Every prep is so different. This one is no exception. I am currently doing more cardio than I ever have done at any point during any prep, and I’m still 3 weeks out. I’m ok with it, I need it. My body is progressing, but it’s being a little stubborn and this is what it’s going to take to get to that extreme level of conditioning we’re after.

Preparing for a competition is hard, really hard. Don’t underestimate it.

As hard as it can be, I love it…but I sometimes have to remind myself that I do… Patience runs thin, exhaustion is at extremes, and it seems like even little things are a huge effort. I have to make sure it doesn’t affect my family or any of my relationships. It’s something I failed at miserably my first show. My wife still has to remind me sometimes, but I am a lot better than I used to be. I just have to remember that this is something I choose to do and others around me shouldn’t suffer because I’m a little hangry and tired from some extra cardio.

If you live the lifestyle then prep really isn’t all that different on a day to day basis, other than a little more time required in the gym and the lower levels of energy.

Coaching competitors…

As a coach I ask each client to rate their compliance percentage each week. For a competitor this shouldn’t even be a question. 100% should be a given. You’re taking your physique to the most elite level possible and to do so takes the highest level of discipline and a “do what it takes” attitude. You can’t make mistakes. You can’t make excuses. You just have to get it done no matter what. A few bumps in the road can be expected but the level of effort can’t drop. You have to be ON IT!

Coaching others and seeing them overcome unique challenges is pure motivation. Whether it’s international travel, graveyard shifts, 6 kids to take care of, or 80 hour work weeks. They make no excuses and get it done!

Love the process

There are a lot of critics when it comes to competing, but I truly believe that if you do it right, with the right mindset and sound strategy, then it will change you forever. You learn a new level of discipline and dedication that can’t be rivaled. It’s 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The principles you learn through prep trickle down to many other aspects in life and can open doors for you…it did for me!

My mindset

I’ve been pretty level headed this prep. It almost feels routine. I know what to expect, and I’m willing to do what it takes. So it’s just a matter of doing it. I feel like what I’m doing right now, this extreme level of work, is exactly what I’ve needed. I’ve been in a slump and this will bring me out! The goal is always to improve upon my previous best. Winning would be nice too, but as long as I don’t make a fool out of myself up there and am pleased with my physique then the placing is just icing on the cake.

3 weeks!