Friday – 8 Days Out – Back Pump – Competition and Relationships: An Incompatible Mix?

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One of the hardest things for me to wrap my head about competing in bodybuilding, is how people maintain social relationships, particularly with girlfriends and especially those with families.

Competing requires a level of dedication that exceeds any level of selfishness I could ever contemplate. I’ve been driven to achieve goals in other areas of my life that have required a tremendous level of commitment and focus, but when you add into the equation factors of  extreme hunger coupled with physical and mental exhaustion, the psychological battle becomes so much more pronounced.

When you’re tired and starving, the little things become amplified and it’s always those that are the closest that seemingly bear the brunt of the bad moods.

Add the fact that you can’t socialise or indulge in activities that bring variation and fun to life – you don’t feel like sex, you withdraw and shut off communication because socialising requires tremendous expenditure of energy, and your sole preoccupation in life becomes making it to your next meal, then your next refeed…It’s just easier to shut oneself off behind a wall of isolation to minimise the collateral damage. The strange thing is that you don’t even have the emotional range to care about the isolation, and you actually begin to revel in it.

To the people that can balance those challenges and still come through the other end with their lives and relationships intact – guys such as pro’s Mark Dugdale and John Meadows who maintain business empires and still balance out a healthy family life…I give them my greatest respect.

mark dugdale meadows family


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5:30am & 9:00pm – Steady State Cardio 30 mins Treadmill 5.5km-p/hr

4:00pm – Back Pump – Serge Nubret Pump Training

I didn’t really push things too hard today because I was tired despite sleeping well after the previous night’s refeed. I aimed to get a pump that although elusive at first, started to hit really hard midway through the workout. My condition looked excellent today and I was a roadmap of veins with clear, delineated muscle on my arms, delts and back. Seems there was no spillover despite last evening’s crazy carbs and calories.

I went back for a second session of cardio tonight after dinner because I enjoyed doing it a lot the other night and it would be my last chance for cardio in the next couple of days. Altogether this prep I’ve done less than 10 sessions all up I figure….

Pullups – Body Weight x 10 x 6 sets

Dumbbell Chest Supported Rows
45lbs x 12 x 6

Wide Grip Lat Pulldowns to Chest
110lbs x 12 x 4

Close Grip Lat Pulldowns to Chest
110lbs x 12 x 4

Wide Grip Cable Rows
110lbs x 12 x 3

Close Grip Cable Rows
110lbs x 12 x 3

Cable Pullovers
60lbs x 12 x 5

LifeStyle Lat Pulldown Machine
121lbs x 12 x 4

labrada back


I pulled it back to moderate calories and high fat again today forgoing the normal 2 day carb up due to the fact that:

  1. I went really high last night on the carbs and calories
  2. I would be adding carbs back in early next week before the show.

I nearly lapsed when a staff member had a birthday party and someone laid out a tonne of bacon-cheese breads and pull-aparts fresh from the bakery on the table. My mind was turning every rationalization possible to indulge, but I stayed strong and abstained. Fucking bread is my downfall.

Meal One
4 whole eggs
200g avocado

Meal Two
125g Salmon

Meal Three
4 Egg Whites
Konjac Noodles

Meal Four
3 Egg Whites
10g Almond Butter

Meal Four 
1 Scoop Vitargo
1 Scoop PeptoPro

Meal Five 
6 Egg Whites
Konjac Noodles

Meal Six
1 Scoop Cellucor Protein
125g Strawberries
1/4 cup Almond Milk

Meal Seven
1 Scoop Cellucor Protein
125g Strawberries
1/4 cup Almond Milk

Protein: 164g – 40%
Carbs: 89g – 22%
Fat: 70g – 38%
Calories: 1654





  3 comments for “Friday – 8 Days Out – Back Pump – Competition and Relationships: An Incompatible Mix?

  1. March 4, 2016 at 11:57 am

    The silence stemming from intense training and dieting is something people really find difficult to understand. Something made worse by the fact you’re often to tired to explain it! Feel this point is often unmentioned in bodybuilding circles.


    • March 5, 2016 at 12:34 pm

      Indeed. What I find strange is that normally, I’m a quiet and introverted guy and most people leave me to my own devices.

      This prep, same as last prep, people all of a sudden want to interact more, even though they don’t know I’m contest dieting. Random strangers, people at the gym, work colleagues…..strange. Most of the time I don’t mind, but at work, it’s very hard because I have to place so much energy into being theatrical for my classes that during the lunch breaks I just want to curl into a ball and be left alone.

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      • March 5, 2016 at 4:47 pm

        Damn that sounds quite challenging especially at this point. One of those unforeseen tests in bodybuilding aka remaining tolerant!

        Liked by 1 person

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