I’ve been doing some reading and thinking (I know, dangerous combination for me).
I think I’m going to try to run a 5-6 day contest prep protocol. Now before you go to deep into the reasoning here, know that I am no where near a bodybuilder by the standards I have seen put out there. Even if I was, I’m nowhere near 10% BF (realistically around 17%-19%), so the question is begged…
Well, for a couple of reason that make it a good enough idea in my tiny little brain…
- I think it would be a fun challenge.
- I want to see what a real competitive BB puts himself/herself though in order to push that last mile to the finish line.
- Since I’m not in a really good position BF% wise to be a good candidate for this type of challenge, the extreme flushing of subQ water should allow me to more accurately determine how much BF I actually have left to lose, and how much is just water weight.
- I’ve been running heavy lift sessions for the last couple of weeks and my joints could use the break provided by the glycogen depletion workouts. (It’s hell getting older)
I will start on Monday morning and post a before pic to compare to when it’s all over. The plan is going to be straight forward, closely mirroring the articles for contest prep that can be found here at T-Nation.
Namely this one …
There will be a few modifications as I do not have the exact supplements called out in the article, so I’ll have to make do with what I have on hand and what I can get locally. I’ll either have a grand sense of accomplishment, or be dead by the end of the week lol, so I guess time will tell.
The article doesn’t mention anything about total caloric intake, so I guess I’m going to just run the bottom of the barrel for my deficit (1800). I have been running around 2000 cals for the last few weeks. After this challenge week I’ll up the total back to around there.
I will post the exact details of my plan over the weekend, and give daily updates. Hopefully some of you guys can give me some advice and “coach” me along the way, and hopefully keep me from making a mistake that could land me in the hospital or something stupid like that!