After much thought, I decided to start this thread for two main reasons. I opted to post it in the bodybuilding forum because it seemed to be the most applicable. I cannot post a log because I cannot divulge the details of my training and RMP does not seem to the right forum for this type of post.
1) I am currently a client of John Meadows (JM) and I know there is a lot of interest regarding his methods. While I cannot discuss the specifics of my training. I will be more than happy to answer any general training questions, nutritional questions, etc. I know that I am no JRAW or JM, but perhaps I can be of some help.
2) It will serve as a source of motivation. I am well aware that I have a lot of work to accomplish prior to my first competition either in the summer or fall of 2015.
Brief Synopsis and Stats
Years Training: 3
I first started training in September of 2010. Prior to that, I did lift weights in college because I was a collegiate tennis player and soccer player, but the focus was on performance and not hypertrophy. In September of 2010, I was a measly 127lb at a height of 5'10. After reading tons of articles here on T-Nation, I was able to gain 30lbs in 2 years. When I first started working with JM in November of 2012, I was at 157lbs.
Now, I am currently at 171 lb and looking to continue gaining. I will post a few pictures showing my progress. If you notice asymmetries, I have a mild case of scoliosis (30 degree curvature). There is very little that I can do about it, so I just focus on getting bigger and keeping the asymmetry to a minimum.
After some discussion with JM, I have decided that I want to compete either during the summer or fall of 2015. JM suggested Physique since my body type is more in line with that then bodybuilding (I am your classic ecto). I am well aware that it is stigmatized by many, but this is the path that I have chosen for now. I am extremely motivated and excited for the next 1.5 years. Hopefully, I can make the necessary progress to be competitive during my first show.
My current training split is 4 days a week (banded program) with a special emphasis on bringing up my calves.
As far as nutrition, I am consuming about 3,000 calories on non-training days and 3,400 on training days. This breakdown does not include my weekly cheat meal.
I will try to update this every two weeks regarding my progress, but will reply to any comments in between my updates (as long as they are in good taste and constructive).