Local body builder Jeremy Lawson is set to compete at the southern Alberta Bodybuilding Championships being held at Red Deer College on June 11.
He is looking forward to the competition and has been seriously training for the past two years.
Training to compete in such an event takes a lot of work in the gym said Lawson and is a lifestyle devoted to making the body the best it can be.
Lawson spends two or three hours daily training in the gym, is coached and eats appropriately to achieve his goal.
He said being a body builder takes a great deal of dedication but it is the time he spends outside the gym that really counts.
This includes proper sleeping and sacrificing going out with friends as drinking is not an option.
“You have to sacrifice,” Lawson said. “If you want to do something like this you really have to put your head to the grind and get it done. It’s a lifestyle.”
“There’s too many weekend warriors and you can’t make progress doing that,” he added.
He makes these sacrifices because he said he wouldn’t progress otherwise. He wouldn’t gain muscles or lose fat.
“You would sort of just plateau yourself. You wouldn’t move forward,” Lawson said.
Lawson said he really enjoys weight training because he likes watching his body change.
He compares what he currently looks like to pictures from six months ago and said he doesn’t look like the same person.
“That’s really what does it for me,” Lawson said.
He also really enjoys helping others out by sharing his knowledge.
He shares what he knows and his own experiences about dieting and weight training with others to help them.
“If you look good you feel good, it’s a big mental thing too,” Lawson said. “If you’re really happy with yourself, you’re happy with everybody and with life in general. I like helping people if they ask.”
As far as Lawson’s diet goes, he eats strictly ground turkey, white rice, vegetables, oatmeal and eggs.
He also eats six or seven times a day as caloric intake dictates what the body is able to do.
Some may be surprised just how much food a bodybuilder must ingest in order to gain muscle.
“Most people couldn’t do it,” Lawson said. “You have to eat six to seven times a day and most people are only eating their breakfast, lunch and their supper.”
Eating six to seven times a day means Lawson is eating every two hours and he said most people couldn’t do that.
He said they can’t get the food in and that’s a crucial part.
“Anybody can go to the gym and weight train. It’s the diet that is hard for everybody. Your diet is key to your results,” Lawson said.
After working out he has a protein shake as well.
A misconception of weight training is in order to get those big muscles you have to lift big weights.
Lawson said this is completely untrue. Training has to do with your form and getting a good contraction and stretch on the muscles.
“Getting blood in the muscles when training is way more beneficial,” Lawson said. “It’s going to help you grow more than just picking up a heavy dumbbell and just trying to do as many reps as you can. Stretching and contracting the muscle is the key to growth.”
“You want to feel the muscle as you’re doing the weight,” he added. “If you’re not feeling the muscle while doing the weight you’re not benefitting to the fullest.”
As far as making his muscles look full on stage Lawson explains that it is a combination of appropriate dehydration and carbs.
“You deplete yourself a couple days before the contest and you carb load,” he said. “When you’re putting the carbs in your body it fills you out. That’s what gives you the volume in the muscles.