Local preparing for second bodybuilding competition this year
NEW GLASGOW – If Peter Guthro wins the bodybuilding competition in November that he’s currently preparing for he’ll get a $50 trophy – so that isn’t the reason behind why he puts so much time into it.
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Peter Guthro trains in the gym at the YMCA of Pictou County. Guthro is preparing for the 2013 East Coast Classic novice bodybuilding competition Nov. 23 in Halifax.
The Stellarton native does it to prove to himself that he can do it and put himself out there in front of a room of people.
“A lot of people always ask me ‘what do you find the hardest about it?’ and ‘what do you get out of it?’” he said. “Really you’re going to get a $50 trophy, but it’s just seeing if you’re able to do it, putting yourself out there and training your hardest. The cravings are unbelievable with different kinds of food you haven’t even tried before that you want all the time, but it’s all about the satisfaction is just being able to get on stage in front of 1,000 people and doing it.”
In preparation for the East Coast Classic novice bodybuilding competition Nov. 23 at the Bella Rose Arts Centre in Halifax, he has been dieting for 14 weeks with four left to go. He will be taking part in the bodybuilding aspect of the show, which also includes physique.
Guthro said physique is more of a board shorts and athletic look, while bodybuilding is focused on muscle mass.
“Bodybuilding is more about sculpting your physique and building your body with as much muscle mass as possible,” he said. “When you get into physique it’s more about having the abs, having the tan, having the look like an Abercombie and Fitch type model. Bodybuilding is straight up building muscles and trying to have symmetrical muscles so everything looks the same on each side when you’re on the stage and more or less stage presence.”
His first show was last April, in the light-heavyweight division at provincials. He weighed in at 186.6 pounds on stage and by August he weighed 220 pounds. As of last week he was down to approximately 200 pounds at the same body fat he was around in April.
Guthro said this time around he’s taking his training more seriously. He got the idea of doing it in August. By September his roommate and his girlfriend decided they wanted to train for it as well, but they never really started to diet or look into it more seriously until November 2012. They didn’t know what to expect going into the last show so they went to seminars, posing clinics and asked judges a lot of questions about what they wanted to see and what they should be doing to prepare.
“I wasn’t as determined and would rather have food than actual training, which affected the final product on stage,” said Guthro. “I cheated on my food a little bit more and my workouts weren’t as intense in the last one because I didn’t know how my body could play out with the reduced carbohydrates and calories in my diet. Going into this show I hired a professional bodybuilder as a coach, somebody to take me from A to B and take me right to the show the whole time.
“I get up earlier to make my meals, work out longer and harder and push myself the extra mile now because every single bodybuilding show I want to do a little bit better at.”
Currently a personal trainer at the YMCA of Pictou County, preparing for this competition takes the majority of his free time outside of work hours. He’s working 40 hours a week, with clients who come in on the side.
“In between that I’m cooking my food and meal prepping for up to two hours a day,” he said. “I usually get up at 4 a.m. four times a week to make sure I have all my meals ready. I usually do cardio every morning between 45 minutes and an hour and do upwards of a two-hour workout five times a week and then I’ll do more cardio before I go to bed.”
On the weekends he’s been going to Fitness FX in Halifax to train in a different atmosphere and get his name out there. He said another reason he’s doing this, aside from being able to prove that he can do it, is his career.
“I want to show people that anything is possible if you put the work in,” he said. “I know if I go and indulge in a big bag of chips right now it’s going to throw me off, so I’ll wait until my cheat meal at the end of the week on Saturday night and that’s when I’ll do it. I want to some day have my own small studio and sell supplements throughout the county. I’d like to do transformations on people and be a contest prep coach. Personal training is something I’ll probably do for the rest of my life. Even if I get a trade or pursue another career I’ll probably do personal training on the side.”
When it comes to competitions his goal is to be on a national stage within the next three years and place first at a provincial show. His goal is to make the top five this year, but he really wants to finish first.
“I placed eighth out of 19 guys and it was my first show of all of Nova Scotia,” he said. “I came out of it feeling very confident with it. This time I’m aiming for top three with the top five going to provincials. I really want first place. This is what I’m training for.”
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