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Contest Preparation

Many are called, but few are chosen. This is true when it comes to competitive bodybuilding. Changing your physique to make it better is one matter, but preparing to place yourself at the scrutiny of others (in a public setting) is another. Not only do you have to be physically ready, but you have to be mentally ready as well.

This article gives you all the ins-and-outs of contest preparation.

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Carbohydrate Cycling

Carbohydrate cycling is a 6 day program that will allow your body to burn bodyfat while still retaining muscle mass. It's a technique that is described in detail in the book SLICED by Bill Reynolds and Negrita Jayde, however I will summarize it here.

Over the last 10 years I've competed, I've used this technique each time and without fail I've been able to achieve exceptional definition while retaining the muscle mass that I gained during my bulking phase.

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Gaining Muscle Mass

Due to the complexity of muscle tissue, it often takes years to develop quality muscle mass. The key is to be consistent and be aware that bodybuilding & body shaping are built on three factors:  Nutrition,  Consistent/Intense Exercise and Rest.

This article goes into the details of each factor.

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Workout for Brick-like Abdominals Print E-mail
Written by Skip   
Saturday, 04 December 2010

ImageIf you've ever wanted the secret to having solid, dense, abdominal muscles (reminiscent of dinner rolls), try this routine that I've been doing for the last several months.

I found the abdominal muscles respond well to progressive resistance.  Just like all the other muscle groups, as you apply resistance, the muscles will grow denser and flex harder.

In April 2010, I began doing 3 sets of weighted cable crunches every day, adding more weight each set.  Each set would be approximately 20-30 reps, where I select a weight so that within the last 5-10 reps I  feel an intense burn.

Weighted using cables are done kneeling on the floor and holding the handle behind your head; similar to the photo below:

http://www.exrx.net/WeightExercises/RectusAbdominis/CBKneelingCrunch.html

I do 3 sets of Kneeling Cable Crunch for 20-30 reps with progressively heavier weight, pyramiding down one day, up the next day. So, for example (the weights you use will vary):

Day 1:

Set #1 = 30 reps, 150 lbs.

Set #2 = 25 reps, 160 lbs.

Set #3 = 20 reps, 170 lbs.

 

Day 2:

Set #1 = 30 reps, 170 lbs. (or as close to 30 reps as you can get)

Set #2 = 25 reps (twisting) , 160 lbs.

Set #3 = 20 reps (twisting), 150 lbs.

 

Again, the weights you use will vary, but it'll make your abs MUCH thicker and they'll stand out well (especially if you have low bodyfat levels).  Remember, good nutrition is the key to having visible abdominal muscles, so don't forget to pay close attention to what you eat.

Here's a list of all the exercises that train the Rectus Abdominis:

http://www.exrx.net/Lists/ExList/WaistWt.html#anchor172895

And here's detailed description of the muscle group:

http://www.exrx.net/Muscles/RectusAbdominis.html

So try it and let me know what you think!

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