Triceps pose, Side Triceps
Thank you PV! Btw, did I mention to you ever the DBZ was one of the reasons I wanted a muscular physique? I used to watch that show in 4th, 5th, and 6th grade, and watching Saiyans like Goku, Vegeta, and Gohan kick major ass got me so amped up!!! I remember watching the show, and doing crunches, pushups, and DB curls during the commercial breaks! hahah
Thanks again for following along with the positive feedback, I appreciate it bro.
^ Same here, i hated other anime's because the guys were too feminine and skinny while DBZ guys were ****en buff as hell lol.
You're looking great Pete, your hamstrings are getting really hard!
DM: I hear that bro! DBZ = Motivation!!! I'll never forget how stoked I was when Goku turned Super Saiyan for the first time vs Freiza. Ah to be a kid again. lol
Thank you very much! I focused a little more on isolating the hamstrings this offseason, and posing them hard while prepping. I think it has paid off! I want them to really pop from the back by the time I hit the stage. Thank you again for your kind words.
MVS: Thank you for the compliment! I just finished up a rough draft of what my posing routine will be, and I have incorporated that pose into it. My girlfriend really likes that pose for me as well! It's funny how some of the mandatories really don't show off the physique as well as some other poses.
Posing influences: Troy Alves, Frank Zane, Rich Gaspari, Dorian Yates, Shawn Ray, Ed Corny. These are the guys I have been watching on Youtube for inspiration, to compile my posing routine. I've incorporated ground shots, kneeling poses, mandatories, side poses, back poses, and front poses all with pretty decent transitions. I have 12 poses in my routine, so I think it will be good for about a minute, which is exactly what I wanted. When I'm really impressive to watch on stage I'll make my posing routines longer, but for now, I like to keep it a medium length showcasing all my bodyparts fairly evenly.
I held my breath when I saw you commented on my log TC! I really hold your opinion in high regard. From a competitor's standpoint, when I assess my physique, and look for conditioning in the back, im always thinking to myself, "Is this anywhere close to TC's glute-ham tie in"? Maybe a little TMI, but that aspect of your physique is seriously a goal of mine, as im sure it is many others at the Mecca.
With all that said, I'm currently 3 weeks out from my first competition, and 7 from my second! 17 weeks of dieting in the books!
Not too much to say this week. I stuck to my diet, cardio, training, supplementation, etc while working part time, and going to school. Everything has been going great! I've been working on my posing routine a bit as well. I'm going to try and run through my routine 5 times every night. This should only take out about 10 minutes of my day. Doesnt sound like much, but if I do it 5 times in a night consistently, I would have done it 100 times before I step onstage! If it's not perfect by then, I have no business being up there.
I'm definitely feeling leaner every day, and I want to feel confident in myself, but I really wish my conditioning was better this far out. I still have 3 weeks til the show, so who knows what could happen. I feel like the final weeks are when dramatic changes start to appear. Still, I wish I was closer to the conditioning I wanted. More of my friends, family, and loved ones are going to the first show. Not only this, but the competition will be harder as well. I wasnt considering this my "warm up" show by any means. I intend to be in prime condition for both.
I can't really have ANY regrets for this prep. I worked my ass off in the offseason, rehabing my shoulder for months, eating, training, resting, getting a coach, all 100% dedicated, consistent etc. I ate, trained, breathed, slept, dreamt, and lived bodybuilding as a major priority for the offseason and precontest. Besides more time in the gym and growing, etc, the only thing that will hold me back from winning, is my conditioning.
I have come up with a plan of attack for my next extended offseason. I will stay within 12-15% body fat for the entirety of the offseason. I feel this will be a comfortable weight range, my cardiovascular condition will be better, and I will be closer to contest shape. I thought I was relatively lean last offseason, but in reality, I was probably somewhere near 18-19% BF. That's a bit too high to get into prime condition, even with 20 weeks for myself. Some people may disagree, but longer dieting definitely works for me. I hold onto muscle much better. Any sort of the slightest crash dieting, and I flatten out, lose strength, focus, and mass, FAST.
Anyway, enough *****ing. lol. Here are some pics I took an hour ago. I feel like I could have vacuumed a little harder, and hit my hamstrings harder, but my hammies were still pretty sore from my legs session yesterday!