Some of the most difficult aspects of bodybuilding are after the curtain comes down and the bronzer is placed on the shelf.
The Saskatchewan Amateur Bodybuilding Association (SABBA) is hosting two seminars this weekend in Regina and Saskatoon to educate those training in the fitness industry on the physical and emotional effects that can follow a contest.
“Everybody is all about getting ready for a competition,” says Harvey Viteychuk, an active member of SABBA and presenter at the upcoming courses. “There’s just never really (enough) information in regard to post-competition and I think it’s extremely important.”
One contributing factor to what is known as post-competition blues, he explained, is nutritional irregularity.
When people commit to strict diets for months leading up to a show, Viteychuk said the temptation to eat too much junk food at the end is overwhelming.
“The first thing that you feel like doing as soon as you get off that stage is filling your face,” he said.
Viteychuk, who is an amateur bodybuilder, said he has experienced gaining 30 pounds within a week. And going from perfect shape to several pounds overweight in a short timeframe takes a toll on the mind.
“Mentally, that can be a huge issue,” he said.
Another reason for this depression is the intense letdown of losing, which is why Viteychuk said it’s crucial for bodybuilders to have perspective.
“If you are really set on winning and you thought you had it and all of a sudden you don’t – how does that play against you?” he said, adding that reaching a personal best is an achievement unto itself.
Vince Wawryk is the vice-president of SABBA and was the Canadian national champion in 2007. Having begun his career at 19, the 45-year-old attributes his longevity to finding an appropriate balance.
He now juggles a full-time job and raising a family with exercising and coaching.
“I don’t train to lose, but I am also realistic with myself that there are younger guys that are hungry,” he said.
“There’s lots of different ways of looking at the sport.”
The seminar takes place in Regina on April 26 at Golds Gym North and in Saskatoon on April 27 at Fitness Focus. For more information, visit www.sabba.net/upcoming-events.