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Thursday
Jun152017

Road to Canadian Nationals 6 Weeks Out Update Video

In terms of my current condition I have to say all is going well, around 7 weeks ago I started out my contest prep for the CBBF Canadian Nationals where I am competing in Men's Masters Physique hoping to keep my 1st place title in tall division and perhaps even get my IFBB Pro Card this year?

So far contest pre has consisted of trying to maintain weight while putting on muscle and losing fat, as expected form previous contest preps that is exactly what has happened so far, I was 195 pounds seven weeks ago and I am still 195 pounds today, except I am stronger and leaner so it's pretty obvious that I am carrying more muscle and less fat then when I began.

With 6 weeks to go I still have another 2 weeks where I can make some more gains in the muscle department, I do plan on changing my calorie form a maintenance program to a very slight deficit of 500 per day which should help me lose about a pound per week, this is very conservative as I do not need to lose a lot more fat and should allow me to still perform at 100% in the gym. Once I get down to my last 4 weeks I will reassess my condition and see what I need to do and if I need to drop more calories or not.

I recently decided that I will be entering in the Muscle Insider Muscle Model Search which is being held at this years Vancouver Pro Am BC Championships in early June. I figure I will be 3 weeks out for this event and should be in pretty decent condition so why not, I could even win $1000 and get featured in the Muscle Insider Magazine! Let's hope they're looking for an older esthetic looking guy :) Well that's it for now, feeling good and looking forward to competing soon!

Thursday
Jun082017

Caveman Workout Theory

I know, it's a bit of a weird title for an article or video! But with all of today's scientific and high tech workout theories and info, I wanted to dumb things down just a little and make everyone think about the basics of how our bodies react to the stimulus we subject them to.

In this video I compare a Caveman (could also be a Cavewoman) to what I consider to be a similar group of athletes found commonly in today's society. For example, I compare the Scout Caveman (that has to run around all day looking for possible hunting location) to today's equivalent of a Marathon or long distance runner. I also compare the Hunter Caveman to that of perhaps a CrossFit athlete that needs to be strong, fast and have endurance. Lastly I compare the workhorse Cavemen (the Caveman that has to haul all the meat back to his tribe) to that of either a power lifter or body builder.

One thing to keep in mind is that all these Cavemen or Cavewomen would have all had access to the same foods, they would not have eaten at regular times so food timing would have been out the window. There wouldn't have been any types of supplements like Protein Powders, BCAA's or Creatine or Vitamins. I would imagine their diet would have been pretty clean, perhaps even paleo-ish ;) But that's about the only advantage the Caveman would have had in terms of nutrition.

The main point I am making in this video is that the stimulus we subject our bodies to is really the most important factor to how our bodies will respond. Our bodies are made to adapt and survive and respond to what they are subjected to. If we need them to be strong they will get strong. If we need them to travel long distances days at a time then they will become super efficient perhaps at the cost of other skills like strength and speed. If we need our bodies to be well rounded then again they will adapt with the ability to do everything fairly well but not excel in any one thing.

Yes there is great value in all of today's information about eating a proper diet, using food timing to your advantage, what supplements can help you achieve your goals and which workout programs would be best suited to your lifestyle. Let's remember the Caveman had none of this and yet they where able to adapt their bodies to their given needs mainly because what we ask our bodies to do physically is the most important part of this equation.

Wednesday
May312017

Road to Canadian Nationals 2017 - What Are My Goals?

A year later and another go at the Canadian Nationals competing in Men's Masters Physique. So why do it again since last year I got 1st place in my tall division? Well last year I did not win the overall category which is where the winner of each height category go head to head to see who the overall class winner is in Men's Masters Physique.

Last year it was a close one but long story short I didn't win the overalls. This year my goal is to take first in Men's tall again and then go after the overall win which would award me with the elusive IFBB Pro Card! What's so good about an IFBB Pro Card? It really would be more of an achievement thing then something that would be of practical use for me since an IFBB Pro Card would allow me to compete with other IFBB Professions throughout North America. Keep in mind this is an Open category so I would be competing against all ages, young and old like me :)

After last year going head to head with the young bucks in the Open category at the Nationals, I realised that I am just too small to be competitive since that is the way the class is going at least for now. Either way I would still be totally honored to win an IFBB Pro Card and may even compete in an IFBB Pro show or two to show those young bucks that us older fellows still got it!

Saturday
May202017

Road to Canadian Nationals 10 Weeks Out Update Video

Time for another update and there are some topics I wanted to share with everyone. I have been rather busy working on a project over the last month and a bit converting a 40 foot shipping container into a new office and airgun shooting range. This has taken up a lot of my time and energy since I have been doing most of the work with a a little outside help here and there... Well for the most part the inside is all done and it's move in time. On a positive note all the extra calories I have been burning working on this project have really helped to shed some of the fat :) Maybe even a little too much this early on? With the CBBF Canadian Nationals 10 weeks out, I still need to put on some muscle before I get into hard cut mode.

Moving on to the Actofit Fitness Band, so far it has been really durable and does for the most part a good job at being a fitness tracker. I was hoping to get right into the activity or exercise tracking right away but as I quickly found out, you need to train the Actofit Fitness band first by recording yourself doing each exercise you plan on having it track. This was a bit of a shocker for me since this would require several days of setup as I do literally a different exercise every workout every day of the week. So I may plan on splitting my review for the Actofit into tow parts, the first part going over basic fitness tracker usability and then when I have time later on I will record some exercises into it and see how it does in terms of tracking exercises, reps and sets.

Thursday
May042017

Actofit Fitness Tracker Unboxing First Impressions

Most fitness trackers these days pretty much track all the same dynamics, stuff like step counting, sleep tracking, heart rate tracking and basic overall activity. One area most of these fitness trackers don't seem to track very well are actual weight lifting workouts, they simply don't understand what your doing since it is not step based and unfortunately even the built in optical heart rate sensors don't work well for tracking your heart rate when you lift weights.

Here is where the Actofit Fitness Tracker may just have something up its sleeve to fill in this weight lifting gap where most activity trackers fall short. The Actofit Fitness Tracker is the world's first fitness tracker that automates comprehensive workout tracking & provides actionable insight. Using machine learning algorithms Actofit goes deeper into advanced motion tracking to identify 75+ exercises, count reps, evaluate form, measure heart rate, calories burned and more to auto-log comprehensive sessions & granular workout statistics; allowing you to evaluate data to make informed decisions.

I will be testing the Actofit Fitness Tracker over the next couple weeks and see if it can really back these claims and actually perform as promised.

You can checkout more info on the Actofit Fitness Tracker over on their website and pre-order one.

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