Pete so glad to here you did well! Your pics look great and can't wait for results of the next show.
DM: THANK YOU for real criticism!! Sorry the pics I posted were so small. They are MUCH bigger on my computer, and too big to upload, so i scaled them down using paint. I'll scale them not so small next time to try to find a happy medium.
I couldn't agree with you more. I used the tanner Layne advised, and I had a good base tan (im naturally pretty tan), but I agree I could have been darker. Also, I put in baby oil to the mixture, but it just wasn't enough. I think I'm going to go with a Jan Tana product, and use a bit of pam for the next show. It's always good to try new things to see what works best.
Your right about the BDB, I'm going to work on contracting my lower lats a bit more, I think all I have to do is lower my arms just a bit and lean back a bit more. I KNOW I have lower lats, but the way I'm hitting that shot isn't showing it. Which isn't good because my back is a weakness, I don't want to make it worse with off posing.
I really do think I was in better shape then most the people in my classes, and that was one of my strengths for sure. The guy that beat me had similar conditioning, maybe a little softer, but his upperbody over powered me. That's going to take some time in the gym for me. I'm def going to prioritize my chest and back training come offseason time.
Robertinho: Thanks man! I really did my best to show off my conditioning with the posing on stage. I can't wait for the next one in a month! I'll be posting more pics every saturday, so stay tuned!
TC: Thanks a lot man, I appreciate it. Any posing advice from the pictures would be much appreciated. Cork posted a link to the pics that were taken from the show. I was in the Novice 2nd class, and Open 3rd Class (Tall classes). Looking forward to seeing pics from your show!! in 5 weeks correct?
lol yeah i was about to say "try pam cooking spray" lol... But yeah as i said, looks like your doing a fdb during the rdb, lowering your arms and scapula may bring out the detail in the middle and lower part of your back.
Wha will u do on the way to your next show, diet wise? will u continue dieting the same for the duration?
For the next few weeks I'm right back on my diet, cardio and lifting. My macros didn't change pre peak week. I have a feeling the carbs are going to have to drop at least once before the next show, but im totally fine with that. I want to get shredded, so I'll do whatever it takes!
Tonight is my rest day, so I'll be doing some HIIT cardio :)
MVSF1: No rest for the weary!!!
So little update. Status: A bit frustrated!!
my weight last Tuesday was 184.8, This Tuesday since I'm e-mailed Layne because I'm back on track to giving him updates on Tuesdays and Saturdays for possible changes in my diet and cardio program. My weight this Tuesday was 182.8! I was stoked! I thought I had lost 2 pounds in the week, but I was wrong...
After my Saturday Night post Show meal, I depleted (under Layne's orders) my carbs and fats significantly to offset the big meal on Saturday night (which was absolutely delicious btw).
This resulted in a semi depleted state on Monday and Tuesday apparently, which gave me false hopes of my 2 pound weight loss :(
Wednesday morning, my weight was up a half a pound, and this morning my weight was back to Last Tuesday's weight of 184.8! Bahhhhhhh
I still feel very lean, and by no means have I gained any fat, but I want to keep losing fat, not maintaining!!! I don't want to waste any days maintaining!! I want to lose fat nice and slow every single day. So as far as I'm concerned if I'm in homeostasis, I'm not improving. I want to keep pushing forward. I e-mailed Layne, so hopefully he drops my carbs a little, or increases my cardio. Either is fine by me. I want to be shreddded!!!
Layne knows his stuff, and I totally trust him. But I also know my body pretty well, and a lot of times when he tells me to change something, I have already had the idea to do so. So I have a feeling hes going to lower my carbs a tad :) We'll see.
I really can't remember what I looked like exactly last Tuesday. And honestly, all my hair is shaved off me right now, so I look a lot better because of that alone. I had so much hair on my legs, that it was hard to tell where I was at conditioning wise. Good question though. Its always good to put it in perspective of JUST the mirror, rather then the scale.
Hey guys, Little update. I had my show a week ago, and it went pretty well. The 4 weeks after my first contest I stuck to my diet, training, cardio etc. I lost an additional 4 pounds, and def brought in a tighter package to the stage. I feel like I peaked just as well for the second competition. So overall, I brought a similar package to the stage, just a bit tighter!
The show was the NABBA Novice Grand Prix. It was an untested show, and man did it show!! There were only 25 men competing in the show, but i'd say almost all of them were taking something save for a few. I heard them all talking about their cycles and all, but it didnt really bother me. I KNEW I was going into the show that was untested, so im not going to bitch and moan about it. It's like playing on a baseball team without a baseball glove! lol. Maybe not the best example, but I think you guys get the point.
I placed 1st in my Novice class, 3rd in the Junior Division (16-23 year olds), and 4th in the Men's open.
Junior Class: 10 competitors. The guy that placed second was probably around 5'8, good structure, balance, color, and similar to same conditioning as me. he said he dieted 2-3 weeks for the show!! I couldnt believe it. He says he stays lean all year round. I can't understand how you can stay that close to contest shape all year round and still make gains, but he manages to do it! The guy that placed 1st was 20 years old, around 220 pounds. I was def tighter then he was by a good amount, but this org really gives the upperhand to bigger guys. I knew that, so i wasnt too surprised in his placing. The guy that placed second probably had a better combo of everything, but size just overwhelms the judges in NABBA. oh well.
Novice Class: I actually got put in the short class because there were only 2 short competitors (probably around 5'7-5'10), but there were about 8 other competitors in the tall class. I was measured at 6 foot even, but I was still the shortest in the tall class! A lot of the tall guys were 6'1 and 6'2! lots of tall guys for sure! So I beat out the two shorter competitors in the Novice short class and won my first first place trophy... Didn't really feel too thrilled about it, because the guys I beat werent great. Still, I got to pose in the Overall for the Novice Class. The tall Novice winner was the gigantic 20 year old again! He beat me of course, but it was still a lot of fun posing in the posedown!! :)
Open Tall: Guys that beat me were the 20 year old again, who placed 2nd in this class, and two older guys. The guy that won the class was very complete, and actually somewhat old. I think in his mid 40's? He ended up winning the whole show. The guy that placed second was an ANGRY looking dude who had a bald head, and tatoos all over. Even on his head! He was in his early 30's and had been training for a while. Good physique, but needed better conditioning!