My Preparation for 2004 Bodybuilding Contests
Again within the day (1996-1999), I had it fairly simple preparing for exhibits, a lot to the envy of those that knew me. I might “weight loss program” by having just one Snickers a day and nonetheless be in nice form. I used to be profitable my weight class in virtually each present and taking a couple of general titles as effectively. In 2000 and 2001, I had a get up name on the Group Universe, ending no higher than ninth. Then in 2002, I had gentle success in a few NPC exhibits, however nonetheless hadn’t achieved my 1990’s-level of conditioning. I used to be now in my thirties and figured my profession was slowly winding down. After six months of mono in 2003, and no competitions, I noticed that this yr was going to be my swan track. With that mentality in thoughts, I picked two exhibits to arrange for-one in September and one in October-to go “gently into that good night time”.
The primary present could be the INBF Karen Miller Klassic in Youngstown, Ohio, on September 11. I began my pre-contest vitamin program 17 weeks out. The primary month included a cheat meal as soon as every week, which I nonetheless can get away with, as I are likely to lose an excessive amount of weight too quick (no less than that is my rationalization!). At 12 weeks out, right here is my “weight loss program”:
6 egg whites + 1 yolk
½ cup oatmeal
Eight oz. pink meat or Three scoops protein powder
7 rice truffles
6-Eight oz. wheat pasta
7 oz. rooster
Meal four (post-workout)
6 scoops restoration powder
Eight oz. pink meat or turkey
white or brown rice microwaveable bag
7 oz. rooster or Eight oz. pink meat
Now that I look again at this, I’m shocked that I ate this dangerous (comparatively talking). Nevertheless, I used to be nonetheless dropping physique fats, and continued this fashion for some time. Admittedly, my quick metabolism has at all times allowed me to get away with issues most opponents can’t do. Not this time! I had met my match. Here’s what my subsequent section regarded like:
6 egg whites + 6 oz. pink meat or Eight ouncesturkey or Eight ounceschicken + 1-2 kiwi
2 scoops protein powder + 1 scoop BCAA
10 ounceschicken or 10 ouncesturkey + 2-Three cups salad
identical as 2
10 ounceschicken or 10 ouncesturkey or Eight ouncesred meat + 2-Three cups salad
(Meal 6 when wanted)
9 egg whites
Hello Carb Meal (Mon & Thurs)
A typical day yielded round 1550 energy; 300 grams of protein; 37 grams of carbohydrates; 25 grams of fats (all values not together with dietary supplements). Properly, it labored! I used to be getting leaner by the day and ended up at 5% bodyfat the week of the competition. The Friday earlier than the present I weighed in at 184, and discovered I used to be the one lightheavyweight! At the least I received my class. I additionally ended up profitable the general. It had been a number of years since I had achieved that feat. I used to be now prepared for my subsequent present: the Pure Northern USA in three weeks.
Nevertheless, between exhibits, Suzanne, my spouse, was going to be working a marathon….in Maui. In some way, I had to determine easy methods to keep centered and disciplined for these ten days. It offered a dilemma as to easy methods to assist her and be there for her occasion, whereas nonetheless staying the course for my occasion. On a regular basis offered a brand new problem. Even easy issues like strolling the seaside would put on me out. I wasn’t a lot enjoyable. She understood, although, and I’ll at all times keep in mind the sacrifices she made on my behalf.
We arrived house with seven days to prepare for Cleveland. I used to be right down to four.5%, and had achieved the perfect form of my life (no less than as a lightheavy). I stayed on precisely the identical weight loss program between exhibits. I weighed in at 181, definitely on the backside of the load class, however was assured that I had ready to the perfect of my skill.
At prejudging, I used to be certain I positioned Third-Fifth based mostly on callouts. It was one of many hardest lessons I had ever competed towards (and this was my 16th present!). To my honest shock, I received the category by only a few factors. The general winner (Shiloe Steinmetz) definitely had me beat on pure muscle, however a number of judges instructed me that I had had the higher physique (symmetry, aesthetics, conditioning), which made me really feel good.
Another key factors:
o As talked about above, my metabolism affords me to do little or no, if any, cardio work. This yr I did carry out two days of both stair climbing, or dash/plyometric work. I like this sort of exercise, no matter an upcoming bodybuilding present. It additionally granted me the exclusion of doing direct leg work with weights for many of the contest prep.
o I’m not a proponent of dropping water, or sodium, earlier than a contest. I drank 2.5 gallons of water every Friday earlier than the present, in addition to continued to salt my meals. The one change was the addition of potassium Wed-Sat. I lose water by means of sweating, not a lot by means of dietary adjustments.
o My power coaching additionally doesn’t change till the final week. My break up seems to be like this:
o Day 1=again
o Day 2=hams/calves OR sprints/stairs
o Day Three=chest/biceps
o Day four=abs/quads OR plyometrics/stairs
o Day 5=delts/traps/triceps
o My coaching philosophy may be very instinctual, due to this fact, I by no means do the identical exercise twice in a row. In actual fact, I by no means plan any exercise, apart from the physique half(s) I’m going to carry out that day.
o I practice in a non-traditional, undulating periodization mannequin. A as soon as standard European mannequin for Olympic athletes has migrated to america and has been utilized to American athletes (though it has restricted software to bodybuilders). There are quite a few texts and articles for extra particulars on this philosophy. I’ve tailor-made the totally different cycles discovered inside periodized fashions to incorporate selection inside a exercise in addition to between exercises. With that stated, it’s unrealistic for me to stipulate a typical exercise routine, however this provides you with some concept (higher physique solely).
-¾ deadlifts four x 6
-Entrance pulldowns Three x 12
-One arm excessive pulley row Three x 10
-Excessive Hammer row Three x 20
-Incline barbell press four x 6
-Incline dumbbell press Three x 10
-Hammer decline press Three x 20
-Pec deck Three x 12
-Seated dumbbell curl Three x 10
-One arm preacher curl Three x 12
-Hammer curl Three x 15
-Seated dumbbell press four x Eight
-Seated dumbbell facet elevate four x 12
-Seated dumbbell rear fly four x 15
-Seated machine shrug four x Eight
-Behind-the-back barbell shrug Three x 15
-Seated preacher curl Three x 10
-Cable pushdown Three x 12
-One-arm dumbbell extension Three x 15
That is my low season, in addition to pre-contest, type of coaching. The one exception is that relaxation intervals lower (i.e. 60-90 seconds) significantly throughout a pre-contest mode. I have to re-iterate that the above is what I consider works for me. It has a free base in scientific idea, however greater than something, it’s grounded in anecdotal proof.
This yr has been a studying expertise, identical to yearly since my first present in 1990! As I grow old, and hopefully smarter, I benefit from the course of, the training, the problem, far more than the end result. It’s good to win, however that is just one night time, and less than me anyway. All of the weeks main as much as the competition are in my management, and I cherish every small victory alongside the way in which.
I’m undecided as as to whether I’ll proceed to compete. It’s onerous to simply “flip it off”, and practice for the hell of it! My targets now develop into extra intrinsic-just to maintain getting higher, not essentially larger. By advantage of my achievements this yr, I now have extra questions than solutions….