Let me dispel a myth for you. ALL those dudes you see on the covers of magazines, giving it the one two with their abacus abdominals, veins popping out like Rambo on a milk-run, are WEAK AS SHIT at the time of their shoots. They look strong, though, right?
If they’ve been following the unwritten, photo shoot protocol correctly, they will be almost completely depleted of glycogen. That means you get cold sweats, have jelly legs and go through pain when pumping the muscles pre-capture time. But hey, you looked ripped as shit, so why does it matter? Well, it matters because 90% of the retards that purchase publications like Men’s Health actually believe they will look something like the cover model, eventually. Except the cover model is probably juiced to the rafters on steroids, and has been captured on camera in a state that is not maintainable, long term.
All those guys have to cut before a shoot, that’s just the way it is. It’s a fascinating process, and I recommend you try it out and see the crazy results for yourself, but don’t confuse the results with long term effects; they are merely results of short-term manipulation on the top of years of training.
The fitness models you see advertising the protein supplements are usually bodybuilders, and personally I don’t think it’s all that hard to build an amazing looking body. Not nearly as difficult as building a strong, functional, balanced body. My training focuses on the later, the aesthetics are just an awesome bonus. But the illusion of visuals means you can’t actually tell how jacked or strong someone is just by looking at their muscular development.
For those of you who followed my early diaries, you would have read about the brutalities of water loading for this shoot, such as bloating and constipation. I averaged between 5 and 7 litres of water consumption a day.
It takes its toll on the body and I found it much harder than say for example, eating as much as I could each meal for a bulking result.
What I found interesting about this shoot is that I could only perform movements and holds that I had completely dialled. Because I felt so weak, there was no room for trying anything new. I knew I had about 45 minutes in the tank before I was going to pass out from depletion exhaustion, so that meant sticking everything I knew I could stick, within 5 attempts. The hardest thing to nail out of all the photos was the Shaolin Squat on the slackline, picture 5 below. That took more than 5 goes, and if you think someone who is cutting weight is grumpy, try someone who has cut weight and then can’t achieve what they’re aiming for.
Big thanks to Jack Daly for taking all the photos, and to Locker 27 for accommodating the shoot.