JOOLS CHAFFER: THE FINER DETAILS
At this stage with just over four weeks to go until the big photoshoot, there are important questions still to be asked! Will Jools’ body physically cope with the demands of the final stages of training? Is Jools’ protein intake enough? Is Jools’ body fat going to be low enough?
- Injury prevention is very important to any athlete and especially at this stage in the training programme. Since Jools has been pushing the weights and his upper body has had to cope with a huge workload it is sensible to pay attention to details. Namely the Rotator Cuff muscles in the shoulders, which are a group of muscles and their tendons to act to stabilize the shoulder. There are four Rotator Cuff muscles which support the shoulder girdle. Jools has been using lighter 3kg dumbbells so that when he works the bigger upper body muscle groups his body is able to cope with it – for example when Jools was bench pressing 28kg in each hand today!
- At the moment Jools’ protein intake is 3 to 4 meals a day to promote muscle growth as well as weight training with high weights and lower repetitions to promote muscle hypertrophy (bulk or size). Protein requirements for strength athlete are greater than for endurance athletes due to increased demands placed on the body for repair and recovery. Strength training requires 1.4g – 1.8g per kg body weight (per day). Intakes of over 2g per kg body weight (per day) have shown to provide no significant improvements.
- Jools has to main maintain his cardiovascular workouts (rowing, treadmill and bike) to maintain low body fat. As the photoshoot approaches cardio becomes more and more important!
(Calories can only be dropped so far to retain muscle mass. But when it comes down to it, cardio is what sheds the body fat. But as usual Leanne will be monitoring this as the big day approaches ;-))
Another great session was had today with Jools working his chest, triceps and abs. The final 4 weeks is going to be tough and success is just round the corner for Team Chaffer….