Very cool. I remember meeting Mike Francious many years ago (my first pro). It was at a local amateur show. No one particualrly cared that he was there (sitting by a table in the back of an auditorium while the show went on). I had only been training a few years, and had read way too many contradictory theories on training, nutrition, you name it.
I literally assaulted him with so many stupid questions over the course of the show… and he was damn cool about it, answering everything as best he could. Really polite, soft spoken, and in case it needs to be said… freaking humongous! Really made an impact on me. My younger brother who was with me, and I then went out and each ate 3 hamburgers at a dinner (Mike said we weren’t eating enough -lol).
The best advice he gave though, and it’s been in the back of my mind since…
“If you want to be cut at 200 lbs, you’re going to need to get a little soft at 240”. I think a lot of younger guys need someone to tell them this, fear of losing your abs hinders a lot of potential gains, I know I was terrified of getting fat (was a pudgy kid).
Anyway, since then, I’ve met Cutler, Priest, chatted with Victor martinez at an NPC show last year. Most pros are pretty cool. It’s usually the ones who aren’t at the top of the game that have attitudes.
You should post the pic of you and Jay.