Once again, Lisa Powers has written a really good blog talking about some important issues in regards to competitors dealing with off season struggles.
"I was happy with myself before I decided to compete. I knew a
competition body was temporary. Right now, I'm feeling good about my
off-season body. Do I sometimes wish it looked different...Sure.
However, I'm focused on my future and what it takes to reach those
There seems to be a disconnect with a competitor knowing the process
of getting ready for a competition and then how to respond after a show.
I keep reading comments from competitors who are struggling mentally
with their off-season body. I fell into that trap a few weeks ago. I had
to revisit the facts of what I was doing and why.
I need to build muscle now to bring a better physique to the stage. I
cannot do that in a deprived, over-trained state. My body doesn't look
like my stage body, and it shouldn't. A competitor should not compare
their current body to their stage body. Instead compare it to their most
recent pre-contest body.
Here are my stats:
Pre-contest 135# 19%bf size 6
Contest 119# 12%bf size 2
Current 145# 20% size 4
Things to take note:
1. Solely looking at weight, I am much heavier than my stage weight. However, I'm only up 10# form pre-contest.
2. Since I have been on a mass building plan since my competition that seems like a normal thing to happen.
3. Also, my jean size is smaller than my pre-contest. Which I think, shows the muscle I am gaining is reshaping my body.
What I have been doing:
1. I keep my nutrition in check with various types of carbs (corn,
brussel sprouts, sweet potatoes, oats). I have a Treat Meal once a week
of anything I want. Once every couple of weeks, I might have a sugary
treat. I don't deprive myself of anything. I'm not DIETING - I'm eating
2. I have done cardio only 4 times in the last four months since my competition.
3. I lift as HEAVY as I possibly can with every workout....5-6 days a week.
Below is a video on the very topic:
Mentality is everything. If you are strong enough to go through
everything to get on stage, then you are strong enough to alter your
perception of your off-season body. "