I feel steady state cardio and HIIT are equally important while prepping for a show. Your body needs the high intensity for that conditioned look but also needs to be able to recover while still burning body fat which the steady state helps with. I believe that you need to limit your steady state cardio to about 45-60min to avoid overtraining and burning muscle. Moderation is key.
ABFITT: So whats next Jake? What are your future plans now that your first pro win is under your belt? Any thoughts on the Olympia in 2014?
JAKE PHIPPEN: I am planning on doing one of the first shows of 2014. Not sure as to which one yet. It will depend on how I'm looking and if I need more time to build my best physique to be a real competitor. The ultimate goal is to compete in the Olympia and that's what I'm striving for. If I don't accumulate enough points or win a show to qualify in 2014 I will continue to improve and work towards that goal.
ABFITT: What advice would you give guys thinking about competing in MPD?
JAKE PHIPPEN: Once you've decided to compete have fun, keep your eye on the prize, and give 110% until the shows over. If you hire a coach make sure they put your health first and comp second. This will allow for a long term career and you will enjoy the whole process.
ABFITT: How can ABFITT readers follow you and your MPD career?
JAKE PHIPPEN: Facebook: IFBB Pro Jake Phippen, Twitter and Instagram: IFBB_jphippen
ABFITT: Thanks so much for taking the time to talk with ABFITT and I wish you continued success.
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