Name: Cal Tweedy
Why I Got Started
I was injured in a car accident when I was 18, and was bed ridden for 3-4 months. My weight bombed down to around 140 pounds due to lack of mobility. I decided that upon returning to the gym I would start training for a natural bodybuilding contest (NPA Yorkshire 2010) and set about the task of rebuilding myself.
Unfortunately I fell into the trap that many young lads do and got it into my head that gaining weight (and I mean strictly the addition of weight, numbers on the scales) was the key to muscle growth. As well as a diet high in protein and carbs, I hammered the fats down as well, trying to gain weight.
The size I put on was bad size, whatever muscle growth that happened was overshadowed by the amount of body fat I gained. Around 9 months before the contest a friend of mine took me aside and told me I had to get it together and stop training so foolishly.
How I Did It
I immediately dropped any 'bad' foods from my diet, you know the sorts, stuff you know won't help you reach your goal but you eat it anyway. They were gone.
I started doing cardio, a bit of a shock to the body! Not as much as I did pre-contest but enough to make a difference for good. Four months before the contest I tightened the diet even further and upped the cardio, not the best of times.
Breakfast & Post Workout:
- Whey Protein: 50g (2 scoops)
- Casein Protein: 50g (2 scoops)
Every 2 hours:
- Optimum Nutrition BCAA 1000: 2 caps
Meal 4: (Optional)
Meal 5: Post Workout
- 50g Whey Protein
Meal 7: Before Bed
- 50g Casein Protein
The exciting dietary requirements of bodybuilders!
Day 1: Chest/Biceps
Day 2: Back/Calves
Day 3: Rest
Get some food, watch a movie, and chill hard!
Day 4: Shoulders/Triceps
Day 5: Legs
Day 6: Rest
Day 7: Rest
Suggestions for Others
Good steady bodybuilding gains come from this:
- Lift hard every session.
- Eat well every meal.
- Sleep well every night.
Do this relentlessly and you'll go far.
Best of luck boys, hope this has helped you in some way!
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