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Bodybuilding Ebook With CE Exam

Bodybuilding Ebook With CE Exam

The Complete Contest Preparation Handbook

$79.00 USD


Product Format
    The package components are delivered online:
    • Bodybuilding ebook
    • Continuing education exam
    The popularity of bodybuilding is at an all-time high, and the sport is continuing to grow. But seasoned competitors and beginners often have questions about how to look their best on show day. Written by expert bodybuilding coaches Peter Fitschen and Cliff Wilson, Bodybuilding: The Complete Contest Preparation Handbook Ebook With CE Exam will help you guide clients through every step of the process to select a competition, prepare for the contest, and make the transition to the off-season. With no other book like it on the market, Bodybuilding offers scientifically supported and experience-based guidelines to help your clients have their best show ever.

    Bodybuilding takes the guesswork out of preparing for a contest and answers common questions your clients may have, such as these:
    • How do I choose the competition and division that are right for me?
    • What mandatory poses do I need to learn for my competition?
    • What is the best workout to do during contest prep?
    • What should I do if I start to spill over during peak week?
    • How long is too long to maintain stage-lean levels of body fat?
    More than 60 full-color photos show body types for each division and each mandatory pose, offering a visual guide to the proper positions for each pose. You will also find information on how to help your clients handle the transition to the off-season.

    Upon completing the book, certified professionals can take the companion CE exam to earn continuing education credits.

    Learning Objectives
    After reading this book and successfully completing the 75-question multiple-choice exam, you will be able to do the following:
    • Understand the history of bodybuilding.
    • Identify how the bodybuilding divisions differ in their judging criteria.
    • Understand the process of obtaining a stage-ready physique.
    • Understand nutrition and training techniques used to excel in bodybuilding.
    • Determine when a competitor is ready to begin preparing for a competition.
    • Identify the poses required in various bodybuilding divisions.
    • Understand how to manage nutrition, training, and preparation during peak week.
    • Understand what to do after a competition to prepare for a future competition.


    A continuing education course for strength and conditioning professionals, personal trainers, and other certified fitness professionals.

    Introduction. Evolution of the Sport of Bodybuilding

    Early Physique Competitions

    The Early 1900s

    Pre–Golden Era

    Golden Era

    Is it possible for bodybuilding competitors to compete in another strength sport (powerlifting, for example)?

    The Late 20th Century

    Chapter 1. The Art and Science of Bodybuilding

    New Divisions

    Drug-Tested Bodybuilding

    Misinformed Approaches to Contest Preparation

    Many competitors at my gym use methods you do not recommend yet have been successful in their competitions. Why should I follow the approaches discussed in this book rather than what the guys at my gym are doing?

    Chapter 2. Sorting Through the Sanctions

    Drug Use in Bodybuilding

    Untested Amateur Sanctions

    If I am drug-free, can I compete in untested competitions?

    Untested Professional Sanctions

    Drug-Tested Sanctions

    Are banned substances taken for diagnosed medical reasons allowed in drug-tested competitions?

    If I win a pro card in one sanction, can I compete in professional competitions in other sanctions?

    Chapter 3. Breaking Down the Divisions and Classes

    Criteria Defined

    Men’s Divisions

    Women’s Divisions

    Can a competitor compete in more than one division at a show?

    Final Word on Division Criteria

    I feel like I may be able to compete in more than one division. How do I choose the best division for me?


    Why are there multiple classes within the same show? For example, why are there three open men’s bodybuilding classes?

    Can competitors make a living from prize money earned in professional competitions?

    Can a competitor compete in more than one class at a show?

    Chapter 4. The Reality of Readiness

    New Competitors

    As a new competitor attending a competition for the first time, is it important for me to attend a competition in the sanction in which I plan to compete?

    Experienced Competitors

    Would you ever recommend competing with less time between shows?

    Readiness for Contest Prep

    Patience and Time Pay Off

    Chapter 5. Show Selection and Timing: The Secrets of Preparation

    Selecting the Right Show

    What is the best time for me to start contest prep?

    Appropriate Rate of Loss

    Does my weight need to decrease to get stage-lean?

    Benefits of Longer Prep Time

    Determining Needed Prep Time

    Do I need to select a show before starting contest prep?

    Could I achieve stage-lean levels of body fat in less time than you recommend?

    Chapter 6. Fueling Your Physique for Contest Preparation

    Energy Balance

    Caloric Intake

    What do I do if I fall off my nutrition plan for a day?


    Are high-protein diets safe?

    Should I be concerned about sugar intake during contest prep?

    Individual Differences in Macronutrient Needs

    What is the best way to accurately measure my food?


    Vitamins and Minerals

    Can I have artificial sweeteners during contest prep?

    Meal Frequency

    Protein Timing

    Carbohydrate Timing


    Diet Breaks

    Monitoring Progress

    How should a woman handle weight fluctuations due to her menstrual cycle?


    Chapter 7. Tweaking Your Physique for Contest Preparation

    Increasing Energy Expenditure

    Should I do cardio fasted?

    If I am lifting weights and doing cardio in the same workout, which should I do first?

    Resistance Training

    What is the mind-muscle connection I have heard about?

    How many days a week should I be in the gym?

    Do I need to train to failure? If so, should I do it in every workout?

    Monitor the Need for Recovery

    Sample Training Programs

    Chapter 8. The Art of Posing

    Bodybuilding (Men and Women)

    Classic Physique (Men)

    Men’s Physique

    Women’s Physique

    Figure (Women)

    Bikini (Women)

    Posing Routines and T-Walks

    Effective Practice Posing

    Should I practice the poses in my posing suit?

    Should I pose in a sauna?

    Chapter 9. The Finishing Touches and Final Preparation



    Posing Suit



    Hair Removal


    Do all competitions allow the same type of tan?

    Do I need to get a base tan in a tanning bed before my competition?

    Makeup and Hair

    Other Logistical Details

    Chapter 10. Peak Week Explained

    The Mysterious Peak Week

    Prerequisites for Effective Peaking

    Terminology and Definitions

    Peak Week Objectives

    Peak Week Objective Nonstarters



    Would you ever recommend that a competitor cut water during peak week?

    Sodium-Potassium Balance

    Peaking Network

    Peak Week Strategies

    Learning Your Load Look and Choosing a Peaking Strategy

    Peak Week Training

    Peak Week Cardio

    Managing Your Physique on Show Day

    What if I mistime my sodium, sugar, and pump up backstage, and I am too early?

    The Perfect Peak?

    Chapter 11. Contest Weekend: Strategizing for Success

    Focus on What You Can Control

    The Day Before the Show

    Show Day

    How ready should I be when I arrive at the venue on show day?

    Can I go out to eat after prejudging?

    After the Show

    Chapter 12. After the Event: Recovery and Recommendations

    Postshow Analysis

    Competing in Multiple Shows

    Physiology of Being Stage-Lean

    Transitioning to the Off-Season

    Does everyone need to regain body fat after a show?

    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.

    Customer Reviews

    Based on 2 reviews
    Frank Towery
    This course is easy to read and understand

    Some of the courses I have taken are written as if a scientist or a medical professional is reading it. This book and course was very informative and was easy to read and understand. Take this course, you willnot regret it.

    Greg Harris

    This is a great overview for contest preparation but is also helpful for personal trainers that are helping clients to prepare for special occasions or photo shoots.