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.
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.
Successful people not only have physical talent but the mental fortitude to believe, execute, and endure. The missing link between being good and being great is a champion mindset. Derek Lunsford, the 212 Mr Olympia runner up, is known for living each day with passion and forward focus. Read more about it in his latest article “Life Motivation” and get an inside look into the mind of one of bodybuilding’s elite.
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.
Passion is a general love for what you do. It’s what wakes you up in the morning and what you think about as you fall asleep. Far too many people live their lives for the dollar bill or what is convenient, rather than their true passion. Read more as Derek Lunsford dives into the topic in his latest article “Find Your Passion.”
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.
Every champion has dreams. They are the sole reasons why we put our bodies and minds through this turmoil. Dreams consist of smaller goals which lead up to the final destination. Read on as John Jewett shows us how to set goals for our dreams in his newest article.
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."
When we were children, we drank milk. But in the bodybuilding world, milk catches a bad rep. How and why did this change in opinion happen? IFBB Pro and Registered Dietitian John Jewett dives into the topic in his latest article “The Dairy Conundrum.”
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."