I thought it was time for an update, it’s now 5 Weeks post show (time goes so fast) and I thought I would share how it’s going and what I will be doing going forward.
In the last 5 weeks I have intentionally put on 4-5lbs, once my calories increased post show my weight shot up pretty quickly. However I knew I hadn’t significantly over consumed and put the initial increase down to increased glycogen stores and increased water . Since the initial increase, my weight has stabilised more and I’ve seen a more gradual increase. So why I am telling you this? Mainly to reassure anyone who has done a comp or has come off a ‘diet’ that scale weight doesn’t always reflect what’s happening in your body and not to get to worked up about the numbers.
So what have I been doing? If you follow me on social media you may have noticed me using the hashtag #ShredsToStrong and this is what it’s all about. I’ve gone onto a strength phase in my programme as my training is not purely aesthetically driven and I want to be strong. Focussing on Full body strength, power, hypertrophy and accessory days for this training block.
In my offseason I plan to go from ‘shredded’ and stage lean (already no longer the case) to genuinely strong and healthy. I may even get into powerlifting as It’s something i’ve started at uni and really enjoy; if I can get strong enough I would love to compete. I have many goals and PRs that I want to smash over the next year and don’t intend to let the loss of abs affect that. Plus I would take a booty over abs any day !
#ShredsToStrong will be the hashtag I use to share my regular physique updates, training footage and meals that help me gain strength. Feel free to get involved and use the hashtag so I can see how your getting stronger as well.