Preface This was admittedly one of the most difficult posts I’ve written to date. Much of it was written in my hotel room outside of Boston, two days prior to taking the stage for my pro figure debut, as I reflected on the preceding 22 weeks of contest prep. While some it may seem to… Read More Pro Show Shenanigans
Gather ’round, boys and girls, let me tell you a story. I’ll narrate, for you, in explicit detail, the first time I attempted a water cut for a powerlifting meet. Meet day was Saturday, weigh-ins on Friday. All year, it had been my goal to get my elite-level meet total- 704 pounds with my bench,… Read More My Body is Good At Many Things- Cutting Weight is NOT One of Them
Peak week- the last week before you compete, during which time you try and optimize your appearance to hit a temporary “peak” on show day- is probably the most discussed, hated, and easy to fuck up piece of any contest prep. Glycogen depleting workouts, sodium manipulation, water loading and restricting, tilapia and asparagus for breakfast because… Read More Peak Week Part 1: Input
One day out. Nay, TWELVE HOURS OUT. I’m getting twitchy as hell. My body is not a fan of the relaxing part healing process, and I may have let my massage therapist get a bit overzealous last night…against strict instructions not to let this happen from someone who definitely knows what they’re talking about…… Read More One Day Out: Carbs are Great, But Can I LIFT Now?
So there it is. I’ve completed my last heavy lifting day until Saturday, the day of my first powerlifting meet. I went in for a second session of coaching- yes, my second EVER, excepting the posing lessons I had before my March figure competition- again on bench, my weakest lift, and arguably the most complex. We… Read More Bored, but NOT Hungry: Peak Week, Powerlifting Edition
Three days out! Today was my last training day, well, technically. Today was the last day that I am actually following my lifting plan for the week. The next two days I will do short, full-body circuits with the primary goal of simply getting a pump and moving the glycogen around in my muscles, so… Read More The Carbs are a Lie: Three Days Out Reflection
It’s Saturday. That means in exactly one week, I will walk out onto the stage, ready or not. I’m leaner than I’ve ever been- yesterday I started seeing veins in my abs and in my thighs- what?! I’m always vascular, but those ones took me off guard! This week has been quite the struggle.… Read More Heading Into Peak Week