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 is a lot of information on how to bulk or how to cut, but not much on what to do between these two phases. Many athletes come to me for guidance during their final weeks of off-season, ready to jump into contest prep. Coming from an all-time weight high, they anticipate being at an all-time stage weight high from all the new gains they made. But this tends not to happen. Let’s look at the best way to solidify the gains in off-season as you move into a cutting/contest prep.
With the winter months approaching and grow season in mind, I want to tackle some productive things you can be doing to maximize muscle growth in the off-season. I know most people think to bust out the sweat pants and welcome the cheat days, but this is not the season for fat gain. We want to add some solid lean muscle tissue. There are several ways that you can make the most of the off-season and not let it go to waste.
Bodybuilding is, and always will be, a learning process. No one is perfect, even the top pros or the industry’s best coaches. Every athlete, at some point or another, has said “Shit, I shouldn’t have done that.” John Jewett’s latest article highlights what he has learned over the last season, how he responded, and what he plans on doing in the future to avoid issues.
Where the mind goes, the body follows. You're drastically reducing your chances of achieving your goals without the proper mindset. Derek Lunsford explains how to program your mind for success in his latest article "Change Your Mind, Change Your Body."
You've just dieted for 20 weeks straight with no cheat meals. You're fucking starving--your mind tells you to eat 15 cheeseburgers and 12 doughnuts, but your heart tells you a different story. You know that if you don't handle yourself the right way in the post show rebound, you could lose all of your hard work and you can also run into health issues. For some helpful advice on how to take advantage of post show conditions and to control weight gain, take a look at John Jewett's article "Post Contest Rebound Success vs Distress."
We diet for weeks and months on end--cutting carbs and fats down to minuscule numbers in hopes of obtaining ultra low body fat levels. The body becomes used to living this way. It is inevitable that when we start eating normally again, we will spring up quick. This "rebound" is not only common in bodybuilding, but can pose potential health problems if not handled intelligently. Derek Lunsford tells you how to handle your post show rebound in his latest article, " Rebounding From Competition."
Hamstring training is often an afterthought for many competitors, which is why a lot of people lack them. John Jewett gives you a look at his hamstring workout and explains why he chooses each movement.
Do you want those boulder-sized delts that force you to walk sideways through doors? Well, I can’t promise you that, but I can give you a solid workout that will start the process to bringing them up. Delts are the widest point of the body and, if built, they give a 3D look that will highlight the upper body from the front, side, and back. It’s rare to find someone in bodybuilding with delts that are too big because we usually believe that wider is always better. At my last show, I realized that I needed to get my shoulders as wide as possible in order to be a knock out competitor on stage. This will also give you the illusion of a smaller waist.
You have dieted for over twenty weeks. You’re now just hours away from stepping on stage. Instead of exhilaration, you get a sinking feeling. You realize you are running low on food and your veins are fading. You rummage through your bag for that last rice cake and slam it down. Time is running out. You rush to get glazed up and try pumping up for the stage. But the pump has forsaken you and your glaze looks drier than a desert. All the hard work and sacrifice was for nothing.
Derek Lunsford is currently one of the biggest sensations on the competitive bodybuilding circuit. This former college wrestler has had his share of triumphs and failures on his way from amateur to pro. Read his latest article, “My Competition History,” to see how he made it up on to the Olympia stage.