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"YOUR BEST BODY EVER!"

"YOUR BEST BODY EVER!"

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Fitness model and Men's Physique competitor Allen Elliott, who won the James Patrick Photography/Max Sports & Fitness Cover Model Search at the Fitness Model International convention in October 2012, shares key tips for getting in incredible shape. [Read more]
Fitness model and Men's Physique competitor Allen Elliott, who won the James Patrick Photography/Max Sports & Fitness Cover Model Search at the Fitness Model International convention in October 2012, shares key tips for getting in incredible shape. [Read more]

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HEALTHMATTERS COVERSTORY

By Allen Elliott

Your Best BodY ever!
Fitness model and Men's Physique competitor Allen Elliott, who won the James Patrick Photography/Max Sports & Fitness Cover Model Search at the Fitness Model International convention in October 2012, shares key tips for getting in incredible shape.

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elcome to the New Year. My name is Allen Elliott and I’m going to show you how you can transform to your best body ever! Before we begin, I sincerely hope you enjoyed the holidays. It’s important to spend time with family and enjoy seasonal dishes you wouldn’t normally indulge in. Nevertheless, it’s time to get back to business. In 12 weeks, we plan to be “out with the old and in with the new.” So with that being said, let’s get started! Many people who set New Year’s resolutions often struggle to give up old habits and fail to embrace new ones. Rest assured, after reading this article you won’t have to share a similar fate.

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My personal journey began as I grew up playing sports with a particular interest in wrestling. I found wrestling to be challenging both physically and mentally. A unique requirement of the sport was that of weight management; in order to compete, you had to make weight before each match. This taught me valuable life-long lessons of both discipline and accountability. Discipline was needed to properly prepare for a match, and I learned what it meant to be accountable because my coaches and teammates depended on me to make weight. Now serving as a military officer, I subscribe to the Air Force core values, which are integrity first, service before self and excellence in all we do. I’m grateful for the lessons learned from wrestling and the military because I’ve been able to apply those same skill sets toward my fitness model endeavors. By sharing from my life experiences, it is my goal to educate you on the transformation process, encourage you to aggressively pursue your goals and eliminate stumbling blocks along your journey. The three steps to a successful transformation are to identify your goals, have a reverse game plan and embrace the challenge.

12-Week challenge
month 1 (Weeks 1-4): IdentIfY Your goals
The transformation journey you’re about to embark upon can be thought of as a marathon with a series of sprints. Your results are greatly impacted by your ability to set and achieve daily, weekly and monthly goals. I strongly recommend identifying a couple of mid-term goals to serve as a bench mark in your transformation progress. Remember, the first 21 days are critical and help set the pace for this “marathon-like” transformation goal. Keeping a daily journal will help keep you on track with your goals and positively reinforce your new habits. Some suggested goals and metrics to consider: weekly progress pictures, body measurements, body weight, nutrition and workouts.

IdentIfY Your goals

A goal is defined as the result or achievement toward which effort is directed. Since your focus is on a physical transformation, it’s vital to clearly identify goals in this area. Ask yourself: What do I want to look like in 12 weeks? How will this transformation improve my quality of life? Who do I know that can help support me? Questions such as these help paint a clear picture of the road ahead and give you targets to shoot for. Whether your goal is to win Max Muscle’s 2013 MaxForm Life Challenge contest, prepare for a fitness competition or just get in amazing shape before summer, identifying your goal gives you a sense of purpose and ensures a stunning transformation is within your grasp.

month 2 (Weeks 5-8): reverse game Plan

Now that you’ve identified your goals, it’s time to build a reverse game plan. Begin with the deadline of your goal and work backwards to ensure you will have time to accomplish it. In this step, it’s important to have a mentor or coach – someone you can be accountable to who has achieved a level of success you wish to obtain. One such source to consider is a certified fitness nutrition coach at your local Max Muscle Sports Nutrition store. Remember, if you fail to plan, you plan to fail.

reverse game Plan

Just like in school, your mid-term progress report serves as a valuable tool in tracking your transformation development. Keeping in line with the 'Reverse Game Plan,' all daily and weekly goals should continue to build into your mid-term and final goals. Questions you’ll want to ask yourself: “What am I doing well?,” “What areas do I need to work on?” and “What final goals should I set for myself?” You may also want to monitor your workout stamina, changes in weekly progress pictures and overall mood. At this point, momentum begins to work in your favor and those once “new” habits now become your standard daily and weekly routines.

emBrace the challenge

During these 12 weeks, you will be required to work hard and push past your comfort zone. This transformation process allows you to “Embrace the Challenge” and encourages both mental and physical toughness to push pass obstacles that once held you back. You will have good days and you will have bad days. Do not be discouraged, because no transformation is ever perfect. Instead, strive for “excellence in all you do” and at the end of 12 weeks you will have achieved your goals or come amazingly close to doing so. The results are definitely worth the effort! In this and in upcoming issues of MS&F, you’ll be able to use my “goto workouts,” which helped me prepare for fitness photo shoots and Men’s Physique competitions. I hope you find the workouts challenging, dynamic and fulfilling. Turn to page 26 for the first workout: arms. Stay tuned: you're just 12 weeks away from your best body ever! MS&F

month 3 (Weeks 9-12): emBrace the challenge
You’ve made it to the final weeks of your transformation goal and the finish line is now in your sights. However, it’s not time to celebrate quite yet. To successfully capture your new physique, you’ll need to start your “sprint” towards the final “Peak Week” and prepare for your final photo shoot or event. Strength training and cardio conditioning should be maintained or increased as needed during these final weeks. If you are doing a show, you should also practice posing to find out which poses complement your physique the most. When preparing for your final photo shoot, choose solid black or white backgrounds to eliminate distractions. The use of tanners and oils is also recommended as it will improve your definition. Good luck!
JANUARY 2013

Photo by James Patrick, JamesPatrick.com

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