Preparation is fundamental to anyone hoping to attain their physique related goals. The word “prep” has become so overused that it’s actually easy to forget that it is short for preparation. Take food prep and contest prep, for example. We set aside time to prepare food in advance. Why? Efficiency is part of it, but it’s mainly so that we can repeat day after day of proper eating with no missed or imperfect meals. The entire concept of contest preparation is based on having what you need come the day of the show: a dialed in, competitive physique. Ultimately, preparation is about having what you need when you need it.
There is often a great deal of confusion surrounding how to approach the process of getting in shape. Whether you’re starting preparations for a contest or want to get yourself in shape, the most challenging part is simply getting started. An evolving approach is best. Just as you wouldn’t go from being single to completely changing your life by moving in with someone you don’t know, I think it’s foolish to make grandiose plans to commit to a diet that is a huge departure from what you currently follow. What if that diet is just not right for you? To go from a diet that you have been following for a significant period of time, regardless of how good or bad it may seem, to one that is radically different is usually a mistake.
Intensity is one of the key components to accomplishing anything of magnitude, but especially to building a successful physique. You have to train in a way that will produce results, even when energy and calories are in serious deficit. John Jewett tells us how to approach and sustain intensity when you're getting ready for a show.
Sleep, without a shadow of doubt, is the most overlooked aspect of recovery and growth. We're talking about a deep sleep state that allows your muscles and your mind to recover fully from your day to day grind. In his newest article, John Jewett explains the importance of a good rest and why it is absolutely crucial for recovery. Tag someone who is up all night and needs this reality check.
There is a saying, "You are what you eat". However, better verbiage would be "You are what you are able to digest". Poor digestion can be a result of a host of issues which can and will limit fat loss and overall progress. Your body function will be limited even if you were 100% dedicated. John Jewett highlights the various issues that can cause GI distress and poor digestive capability in his latest article and offers remedies that can help you alleviate some of these side effects and keep your body moving forward.
Whenever I’m in the middle of contest prep, I constantly review my nutrition, training, and supplement plan. I always want to a have a solid reason behind each decision I make regarding all of these variables. I don’t want to waste any time investing in something that is not getting me closer to my goal. In this article I will take you through my current Animal supplement stack on contest prep and explain how I use each product in my plan.
There's nothing more taxing than competition prep. Sure, other sports have some extremely grueling seasons, but those athletes also get some substantial downtime in the off-season. Bodybuilding is different. This is a 24/7 gig. We monitor everything we eat and train multiple times a day while juggling a job because most of us don't make enough money doing it. What gets us through? The mind. John Jewett explains where your mind should be before, during, and after a competition in his latest article.
John Jewett is, and always has been, a technical bodybuilder. He approaches the sport with precision and a lot of thought, especially when deciding what foods to eat and what motions to perform. Read on about his contest prep training in his latest article.