Professor X wrote:
I agree with all of this…except for the do it now part. You have an impressive base right now…that will be even more impressive if you put another year or two into gaining more mass and then start dieting down. You will no doubt lose some muscle mass in the process of dieting.
In the end it is your decision. I just personally would want to hit the stage when I KNEW I was ready.
But ready for what, though?
He has not stated he is determined to win - and if he does want to dominate, then I agree he needs more size.
However, if he is more concerned for the experience (as much as everyone hates hearing that) then he is ready - he is clearly not a clueless, delusional newb, nor does he have a cognitive defect (that I know of) that gives him a hard on for competing when he shouldn’t.
He’ll gain some valuable insight as to how to peak (or how not to peak) how much/little cardio to do, the effects of a particular dietary approach, basically all the details one learns in prep for a competition.
Not saying he’ll PERFECT those, as people compete for years and employ new strategies all the time, but he will gain some insight.
At his level of leanness now, it will not take long for him to get into contest shape. Afterwards, he may even be able to take advantage of some post-contest rebound muscle gains.
In short, if he has the itch, then I think he has an appropriate amount of muscle mass to do it, and actually do somewhat well (at a local show) and learn a lot.
Afterwards, he’s got all the time in the world, AND some experience, to prepare to dominate the next show. I agree with you, X, in that personally, I would want to feel confident in winning if I ever competed.[/quote]
I just personally don’t see the point in competing before you are ready to do WELL. I’ve put a lot of time into this and am just now at a level where I am pretty sure that with good conditioning I should be able to at least hold my own in the weight class I would be shooting for.
I have seen others relate to that as if every big guy they see who isn’t single digit body fat simply CAN’T diet down…which is retarded. Some of us just knew the level we were shooting for from the beginning so dieting down before we reached it made little sense.
Also, there are very few guys out there who start competing early before they put significant size on who go on to get big enough to actually win a national show. Competing seems to hold more of those types back in the long run because they never take long enough to go ahead and pack that size on.