The last couple of weeks have been pretty tough in terms of dieting. I am starting to get pretty hungry throughout the day and at night. With my carbs being so low my energy levels are not as bad as I would have thought, I am able to keep my daily activities at a minimum and save every thing for my workouts.
Training for this show has been very different from my last show in March of this year, this time I have a training partner. I have been training alone for the last 3 years, I was obviously very happy to finally find a partner that can match my intensity and my dedication. This has been my biggest obstacle, not many people have the dedication that it takes to train and prepare for a show.
My strength has been quit stable, aside from squats and bench everything has stayed the same. A lot of people tend to go light and higher reps when preparing for a show, I think this is why a lot of guys loose a lot of size. Your training regime should be consistent with your off-season routine, maybe adding drop sets and more super-sets. The key is to increase the intensity of your workout, being completely focused at the task at hand. This gets tough at the end as you are tired and sick of eating tuna and broccoli all day!
My Mental State
My mental state is ok, but I have to admit my patience levels are getting lower and lower as the weeks go by. I am a bit jumpy at times but I am trying to keep it to a minimum. The last thing I want to do is to lash out at someone for no good reason, getting ready for a show is not an excuse to be mean to others.
I was working at the Muscle Network booth this weekend at the 2002 Canadian Championships, 102 athletes!! This was one of the best shows I have ever seen, pro or amateur. The winner was of course a very controversial win, Mike Platz got his IFBB Pro card. The true winner of the show should have been Scott Milne, weighing in at 287 pounds ripped! At the end of the show they ended up giving Scott his pro card too, if they hadn't, the crowd has going to get hostile.
These next few week are very important as I am stepping up the cardio a bit (adding another 15-30 minutes when I have time) and I am going to try and put more time into my posing. This has been a problem lately as I don't have much time for posing. Posing is extremely important at this stage of the game as it tends to make you look tighter and gets you harder. I am aiming for at least 4-5 nights a week for about 30 minutes. This weekend I will going to buy some new posing trunks and to get my posing oil.