Last year Jodi made the mistake of going overboard while trying to add some mass to her frame. Now she's learned from her mistakes and is more determined than ever to build the body of her dreams. Read to learn how she dropped 25 pounds and 13% body fat!
Before: January 2008 Age: 24 Height: 5'4" Weight: 145 lbs Body Fat: 25% Measurements: 38/30/41
After: November 2008 Age: 25 Height: 5'4" Weight: 120 lbs Body Fat: 12% Measurements: 36/25/36
Why I Got Started
On September of 2007, I competed in the OCB Natural Indiana Competition and was fairly thin, but not as lean as I would have liked to be and didn't have nearly enough muscle. I made the mistake of going overboard in the off-season of eating to gain mass. I actually gained 30 pounds in my off-season.
Click Image To Enlarge. Jodi Sturdevant's Weight Progress.
So after learning from my mistake, I decided to continue bulking through the winter and prepare for the OCB Natural Indiana Competition in 2008.
Click Image To Enlarge. I Made The Mistake Of Bulking In The Off-Season.
How I Did It
I followed a basic competition prep diet and training routine. Rebecca Slatt, my contest prep coach, helped me with carb cycling, my training schedule to enhance the areas on my body that needed size (my upper body), and my cardio.
My diet is talored specifically to my blood-type, which is something that is somewhat new out of the nutrition field but I have seen great results with it. To find out more about nutrition and your blood-type, I suggest reading Dr. Peter J.D. Adamo's book "Eat Right For Your Type."
Click Image To Enlarge. My Diet Is Talored Specifically To My Blood Type.
Because I had a contest prep coach, I don't want to reveal all of her secrets. This diet was created specifically for me, but sometimes it takes a little bit of trial and error to find what works best for you. Carb cycling seems to be most ideal for myself.
Each meal was eaten 2-3 hours apart and consisted of 3-4 oz of lean protein and steamed dark vegetables. It's tough having little or no carbs, but the results are amazing.
Click Image To Enlarge. The Results Are Amazing.
Low Carb Day: 40g Carbs
Each meal was eaten 2-3 hours apart and consisted of 3-4 oz of lean protein and steamed vegetables. Carbs were only eaten in the morning and post-workout.
Higher Carb Day: 80g Carbs
Each meal was eaten 2-3 hours apart and consisted of 3-4 oz of lean protein and steamed vegetables. Carbs were consumed in my first four meals, but removed as the day progressed.
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I worked a different muscle group each day of the week. I tried to stay on a 10 rep max because I knew that was the best way for me to build muscle. I avoid any heavy training with legs because they grow easily. My workout was focused mostly on building my upper body.
Take some time to perfect your diet. Make it your main goal because without your diet being correct, you're going to waste a lot of time and energy in the gym without seeing much results. Once you feel comfortable with your diet, start out with simple training to keep you motivated. Don't overtrain!
Begin by doing one muscle group per day for four or five days per week. Follow each weight training session with 20 minutes of HIIT. HIIT is intense. It really makes you feel like you accomplished something and is a great way to do cardio.
Click Image To Enlarge. Take Some Time To Perfect Your Diet.
Another suggestion for those who are finding it difficult to keep motivated is to make yourself go to the gym. Don't skip any workouts. Even if your training session is only for a short amount of time, still give it 100%. After a while, the lack of motivation will subside.
Be sure to take your two days of rest back-to-back. The rest days are important for your body to recover and give you a mental break from the training.
Click Image To Enlarge. Take Two Rest Days Per Week To Give Yourself A Mental Break.
If you are interested in competing, start looking up local shows and give yourself plenty of time to prepare for it. It's amazing to be up on the stage showing off your hard work. Best of luck to everyone with their goals!