Exorcising the Demons
Exorcising the Demons

After doing contest prep for thousands of clients over the last twenty years (real years, not rounding up ten years like a lot of online prep guys), here are some of the more common demons that competitors face to get insanely shredded.

10 Tips for Managing Fat Loss Goals on the Road
10 Tips for Managing Fat Loss Goals on the Road

Going on vacation is a blast, but not when you’re trying to blast body fat. Nothing is more frustrating than working on a show-prepped and/or beach-ready bod only to lose progress while you’re actually at the beach… so here are 10 tips to help you avoid that. Von boyage!

Don’t Let the Wheels On The Bus Run Your Ass Over
Don’t Let the Wheels On The Bus Run Your Ass Over

If you were on a serious and strict diet in 1985, you really had very few, if any, options to go out to eat and you were relegated to eating only at home. In 2019, there really is no excuse not to eat relatively well while out at a restaurant unless you simply DO NOT WANT TO.

How to Manage Stress Before It Manages You
How to Manage Stress Before It Manages You

There are no magic pills, nutrition protocol, or training method that can address the root of the problem and reduce stress. You have to prioritize your life, what is important, what can wait, and what can be eliminated. And a lot of that has to do with your mindset.

Your Body's Shelf Life
Your Body's Shelf Life

Just like bad milk, our time is limited. It runs out for everyone.

WATCH: Menstrual Cycle Myths
WATCH: Menstrual Cycle Myths

An extreme lack of knowledge on women’s health issues has led to many fallacies that need to be corrected. Here’s the truth about several common misconceptions.

WATCH: Table Talk with Mark Dugdale — Should I Hire A Bodybuilding Coach?
WATCH: Table Talk with Mark Dugdale — Should I Hire A Bodybuilding Coach?

It may be tempting to put your entire trust in someone with experience, but there are a few things to consider first.

The Five Factors of Being Stage Ready
The Five Factors of Being Stage Ready

After back-to-back-to-back wins, Mark Dugdale is sharing his methods for making sure he is stage ready on show day.

Contest Prep Aftermath: Reverse Dieting and Training
Contest Prep Aftermath: Reverse Dieting and Training

In this first installment of the three-part series, let’s dig into the rationale behind reverse dieting and why it is so important for not only your growth as a competitor but your long-term health.

5 Key Lessons From Contest Prep
5 Key Lessons From Contest Prep

Stepping on stage is reserved for a special breed of lifter, but the lessons you learn from competing apply to all training goals. Here are the things my rookie bodybuilding season taught me.

Understanding Self-Sabotage — Too Legit To Not Quit?
Understanding Self-Sabotage — Too Legit To Not Quit?

There are legitimate reasons that sidetrack us, and there are situations where we want to find an obstacle so we don’t have to work. Do you know the difference?

Whiny Physique Competitors, Let’s Get Something Straight
Whiny Physique Competitors, Let’s Get Something Straight

It occurs to me that the large majority of whining is coming from physique competitors. Apparently no one has been honest with you up to this point.

Quit Blaming The Judges
Quit Blaming The Judges

I’m getting tired of hearing words like “politics” thrown around to scapegoat a lost competition. Yup, it’s rant time.

Carbohydrates and Cortisol Control: Rediscovering Passion
Carbohydrates and Cortisol Control: Rediscovering Passion

Now that I’ve found solutions to many of my own problems, I’m faced with a new challenge: helping my IFBB coach out of a lengthy retirement.

Don’t Get Guru'd! 3 Expectations Every Client Should Have of Their Prep Coach
Don’t Get Guru'd! 3 Expectations Every Client Should Have of Their ...

Contest prep, if misguided, can leave you mentally and physically depleted with no interest in returning to the stage. Don’t let this happen.

Welcome to the Post-Show Gates of Hell
Welcome to the Post-Show Gates of Hell

Terrible things can happen after a show. I’ve seen shingles, illness, and weight rebound. If your protocol is intelligent, you can avoid all this.

The Repercussions of Poor Training Habits
The Repercussions of Poor Training Habits
Two smart tips that support why you're V-taper may look more like a U-taper.
Dave Tate Takes Control of Mountain Dog Training
Dave Tate Takes Control of Mountain Dog Training

Dave drags an exhausted two-week-out John Meadows and his zombie ass through a back training session.

Julia Ladewski: NPC Junior National Championships
Julia Ladewski: NPC Junior National Championships

When I did my last show a couple of weeks ago, I SWORE that it would be my last.

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