I wasn't able to find an easy list of NPC National Contests on NPC News Online, so here's my unofficial compilation. Other than the Arnold Classic and Olympia Amateur, which are open to all competitors, the other national contests require: U.S. Citizenship for all except Bodybuilding (can be U.S. citizen or legal resident alien) Top … Continue reading Unofficial 2019 NPC National Contest Schedule
Hello! It's been a while since I've posted anything. I've made the choice to wait until December to start my next prep, and so I've just been cruising for the last four months in a nice, long off-season. I reverse dieted. I got over my post-show blues. I'm doing If It Fits Your Macros (IIFYM) … Continue reading What Does Off-Season Look Like?
The human body is a wonderfully adaptive thing. Your physiological systems are built so that you survive - we wouldn't have made it this far as a species if our bodies didn't adjust well to periods of low calorie intake, like during a famine. The same physiological mechanism that allowed us to survive this long … Continue reading The Importance of a Reverse Diet
This is the side of competing that no one talks about - money. Competing gets incredibly expensive very quickly, as all of the little costs add up. I know that when I first started competing, I felt like I had to buy everything my coach recommended if I wanted to win and get as lean … Continue reading Budget Friendly Competition Prep
So many people enter competition prep and develop tunnel vision: they don't/can't plan for anything post-show because they're so focused on stepping on stage. It's understandable, and I'm guilty of this myself. Because I was so physiologically stressed out due to training all the time on a caloric deficit, I didn't have the emotional bandwidth … Continue reading Post Show Blues and Ennui | Learning How to Eat Again