Tag: old man muscle

The Secret To Success

I get asked a lot about what is the best exercises or what is the best supplements, etc. for putting on muscle or losing weight.  The answer to what is the “secret” to success is not those, but rather a boring and non-sexy answer.

First show (2011) vs last show (2017) and 31 lbs later

2017 NPC Johnnie Jackson Classic

Picture round up from competing at the 2017 NPC Johnnie Jackson Classic in Fort Worth this past weekend…

Overall, I was really happy with the results.  I ended up finishing 2nd in the open lightweight class.  This was, by far, the toughest prep for a show I’ve done, but the hard work paid off.  My goal each time is to try to come in better than the previous year, and I did that.  I was 184 lbs, 2 lbs heavier than last year, but kept the same conditioning.  So, this was my heaviest weight to date.  I wanted to be competitive with the others…and I was, as it was a close call on 1st place.  I don’t feel bad finishing 2nd to Alex, fellow Destination member and hard worker.

Gym Hacks: Painful Elbows

As I am no longer in my 20s, I have to deal with working around sore joints (elbows, knees). Some movements like overhead tricep extensions are hard on the elbow when the weight gets heavy. The easy answer is to not lift heavy or skip those movements. The better answer is to just be smart. To do those triceps extensions, I will alternate using a moderate dumbbell and superset immediately with using bands. The approach works for me since the combination fully works that muscle group (the DB version is hardest at the bottom when the tricep is extended and the banded version is hardest at the top of the movement when the tricep contracts).