Category: Training

Wendler’s Building The Monolith – Day 1

It’s the “off-season” and that means it’s time to gain some size! I’ve been using Wendler’s 531 for the past 6 weeks and have had some nice strength gains, but it’s time to ramp it up and start some serious hypertrophy training and eating. I’ve been priming my body for a good offseason since the…

Training and Diet Update

531 receives a lot of criticism from the hardcore powerlifting demographic, but I find it can compliment a bodybuilder’s goals nicely when switching from a hypertrophy dominant, high frequency/volume approach. First and foremost, progress is dependant upon progressive overload. While this can be achieved in a number of ways, there’s few more satisfying to a…

Fortitude Training – Muscle Rounds – Upper Body Emphasis – Danny Padilla Part 3

After the 1980’s Olympia debacle that saw a totally out of shape and outclassed Schwarzenneger scooping near perfect scores and winning the title for that year, it was clear that there were behind the scenes forces steering and even mandating the outcomes of physique contests.  Arnold’s victory so soured the competitive experience for many pro competitors that they simply…

Fortitude Training – Day 3 Muscle Rounds – Danny Padilla the Most Screwed Over Bodybuilder of All Time?

I read Book 1 of Part 3 of Randy Roach’s excellent “Muscle, Smoke and Mirrors” series a few weeks ago, but have been going through it again to collect some notes for a future write up and review. The book details the craziness, conspiracies and chicanery that transpired not only behind the scenes but also in…