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By IFBB Pro Josh Wade

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People think peak week is when they should be suffering and getting that final bit of fat off and that’s where so many mistakes are made.

Q: You were always onstage in great condition, which not everyone can do and even in doing multiple shows in the same year you never seemed to miss your peak. How do you maintain that level of condition through so many shows?

A: That’s a great question and one I get asked quite frequently, which boils down to consistency. First thing is, I do have a fast metabolism but that doesn’t mean I haven’t trained it to be that way. I believe frequency of feedings is the best way to keep metabolism elevated and also help keep you satiated so you don’t get so hungry you self-sabotage and binge eat. I’m very meticulous on my portions and meal timing which is the best way to keep metabolism elevated, but also helps you track how well things are working. If you’re not doing the same things day in and day out, how are you really going to know what is working and when you need to make a change? I’m very blessed that my wife prepares all my meals down to the gram to make sure I know exactly what I’m taking in, therefore I know when things need to be adjusted to make sure my body keeps changing.

A huge component to how you start a prep is to make sure you stay in good shape during the off-season as you slowly but constantly try to increase calories to keep metabolism elevated and get calories high enough that you have plenty of wiggle room when bringing calories back down. If you don’t start a prep with calories high enough, you won’t have enough to pull down without your metabolism adapting and hindering fat loss. Through a meticulous off-season I’m able to reduce calories slowly during prep and never have to crash diet, so I’m able to preserve any new muscle tissue that I accumulated during the “off season” or building season. Until newly acquired muscle tissue matures, it will be the first to go if calories get too low and your body wants to catabolize muscle tissue to preserve life. Your body will try to burn muscle instead of fat if protein and calories aren’t high enough – that’s why a lot of times you’ll need a high-carb or high-calorie day to give the body a break if metabolism slows down, and why a good coach is useful to notice those signs because it’s not just constantly lowering calories that will get you to that final shredded look – there has to be balance and partially tricking the body to respond the way you want it to, especially if people don’t have a good off-season and come into prep with calories too low.

As anyone that has ever prepped for a show or tried to get in the best shape of their life knows, you must plan ahead. You must have meals prepared in advance to pull them out when it’s time to eat or you’ll get too busy and start missing meals or eating what you want instead of what you need to. So, plan ahead or prepare to fail!

I think the term “peak week” is overrated and misunderstood. People think peak week is when they should be suffering and getting that final bit of fat off and that’s where so many mistakes are made. I’m a big believer in being ready for a show early and then using the final week leading up to a show “peak week” to find your best look of fullness and shape while letting the body rest from heavy weight training and cardio to not cause any unnecessary stress or water retention so it has a fresh look and not run down. The final week is not trying to pull rabbits out of a hat and making magic happen when you aren’t truly lean enough.

Cardio to Preserve Muscle

Q: When do you do cardio and how much do you get up to before a show?

A: I follow the same approach as most people out there and do my cardio in a fasted state when blood sugar levels are at the lowest point in the day. I normally don’t do cardio in the off-season because I’m ingesting a lot of calories to grow and I don’t want to burn those calories off doing cardio when I need to use them to recover from my weight training, which is intense. With that said, I do advise a lot of clients to continue with fasted cardio a few days a week to keep their metabolism elevated if they have a hard time eating the necessary calories to build – and also it really helps keep your hematocrit levels lower so blood doesn’t get too thick by keeping blood circulating. That’s why a lot of runners have lower hematocrit.

So, when I start a prep usually around 14 weeks out, I add in cardio gradually starting around 30-35 minutes three to four days a week upon rising in a fasted state and almost always just doing medium-intensity steady state, which for me is 3.5-3.7 MPH at an incline of 3-5 percent on the treadmill. The most I’ve gotten up to is 50 minutes, six days a week. Some people need higher intensity to shed fat off like intervals or stair climber, but I don’t usually advise that and when I have done intervals in the past, I’ve sacrificed size for condition and now I’ve found what’s right for me.

Everyone is different but again, you shouldn’t have to bust your ass on cardio and whittle down your legs from extensive cardio sessions if you stayed in better off-season shape and gave yourself adequate time when prepping for a show. It boils down to planning to succeed in anything in life!

Josh’s current pre-, intra- and post-workout stack:

• Pre-workout: ½ scoop Carbion+, 1 scoop Impact Igniter Xtreme

• Intra-workout: 1 scoop Carbion+, 1 scoop Aminocore, 5g Creatine, 10g Glutamine

• Post-workout: 2 scoops Isoflex (Chocolate Peanut Butter), 10g Glutamine


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Failures in Business: The Unseen Stepping Stones to Success

Equally significant is the need for businesses to remain vigilant about broader shifts in both domestic and global markets. Macro factors, whether they’re economic trends, geopolitical events, or emerging global challenges, can have profound ripple effects, impacting even the most niche industries. By staying abreast of these larger market dynamics, businesses can better anticipate risks, adapt to challenges, and capitalize on new opportunities. In an ever-globalizing world, the ability to navigate both the nuances of one’s immediate market and the broader global shifts is what separates thriving enterprises from those that falter.

TACTICAL Takeaway: Stay sharp and monitor your industry’s trends. When things shift, being ahead in understanding consumer habits offers you the flexibility to adjust and succeed. Things can change rapidly and the sooner you have insight into consumer behavior changes, the more opportunities you have to pivot.


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The sports nutrition industry is an interesting, fast-paced vertical where what’s old can quickly become new again but also what worked yesterday likely won’t work tomorrow.

It might seem counterintuitive, but it’s spot-on. Take creatine as an example. It hit the shelves in the early 1990s and quickly became a hit. Yet, a decade later, its demand had waned. Jump another decade to today, and it’s back more popular than ever.

TACTICAL Takeaway: The key for businesses is knowing when to go all-in on a product and when to ease off, as it’s the ever-changing consumer market that truly drives demand.

Never Rest On Your Laurels

Just because something “has always worked” doesn’t mean it’s going to continue to work (or continue to work as efficiently).

In the dynamic world of business, the saying “never rest on your laurels” holds more truth than ever. What propelled a company to success yesterday might not necessarily be the formula for its tomorrow’s success. Market demands, technological innovations, and consumer preferences are in a perpetual state of evolution. While a particular strategy or product might have been a game-changer at one point, there’s no guarantee that it will remain relevant or effective in the future. This inherent unpredictability underscores the need for adaptability and forward-thinking in any business endeavor.

This reality pushes companies to be proactive, always forecasting and adjusting to the next potential shift. Relying solely on past successes can lull businesses into complacency, risking obsolescence in the face of changing tides.

TACTICAL Takeaway: To remain competitive and relevant, businesses need to cultivate a culture of continuous learning, innovation, and agility. In essence, the past can inform and guide, but it’s the vision and readiness for the future that will determine enduring success.

Embracing The Journey

To any entrepreneur reading this: the road to success is rarely a straight one. At times, it may seem like every decision leads to a dead end. But remember, every misstep is an opportunity to learn, grow, and pivot.

The trials you face in business are not meant to discourage you. Instead, they are meant to shape you, refine your vision, and improve your strategy. As the age-old adage goes, “smooth seas do not make skillful sailors.” It’s the challenges that will arm you with the experience and resilience necessary for long-term success.

So, the next time you face a setback, remember that your next big success could be just around the corner. Embrace failure as a part of the process, learn from your mistakes, and continue pushing forward with a renewed sense of purpose and determination.

Lastly, don’t forget to enjoy the journey. With so much time spent working and navigating challenges, it’s essential to find joy and have fun along the way.


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Negativity Is a Losing Mindset

By Marc Lobliner


‘A good coach can change a game. A great coach can change a life.’

I coach my son’s U11 football team. I am just the line coach, but the dudes who coach with me are also in the same mindset as I am.

Positivity wins.

Let’s start off with last weekend’s game.

It’s 0-0, the opening kickoff is a short one and we fall on it.

You can hear our coaches getting our kids fired up and getting the offense ready for play. POSITIVE statements. A lot of “Let’s Go!” and energy.

On the other sideline, you hear the coaches angrily yelling at their players for the execution of the kick.

First play from scrimmage, our line makes every block and opens the outside for our running back to score.

You hear their coaches furiously yelling as we celebrate.

We celebrated and our fullback punched in the extra point.

After the kickoff, our defense held them to four and out. We got the ball again, touchdown. Extra point good.

14-0 in two offensive plays.s

Their coaches were still mad. Angry. Yelling.

We smiled, encouraged our kids, and ended up with a 42-0 mercy-rule win.

Our players are awesome, but not the biggest, not the fastest, not the strongest.

It’s all about culture and what you’re playing for.

We demand a lot of our athletes. Learn your plays, DO YOUR JOB, and we will win.

Every Tuesday after we win, I buy my linemen doughnuts and give them to everyone, telling them that a random lineman (changes weekly) said everyone deserves doughnuts. We don’t punish every mistake with extra running and up-downs. We focus on what we do RIGHT, and not what we do wrong.

The other game one of my linemen got called for a hold. He came off the field expecting to be scolded. I put my arm around him and said, “What happened?” He explained it and then I said, “You’re better than that guy, you don’t need to hold. Show the world how dominant you are!” He didn’t get one call the rest of the game and crushed it.

This is also my management style at work. Managers are usually garbage. You can do 1,000 things right and you mess up once and your manager attacks you.

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Employees typically respond better to positivity, and numerous studies have found that positive reinforcement and a positive work environment can significantly improve employee motivation, performance, and well-being. Here are some reasons why, supported by various studies:

Increased Productivity: According to a study conducted by the University of Warwick, happiness led to a 12% spike in productivity, while unhappy workers were 10% less productive. The research shows that human happiness has large and positive causal effects on productivity.

Better Decision-Making Abilities: Research from the University of Pennsylvania’s Positive Psychology Center found that individuals who were induced to feel positive emotions were better at problem-solving and making decisions than those in a neutral state.

Boosts Creativity: Positive emotions widen attention and allow people to think more broadly and openly. This is discussed in the “broaden-and-build theory” by Barbara Fredrickson, which suggests that positive emotions broaden an individual’s momentary thought-action repertoires.

Enhanced Team Collaboration: A study from MIT’s Human Dynamics Laboratory found that teams that communicate effectively, with members actively reaching out and connecting with all other team members, were more successful. Positive interactions contribute to this dynamic.

Reduced Employee Turnover: According to the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), a positive work environment and culture encourages employees to stay longer in their jobs, thus reducing turnover rates. This is KEY at where our staff has mostly been there for 5+ years!

Better Health & Well-being: A study published in the Journal of Applied Psychology found that positive work environments and low job stress are linked to better health outcomes for employees, which in turn can lead to reduced absenteeism and increased productivity.

Increased Engagement: According to Gallup, workers who are engaged and have high well-being are more likely to be attached to their organizations and are more productive.

Enhanced Learning & Flexibility: Research in the field of positive psychology has shown that positive emotions can facilitate adaptive thinking and flexibility in cognitive processing. This helps employees adapt to new situations and learn more effectively.

Higher Levels of Satisfaction: A study by BrightHR found that happiness is a key indicator of job satisfaction. Happy employees are more likely to report high levels of satisfaction with their jobs than those who report low levels of happiness.

Creates a Positive Feedback Loop: A study published in The Journal of Positive Psychology found that experiencing positive emotions leads to higher levels of resilience, which in turn leads to increased positive emotions. This positive feedback loop has a myriad of beneficial effects in the workplace.

How about parenting?

Same thing. PRAISE YOUR CHILD! Make sure they know you love them. While bad behavior should be addressed, be sure to also reward good behavior. Kid had a good day at school? Get him ice cream! Tell him you love him. Say you’re proud of him.

As my mother said, “You catch more flies with honey than with crap.”

And one can’t deny the lifelong impact of a good coach. As the sign in the office says, “A good coach can change a game. A great coach can change a life.”

Be positive and be a winner!

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