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Contest Prep with Physical Job, Bad Idea?


#1

I am a wire man apprentice work is 7am-3pm. Not really physically demanding like a laborer but, walking can be 2-3 miles a day and carrying odd things around.

Would it be a bad idea to cut for a contest? I do not see my schedule changing in the near future.


#2

[quote]xXSeraphimXx wrote:
I am a wire man apprentice work is 7am-3pm. Not really physically demanding like a laborer but, walking can be 2-3 miles a day and carrying odd things around.

Would it be a bad idea to cut for a contest? I do not see my schedule changing in the near future. [/quote]

na, do it!

How big a boy are ya?


#3

[quote]Yogi wrote:

[quote]xXSeraphimXx wrote:
I am a wire man apprentice work is 7am-3pm. Not really physically demanding like a laborer but, walking can be 2-3 miles a day and carrying odd things around.

Would it be a bad idea to cut for a contest? I do not see my schedule changing in the near future. [/quote]

na, do it!

How big a boy are ya?[/quote]

A little over 5’10, around 190 lbs, 23 yrs old, natural.


#4

[quote]xXSeraphimXx wrote:

[quote]Yogi wrote:

[quote]xXSeraphimXx wrote:
I am a wire man apprentice work is 7am-3pm. Not really physically demanding like a laborer but, walking can be 2-3 miles a day and carrying odd things around.

Would it be a bad idea to cut for a contest? I do not see my schedule changing in the near future. [/quote]

na, do it!

How big a boy are ya?[/quote]

A little over 5’10, around 190 lbs, 23 yrs old, natural.
[/quote]

Why would you think itd be a bad idea? You think pros or other people dont gave eveb more demanding jobs than that?


#5

It’s just a matter of taking into account what your daily stresses (mental and physical) outside the gym amount to and how your body handles them. Obviously some people can balance everything just fine, while others walk a tightrope. If you’re smart, and pay attention to how things are panning out from week to week, I can’t imagine why you wouldn’t be able to balance both.

S


#6

Ronnie Coleman was a police officer when he won his first couple Olympias, and obviously won plenty of other previous competitions while he had that job.

You’ll be fine.


#7

It won’t be easy , but you might be able to get by with less cardio than other competitors , I guess that’s assuming your calorie in tAke is high right now. I know my calorie requirements were pretty huge when I was working 40 plus hours at a nursing home .


#8

[quote]GrindOverMatter wrote:
It won’t be easy , but you might be able to get by with less cardio than other competitors[/quote]

There’s a very big chance of this. I worked with a competitor who was also on a college sports team, and it was a really great situation in terms of being able to keep calories high and almost no cardio.

Of course I’m sure as the contest got closer, there were game days where he was “feeling the grind”, but you can only do so much to avoid that depending on your unique situation.

S


#9

He may have to add cardio anyways however, depending on how his body reacts, because doing that amount of activity consistently for a time can bring down his metabolism.


#10

[quote]flipcollar wrote:
Ronnie Coleman was a police officer when he won his first couple Olympias, and obviously won plenty of other previous competitions while he had that job.

You’ll be fine.[/quote]

So, he sat around in a car for long hours. Big deal.

Seriously though my job is much more physical. Carrying 10 ft conduit up stairs that weighs almost a 100lbs all day, digging 3 ft trenches to run the pipe. I am also just an apprentice and I look like I lift so, I get to do even more of the bullshit manual work.


#11

[quote]xXSeraphimXx wrote:

[quote]flipcollar wrote:
Ronnie Coleman was a police officer when he won his first couple Olympias, and obviously won plenty of other previous competitions while he had that job.

You’ll be fine.[/quote]

So, he sat around in a car for long hours. Big deal.

Seriously though my job is much more physical. Carrying 10 ft conduit up stairs that weighs almost a 100lbs all day, digging 3 ft trenches to run the pipe. I am also just an apprentice and I look like I lift so, I get to do even more of the bullshit manual work.

[/quote]

suck it up, princess. Contest prep’s going to be a nightmare anyway so just get stuck in


#12

Thanks for the replies guys. I am plan on a 16 week prep but, am using an extra 4 weeks to really keep track what I am eating macro wise. Since, the amount of physical work can vary from day to day the amount of calories I need during my shift changes.

What I have been doing for the last week is taking extra food whether I will eat it or not . I have also been keeping my meals to just fat and protein during the day saving all my carbs for pre/post training. So far it has been working however, I really do not like front loading calories/food to the earlier part of the day but, it seems that it will be necessary.

sample:

4:30 am: eggs, tallow and coconut oil

7 am- chicken, coconut oil and tallow

11 am-chicken, coconut oil and tallow or steak

3pm- chicken, coconut oil and tallow or steak

6 pm- rice, blue berries, splenda and some type of “junk” carb.

7:30 pm-shake after training

8:30 pm- some type of protein, fat, and the rest of my carbs.

  • I did not list veggies but, I eat them at every meal.

#13

Some of the best gains I ever made was working fulltime in an appliance warehouse, moving fridges and stacking washers all day. So yeah, I think you should do it. It’ll give you some testicular fortitude too. Good luck.