Would you sacrifice it? The late nights, the parties, the drinking, and eat whatever? Or do you have the heart and desire of a bodybuilder? On those cold winter mornings running or when you don’t have an ounce of energy, when you can’t lift no more you squeeze that last rep. I can talk about [...]
Would you sacrifice it? The late nights, the parties, the drinking, and eat whatever? Or do you have the heart and desire of a bodybuilder? On those cold winter mornings running or when you don’t have an ounce of energy, when you can’t lift no more you squeeze that last rep.
I can talk about diet, exercise or anything….but the most important thing to you as a body builder is your mind. When your body is shaking on that last rep, it’s the will that takes you forward. If you need that spark to keep going…this video is for you. Nothing in life is ever easy neither is body building. Look after your body, look forward to every workout. Welcome to the mind of a body builder.
Phil Heath has done it, he retained his Mr Olympia title this year with Kai Greene fiercely competing by his side for top spot.
“Heath was in shape and brought the striated glutes we’ve come to expect, but he lacked the pop and fullness we saw in 2011. That left the door open for Greene and the two men were compared on stage to end the judging on Friday and Saturday. In the end, “The Gift’s” structure, shape, and balance were enough to carry him through to victory”. – MD.com.
Good on Kai Greene to show his strong challenge for top spot. Having said that, I think Jay Cutler would have been right up there had he not become injured. Here’s the top 8 men’s results. The Gift – Phil Heath is showing some staying power with this result. A surprise is Shawn Rhoden at 3rd spot as it’s only been 3 years since he started competing at this level. Just shows what can be achieved with the right mindset.
Here’s the results……
Watch Phil’s reaction to the win folks….that’s what body building means to him!
I’ve been watching Hidetada compete for a number of years but never have I really concentrated on his training before the big Mr O’ date. Found this useful video on some good back isolation exercises. In particular I find the Cable under grip rowing really good as it can add some thickness to the lower lats.
You can never stop learning folks. Every pro or amateur has their own ways to exercise. Okay enough of me and more of Hidetada in the video ….enjoy.
It’s official folks. Victor Martinez is back and he will be participating in this years Mr Olympia! As most of you already know Victor has been locked up for 7 months without proper nutrition, weights or supplements. He lost a lot of weight and dropped down to 220lbs.
How Victor plans to compete against the likes of Branch Warren, Kai Greene, Evan Centopani & Phil Heath is a true determination of the persons spirit to be at the highest level despite all the odds. With Just over 15 weeks before the competition it will be hard to gain quality muscle lost. Just think about how you feel when you don’t eat and train right for a couple of weeks? Now multiply that to 7 months and then enter yourself in Mr Olympia where every athlete is primed to another level?
MD: Victor, exactly when did you decide you would go for it, and what were the main factors that influenced your decision?
VM: The decision was more like a process that’s been going on in my head almost from the day I got out at the end of April. What it really came down to was that I just wouldn’t feel right skipping the Olympia even if the odds are against me. I’ve never let that stop me from doing anything before and I didn’t want to start now.
Check out the full interview on MD.
Blessed with genetics don’t mean squat, unless you put in the work and effort. I got the man himself, Jay Cutler 4 times Mr Olympia vying to go for his 5th title in 2012 with some chest workout. Jay is a true example of pushing yourself to the limits and beyond. Getting his pro card at the age of 23, yes that’s right and not a typo is just some of the things that sets this powerhouse apart.
Turning to his chest, Jay explains to MD “When I was younger, my chest was by far my worst body part, and even now I still don’t consider it to be totally up to par with everything else on me.” I hear you screaming, are you kidding me? Guys that’s the level of intensity and dedication Jay shows, never settling for anything less. What do you settle for?
As I always say, it’s all about the pump and not the weight. Can you feel your muscles working or your ego? Here’s something you should take away from reading this post.
Don’t worry about how much weight Jay uses, or even how much weight you use. Do try to become stronger, but only if your form is good, you are handling the weight on your own and not relying on a spotter to assist you, and you are feeling the muscle working. Otherwise, all the weight in the world means jack shit. There are plenty of idiots out there throwing around a lot of weight who have no physique to show for it, despite considering themselves bodybuilders. If Mr. Olympia isn’t worried about being the strongest guy around, why should you?
The following is the chest routine as promised with some pictures of in my opinion the body builder of the decade. Think about it, in the last 10 years of Mr Olympia who else has become champion 4 times and runner up the last 6 times?
Phil Heath gives a quick overview of when he does dumbbell concentration curls during his arm workout. Er…. in a nutshell, last! He talks about the technique he uses to get the best contractions. In his words, it’s all about “Concentrating on the maximum contraction of the muscles”, not just lifting as heavy as possible. Check out the way he does this exercise and why.
Phil recommends doing at least 12 repetitions which is good rep range to really get the muscles to work. If you are struggling to do 12 reps, lower the weight and go again. It’s all about contractions and growth…..not ego!
Enough of me….here’s the video.
Got some pics for you today. Branch Warren was at the Europa show in Florida and MD have provided some photos on line. What do you think? Has Branch still got it? Of course we think so, but what do you think? The pics show Branch has some of the best looking wheels in the business.