Congrats. Use the second place as motivation
i found another ok stage shot. my legs showed straitions once i started taking the diuretic, it really brought out my seperation better you can kind of see it here. however i forgot to flex my abs here.
i'm on the far right
and a tiny hotel one. my brother is taking the photo here.
Size obviously wasnt an issue, I think you can agree that you need to bring better conditioning to win shows hands down. You have packed on a lot of lean tissue but you do need to come in more conditioned. I beat guys out in my shows that outweighed me by a lot and had a lot more muscle just cuz I was that much more lean. The difference between 6% and 4% can mean a couple of placings.
Great job brother. Don't let the placing bother... I know it's tough. Unfortunately, politics can play a bit of a role sometimes. You looked awesome... great size and next time you'll have a better idea of how your body reacts to the cut. Keep it up brother... next time you will scare the shit out of people!
You looked pretty good bro, and full. BUT, I hope this makes you finally realize that you should have followed the diet exactly instead of wandering off ALL the time, kept track of what you took in so we could make adjustments or see where you went wrong, and that holding on to muscle for the sake of your conditioning will NOT win you a show. You did look good considering the amount of time you dieted but that still didn't win you the show. Next year you should take this defeat whether you feel it was legit or not and use the mistakes you made to learn how to better prepare next year. For your first show, 2nd is damn good and you should feel proud of how you did considering you made all the above mistakes.
ya all you guys are right. the biggest thing i took away was what i need to do next time. first off i'm gonna get ready on time and bump my contest prep time from 10 to likely 13 weeks. braaq seems to think i just cheated willy nilly on my diet :ranter: and though there were little abberations i was pretty good, and i NEVER did any less than 45 min cardio a day (walking)
one of the BIGGEST mistakes i made however was from the advice of one of my friends who also competes. i was looking really good after about 2 days on the direutic, and my friend told me that after checkin, i should eliminate all water. i did. HUGE mistake. i couldn't get a pump to save my life backstage and my usual fullness across my upper body was no where to be found, not to mention it made me feel like absolute shit (remember this contest was in Phoenix, where the high that day was 109) though i look rather full in the pics, i felt as flat as can be. and to top it off i looked at pics of me the day before and the day after when i stopped drinking water, no difference. the diruetic worked beautifully and there was no need to stop drinking water as not only did it make no visual difference, it killed my energy and fullness.
I don't think you cheated "willy nilly" on your diet.. but stepping off the diet at all or not following it exactly will cost you... and it did. No matter though, this is just the first show and you still did great and learned a lot of things. I am stoked for next year myself ... and oiling you up backstage
Also, for not getting a pump I think you looked full and big as hell.... size was definitely not your problem. You out massed even those older guys standing next to you.
I don't know bro... I did a diuretic and stopped drinking water. But I was supplementing the hell out of my potassium to counter the water dropping. I started I think it was Saturday with 2-3 gallons of water. This had me pissing like mad. Then on Thursday I started minimal water and my diuretic. I'll have to confirm with my coach what his ratio was, but for all the urine you drop... you have to supplement with potassium. It helps with a lot... lessens cramping and ill feeling. I don't know how much you dropped, but I dropped like 15lbs in 2 days of dehydration. It sucks, but it worked. My two cents.