Is Bikini Competition For You?

By Evina Del Pizzo How often have you seen a friend—or someone on your social feed—talking about competing in bikini and thought to yourself, “I could do that”? Let me tell you, it’s probably not true. I speak from experience. Back in 2010, the Hawaiian Tropic pageants, which I was incredibly proud to have participated in, were coming to an … Read More

Tempo Training: Follow the Beat!

By Evina Del Pizzo As you may have noticed in my previous posts, I talk a lot about workout tempo. In most of my workouts, I make sure that I am contracting the muscle in a specific tempo that will give me the most for that muscle from the range of motion—for example, using a four-count on an eccentric move … Read More

Ectomorphs: Growing Lower Body Curves

By Evina Del Pizzo What’s often the most stubborn, annoying, muscle group to train for hardgainers? That’s right—the lower body. While everyone else wants those skinny legs with a gap between them, the kind you’ll often see on fashion models, hardgainer trainees yearn for the thick thighs with high glutes.  For competitive bikini/physique athletes, it’s the look that will enable … Read More

Iso-holds: A Secret Weapon for Building Upper-Body Bikini Curves

By Evina Del Pizzo What’s the best workout for building nice, full but chiseled arms? My mentors usually gives me a quick look and giggle when I ask that question. Mostly the answer has been, “Time and consistency.” Looking back on what I’ve learned about training for my ectomorph body, it was partly the right response—not just time, but time … Read More

Hardgainer Myth: No, You Can’t Eat Everything!!

By Evina Del Pizzo One of the biggest struggles I’ve had my whole life has been with food. With sports requiring me to eat more, and fashion modeling requiring me to eat less, I couldn’t help noticing that food was the common denominator affecting my weight. There’s a big misconception about the way ectomorphs eat. People think that we have … Read More