Tis the Competition Season Part II How long Will This Take?

Tis the Competition Season Part II How long Will This Take?

Tis the Competition Season Part II How long Will This Take?

So, your just starting out, or your about 6 months into your training or you’ve been doing this for a few years.  Regardless of if you are a beginner or experienced in your training there’s a process and a timeline that you will follow.   Call it a road map to the stage!

First though make sure you have read our first part in this series as it will outline many of the steps you will be thinking about: http://clubinhaleexhale.com/2014/03/tis-the-competition-season/

Here’s the simple truth of it……and we are going to be as real and tough as possible in this post.  This is no holds barred!  You can always expect us to shoot from the hip!

The amount of time will depend highly on your ability and dedication to commit to the plan.  There are no short cuts, no magic pill, nothing that will speed up the process.

Start thinking baby steps!  Yeah baby steps, the only way to get to your next goal or the result you want is to take baby steps!

First thing you should be considering if you have been working out or even just getting started is taking your body to the next level.   Can YOU?  Will YOU?  Will YOU give up?

I mean they are all valid questions right?  YOU need to ask yourself that when it seems like things are getting tough will you give up.

This isn’t hard; you’re mistaking what I’m trying to get across.  It can be the easiest thing you do, but that comes with your mindset.  You make it easy!

What goes’ into this is YOU!

  1. How much time will you dedicate to the gym on a weekly basis?
  2. How much time will you dedicate a week to prepping your foods on a weekly basis?
  3. How much time will you dedicate to you on a weekly basis?

The answer is this, as much as it takes.  I’m not going to sit here and tell you that with 3 hours a week at the gym and 1 hour of prep work a week will get you there.  Everyone is different and each person has their own journey to get there.  Some will get there faster than others.  The difference will be your determination to achieve the results you want and do what it takes to get there.

So if it takes 6 hours a week or 9 hours a week then that’s what you must do.

There is a timeline that is set with us as your Coach, and I’m going to go through what we will discuss for you here:

  1. How much time you will spend training in the off-season if you are new to it
    1. The time in the off season depends on your current level; beginners can expect to build a solid foundation over the course of 12 months or more
    2. Advanced can spend 6 months at least in the off season to add the muscle they are looking for and need to continue to grow for each competition
    3. How much time will you spend training for a show?
      1. Training for a competition will usually start 20 weeks out
      2. Why 5 months out?  The first 4-8 weeks allows us to find what works for you and fine tune it in the 12-16 weeks prior to the show.
      3. We will continue to make adjustments and tweaks to your plan as needed during that time frame.
      4. The above are outlines for you or more guides; they are not set in stone.  Again each person is different and will require different amounts of time to get there.

As you can see there’s time involved in this and serious dedication on your part.  These are just a few questions to start to look at.  Take the time to answer these questions honestly, not to us but to yourself!

We as Coaches are here for you and will help guide you through this process.

Until Next Time

Coach Mike

Ronald Couming - Author


  1. Ronald Couming | April 25, 2014 at 7:02 am

    Great advice and I love keeping it real, not selling a dream, explaining the dreams process to reality, empowering people.

    • Kelly LaCasse | April 28, 2014 at 11:13 am

      Thanks Ron! We love your feedback, stay in touch 🙂


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