Age: 26 years
Weight: 222 pounds
Years Training: Lifting regularly for 10 years. Eating like someone who actually cares for about 8 months.
I just competed in my first competition. I did not come in as hard as I had hoped, but I came a long way in my 20 week prep. I was 270 20 weeks out and I ended up at 222 for weigh ins. In these pictures I am at 260 on the left and 222 on the right.
I was originally a little worried about competing and not being completely shredded, but my friends/colleagues calmed my fears and reminded me that this is my first comp, and I will NEVER be this soft again. I had an awesome experience and I can't wait to see a video of my night show routine which the crowd went nuts for.
My current plan is to continue to stay lean/get leaner SLOWLY over the summer, begin bulking in the fall, maybe doing a Dead-Lift in a PL comp in the fall, and end up competing again next October as a very lean Super Heavyweight at around 230-240 pounds.
Areas that I need to improve for my next show, in order of importance:
Calves - My long legs make my calves seem tiny. They need a lot more size. Began DC this week and plan on attacking them with every known trick.
Arms, biceps especially - At my height, my arms are comparatively small to other bodybuilders, even if they are the same size (~18 inches last time I measured). I also need to address the fact that my right arm is about .5 inches smaller than my left because of its shape.
Shoulders - I need a lot more size and width especially to offset my bigger waist.
Traps - These need to be monstrous. I haven't touched them directly in years and it shows.
Lats - They need to be wider. My back is already very thick but it's tough to tell with how lean I was, but my waist is always going to be quite big I think, so the lats need to be wider.
Otherwise I think everything else is doing well. My legs are actually decently big along with my back, it's just that since I wasn't super lean they didn't look as good as they could have. Both quads have striations/veins running throughout, just tough to see in these pics. I need to get so lean next time, that you can see those striations/veins from the horizon. My hammies are strong but I suppose they could stand to have more pop next time.
Dead-Lift: 545 (500 without straps) @ BW of 260
Squat: 500 x 2 @ BW of 275
Bench: 405 clean w/no touching of bar @ BW of 260. I hit 455 but my spotter put his fingers on it and claimed he didn't help. Can't count that one.