As I sit here reminiscing 2016, and visualizing my success in 2017, I can’t help but look back at all the ups and downs I have had. I’ve seen the highs and lows and how each experience has molded and sculpted my life for a specific reason. Every single obstacle, every single success was a stepping stone to where I stand today. So much has been accomplished, yet so much more is still out there to conquer.
2016 was a year that was designed to make me or break me. I faced a lot of personal battles that could have easily thrown me off my game, but yet I managed to grind thru and learn from the adversity. 2016 was a setup year. It was year of growth and hard work where I didn’t get to reap the benefits to the fullest. A lot of hard work with not a lot in return but the lesson that was learned was that patience is key; that is what I was able to take away.
I had a lot of things that challenged my character and I was put infant of a lot situations that would cause most to turn their back on their goals. But that’s not who I am, nor who I was brought up to be. My circle has gotten smaller as my name has grown bigger. The distractions have climbed but my self-discipline has as well. No longer am I a kid where it’s okay to “mess up”, as an adult we have to make calculated and educated decisions because as an adult a single choice can change your life in a blink of an eye.
2016 I felt was my time to make a statement. 1 win is an accomplishment, but some say was a gift. 2 wins impacted the industry, but left some saying it was a fluke. 3 wins was a statement that left people eating their words. I have worked my ass off since I can remember. Always being told I was undersized, always being told I was the underdog.
My first contest in 2012. Only took 7th place, but I learned to eventually take advantage of my Rebound during off-season!
Imagine this: You just stepped off the stage of your competition. Your adrenaline is pumping. The energy in the building is electric.
All the work you have put into your diet and all the hours in the gym have culminated into your body looking the best it’s ever looked.
You’ve consumed what seems like an endless stream of chicken breasts and egg whites. In the gym, every rep, set, and workout has created the body you now see in the mirror.
But once you walk out the doors of the competition, your off-season begins. There are no more bright lights or cheering crowds in the near future. Just you and your body.
Some guys take this period as a time to let loose a bit and let their mind and body adjust back to living a “normal” life.
Others decide that they want to beat all of those other guys in the next competition and stay committed to maintaining the condition of their body.
The only question is: which one are you?
In my time training to be a 3x Olympia Physique World Champion, I’ve seen guys make a ton of mistakes immediately following a competition.
Below I’ll talk about 3 major mistakes to avoid while rebounding so you can become a true champ. I talk about how to make the most of the 3 weeks immediately after your competition in my new ebook: Rebound Like the Champ.
Mistake #1: Taking Off During the Off-season
Here’s a quick note – I HATE the word “off-season” to describe this time of year. When he was playing, people would comment how Michael Jordan would always come back from his off-season with new moves they had never seen before. That’s because Jordan knew the off-season was the best time to GROW his game.
It’s the same with bodybuilders.
For me, I’ve discovered a key element:
Building your chest THE RIGHT WAY is the most direct and effective path.
When you maximize your chest output, it becomes the first muscle group people visibly notice.
The famous phrase “walking with your chest out” exists to describe a powerful and confident man. People know (from experience, evolution, etc.) that a large, round, masculine chest conveys strength without even saying a word.
The problem most guys have is that their chest is either underdeveloped or developed with improper technique so it doesn’t have optimal shape and size.
I’ll see guys KILLING THEMSELVES in the gym on their chest workout, but when I see their lifts, I know they won’t get results.
Aside from using poor form and improper workout plans, they have overactive muscle groups that are totally sabotaging their lifts. In my eBook, Building a Legendary Chest, I talk about ways to activate the correct muscles, along with the proper techniques to build your best chest.
When you’re lifting, you want to fully activate specific muscles to maximize your strength gains and muscle growth in those specific areas. When the muscles surrounding your target muscle group are too tight, they will lessen the tension on your target muscles, creating less activation on those muscles. This is how some guys end up spending hours working out their chest, only to have a small chest and large front deltoids and trapezius muscles.
An overactive muscle is typically strong, short, and tight. During lifts, these muscles overcompensate and dominate an underactive muscle. It’s the body’s way of working efficiently. Unfortunately, this efficiency creates unnecessary limits on building the muscles you really want, like the chest.
But hope exists!
Releasing Overactive Muscles to Build an Amazing Chest
Ok – you’ve identified your overactive muscles limiting gains in your chest.
Do you want to know what’s next for the 3x Men’s Physique Olympia Champion? In this video, Jeremy Buendia shares his future plans for training and also the coaching workshop he’s preparing for you.
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