For over ten (10) years, I have been involved in the fitness industry. I have tested the waters for all different types of training. For the past five (5) years, my personal focus has been on bodybuilding with an ever-increasing emphasis with nutrition and dietary supplements. There is nothing that I love more than learning more about and experimenting with different diets coupled with helping people get the results they work so hard for in the gym.
After reading many “shredding” articles about competition preparations and watching a few competitions, I decided to compete. I wanted to put my knowledge into practise and experiment with techniques and diets to find out what works best. After that, I caught the bodybuilder bug and the rest is history.
I believe it is very important to reverse diet (add calories slowly) after a show. The ultimate goal of an offseason would be to build a health metabolism, maintain a manageable bodyfat percentage so when it’s time to ‘cut’ again it’s all very easy. In an offseason, I practise flexible dieting. Who wants to be chomping on dry chicken breast and broccoli 365 days of the year? Anyone that knows me knows that I love a burger and a doughnut every occasionally. If a healthy metabolism is maintained, there’s no reason you can’t enjoy them without stacking on the pounds. During preparation for competition, my diet is very regulated to all me to drop calories slowly while allowing me to maintain enough calories to insure I do not lose muscle mass. The task is very difficult, but it does get easier the more you get to know your body.
My immediate plan is to personally build a healthier metabolism while maintaining a good physique. Building a healthy social life is extremely important to me as well. In the past few years, I have gained a wealth of knowledge concerning dieting and bodybuilding. I want to help pass that knowledge and experience on to others. I see far too many unhealthy diets and habits that lead people into severe eating disorders. The sport of bodybuilding can be extremely unhealthy if not done right. I want to show people that there is a healthy was to enjoy and excel at bodybuilding without destroying hormones or metabolism.
My last show was great! I competed against, in my opinion, some of the best physiques in the country. I missed timed my foods, water and sodium protocols because the day was extremely long because my category was last and the show was running late. Having said that, it was still a lot of fun. As everyone who has competed before knows, the best part of the day was going to have a massive burger with all my friends after the competition.
When you get in amazing shape, confidence comes naturally and you want to show it off. After all that time on the treadmill, all the heavy weight sessions, and hard dieting you’re literally dying to get on stage and strut your stuff. I am neither the most outgoing guy, nor am I the most confident, but knowing I had put in all this time and effort, nerves never played a role and I just went out there had a lot of fun.
I try mix my cardio up, but my weight training stays the same year-round. In preparation, I do more HIIT training as I believe if burns more body fat for me. In an off season, I prefer to mix it up with walks on the beach or the river, or maybe some stairs, or boxing. Walking nonstop on a treadmill does not interest me in the slightest. I’m a big fan of EARNING YOUR FOOD. If you have been either, laying on the couch, or sitting at a desk all day, I wouldn’t be cracking the Nutella jar. But, if you have had a very active day, by all means, reward yourself. Never deprive yourself of earned calories: that will only create eating disorder.