Entering Your First Bodybuilding Competition, Three Mistakes To Avoid
During my first Masters bodybuilding competition in 2010, I was consumed in trying to be in the best possible condition I could be. The fact you are preparing to enter a show takes a solid commitment from you to dedicate your time and effort towards having the final package come together at show time.
There were in hindsight three key mistakes I made during my preparation for my first show that I took from the competition.
1. No Two Bodybuilders Bodies Respond The Same. You find out quickly that what works for someone else does not necessarily work for you. I was training with two other competitors however are bodies reacted differently. What one competitor is doing diet wise or weight training wise may not work for you. In my case we were all working on the same type of weight training program and got mixed results. You have to find what works best for you and stick with it. This is only accomplished by going through the process and measuring the results.
2. Lifting Too Light and Using High Repetitions. This was a mistake I made looking back that affected my muscle size and thickness. When you are training for a competition, and as you diet down and restrict your caloric intake,you lose some strength. I was working with repetitions in the 20 repetition range. I recommend staying in the repetition range of 6-12. Using more resistance will keep the necessary amount of resistance on your muscles to help them continue to grow and support their size. Atten this, I would like to introduce you muscle building secret technique. Just paste this to your browser dld.bz/technique .If you built your body on heavy weights, than stay with what got you there. There is nothing that will get you placed in the back of the line-up than muscles that are flat due to inadequate resistance to promote continued growth.
3. Cutting Your Calories Too Soon. This is the hardest part in my estimation on how to perfect. We all understand the importance of diet. In fact it is the most important area to work on and devise a plan that will work for you. In my case I cut back my caloric intake too drastically the last two weeks which left me flat and took its toll on my muscle density. I in fact, I looked better three weeks before the show than I did at the show.
Learning to handle your diet properly during your pre-contest phase will take time and some experimentation. No one will get it right the first time. It will take several shows before you find out what dietary measures help you look your best.
I also recommend that you hire a trainer that has extensive bodybuilding experience to help you with the preparation and what to expect during your training and contest preparation. Making the decision to enter your first show is exciting and will be an experience you will never forget.