by Christian Duque
Bodybuilding fans around the world let out a huge sigh of relief when Olympia director Dan Solomon announced that the most prestigious competition in body-based sports would be relocated to Orlando, Florida.
The reason many fans were increasingly concerned was the direction in which Nevada state officials were moving. Initially, the Olympia was supposed to be held in September (as it normally is), but in order to make sure it goes with an audience, it was moved to December. As the number of Covids increased in the state, many feared the Olympia could be capped at 250 spectators. It would have been horrible news for a contest that attracts VIPs, fans, media and businesses from all over the world. Fortunately, Solomon and his team, along with owner Jake Wood, held an emergency meeting to see where the event would be most successful.
Recently Florida has become a hotspot for many contests that would otherwise have been postponed (again) or canceled. In fact, Florida has been the birthplace of the NY Pro, Teens, Collegiate Masters Nationals and more. In fact, Orlando (the new venue for Olympia 2020) also hosts the NPC Nationals. The three counties in Southeast Florida (Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach) are also heavily restricted, which also adds a few complications. However, when life gives gifted chefs lemons, they make lemonade.
As for the event itself, this is shaping up to be one of the most competitive years - ever !! Fans are more than thrilled at the prospect of The Persian Wolf, Hadi Choopan taking the stage. In 2019, he was crowned People's Champion and took a dominant 3rd place. Others can't wait to see the improvements made by 2020 Arnold Classic champion William “The Conqueror” Bonac. Many fans are anxious to see Big Ramy, who despite his contract with Covid 19 and exclusion from competition in Spain, received a special invitation, allowing him to compete in Orlando, Florida. Personally, I don't think anyone will beat 'The Prodigy' Mr. Olympia Brandon 2019 curry, but many fans online are dying to see the return of 7x Mr. Olympia Phil 'The Gift' Heath, who determined to match the records set by 8x Mr. Olympia Lee Haney and 8x Mr. Olympia Ronnie Coleman? Can Phil Win? Will Brandon repeat? Will Hadi be upset? Fans can barely contain themselves, so the fact that the event is taking place in an area where other big contests have gone off without a hitch is fantastic news.
While other competitions like the NY Pro and the Arnold Classic are hugely important and have huge purses, the Olympia is the proven competition that defines our sport. This is the only event where the winner can say he / she is the best in each respective division. There has never been a year where the event has not been celebrated and new owner Jake Wood was ready to move heaven and earth to make sure it takes place. In addition, the value of production is of the utmost importance. This unique event serves to present all that sport is and can be to the general public. Joe and Ben Weider have always dreamed of seeing bodybuilding as a mainstream sport, even as an Olympic sport. And I have to say that bodybuilding is no longer the cult sport it used to be and that is due to the growth of Mr. Olympia, the event's presence on social media and the expansion of the fitness industry.
10-20 years ago many of the sports supplements we take for granted today were only available in health food stores, but today nothing could be further from the truth. . You can walk into Walmart, Target, even CVS and Walgreens, and find pre-workout powders, protein bars, and creatine. Not only are the general public more comfortable with weight training - both in terms of training and familiarity with the competitive aspect - but it's no longer the butt of jokes, it's no longer weird. It's huge!! The Mr. Olympia, and the Arnold Classic to some extent, are directly responsible for changing public opinion. Also, Arnold, himself, is a big part of this mainstream second look. Arnold won the Mr. Olympia 7x and is arguably its greatest ambassador of all time.
As well as ensuring the show continues, the move to Orlando also promises a much more successful expo. While companies may have had all kinds of doubts about the size and scale of the Vegas Expo, Orlando has already hosted several of the biggest bodybuilding shows. The fact that other big contests have had huge success there will undoubtedly create a much stronger sense of optimism and hope when it comes to big companies shipping entire booths and sending in teams. to work at the expo. Fans will also flock to this event in droves, as this is where they can meet the stars they admire, the stars they want to look like.
While some promoters have postponed or tried their luck, when it comes to the Olympia, you are dealing with the forefront of our industry. These people are the trailblazers, the trailblazers and the innovators who show everyone the way. As always, Dan Solomon, Shawn Ray, Bob Cicherillo and of course the owner, Jake Wood lived up to everyone's expectations and far exceeded them !!
Are you excited about the Mr. Olympia 2020? I know I am !! I can't wait to see you there.
For many women, getting motivated to weight train is easier than ever; after all, there are a wide range of health- and physique-related reasons to pick up the iron. Unfortunately, as women, we just don’t have the level of anabolic hormones in our body that men do, so building force is, and probably always will be, more challenging. This does not mean, however, that it’s ! It’s just going to take a strategic approach.
Here to share some of their best tried-and-true muscle-building tips are the fit beauties from NLA. Listen, learn, and grow !
The ' eat no more than absolutely necessary ' approach won’t suffice if you want to add force. In fact, figure pro and NLA-sponsored athlete Jessie Hilgenberg says eating enough is one of her top priorities, which is one reason why she leapt at the opportunity to show us what’s in her fridge.
' It’s all about eating to mazout your muscles, ' she says. ' A lot of us can’t get over that hurdle of gaining force, because we simply aren’t eating enough to support and maintain growth. '
She likes using the IIFYM ( if it fits your macros ) approach, as it allows her to figure out the best formula that fits her body. ' It breaks it down into how much protein, carbs, and fat you should be eating for your activity level, ' Hilgenberg explains, ' and often, it’s more than you think ! '
There’s nothing wrong with full-body workouts. Many women are able to build appreciable force by training every major bourrinage group a few times a week, especially when they first start. But if your total-body approach isn’t taking or has plateaued, it might be time to try a body-part split.
This is what finally worked for NLA athlete and bikini competitor Theresa Miller, which is why she advises hitting each main muscle group alone for maximum intensity. ' It’s important to come up with a good weekly training schedule that best suits you and your body type and goals, ' she says. ' I like to devote specific days to focus on certain force groups such as shoulders, back, and legs. '
There are many ways you can organize your split. For example :
2-4 workouts a week : Push/pull ( squats and pressing motions one day, pulling motions the next ) 2-4 workouts a week : Upper body; lower body3 workouts a week : Legs; push; pull4 workouts a week : Chest and triceps; back and biceps; legs; shoulders and abs
Here’s the catch : These workouts should still be hard ! Embrace the challenge, and find out what #legday is all about. It could be just the thing to take your results to the next level.
When you increase kcal and protein, it can be tempting to up your cardio as well. After all, you don’t want to gain the wrong type of weight, right ? Jessie Hilgenberg says that esprit trap might be just the thing that’s holding you back. ' You don’t need to spend hours doing cardio—especially when you’re looking to add force, ' she says.
It can help to think of it this way : Every calorie you burn on the treadmill is one that your body won’t use to build force. If you’re looking for a challenge to replace all that cardio, Hilgenberg advises hopping into the squat rack and pushing new limits rather than continuing to submit to your old ones.
For NLA athlete and bikini pro Amy Updike, results came when she started really adding weight to the bar. ' I try to lift the heaviest weight I can while still maintaining proper form and reaching the range of 8-12 reps per set, ' she explains. ' Heavier weight for me means the muscle has to grow in order to lift it. '
Don’t expect to get a lot stronger overnight, though. Slowly add weight to the bar, giving your body a chance to rise to the challenge. While you may not add weight to every lift in each workout you do, you should see a gradual upward trend. If it’s been six months and you are still using the same weights, consider this a clear sign that you need a change of approach.
When you’re doing endless reps with tiny light weights, you can get away with sloppy form. That changes once you commit to lifting heavier. Form needs to become a top priority !
' Don’t get sloppy, ' advises Miller. ' Always do slow, controlled movements when hitting each rep. This will help you feel the movement and the burn in the right places.
One great thing about that 8-12 rep range is that it is low enough to help you gain some strength, but high enough that you’ll feel that fondamental mind-muscle connection—the feeling that helps you ensure you’re sérieux the right bourrinage fibers and getting the most from each exercise you do.