Now that I’m done with my mental and physical break thanks to the holidays, I’m back into full-force contest prep, and it’s already crunch time. As I prepare for the fast-approaching 2018 Arnold Classic, there are many things on my priority list that I need to take care of.
The fitness division requires much more than just dieting, weight training, and cardio. While many athletes approach their prep for the fitness division differently, it’s not that common to do everything without help from coaches, etc., but I do almost everything by myself.
There’s creating a new routine from scratch, mixing my music to properly cue with my routine, developing a costume to match, getting fitted for my posing suit, training, and, most importantly, making sure that I am on top of my diet. The whole process takes a huge amount of time and energy, and that’s not to mention that this all has to happen while working a normal nine-to-five job during the week.
The biggest contribution to keeping me going through the days has been my BCAA Boosted. Each serving has 285 mg of natural caffeine, so this has been a staple in my nutritional plan and my go-to supplement to get me through the day. Plus, it’s formulated specifically for fasted cardio, so it helps me a lot in the mornings.
Every morning, before my fasted cardio session, I make sure to take my other pre-cardio staple, L-Carnitine (powder or liquid). Then, with my first meal, I’ve started adding a stack of Yohimbe, Ultra-Pure Green Tea, and Pure CLA 1250.
Try adding this regimen to your morning cardio if you’re trying to lean out. Taken together, they have a synergistic effect that noticeably burns more fat in my troubled areas, such as my glutes and midsection. It can also be a great way to increase your heart rate in conjunction with fasted cardio, especially if you prefer low- to moderate-intensity cardio.
Here’s the fasted cardio routine I’m using if you want to try something that works really well:
Fasted cardio routine
Warm-up: 5-10 min of low- to medium-intensity cardio
Giant set — Repeat 4 times
Squats: 20 reps (no weight or light weight)
Straight-legged deadlifts: 20 reps
Hip thrusts: 20 reps
Ab crunches: 30 reps
Cool-down: 5-10 min of low-to medium-intensity cardio
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