Category Archives: Guest Blogs

Sasha’s Glute Transformation Story

Sasha’s Glute Transformation Story
by Sasha Ann

I have been bodybuilding for almost 2 years now and I love it! Although I’ve come a long way in that period of time, it took a lot of hard work, dedication, failures and successes. When I first started training at my local gym, I was only familiar with the “sculpting” and “toning” workouts that were seen in fitness magazines. My diet consisted of processed foods that were advertised as “low-fat” or “healthy” frozen meals. I was working out consistently, doing aimless amounts of cardio and afraid to lift heavy in fear of looking too muscular.

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From Wannabe to the Platform: My First Powerlifting Competition

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From Wannabe to the Platform: My First Powerlifting Competition
By Kellie Davis

“I think that’s it. I’m done,” I said to my then nutrition coach Alan Aragon after placing 4th in a natural figure pro-qualifier back in 2011. It was my third year competing and I had reached a burnout point. I walked my orange-stained plastic heels over to the trash, tossed them in, and listed my handcrafted bikini online for resale.

I was completely satisfied with my decision, but restless with anticipation for my next event. As a competition-driven person, I started chasing other goals. I dabbled in the idea of sprinting, only realizing that my schedule didn’t allow for that type of intense training. I found myself constantly reaching for something, but nothing would ever stick. I turned that drive toward my career and school instead.

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Your Own Personal World Records Are The Only Thing That Matter

Your Own Personal World Records Are The Only Thing That Matter
By Charles Staley

When I was still relatively new to lifting, I can remember thinking how incredible it must be to break a World record in sport. I remember in particular watching former Soviet weightlifter Leonid Taranenko break the clean & jerk World record in the late ‘80’s with a monstrous 586-pound effort.

Fast forward to today, and despite decades in the gym, I’ve come nowhere close to breaking any kind of World (or even National) record in any sport, but I can tell you that I have achieved things that I never would have thought possible for myself, and these achievements have brought me tremendous satisfaction, as well as continued motivation to continue my favorite pastime. A big part of why I’ve done as well as I have is that I’ve always been laser-focused on bettering my own “PR’s” (personal records) in the gym.

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The Glutes Can Take a Beating

The Glutes Can Take a Beating
By Chad Waterbury

Bret and I recently had an insightful, hour-long discussion about training more frequently. It’s no surprise that the topic of glute development came up. Bret, as you already know, can pontificate about the glutes more than anyone else.

Sometimes I even hesitate to bring up the subject with him because I know that the next 10 minutes will consist of him outlining the research and experience he’s accumulated, and I won’t get a word in edgewise.

Of course, that’s not a bad thing – unless you have to take a piss. Luckily for me, I was dehydrated that day.

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