The part that is undoubtedly the most delicate for the preparation of a competitor is peak weak. The last days before competition have something magical for some competitors. Are they worth it?
We are going to study this pre-competition period, Peak Week, in its proper measure: When someone wants to start a pre-competition phase, they should know what parts have to be fulfilled for this preparation to be a success.
• Previously, you have to go through a period of increasing muscle size. The volume phase can last up to several years, although my advice is to do it in the form of planning in periodization. This season will make you gain enough muscle to compete in the modality you’ve chosen.
• Within the pre-competitive period itself, when you have already chosen your discipline, you have to go through two more:
– Phase Definition: You diet hard, train more, do cardio, and stick to a plan for weeks, even months. The goal in this phase is twofold: to maintain as much muscle mass as possible of what you gained during the bulking phase and to lower your body fat percentage as much as you can.
– Once there are only a few days left (about a week), the last phase before the competition begins: Peak Week.
What is carried out in this phase are protocols or short programs that try to meet the two objectives of this phase, which are: having the skin as thin as possible on the day of the competition and the highest level of muscle glycogen. Many of these last-minute solutions even involve eating a lot more than you have from one day to another in the definition phase, and that’s why you have to pay attention and follow the instructions of your coach 100%, now more never. Although many people think that you can achieve miracles during this week, that’s not really the way it works. True; you can change and improve your physical appearance a lot, sometimes much more than enough, but it’s just as true that for this to be the case, you have to “risk” the possibility that not everything turns out as expected. Or perhaps they’ve never told you that the techniques don’t always work as expected, and instead of coming out ripped, harder and more defined on the day of the competition, your appearance is quite the contrary: soft, no rips and no dryness.
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