MY APPROACH TO CONTEST/PHOTOSHOOT PREP
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No, but really. I will delve completely into this subject in a blog on my website soon. But here are some very basic tips. -
First off, give yourself enough time to change. You can’t prep for a photoshoot in 2 weeks, or really even a month and make any big difference, outside of some water retention. It’s just not gonna happen. For a photoshoot, I’d say 2 months minimum, and for a contest, 12 weeks minimum depending on where you’re at with body composition. -
Secondly. Don’t do anything drastic. Make small, gradual changes to caloric intake and/or cardio. This way, you can back off if your body responds negatively without losing any ground and reduce the impacts of said negative effects. -
Don’t completely cut a macro nutrient out. Sorry if this rustles some jimmies (actually I don’t care), but cutting carbs completely is out-dated and unnecessary. It works, sure, for a week, 2 weeks maybe. Then your body adjusts and metabolism slows to adjust to the nutrient deficiency. Carb cycling can work as long as you know what you’re doing. That kind of approach takes a lot of experience and knowledge of your own body. In my opinion you can get the same results with a gradual caloric deficit and moderate cardio provided you enter your contest prep at a respectable body fat percentage. For a shoot, you better be pretty lean already. Once the camera starts going, that’s it. So schedule shoots a couple months away UNLESS you’re already close to shoot shape, which you should be if you’re considering a photo shoot. -
Aim to be ready 1.5-2 weeks out of the contest. This way, you coast into the show, no worries, no “peak week” nonsense. If you do your homework you don’t have to cram for the exam, right? Same concept. All these “peak week” strategies risk ruining a package you worked many weeks to achieve. Don’t risk it, come in ready in advance. Cutting water/sodium manipulation is best left to PROVEN pro coaches who know their clients’ bodies thoroughly. Personally, I’d cut water at 6-7 PM the night before and then sip the day of. - 21 days ago