We’ve actually just finished this stage, but got delayed with the update because our trips up to Audrey Kaipio’s posing course in London each week as well as all of the gym stuff, meal prep and the day jobs! This phase has been about carb cycling, so we’ve had high, medium, low and no-carb days. Exercise has been tailored to each specific day so that we have enough energy for each one.
The meals have been fairly simple on this one, with chicken, turkey, white fish, and the odd bit of salmon for protein, and bulgur wheat, oats, rice, sweet potato and new potatoes for carbs. Fats have been fairly low across the whole plan. The difference this time is that each of the 7 days in the week has different carb amounts. Most days have been 5 meals, and feeling hungry hasn’t been too much of a problem, but low carb days are tough.
Exercise has become more about high reps but at a medium weight, so it’s been tough. The method is quite clever though – it’ll be a 100 rep set, so you get as many reps out as possible, and when you run out of steam there’s a “recovery exercise” that you have to do 20 reps of. So you end up pushing hard to get as many reps out of the main exercise as you can and minimise the other exercise’s rep count, but even if you don’t push as hard as you can you still get a good workout because your rep count goes up! Evil genius…
Being a 3 week phase, this one is a bit of a long haul, but carb cycling is usually pretty effective so it’s worth it. After completing this one, it’s on to another low/no-carb week before the final stretch into the show. The posing work and seeing ourselves changing into show condition is making motivation a little easier because it’s become quite real!
Mr & Mrs C