Contest Prep: BigStew's 20 Weeks To The 2008 BLNPA New England Natural (Part 3)

I will discuss training, nutrition, posing, school, work, relationships and more as I go through my contest prep for the 2008 BLNPA New England Natural. This article will deal with slight changes in diet & training as I continue my prep.

The Next 4 weeks (16-12) have been just as productive of the first 4. Each week I feel that I am getting a little more cut while still keep most of my size and strength. Christmas fell during this last 4 weeks. I had to endure all the holiday foods and stick on the diet.

I am proud to say I stuck on the diet 100%. Not a single cheat meal in all the Christmas Holiday. The key for me to stick on the diet was preparation of all my meals when going to family parties. I made sure that I packed all my meals so I would not have an excuse to cheat. I was tempted but instead I drank a Diet Mountain Dew, which ended up working out very well.

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This last 4 weeks my diet changed up a lot I did a low carbohydrate diet every day except my chest/triceps and shoulder day.

That day I did high carbohydrates. I did this because as stated earlier I am looking to bring up my chest and shoulders so they needed the extra carbohydrates for better overall workouts. I believe this worked out beautifully as I have been able to put on some great size to my chest and shoulders while cutting up. Below is a glance of a typical low carbohydrate and high carbohydrate day.

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Below is my training Split and a Typical week of workouts:

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Training has been great. The big change was split up into an AM/PM schedule, but I have the time so I said why not. In my old split the second muscle group would always suffer because I was fatigued from working out the first muscle group. Now I give myself 6-8 hours to hit the gym after the first workout. I usually get a nap in and am good to go by the time it is to hit the second workout.

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Strength has been consistent. No big drop offs. I would say the hardest days are the Low Carb Leg Days. When they also fall on a school day it is killer. Speaking of school, I believe the hardest thing to do while on the contest prep is concentrate in class while on this type of diet. I am good to go with workouts but once I step into class I am zapped. I will have to work on that because I can't let my grades suffer.

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Till next time guys and gals, in the time being I will be hitting the diet and weights with all out intensity and one step closer to my contest.

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