Wednesday, January 11, 2012

A Countdown Already?!

Last week when I was in the middle of my workout, J felt it necessary to inform me that we're 25 weeks out from our show. ONLY 25 weeks! If I stop and think about it for a minute, I realize that 25 weeks is almost a whole half a year away. But by attaching a countdown to the show, it suddenly gave the show much more urgency and imminence.

Last year, I did a 20-week prep. This year, since I'm maintaining a leaner physique, I'll do a 12-15-week prep. At 15 weeks out (mid-March), J will assess me and decide when I will start prep. In the past, I've usually done 15-week preps.

Some people will argue that no one should ever need more than 8-12 weeks to prep; however, those same people admit to looking their best at their 2nd or 3rd show of the year. Which means 8-12 weeks wasn't enough time for them to get in their best shape. So why not prep the extra time and look your best at ALL of your shows? It seems like a waste of money to do a show if you don't feel you're at your best.

While I'm looking forward to starting prep (it's exciting - like slowly unwrapping a beautiful present!), I'm also going to thoroughly enjoy the last 10 weeks of my off-season.

How long do you prep? What prep timeframe seems to work best for your body?

14 comments:

  1. This is my first time going after it. I started getting my body ready at the end of September, shedding fat and trying to build some muscle and working on learning the strength and flexibility moves to be incorporated into my routine. I'm planning on a show in March, and started hard-core (no cheats)upping at a little over 10 weeks. I think you're right. I know that I'm rushing for a fitness competition, but I want to know the feeling of it and continue on to get better. I think that I'll definitely be better in future competitions this year.

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  2. 25 weeks out? That's 25 more leg days, 25 more FULL shoulder workouts, 25 weeks to practice posing (& I need everyday of it).... & so on! Yikes! I hope I am able to build enough muscle! 12 weeks of contest diet for me, too. Sooo, excited!

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  3. Not that I'm competing, but I just signed up for another 54 PT sessions, which will take me to June 25th -- just under 24 weeks from today. So I guess the countdown is on for me too! You'll do great, Kari, I know it. :)

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  4. On the second of the year I started a 29 week prep. I agree, to look our best we have to start early!

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  5. I much prefer to start prep earlier and be ready a week or two too soon than wish I had another 2-3 weeks. Last year due to a cancelled show I ended up prepping for 6 months. But this year it'll be about 20 weeks!

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  6. yes,counting down helps,(19-20 more weeks of pregnancy left for me!!) and yes,i do feel like it helps so much to have a longer prep. typically i can get by with 6-8wks,but last prep i allowed 12 weeks for the first 2 shows (back to back) and then 10 weeks for the last show..
    you will totally rock this!

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  7. I want to be able to prep for 2 weeks and magically be ready for a show! ;)

    T.

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  8. Exactly! I'm going to be doing a 12-16 week prep this year. I watched a video of Erin Stern recently, where she said that you shouldn't prep for longer than 8 weeks. Yeah, if you're a former Olympian! She seems to be in great shape all of the time, but for me as a mere mortal I can't say that I would be happy with my body after only 8 weeks of prep.

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  9. Last year was 18 weeks, this year is only 16. Woot! So excited to see you compete again!

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  10. Will you be changing your prep up this time around? diet/training/etc? Or just the timeline?

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  11. In my first show in 2009 i did 16 weeks of prep.
    This time it's 16 as well :) I took 2 and 1/2 years off to build muscle and im ready to cut!!!

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  12. Ashley - I'll probably start out prep with a keto-based diet, as usual. My body responds really well to that. Once I get to a certain point, I'm sure we'll add carbs back in. It all depends on how my body responds; every year is a little different.

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