11.5 Weeks to the Bodybuilding Competition: Focus

Here’s a secret that I’ve been holding for the past 29 years, ready?  I used to be an extreme procrastinator.  I was so good at procrastinating that if it was the event that replaced wrestling at the Olympics I’d probably have won gold.  I used to leave assignments until the eleventh hour, and then some, because I felt that I worked better under pressure.  Imagine the insanity when I had 4 final exams over the span of two days and I left the studying to the last minute.  One of the biggest reasons why I tell people to this day that there’s no such thing as motivation is because the act of finding motivation was procrastination.

Something changed over the past few years.  I’ve almost turned around entirely in my procrastinating and become this person that’s wholly dedicated and focused.  I realize that it’s because I’m held accountable to others now instead of just myself.  I want people to succeed and I want to do everything in my power to help them to accomplish it whether it’s in fitness, in business, in charities, or in life.  My hustle is driven by the realization that I’m part of something greater than just myself.  I’ve learned over the years to always take steps in life with a purpose and never waste time since it’s the most valuable commodity in the world.

chris tse 2012 vs 2013 front bodybuilding

One of the reasons why I started working with Al on my nutrition and contest prep and I’m blogging about the path to competing in a bodybuilding show is because it keeps me accountable.  I hate disappointing people so I dig deep and stay disciplined with nutrition, workouts and lifestyle to make sure that what I bring 100% to the stage.  It’s not about winning. It’s about giving everything I have to accomplish something; that’s success.  The win is less important than the journey and it’s on the path that we learn the most about ourselves. Don’t get me wrong, when I compete I do it to win, but I simply know there’s more to life than that one goal.

It’s less than 3 months out to competition and there is nothing but an absolute indomitable will to succeed.  I’m showing some before an after pictures, the before pictures were taken in August, while the after pictures were taken last week.  The training intensity hasn’t dropped, if anything it’s increased a little more to 2-3 hours a day during the weekdays to hit some lagging muscle groups.  Bodybuilding workouts are different compared other workouts because we’ll hit one specific muscle group at different angles repeatedly in order to make it look aesthetically good.  Functional training (what we primarily focus on at Blitz) on the other hand will rarely lead to bodybuilder looking muscles unless there’s a genetic predetermination for it.  Pick one muscle and I’ve probably worked that one part out for an hour before!  I did something fun and measured my body composition on a clinical grade body composition scanner a month ago and re-scanned myself this week.  With all of the honed nutrition, workouts, and discipline of sleep I managed to gain about two pounds of muscle mass, lose about two percent body fat.  It does take this much effort and discipline to see big changes and no, there’s no magic pill or supplement.  It’s just eating clean and training hard.

Chris Tse 2012 vs 2013 back bodybuildling

I’ve now moved from the muscle mass building phase into the contest prep phase, it’s mostly a change in nutrition.  Since I’m competing in the naturally the dieting needs to happen in more progressive stages to ensure that there’s fat loss but not a whole lot of loss in muscle mass.  The nerdy part of me looks at what Al is doing to my body as a science experiment; he changes a few things in the diet every week and observes the results.  Then we just keep making small modifications over the course of weeks.  We’ve already started to cut some calories from the diet and if you saw my eight food containers that I brought in to work before, we’ve gone down to seven now.  During mass building I could also take a bit of luxury and treat myself to a dinner out, but for the next 12 weeks I’m restricted to eating only what’s on the plan.  It’s strict and this is ultimately why people don’t compete in this sport unless they’re serious about it!

About Chris Tse

I’m a scientist turned owner of Blitz Conditioning, a Fitness Columnist at CBC Radio on Thursdays at 8:20 am, and owner of Tse Social Strategy. Follow me on Twitter or Read my full bio.

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