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Follow the journey of two natural bodybuilders as they make their way to stage, each week either Steve or Pascal will be interviewed going over their past two weeks. From their struggles, to their success, from their weight change to their training and also discussing what life is currently throwing at them.
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Weeks Data – 24th April to 7th May
Week 8&9 of Contest Prep
Week 1 Summary/Averages:
Deload time and again, I felt that I needed it. It wasn’t as bad as the meso cycle prior to it which is probably a sign of adaption, however, I was still feeling the accumulation of fatigue. At first we had planned to do a diet break ever 8th. week but I wasn’t experiencing any kind of diet fatigue nor was my fat loss making any signs of stalling, so we decided to make use of the momentum and delay the diet break a bit. We changed the macros on my refeed days slightly, decreasing fats+protein and increasing my carbs+ensuring taking a refeed on training days.
- NO CHANGES
- Macros: 190p | 334c | 52f – 2558kcal
- Weight: 173.1lbs (down 1.7lbs last week)
- Sleep: 7.1 hours
- Hunger: 2.9/5
- Energy: 2.7/5
- Steps: 16,306
- Cardio: 800kcal
Week 2 Summary/Averages:
New meso cycle and no real changes to my training routine. However, I’ve made some slight adjustments when it came to exercise selection. I like to do some kind of variation after 8 weeks. These changes often are minor, such as a different grip or stance width. Still, I would say that I had one of the most productive training weeks since the beginning of my contest prep. The day after each session, I really felt that I hit the desired muscles well which also showed itself at the end of the week in the form of fatigue.
Also we’ve made some adjustments in regards to cardio. To ensure proper recovery I exchanged the Stairmaster with something less stressful such as a recumbent bike and decreased it by 100kcal. It takes longer to execute, however, it’s way easier to do. Furthermore, we again made some minor adjustments to my refeed days, increasing protein back to 200g only due to personal preferences and also we put the first refeed one day prior to the first session of the week.
- Macros: 204p | 298c | 56f – 2513kcal
- Weight: 173.3lbs (up 0.2lbs last week)
- Sleep: 6.9 hours
- Hunger: 3.3/5
- Energy: 3.6/5
- Steps: 14,078
- Cardio: 600kcal
Latest Physique Update
2 totally different weeks when it comes to weight drop on the scale. Week 8 was astonishingly good. 1.7lbs down compared to the week before and week 9…well, the scale even went up by 0.2lbs. I’m not worried though, most of the time I felt like there was a lot of food sitting in my digestive system when I stepped on the scale and probably the slight doms throughout the week made me hold a bit more water. When looking at the images, I still feel like I’ve made progress in terms of fat loss.
- Taken first thing on Saturday morning (pump, no food)
- Light source side on to camera, to give as realistic updates as possible (no half natty lighting)