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Craig's Blog #12!...

Ready to rock and roll!!
So I have blogged my way with you in 12 blogs over 12 weeks during my final preparations towards my 50th  contest. I have really enjoyed disseminating all these snippets from my bodybuilding health & fitness lifestyle and hope you have been able to take something from them that has either motivated or informed you so as to assist in your own personal development and creation of a better version of yourself. I would like to take the opportunity to thank Maria McCarter and the ANB Team for this pleasure and privilege via the fantastic ANB Australia website.
I will no doubt get my creative blogging juices flowing again after the September/ October contest season finishes up. Until then, stay focused on achieving your goals and I look forward to catching up with you very soon.
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Craig's Blog #11!...

Exercise of the Week
One of the exercises I have alluded to in my HIT Hamstrings & Calves workout is the stiff-legged deadlift. This is a very gruelling exercise on a par with full squats and is great for stimulating growth all over your body with the effect it has on your Central Nervous System.
The variation I do is the one advocated Stuart McRobert and Dorian Yates. It is safer on your lower back but still really taxes your hamstrings with an excellent isometric contraction.
I like to grip the bar with one hand under and the other over. This is a very strong grip when going heavy on the last couple of sets. Your feet should be about 20cm apart and pointing straight ahead with your knees slightly bent.
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Craig's Blog #10!...

Hi again everyone, People often ask me how I stay motivated to maintain good condition all year round. The answer to this question is threefold. Firstly, I really enjoy the feeling of being relatively lean as you not only look good but you feel vibrant, energetic and more focused and this in turn makes you more productive and efficient in other aspects of your life. Secondly, by maintaining an on-season approach with consistent training in the gym, excellent daily nutrition and regular cardiovascular exercise you can enjoy those wonderful deviations (or cheat meals) and not feel guilty doing so. And in the process you will keep your BMR (Basal Metabolic Rate) running nice and fast to help keep you lean and burning calories even whilst lying asleep in bed. Developing and hanging on to your lean muscle mass will also keep your BMR high. The bodybuilding health and fitness lifestyle really goes against the aging process of decreasing metabolism and loss of muscle mass as you get older. More and more Gene ...
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Craig's Blog #9!...

We all need to be much more positive and encourage one another to excel and not accept mediocrity. These friendships of mine that I have formed from competing go against this national Aussie trend and that is also so inspirational to know that we are becoming part of the solution to this problem.
So let's all continue to promote this respect & comaraderie in our sport and hopefully it will eventually filter into society in general. If we could do this then we would all be more focused, productive, motivated and most importantly...happier!
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Craig's Blog #8!...

Hi there again everyone, I hope you enjoyed my last blog which occurred whilst I was in Melbourne with my fiancée Louise. I am now back in WA and really going hard, at the business end of my contest prep, for my next state title on September 15th.    'Changing the environment' was my last topic of inspiration and motivation. This week I would like to touch on our bodybuilding health and fitness lifestyle that should not be taken for granted. I was talking with Louise the other night and we were both sharing stories of our shopping ventures in our local favourite supermarkets. My Supa IGA is located next to my gym in Port Kennedy and is perfect for me to duck into after I have trained. I am usually a bit sweaty and with my attire obviously look like I have just worked out. So I will grab what I need and will usually do ad hock shopping several times per week getting a several days worth of food at a time. In my shopping cart will be usually eggs, steak, chicke ...
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Craig's Blog #7!...

 
My very first contest back in 1994 was the  very first 'natural ' show in WA where I did the Novice Men's Division at age 29. So it is fitting, I guess, that some 18 years later at age 47 I give something back and sponsor the Novice Men's Division at my 50th contest under my "Bodychisel by Craig" consulting business name! This really feels like I have come full circle in almost one whole generation of bodybuilding competitors. This sport has been so very good to me so I will feel proud to reward these up and coming fine gentlemen with their trophies and prizes.

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Craig's Blog #6!...

Hi again everyone, Well I feel it is that time once again for my weekly blog to bring you more bits and pieces from CW's bodybuilding world.      Motivation and inspiration are so important in life and are key aspects to bodybuilding success and longevity in the sport. One way to motivate yourself is to create a very positive mindset whereby you always aim high and cast the naysayers to one side. For many years I used to put in a contingency plan for not winning so as to be not too disappointed if the cards didn't fall my way so to speak. The funny thing is of course is that the temporary disappointment is there anyway. My fiancée Louise, who has a Masters degree in HR, told me to "act as if there is no doubt" and to visualize winning from accepting the 1st place trophy to celebrating afterwards with friends and a fun feed. The feelings of temporary disappointment are still present when you don't win regardless of your previous mindset. And I know those feelings don't last as you ...
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Craig's Blog #5!...

Hi again everyone,   Time for another blog in the bodybuilding world of CW and I hope Blog #4 had some things that made you think a bit.     Now I do like to kick off with things that drive me or inspire me to stay in the game and live the bodybuilding lifestyle.   I have really enjoyed consulting with people of all ages over the last five years or so to helping them both look and feel better about themselves. I particularly like to help the young guys to get involved as with this age of social networking, play-stations and simulated sports it is always great to assist them to get active and healthy again as that will only help them later in life in so many ways.     Four of my recent clients Will, Paul, Chris and Adam, were very successful in the May/June contest season with first and second placings in their Teenage, Junior and Open divisions. They all looked outstanding and have since continued to live the lifestyle and will only just get better and better wit ...
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Craig's Blog #4!...

Hi again everyone,   CW back again with more bits and pieces from my bodybuilding world. In my last blog I spoke of goal setting combined with passion and purpose as being essential elements of our existence. They give us direction and are hence very motivating tools. Another motivating aspect of this sport for me is the motto that we should always strive to better ourselves and never accept mediocrity, even when others try to drag you down and tell you that you will never get there. For me I have always walked away from a contest with various emotions ranging from disappointment to satisfaction to elation. Regardless of these feelings I have always listened to my close peers, assessed my contest photos, critically analysed the DVD of the show and used that as a launching pad to create and even better version of myself in 6 or 12 months time.    I literally look for the ‘holes’ in my physique and contest preparation that need to be modifie ...
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Craig's Blog #3!...

Hi again everyone, I hope my waffle in Blog #2 had something in it for you that was of interest. It is something that I enjoy doing in trying to share my journey of what the sport of bodybuilding can offer you in terms personal development, lifestyle and just plain good fun. One of the greatest motivating aspects in this sport has been the ability for me to be able to create goals. These goals have been many and varied and include time spans ranging from short to medium to long term. Goal setting is such an important part of our life that people don’t even realize they are doing even on a daily basis. We always like to have something to look forward to, be it a family holiday, hosting a New Year's Eve Party, a gala occasion or anything that requires some planning and preparation. Goal setting helps give us direction in our lives. I have always found that with bodybuilding you can create a short term goal to clean up your diet and shed a few kilograms so as to feel a bit better about yourself. Or pe ...
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  1. Re: Craig's Blog #23

    Oh yeah, best of luck for the ANB Asia-Pacific! I'll be keeping an eye out for some good news!Train hard...

    -- Peter Varley

  2. Re: Craig's Blog #23

    Hey Craig, nice blog buddy. Yes, we all either get those positive comments (eg, "you guys are awesome...

    -- Peter Varley

  3. Re: Craig's Blog #19!...

    Hey Leonard, so glad you liked my Blog #19 buddy :-)) Always glad to be of service ;-) Hope you're training...

    -- Craig Bodychisel

  4. Re: Craig's Blog #19!...

    Thanks so much for creating a Blog. A great read with heaps of info that I can commence myself. Look...

    -- Leonard Alfred Birch

  5. Re: Craig's Blog #13!...

    Thanks Gemma for the kind words and glad you enjoyed Blog #13! Look out for Craig's Blog #14 in the ...

    -- Craig Bodychisel

  6. Re: Craig's Blog #13!...

    So great to read your achievements! Love how you have involved your family and they support you. The...

    -- Gemma Dawson

  7. Re: Craig's Blog #7!...

    As usual very informative and motivating. Thanks Craig for yet another awesome blog! Maria

    -- Maria McCarter

  8. Re: Craig's Blog #4!...

    Thanks for that Lauryn I'm glad you enjoyed my Blog #4 :-))Kind regards, Craig W.

    -- Craig Bodychisel

  9. Re: Craig's Blog #4!...

    Cool blog Craig.. A really interesting read. :)Lauryn

    -- Lauryn Dina Meredith

  10. Re: Craig's Blog #1...

    Hi Craig, Great Blog. We look forward to having you be a contributor to the ANB site!

    -- Maria McCarter