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The 5 Most Common Bodybuilding Contest Preparation Myths


Peter Fitschen and Cliff Wilson ©2019
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The number of competitors stepping onstage in bodybuilding competitions has drastically increased over the past two decades. This is due in part to several new competitive divisions and sanctions providing more opportunities for a wider array of physiques to compete. Typically, information about preparing for a competition is passed down from competitor to competitor either online or at the gym. Although there is an increasing number of competitors using science-based approaches to contest preparation, there is still a large amount of misinformation about contest preparation. Therefore, the purpose of this webinar by Peter Fitschen and Cliff Wilson, authors of Bodybuilding: The Complete Contest Preparation Handbook is to discuss five common myths associated with nutrition, training and peaking for a competition and how to handle the post-show period.

Peter J. Fitschen, PhD, CSCS, is the owner of FITbody and Physique, where he works full time as a contest prep coach. His combination of education and experience are unique in the sport of bodybuilding. He has a PhD in nutritional sciences from the University of Illinois, a master’s degree in biology with a physiology concentration, and a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from the University of Wisconsin at La Crosse. As a researcher, Fitschen has coauthored 18 peer-reviewed publications, including several directly related to bodybuilding contest preparation. He is certified as a strength and conditioning specialist (CSCS) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association. He has been competing in natural bodybuilding since 2004 and won his natural pro card in 2012.

Cliff Wilson is a professional natural bodybuilder and one of the top physique coaches in the industry, having established himself through his work with competitive bodybuilders and powerlifters. Using a combination of scientifically proven methods and experience-driven techniques, Wilson’s clients have amassed over 100 pro cards, more than 60 professional titles, and 9 world championships. His reputation as a coach has also allowed him to become a noted fitness author, with articles published in dozens of magazines and websites. Wilson is also a noted guest speaker who has given lectures around the world.