1/1 - 153.6 lbs
Here we go for round 2! This prep log will detail my second year of competitive natural bodybuilding in the bantamweight class (150lbs and under), including updates to training, nutrition, food choices, timing, cardio methods and any other possible minutiae that competitors obsess about on the road to the stage. Last year was my first year competing, prepping for a total of 6 months, ending with a second place finish in the Open Bantamweights at the WNBF Hercules in Manhattan, NY. It was a brutal prep, lots of learning and leg work. I came in with the best package I could have and enjoyed every minute of it. Ultimately, mass and structure were strong points, and while conditioning was solid, I fell just short of true stage level shredded.
January 1 of 2016 to June 26, 2016
This year, I am in a much better starting place, in terms of mass, conditioning and weight. Last year I started prepping at 165, ending at a stage weight of 143. This year I’m starting at 153, and we’ll see where the stage weight winds up. Ultimately, we’re planning that better conditioning combined with added mass will bring a much fuller and tighter package.
I am fortunate to be working with one of the best in the business with my coach, @The_Mighty_Stu, (or “Dumbledore” as I like to call him), a successful multi federation Pro-Card winning natural bodybuilder, who has become my good friend during the process. We put our heads together to have an intense, productive off season from day one after my show in June, and we’re ready to hit the ground running.
For now, the plan is to ultimately aim for the WNBF Hercules again. It’s the oldest tested show in the U.S., with a very respected natural organization. It’s regarded as one of the toughest natural shows in the country, so placing well there would be quite an accomplishment. Along the way, we have at least one “warm up” show planned at the end of May, either in OCB or ANBF, and possibly one or two more before that, depending on my conditioning at the time.
I am fortunate this year to have transitioned into working from home full time. I am a composer of competitive marching band music, and work with bands nation wide, primarily competitive high schools, but also some other projects along the way, including music for podcasts, video intros, and writing the half time show for the NFL’s Baltimore Ravens. I’ve been a public school music teacher for the past 10 years, so being at home full time now will be a huge advantage during prep time. Naps will be in full effect when needed, and just the ability to be at home, relaxed, not stressing about getting out the door or lugging my cooler around with me all day, all should make this prep more effective.
Please feel free to ask any questions, I’ll always do my best to respond ASAP. Thanks for reading, I am FIRED UP for 2017!
For anyone interested, here’s the link to last year’s prep log: Rob's Road to Hercules: Contest Prep.