Bodybuilders are unsure

"You are never satisfied as a bodybuilder"

By Stefan Tschudi (text) and Samuel Trümpy (pictures)

Bilten. - "If you want to show your body in competitions, you have to train hard for at least five years," explains Christian Vetsch, trained fitness instructor and operator of the Soul Gym in Bilten. Years of training are a prerequisite for a stage-ready form.

Help build the cycle

The 42-year-old is the only muscle man in the Glarus region who still practices bodybuilding with a view to competitions. "There are very many who train and build up their bodies, but only very few take on preparation for a competition including diet," says Vetsch. Since mid-April he has been preparing for next Saturday's competition in Dietikon, an open championship of the OFBB association, where athletes from France, Germany, Italy, Hungary and Switzerland are expected. "I started the diet in mid-August so that I could get my competition weight on the scales by Sunday at the latest," explains Vetsch. During the build-up, i.e. before the diet, he trained strength three times a week and endurance five times. "The more muscles you have, the better your circulation has to function."

Nothing works without proper nutrition

During the diet, the units become shorter and the cadence higher - Vetsch trained strength five times a week and endurance seven times a week. But nobody becomes a bodybuilder with dumbbells and a treadmill, especially nobody who goes to competitions. According to Vetsch, proper nutrition accounts for a good 60 percent for sustainable preparation. «Diet is crucial. If it is not correct, even the best training methods will not work. ”It is important, for example, that you adhere to the number of calories you have set yourself when dieting. "In the competition itself, the body should have a certain mass, not too much, not too little."

From steroids and fat burners

During the build-up, the bodybuilder usually consumes more calories and carbohydrates than directly before the competition. Because muscle men usually commit this with a calorie deficit so that their muscles open up really nicely. "The only thing I always consume is protein is the same." Other things, such as sauces or sweet drinks, are forbidden at the latest before the competitions. Alcohol is the ultimate training killer, and Vetsch does not use it during the entire preparation phase. In addition to the right diet, nutritional supplements are added to maximize the effect. The palette is huge and ranges from steroids to growth hormones and fat burners to insulin substitutes and by no means all of them are legal. So what about doping? ”Everyone talks about clean sport, but in bodybuilding substances are simply part of it. Anyone who thinks something else is wrong, ”says Vetsch. Many would think they just had to take the right drug and their muscles would pop. "That is a fallacy." Rather, the question of the right amount is decisive. And what poison you want to knowingly expose your body to.

"It also works without substances"

The genetic requirements also have an influence, because not every body has the same metabolism. "The better your physical condition, the better substances show their effect," explains Vetsch. He clearly distances himself from the fact that doping and bodybuilding belong together. «You can also train without substances. But if you use them correctly, they can have a decisive influence on the shape and size of the body. ”When Christian Vetsch shows his poses on Saturday in Dietikon, he has to be completely satisfied with himself and his body. His performance - four views from all sides in the primary and seven compulsory poses in the final - should ultimately come across as convincing. “It is important that the transitions in the performance are flowing and that they are coordinated with the music.” Vetsch achieved his ideal dimensions weeks before the competition. But "you are never satisfied as a bodybuilder, you are always too thin." The dimensions, proportions, symmetry as well as fat and water content must be correct in the competition for the jury to award points.