17 days ago
MY NEXT BODYBUILDING COMPETITION
➖This is a question that I got a lot especially last summer when I did a “cut” and often get asked through IG.
➖Truth is, probably not for some time. Having done a total of 3 shows, I will without a doubt say that show day is quite possibly one of the best experiences. Regardless of placings, you experience this “high” of emotions of seeing all your hard work pay off.
➖Often times, people just see the before and after…and not everything that occurred between that 20+ week prep.
➖A contest prep is not the same as getting “lean”. A contest prep is pushing beyond what you think is possible and taking your body to that next level.
➖So what are the physiological effects of getting extremely lean?
1️⃣Lower hormone production (testosterone + estrogen)
2️⃣Less energy (even standing can be a chore somedays)
3️⃣Extreme mood swings (you don’t mean for these to happen, but they do)
4️⃣Poor Sex drive (if you have a partner, this is a huge factor)
5️⃣Cold all the time (aka wear a sweater when its 80º outside)
6️⃣Weaker (you will lose some strength once you hit those extreme levels)
➖Once you get shredded, it’s absolutely sick. But there are so many trade offs like the ones mentioned above. Don’t get “shredded” for IG or to please others around you. You will find yourself failing quite quickly. If you are not mentally ready to enter a competition prep, you will not come out on the other side.
➖I am not saying you shouldn’t be doing competitions, but I am saying that you should understand the struggle, work, consequences, and physiological effects that come with it.
➖There is way more to life than walking around sub 10% BF with abs.
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