Originally Posted by Coldsnap
The fifth ave. repair drop crotch pants legacy continues. I am now in possession of the poopy diaper ass pants
This is just my personal opinion and experience from my first meet but I would use that 16-20 weeks to focus on training and not diet. If you want to lean out a bit more I'd stay at 200 and just start cycling carbs, eating only your carbs before, during, and after your workout then eating only carbs from vegetables on your off days. Peaking for a meet can be pretty damn stressful on your body and I wouldn't want to do that at a caloric deficit.
Yeah, I don't want diet to get in the way of strength gains, but with that being said, most of my training is sub-maximal. I figure I should be able to stay fueled up for big days while dropping calories a bit on days that I only front squat to 80% or something. Might need to actually pay attention to macros now.
Ultimately I just need to do it and see what happens before I theorize on why it will or won't work out. I don't think 20lbs is too much of a stretch for the timeframe though since water weight alone might account for a good portion of it.
Originally Posted by Lagrangian
Since it's your first competition, I'd probably just cut to whatever it is you want to end up at and compete at that bodyweight. Especially if you're not going after the numbers.
Charly can probably elucidate me on this more but making weight in PL where weigh in is like the day before or something to this effect is probably strategic. In that you can and probably want to do some pretty drastic dehydration cut before weigh in and bloat up before lifting. Something to the effect of 3-5 kg i think isn't unheard of. In weightlifting where weigh-ins are 2 hours before competition it's a much smaller window to get back those fluids since you have to be snatching in such a short time.
Fair enough. Weigh-in is 1 hour beforehand though and I don't want to deal with crazy hydration strategies for my first meet; just want to go 9/9. Stupid IPF; 1 hour weigh-ins and no knee wraps.
Originally Posted by TKJTG
I'd just eat maintenance. There's a point of diminishing returns on bulks and it makes cutting that much more painful.
Agree... I haven't been going anywhere diet-wise for a few months anyways so I feel like its time for a change.