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We all know about pre-contest dieting, but what happens after the house lights dim and the specter of hunger appears?
Completing strict contest prep can leave you craving cheat meals and slacking at the gym. Use these tips to turn contest-prep fitness into an everyday fit lifestyle!
Bodybuilding.com presents the 2013 Arnold Webcast. Missed the live webcast? Don't worry - get complete replays right here for a limited time!
Kim Buck wins women’s pro bodybuilding while Gennifer Strobo takes pro figure.
What are the symptoms and treatments for post-competition blues? Post-competition blues is a serious issue. Most people go into their first competition not even being aware of it. Learn what you can do right here.
What are post-contest blues? It's not uncommon to ride a rollercoaster of emotions following a bodybuilding, fitness or figure competition. Here are a few causes and tips to fight back the unhappiness. Try them now!
Watch Fitness Couple and NPC Competitors Chris LaCascia and Tracy Guarino, as they prepare for the 2007 Muscle Beach Bodybuilding and Figure Championships on Memorial Day Weekend! THIS WEEK: Post Contest!
The intake of junk food for multiple days following your pre-contest diet plan will result in several severe reactions... See how binge eating post contest can mess up your metabolism! Bonus: Ten easy steps to control bingeing.
My competition prep is over and now it is show time. Here I will talk to you about what I did and how I felt during the day of the show. I will also include my plan following the contest. Check it out!
How can a bodybuilder stay lean in their off-season? Learn what these forum members do to keep the fat gain to a minimum while trying to gain as much muscle as possible. Read on...
Where has Dino been and what has he been doing? Dino gives us a very descriptive account of the past two years and what he has planned for the future. Included is a letter to Mr. DeLuca, CEO of Bodybuilding.com. Check it out!
We recently had the privilege to cover the 2005 NPC Florida State Open and Masters Bodybuilding and Figure Championships at the Marina Civic Center in Panama City, Florida. See how the contestants did!
It has been almost one year since my last competition, but I will not be competing this year. Instead I will be resuming my online training journal as readers are still responding to it from when I was a teenager.
You cannot contest diet year round! Everyone realizes a week or two after competition, that we are not as lean and hard as we were in the photos from our contest. Learn what you need to keep those post-competition blues away.
I've been reflecting on the 2004 United States ANBC Championships that took place here in my hometown. Read about a natural bodybuilder that competed head to head with those who are not so natural.
Another season is near complete. You have reached for the moon and, at a minimum, have landed among the stars. Are you ready to do it again? If so, how will you prepare? What will you do better next time? How can you be better next time?
I did a total of five contests in seven weeks and overall I was very happy with my performance. I hit my peak well almost every week...
Everyone I talk to has a different concept of how to get from offseason to stage. Find out how to keep your hard earned muscle while dieting for a contest!
Bodybuilding is alive and well in Panama City, Florida as thousands of fans discovered at the Edgewater Beach Resort Convention Center on April 10th...
Off-season contest preparation consists of numerous aspects of bodybuilding: nutrition, cardiovascular training, mass building, research, and psychological recuperation. Learn how I prepare for contests in the off-season.
Find out what I did to when the contest and what happened the day of the show!
You heard me right, Bakhtier is the 2002 light-heavyweight class winner of the Border States Classic and middleweight class winner of the Tournament of Champions.
Many early bodybuilding contests also involved evaluating the personalities and public speaking abilities of the contestants, who would talk briefly on stage in addition to showing off their physiques. Learn what the difference is between NPC judges and IFBB!
On October 5th of this year, I competed in the North American Strongman Society's (NASS) North America's Strongest Man competition. It was the national championship for amateur strongmen and it was held in St. Louis, MO. Weight classes went from 175lbs to Super heavyweight (300+lbs).
Especially when your life revolved around preparing for a bodybuilding contest for 15 weeks and you don't place as well as you would have liked.
At one week out I'm holding steady at about 191 lbs. By the end of the week after I carb deplete I should be around 187.
Despite the fact that I was chosen over four incredible bodybuilders at Idaho's first professional show, I'm more determined than ever to put on more muscle. Here's how!
The blistering heat outside was evidence enough that it was NOT Christmas morning, but a day full of events even more exciting.
Will's class got up on stage for prejudging; I sat within the first couple rows video camera in hand, as usual!
For me, the precontest preparation was nothing short of a roller coaster ride! I started out preparing to do this contest about 9 months ago.
From the 4:00 AM cardio training, the all protein diet to the after work extreme training and the posing practice, Will's focus was on the "win" was apparent to the end.
Well, I did it; I put it all on the line at the 2002 NPC Mr. New Orleans. I entered a weight class that consisted of 4 great bodybuilders. I was the lightest, as predicted, but I was far from being the least best man in the extremely tough class. I placed second in the Open Lightweights at the show. Here is what happened along with tons of pics!
Now that my contest is over, I have to make a new plan of attack. Here are some things that all bodybuilders should think about when deciding what to do with their future. These tips will help you make never-ending gains.
If you've ever wondered what happens on the day of a bodybuilding contest for a competing bodybuilder, then listen up. It is really one of the longest days you'll go through, that is, if you dieted right and conditioned yourself correctly.
M iami South Beach Florida! This is the place to be for spring break. However, don't rent a car, there is no where to park and it can be ridiculously spendy. Plus, be sure to have a roommate to split the cost for a room, because hotel rates are outlandish!
Burnout is a potential mental nightmare for any competitive bodybuilder. It can turn a competitor who was once positive, happy and focused, into a negative, depressed and withdrawn grouch. How do I know? Because I've been there.
Here is what happened, how I placed, and how I felt about it. Get ready to learn the sad truth about politics in bodybuilding. Pictures included!
So I was finally there, college. It was time to see what I was made of mentally and physically. Keep in mind I go to college in St. Petersburg, FL and I am less than 5 minutes from the beach so having a good body is kind of key.
As we exited the Lakewood Auditorium, I felt a strong sense of accomplishment as well as confidence. I knew in my mind that my next stop was the INBF Eastern U.S. Championships, a WNBF pro-qualifier, in only two weeks!
Like a flash it's over and I can hardly believe where all the time went. Although, during the entire contest preparation phase, I sometimes dreamed when I'd be back to a less rigid lifestyle.
On July 7th 2001, I competed in the NPC Mr. GA Junior division. I originally signed up for the Collegiate Division but later found out at the weigh-ins that I would be the only competitor in this division.
I've just returned from the 2001 Mountain States Natural Bodybuilding Pro-Qualifier, held at Roy High School located just outside of Ogden, Utah. In preparation for the show, my wife and I made a "plan of attack" so to speak.
Since my 9th article, "It's Show-Time!", I have competed in two events. On April 7th, I competed in the Ohio Natural in Lakewood, Ohio and placed 1st in the middleweight class and 2nd overall.
On April 14, 2001, I competed in my second professional show. The show was the 2001 NGA Heart of America Professional Championship, held in Peoria, Illinois.
Guess what? It's time for my contest synopsis. I know everyone's been waiting to read this and I won't keep anyone waiting much longer. Ok....maybe I'm going a bit overboard but at any rate, here it is in full form.
The article you are about to read was an entire log of my latest competition on 17 March 2001. It was the 2001 NPC Northern Kentucky Bodybuilding Championship sponsored by Beverly International of Cold Springs, KY. 110 competitors participated in the show.
September 16th marked the day for the Northwest Muscle Classic held in Portland, Oregon (a Pro-Qualifier for the overall winner). It was also my twelfth bodybuilding competition in the eight years I have been involved in this sport.
So you've put on slabs of muscle, chiseled it down with a hardcore carb, rotation diet, practiced your posing, slaved away on the stationary bike for hours on end, shaved every last hair on your body (well almost), tanned as if you were a mile from the sun, painted your entire body, and generally driven every person close to you an inch from insanity.
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