All Posts by Joe Lenihan

6 Bikini Competition Diet: Carb Cycling for Bikini Competitors Part 2

Okay I think I’m probably about 2-3 weeks late writing part 2 of Bikini Competition Diet: Carb Cycling for Bikini Competitors, but I re-checked and google still has little to offer on the subject.  Not that its google’s fault.  I love google. So I realized after re-reading part 1 that I never really bothered to […]

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3 Bikini Competition Dieting Carb Cycling

Bikini Competition Diet: Carb Cycling For Bikini Competitors

Okay, looks like I’m finally fired up enough about something that I may have to write my first blog post in 5 months.  Every once in a while I like to pretend I’m a bikini competitor (this isn’t going where you think it is…get your head out of the gutter) looking for relevant contest prep […]

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10 Figure and Bikini Competitor Water Retention

Figure and Bikini Competitor Q&A: Initial Weight Gain With Strength Training

Q: I just switched to lifting heavier weights a few days ago. Why am I a pound heavier? A:This is a question many figure and bikini competitors have asked after beginning a traditional strength training (i.e. lift a relatively heavy weight for several reps, rest 60 seconds, repeat until muscle group is toast) program either […]

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Bikini Competition Diet: 5 Reasons NOT to Cut Sodium!

While I think most bikini competition prep coaches have come a long way with regard to pre-contest depleting or “drying out” practices, there still seems to be a lot of confusion regarding sodium manipulation in the bikini competition diet. I’ve intentionally left bikini competition out of this post, since depleting is completely pointless, and actually a […]

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3 ways to make your figure and bikini prep better (and easier)

As a Personal Trainer to figure and bikini competitors, models, athletes and women wanting to get into peak shape, I’m constantly asked variations of one specific question:  What are the secrets to bikini and figure competition prep?  Given the understanding we currently have of how the body responds to diet and exercise, combined with the […]

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2 Better Supplements for Figure and Bikini Competitors

Bikini Competition Supplements: This, Not That

As much as I hate some of the recommendations the “eat this, not that” books make, the concept itself is great.  And I think we could use a version for bikini competition supplements. The average person with average fitness goals could probably make some measurable improvements in their overall health and appearance by simply referring […]

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4 Bikini Competition Diet: Do You Really Need to Count Calories?

Take it from a seasoned Personal Trainer: Nothing scares clients away faster than telling them they have to count calories on a bikini competition diet.  Many fitness professionals have gotten so used to rejection when proposing this idea that they don’t even bother anymore. It’s definitely not something I would just throw out there to the […]

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