Holly Bricken Talks To Muscle And Strength

What is your athletic background, and how did you get involved with bikini and running?

I’ve always loved all things fitness, but have never been a competitor until now. Four years ago I decided to take my love for health and fitness to another level and make it my full-blown lifestyle. After attending Monica Brant’s FEM Camp in 2010, I started laying out my 1 year, 3 year, and 10 year goals, which were focused on fitness and modeling.

The part I love the most about this sport is meeting new people and watching your body as you take it to new levels you didn’t know were possible. On the opposite side, it’s hard to mentally acknowledge that no on can be in competition shape year round. We tend to strive for perfection and perfection doesn’t exist 24/7/365. I never knew about post competition blues until after my first competition.

What do you love most about competing?

One of the things I love most about competing is seeing the dramatic changes you can make to your body when you put in hard work and determination. Also, in a competition setting it’s amazing to see the camaraderie among the athletes backstage. Yes, we all want the same thing, but we also have so much in common. How could we possibly not get along?

What are your future goals, dreams and plans?

My future goals are long and lofty. At this point in my fitness career, my objectives have turned to training, competing, and modeling as I look toward my dream of inspiring and motivating other athletes through my strong images online and in print.

How often do you perform cardio?

I make it my goal to do at least 45 minutes of cardio a day at least six days a week, but I aim for seven if I have time. My three go-to cardio workouts are distance runs, intervals, and stairs. Depending on what I’m training for, the time and intensity are adjusted accordingly. When training for a race, I focus on distance runs. When trying to burn fat, I incorporate distance, intervals, and stairs into my cardio routine.

What are some of the most common mistakes made when someone is trying to build muscle and/or get ripped?

The most common mistake I see made when someone is trying to build muscle and/or get ripped is not getting enough protein in his or her diet. With so many forms of protein available, getting enough protein should be easy if you’re mindful of your dietary intake. I always advise 1.0 to 1.5 grams of protein per pound of body weight for someone looking to build muscle.

Do you have any gym, muscle building or fitness pet peeves?

My number one pet peeve at the gym is not wiping down the equipment after using it. Not only is it disgusting to go use a machine that has someone’s sweat or hair grease on it, it is extremely unsanitary. Staphylococcus is one of the most common infections in gyms and can be easily avoided with a simple wipe-down after your set.

Second pet peeve – throwing weights. This does not make you look more muscular or make you stronger! My thought is if you can’t carry the weights back to the weight rack to re-rack them, they’re too heavy for you to use. Throwing weights bends the handles, which in turn makes them unusable to others.

argumentative persuasive essay

Popular Posts

Boost Your Mood through food

Boost Your Mood through food

The easiest way to boost your mood is to find the right food and to eat at the right time. If you notice that you are getting very impatient and irritable lately a change in your diet and eating plan is what is probably needed. Many nutritionists recommend that you should eat at regular intervals [...]

Top 10 Bonehead Workout Mistakes

Top 10 Bonehead Workout Mistakes

“Common workout mistakes” has always been a very popular topic in fitness publications. But no matter how many times this subject is re-hashed, you almost always hear about the same half a dozen or so mistakes, including poor form, overtraining, going too heavy, not stretching, not warming up, yadda, yadda yadda. Ironically, you seldom hear [...]

Lower Back Workout Killer

Lower Back Workout Killer

When it comes to bodybuilding, the Christmas tree isn’t just about gifts, wrapping paper, fancy bows and hoping you’re grandma didn’t buy you yet another reindeer sweater. The Christmas tree is a definite game-changer when it comes to show time or photo shoots, and a defined, thick lower back – in a distinctive Christmas tree [...]

For alternative medicine, increasing demand

For alternative medicine, increasing demand

I started using the services of a younger doctor after my older doctor sold his practice. I immediately noticed a big difference. The younger doctor openly talked about Alternative Medicineand the use of herbal remediesNot only did he talk about it, he didn’t discourage it. Who are against alternative medicine? I suspect that it is [...]

Machines vs Weights

Machines vs Weights

Free weights provide a more complete workout. However, they also require more expertise in their use. When lifting free weights like barbells and dumbbells, not only is the prime mover or Agonist being worked but all the muscles responsible for stabilizing the joint. The result is to increase the strength of the stabilizer muscles. Greater [...]


Popular Article

  • 0
    Foods for healthy brain Foods for healthy brain

    To learn which foods are best for your brain health, Fernando Gomez-Pinilla, a UCLA professor of neurosurgery and physiological sc...

  • 0
    Lose weight fast doing cardio Lose weight fast doing cardio

    It is a matter of common sense that if a person uses up more calories than he or she eats, then he or she will be definitely walki...

  • 0
    Migraine headache Migraine headache

    Migraine headaches are a very severe and intense throbbing and pulsating headache that will often appear to affect one side of the...

  • 0
    The biggest mistakes you’ll see in the gym The biggest mistakes you’ll see in the gym

    The following is a light hearted look at the 15 years I have spent in a gym environment. It is basically a look at some of the thi...

  • 0
    Contribution To Modern Bodybuilding Of Immanuel Kant Contribution To Modern Bodybuilding Of Immanuel Kant

    Today's article is a little bit out there, but trust me, it's worth reading. We will dive deep into the foundations of rationalism...

Comments are closed.