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Advice for Back to Back Contests (4wks Apart)?


#1

Hi All,

I was wondering if anyone had any advice and/or personal experience when doing 2 bodybuilding contests, 4 weeks apart. I just competed this weekend, and I plan on doing one in a month. I had a big cheat day the day after (Sunday) but I am back on the grind with the diet. Anybody have any experience/advice they can share?

  • did you maintain same amount of cardio?
  • did you try to up your daily calories?
  • Anything else??

I came in pretty well conditioned in my first contest, but would like any advice in between contests.

Of course I am not going to get bigger in one month but any experienced advice is definitely appreciated.

Thanks!


#2

Can you provide any pictures from your last contest? Others may be able to give better recommendations based on how full and/or lean you were during your last contest.


#3

Sure, I felt pretty good that day. I woke up pretty lean and dry. I know I could of probably “filled out” a bit more that morning, but i was trying to make the middle weight class, and was hovering at the borderline of middleweight/light-heavy. Below is a pic:


#4

[quote]parrao79 wrote:
Sure, I felt pretty good that day. I woke up pretty lean and dry. I know I could of probably “filled out” a bit more that morning, but i was trying to make the middle weight class, and was hovering at the borderline of middleweight/light-heavy. Below is a pic: [/quote]

Damn, your conditioning is fantastic. Maybe a super clean carb up/refeed meal once every 5-7 days something like double portion or rice and green veg. But otherwise keep doing what you’re doing.

If you really want to eek out another 1-2% I would suggest getting a phone consultation with a pro contest prep guy like John Meadows. Asking the ‘shadow pro’ in his thread won’t hurt either


#5

Thanks rampant badger,

Yea that’s actually what I already do, I double my carbs usually Thursday’s, to get a better idea of how I would feel for a Saturday show. I went with a conservative carb approach this past contest and this time around would like to try and fill out a bit more.
I did reach out to another contest prep coach prior to my first but I just wanted help for the final week but they only offered full 16 week packages. But maybe meadows could help! Thanks for the idea