Video: Classic Battle - Bernardo Costa and Courage Opara
Where would we be without competition? In the bodybuilding world we would have never had Franco vs Arnold, Lee Labrada vs Lee Haney, Ronnie vs Jay or Phil vs Kai Green.
The point is that competition brings out the best in all of us. We all have an innate desire to beat the next guy and be left standing as the champion.
Bernardo Costa is making his classic physique pro debut at the Battle fo Texas this December. Courage Opara, an established pro with a top 3 in the Arnold Classic and 2 top 10 placings at the Olympia is planning on competing at the same event. They link up with us to document the whole competitive process.
Bernardo and Courage follow different training methodologies with OVERLOAD as the core principle. Here is their push workout (chest, shoulders and triceps).
Machine chest flys: 3 x 15 (not to failure)
Incline Dumbbell Press: 2 warm up and 3 x 10-12 reps
Hammer shoulder press: static weight - 3 x 10-15 reps
Dumbbell Laterals: 3 x 10-15 (last set is a drop set)
Cable pushdowns: 3 sets x 15 reps
Bodyweight dips: 3 sets x 10-12 reps