I often hear everyone knocking physique competitors and how they are in shape for only 12 weeks. What most people don’t realize is that there are logical reasons for this. They get so lean because they aren’t lean year around.
It’s how they get so ripped for a contest. You can’t peal or maintain low bodyfat levels all winter.
As sad as it may make some people, you can’t be in peak shape all year.
The smart way is to cycle your training. You can only get lean and look good lean with muscle. You need to approach your training in a cycling fashion so that you can work up to the peak.
I am NOT talking about bulking up and getting fat and out of shape every winter to diet it off in the summer.
I’m suggesting that you go from good shape to great (peak) shape, then back it off to good shape but never getting in bad shape.Makes perfect sense right?
I have no intentions whatsoever of staying beach lean around 6% all year. Most of the time I try to stay around 8-10% which is extremely lean. At the same time though, I need to add muscle.
I don’t maintain beach shape all year and it only takes me about 12 weeks to get down to lean levels.I do so using the exact same techniques that I’ll show you in a my ultimate fat loss package that is coming out soon.
You can’t stay on a low calorie diet for too long. Your metabolism slows down and your body adapts to your calories. If you push hard though for a few weeks then ease back you’ll develop the body that you’ve always wanted.
Jimmy Smith, CSCS, is a fitness coach