The New Shadow

IFBB Pro League athlete Josh Wade is reminding people of a physique that is similar to that of a certain Mr. Olympia.
Doug Jantz

Josh Wade was a fan of Jay Cutler’s as he was coming up the amateur ranks of bodybuilding, but he quickly saw that he was being compared with another Mr. Olympia: Dorian Yates. “I’ve heard and read how he was meticulous and detailed with his workouts,” Wade says. “I’m the same way. I’m up every day at the same time, including Sundays, so I can eat my meals. My workouts are logged for years like he did. Now people have been telling me that when I’m onstage I remind them of him.”

Like Yates, Wade is also a student of the sport and training. As a personal trainer who owns his own gym, he makes it a priority to learn as much as possible, not only for himself but also for his clients. However, he also knows the value of a coach, and that’s why he works with the “Mountain Dog” John Meadows.

“John has the dry, grainy body type like I do. I consider him as a peer review, and no one has done better at teaching me my body than he has. He isn’t cookie-cutter, either. The workouts and nutrition are for me to improve my physique onstage.”

With the Yates influence and Meadows’ guidance, Wade is preparing to take to the pro stage at the Ferrigno Legacy, where he hopes to improve on his third-place finish earlier this year in Vancouver. “I’ve never been so confident that I can win a show as I am that I can win the Ferrigno show,” Wade says (Josh placed 3rd to 2nd place finisher Cedric McMillan and winner Brandon Curry). “Obviously my ultimate goal and dream is to make it to the Olympia stage and place in the top 10. I want one of those jackets. I want to make it to that stage and do it by winning that show.”

 WADE'S LEG ROUTINE 

  • Seated Leg Curl | SETS: 6 | REPS: 10–15*
  • Squat | SETS: 6 | REPS: 8–15
  • Leg Press | SETS: 4 | REPS: 15**
  • Hack Squat (1.5 reps) | SETS: 3 | REPS: 8
  • Leg Extension | SETS: 3 | REPS: 12***
  • Lying Leg Curl | SETS: 4 | REPS: 15–12**

*Do 20 partials after last set. 

**For last 2 sets, do dropsets. 

***Hold flex for 2 seconds. 

 JOSH WADE 

 FLEX  

 

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