Contest prep is both fun and challenging, it pushes you mentally, physically, and emotionally. When done right, the process can teach you a lot about yourself and have a positive impact on your life. When done wrong, it can send someone into a downward spiral causing them to lose friends, their significant other, their job, etc.
In this episode, Alberto, Andrea, and Jeff cover the process of deciding whether or not to prep. Throughout their conversation, the coaches discuss a variety of topics including: the downsides of prep, the concept of using prep to try to fix something, selecting a coach, having realistic expectations, and more.
The coaches have covered the criteria for having a successful prep numerous times before, but always from a nutrition and training standpoint. In this episode, the coaches focus heavily on the overall lifestyle of a person as it relates to participating in a contest prep. If you are a first-time athlete who is trying to decide whether or not to prep, or you are a coach who works with competitive physique athletes, give this episode a listen for some guidance on making this decision.
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3:28- When the coaches knew they wanted to compete
16:15- The downsides of prep
26:08- Using prep to fix things
38:35- Selecting a coach
49:09- Deciding if you should prep
Selected Links From This Episode
3DMJ Podcast Episode #12: What Makes a Successful Bodybuilder?- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VgdOoh6SrXg
3DMJ Podcast Episode #47: A Smarter Contest Prep- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qIICtB5vWyk
3DMJ Podcast Episode #57: What We Need From Our Athletes- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OES26KBq7kQ&t=9s
3DMJ Podcast Episode #70: How to Build a Nutrition Plan- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FAGEw5nBkmo
Remembering Ancel Keys and the Minnesota Experiment (full article)- https://academic.oup.com/jn/article/135/6/1347/4663828
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