It’s been a long LONG journey…but I’m finally in contest prep for my 2nd season—VERY EXCITED!!!
Last season by God’s grace I accomplished a lot! 3 shows, 3 top 5 placings!
Coming into the offseason I got a coach and we discussed doing two things right off the bat…me taking 2 weeks off—hard to do, but very needed!!! (Competing is hard, VERY HARD on the body and the 2 wks off where so my body could recuperate)
After two weeks, off I came back at 174lbs 30lb difference from my competition weight (Water weight) in November—this may have been the hardest challenge for me, because I had to let go of all the hard work I put in…or at least I felt that way, it was hard to look in the mirror for a while ( Bodybuilding is a constant mental challenge, and you learn to love the inner you because of how it is a constant fluctuation of body image…but still the main goal is to be huge and shredded; but to get huge but to get there, you have to accept that shredded is for moments, not for a lifetime because you can’t progress staying shredded.)
The goals for my offseason where to work on my V taper and build my legs up more. My offseason was cut kinda short so we could do a “pre season” show…really I think my coach was trying to toughen me up lol
I didn’t take 1st in my last show, not because I didn’t look great, but because I punked out on stage…shows are won and lost by confidence!
the focus of the show was more stage experience and to add to my confidence! We didn’t go full force to this show,but I still got 3rd place!
After this show again I took 1 week off to recover and then when I returned to the gym coach said 1 goal—get swole!!! So for 6 weeks that’s what we focused on. Coach said that by the end I would be the thickest, largest and strongest I’ve ever been.
The picture on the left is 7 weeks ago…I was 155lbs and the picture on the right was two weeks ago, 180lbs!!!!
Some of the high lights:
deadlift started at 425 6 wks later 455 for 5
Squat: 275 6 wks later 330 for 10
Bench 295 6 wks later 365
Standing shoulder press 235 6 wks later 295!
So I say mission accomplished! So…the question is how’d I do it right? There are different ways to accomplish this, we went with the Maximum Intensity approach…I went all out for exercise schemes of 5×8 -10×10 when I was done with a set I was exhausted…and needed a 5 min break before I could go again; when I was done after a training session all I had energy to do was sleep and eat!!! That’s how you grow, train hard, sleep and eat!!!
Currently I’m in week 2 of contest prep
The goal now is to tighten up all that mass!!!! My diet is aggressive, and training isn’t changing much…heavy in the morning and shaping at night—it’s a mixed bag. Heavy weight keeps my muscles full, while the evening shaping sessions help make my muscles look detailed.
I’ve learned a ton these past 20 some weeks, but here are the highlights…there basic, but the most important
High light Lessons learned over the offseason:
You don’t have to lift heavy to get huge—even though I lift heavy I focus on stretching and squeezing more then the weight
Sleep is Oober important, can’t grow without rest…
I’m looking to come in the best I’ve ever looked, follow me to #incredible on June 8th!
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