Competing and Staying Healthy

There has been, in my opinion, a very welcome trend developing lately in the area of contest prep.  Websites like Siouxcountry.com and individuals like Layne Norton have been speaking up and waving their arms around trying to get people to increase their awareness of ‘metabolic damage’.  If we were looking to define exactly what metabolic damage is, it might look...
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Pros and cons of hiring an online prep coach

In the world of competitive bodybuilding – which for the sake of this discussion is the term we will use to also cover bikini, figure, and men’s & women’s physique – one thing is certain:  if you go it alone, the potential for things to suck goes way up. Most people recognize the need for some sort of guidance to...
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Strategizing for 2013

It’s all about strategy, right?  If Sun Tzu was a bodybuilder, this would be his favorite time of year.  The competitive bodybuilding season kicks off in late March – though for those of us in Asheville, the earliest shows nearby are in mid-April.  That puts the New Year as the time when many will be starting their 16-week prep diets,...
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Packing for your show

Ok – the dieting is done, you’ve completed your last workout on Tuesday or Wednesday, your peak week plan is in full swing, and you’re just about ready to take off for your show.  If the show isn’t in your home town, it’s highly recommended that you stay in the host hotel recommended by the show promoters (if the show...
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The logistical pitfalls of competing

I love my parents, don’t get me wrong.  They are awesome and have done absolutely everything for me that they could possible be expected to, and then some.  When I moved across the country from Oregon to Asheville, it was probably a bit of a shock to them as it was my first time ‘moving away’, though both of my...
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Contest divisions and your body

If you read my earlier post on the different divisions at a physique contest, you know that there are 7 total divisions – 2 for men, and a whopping 5 for women.  That’s a lot to choose from – so how do you make the best decision for yourself? It comes down to this – what’s important to you?  Men...
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The importance of posing

Quick, look at the figure competitors pictured above.  Can you spot who has spent their time practicing their posing correctly? Regardless of the division you choose to compete in – bodybuilding, physique, figure, or bikini – your posing is possibly the single most important element in determining your success. Bodybuilding, figure, whatever division you compete in – this sport is...
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HIIT it hard!

If you’ve competed – or thought about it – before, you probably know about or have at least heard of HIIT.  High-Intensity Interval Training is an exercise format that gets you working with a significantly higher heart rate.  Combined with a correctly devised and timed diet, this can be a fantastic way to get in to shape or shed those...
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