2010 Bodybuilding season starts... now



  • well, our first visit to the trainer, and the start of the lean down period before our first comp of the year on April 24th, Auckland.

    both in much better nick than we thought we would be after a good blow out pre and Christmas day. WE have been following a maintenance eating plan, but for the week before Xmas got stuck into a king size bar of chocolate each night (German stuff from a former language student who sends us packages a couple of times a year - good stuff!), and then Xmas Day and the last two days have been chocolate / junk fests.

    Ness gained no weight, lost bodyfat and gained muscle mass in all her target areas. She was most surprised.

    I however, went from 89.9 to 93.4 kilos, but when the measurements were done, it was all good. Gained about 2.5kg muscle mass, added 2cm to thighs, cm to calves and to biceps, and bodyfat sitting at 7.9%. All skinfold measuremtns stayed the same or reduced, whcih was good, so getting bigger through muscle (Phew), and not fat.

    However, this means me competing in the Athletic division would mean starving myself, cardio-ing like mad, losing muscle mass as well as fat to get down to 80.5kg or below.

    Sooo, that means good bye to the little boys, no defence of the national title, and hello the big boys, can I play too!??!

    And it looks like my debut fort the Hamilton Marist under 85s will be put off forever...

    Bring it on!



  • week 1 of religious eating over. Weight gone (on my scales) from 91.7 to 89.4. So on track. But with no 'target weight' it feels a bit weird. If it keeps going well maybe I will be able to keep being athletic (80.5), but my trainer has got me eating like a horse, so I can't see that happening.



  • 90.7 kilos this morning, but traininer not wanting me to drop too much weight yet. hard to get head around not wanting to be dropping weight at the moment. Mrs B the same, she wants the weight to start shredding off, like it did first time out - but there is much more muscle here now on both of us, so softly softly catchee monkey, we can go slow this time around.



  • Interested in this Bart. I have given up Rugby too due to onset of wisdom(ergo being old and seemingly constantly battling injury in particular being knocked out too often). I have thrown myself into a side of Rugby training I loved - being an openide - I had to run all day so I use to run a lot outside of training. So after dabbling in running long distance races half/full marathons as an active player. I have committed myself into running at least three marathons a year and have a goal of trying to go under 3-hours. I need to shave off 12 minutes from my best time.

    It appears you may have done likewise with bodybuilding- if you are like a lot of front-rowers who relished the gym far more than the roads. Now in a Rugby team situation I was always way above the curve on beep tests/3km time trials. I am picking Mr Bartman that you were probably the same on the strength side. Now I am much fitter than when I was playing code. Weight is still much the same and the weights I push now when I do hit the gym are constant to what I pushed in my playing days. However nutritionally I am much more sensible with my eating and drinking(!!!). I reckon if I played again (once I was used to the impact) I would be a much superior player. The individual training discipline has really helped me.

    What do you think? Despite the fact that you might be a lot smaller than your hey(-ladies!) day; would you be a better player now with your tighter training discipline?



  • dead right RD. It's the old 'if I knew then what I know now' sort of thing. The older you get, the wiser you get that is for sure. Also both our sports now are much more individual - no huge piss ups with the rest of the team sort of thing. If you could have had a team dedicated to eating right and training right, it would be wicked (and perhaps called the Chiefs, or the All Blacks)!!

    I certainly am fitter now than I was - although the weights I lift now are waaaay less than when I played. Due mainly to the fact that the form of my body is more imoportant than the strength and fucntion of the muscles - all for show now. That last fact dawned on me the other day.

    So bottom line, if I played now, I think I would be a lot better than I was!



  • older and wiser eh - having to prove that at the moment as I slow doen a touch because of hernia - want to carry on like a bull at a gate, but short term lay off means long term better recovery. So no abs, and a few other midriff busting type exercises. but wearing a belt and all going well three workouts after busting my gut!!

    Visited trainer yesterday, and all going well. Fat coming down, muscle going up, 11 weeks 4 days to D-Day in Auckland.



  • [quote name='BartMan']dead right RD. It's the old 'if I knew then what I know now' sort of thing. The older you get, the wiser you get that is for sure. Also both our sports now are much more individual - no huge piss ups with the rest of the team sort of thing. If you could have had a team dedicated to eating right and training right, it would be wicked (and perhaps called the Chiefs, or the All Blacks)!!

    I certainly am fitter now than I was - although the weights I lift now are waaaay less than when I played. Due mainly to the fact that the form of my body is more imoportant than the strength and fucntion of the muscles - all for show now. That last fact dawned on me the other day.

    So bottom line, if I played now, I think I would be a lot better than I was![/QUOTE]

    My training knowledge was almost non existent when I was younger. It was just run till you spew stuff really with abit of bench, deadlift and guns thrown into the mix in the summer months. For example Ive always struggled running to build an aerobic base. It wasnt through lack of effort but Ive just found out about specific core exercises and really work hard to loosen my hip flexors. And if someone had told me 15 years ago that by breaking up my running with walking intervals I would have improved out of sight. But back then a run was a run, not a run/walk/run.

    I do think the fitness industry has come a long way in the last decade but I still see alot of farm fit grassroots rugby players who if they did the right training could improve their performance out of sight. I think its an area our coaches at school and club level could really develop if the NZRU could school them up.



  • well, its a game of grams now. I lost 400g this week, so my diet has had added to it... two egg whites to my mid morning protein shake which already contains a banana and twop scoops of protein powder, and a 185gm tin of salmon.

    Meaing I am now eating on a daily basis enough food for a small nation... STill on muscle mass gain, lean down plan, so weight at 91.3kg. Training wants to see a gain this week, have hit a high of 91.7. Going to start the serious lean down four weeks out from the Auckland champs. Can't wait to see what happens. No doubt I will be far heavier than the 78kg I was at nationals, but by how much. Mid lower 80s I reckon, while would hope for mid upper!!

    A far cry from last time out in the athletic divisions!



  • four weeks to go until Auckland NABBA from this coming Saturyda. Lean down into second week, and weight this morning 90.7kg. Traininer reckons will be mid to high 80s once leaned down. max weight during training has been about 93, and the initial weight loss is usually fluid before you start getting rid of the last vestiges of body fat.


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