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Your concise body building guide

How to build a muscular body that' can win you admiration on the beach and trophies at competitions

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Jim DulsonComprehensive article by Jim Dulson, trainer of champions.

This article will go through diet, cardiovascular training, weight training and supplements and will give you some guidance. Just bare in mind that everyone responds differently to training and you might have to modify your particular program but I think that this will give you a good starting point.

After reading this, I hope that you will be able to apply the principles and theories to get yourself a nice trophy to put on the mantle.
Let's begin.

10 Weeks Out


8:00 - ½ cup oatmeal, 6 egg whites w/ one yolk
10:00 - Zero Carb drink, 3 rice cakes
12:00 - 6 oz. chicken breast, sweet potato, asparagus
3:00 - Zero Carb Drink, 3 rice cakes
6:00 - Train
7:30 - Glutamate in Juice
8:30 - 8 oz. steak (sirloin, round), sweet potato, broccoli
10:30 - Zero Carb Drink

Final 2 Weeks


8:00 - 6 oz. chicken breast, sweet potato
10:00 - Zero Carb drink, 3 rice cakes
12:00 - 8 oz steak, sweet potato
3:00 - Zero Carb Drink, 3 rice cakes
6:00 - Train
7:30 - Glutamate in Juice
8:30 - 8 oz. steak (sirloin, round), sweet potato, broccoli
10:30 - Zero Carb Drink


As you will notice, there is very little change in the diet throughout the pre-contest preparation. The primary change was made to the first meal where I have substituted chicken and sweet potato for oatmeal and eggs.

I don't know the exact protein amount of this diet. I don't count calories. judge your diet based on how you look in the mirror. If you were looking bloated or like you were holding fat you could cut back on some of the higher carb products.

Water Intake:

Drink between 1.0 and 1.5 gallons of water each day. While at work, you could drink it with Lite Lemonade which has very little sodium. Also, two weeks out from the contest switch from bottled water to distilled water.


Cardiovascular Training

Due to the fact that if you kept off the majority of fat this off-season you would be able to take a more leisurely approach to the cardiovascular conditioning.


12 weeks to 9 weeks out: Treadmill 30 min/day, 3 x's/week
8 weeks to 6 weeks out: Treadmill 35 min/day, 5 x's/week
5 weeks out: Treadmill 40 min/day, 4 x's/week
4 weeks out: Treadmill 45 min/day, 5 x's/week
3 weeks to 2 days prior to contest: Treadmill 45 min/day, 6 x's/week
Cardio should be performed at lunch time before you eat lunch. Do this this to you're your metabolism elevated throughout the day as well as preserve some time in the evenings for family time. This works excellent for two reasons: 1) You get to spend some time with your family and 2) You wont be all wound up in the evening before you go to bed. You have a much easier time sleeping once you start doing cardio over lunch.

I believe it to be best to do cardio before you eat and on as empty a stomach as possible due to the fact that it will put your body into caloric debt and encourage weight loss. This is just my opinion but it seems to work well for me.


Weight Training

For those of you who don't understand HIT and Volume Training here are some definitions that will serve to make you understand my approach:


High-Intensity Training (HIT): Method of training using heavy weights, lower repetitions (6-10), and explosive movements using a large amount of energy over a brief period of time.
HIT focuses more on the larger Type II-b fibers that give your muscles a more voluminous appearance. These fibers fatigue more quickly but produce the greater amount of force compared with Type-I fibers.


Volume Training: Method of training using medium weights, higher repetitions (12-15), and more succinct movements using a similarly large amount of energy over a more extended period of time.
Volume training focuses on the smaller Type-I fibers that give your muscles a harder, more defined look. These fibers have a greater longevity for training and are more associated with cardiovascular training.

To begin, I'm going to go through my program for the first 10 weeks contest preparation. The last part of the section will be what to do the final two weeks before the show. There will be some subtle changes but necessary changes which will be explained at the end.

10 Weeks Out:

Monday: Biceps/Hamstrings/Calves


Concentration curls: 45 x 8, 50 x 8, 55 x 8, 60 x 6
Alternating Dumbbell Curls: 35 x 8, 40 x 8, 45 x 8
Super set with:
Double Hammer Dumbbell Curls: 30 x 8, 35 x 8, 40 x 8
High Cable Curls: 70 x 10, 80 x 8, 90 x 8
Double Leg Curls: 220 x 12, 240 x 12, 260 x 10, 280 x 10
Stiff-Legged Deadlifts with Dumbbell: 110 x 15, 110 x 15, 110 x 15
Single Leg Curls with 3 sec pauses: 100 x 8, 110 x 8, 120 x 8
Calf Raises: 160 x 100 (do as many as possible, rest, continue until you reach 100).
.

Tuesday: Chest/Triceps/Abs


Flat Dumbbell Press: 90 x 8, 100 x 8, 110 x 8, 110 x 8=>80 x 8=>50 x 8
Flat Flyes: 50 x 8, 60 x 8, 70 x 8
Pec Deck: 150 x 12, 170 x 10, 190 x 8
Cable Cross-Overs: 100 x 15, 120 x 12, 140 x 10
Tricep Extensions: 90 x 12, 100 x 12, 110 x 12
Single Reverse Tri Extensions: 60 x 12, 70 x 10, 80 x 8
Crunches: 4 sets of 30
.

Wednesday: Quads/Forearms/Calves


Double Knee Extensions: 200 x 10, 220 x 10, 240 x 10, 250 x 8
Leg Presses: 640 x 12, 730 x 12, 820 x 10
Squats: 225 x 10, 315 x 10, 405 x 8
Single Knee Extensions with 3 sec pause: 90 x 8, 100 x 8, 110 x 8
Hip Extensions: 180 x 15, 200, 15, 220 x 15
Wrist Curls with Barbell (behind back): 115 x 12, 135 x 12, 155 x 12
Wrist Extension with dumbbells: 25 x 12, 30 x 12, 35 x 12
Calf Raises: 200 x 40, 220 x 30, 240 x 20
Seated Calf Raises: 115 x 20, 140 x 20, 165 x 20
.

Thursday: Back/Biceps/Abs


Lat Pulls (wide grip): 180 x 12, 200 x 12, 220 x 12
Lat Pulls (narrow grip): 150 x 12, 160 x 12, 170 x 12
Hammer Strength Rows: 180 x 10, 230 x 10, 280 x 10
Seated Cable Rows: 160 x 12, 180 x 12, 200 x 12
Cable Pull-Overs: 130 x 15, 140 x 15, 150 x 15
Hyperextensions: No weight x 15 x 3 sets
Concentration Curls: 35 x 12, 40 x 12, 45 x 10
Single Dumbbell Preacher Curls: 30 x 15, 35 x 12, 40 x 10
Ab Machine: 110 x 15, 120 x 15, 130 x 15, 140 x 15
Friday: Shoulders/Traps/Calves


Single Dumbbell Lateral Raises (standing): 25 x 12, 30 x 12, 35 x 10
Single Cable Lateral Raises (standing): 20 x 20, 25 x 20, 30 x 20
Dumbbell Front Raises: 30 x 10, 35 x 10, 40 x 10
Or
EZ Bar Front Raises: 65 x 10, 75 x 10, 85 x 10
EZ Bar Upright Rows: 65 x 10, 75 x 10, 85 x 10
Shoulder Shrugs with Bar: 225 x 15, 315 x 12, 405 x 12, 495 x 10, 405 x 12, 315 x 12
Or
Dumbbell Shrugs: 110 x 15 (for 5 sets)
Calf Raises: 360 x 15, 450 x 15, 540 x 15, 630 x 15

Saturday: OFF

Sunday: Triceps


Tricep Extensions: 120 x 8, 130 x 8, 140 x 8, 150 x 8
Single Reverse Tricep Extension: 70 x 8, 80 x 8, 90 x 8
Rope Overhead Extensions: 100 x 8, 120 x 8, 140 x 8
Rope KickBacks: 70 x 8, 80 x 8, 90 x 8
Bench Dips without weight: x 15

Final Two Weeks:

Monday: Biceps/Hamstrings/Calves


Concentration curls: 45 x 8, 50 x 8, 55 x 8, 60 x 6
Alternating Dumbbell Curls: 35 x 8, 40 x 8, 45 x 8
Super set with:
Double Hammer Dumbbell Curls: 30 x 8, 35 x 8, 40 x 8
High Cable Curls: 70 x 10, 80 x 8, 90 x 8
Double Leg Curls: 220 x 12, 240 x 12, 260 x 10, 280 x 10
Stiff-Legged Deadlifts with Dumbbell: 110 x 15, 110 x 15, 110 x 15
Single Leg Curls with 3 sec pauses: 100 x 8, 110 x 8, 120 x 8
Calf Raises: 160 x 100 (do as many as possible, rest, continue until you reach 100).


Tuesday: Chest/Triceps/Abs


Incline Dumbbell Press: 90 x 8, 100 x 8, 110 x 8, 110 x 8=>80 x 8=>50 x 8
Incline Flyes: 40 x 10, 50 x 10, 60 x 10
Flat Flyes: 40 x 12, 45 x 12, 50 x 12
Cable Cross-Overs: 100 x 15, 120 x 12, 140 x 10
Tricep Extensions: 90 x 12, 100 x 12, 110 x 12
Single Reverse Tri Extensions: 60 x 12, 70 x 10, 80 x 8
Crunches: 4 sets of 30


Wednesday: Quads/Forearms/Calves


Double Knee Extensions: 180 x 12, 200 x 12, 220 x 12, 240 x 10
Leg Presses: 560 x 15, 640 x 15, 730 x 15
Squats: 225 x 12, 275 x 12, 325 x 12
Single Knee Extensions with 3 sec pause: 90 x 8, 100 x 8, 110 x 8
Hip Extensions: 180 x 15, 200, 15, 220 x 15
Wrist Curls with Barbell (behind back): 115 x 12, 135 x 12, 155 x 12
Wrist Extension with dumbbells: 25 x 12, 30 x 12, 35 x 12
Calf Raises: 200 x 40, 220 x 30, 240 x 20
Seated Calf Raises: 115 x 20, 140 x 20, 165 x 20

Thursday: Back/Biceps/Abs


Lat Pulls (wide grip): 160 x 15, 180 x 15, 200 x 15
Lat Pulls (narrow grip): 150 x 12, 160 x 12, 170 x 12
Hammer Strength Rows: 180 x 12, 200 x 12, 220 x 12
Seated Cable Rows: 150 x 15, 160 x 15, 170 x 15
Cable Pull-Overs: 130 x 15, 140 x 15, 150 x 15
Hyperextensions: No weight x 15 x 3 sets
Concentration Curls: 35 x 12, 40 x 12, 45 x 10
Single Dumbbell Preacher Curls: 30 x 15, 35 x 12, 40 x 10
Ab Machine: 110 x 15, 120 x 15, 130 x 15, 140 x 15
.

Friday: Shoulders/Traps/Calves


Single Dumbbell Lateral Raises (standing): 25 x 12, 30 x 12, 35 x 10
Single Cable Lateral Raises (standing) 20 x 20, 25 x 20, 30 x 20
Dumbbell Front Raises: 30 x 10, 35 x 10, 40 x 10
Or
EZ Bar Front Raises: 65 x 10, 75 x 10, 85 x 10
EZ Bar Upright Rows: 65 x 10, 75 x 10, 85 x 10
Shoulder Shrugs with Bar: 225 x 15, 315 x 12, 405 x 12, 495 x 10, 405 x 12, 315 x 12
Or
Dumbbell Shrugs: 110 x 15 (for 5 sets)
Calf Raises: 360 x 15, 450 x 15, 540 x 15, 630 x 15
.

Saturday: OFF

Sunday: Triceps


Tricep Extensions: 120 x 8, 130 x 8, 140 x 8, 150 x 8
Single Reverse Tricep Extension: 70 x 8, 80 x 8, 90 x 8
Rope Overhead Extensions: 100 x 8, 120 x 8, 140 x 8
Rope KickBacks: 70 x 8, 80 x 8, 90 x 8
Bench Dips without Weight: 3 sets of 15 reps
.

You will notice that there is very little change between the first 10 weeks and the last two weeks. This is due mostly to the fact that you lose little to no strength throughout your dieting and contest preparation. This is primarily as a result of keeping your protein intake high and keeping your intensity up.

Most people may need to change their program up quite a bit due to decreasing strength from dieting. My advice: don't get so overweight in the off-season. I'm telling you this from experience. The last time I competed I started at 260 and ended up at 209 The following year I started at 240 and ended at 215 with a much better physique.


Supplements

Despite what you might think, bodybuilding is a very expensive sport. Because of that fact, I chose to stick with protein drinks/powders only. In my diet I mentioned the zero carb drinks. One thing, I did work in LA Muscle Pure Whey in for the first protein drink of the day. That being said, here is a list of my supplements:


LA Fat Stripper : 2in the morning upon riseing and 2 one hour before workout
Zero Carb (in the glass bottles): 2-3/day
LA Muti_Protector: 2capsules/day

General Advice

These are just a few of the things I've found throughout my short bodybuilding career that seem to make things easier:


Start Early: Never wait until the last minute to either diet, start your cardio, or put on your Pro-Tan. This will only increase your anxiety level and thus hinder your results.

Get A Workout Partner: This will be the most helpful person in your life for your entire training career; especially pre-contest. Your partner will push you harder and make sure that you are working as hard as you need.

Pose Regularly: I started posing 12 weeks out from contest. The first 6 weeks I just did it pretty low intensity for about 15 minutes 3 times a week. The last 4 weeks I posed every night, went through all the mandatory poses twice, and posed for at least 30 minutes.


This will make getting up there on Saturday a breeze. For those of you who have never competed; it's hot as hell up there. You will sweat and you will cramp unless you are in condition. I was only out-conditioned by one competitor (of course I was bigger, had better symmetry and proportion, and better aesthetics). That's my b^tch session.

You've got to be in posing condition or else you would lose. I practiced my butt off and had no problem holding poses or measuring my breath. Practice, practice, practice. I only started sweating towards the end of the overall posing because I drank too much water back stage and it was over 95 degrees up there.


Be Confident, Not Cocky: Backstage at a competition is a bonding session between competitors. The morning pre-judging you are sizing yourself up with the other guys both in your class and in your division. The evening show you are helping each other and making sure everyone gets to the pump up area on time.


I am a very competitive person and because of that I want everyone I'm competing against to look their best. That way, I feel like I've accomplished more when beating someone who looked their best also It's a strange philosophy but it makes me tick and makes everyone around you respect you for being honest.

Tell someone if they missed a spot with their Pro-Tan. Tell them if they are sweating or if they need to get off their feet and rest. Be a good sport. That doesn't mean you aren't going to want to beat them but it means that you want to beat them and still have the respect you've earned.

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