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What Do I Do Now?


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So you just finished a competition and now you don’t know what to do with yourself. You feel completely lost with your diet and training. Depending on your goals and what you did or didn’t do, post competition can be looked at in many different ways.

Most people get struck by post contest blues and cannot control their diet when show time is over. The discipline goes out the door and you basically are not able to say no to all the goodies you have been deprived of for long. When competitors go through this post-competition, They also noticed how fast the pounds come back even after only a few days of indulging. The head games start playing with us. We look in the mirror and wish we could look like the day of the show, and we start pinching at our stomachs and our butts. We try to go back on our diets, but that does not last long. Either the gym becomes an obsession or we cannot even drive by without wanting to cry at the thought of training.

What if you didn’t gain body fat? What if you just regained the normal few pounds? It’s not wise to stay lower with your calories just for the sake of staying at your pre-competition weight. Quite the opposite. You cannot think you are doing better because you are having less calories than your body actually can use. If your goal is to improve your physique and put on more muscle, you need to feed your body the adequate calories it needs in order to do so.

For those who don’t maintain a lean physique without cardio, then make sure you keep it up without over doing it, 4-5 times a week is great. But, if you didn’t need more than a few sessions per week to stay lean, then why not cut it down and do only 2-3 intense, short sessions? That way you can also have more energy for your weight training sessions.

If you have months to your next competition and you like how you look, maybe this is the time you need to experiment with other foods. Either you can add a bit more calories or choose some of your favorite foods and include them in your diet. What I personally like to do is a refeed day to fill up glycogen for better training and to prevent lethargy. This also helps our metabolism from hitting a “plateau”. Basically I eat more food and extra clean carbohydrates(always keep it clean!)

If you are just a few weeks between shows, make sure you reintroduce post workout carbs so  you don’t catabolize muscle. Pay attention to how you look so you can stop if your body starts to look smooth. Sometimes we end up looking even better a few weeks after our first show just by little diet changes.

Some people when they are really lean and have eaten too little and trained too much for a long time, the body can start to look soft. The natural response is to train more and diet harder. Most likely what needs to be done is……take a day off and eat more! It’s hard to wrap our heads around this concept when we have established a routine of 2 a day workouts and low calories.

Few things I like to do:

1. Eat a different breakfast
2. Have some peanut butter(or almond butter, or just nuts)
3. Have some fruit
4. Eat a fattier protein like salmon or bison
5. Eat different veggies like carrots or squash

Not only will you feel satisfied, you will most likely feel happier and more energized. Keep in mind sometimes the body may get a little bloated from food we are not used to, but I believe that this is probably a good thing for our metabolism.

Now it’s time to try to relax about the whole “what do I do now!” What you should do now is enjoy your food and training! Work hard and never stop reaching for your fitness goals, and come in more muscular and ready to kick butt at your next show!


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June Newsletter


MuscleBombshell.com is going strong! We have many amazing women who have contributed with interviews and articles, and much appreciated support from our many Facebook fans and Twitter followers. Great things are happening in the future, and our fans have helped make this possible! Stay tuned for future contests, promotions and future competition appearances from the MB Crew!

~Angelique Kronebusch, MB writer and promoter

 

Western Canadians Round Up

By Angelique Kronebusch

On May 19th, the town of Kelowna, BC, Canada had the biggest bodybuilding show in all of Canada so far with over 230 competitors! This included bodybuilders, the new physique round, fitness, figure and bikini.

The Bikini round stole the show with over 90 bikini competitors and 7 different categories, including 2 master categories. IFBB Bikini Pro Leigh Brandt and her husband Dean Brandt from Vancouver brought 18 to the show, with a few of their girls taking 1st place trophies home.

I brought in 13 girls with many placings on my team as well. Laura Dyck from Kelowna taking the Figure Class A round, Susie Hall from Kelowna placing 2nd in Figure Class B with 103.9 The Juice Kelowna host Christy Farrell not far behind with 4th place in Figure Class B. Toby Tannas, Kelowna CHBC Anchor placed 5th in a very competitive Figure Class D round. In bikini, my very good friend and on Team Wickham, Crystal Raposo placed 2nd in Bikini Class A, just missing 1st place against Sarah Yim from Team Body By Brandt taking 1st in Bikini Class A. Reanna Lamb from Pentiction placing very well in her first show, taking 3rd in her Bikini Class B division. Leslie Keats from Kelowna took 5th in Bikini Class C, and two of my girls in Class D, Roxanne Patricia from Prince George and Nicole Laderoute from Kelowna place 2nd and 3rd. This was a very successful event for all my girls and everyone who attended. Congrats to all and a big thanks to Sandra Wickham, Ross Webb, and the promoters of the show Leigh and Dean Brandt for another successful event!

New York Pro Round Up

By Angelique Kronebusch

The New York Pro is a very popular event, with many great athletes from all over the world attending. This year the New York Pro After placing 3rd at the Arnold Classic, Candice Keene had a big win and looked amazing at this show, with Heather Dees placing 2nd and Ava Cowan taking 3rd place. India Paulino stole the Pro Bikini round with Jaime Baird placing a close 2nd and Yeshaira Robles placing 3rd. Canada’s Newest IFBB Bikini Pro Sandy Avelar made her very first Pro appearance as well!

Congrats to all for a successful event!

 

Summer is Here!

By Margie Mack, MB Writer

Here are a few healthy tips to get you through the summer barbeques and lazy days at the beach.

1. Drink water!  During the summer days it is easy to get dehydrated quickly. By the time you are thirsty, your body is screaming for water.
2. Eat fresh foods like vegetables and fruits instead of the chips and dip.
3. Limit your alcohol consumption: Choose beverages that aren’t packed with sugar. An average margarita contains roughly 500 calories. However a glass of white wine contains about 90.
4. Seize the day! Nothing beats a morning jog on the beach. Wake a little early before the sun gets hot and get your cardio done on the sand. If you are at the pool, swim a few laps in addition to the lounging you are doing poolside.
5. If you do indulge in some summertime treats, watch your portions. Portion control is the most important thing when at those summertime parties.
6. Enjoy! Be safe and have a great summer!

Athlete Spotlight

Laura Dyck, physiotherapist, mother of two and Provincial Level Figure Athlete

Stay Lean With Weight Training

By Angelique Kronebusch

Every woman wants a lean physique, whether its a bikini body or a ripped figure competitor physique-like body. Time to ease back on the endless amount of cardio and train hard with weights!

Weight training is great for the body in many ways. The more you train with weights, the stronger and leaner you get. With proper nutrition, your body will put on more muscle mass, which will increase your metabolism and burn more calories at rest then with just typical cardio training. This means a leaner physique all year around, and defined arms, legs and abs! The biggest key is to not give up or quit after a few months. This type of physique takes time and dedication to your fitness and health, all year around.

Its time to change your attitude with your workout, and start lifting those dumbbells!

Articles by Margie Mack and Angelique Kronebusch


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