Good idea for a post. I have to admit, I’m a bit disappointed in the lack of progress reports considering we’ve got around 100 entrants now. I don’t know if everyone’s intentionally “playing possum” or what. I also thought that more people were going to post their pics up after that specific post about doing so.
Midway thru my fourth week right now…so far, so good. Upon seeing my before pics, I got a little more motivation as it was obvious that my starting bodyfat was not as low as the equations showed. This gives me the opportunity to make more improvement, which I felt I was at a disadvantage at originally. I am no longer using bodyfat equations but simply monitor my ab skinfold (4 mm. or BUST) and waist size, the mirror, pictures, and workout performance.
No real setbacks so far other than a mild lower back injury that happened yesterday while experimenting with bent presses. I know that they will happen throughout the course of the contest and I am doing what I can to ensure that I am fully prepared for them.
The hardest thing for me is finding time for everything. Between training, cardio, posing, stretching, meal prep, and soon to be tanning, this doesn’t leave me much time for anything else. Hell, it’s opening week of baseball and I’ve barely kept up with my fantasy teams! This is a great “trial run” though should I ever get the courage to get on an actual BB stage. While I’ve been aware of how much effort contest prep takes, you don’t fully appreciate it until you actually go through it.
Posting my pics, which was a VERY difficult thing for me to muster up the courage to do, was the BEST thing I could’ve ever done. I’ve gotten some nice compliments as well as some great advice on what areas I need to improve, ranging from the obvious (EAT MORE) to the specific (lat width, posing technique, etc). Where I live, most everyone tells me I look good. Here, I get some honest feedback on problem areas that need special attention from people that really know what to look for. This, to me, is priceless.