Archive for the ‘bodybuilding’ Category

March 7th, 2016

How Classical Bodies Are Made: The Return of The Golden Era Physiques, With a Modern Twist

The good old days of bodybuilding… when every boy and man marveled at the physiques of Arnold Schwarzenegger, Franco Columbu, Frank Zane, Lee Haney, Samir Bannout and other greats of the 70’s and 80’s. These men were legends and were revered by some almost as gods. The old school bodybuilders were ambassadors of physical culture and beacons of inspiration. They motivated generations of fans to start lifting weights and strive to become their best selves.

December 13th, 2015

How Long Should Your Workouts Last?

How long should your weight training workouts last? 30 minutes? 45 minutes (that’s a common “rule” you hear). 60 minutes? Or does it take two hours or more to build any real muscle size (in his books, Arnold Schwarzenegger said he trained at least that long). And what about the research that says your cortisol climbs and your testosterone tanks after 45 minutes of lifting?  What if you’re super busy and don’t have a lot of time? Is it even possible to get a good workout in 30 or 45 minutes? These and many other training time questions are answered in today’s Burn the Fat Blog Ask Tom Q & A …

December 30th, 2014

Bodybuilding And Fitness Advice To My Younger Self

Suppose I could send a letter back in time. The letter is from the 46-year-old Tom of today, a grizzled veteran, with 25 years in the sport, lifestyle and business of bodybuilding and fitness. The letter is to the 21-year old Tom, a recent college graduate, just won his first competition, enthusiastic, full of dreams, but perhaps not exactly enlightened through experience yet.  With the benefit of hindsight being 20-20, what advice would I give to the younger me?

July 16th, 2014

30 Things I Learned From 30 Years of Bodybuilding

I started training in the early 1980’s and right from the start, I was engrossed with the bodybuilding style of training and eating. I think it’s always valuable to take time for reflection, and realizing this year that I had accumulated 30 years of training experience (including 28 competitions as a natural bodybuilder), I thought you would enjoy a post on my “lessons learned” that might help you in your own fitness endeavors, and hopefully help you shave a few years off your learning curve. I hope you find it helpful (and in parts, entertaining… so don’t take it all too seriously )…

April 25th, 2014

Body Part Split Routines: What Are The Pros And Cons?

There is no single best split routine or weekly training schedule for building muscle, despite what all the muscle-building “gurus” want you to believe. You can build a lot of muscle with a variety of different training splits. In fact, it’s possible to build a lot of muscle with no split at all – full body workouts have their place, especially for beginners, for time efficiency and for “back to basics” strength training. If all the conflicting advice from training gurus has you horribly confused about how to set up your weekly training split, look no further than today’s Burn the Fat Blog  Q & A post…

December 9th, 2013

Is Bodybuilding Unhealthy?

Many people look at bodybuilders with their chiseled physiques, low body fat, six pack abs and glowing tans and immediately think they are the picture of health. I certainly believe that bodybuilding is a healthy endeavor, in fact, I know it is, at least the way I practice and teach it.  But lately, a shocking allegation has been made on the internet more and more often: Some writers are saying, “Don’t be fooled by outside appearances! Bodybuilders are not healthy and bodybuilding competition is not healthy.” I’m here to set the record straight on this claim, for the bodybuilding community and for the entire health and fitness world.

November 7th, 2013

Bodybuilding Nutrition: The World’s Most Balanced Eating Plan?

If I said that bodybuilding nutrition is the most balanced,  flexible and fun way of eating, some people might think I was crazy. I mean, aren’t bodybuilders notorious for eating bland foods (aka “bro foods”), restricting calories to “castrate” levels and even sacrificing their social life (never eating at restaurants, and so on)? Nope… those are all myths. These things may have been partially true in the past, but the reality today is, the modern style of bodybuilding nutrition really is the most balanced type of eating plan, as well as the most effective. Anyone who wants more muscle and less fat, along with greater strength and better health, with fewer rules and restrictions should check this out…

August 24th, 2013

The Secret To Living To 120 With Strength And Health

The average lifespan in the U.S. is now up to 78.7 years (81.2 for women vs 76.2 for men) according to the latest data. We are already living longer, and with advances in medical care on the horizon, lifespan is expected to increase even further. In a recent Pew survey, most respondents said they would like to live longer – but only about a decade more. The median response for the desired lifespan was age 90, with a normal range being seen as 79 to 100. The big surprise was that most people did not want to live to 120 or beyond…

April 8th, 2012

Rise Of The Physique Artist

There’s a hot new trend taking over the fitness industry like wildfire, and the great news is, it’s not some new fad program that will die off in a few years. In fact, this rising trend is not new at all. It’s been time tested and proven to continue producing the best looking physiques for over half a century. Now that’s an impressive track record that cannot be ignored! The trend is Physique Training and it’s now more popular than ever, which should not come as a surprise to anyone. After all, the concept involves “Training for Looks”. The same “Look” that draws your eyes to the cover of a fitness magazine, causing you to daydream about looking phenomenal in a swimsuit.

October 5th, 2011

Classic Physique Training is Back (Even Though It Never Left Us)

Could you develop a more visually stunning body with decades-old classic physique training than any “shiny new” workout you’ve been pitched online or on TV today in 2011? Since the internet boom around Y2K, you’ve probably gotten  hundreds of emails trying to convince you that a “new breakthrough” in training has “revolutionized” body transformation. BULL PUCKY!