Wow – the time is flying by!
I’ll be on stage this August 18th, a little less than two weeks from now. This is what they call ‘crunch’ time and any room I had to wiggle in my diet or training is gone. I have to be 100% focused or I run the risk of not looking how I want.
Believe it or not, I think that right now I’m the best I’ve ever looked! Which means I expect to show up on contest day with the best conditioning I’ve ever had. When I was in my 20’s and competing, I always noticed that the competitors in their 30’s and even older always looked better than the young guys. Their muscles had more density and overall it seemed that the time they had spent in the gym had a cumulative effect. Well guess what? I’m that guy in his late 30’s now! 38 to be exact. It’s going to be a very interesting experience this time around.
And in true Angry Trainer fashion, I’ve changed up some key components of my diet and workout. First, I still use 2 scoops of GNC Live Well AMP 60 whey protein twice daily – once post workout and once as my last meal of the day. I also still use 2 servings of Re-Power BCAA’s twice daily, once in the am and then on an empty stomach before bed. So those two things haven’t changed.
What has changed is my diet plan – I’m back on a Keto diet for these last 2 weeks. So I’m eating primarily fat and protein with just a bit of leafy greens at each meal. The Keto has gotten a bad wrap in recent years but if you’re healthy, it’s one of the best ways to lose fat quick. I felt that after following a Paleo diet for 8 weeks that my body needed a new stimulus to resume fat loss. I’m already very lean so getting to the next level is going to take a bit of bullying on my part and a new stimulus.
I’ve also changed my cardio plan. I am now performing twice daily H.I.T.T. sessions of about 30 minutes each. My exercise of choice is sprints because I can do them anywhere and you know what? It’s working! I’ve dropped even more fat using this diet and cardio combo. I expect that in the next two weeks I’ll lose another 5 pounds and be ultra shredded. And while I’ve been training solely with resistance bands for over 2 months, I did just one workout with free weights to see where I was at strength-wise. I couldn’t resist the urge – I was curious to see if my strength had changed. I’ll save the details for a post contest article but suffice to say I was a beast in the weight room! 100 pound dumbbells? No problem! 115 pound biceps curls? Surely you jest! I’ve lost no strength at all and as I’ll explain – I’ve got even stronger from my band use!
I’ve been getting lots of comments from clients, friends and even fellow gym goers who are amazed at how much my body has changed. I know you can’t notice all of the subtle differences in the pictures I’ve posted, but trust me they’re big. I have striations in many muscle groups and you can actually see twitching muscle fibers in some muscles – it looks very cool. And surprisingly enough, I still feel great! In years past I remember feeling miserable and lethargic when preparing for a show. This time around I’ve had a few bad days, but overall I have awesome energy every day and my workouts have been amazing.
Okay – heading into the home stretch now!
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