Interesting article over at FitOverFat with a science based review of the physiological changes to natural bodybuilders during contest prep. Check it out!
Natural bodybuilding is becoming an increasingly popular sport. When I started competing 10yrs ago, large natural pro qualifiers had around 50 competitors. These days basically every natural pro-qualifier has 100+ competitors, some as high as 200-300+. However, despite the popularity of the sport, very little research has been done on physiological changes that occur in natural bodybuilders using a more modern science-based approach to the sport. We all know from experience that during contest prep we generally eat less food, do more cardio, and feel tired, hungry and downright miserable at times. In addition, it is not uncommon to lose some performance in the gym and some muscle mass along the way. However, what is really going on during contest prep? The purpose of this article will be to summarize research on physiological changes during bodybuilding contest prep, with focus on 2 recent case studies following natural pro bodybuilders during contest prep.