Hey guys, I'm not a newcomer to the boards but I am to this section, and more importantly to the concept of prepping for a bodybuilding competition. My story isn't particularly interesting compared to some of the hardships others have had to surpass in stepping towards their desired body composition/goals. In my case, I started off fat, went to university and in my first year became really fat (by my standards), second year made some changes and lost a bit of weight (started dabbling with lifting and doing karate), third year completely fell off the fitness wagon and pretty much made no progress (stopped lifting more or less).
Over the last year and a half or so I made some LIFE changes and finally found a passion other than my studies that I can fully devote myself to: weight lifting (or bodybuilding, if you prefer). I know I mentioned I lifted before, but really, there is a difference between dabbling and immersion. At first, there was no structure and it was just a buddy and me loosely following a split and having some fun in the gym. Got in touch with Eric Helms about a year ago, and he set me up with a program that has been paying dividens since day 1. Now I've decided I was to go all the way and experience and prep for the first time. Having lurked no end of logs on this board, I can tell that some of the aspects of prepping just need to be experienced first hand to be fully understood. That is my motivation for starting this next stage of my journey - the experience - and also the goal itself. Some will say that I am not ready, but I don't really care, I FEEL ready. Time to get it DONE!
The main show I am aiming for is the BNBF Welsh Qualifier in Newport, Wales on 8 July. Depending on my progress I may do a show a couple of weeks earlier on 24 June. I was thinking about doing another show in the second half of July, but that's TBD for the moment. Officially, I am 25 weeks and 4 days out from my first show!
Here are the details of my prep so far:
As I mentioned, I'm working with Eric Helms. We had a great run together in early 2011 and the guy is soon going to be on the forefront of strength training research. Sounds good to me.
I train full body three times weekly using a routine very similar to the basic Starting Strength routine with some additional accessory work. This means squatting and pressing of some form during every workout, with the necessary accessory work to target the muscles that just don't get enough from the compounds.
For any overview of my lifts, check out my fitocracy profile: http://www.fitocracy.com/profile/Shazriki/
Not much will be changing from my current routine, some rep ranges will be played around with as the prep goes on, but the goal remains the same: maintain or progress where possible. Save those fibers!
Starting macros are 250P/250C/65F 6 days a week and 1 high day of 225P/475C/60F as a refeed. For those of you who know me, little explanation is needed about the way I handle my food, for those who don't: I dislike boring eating and try and maintain as varied a diet as possible, usually never eating the same exact thing two days in a row (aka no meal plan). This may change as the diet goes on, but I was wrecking the kitchen on much lower macros in the past, so for now I get to eat well lol.
Starting off light with MISS 2x weekly @ 400 cal burn, HIIT 1x weekly @ 400 cal burn. Any tips on interesting forms of HIIT that you guys can offer would be good, only HIIT I've done is sprints
(Disclaimer: these are actually a few weeks old now, but not much has changed and I am dealing with a little post-vacation wateriness so just give me until next weekend to get a proper set of up-to-date shots for you guys)
And that's it. I did train today but it's late so I'll update in the morning!