January 16, 2015
Over 40 and Entering a Figure Competition
If you are over 40 and have a goal of competing in your first figure competition, you have some challenges ahead of you, but you can achieve your contest goal with the right information and a plan of action. In fact, with the right figure competition diet and training system you can have your BEST body ever.
In this article I will break down the essentials you need to lose body fat, gain lean muscle, and prep for your first figure competition, even if you are over 40!
Never Too Old to Compete
First, you need to deprogram your mind of all the lies, myths, and misinformation that's been crammed down your throat. There's a nasty rumor going around that once you hit 40 you are washed-up. That's absolute garbage. As a woman ages her body goes through physical and mental changes, but they can be managed quite easily.
If you maintain a clean and natural diet and exercise regularly with cardio and weight training you can keep your metabolism running at high-speed, keep your lean muscle, and maintain your energy levels and motivation.
Lose Stubborn Body Fat with This Cardio Trick
Often times, women in their 40's have developed some extra fat in the midsection and thighs. It may seem impossible to get it body fat off these areas, but if you implement the right forms of cardio, you could melt those fat stores off in no time.
The trick to losing body fat over 40 is not working hard on cardio, but making cardio work for YOU! One way to keep cardio effective for burning fat is to use progressive cardio. Begin your cardio in a format that's challenging, yet not in excess.
For example, start with doing moderate cardio for 20 minutes, 4 days a week for a week. The next week amp that up to doing cardio 25 minutes 5 days a week and add a form of High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) to one of your cardio sessions. The following week amp it up again with 30 minutes of cardio 5 days a week with 2 HIIT sessions. Keep your cardio progressing and it won't fall into a rut and you will keep your metabolism up and burn fat.
Feed Your Muscles
Don't just eat meals, feed your muscles. Visualize your body transforming every time you eat a meal. Your muscle-building, fat-burning meals should include a complete protein combined with either a complex carb or a non-starchy veggie. Keep your balanced meals on a 3-4 hour rotation to ensure your muscles continually receive a supply of protein for muscle growth.
If you follow these 3 simple tactics, you will be on your way to having a figure competitor body, even if you are over 40.
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