Monthly Archives: June 2012

Dehydration for figure competitors doesn’t work…. STILL!

Here are my thoughts on dehydration before a figure competition…

I get so many questions about last week prep and dehydration/cutting water. My stance is still the same… It doesn’t work! Although it SOUNDS legitimate when someone explains how it supposedly work… that doesn’t mean it works.

As far as dehydration before a show to increase definition (bring out your ‘cuts’)… I’ve always said that it makes muscles smaller and decreases definition (and women can’t afford to lose any muscle size or definition going into a competition). Below is a video about one of my favorite bodybuilders, Kai Greene, and his prep for the Arnold Classic. This excerp shows how dehydration can have very negative effects  on muscle size and definition of one of the greatest bodybuilders in the world. If it can negatively effect him… what in the heck do you think it will do to your physique!?

Not only is dehydration ineffective in making you look more definined… it will most likely have the opposite effect!! The only tricks are hard dieting and hard work. Competitors are always surprised when I accuse them of dehydration (when they sneak and do it against my advice). They don’t realize that I can tell from the audience and from pictures. It may be a day, a week or a month … but they eventually confess. They think they are going to make up for that last 5lbs they should have lost with diet and training, by losing 5lbs of water right before the show… this doesn’t work and you may very well lose placings because of it.

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Advice for the First Time Figure Competitor

First time competitors usually want to start right away talking about what the diet consists of, how much training is involved, where to get a suit from etc… Before I talk about any of that, I want to make sure figure competition is what they really want to do, because it’s not as easy as they think it’s going to be. The stress on relationships can be tremendous. Below is a video of me giving advice to first time competitors.