We are almost midway point between the BC Championships I just completed in and the Canadian Nationals where I will be competing in both Men's Physique Masters and Open Classes. There was no way I was going to stick stay at sub 5% body fat for another 5 weeks so my plan was to do a mini bulk and then a soft cut for the Nationals. If everything works out the way I want it to I should be able to add a couple more pounds of muscle to my frame for the Canadian Nationals and still come in super conditioned.
I feel I am on track and at least when I look in the mirror at this midway point I feel like I have already added some muscle yet stayed pretty lean. I still have 19 days more to chip away and this week I have started my cut but even so I will progressively overload my workouts and hope to keep adding muscle at least for the next couple of weeks.
You be the judge for yourself and see what you think as I have included a short posing video at the end...
The last 5 days I spent some really nice family time on Vacation in Birch Bay Washington which is located in Blaine. We actually live just across the border only about 30 minutes away but do have to cross the border which can take anywhere from 5 minutes to an hour or so if you happen to get in a bad lineup.
We stayed at our WorldMark time share in a 2 bedroom fully decked out unit with a beach view and for the most part just stuck around, went down to the pool, enjoyed the apartment and went out for some walks on the beach and to the C Candy shop for the kids.
I did allocate this week as a bit of a higher calorie week but I do need to get back on a very strict program now that I am three weeks out from the Canadian Nationals. I am happy to report that I did get all my workouts in while away as this was a priority for me since I am working very hard to add some more muscle for the Canadian Nationals. Lucky for me there was an Anytime Fitness which even offers a free 7 day membership and their setup had everything I needed to get a really great workout in while I was away :)
Well now that we are back there will be no more cheat days and I will have a very strict diet and workout program to follow right up till Nationals time. I am kind of actually looking forward to more of a routine again!
First off, I want to thank David and Dan from Monkii Bars for sending me out this prototype version of their New Monkii Bar 2 portable suspension training system to try out and share my review with everyone. Monkii Bars is launching their Monkii Bars 2 System and it is available for Pre-Order on Kick Starter right now. Keep in mind there may be some slight cosmetic changes and improvements as the ones I was reviewing where one-off prototype designed for testing.
What are the Monkii Bars 2?
- They’re a personal gym you can take anywhere.
- Classified as a Suspension trainer.
- Similar to TRX or the Human Trainer.
- TRX and Human Trainer are designed more as a dedicated static gym, would be more bulky to pack along.
- Monkii Bars 2 designed more for outside of the gym, they are ultra compact and great for travel, you can take with you anywhere.
What you get with your Monkii Bars 2.
- A Case which is also the door attachment.
- Door attachment webbing is always attached and built into the case.
- Detachable Foot straps.
- Detachable Pucks for attaching over other objects other than a door.
What’s different about the Monkii Bars 2 compared to the original Monkii Bars:
- Original Monkii Bars use a rope rather than a strap.
- New Monkii Bars 2 have easy to adjust Cam Buckle.
- New Monkii Bars 2 comes in a case that doubles as the door stopper.
How to Use Your Monkii Bars 2.
- Hang over door and cinch towards you till the stopper is in place (Door needs to close towards you not away).
- Remove the Webbing Pucks.
- Take out Monkii Bar 2 Handles and remove end caps.
- Remove the Triangle strap from inside the Monkii Bar 2 Handles.
- Thread the webbing through the Triangle and feed back into the Cam Buckle.
- When using the Foot straps, attach through handle reconnect ends together.
Make sure to watch my YouTube video for a Demonstration of how to use the Monkii Bars 2 Ultra Portable Suspension Trainer.
Once you’re done, simply place everything back where it belongs inside the case and roll it back up. Your Monkii Bars 2 are now ready to go again whenever you are.
My top 3 reasons to get your own Monkii Bars 2 System:
- You will always have a gym with you when you travel.
- Inexpensive and flexible home Gym strength training system.
- They make a great add on exercise system to compliment your traditional weights and plates gym.
In this Road to the Canadian Nationals 4 weeks out update video I talk about what I need to do in a very short amount of time to get ready for my next challenge which will be meeting all the top 5 winners from each province and of course all the guys that placed along side me in the BC Championships. This is going to take things up a notch and so I need to come in even more prepared for the Canadian Nationals.
My plan is to try and put on a couple more pounds of muscle which is doable since after a cut your body gets super anabolic and absorbs everything you put into it and wants to convert it into mass. The trick is making sure that mass is mostly muscle and not so much fat :) I will be treading a very fine line of trying to add some weight but not let it get out of hand or I may not be able to cut enough of the fat to come in conditioned at the end of it all.