Vol. 3 – Why Compete?




I don’t believe Skip would promote the natural side of the sport as much as he does and be lying straight to our faces! But really, only Skip knows for sure. Many natural bodybuilders (and I was guilty of this myself) see a guy who claims to be natural with a phenomenal physique, and immediately pipe up “no fricken way!” It’s a defense mechanism disguised as an insecurity that someone is bigger or has better body parts then you do.

All natural bodybuilders that really take this sport seriously and put 110% into their workouts and diets want to believe they are the hardest working guys out there. But guess what? Maybe it’s time you stop comparing yourself to others and start comparing you to YOU! There will ALWAYS be someone bigger, stronger and better at this thing called bodybuilding, that we love so much. So instead of constantly putting down a guy who has achieved so much in natural bodybuilding, maybe it’s time to “share the wealth”. There is plenty of success to go around for all to share. Focus on yourself, doing better at each contest, being more cut, more massive, and don’t worry about if so and so is natural or not!

I’m cutting for a contest and I’m about 4 weeks out. Should I just go real light and focus on getting a pump?

Sure…if you would like to lose some fullness and muscle, LOL. Seriously though, if it took hard and heavy training to BUILD your muscles, why would anything less be sufficient in MAINTAINING your muscles? Of course, warm-up thoroughly, and maintain GOOD form on all major lifts. The only thing I would say to do is at 4 weeks out, maybe don’t do as many beyond failure techniques like rest-pause, drop sets, etc. Focus on just hitting failure or slightly before, and as the show draws even nearer, don’t do any supersets – just ALL straight sets. When I competed in 2007, I was still pushing hard and lifting pretty heavy at 3 weeks out with 3 % body fat! You want to appear as dense and full as possible, so grab some Iron and go to town man! Good luck at your contest!

Joe, I notice your front delts are really developed man, what do you do to get those bad boys so thick?

Thanks for the compliment. But honestly I shoulder press sporadically. I was pairing chest and shoulders together for a while and only did versions of laterals and upright rows. Now I am doing shoulders and triceps on their own day, so I am back to doing either dumbbell presses (regular or Arnold), standing military presses and either hammer or smith presses.

After that I blast away at dumbbell laterals and bent over laterals or rear delt machine. The front delts for many bodybuilders develop really well from so much indirect work that you really shouldn’t over do working them, unless they are a weak point for you. Then I would recommend doing Arnold presses followed by barbell front raises, then some side and rear work. And maybe polish it off with one set of a higher rep range on a shoulder press machine to pool some more blood into them!

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