Category: Contest Prep

Staying Motivated for Competition

/ Posted 11.21.2014

Q: I’ve just started to learn about natural bodybuilding, and after being a tad disappointed when coming across a lot … continue reading

Prime-Time Bodybuilding Goals

/ Posted 06.19.2014

First off, let me explain what’s been happening with me in terms of major shifts in my perspective since I … continue reading

The Finishing Exercise Myth

/ Posted 06.10.2014

Q: During the last four weeks before my last bodybuilding show, my trainer had me lift lighter weights for higher … continue reading

Switching From Bodybuilding to Physique

/ Posted 01.07.2014

Q: How was your first physique contest? Did you do anything different to prepare compared to bodybuilding? What will you … continue reading

Cut to Compete

/ Posted 12.16.2013

Q: I’m trying to get shredded like you and compete in an NPC masters 50-and-over-bodybuilding contest. My trainer suggested that … continue reading

Cardio for Contest-Condition Cuts Simplified

/ Posted 12.01.2013

Can I get ripped without doing cardio? How much cardio should I do? How intense should it be? Which machine … continue reading

First-Time Competitor at 50

/ Posted 11.24.2013

Q: I’m 50 years old, and I’m finally going to make the leap and compete this fall. I’m not sure … continue reading

My Mr Universe Contest Diet

/ Posted 04.12.2013

As I reported last month, I won my third Mr. Universe title, 20 years after my second victory—at 49 years … continue reading

Mr. Universe Training

/ Posted 03.08.2013

It’s hard to believe that I won my first Natural Mr. Universe title 20 years ago. I still vividly remember … continue reading

The Elite Trainer

Are you a personal trainer looking for a synthesis of the latest in strength-training facts, methods and programs? A guide … continue reading

Cruise to Get Huge?

/ Posted 05.07.2012

Layoffs are a funny thing. Some people rarely if ever take them and don’t feel they are necessary as long … continue reading

Contest Prep

/ Posted 04.06.2012

Q: I have a question regarding contest prep. I’m still a kid—18—but I think it would be great to get … continue reading

Building Mass Naturally

/ Posted 03.17.2012

Q: I think natural bodybuilders lose too much muscle for contests. It seems that in order to get down to … continue reading

Dehydrating the Body

/ Posted 11.08.2011

Typically I write my column based on an interesting e-mail question I have received or a question I’ve heard repeatedly … continue reading

Posing to Improve Muscle Size and Shape

Q: A friend of mine has competed in a few bodybuilding contests, and he swears that practicing his posing improves … continue reading

Awesome Achievements

/ Posted 10.03.2011

This an e-mail exchange that I had with a young bodybuilder, Michael Bevins, at Dave, your journey is truly … continue reading


Y Is an X-Frame Mandatory?

/ Posted 09.16.2011

The ideal in bodybuilding used to be to develop the most exaggerated V-taper possible. The V-taper is essentially the structural … continue reading


Motivation and Determination

/ Posted 08.15.2011

The thing that’s kept me most motivated over the years and spurs me to get into the condition that you see in this magazine is competition


Off-Season Muscle-Size Strategies

/ Posted 04.10.2011

Q: I haven’t yet competed, but I worked really hard to get lean this summer. Heading into 2011, I’m thinking … continue reading


Broser’s Rules for Success

/ Posted 04.03.2011

Q: My goal is to become a drug-free bodybuilding champion, one day earning a pro card in one or more … continue reading


Dieting and Training for Competition

/ Posted 03.17.2011

Q: I’m a 27-year-old natural bodybuilder from Australia, and I’m currently preparing for the state titles here, where I’m hoping … continue reading


My IFBB Pro Debut

/ Posted 02.01.2011

Q: I was about to write to you to congratulate you on your showing in your IFBB pro debut at … continue reading


Good Genetics

/ Posted 01.10.2011

Q: I’ve been training for four years, and I’m thinking about entering my first bodybuilding competition. Some of the guys … continue reading


Build a Better Back

/ Posted 10.16.2010

Proper technique is crucial if you want full lat development, and I see so many trainees missing the boat on this one.


Beginning Natural Bodybuilding

/ Posted 10.10.2010

When training for muscle definition, I don’t change my workout program. I still train as heavy as I can with the basic exercises.

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