I have noticed that people who are “in to fitness” tend to be those who like planning too. Or maybe we just develop an affinity for planning because “Failing to plan is planning to fail!”. It kind of ends up being a chicken vs. egg argument. The end result being mounds upon mounds of fitness and nutrition plans. I am no exception, except that I tend to change me plans on a an almost daily basis.
What doesn’t change are my goals.
Goals for me are the foundation of a plan, so that is always where I start, and today I have decided that my goal will be a repeat of last years (with a better placing). I will be competing at the UFE Halloween Mayhem Show on October 26th!
I have shown you what my plans tend to look like before, but I wanted to go through my though process a bit more and why I plan how I do.
FIRST – The Goal
This is 2 fold; What I want to achieve before I start competition prep, and what I want to achieve by the show.
1 – I want my off-season to end with me about 6-8 pounds away from ideal and which a bit more muscle than last time (maybe 4-5 pounds).
2 – Show up slightly leaner with 4-5 pounds more muscle than last year and place top 5 at the show.
SECOND – The Math
So my goals include building some muscle; I figure I have probably put on 5 pounds of muscle already, but the trick is maintaining that while losing fat. And I want to come in leaner.
My stats from my show last year were 132 pounds and about 13% BF. This year I would like to have about 10% body fat and about 4-5 pounds more of muscle, so what does that result in for the scale?
Last year’s Lean Body Mass = 132 lbs / (1 +13%BF) = 117 lbs of LBM
This year LBM goal = 117 lbs +5 lbs = 122 lbs of LBM
This year’s goal weight = 122 lbs * (1 +10%BF) = 134 lbs of scale weight
Therefore my goal weight per my scale for the show is 134 pounds if I hit all my targets, this is completely flexible based on what the mirror is showing! And my goal for the off-season is to end at around 140 – 142 pounds.
My current weight as of this morning is 149, so I need to lose 7-9 pounds in the 15 weeks before contest prep.
THIRD – The Timing
Now that I have the dates and the weights in mind I plan out the timing of things and see what special events I have to compensate for (because I don’t believe in not eating what you want on your birthday and the like). For this I usually download a calendar in word and put in all the dates that I thing are pertinent. Some of the ones I have included are:
- The contest date
- The contest prep start date (12 weeks before the contest date)
- Vacations the will interrupt workouts and eating
- Special events where I will be going out to eat (like Mother’s day, Father’s day, Birthdays, anniversaries etc.)
- Active events that may interrupt my training schedule (like the 2 spartan races I am doing this summer)
- Fitness events that I might want to look good for (like the Toronto Pro Supershow) – this is only relevant if I want to cut back on salt or carbs in order to make sure I’m not all puffy, nothing would change for the workouts or diet and I would never crash diet for something like that
When all that information is in the calendar, I start counting back and labeling the weeks away from the competition and contest prep and divide my goal needs, by the weeks to get my weekly goals.
I have 15 weeks until contest prep would start, minus 2 weeks in San Francisco, so 13 weeks. Therefore 9 pounds/13 weeks = 0.7 pounds per week on average
I have 12 weeks of contest prep. Therefore 6 pounds / 12 weeks = 0.5 pounds per week on average
Once I have those amounts I back look at the special events and estimate any “damage” I might do, for instance, on my birthday I might think I would gain 2 pounds over the various celebrations, therefore I would need to compensate by losing 0.7 pounds per week.
And we haven’t even gotten to the strategy of how to get there yet!
FOURTH – The Workouts
I always start my plans with a workout schedule, this time around I intend to workout more with a routine and in the morning. Since I want to build muscle in the off-season, my focus will be hypertrophy training with between 24-30 working sets and working in the 8-12 rep range. I adjust as I go and the plans I have for workouts will be used only as long as I see progress.
I also what to improve my running capacity because I am doing some races this year, so I am planning on doing 3-4 days of cardio, mostly running, per week.
My current plan is: