Alright now onto what I believe I have learned throughout the process, and plan to improve upon before stepping on stage again.
Issue #1: Didn't come in lean enough, too large of a waist.
I feel like my body hit a wall with how lean it wanted to be about 10 weeks ago, I have never been a lean guy, and got pretty sloppy with my diet before starting my contest prep.
- Solution: I plan on significantly leaner in the offseason than I did before starting this prep, I gave myself last night after the show and today to eat what I want, then tomorrow am going back to what my macros were about 4 weeks ago. I am going to gradually increase the macros, taper off cardio and stimulants, as well as keep things simpler (not counting trace macros, only using the scale for meat and potatoes) in order to stay sane.
Issue# 2: Not enough size
I feel like I have strong quads, but other than that everything needs to be brought up.
- Solution: Keep things simple, and bust ass in the gym. As my macros start coming back up, I am going to increase my frequency and hit calves and hams before quads on leg days. I touched on diet earlier, but I am going to try and stay leaner than I did previously, while making adequate muscular gains. Maybe that will mean a month or so of dieting down phase every few months, maybe not, I am just going to play it by ear. I have definitely learned that you can only plan so much.
Issue# 3: Posing was brutal
Posing out under the lights, with a judge that makes you hold poses for days is a completely different experience than at home under the lights and I made too big of a deal out of the finals routine.
- Solution: Practice under a heat lamp, and hold the poses for longer than I think I should. As far as the finals routine goes, I pushed it off until the very last minute and then stressed about it. In actuality the placing is already decided, so next time around I will make sure I get a routine started earlier so I dont have to stress about it and more importantly I will just have fun with the routine.
- Go see a show before you compete in one.
- If you are 100% set on competing, even if you aren't where you feel you should be development wise, find a show, hire a coach and compete. If every cell in your body doesn't want to put yourself through the entire process of preparing for a competition, I would suggest not doing it.
I believe that is all for now, and will probably add more throughout the day as things come to me.