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Competition's Impact On Natural Bodybuilders

August 21, 2013

If you're one of the bigger guys in the weight room and you've wondered what it would be like to enter a bodybuilding competition, a study published in the International Journal of Sports Physiology & Performance tracked the progress of a natural 26 year old bodybuilder leading up to and beyond the point of his on-stage appearance.

During six months of pre-contest preparations, heart rate decreased from 53 to 27 beats per minute and blood pressure dropped from 132/69 to 104/56. Body fat dropped from 14.8% to 4.5%, but strength and testosterone levels both decreased. Testosterone, heart rate and body fat returned to near normal levels a month after the competition, but strength did not fully recover. That's why it's important to slowly ease back into your workout routine after such a grueling schedule. For tips on recovering between sprinting events, see today Breaking News post at