the linchpin to excelling…

You Can Use Your Balls Now, Training For An 8-Pack

  If you’ve been fighting the urge to “ride” that lonely stability ball, otherwise known as the poster child of the functional training craze,  there’s still hope. I mean, there really is a legitimate reason for someone who simply wants to build their best physique, to use those shiny, colorful balls. First, if you haven’t…