Monday, May 28, 2012

Benchmark I

So far, this has been my best off-season by a long shot.  Hard instead of soft, ripple-y instead of smooth: it's fantastic!  But it's time to start thinking about my next competition, and when your cutting phase is going to be a grueling 5 month sojourn, it's important to start the building phase much, much earlier than that.

The plan:
From now until my prep starts in late February/early March, I will be following a primarily high fat-low protein-moderate carb approach.  I find this yields the best results in terms of both muscular hypertrophy and fat elimination.  My current intake (calculated based on my macro profile, not including trace amounts or random overages) is right around 1,900 calories.  When all is said and done, it is probably closer to 2,000.  And yes, I do get pretty hungry between meals--a planned weekly or every-ten-days cheat meal is normally included.  Some weeks, my training partner and I go out to breakfast, others it's as little as a few hundred extra calories.  At this point, whatever gives me the feeling of not being ultra-depleted from week to week is sufficient to keep me going.

Macro-nutrient profile: 25/15/15 (carbs/fat/protein respectively)
Current weight: 154

Following this, I will be doing a 20 week prep for the 2013 USA Championships in Las Vegas (late July).  You might be thinking, "Girl, you are not going to be competitive on a national stage that soon," and you might be right.  But if I can qualify for it in late spring, it's only another six or eight weeks to the USA's, and at that point, you might as well, amirite?

"Starting point" posing vid:

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Remedial Endocrinology, Part II

For Part I of this series, read this.  Continuing from where I left off (sort of)...

To the layperson, estrogen and testosterone are mutually exclusive opposing forces.  One, estrogen, is present in the female body and causes things like boobs, emotionality and over-sensitivity, menstruation, and other delights.  The other, testosterone, is present in the male body and causes things like muscles, anger and aggression, hair, and a faster metabolism.  Sounds about right, doesn't it?  Although testosterone and estrogen are indeed steroid hormones and therefore largely responsible for the development of gender-specific traits, you might be surprised to find out that they are both crucial in muscle growth and that both men and women need them.  The problem that arises from misinformation regarding the necessity of both hormones is usually linked to attempts at manipulation.  The general thought here is "More testosterone is always better, period."  This is not entirely true.

HIT It Hard for Summer

Yes, I've beaten the high intensity horse quite a bit, but there is still a lot of confusion out there about it, so I'm going to keep beating.  I've also seen quite a few videos (like when I check the channels of my subscribers) regarding "changing things up" and "trying something new and radical" in order to get the results that haven't been achieved using other methods.  There are a few issues that will prevent the "shaking it up" from working super well in most cases and I'll talk about those in a minute.  But ultimately, HIT absolutely works!  If it's not working, you're not doing it right!  There's a reason most huge bodybuilders gravitate towards the same type of training in the end--if you look at the splits, rep ranges, and general training principles being used by most pros, you will see that they are largely the same.

Wednesday, May 09, 2012

Posing for ME

I am having so much fun with this whole YouTube thing.

It's all zoomed out and stuff and my upper body is cold (Jordan!), but apparently Rick thinks I look great...and that I'm posing for him :)

I'm planning on qualifying for and competing at the USA's in Vegas in 64 weeks.  Thoughts?

Saturday, May 05, 2012


This really sucks! 

The Beastie Boys are a legendary group; all their work is fucking solid (musically, lyrically, colloquially), and their body of work is impressive to say the least.  Their final (?) album, Hot Sauce Committee Part Two, is magical.  With the tragically untimely death of Adam Yauch, a great artist is lost forever.

Thursday, May 03, 2012

Femme Muscle Apparel

So, for a couple years now I've been making all my own workout shirts.  Regular shirts fit me so terribly that I don't end up wearing them, "wicking" fabrics chafe like a bitch, and "real" t-backs are virtually non-existent for females ("racerbacks" are so high-cut these days that it's impossible to wear them if you're built).  Ultimately I gave up on the mainstream market and decided to get good at making that shit myself.  Being a little bit on the sassy side, and also having some experience with "screen printing," I thought the next logical conclusion would be to put cool stuff on the front too.  I use the term "screen printing" pretty loosely: I'm not using a screen or a machine of any kind.  More like a piece of paper, an Xacto knife and fabric paint.  I'm not sure if people know I make my own shirts; maybe you can tell they're homemade, maybe not.  Either way and long-story short, I've made some for friends and now I'm accepting orders from the general public as well!  Tell yo friends!  

eCrater was not my first choice as far as online marketplaces go, but Etsy charges per listing per month and not knowing what my order traffic was going to be like, it seemed prudent to go with the one that was free.  So for now, you can get FM schwag here.

Here are a few of my fave prints that I've done.

Arms Race

Biceps training video!

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Wednesday, May 02, 2012

Never Do It!

There's "lack of ettiquette," and then there's the casually rude things people do out of ignorance.  Here are a few dick moves to avoid.