In this article I will detail a typical day my life as
a bodybuilder preparing for a competition. Some details
may be left out since I don't want to bore you to death!!
Eight weeks to go before I take the stage for a competition
that I decided to prepare for two weeks ago. I start
first by making a self-evaluation. How much body fat am I carrying?
When do I need to start intense cardio? What is the proper
diet at this point? What is my competition doing to prepare?
Will they be as committed as me? Will I be committed enough?
How do I train now? Most of all, do I have what it takes to
win? All these questions constantly are revolving in my head
making it ache with pain.
I wake up each morning and my first thought is standing
on that stage. I leap out of the bed at the sound of my
alarm. It's 5:00 am. I head to the bathroom to sh**, shower,
and, shave (in no particular order). I then get dressed.
After putting on my clothes, I grab my gym bag that I
careful packed the night before. As I head down stairs for
breakfast, I mentally itemize each of the items in my gym bag
so that nothing is left behind (shorts, tank, shoes, socks,
radio, gloves.....). Once I'm downstairs, I begin to
prepare the first meal of the day. It's 5:30 am. Meticulously,
I measure each portion of meat (chicken, turkey, beef), eggs
whites etc.. as it conforms to the diet I have decided to
pursue. Hmmmmmm.....tastes so good after fasting all night
long. Next, its time to take the first supplements of the day
(multi-vitamin, protein, thermogenic etc.) The last thing
is a cup of coffee to drink (I love coffee!!) during the 25
minute drive to the office. I also grab my pre-packed lunch that
I prepared the night before. Out the door by 6:00 am!!!
I arrive into my office and log on to my computer by 6:30
am and start down the list of tasks I recorded in my
organizer. The hours go by and I begin to lose that "rush"
that set me out of the "blocks" this morning like a bullet.
I start to feel the hunger from the diet cravings already.
I constantly check the clock on my computer, as I slave
away, anticipating that second meal of the day. Each minute
seems to take an eternity until finally its 9:00 am!!! Time
to eat. I rush to the break room, grab my packed lunch
and remove the Tupperware containing 9 oz. tuna with 3 egg whites
I prepared last night. For dessert, 1 sliced grapefruit or
tomato depending on my mood that day. Hmmmmm....delicious
I murmur as my mouth begins to water. I rush back to
my office to eat. I begin to eat slowly and savor each
and every bite, trying to control the urge to wolf it all down
at once. Hmmmm...tuna never tasted sooooo goooood! At the
end of the meal, I take my protein, dissected liver, and
multi-vitamin with water.
The mid-morning meal energized me for the remainder of the
morning and again, as I sit diligently in a meeting with
a customer, I start to feel the insatiable hunger I have
not gained tolerance for yet. It is much more pronounced this
time. I start to almost smell that baked chicken waiting
for me in my packed lunch. It's been delicately seasoned
with barbeque mesquite. A whole 8 oz. portion is sitting there
waiting for me!!!! Finally, the meeting concludes and I wrap
up my last minute notes. Pleasantly, I bid "good day" to my
customer and head for the exit. I have a look of focused
determination on my face. Some interpret the look as
"He's late". I am late, but for my 12:00 noon meal!
It's 12:10 before I realize it. When I make it
back to the office, again, I head to the break room and
grab the 8 oz. chicken container and slam it into the
microwave. I only need to heat it since I baked a
huge batch on Sunday evening. I also grap a 4 cup
container of salad. I prepare the salad with 2
tablespoons of Cider Vinegar. "Ding", the sound is
heard as the microwave is done. I grab the chicken,
salad and rush to my office. On the way, I stop at
the water cooler to get some water. As I begin to eat
I enjoy the delicious aroma of the barbeque mesquite
chicken that I played in my head for the past 3 hours.
Hmmmm...another delicious meal. At the end of the meal,
I take my protein, dissected liver, and multi-vitamin
I enjoyed the lunch and soon after started back to work
re-energized. As the mid-afternoon progresses, slowly
I might add, I take mental breaks periodically and
visualize that evenings work-out. During each mental break,
I visualize myself doing a different exercise with
great intensity for the body part being trained that day.
It's so visually "real" that I almost perspire.
The final hours continue on like this. Again, I notice
that nagging feeling of hunger again and look up to find
that its 3:00. Whoooooopie!!!!! I shout in my head
and bolt for the break room for my last meal before
training. This time I'm having an 8 oz. portion of
lean beef with 2 cups salad. For dessert, sugar-free
Jell-O!!!! Also, don't forget to grab the water....I
mumble to myself. I'm beginning to feel water-logged and can
almost feel water swirling in my stomach. I heat up
the beef in the microwave and when it's done, I head
to the office to eat! This time I only have to heat it
since, like the chicken, I prepared a batch Sunday
evening. When finished, I again take my protein,
dissected liver, and multi-vitamin with water. This
time I add L-glutamine and a thermogenic before
heading to the gym. Finally, 4 pm rolls around. Another
10 hour work day done! Now, it's time to hit the gym.
Before leaving work, I make record of tasks completed and
assigned in my organizer. Out the door at 4!!!
As I drive to the gym, I again replay in my head today's
training routine. I want to make sure I waste no time
and know what I am going to attack! I arrive at the
gym and am changed and ready. It's 4:25 pm. With a
gallon jug of water in hand, it's time to "IGNITE".
My intensity is just as I visualized in my head. Another
fantastic work-out, I think to myself. So good that I finish
it by 6:25 (including cardio and abs, if done that day).
I'm starting to feel the fatigue and hunger. Time to head
out. As I head home, I try to think of a different order
of exercises to try for that body part next time.
Early Evening Routine:
I arrive home at 7pm and head straight to the kitchen.
I'm having 10 oz. of that delicious barbeque mesquite
chicken breast and 2 cups green beans or salad.
Yummmmmmmy. With dinner, I pour a glass of pink lemonade
crystal light or sometimes a can of 1 calorie Pepsi One!!!
This helps get more precious fluid into my system.
After eating, I flip the T.V. to a basketball game that is
already in progress. While the game is playing, I go to
the kitchen and position myself so I can still view the
television and begin to prepare my lunch for the next day.
Out of the fridge I pull out all the things I have previously
cooked. Chicken breast, lean beef, egg whites, salad, etc...
Also, I grab a serving of the sugar-free Jell-O. Next, I
reach into the cabinet for two cans of tuna. I've finely tuned
this lunch preparation and it takes a total of about 20-25
minutes to complete. Not bad considering it will provide
4 complete meals the following day. Game is still playing
and it's half time. I look up and it's 7:45 pm. Time to
practice posing. I already have a mirror set-up, next to
the T.V. (of course!). I begin posing starting with my
facing movements holding each for two minutes, face-front,
quarter-turn to the right, face-rear, quarter-turn to the right,
and face-front. Now, I begin my mandatory poses holding each
for one minute. Front lat-spread, front double-bicep, side-chest,
side-tricep, rear double-bicep, rear lat-spread, other side-chest,
other side tricep, abdominal and thigh, and the grand Most
Muscular!! This takes a total of 20 minutes. As weeks draw
closer to the competition, I will increase posing practice
to a full hour (I may break it into two 30 minute sessions,
if needed). By now, I'm almost ready to eat my sixth and final
meal. First, a little down-time. You guessed it! I will have a
seat and watch the final minutes of the game.
The game has concluded and I've fully relaxed into a somber.
It's 9:00 pm and one last thing to do, make my last meal of the day.
Something special this time. For my last meal, I will have 4 servings
of egg beaters (1 cup) and about 4 slices of turkey bacon.
Equates to 200 calories, 6 grams fat, 4 carbs, 40 grams protein.
Also, I'll have a small glass of red wine (yes!! wine) to wash it down.
Red wine has very important positive qualities in relation to your
good cholesterol levels. It also helps to promote a good nights sleep.
Try it, if your old enough and can drink wine. After eating my gourmet
meal, I take 3 ZMA, Vitamin C, and Dissected Liver and head for the
bed!! As I head for the bed, I'll take a low-carb protein bar. I don't
intend to eat it unless I wake during the night and feel hungry.
In bed by 9:30!!! Another day in the life....Good night...
"The price of excellence is discipline.
The cost of mediocrity is disappointment."
In my next article I will continue into the final hours before
it's SHOWTIME!! Stay tuned.....
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