Keeping a positive outlook goes a long way toward enhancing your well-being. As obvious as it sounds, always best to avoid dwelling on negativity and instead focus on the positive whenever possible.
Of course, when you slowly decrease your calories and your workouts get harder, longer, and more draining during contest preparation, you must do everything you can to avoid negativity or doubt. Doubt and negativity are common among competitors, but in order to obtain that ultra-lean conditioning and preparation that separates your physique from the rest, you must continue to suffer, work even harder, and find the positivity in it all. Contest prep is a bit of an extreme view of this, but it’s all relative when it comes to attaining any fitness goal, or any goal in life for that matter. Whatever your goals, keeping a positive outlook will make them easier to attain.
One of the most difficult things to overcome can be fatigue. It can happen to anyone, whether it’s from an overwhelming workload, draining fitness goals, or just about any form of stress at all, you can end up feeling exhausted from chronic fatigue.
Fatigue is very common in competitive fitness, as most of the athletes have careers to help support the bodybuilding lifestyle. That lack of energy can easily lead to lack of motivation. As a result, it’s easy to fall into the downward spiral of negativity, so it’s crucial to listen to your body and allow yourself some downtime when needed, even if it’s just a downshift of intensity. If you work at keeping a positive outlook, you’ll be better equipped to recuperate both mentally and physically.
Aside from simply feeling fatigued due to over-working or overtraining, there’s also the risk of high cortisol levels, adrenal fatigue, injury, and sleep disruptions. I’ve tried over-the-counter sleep aids from my local pharmacy in the past, but I tend to wake up even more tired the next morning. I’ve found that taking SAN’s Melatonin every night has been extremely helpful. It helps your body regain its circadian rhythm naturally, so there’s no morning grogginess. You just wake up feeling good, and what better way to start the day is there than feeling fully rested?
Fueling your workout properly is always crucial but especially when you’re taking in fewer calories and lacking energy because of it. I use Fierce Domination religiously before any weight training or routine practice session. As I mentioned in a recent blog post, I also take CLA, L-Carnitine, and Yohimbine on an empty stomach In the morning before my fasted cardio.
After I finish working out, I take one serving of CortStat to ensure my cortisol levels don’t get too high. I also take Supreme Curcumin C3 three times daily to prevent inflammation, and I use Glucosamine Chondroitin with MSM for my joint health. Throughout the day, I am constantly sipping on BCAAs mixed with Performance Glutamine to help make sure I’m constantly keeping amino acids flowing through my bloodstream so I can stay on top of my recovery. It also helps ensure that I don’t lose any of my hard-earned muscle during the process of trying to lose fat.
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