My question has to do with getting lean for a bodybuilding competition:
I have been competing on and off over the last 10 years and one of the reasons I still pursue it is that challenge to get better each time, Maybe one of my downfalls is that I try something new, even if it is small each time, but until I come in full and shredded (naturally) I will not be satisfied. I recently helped a bodybuilder for his first show and a strange thing happened, he got it in his head that he would not do any cardio and he would just lean out with diet and 2 hours a day split into 2 sessions of weights. I told him we would monitor his bodyfat every 2 weeks and when he stopped losing fat he would start cardio (this was my way for him to start cardio). He never stopped losing fat and preserved a great deal of muscle. On a side note for his first show he looked better than I have ever looked.
My questions are:
Is cardio overrated or is it a must?
Are genetics the key to getting lean whether there is cardio or not?
Will cardio make you look smaller?
Will different variations of cardio have different outcomes?
Can diet be the only factor?
Do you think drugs in bodybuilding have made this protocol because they preserve muscle while dieting?
30 years ago when drugs weren?t so prevalent they didn?t do cardio, on the flip side they also weren?t as lean.
For the million dollar question:
Is GPP work the answer for a natural bodybuilder to spare muscle while dieting?
It would be great to have some different views from some experienced bodybuilders.