Paul Wright talks about his upcoming bodybuilding show.
In this podcast (Quicktime ipod compatible, 30MB; Google streaming flash video), Bud Gibson and Paul Wright begin a series of conversations about Paul's preparation for the Motor City Bodybuilding competition in August, 2007.
Their conversation begins with the reasons why Paul wants to compete again. He last competed in 2005 and won Southeast Michigan Heavyweight Masters Division and also won Capital City Heavyweight Masters Division. He placed 4th in Mr. Michigan Masters Division and felt that he could have done better. He took 2006 off to build the gym. He now feels ready to compete again and has a strong desire to do another show.
Paul adds that when training for a show the level of intensity in the preparation is far greater than when not training for a show. He enjoys that increased intensity and challenge.Bud then asks about body weight and body fat percentage. Paul states that he is currently 7% bod yfat and is shooting for 5% for the show. He suspects that this will translate into about a 20 pound weight loss. Paul also states that because he doesn't need to lose that much weight his strict dieting will begin 8-10 weeks before the show.
In regards to muscle gain Paul states that he is currently 23 pounds heavier now than he was just prior to dieting for the 2005 show. Although Paul recognizes this is a good 20 pound muscle gain he still believes that he has not yet reached his potential. He will enter the August show in the mid 220 pound range.
Bud asks about the difficulties of losing too much muscle while trying to get the body fat percentage down. Paul states that it is a matter of how quickly the weight is lost. If done slowly enough it will be quality fat loss. If done too quickly there may be significant muscle loss along with the fat. Paul says this is one reason why he doesn't gain too much weight when not competing. He also just doesn't want that extra weight. He does add, however, that the last couple of fat percentages are very difficult to lose.
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- We covered my prep for my show last year here.