One of the most exciting and memorable moments in my fitness career so far has been the opportunity to film the Generation Iron 3 movie. The filming took place the week before the 2018 Arnold Sports Festival and not only was this the second time I’ve had the privilege to film with Generation Iron, but this year we filmed my own experience leading up to and through the Arnold Classic weekend.
I’m extremely honored to be given the chance to shed some light on what it takes to compete as an IFBB Fitness Pro and to share how the fitness division differs from all the other divisions. When it’s completed, Generation Iron 3 will show you how I stayed on top of my contest prep with diet and training, how I prepared meals, my supplementation program, routine practice, music editing, and everything else leading up to the show.
Filming for Generation Iron 3 was nonstop during the week leading up to the contest. I was running low on energy due to a caloric deficit diet combined with my usual running around getting things done during the final week of contest prep. Using SAN’s Launch 4350 throughout the days of filming was a real a life saver for my energy levels, especially during the long interviews.
I chose to use Launch 4350 leading up the contest specifically because of the ingredients that enhance mental focus and blood flow to the brain. The Cognix, or CDP (Cytidine-5’-diphosphocholine), assists with blood flow to the brain by supporting healthy levels of acetylcholine and dopamine. That makes for improved mental focus, clarity of thought, and greater drive which is crucial when you’re on low calories.
I also filmed a depletion-style shoulder and back workout with Generation Iron. A depletion workout differs from normal training in that there are fewer sets, more reps, and less weight. This allows me to more fully deplete my glycogen stores in muscles and burn as much fat as possible before competition day. I made sure to always drink my BCAA Boosted before training so I could maintain muscle and energy during the caloric deficit.
Competing is extremely fun, but it’s also incredibly challenging and draining, both physically and mentally. The final week or two is always the toughest part, and with the Generation Iron filming, training, interviewing, and packing for the Arnold Classic, it was especially tough this year. Luckily, with the help of SAN, I felt confident in my ability to push hard with more energy and drive than I’ve been able to in the past.
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