A scientific review on BB Competition Prep (12-Month Case Study)

  1. A scientific review on BB Competition Prep (12-Month Case Study)

    Natural Bodybuilding Competition Preparation and Recovery: A 12-Month Case Study.


    Bodybuilding is a sport in which competitors are judged on muscular appearance. This case study tracked a drug-free male (aged 26-27) bodybuilder for the six months prior to and following a competition.


    The aim of this study was to provide the most comprehensive physiological profile of bodybuilding competition preparation and recovery ever compiled.


    Cardiovascular, body composition, strength, aerobic capacity, critical power, mood state, resting energy expenditure, hormonal and other blood parameters were evaluated.


    Heart rate decreased from 53 to 27 bpm during preparation and increased to 46 bpm within one month following competition; brachial blood pressure dropped from 132/69 mmHg to 104/56 mmHg during preparation and returned to 116/64 mmHg at 6 months following competition; percent body fat declined from 14.8% to 4.5% during preparation and returned to 14.6% during recovery; strength decreased during preparation and did not fully recover during 6 months of recovery; testosterone declined from 9.22 ng/mL to 2.27 ng/mL during preparation and returned back to the baseline level, 9.91 ng/mL, following competition; total mood disturbance increased from 6 to 43 units during preparation and recovered to 4 six months following competition.


    This case study provides a thorough documentation of the physiological changes that occurred during natural bodybuilding competition and recovery.
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  2. A great overall breakdown of the study - http://suppversity.blogspot.de/2013/...erage-six.html
    "The only good is knowledge and the only evil is ignorance." - Socrates

  3. Crazy! HR at 27bpm? That can't be good..
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  4. ^ yeahhhh. and the fact that even 6 months later his strength still suffered is interesting

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