Tag: contest prep

When Not To Compete

There are always a lot of articles giving advice on how to get ready to compete for physique competition.  Competing is a difficult challenge that I like since it is something most people do not make it through, and because it really pushes this introvert outside his comfort zone to get up on stage.   I firmly believe in trying to accomplish difficult tasks because you really learn about yourself in the process.  I get asked often about advice on doing a show for the first time.  I generally love being able to help people achieve their goal, but there are some times when you have to advise people that they might not be ready for that first show.  These are the common red flags you are not ready to do this:

Good Vs Bad Coaches

In previous articles about contest prep, I have stressed why there is a need to get a really good prep coach.  Delving into that a little more, here are some guidelines to separate good vs bad coaches when considering which prep coach to use.

Contest Prep Hacks

In a blog entry I posted last week, I wrote about some of the high level things to consider (mindset, why you need a prep coach, etc.) if you are thinking about doing your first competition.  If you read that and are ready to take that step, this blog entry focuses on more practical tips to the road to a successful competition.

What Is The Best Cycle?

About a week ago, I was eating breakfast and going through my messages when I came across the following message sent to me:

“Heya, I have a question as u r a professional.  I recently moved to <location redacted> & I got:

2x Deca 300mg

2x Propionate 100mg

2x Enanthate 250mg

What’s the best way to cycle them?”

I was a little flattered that after almost a decade trying to unskinny myself, someone came across me and thought I had built a physique worthy enough to be assumed to be an expert in this.  Mostly, I was thinking what an idiot someone must be to acquire powerful prescription drugs – of any sort – and is asking some random person on the Internet how to use them.  I debated about writing about it, but chances are that there are other people that do this.  So, the advice I gave him is below.

Road To Compete: 2017

I last competed in bodybuilding in October last year.  Last year was the first time moving up to the open light heavyweight class.  After that, I took a little time off to do a lot of traveling the last two months of the year and to enjoy the holidays.  With the new year, it is time to get going again full force in the gym to make improvements.  Plans often evolve as work and life intervene or progress is moving faster or slower.  My thought for 2017 is to compete towards the end of the year (perhaps the 2017 NPC Texas State in November) in order to have a longer off-season to try to put on some additional mass.  Moving up in class inevitably means being on the lower end of the weight boundary for the class.   Additional weight would help get me closer to the middle of the weight range in the class.  So, this blog positing will be updated periodically to see how the road to compete is progressing.

Real World Advice: Contest Prep “Cheat Days”

File this under: “honest answers you don’t really want to hear.”  The answer is do not waste money on a coach until you decide you want to be serious.  Extreme results in sports take a corresponding extreme amount of discipline and effort.  Competing in any physique competition requires an extreme level of conditioning and hard work to attain it.  If you really want that look, you would do what it takes to get there and not try to find ways around the required hard work and diet needed before you even start.  Questions on fitness, diet, or even competing?  Reach out to me by commenting below, DM on Instagram (@thejackedtraveler) or tweet me on Twitter (@jackedtraveler).

So, You Want To Compete In Your First Show?

Whatever the choice of activity to get fit is, whether running, biking, lifting, swimming, etc., a small population will be taken enough with their chosen sport to want to take the challenge on of competing.  For runners, some will get the bug to prepare for and run a marathon.  For the gym rats who love lifting heavy, some will get the bug to enter a powerlifting meet.  Other gym rats will gravitate to physique competitions.  Since I get asked about the latter pretty regularly, let me share some lessons learned and advice.