Eric Helms Interview

[margin20] So, I’m sitting there this fine morning enjoying my bowl of Peanut Butter Cheerio’s when, as always seems to be the case lately, I see yet another misguided post about IIFYM (If it Fits Your Macro’s) or the term I prefer for it, “Flexible Dieting”..

Where do I start on the sheer misinformation contained in the posts I’ve seen posted on various forms of social media about probably the most misunderstood lifestyle choice in history? Here is a small pick of the gems I’ve seen lately..

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[one_third][pullquote2 quotes=”true” align=”center” variation=”red”]Anyone who follows IIFYM and in shape is doing steroids because you can’t get like that with the foods they eat[/pullquote2][/one_third]
[one_third_last][pullquote2 quotes=”true” align=”center” variation=”red”]Why does everyone who follows IIFYM look like they don’t lift?[/pullquote2][/one_third_last]

That middle quote is especially ridiculous coming from a fairly popular net “coach” – a sad state of affairs indeed for someone with a fair sized audience to be spreading such misinformation. I’ll certainly make a post about what IIFYM/Flexible Dieting REALLY is in the future for those who are unaware of how it works but for now, pictures are worth a thousand words.

I was advised by somebody I really respect not to make this post if it was just to prove these people wrong, but the truth is that their minds were made up and closed a long time ago – This post is aimed more positively to those who’s minds are still open to learning and to the possibilities.

So, let’s answer all of those quotes in this one post shall we? Lets say my WBFF Pro card win using flexible dieting was a total fluke, here are 10 NATURAL, aesthetic dudes who also use IIFYM/Flexible dieting (The list is in no particular order – that would be far too subjective and not the point of this post). Do you fella’s even lift…?

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Matt Ogus

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One of the names most often associated with IIFYM or Flexible Dieting – you’ve likely stumbled upon some of Matt’s videos on Youtube.

Matt was who initially opened my eyes to Flexible Dieting. I’ll be real..my first exposure of him, I thought, “This guy is bullshittin’!! Why is he lying to people about eating Pop Tarts and being in shape!” (That’s the common fearful reaction of someone who doesn’t understand the concept of flexible dieting).

However, it was only when I watched more of his videos, saw the content that he was delivering with his coach (now my coach too), Eric Helms and saw that they were genuinely knowledgeable with the intention of helping people, I started to open my mind.

Matt is one of the most aesthetic dudes out there and his YouTube channel/LegendsofAesthetics movement is going from strength to strength – It’s a shame all those pop-tarts and burrito’s he eats made him soft though.. Trollolol.

 

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Ryan Doris

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The epitome of what EpicAesthetics and my vision of what being “Aesthetic” should mean – Enter Ryan Doris. One of the best natural bodybuilders on the planet but also somebody who has clearly taken this lifestyle and used it to grow from inside out .

Ryan carries all of the traits that I aspire to – Humble, intelligent, hungry, forever learning and what can you say about his physique? Definitely impressive for someone who “looks like they don’t even lift” and uses a flexible diet, eh?..We salute you, Mr Doris. Inspiring.

 

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Kane Sumabat

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If you aren’t following Kane on one or all of his social media accounts, you are seriously missing out. Dude has had me laughing my ass off on more than the odd occasion with some of his quirky Instagram posts and videos – Kane has one of the least restricted diets you’ll probably ever see..all made possible because he knows the importance of tracking his macronutrients consistently.

He’s also pretty inspiring if you feel like you can’t be in shape past your 40’s – Kane isn’t exactly a spring chicken but you could never tell from his physique and sense of humour. I’d be pretty happy if I end up as badass as Kane in my future years.

In case you couldn’t tell by now, I have a slight man-crush on Kane.

 

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Kevin Riley

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Introducing another member of our Team 3DMJ family – Kevin Riley. I had to reserve a spot on this list for Kevin because he pretty much has it all : Phenomenal genetics, work ethic and though I’ve never met him personally, he seems like a thoroughly nice guy from what I’ve seen in his interactions in our private 3DMJ group.

Kevin earned his Natural Pro Card at the Muscle Mayhem show just recently gone in 2013

 

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Alberto Nunez

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Alberto Nunez’ name almost always crops up when the inevitable question from the naysayers pops up, “So who can you tell me that has gotten in any kind of shape using IIFYM/Flexible Dieting??”

Berto is 1 of 4 coaches of 3DMJ (3DMuscleJourney – all of whom have earned Natural Bodybuilding Pro cards) who specialise in natural bodybuilding contest prep as well as off-season and program consultations.

Aside from being able to get into totally “Gross” contest shape all naturally with a very flexible diet, his knowledge of the anatomy and movement patterns is also second to none. There’s always an “Aha!” light bulb moment within every Alberto video that I’ve watched.

 

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Chris Jones

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You know who it is..Chris Jones, representing Physiques of Greatness!

Chris Jones of Youtube fame (He co-runs the channel Physiques of Greatness which has taken the Youtube Fitness Community by absolute storm over the last year or two) is another gentleman who likes to take some time out and enjoy the finer things in life – eating out at places like Denny’s and KFC!

While I doubt Chris Jones would ever call what he does “IIFYM”, this is a perfect example of somebody who has found a balance in his lifestyle that includes fitness which HE can stick to for life. Chris Jones is possibly the perfect example of what Flexible Dieting is.

 

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Josh Hyaduck

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Josh is another genetic freak ala Kevin Riley. With thick and full muscle bellies, he is a true mesomorph in every sense of the word – A physique who’s structure reminds me of former Mr Olympia, Jay Cutler. For his physique to resemble a former Mr O, while being a Natural pro bodybuilder speaks volumes about the physical qualities that Josh has.

One of Josh’s diet tips in an interview was, “not to be caught up in “clean” eating and fit foods that you enjoy into your daily macronutrient needs – There is no reason to be restricted to certain foods when dieting”..fancy that? Somebody who got in this kind of shape with no restrictions..

 

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Chris Lavado

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“The Yuckster” is yet another member of the 3DMJ family that I too belong to.

Having had the pleasure of meeting this cool dude, Matt Ogus and Jeff Seid on their visit to my hometown of London after I turned pro, I can confirm that Chris is another gentleman who has not only achieved a great physique through flexible dieting but also developed his mind through it too.

The fact that Chris, Matt Ogus and Jeff Seid were ALL in the final stages of contest preparation when I met them while they were on vacation in London (They live in California) just goes to show you what can be achieved through flexible dieting. Know many other competitors that would go on vacation so close to a contest? Well, if you’re a flexible dieter, you can and still turn up shredded to the bone on contest day like they all did.

 

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Mike Raso

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Upon first visiting Mike Raso’s FB page, you might think that you’ve landed on a fitness troll page – Pictures of Italian pastries, cakes, pastas and deserts can be found in abundance!

While I’m not always in agreement with all of Mike’s posts (Wouldn’t it be boring if we all did?), what I appreciate about Mike is not only his impressive physique, but also witnessing his changing thought process over the years and opening his mind to a different way of achieving fitness that fits in with a lifestyle that he enjoys.

This is the exact meaning of “flexible dieting” and Mike Raso is another great example of how flexible dieting allows fitness to fit into YOUR lifestyle, not the other way around.

 

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Ray Querido

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Ray is somebody that I’ve only just recently started following but I’ve really admired his attitude and demeanour so far.

Like myself, Ray seems only interested in spreading the truth to the masses in order to draw them into the lifestyle instead of putting uneccesary obstacles up that might otherwise put the public off of joining in with this rewarding lifestyle.

His physique speaks for itself and the condition he gets in for his natural bodybuilding contests is just another irrefutable example of how IIFYM/Flexible Dieting just simply works!

Broscience vs Science – Who’s Side Are You On?

The landscape of fitness lately is moving along faster than I can ever remember. So fast, in fact, that today it serves as my inspiration for the content of this post.

With us now knowing more and more (or at least we think) about the human body than we ever have in the past, you’d think this would serve as a positive thing for the fitness industry, right?

Well, logic would say so. The more we know, the more helpful we can be to people who are looking to reach their goals. Right?

Logically, yes but the unfortunate reality is that it seems to have caused a huge rift between everybody within the fitness community. The explosion of social media such as Facebook, Youtube, Twitter and forums has only served to make the frankly childish and egotistical battles between “Science” and “Broscience” more apparent..To me at least.

The problem doesn’t seem to lay in people’s knowledge but more so in the bad ATTITUDE of a select few and the way in which they apply and impart their knowledge on people.

So who do YOU get your information from? Let’s take a look at this battle..

 

Broscience vs Science – What’s it all about?

 

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Broscience vs Science

Let’s look at broscience first. What is it? Well, broscience refers to the local meathead or just random gym-go’er who wants to tell you what works and what doesn’t. Usually without any sound scientific backing for the methods they speak about.

In other words they are their own brand of science..just a random “bro” at the gym. Hence, broscience.

The funny thing I find about broscience is that the guys who get called out for preaching it generally tend to be in better shape than the “scientists”..I would estimate that 85-90% of all high level fitness models or bodybuilders would probably be called out for being “broscientists” by the science community. Now, this doesn’t mean that somebody in lesser shape can’t know more about the subject, it’s just an observation.

I also find that broscientists tend to carry themselves with more confidence and charisma, hence there are many fitness personalities online and out in the world who have way more followers and fans than somebody in the “science” crowd. Again, a generalisation but one that I doubt few would disagree with.

Relating to the material can be just as important in education that the knowledge and subject matter itself. Broscientists are good at this in general.

 

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Broscience Vs Science

Science is pretty much what all fitness and bodybuilding advances stem from. Most qualifications and courses for fitness professionals etc are based on some form of science.

What I find amusing is that much of what I was taught in the first ever personal training course I attended 10 years ago would be rubbished as broscience by the science community now.

Why? Does science change? Of course it can and does.

I am VERY wary of all studies conducted by any institution. What is their agenda? Who has funded the study? Did they control all of the variables properly? There is so much that can throw off the accuracy of studies, I think it is wise to take any study with a pinch of salt.

The good guys in the science community accept this and use the information to stimulate thought. These are the people that I will listen to, follow and take notes from. Anybody who can make me think outside of the box without patronizing me has my attention.

Then there are the total science douche doctors. (I just made that up..not bad..)

This is the “science” crew who will look down on everybody and be critical of others in the fitness field who have good intentions of helping people but MIGHT be giving out slightly outdated information. (I say “Might” because, contrary to the arrogance of this type of “scientist” – Their findings are not a foregone conclusion, just like science wasn’t a foregone conclusion when looking at fitness 10 years ago)

Criticism is great..we all need it to learn and progress. Random unprovoked attacks are not ok, though, because they serve nobody but their own insatiable ego. They’re so desperate to be proven right that they fail to realize how ironically closed minded they’ve become when the whole purpose of science is to be able to look at things with an open mind. Take a look on YouTube at the moment and you’ll see it in full swing – Different channels attacking each other. It is a complete joke and helps nobody.

Now don’t get me wrong, the first type of “Science” fitness guy is somebody well worth listening to. He/She will analyse studies and draw interesting thoughts from them to make you think.

These science types are important because they respect your intelligence and invite you to think and input your own thoughts. This is how we grow.

For example, I read an article (I can’t remember who it was by now..!) titled,

 

“Is Foam Rolling a Waste of Time?”

and it was a GREAT read because it gave evidence for and against. Reasons why it might be a waste of time and then concluded by letting you decide. These articles stimulate you and can only be a good thing.

Layne Norton is also a good example of somebody who makes science thought provoking. He goes into the depths of science that I wouldn’t even dream of reaching into. (I personally can’t think of anything more boring than wading through a boatload of studies!)

Yet, Layne will do this and put it out to the public in a way that everybody can comprehend and learn from. I also like that Layne will often go back and change his articles or edit them when he finds research or studies AGAINST what he might have believed previously.

That’s a class act in my book – Somebody who can admit that they may have been wrong about something and are not afraid to correct it. Layne is known to get pissy with broscientists and “gurus” from time to time though haha

 

So Who Should I Listen to..Science or Broscience?

Well, obviously, every protocol you follow should have at least some kind of science base otherwise you probably aren’t going to see optimal results.

One thing that I will say which the scientists may not like is that most “broscience” was once real “science”. For example – On almost all courses I completed up until about 2-3 years ago, the “post-workout window” theory was always taught to us. In simple terms, get your protein and simple carbs in within 15-30 minutes of finishing your workout and then get a solid meal in afterwards made up of similar macronutrients.

Nowadays, much of the science world says that the post-workout window is a myth and has been debunked by countless studies. Maybe so, but where did the countless studies FOR the post workout window come from then? To sell protein shakes? It’s definitely a feasible explanation..I’m still open minded about that topic. (Heck I’ve had to become open minded about all of fitness and its everchanging landscape. This is a good thing..)

I’m not saying one is right or wrong over the other. What I am saying is that it is always useful to keep an open mind, yes, even when it comes to science. Science has historically changed as time has gone on so why can’t it do the same again, 10, 20 or even 50 years from now?

If there was absolutely no science in “Broscience” then how did most of these guys in great shape who get called out all the time for having outdated knowledge build muscle? Was it by chance? I hear of natural guys like Rob Riches, the Hodgetwins (pictured above) and Scooby being called out for broscience on a regular basis..so..how did these guys ever get in such great shape? In Rob Riches case, multiple time contest winning shape – Fluke? I think not…I know many more natural “broscientists” (apparently) in super shape as well.

 There was obviously a lot of correct science used by these individuals to achieve their impressive physiques regardless of what the new-science school says.

In conclusion, I feel that when you’re choosing somebody to take advice from, a scientific base is very advantageous but so is an understanding, caring and nurturing personality. Somebody who is actually passionate about helping people and not feeding his/her own massive ego. This type of person will inspire you and help you grow with the latest, cutting edge, information but at the same time helping you to do it on your own two feet.

So, if you can find the perfect combo of Science knowledge coupled with Broscience personality/mentality and most importantly, somebody who has experience of what they preach or at least some type of proof then you’re getting advice from a sure fire winner in my book.

Heck, failing all of those traits, somebody that just makes you wanna get up off your ass and achieve your goals is good enough..

Don’t forget to keep kickin’ ass..and feel free to kick mine below with your comments – When you’re done please Like, Share and Retweet if you enjoyed this article! If not…you’ll get a bro-kick to the face and a sci-sweep to the back of your legs. Fair warning.

ALTUG

10 Things I Learned About Competing as a Male Fitness Model

So, I just completed my journey towards becoming a competitive male fitness model and placed 4th out of 12 at the Miami Pro Championships on April 1st 2012 in my very first fitness competition. It’s a couple of months after the show and upon reflection, I want to share with you some of  the valuable lessons that I learned during my 6 month journey..Buckle up and enjoy the ride!

 

1 – It’s not THAT hard when you’ve set the goal

When I spoke to people who had just discovered that I planned to compete, there was a common theme – “Wow bro! Mad respect to you for doing this. I could never do that. You gotta be totally dedicated!” – Well, I might have said the same if you asked me a year ago. I only decided to compete 6 months before the show and I looked and felt like crap at the time.

However, trust me on this – When you set that goal to get in the best shape of your life in front of all of your peers, friends, family and the hundreds of people that will pack out that arena on the day of your competition, it’s sink or swim!

It suddenly becomes a lot easier when you have locked in that date for your goal. What choice did I have but to do it? I purposely invited TONS of friends and family (The judges said my crowd support was crazy when I received feedback) – It was either achieve my goal or look like a complete mug on stage! The choice was easy and it will be for you too if you decide to compete.

 

2  – Everybody is watching

I documented almost my entire journey during those 6 months on YouTube and Facebook. Either through status updates, videos or pictures.

This not only helped keep me on track and motivated but you’ll be shocked at how many people and who exactly is watching! People I couldn’t even remember I even had on Facebook were inboxing me asking me questions.

That was when it hit home how powerful this journey of mine was and how many people I had following me and cheering me on. I knew I couldn’t fail and I knew that my journey now had purpose. I was inspiring more people than I could have ever imagined.

 

3 – A few people will dislike you for competing

This is an interesting one – I’m not gonna do the whole, “OMG I have sooooo many haters” because I believe the people who do that are those folks who have none at all! Anyway, I don’t think it was exactly “hate” I received from the odd few people. Let’s just say you will notice some people acting differently towards you.

Strangely, you would think girls would LOVE the fact that you compete and are in great shape. Don’t get me wrong, most of them do and are very supportive that you’re getting into tremendous shape but there were a few of my girl-friends that started acting a little differently. (Any other athletes notice that??)

Heard some strange things like,

 “I just prefered you when you were fatter!”

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 “You’re just too much of a poser now”

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 “Hmm you’re too vain and just love yourself sooo much” (Ok, I’ve heard this one before..But it’s unjust I tell you!!)

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“I don’t really want to see you until I’m in great shape. I don’t feel good enough” (That one made me quite sad..)

Obviously, you get the dumb shits who just don’t understand or are intimidated by what you do so they instantly call it “gay”, “vain”, “you have no life” or they even question your manhood for getting in great shape. Luckily, these people are very few and far between. most people who mean anything to you will be supportive and happy for you.

Just be ready to thicken your skin just a teeny bit. I love this quote which sums it up perfectly :

Want to avoid criticism? Do Nothing, Say Nothing…Be Nothing”

 

 4 – Give Yourself Enough Time

 

This is an important lesson if you’re training for a physique competition or fitness competition. I gave myself 12 weeks to get totally ripped and stage ready from a starting waist size of 36.5 inches..

Yeah, I know – That’s crazy. It literally came down to the last week for me to get into stage condition and given the circumstances, I did pretty good. Feedback from the judges was that I wasn’t as lean as the top 3 and I totally agree. I was carrying a little round my lower back.

Amazingly, I was on stage with a 30.5 inch waist. Which means at my optimum for show day, I should probably be around 28 inches to really get an awesome V-Taper. (I have been as low as a 27 inch waist when I was boxing so I know that it’s possible)

Give yourself at least 16 weeks to get into stage condition if you’re starting with as much bodyfat as I did. Obviously you can shorten that time if you’re leaner and stay lean throughout the year. That’s the best practice! This also means that you’ll be in stage condition with a few weeks to spare so you can really nail your conditioning perfectly on the day of the show.

 

5 – Going gluten-Free, dairy-free, meat-free etc are over-rated.

Whoa, put your guns down vegetarians and children of the earth! Let me explain..

For the last 4 weeks leading up to my competition, I totally eliminated dairy, gluten and meat products (apart from fish) from my diet. I’d always heard that going vegan (I suppose I wasn’t totally vegan!) would literally drop 7lbs pounds off of your body in a week just by clearing out your digestive system and helping it to burn fat more efficiently. Not to mention the energy benefits have been well documented.

Personally, I didn’t see much difference in anything. In bodyfat level or in energy level. I just lost fat the same rate as I was before and my energy was exactly the same.

On top of that, the winner of the overall at the show, Jason Dwarika, didn’t drop gluten totally from his diet and came in head and shoulders above the rest of the competitors in terms of conditioning. There was only one other guy who’s conditioning was on that level and that was Rowan, the winner of my category. Guess what he told us he had to eat the week of the show? Mcdonalds..I kid you not! Of course, for some competitors, that might bloat you right out the week of the show but Rowan knows what works for his body and you should find out what works for yours too.

You can check out Jason Dwarika’s Facebook Page Here to see the kind of condition he brought to the competition! Also check out Rowan’s page here

NOTE : That’s not to say that eliminating those things from your diet will not benefit YOU. Dairy and gluten are allergens which means that some people may react badly to them and bloat. Eliminating these foods can work wonders for some people! The only way to know is to try it. I will say that my diet is fairly low in these foods to begin with. I just discovered that eliminating these foods for me didn’t make enough difference to my physique and energy to make it worth doing on a regular basis. (If I ever have to drink a hemp protein shake again, I’ll jump off a bridge..)

What I AM saying is that it is not the end of the world for you to enjoy the odd bad food (mmm cheesecake) and that the whole thing MIGHT be slightly over-rated..At least for ME and if your goal is to look good. Especially if you’re following a fairly healthy lifestyle in the first place.

I firmly believe that at the end of the day, fitness should be a meeting of every kind of wellness. Social, physical, mental, emotional and health.

 

6 – Making Sacrifices Clears Your Mind and Makes You Stronger

It’s funny that this point should follow the last point I made..but there were some things I thought I’d be depriving myself of during this journey.

I thought I would miss going out and drinking – Turns out I really didn’t. I even went out for my birthday and had nothing but water or diet coke all night while my friends enjoyed our table in London with bottles of Grey Goose and Jack Daniels.

I thought that would be difficult for me – It really wasn’t. Making those sacrifices really opens your eyes and changes your opinion on things that you previously thought meant “living life”. I thought I had to drink to have a good time. After giving up drink for 4 months I realised I was wrong.

Why does anybody need drink to be social and have a good time?? If we do then surely our problems run deeper than a few glasses of wine or shots of sambuca can fix..

Making those sacrifices made me feel stronger, focused and more certain about my life than I’ve ever felt before. Make big sacrifices for big results.

 

7 – Fitness Competitors are some of the most positive people I’ve ever met

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To everybody who asked me when the show was over, I’ve said time and time again, “If you compete, I promise you’ll get the bug for it and want to do it again and again”

One of the main reasons is the positivity that surrounds the entire event. It’s a huge buzz from start to finish and the biggest factor in that for me were my fellow competitors. I don’t think I’ve ever met such positive and helpful people in all of my life. You actually leave the competition a little sad that it’s all over and craving the next one.

You’d think a locker room full of about 15 muscular dudes, tanned and ripped out of their minds in swimwear would be awkward as hell..that couldn’t be further from the truth. It was inspiring, motivating, funny, helpful and an overall awesome time all rolled into one!

 

8 – Everybody gets to their destination in different ways

If you look at the fitness landscape especially in the era of the internet, it’s actually even more confusing than before.

Opinions about fitness methods are like religions and cults. You usually fall on one side or the other. I’ve been guilty of this myself. I have totally disregarded certain methods in the past. It can be difficult to challenge what we think to be true in any aspect of life and fitness is no different.

When it’s all said and done though, just talking to all of the athletes in amazing shape is proof that the method used really doesn’t matter so much as long as you are sensible, dedicated, challenging yourself and progressing.

Here are some of the things I’ve personally heard different athletes in tremendous shape say about their training :

 

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“I used steady pace cardio”

“I used HIIT interval sprints”

“I did no cardio at all”

“I never train abs”

“I train abs every single day”

“I use carb cycling to burn fat”

“I just progressively lowered my carbs”

“I did zero carbs”

“I do cardio and abs on an empty stomach”

“I do whole body workouts”

“I use the XYZ workout method”

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Do you see how many contradictions are in there? And yet every fitness athlete who uses these methods looks pretty much as awesome as the next athlete who uses a totally different method.

The method you choose to reach your goal isn’t that serious. What is serious is your dedication to that method and to your goals.

 

9 – WHO You Inspire. You’ll Gain More Respect.

Kind of a follow up to point 2 – Everybody is watching but you’ll also be surprised at how many people and WHO you inspire.

I get the feeling that nobody really thought much about me when I was training at my gym. I always wear a loose fitting t-shirt or a hooded jumper. I’m one of those guys that look like the average Joe with clothes on. Very deceptive.

So when I told some gym members and other people that I was going to compete, I could tell by the look on their faces that they thought I was nuts! (I think people still believe “competing” has to mean bodybuilding where you need to be the size of a double fridge)

What surprised me afterwards was that after my competition where I placed 4th, a lot of people I never would have expected started asking me about training, supplements and just for general advice. I’m talking about people who are experienced lifters!

When you compete and prove to people that you can get into great shape, your respect in the gym goes up 10-fold and you inspire so many people. That part shocked me the most and validated to me that I really do have an important role that can help people.

 

10 – Where You Place Doesn’t Really Matter

You can come 1st or 12th – It really doesn’t matter in the grand scheme of things. Certainly there are some fitness models that will be more marketable than others and those are some things that you can do nothing about.

However, even if you came first and you’re expect everything to fall into your lap, you’ll be mistaken. It’s an amazing platform to get your name and face out there but it is up to you after the show is over to keep yourself relevant and in the public eye. (Which shouldn’t be too difficult if you love fitness, right?)

Simply put – If you use competitions as a platform to move closer to where you want to be, then you won’t come out of the show dissapointed. You can use them to give your personal training business more credibility, increase your exposure for castings, add it to your C.V, the sky is the limit and you can take it into any direction you want to go. If you go there expecting everything to fall into your lap – You’ll be bitterly disapointed..Fitness modelling is a tough game and fitness models are a dime a dozen! Work hard and you’ll earn your stripes.

For me, the 4th placing was a bonus. I wanted to prove to myself that I could get into amazing shape. The real win for me was discovering my purpose and how many people supported me or were inspired by my journey. Don’t forget to enjoy that journey too..sometimes we are so obsessed with the goal that we forget to enjoy the journey, myself included. ENJOY IT!

 

BONUS – Don’t go for a pee 30 seconds before you’re due on stage..

Of course, after my first 10 points I’ve obviously convinced you to compete! So here’s some free bonus advice. Go for a pee WELL in advance of your call-out to the stage. I don’t know whether it was nerves but when they asked for our category to come up and get ready to go out, I suddenly had an urge to go.

So I’m running as fast as I can to the toilet because I didn’t want to be late for my stage call and be disqualified. I get to the cubicle and do my thing as fast as I can…I finish up and do the customary “Shake and tinkle” but I guess in my mad rush I didn’t quite shake enough..

Big Turk goes back into my swimwear (Come on, we’ve all got nicknames for our lil man..) but decides to punish me for not paying him enough attention after my wee..The punishment? A slight leak down the inside of my leg. Which would have been fine if it didn’t take a big streak of tan down with it!

PANIC – There was nothing I could do really apart from try to blend it in and hope nobody noticed. Just trust me, you don’t want to be nervous and then worrying about a wee streak of tan down your leg on your first competition. Just make sure you’re relaxed and everything that needs to be done is done in advance.

As for me? I don’t think anybody noticed the streak as it was luckily down the inside of my leg and that wasn’t really on display too much. All’s well that ends well 😉

Well I hope that you enjoyed some of the things that I learned on my way to competing as a male fitness model. If you get the chance I would DEFINITELY recommend that you enter a fitness competition. If for nothing else, then just to get yourself in the best shape of your life and feel amazing. There is nothing like it and if you learn as much as I did during this crazy journey, then it will all be worth it.

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