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Brandon Hendrickson Outlasts Large Field To Win Arnold Men’s Physique

In a hard-fought battle, a new champ emerged in this fledgling category at the 2016 Arnold Sports Festival.

Brandon Hendrickson of Bartlett, Illinois, outlasted a field of nearly 40 competitors to win the Arnold Classic Men’s Physique for the biggest win of his three-year career in the IFBB Pro League. Hendrickson received congratulations from Arnold Schwarzenegger, $ 5,000, a Tony Nowak official champion’s jacket, and the champion’s trophy from Eric Hillman of Europa Sports Products and Eric Torgerson of EAS.

The remainder of the Arnold Men’s Physique top six:

  • Second place: George Brown of Columbus, Ohio received $ 2,000 and a trophy from Jan Tana and MHP.
  • Third place: Jason Poston of Dallas, Texas, received $ 1,500 and a trophy from Blackstone Labs and Muscle & Fitness.
  • Fourth place: Ryan Terry of England received $ 1,500 and a trophy from Lone Star Distribution and Optimum Nutrition.
  • Fifth place: Andre Ferguson of Selden, New York, received $ 1,000 and a trophy from Scitec Nutrition and Rule One Proteins.
  • Sixth place: Raymont Edmonds received $ 500 and a trophy from VPX and Black Skull.

Photos courtesy of Arnold Sports Festival (Dave Emery). Articles

Modern Physique Program Overview

You can either shape your body, or let yourself be shaped. Choose to tell a story. Choose to build your Modern Physique.


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Throughout human history, a man’s body told the story of how he spent his days, and what he did to survive. It was shaped by his surroundings, his needs, and his accomplishments.

You may have never met an ancient warrior, a nomadic hunter, or a laborer from the industrial revolution. But his story is still your story.

The men of the past hunted. Fought. Worked. Built. Muscle was their armor. It channeled his power through metal and stone. It was how he built his life, and protected everyone else’s.

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Today, a man’s body still tells a story—of a choice. Does he take inspiration from those who came before him, or wither before their challenge? Does he believe greatness is a thing of the past, or something that is still available to him?

You, the modern man, can choose to do nothing. You can let yourself be shaped. Or you can shape yourself and be strong, defined, athletic, aesthetic.

A man’s body says who he dreams of being, and what he’s willing to do to make it happen. Define yourself. This is the Modern Physique.

Make your history

What is the modern physique? Looking back at history, people didn’t train like we do today. There weren’t gyms to train in. Throughout most of history, people had physiques that were based around the jobs they had. It’s only been recently, in the last 100 years or less, that we’ve been able to choose what type of physique we want to have.

Today, people are more physique-conscious than ever. If you walk into any gym, it’s probably full. There are people doing biceps curls, people doing leg extensions, people working every type of muscle to its breaking point. Really, what they care about is their physical appearance. And that’s not bad. But there are more reasons to get to the gym.

There’s mobility. There’s strength. There’s power. There are multiple facets that need to go into a training program for it to be well developed. These layers of fitness are what set the modern physique apart.

Throughout most of history, people had physiques that were based around the jobs they had. It’s only been recently, in the last 100 years or less, that we’ve been able to choose what type of physique we want to have.

The Pillars of the Modern Physique

In this program, I’m providing you with eight weeks of training, nutrition, and supplement guidance. Your dedication to this program will take you from where you are now to that modern physique we all want.

I’ve developed this program so that each person will create a modern physique through eight pillars. They are:

  • Symmetry: This is similar to aesthetics. How balanced are you? Is your physique one-dimensional, or impressive from all angles?
  • Strength: Can you move a heavy weight safely, or do you just look the part?
  • Power: Can you make your muscles work together and express their strength quickly?
  • Flexibility/mobility: Are you a functional human being, or are you basically a muscular mannequin?
  • Endurance: Can you last in your workouts, sport, or life, or do you end up on the floor?
  • Muscularity: Have you put in your time to build quality mass? Do you have shape, or just size?
  • Definition: Are you lean enough to show that your diet is on par with your training?
  • Athleticism: Does your hard work in the gym carry over to other activities you care about?

I know these pillars work, because I use them in my own training. They’ve helped me build physique I have today. Each Sunday during the program, I’ll explain how the program will help you build one of these pillars.

I’m so excited about this trainer because it provides the opportunity to train in more than one method. You’re not just doing hypertrophy work. You’re not just training for strength. It’s about being a complete modern man, using what we know about training and nutrition to be better in all forms of fitness.

If you follow this program, supplement smart, and eat right, you’ll be stronger, you’ll be more explosive, you’ll have better symmetry and shape, you’ll be more muscular, you’ll have better definition, and you’ll be an overall better athlete.

There’s No Time like the Present

Where you go from here is up to you. If you’re ready to join me, make sure you watch the training overview and the nutrition overview to get everything you need to succeed.

Follow along every week to see each of my eight videos explaining the pillars of the modern physique. Also, track your program on BodySpace, and feel free to hit me up on Instagram or other social media with any of your questions. Just tag me, tag, and use the hashtag #modernphysique.

This is your time. Define yourself!

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Modern Physique: Week 1, Day 5 – Upper Body and Cardio

Shoulders, back, chest, and arms—every bit of your upper body gets some work today. Don’t even think about cutting back. All this work is necessary to a modern physique!


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The giant set is a tough cookie, especially because it includes the close-grip bench press. Your front delts will feel annihilated. To do one, perform 10 reps of a regular dumbbell front raise, then 10 reps of a dumbbell lateral raise, and finish with 10 reps of a bent-over rear-delt row. All four exercises together equal one giant set.

On the dumbbell movements, select weight that you don’t have to put down. Your limiting factor will probably be the lateral raises. Trust me, you don’t have to go very heavy to feel serious burn.

Day 5: Upper body and cardio />
Giant set:

Close-Grip Bench Press

3 sets of 15-20 reps (Leave 2 in tank first 2 sets, go all-out on third.)

Close-Grip Barbell Bench Press Close-Grip Barbell Bench Press

Front Dumbbell Raise

3 sets of 10 reps

Front Dumbbell Raise Front Dumbbell Raise

Dumbbell Lateral Raise

3 sets of 10 reps

Side Lateral Raise Side Lateral Raise

Dumbbell Rear-Delt Row

3 sets of 10 reps

Dumbbell Rear Delt Row Dumbbell Rear Delt Row
Note: Rest 2 min.



3 sets of 15 reps

Pullups Pullups

Single-arm overhead dumbbell shoulder press

3 sets of 15 reps

Dumbbell One-Arm Shoulder Press Dumbbell One-Arm Shoulder Press
Note: Rest 2 min. between supersets.

Gun show: Fail in the 6-rep range


Barbell skullcrusher

3 sets of 6-8 reps (4-count eccentric)

Lying Triceps Press Lying Triceps Press

Barbell Curl

3 sets of 6-8 reps (4-count eccentric)

Barbell Curl Barbell Curl
Note: 90 sec. rest between all supersets.


Alternating dumbbell Hammer Curl

3 sets of 6-8 reps

Alternate Hammer Curl Alternate Hammer Curl

Dumbbell skullcrusher

3 sets of 6-8 reps

Lying Dumbbell Tricep Extension Lying Dumbbell Tricep Extension
Note: 90 sec. rest between all supersets.


Dumbbell Preacher Curl

3 sets of 15 reps (1-sec pause at top)

Two-Arm Dumbbell Preacher Curl Two-Arm Dumbbell Preacher Curl

Triceps Push-down

3 sets of 15 reps (1-sec pause at bottom)

Triceps Pushdown Triceps Pushdown
Note: Rest 1 min. between supersets.


Spin-bike sprints

10 rounds, 20 sec. work, 1 min. rest.

Bicycling, Stationary Bicycling, Stationary
Note: Add resistance for sprints, turn down resistance for 1 minute, but keep moving.

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