In this article, Project AD professional bodybuilder Brittany LaNae Bull reveals how she achieves her legendary conditioning at competition time with unparalleled consistency.
1) Best advice for peak week?
STAY OUT OF YOUR HEAD! Don’t let the social media posts or your own self-doubt control the game on the last level.
One of the best pieces of advice I can give athletes nowadays, is to stay off social media during peak week. I know it sounds ludicrous… it’s the social media age, but I also believe that it is a huge catalyst for spreading false realities and fostering the idea that we all must compare ourselves to everyone else.
It’s much easier to focus ONLY on your prep if you can separate yourself from comparing it to someone else’s.
I’ll conclude this section with this… THIS SPORT IS SUBJECTIVE! What you think looks “the best” might not match the criteria the judges are looking to reward. Trust the process, not your eyes.
2) What stage out should you start your prep?
Timing is EVERYTHING!
Contest prep is a very “self-fulfilling” and albeit, selfish hobby. I don’t mean in a negative way, but it requires a lot of time and sacrifice that is not at all times, convenient.
I want to preface this by saying, there is NOTHING that can keep you from competing without your permission. Kids, work, spouses, illness… these are just a few of the responsibilities and yes, excuses, that can and WILL try to divert you and your goals of standing on stage.
With that being said, make sure that you are in a healthy state of mind and emotion before taking on a taxing journey, like prepping for a bodybuilding show. The end result will more than likely not be what you planned and unwanted and unnecessary stress and anxiety can destroy even the best of athletes during prep.
Of course, your physique needs to be on point, but the point at which you decide you are mentally and emotionally stable enough in your everyday life to take on such an amazing feat, is ultimately up to you. Consult your coach, if you have one, and be ready to push yourself beyond any limits you thought you had set for yourself!
3) What key strategies do you use to give you/clients an edge on the competition?
Bodybuilding is legitimately one of the only sports/competitions where you are unable to “scope out” the competition. It is solely a subjective sport and relies 100% on the judging panel that day.
The only “edge” you can give yourself is the confidence that you gave everything you possibly could into putting the best YOU on stage. That is something that no competitor, no judge, can take away from you.
Brittany’s consistently jaw-dropping conditioning is a testament to her knowledge and dedication to the sport. Apply her advice and you’ll never be far away from razor-sharp dryness come competition time!
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