Author: chip

When Not To Compete

There are always a lot of articles giving advice on how to get ready to compete for physique competition.  Competing is a difficult challenge that I like since it is something most people do not make it through, and because it really pushes this introvert outside his comfort zone to get up on stage.   I firmly believe in trying to accomplish difficult tasks because you really learn about yourself in the process.  I get asked often about advice on doing a show for the first time.  I generally love being able to help people achieve their goal, but there are some times when you have to advise people that they might not be ready for that first show.  These are the common red flags you are not ready to do this:

Good Vs Bad Coaches

In previous articles about contest prep, I have stressed why there is a need to get a really good prep coach.  Delving into that a little more, here are some guidelines to separate good vs bad coaches when considering which prep coach to use.

Leg Training Tip

Leg training tip: Warm up both the quads and hamstrings, even on workouts where you are training only one. Quads and hams are antagonist/opposing muscle groups. For the quads to fully contract, the hamstrings have to fully extend (and vice versa). Sometimes, that feeling of not being able to get a good squeeze or tight feeling in the quads, may be because the hamstrings are not warmed up and not able to fully extend (and vice versa, of course).

Contest Prep Hacks

In a blog entry I posted last week, I wrote about some of the high level things to consider (mindset, why you need a prep coach, etc.) if you are thinking about doing your first competition.  If you read that and are ready to take that step, this blog entry focuses on more practical tips to the road to a successful competition.

What Is The Best Cycle?

About a week ago, I was eating breakfast and going through my messages when I came across the following message sent to me:

“Heya, I have a question as u r a professional.  I recently moved to <location redacted> & I got:

2x Deca 300mg

2x Propionate 100mg

2x Enanthate 250mg

What’s the best way to cycle them?”

I was a little flattered that after almost a decade trying to unskinny myself, someone came across me and thought I had built a physique worthy enough to be assumed to be an expert in this.  Mostly, I was thinking what an idiot someone must be to acquire powerful prescription drugs – of any sort – and is asking some random person on the Internet how to use them.  I debated about writing about it, but chances are that there are other people that do this.  So, the advice I gave him is below.