“There’s more to this bodybuilding thing than getting jacked and tanned,” 3DMJ Ep. #203: The Unexpected Ways Bodybuilding Makes You Stronger

What is the deeper learning that can come from healthy relationship with bodybuilding? Lifting weights consistently, learning the skills that allow us to push hard, to be organized and committed for years at a time, to play the long game, these are some of the wins that can transfer from bodybuilding to the rest ofContinue reading ““There’s more to this bodybuilding thing than getting jacked and tanned,” 3DMJ Ep. #203: The Unexpected Ways Bodybuilding Makes You Stronger”

#TBT: “Is there a place for me?” 3DMJ Podcast #195: Is Natural Bodybuilding Viable?

Why are folks drawn to extremes and what can we do to make bodybuilding, an extreme sport, a little healthier? I explore these ideas, and what I suspect are some of the gender differences that add nuance to the conversation, in this post about the folks at 3DMJ discussing the viability of natural bodybuilding. IContinue reading “#TBT: “Is there a place for me?” 3DMJ Podcast #195: Is Natural Bodybuilding Viable?”

#TBT: “The middle ground that we tend to avoid,” 3DMJ Podcast #183: The Habits of Highly Effective Preps

I love bodybuilding; I hate diet culture. How do I square that circle? How can I connect with a culture that is all about totally superficial, physical features while abhorring societal norms that narrowly define acceptable bodies? My discussion of the strategies and philosophies of bodybuilding prep diets can give you a window into howContinue reading “#TBT: “The middle ground that we tend to avoid,” 3DMJ Podcast #183: The Habits of Highly Effective Preps”

YouTube Round-up, mid-March

Bert wants us to evaluate the physiques of some semi-nude dudes from 10 years ago. Ok, I love this video, but like (nearly) always, I’m so wishing there was another version with some ladies included as well. I’ve been a fan of bodybuilding as a sport for a long time, and in this video, BertContinue reading “YouTube Round-up, mid-March”

YouTube Round-up, late February

Alan wants us (by which I think he means men and male-identified people) to avoid the allure of taking exogenous hormones and learn how to progress by improving our training. (Honestly, it’s super-funny, but the joke lands a bit flat for me as someone who isn’t in the primary population of potential steroid users.) TheContinue reading “YouTube Round-up, late February”

“Is there a place for me?” 3DMJ Podcast #195: Is Natural Bodybuilding Viable?

If there weren’t a drug-free bodybuilding community out there, I don’t think I’d ever be comfortable calling myself a bodybuilder, even a recreational one. I’m a pretty straight-laced person. I drink a mug of coffee in the morning; I enjoy some chocolate. I take my prescription medications and a few over-the-counter things like NSAIDS toContinue reading ““Is there a place for me?” 3DMJ Podcast #195: Is Natural Bodybuilding Viable?”

“The time with family and friends, that’s more important,” Chasing the Physique’22 #5, 3DMJ Godfather Contest Prep

Are you joining me in keeping up with Jeff’s contest prep this year? (Here’s links to discussions of one and two.) I have to say, I’m really enjoying watching the week-to-week progression of the work. And from all appearances, Jeff has a healthy relationship with bodybuilding and food, and there’s been nothing too cringy soContinue reading ““The time with family and friends, that’s more important,” Chasing the Physique’22 #5, 3DMJ Godfather Contest Prep”

“I don’t want to be bothered with that,” 3DMJ Podcast #192: Surprise Bonus Q&A with Brad & Jeff

How do you lose bodyfat without tracking? This episode of 3D Muscle Journey is a “surprise” Q&A episode with Jeff and Brad, and about halfway through the episode, they tackle the above question. They give some advice that I agree with–that folks need some kind of structure, that they need to have some general awarenessContinue reading ““I don’t want to be bothered with that,” 3DMJ Podcast #192: Surprise Bonus Q&A with Brad & Jeff”

“My body will tell me,” Chasing the Physique ’22-Ep 2 (3DMJ Godfather Contest Prep)

This week’s 3DMJ Godfather contest prep video, in addition to more soothing images of Jeff Alberts lifting calmly and with intent, includes some thoughts on how to manage aches and pains during training. He mentions some specific exercise substitutions he keeps in his back pocket for when his body gives him feedback that something needsContinue reading ““My body will tell me,” Chasing the Physique ’22-Ep 2 (3DMJ Godfather Contest Prep)”

“What’s the point if you’re not having fun?” Chasing the Physique ’22-Ep. 1 (3DMJ Godfather contest prep)

What gets you to go back to the gym day after day? What pushes you to finish the long sets, complete your assigned programming, and push yourself to new levels? It’s so common in the fitness world to talk about motivation like it’s this mythical, physical thing like buried treasure–what to do if we haveContinue reading ““What’s the point if you’re not having fun?” Chasing the Physique ’22-Ep. 1 (3DMJ Godfather contest prep)”