Feb 172016

sustainabilityNew article over at FitOverFat by Peter Fitschen. I remember following Peter’s prep when I was also prepping for my own first bodybuilding contest.

Peter won his NGA Pro Card that year and was also working towards getting his PhD in Nutritional Science from the University of Illinois just like Layne Norton. Peter has some great tips for how to make improvements over time and being sustainable long term.


Twenty years ago, Cal Ripken broke Lou Gherig’s record for consecutive major league baseball games played when he stepped on the field for his 2131th consecutive game. He would go on to play in 2,632 straight games between 1982 and 1998. At the time this record was broken I was 9 years old and remember wondering what the big deal was with this record. Heck, I would play baseball everyday so I didn’t get why someone was being honored simply for playing. However, as I’ve gotten older I now understand what an incredible accomplishment this was.

Shifting this thought to the sport of bodybuilding, sustainability is one of the keys to success. When to take a look at the top natural professional bodybuilders, most are age 35-50 because they have been consistent and used approaches to the sport that are sustainable long-term

Personally, I am closing in on 30 in a hurry and have been in this sport for well over a decade; however, I still have 20+ years left realistically to be competitive. Moreover, in my time in this sport, I’ve seen a number of individuals with a lot of potential come into the sport, have huge success, get burnt out, and you never hear from them again.

Our goal as competitive bodybuilders is to find approaches that allow us to improve every time we step onstage, yet also last long enough to reach our genetic potential in the sport. Here are some tips to consider when evaluating if your approach is going to be sustainable long term. [ Read More ]

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