Here we go for ROUND 3! After a bit of a hiatus from posting on T-Nation, and a 3.5 year off season, I am SUPER excited to be prepping to step back on stage for the 2021 season. This prep log will detail my third year of competitive natural bodybuilding in the bantamweight class (150lbs and under), including updates to training, nutrition, food choices and food hacks, timing, cardio methods and any other possible minutiae that competitors obsess about on the road to the stage.
2016 was my first year competing, prepping for a total of 6 months, coached by T-Nation rock star and WNBF pro, @The_Mighty_Stu, who has become a great friend and mentor. The season started with a 4th place finish at the WNBF Northeast America Cup, and ended 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. Ultimately, mass and structure were strong points, conditioning was solid but not quite super shredded. I came in with the best package I could have and enjoyed every minute of it. Stage weight was 146 show day.
January 2016 - June 2016
After a very brief off season for a few months, we got right back to work utilizing the lessons we learned in 2016 to prep for 2017. I started in a much better place, trained on areas I wanted to bring up, specifically hamstrings, shoulders and arms, and took a higher carb, moderate protein and lower fat approach, which worked out much better. I competed in two shows that year, an ANBF show in Atlantic City, winning the overall and an ANBF pro card, and competed again at the WNBF Northeast America Cup, winning the overall, but unfortunately there were not enough competitors at the show to earn a pro card. Stage weight was 140lbs, so came in lighter but looked bigger and way tighter. Overall condition was lightyears better than previous year, not quite ultimately shredded but pretty close.
May 2017 Pics
After two straight years of prepping and 4 shows, it was time for a break. Since then I’ve been enjoying the bodybuilding lifestyle, training 5-6 days a week, keeping nutrition relatively tight and maintaining between 160-165lbs. We’ve moved from NJ to Austin, TX and are loving it here.
Little about me, I’m 36 years old, 5’4", living in Leander, TX with my incredibly supportive, super badass wife who has also competed. Her first show was my first show of 2017, and she won her class! I own two businesses, one is a music composition business, and the other is a residential real estate company which we started here in TX. Both are doing very well and keep me very busy, fortunately working from home (when not out doing real estate stuff) still allows flexibility and control of my schedule.
After 3.5 years off, I started getting the itch again earlier this year and really took a while to contemplate if I was prepared to dive back in. The sacrifices one must make during prep, and the suffering that must be endured, is no joke and the rest of life takes a back seat. After careful internal contemplation and talking with my wife, it is time to do it again! There’s no way I could do it without the support of my wife, she keeps me going literally and figuratively. She’s also an expert food prepper which is going to be amazingly helpful when my schedule is full.
I am extremely excited to be working with Cliff Wilson as my coach for 2021. After much emailing and conversation, working with him was a big factor to get back in it. The goal is to come in with the best package yet, more mass and incredible conditioning. Prep started yesterday, weighed in at 164lbs even, with a goal to slowly shave off 10lbs so he can get to know my body and how I respond to things, and we’re really going to dial in further after the new year.
Cliff is doing both my training and diet, and both are pretty different than anything I’ve done before. Nutrition wise we’re starting with a given set of macros which are slightly below what I’ve been eating up until this point, since I’ve been tracking as usual we have a pretty solid starting point. Training is a three phase plan, currently in phase one and WOW yesterday was awesome, and brutal. Loving both training and nutrition and I will for sure be elaborating on both as the log continues.
Please feel free to ask any questions, I’ll always do my best to respond ASAP. Thanks for reading, I am FIRED UP for 2021!
For anyone who’s interested, here are links to previous prep logs: