Training for Competition

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Question: I read your article about the difference between competition dieting and just cleaning up. How would training be different for a competition? Is it something anyone could do?
Answer: While training to lose weight and having concrete goals is good motivation, knowing you will be onstage in something smaller than your underwear or even beachwear is even stronger motivation that compels you to get out of bed early to do cardio while it is still dark and then do it again before going back to bed at night. One huge advantage of that type of training is that you are so energized during the day by getting in early exercise sessions and so tired at night that you sleep deeply.
As the weeks go by, consistent assessments are necessary to reach weekly goals. That’s where a partner or trainer comes into a larger role for accountability. Reaching smaller weekly goals with your weight and with body fat assessments reinforces your motivation or failure to make the intended goals, and allows you to determine what needs to change with your diet or training. Willpower is the greatest difference between a training program for a competitor and someone who is in the gym to lose a little weight. Whatever your mind and will has determined to do, your body will follow.
The other parts of a successful competition equation are frequency and intensity. You will have some type of training to do each day. That’s six, if not seven, days each week. You have to set aside time in your schedule and make it a priority for your day. You will always have someone or something try to come and interfere with your workouts. Friends who don’t understand your “obsession” and will try to convince you that you have a mental condition and need to seek medical help. You just persevere and train.
When you do train you have to engage your will and go reach a mental state for excellence that makes your time in the gym effective. Those who are in the gym may try to ask you questions as they see the changes you make each week and you may have to be stern with them to let them know that you have limited time and energy to spend talking about what you are doing. Gyms are filled with talkers who talk a great workout but don’t stop talking long enough to actually train.
Competition can be a Spartan existence for a period but it does have an ending point and success for those willing to reach for more and not be content to remain average.
God bless and keep training,
Daryl

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