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The Optimal Program™

Q: There are so many programs out there, every one of them claiming to be the “best” or “optimal” program. I am so confused, and it often makes me randomly jump from one to the other just to make sure I don’t miss out on anything. How do I know which program to follow – are there any basic principles I should look for?

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At a crossroads

This has been on my mind for a while and it is time to get it off my chest.

In previous years I would coach maybe 1-3 competitors at a time for fitness/bodybuilding competitions.  Placings would be anywhere from 1st to 4th. Pretty good, I think – but in people’s minds this is what happened: When they won, the competitor got all the credit – when they lost, it was because I was a lousy coach. Just one of those paradoxes I have accepted and come to terms with over the years. On top of that I have competed myself (bodybuilding) and never done well, and “how can someone who can’t bring himself into top condition be a good coach for others”? Some outstanding logical reasoning skills being displayed in that sentence, but I digress.

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Female Fitness Contest Prep

A normal contest prep for a male bodybuilder is usually in the 10-12 week range – but if you stay lean year-round (something I recommend) you can probably get away with half that. It doesn’t need to be all that complicated. Drop carbs, up the protein and add some daily treadmill or stepmill sessions of 30-60mins. Throw some fat burners in the mix. Rinse and repeat until lean.

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Myo-reps in English

Welcome to my new blog. I thought I would start off with an article I wrote a while ago, first published at www.mountaindogdiet.com, the site of an awesome coach and my good friend John Meadows. For those of you who followed my previous blog at www.myrevolution.no/blade – I will do my best to update more often with some new insights or just plain craziness.

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