Bodybuilder Hunter Labrada rose to prominence in the IFBB Pro League with a shocking combination of muscular detail and mass. In a recent video on YouTube, Labrada talked about the benefits of incorporating standardized forms to effectively measure progress over time.
Hunter, son of bodybuilding icon Lee Labrada, made headlines as a Men’s Open competitor after scoring gold at the 2020 Tampa Pro. The victory earned him an entry into the 2020 Mr. Olympia contest where he placed eighth. His next appearance saw him dispatch the competition and win the 2021 Chicago Pro. He finished the season with an impressive fourth-place finish at the 2021 Mr. Olympia.
Labrada pushed into the latest 2022 Mr. Olympia looking to solidify his place in title contention. However, he was unable to deliver a strong performance. He wasn’t named in the first call-out and dropped down to the seventh. A month after the result, Labrada expressed his disappointment about missing the mark last December. He laid out his plan to compete in two shows with the intention of securing an Olympia qualification.
The 30-year-old detailed the changes he made to his diet and training routine last month. He showed off his huge build in an insane physique update where he weighed 280 pounds fasted. Labrada highlighted the need to maximize his peak this year. He believes preparing for two shows will help him in the long run with presenting his best on stage.
Last month, Labrada inspired his followers to incorporate A/B split variations in their workouts. He recommended the technique for pushing past plateaus in overall progress. He gave fans a look into his full day of eating and supplement intake during the off-season earlier this month.
Labrada educates his fanbase on different topics related to bodybuilding with spare time. About three weeks ago, Labrada gave his take on whether it’s better to weigh your food raw or cooked. He stressed the importance of staying consistent regardless.
Hunter Labrada explains the benefits of standardizing form
In a recent YouTube video, Hunter Labrada shared his thoughts on standardizing form to track progress more effectively.
“What do I mean by standardizing form? I don’t just mean having the bench set on the same pole every single time or doing it off of a peg on the prime machine,” said Labrada. “What I mean by standardizing form is you’re paying attention to absolutely everything. You’re paying attention to your body positioning, how your core is braced, your points of contact on whatever exercise you’re doing. By standardizing your form, you’re truly able to record your progress.”
“It’s very hard to measure your quantifiable progress if you don’t have your form standardized.”
In addition to staying consistent with form, Labrada urges others to keep a detailed history of progress in the gym.
“The main thing is the tempo in which you’re lifting. So once you have your actual form standardized for an exercise, you need to pay attention to standardizing the tempo in which you’re performing the reps.”
“By standardizing not only our form but our tempo, I get back to where we’re truly able to quantifiably measure our progress. For those of you that track of your work, this is exceedingly important. For those who don’t track, it’s going to make your training a whole lot better. You’re going to have better form on everything, better reps on everything, and subsequently, your progress is going to be a lot faster.”
Hunter Labrada shared two important lessons about meal timing and frequency to maximize gains two weeks ago. He believes daily nutrition is paramount and suggested spacing meals out between two and four hours. He later followed up with additional tips on building weak legs with intensity techniques.