Turning Pro

June 28th, 2011

   

Follow Henry Van Dijk and Myself as we get ready to do battle in the gym and on stage in the pursuit of our IFBB Pro status.

In the 15 weeks to come I will be blogging about the training, dieting and overall challenges that come with being a bodybuilder while maintaining a balance between work and a family life all at the same time.

So what’s so hard about being a bodybuilder….  It may seem like a lot to some and maybe easy for a few, but planning, cooking and getting your meals in every day can seem like a full time job on its own. In addition to meal prep and timing, going to work to pay for the bills, including that of the rising food bill, and we now have a double shift. Now for that dreaded overtime – finding the hour and a half to spend in the gym with training and when morning cardio starts, waking up early for 45-60 mins on an empty stomach.

I’n no way am I complaining cause I love what i do and I’m sure that everyone who is serious about training is more than willing to cut the junk food and nights out on the town to be in bed early so they can wake up and work on making their body the best it can possible be.  We all find ourselves in situations where we have to attend a function and improvise with our meals, It’s just whether or not you can make the right choices.

Stay tuned these next 15 weeks and hopefully Henry and I can lead by example, and both walk away with our IFBB Pro status..

Remember that New Years’ Resolution?

June 27th, 2011

How many of you made your New Years’ Resolutions back in January? Well it’s six months into your “new you year” and I’m curious to see how many people are still at it! Back in January I wrote an article with tips on getting into the gym scene and basics for how to survive. Check it out and give yourself a shake if you’ve fallen off the wagon. Get back on it and stop dragging behind in the dirt!

Those New Years resolution-ers have once again taken over the gym in hopes to trim that new Christmas bulge and other poundage that has seemingly crept up since their high school sports days.
This is the reality us year round-ers face every January.  Now I’m not going to rant or whine about how they wander around not knowing what to do, or sit on the benches or hoard all the weights while watching others in wonder thinking “How do I GET like that?” I’m here to try to add some extra motivation and push to those bench warmers and cardio bunnies.

Before you start you have to know why you’re going in the first place.  What is your goal? Do you want to lose weight, train to run a marathon, compete? You need to have something to look forward to or a specific target of want to achieve, otherwise what are you going to do other than kill time?!
Hire a trainer if you have absolutely no idea what to do with the equipment.  Don’t be afraid to try new exercises that look intimidating, or machines that look as if you have to crawl into them. Your workout can be customized to help you make the best of your time in the gym and ensure that you get the results you’re looking for.

Don’t go at it alone.  Bailing on the gym or cheating on a meal plan is always harder when there is someone else involved – Make gym dates with friends with similar goals and have healthy snacks and meals on hand at all times.  Ladies, this is why we have large purses! If you don’t have a fridge to stash your food in during the day, Six Pack lunch bags are the greatest!
Don’t be afraid to ask for help and if you don’t know what you’re doing.  Just don’t ask someone that looks like they’re in the zone. This brings us to another important point -
Learn gym etiquette! Wear deodorant PLEASE. And DONT bathe in cologne minutes before stepping into the gym.  You might be circuit training, but you’re not speed dating.  Be respectful of those training around you.  Ipod’s usually mean music, which not only serves as entertainment (and the occasional dance break between sets for some) but another way of saying please don’t chat.
If you’re filling up a water bottle, let those going in for a sip go first.
The list of do’s and donts could go on forever but just start with a few while you break yourself in.
Keep pictures and training logs to record your progress! This will prove as a guide to show how much stronger you get over time, and allows you switch up your workout every 4 – 6 weeks to keep your body guessing.

Remember, nothing worth anything happens overnight and losing weight, increasing strength and getting fit isn’t a temporary change but an lifestyle adjustment.  Hang in there. It’s not always easy and there WILL be challenges – I’d be lying if I told you otherwise.  But its how YOU face those challenges and keep pushing that will set you apart from the ones that give up.

“The difference between a successful person and an unsuccessful person is that a successful person is WILLING to do the uncomfortable and unknown.”

Are Bodybuilders Athletes?

June 15th, 2011

Although I’m not exactly the definition and idea of a bodybuilder, I consider myself to be one if you classify bodybuilding as a training style.  Which also means I might be mildly defensive when someone tries to tell me I’m not an athlete, nor am I athletic.

When you hear the term bodybuilder your mind most likely shifts to an image of someone along the lines of Ronnie Coleman (Eight time Mr. Olympia, but of course you knew that).

There is a great debate over whether bodybuilders are indeed classified as athletes.  To help clarify this, by definition an athlete is “a person trained to compete in sports” or “a person possessing acquired traits such as strength, agility or endurance, that are necessary for physical exercise or sports, especially those performed in competitive context”

Lets go one step further.  A sport is “an active diversion requiring physical exertion and competition”.  So is bodybuilding not then considered a sport by definition? In my opinion it is most definitely an active diversion of physical exertion – anyone that has ever stepped foot into a gym and roamed through the weights area has indeed experienced and seen this first hand.  But are we athletes? The way I see it, I am yet to run into a bodybuilder that at the very least doesn’t posses  “strength and endurance necessary for physical exercise”.

Professional athletes use all sorts of training to maximize their potential and improve their strength and endurance required for their specific sport.  Although not all bodybuilders are exceptional athletes, every athlete is to some degree a bodybuilder.

There is no doubt that you have to have some level of athleticism to train hard, push yourself and keep yourself motivated to go further and further each time you train.  Bodybuilders do more than grunt, push, pull and throw around the steel.  They may not be the same class of athletes that compete professionally and are traded amongst other teams but they do sign sponsorship contracts and compete with one another to end up on top in the end.

As Lee Labrada said, “Bodybuilding is the foundation sport for all sports. And yes, bodybuilders are athletes. And if anyone ever makes the mistake of telling me I’m not an athlete, they’re in for an earful!”

Welcome To The MASSmeltdown Blog

June 9th, 2011

Where else to begin, other than to say WELCOME MASSmeltdown fans and athletes!

If you’re reading this you’re most likely a fitness, bodybuilding and gym enthusiast. Well you’ve come to the right place. Here we will be showcasing our athletes, upcoming competitions, challenges and giving you the inside view of the life of a bodybuilder, bikini competitor and everyday gym fiend.

Stay up to date with the latest in the news in the industry, hot topics, recipes and more! We currently have four athletes that are in the last week of their prep for MABBA Provincials in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Matt, Mike, Mark and Chelsea have all been training and dieting for months in preparation to hit the stage June 4th in what will no doubt be their best conditions to date. Check back to see how our athletes stacked up against the competition and to see pictures of us in action on stage and behind the scenes.