So you made weight.  Congratulations.  Now it’s time to do what you actually came here to do: the whole lifting of the weights thing.

I weighed in a whole kilo under what I needed to be last weekend.  and I was comfortable as fuck too which means I did a good job.  It then came time to ingest nutrients and more importantly, fluid as fast as possible so I wouldn’t be bloated and lazy when it came time to actually lift.  Remember, at BEST you only have 2 hours before your session starts.  I ended up with about an hour and a half.  So I took a grocery bag with me to weigh ins containing:

-Pedialyte

-Chocolate milk

-A banana

-Nutella

-Spoon

-Doritos

Remember a few key points from nutrition class: your body’s preferred fuel source is sugar, excess protein will basically be useless in the next 2 hours and fat slows down your digestion process.  So unless you want all this stuff sitting in your gut and not moving, I suggest you take it easy on anything fatty.  I had a spoonful of nutella to make me feel full and I was money.  The Doritos were just something salty to snack on but really served no other purpose.  The chocolate milk should be consumed first followed by you sipping on Pedialyte.  I drink other liquids as I compete, mostly just Redbull and shit like that.

If you start cramping while competing, don’t panic.  Just continue moving around and DO NOT sit down.  Pacing back and forth is preferred.

Once you’re done, go eat something delicious.  Just remember that you’re body will not be happy with you for the next couple days so don’t expect to feel really amazing right off the bat even after getting real food in you.

Hope this helps and good luck out there.

-Ben

On Getting Fat.

July 13, 2011

A couple of months ago, I decided to bump up a weight class for Nationals.  Although I often workout alone, my official team is Hassle Free Barbell, and on that team are a couple of top 105kg contenders.  So knowing that I wouldn’t be able to catch up to my teammates, I decided to move to a 105+ and try to score some team points.  I figured the extra weight could only help my lifting and it would give me one less thing to worry about when Nationals finally came around.  At that time, I would usually roll out of bed weighing a solid 232-235 before 1st breakfast.  I am now a nice fluffy 250 before any meals.

Take note of the power belly.  Yes, I am fat in this picture, but I’ve been a LOT fatter at 250 before.  So I’m really not sweating it.  And don’t worry about what I’m doing in this picture.  I’m not working out.  My gym just had some new farmer’s walk implements made and I wanted to see if they work.

They work.

I swiftly plumped up by eating copious amounts of breakfast food, my favorite food group.  I’ve talked to many “hard gainers” in my lifetime, each one proclaiming that they cannot gain a single pound no matter what they eat.  I usually have a hearty belly laugh.  Like this one.

Then I ask if they’ve tried eating large amounts of breakfast foods throughout the day.

“No.  How often?”

“Like all the time.”

“Won’t I get fat?”

“Yes.”

“But that’s not how bodybuilder’s do it.  I heard this bodybuilder friend that-”

“I don’t care.  You’re not a bodybuilder.  You just told me that you had trouble gaining weight, but now it sounds like you don’t want to do that.”

Yes, it would be great if we could all plan our meals well and eat clean and often like a bodybuilder.  But it’s expensive and time consuming.  Get the calories in.  Keep eating your fruits and veggies.  And have fun eating like a big guy.

And when you’re done with the “getting big” thing, eat more meat and veggies and less of everything else (Newbs call it Paleo, I call it Ketosis).

Also.

Here’s an exceptionally delicious shake I made today.

If you don’t drink it out of an over-sized mug, then you can’t afford it.

Fattie-Mc-Fat-Fat Shake:

-1 banana

-handful of strawberries.

-ice

-milk

-1 regular sized brownie

-3 heaping serving spoon size scoops of peanut butter

-3 scoops of protien

-big ass mug

AM Workout:

Snatch: hit a dece’ 135. I think I’ll open around here at the meet.

Clean and jerk:  Solid 150.  Cleaned 160 but missed the jerk.  I don’t think this will be a problem at the meet.  If I can clean it, I can jerk it.