one of my closest friends is really into getting spay tans, putting on a bikini, and prancing around in clear stripper heels. :)
she asked me to be her cardio buddy. i lawled...
she's doing AM and PM cardio, that's two hours total a day. she went on to say that she "hopes she'll be able to maintain most of her muscle". i continued to lawl, but mostly on the inside, because i don't like to be rude.
i'd love to talk her out of it, because it seems like there should be a better way to get your body fat % down with out the need for the hamster wheel.
but maybe i'm wrong? maybe that's what these kinda contest things require?
asked bypsmart (60)
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on August 06, 2012
at 02:54 PM
Well...I for one find bodybuilding/bikini comps in general to be weird but some people seem to like them.
Short answer...yes, she is doing too much cardio and will lose muscle. This is bad for her goals. The muscle is what gives the 'curves'. Cardio training gives flat butt. It does not sound like this is the goal she is striving for. So no cardio at all.
I would suggest for her to maintain her muscle (strength) by continuing to strength train 2-3 times per week. She should walk (bodybuilders will spend HOURS on treadmills each day walking before competitions) to add extra activity to burn calories that will not cause muscle loss and is easy to recover from. More intense activity like sprinting if she can handle it is also good. Obviously she will need to create a calorie deficit and should eat clean. Look to leangains IF protocol (the weightloss, not body recomp) for the macro breakdowns on how to do this.
Okay...on to unhealthy stuff. Yes, bodybuilders/bikini models do some very unhealthy things to get ready for competitions. Shocking, I know. My friend cut out ALL food except whey protein and vitamins to maintain muscle mass and drank coffee for energy during the day and before workouts several weeks before a competition. A couple of days before competition he intentionally dehydrated himself to further 'shrink' his skin. Let's just say we did not hang out with him during this period (irritable was an understatement).
She needs to keep in mind that the low BF% achieved for competition is not healthy! Bodybuilders/bikini models do not walk around with single digit BF%.
on August 06, 2012
at 03:10 PM
This beautiful girl does weightlifting AND cardio every day. Cardio isn't detrimental, but it shouldn't be your complete or even majority of your workout.