countdown

April 22nd, 2013

i have had this blog entry for 2 weeks and with all the preping i have been doing for clients i forgot to post it . im sorry jen …

Hello Everyone!
So I am 11.5 weeks away from the BC Provincials and pre-contest prep is fully underway!

This is when my blood really starts to get going, when I really feel that hunger…you know the one… the one where dinner is on its way, you can smell it from the kitchen, and your mouth starts to water… All distractions are secondary to the single minded focus on getting this done the BEST way I can.

People will say to me that this must be hard, I must feel so deprived, but that is SO very opposite of how I feel at this stage in the game. I feel like I am on top of the world. That I have claimed it as mine, and I will direct it as I choose. My body is shedding its “insulation” and revealing the gift of this year’s hard work. My diet is clean which levels my moods, keeps my head clear, and is allowing my body to function as it should.

And then there is the shopping….Ladies (okay, and men), this is more fun than any other event you could prep for! First of all, I am ROCKEN the spring outfits (its already 23C here.. sorry rest of Canada), I get to pick a photographer and what kind of photos to take, a suit designer, a makeup artist, a tanning company… and bikinis… oh yes.. the bikinis….

This is the best sport in the world, the best community in the world, and the best ME I could have every hoped for. Training is not just lifting. Its life. Its positive messaging, having role models who broke the mold, choosing the good, pushing past the pain, determination through the dry spells, it’s getting back up, it’s not being afraid to fall. It’s encouraging each other to find the immense happiness on the other side of our fears, it’s knowing that we all have a story but that story doesn’t need to define our present or our future. It is writing our best story now.
I am so very excited to be reppin’ Team Mass at the BC Provincials this year, and am very honored to have Ryan’s very personal and knowledgeable guidance along every step of the way. Thanks Coach!

Train Hard!
Jenn

getting it done

December 31st, 2012

i wanted to get a few new topics and writers doing some bloging for me and when i ask Kayla if she wanted to write one she was all over it. this is what she had to say.

“I have never done a blog before, but when Ryan asked me to I was excited… People have been asking me a lot of questions lately, so I figure what better to write about but that ! Read more…

Widening the Barnyard doors…

September 23rd, 2012

Hey all you Massers out there! I just wanted to take this time to introduce myself to you all. For those who don’t know of me, my name is Mike Schnurrer and I have been a personal trainer for MassMeltdown.com for two years. As a personal trainer for MassMeltdown.com I have run competition posing clinics, body consultations, created personalized diet and workout plans. I have also been involved in the setup and running of our company booths and promoted the quality and use of  Mass sponsored supplement companies. I was also priveledged to award trophies to athletes during competitions Mass helped promote.

Currently I am a Head Trainer at a gym located in my home city of Winnipeg, MB. In the club I work out of I do all my 1on1 training, body consultations, and creation of personalized plans. I specialize in preparation of athletes for fitness/bodybuilding competitions and photoshoots but I also work with general, weight loss, overall health and rehabilitation clients.

This upcoming spring Winnipeg hosts its annual bodybuilding/fitness competition. Mass will have a booth there of course where we will be promoting our sponsored supplements as well as spreading those Mass lats to widen the doors a little more for all you new Massers to find your way to the light which has become MassMeltdown.com.

Congratulations, Henry! Post National’s Update

September 19th, 2012

It’s Tuesday morning and I just got back from Edmonton late yesterday . I was so happy with the way things went . I placed second in the grandmasters to a gentleman named Frank Greico, but I have to say he was totally deserving of 1st place as he had a better physique then I did. I also must say that I  couldn’t have lost to a nicer guy. There were 15 guys in my class and all the top ten guys showed up in great shape.  I was so happy with what Ryan did with me this year and I was the driest I’ve ever been. I looked better than when I won the Canadian grandmasters in 2010, but unfortunately for me someone with a better physique showed up.  That’s not important though.  What is, that at 52 years of age I improved .  To me that’s what bodybuilding is about. I will continue to work with Ryan as I feel he is the best possible trainer one could have. Ryan was there for me every step of the way and made sure that everything was working like it was suppose to.  One competitor was under the guidance of an IFBB Pro who certainly wasn’t paying too close of attention to his client.  Plus he had him do certain things which just didn’t make sense. When Ryan told me to do something it made sense and if I did have a question about why we were doing something Ryan would explain it to me. I don’t ask very many questions though because I have the upmost faith in Ryan’s judgement that’s why he’s my trainer. In closing I look forward to working with Ryan over the next year and making more gains . I’m back to eating clean after 3 days of eating crap and will take this week off the gym. Next week I start training 3x per week. Monday will be chest, delts and triceps, Wednesdat is calves, hams. and quads, and Friday back and biceps . I’ll follow this for about 6 weeks and then start gearing up for next year. Did I say next year?! I guess I did…oh well.

My recent break up…

September 2nd, 2012

No, I’m not about to bust out a Taylor Swift song and get all emotional about heartbreak and boys that I love to hate.  That’s not the kind of break up I’m referring to.  But just like any other unhealthy relationship, this was one that had to be cut off.  Dropped cold turkey.  I know I’m not the only one with a weakness for peanut butter…to the point where I can’t even have it in my house.  I remember someone telling me to just toss it in the freezer. Well that didn’t help! It’s still there, but now it’s just more of a challenge to get to…and I’ll find a way if I’m craving it.  Yes, I know natural peanut butter can be healthy and will usually have it in my off season diets, but make a point of making sure I get something to substitute it now because it’s too easy for me to measure with my eyes and turn a tablespoon into a heaping one…ok, or two.  So this leads me to my breakup story.  I have cut peanut butter out completely.  It’s been a week today and I have no cravings at all, yay!  Not to say that I’ll never have peanut butter again, that’s just crazy talk.  But while I’m trying to lean out for my Birthday (who doesn’t want to look good on their b-day?!) and Vegas, I am swearing off peanut butter.  I’m going to go ahead and toss almond butter into this split while I’m at it.  So if you’re at my house and you see it, toss it. Take it…but once I put this promise out there it’s game on, no turning back.

Happy Peak Week, Henry!

August 13th, 2012

Leading up to North American’s last September, Henry shared his experiences with training and dieting.  He is now training through the final days of his prep for the CBBF Nationals in Edmonton, Alberta this coming weekend and had this to say about his last night on stage.
This is my last year of competing in bodybuilding I’ll be 53 this year and its time to move on to other things, even though I know I will miss it as its been a part of my life as long as I can remember.
I was asked the other day if there was any money given to the winners. I had to explain that no money is awarded and that’s not the reason for me competing. I compete plain and simple because that’s what I love to do; It’s my passion and it’s something no one can take away from me. The shear and utter joy that is felt when you step on stage and know that you have attained the goals that you set for yourself is like no other feeling.
This year Ryan had me focus on my back and I did this by training it 2 times per week. Guess what, it worked!  My back now has more detail and size than ever before and this was done in my fifties. It was a lot of hard work but well worth it because I obtained my goal and that to me is what bodybuilding is about.
Arnold said it best, your like a sculptor but instead of working with clay you use weights to visually create what you want. I also stayed much lighter this year, never above 15 lbs. of contest weight. I managed to have a six pack all year and I think this is what helped me achieve the best condition of my life. I also practiced what I tend to preach that it`s not how much weight that you move which creates new muscle but rather how hard you make the muscle work. Don’t get me wrong, heavy weights do have their place in bodybuilding but not at the expense of strict form and actually feeling the muscle work . We aren’t power lifters nor should we train like one.
I’m hoping to place well but even if I don’t I know in my heart and soul I was the best that I could be.  The only other thing besides competing that I’m looking forward to is some pizza and a nice piece of cheesecake. In closing I’d like to say to anyone reading this blog is just to be patient and you will achieve your goals. Nothing worth anything comes over night. I know this from first hand experience as I have been lifting weights for over 40 years now and will continue working out until I get planted in the ground.

I wanted to add how important it is to have a good trainer in your corner.  Like I said prior to this I’ve been training for 40 years and am pretty knowledgeable regarding training and diet. Having Ryan though takes all the guess work out of your contest prep. We all are human and especially during the last few weeks tend to panic or second guess oneself. With a good trainer like Ryan there is no guessing he knows what to do and how to do it. I used to have sleepless nights worrying about my show wondering if I was doing everything right. I now sleep like a baby because I know that if I do as my trainer tells me nothing can go wrong.

Best Under Pressure…

August 9th, 2012

Call me a procrastinator if you like, but this is just how I do best…always best under pressure.  If it’s not the pressure of an impending assignement it’s the pressure of committing to something, which isn’t always a bad feeling.

I’ve always made a point to tell everyone what my plans were for upcoming shows or possible competitions.  Whether it was my way of holding myself more accountable, or possibly an informal warning to those around me that dieting was just around the corner, I’ve always publically committed to my next challenge.

After Provincials I had several people ask me, “So? Now what are you doing? What’s your next show?”…I honestly had no idea.  Not knowing exactly what I was doing next was rather bittersweet for me.  I had options; the Flex Bikini at the Olympia like I’ve done the past 2 years, take time off to bring up my ASSets even more for Nationals 2013 or take time off to just train without committment to any competition in the near future.  I am starting to get that itch again though and miss the jan tana, heels and stage makeup.  So when Fitness Star announced that they were coming to Winnipeg November 11th, 2012 it definitely caught my attention.  A new organization, a new category and a whole new experience (especially since I may or may not be towing my boss along for the ride <3)  I’ve started to clean my diet right up again and am looking forward to the next few weeks that will determine exactly whether or not I will be doing the Fitness Star Network – Fitness Model competition.  So consider this my “unofficial” competition announcement…pressure’s on!

After dieting down for Provincials I lost some of my strength and set out to gain it all back, and then some.  Well, I can definitely say it’s back with more than I had prior to the show.  I’ve hit new personal bests and am looking forward to making some new ones.  I also set my sights on the Dirty Donkey Mud Run which is actually  next Sunday.  I’ve never done anything like this before, and all I was told was prepare to get DIRTY!  I haven’t exactly been training for this, I’ll admit.  I’m short on hay bails to jump, and muddy ditches to crawl through in preparation but I can definitely handle the 5K run portion – even if it is stop, go, jump, and in my case most likely snap, sprain, cry and bleed.  No, I’m not anticipating the worst…but knowing my luck and lack of agility this is most likely to be my reality next weekend ;) I CANT WAIT!

Baby got BACK!

July 27th, 2012

Ok, so I know I said I would follow up with a chest and shoulder workout, but I simply cannot WAIT to share my new back day PR! Training back has always been one of my favorite days, and for quite a while I paired it with biceps.  For some time now it’s been given it’s own day to shine and I’ve noticed huge strength gains over the past year even.

I remember watching a girl do dumbbell rows with 35’s and thinking “Ooh I can’t wait until I can do that”.  I set the bar at that, and have been pushing it higher ever since.  One of my fellow Team MASS guys and I have been swapping PR’s forever, it seems… along with progress shots and of course, FOOD PORN! He’s one of the guys on the team I know I can go to for a kick in the butt, laugh, or a “daaamn, that’s crazy…for a girl ;) ” So when I actually managed to dumbbell row 55’s for 2 sets of 7 after telling myself to wait for the 50’s, I knew the first person I had to tell was a mere iMessage away.  Thanks George :P

My worst enemy has always been that bit of self doubt, which I know many other people struggle with.  I guess it’s out of fear to fail – but you cannot succeed at anything if you don’t try, fail, and try again.  So here we go. No more self doubt.  If I want to try something, I’m going to do it.  If I find a goal outside my comfort zone, I’ll make a point to accomplish it.  I won’t shy away from lifting heavier than I ever have, or taking risks outside of the gym that I never thought to.

Now, back to my original topic; MY BACK DAY!

*Dumbbell rows

1 set 30’s warm up

1 set 35’s – 15

1 set 40’s – 12 to 15

1 set 45’s – 10 to 12

2 sets 55’s – 7

*One arm lat pull downs

4 sets per side

*Machine pulldowns…high row/lat thing (So technical, eh? It’s by the water fountain @  Nairn…you’ve seen it! lol)

2 sets w/ 45’s

1 set w/ 55 each side

1 set w/ 65 each side

1 set 45’s – single arm

*Bent over barbell rows

4 sets of 12

*Cable rows w/ rope

4 sets of 15

Next up: Chest and shoulders – What are some of your favorite shoulder exercises?

The way I see it…

July 1st, 2012

I’m one of those people tends to jump all in or not all.  So when I was training for this past show I put most of my spare time into training, prepping and more cardio than I’ve ever experienced.  Now that the show is done (Show #6) I find myself with quite a bit more time on my hands then I know what to do with sometimes.  I’m still training as usual but taking more rest days than I have in the past which is challenging mentally, but definitely beneficial in the long run.  Dieting is a little bit of a challenge, but I truly enjoy the foods in my diet no matter what time of year it is or how far out I am from another show, so it doesn’t seem torturous.

I’ve had a few weeks to sit and think about what I want to do next.  I’ve also had quite a number of people ask me when my next show is, and I both love and dread the thought that I have no idea.

When I look back at the last six shows I’ve done, I realize that I’ve always known within a couple of weeks where my next show falls…and the countdowns begin.  After talking with a good friend about it, I realized that I was using successive shows as my goals to stay in shape, and not planning them around the time I needed to adjust accordingly and make the changes I needed to.  I have come into each show looking better than the last, but what if I took more time than I have in the past between shows to really drop jaws?!

I know a few women that compete that have the same issues with post show that I’ve been experiencing – thoughts of “well, now what?”.  Try to have a plan as far as re-introducing foods back into your regular diet.  Yes, you’re going to gain a bit of weight, you won’t be stage lean year round, and you definitely won’t be stage tanned year round :P .  Make sure you get feedback if you plan to continue competing.  This will help give you direction as to what you need to bring up and work on, but take it in a positive motivating manner to fuel you for your workouts.

It’s hard to think that I won’t be competing for about a year but that doesn’t mean that I’m dropping the lifestyle, clean foods or training.  What you do each and every day will bring you closer to your goals, no matter how far away they are.  One day can make a difference so don’t write off today because you had a rough start.

Next big thing…

June 20th, 2012

About a week ago I mentioned that I had some great news that I wanted to share but was waiting for the right time to do so.

To those of you that have read my blogs, updates, and rants…THANK YOU for following my prep, cheering me on and making me feel as if you were all beside me for each and every count down that I’ve made over the last 6 shows. SIX shows already. Wow!  I never would have thought that I could do one, and had I listened to the few people in my life that told me I couldn’t or that I was wasting my time…well I know I wouldn’t be where I am today.  I have been SO lucky to have found some amazing friends over the years and have pushed to make some of my dreams come true.  I remember coming across one of Jayme Galloway’s stunning photos a couple of years ago and posting “I want to be a Gorilla Girl one day”…and here I am today – one of the Gorilla Jack athletes, surrounded by a second family that I would do anything for.

I had the privilege of getting to know Chris Garrick after creeping his MABBA card while I was at work selling him an iPhone.  Chris has been beyond supportive of all of my choices as a friend and athlete and offered me a sponsorship with Jackson Springs last winter.  Everything that you do for me is appreciated more than I could possibly say here and I look forward to the years to come and opportunity that you have all helped open me up to.

Now, my BIG news.  Joining my side to help support my competitive goals and fitness endeavors is Snap Fitness! I am SO incredibly thankful to have Tricia and Ted Petz supporting me in my training and all that I do <3

As for my training and summer goals, I am going to be focusing on having a healthy “off season” approach to diet and cardio balance.  I will be running the Dirty Donkey Mud Run in August with the Snap Fitness team WE LIKE IT DIRTY, along with my girls Vanessa and Trish.  It’s a whole new challenge and I look forward to ramping up my training and trying new styles to prepare.

Any tips you want to shoot our way are more than appreciated…and they are still taking volunteers, so if you want to see Vanessa and I mud fight and scream at each other – here’s your chance. I’m totally going to break something, I’m not very graceful and this will more than prove my agility, or lack of.