I have finally decided it’s time to do a show. I haven’t gained the size I would like, but improvements have been made, and I ain’t getting any younger. I have committed to competing on November 10 of this year.
As for my approach…I know my body really well, and tend to do some things “instinctually,” but I honestly think a lot of it is logic and common sense. It amazes me how many people second guess decisions and just don’t try and see for themselves to learn…anyway, that’s a different subject.
Back to my approach. I now work a job that I put in at least 55-60 hours per week. I am on my feet a lot, and a lot of times I am out in the sun. I have stayed lean with no cardio. I eat what I want, but often I under eat due to the heat. No excuse, but it’s the truth. My plan is to do continue and have an aggressive push this offseason for another 6-8 weeks, and then start my contest prep. By all means if cardio is needed to get shredded, then I will, but honestly, I do not think it’s going to be necessary...excessively anyway. I plan to grow into this show.
The plan is to continue training 4-6 days a week, and listen to my body. I will consume carbs according to my activity, lower carbs on off days. I will have refeeds when my body needs them. I had good success last show prep with my approach, the only difference was I trained 7 days a week, and 100 minutes per week of cardio. I also pretty much worked a desk job. Recovery will be key now, and I will monitor and adjust accordingly. I also will utilize Angie’s expertise in Graston and other techniques to aid in recovery.
As for what I will compete at…. the weight classes for both light heavy weight open bodybuilding and my class in Classic Physique are within a pound of their respective weight limits, so I will enter both divisions.
I am doing this show to prove to myself, and to anyone else, that I am well capable of competing and bringing a good package to the stage. I know my stuff, and I plan to prove that. I will guarantee that I will blow away my last performance. I can’t control who shows up, but I do control that I am showing up, and I will be the best version of myself possible.
I have an excellent support system in my fiance’ Angie, and some close friends. Honestly, if anything, I am motivated to make Angie proud.
I plan to do a couple posts a week to share my journey along the way. If interested, please follow along.