Thanks for reading! After two years of prepping and competing, I'm now in a long off season, time for a training log.
-32 years old
-Height - 5'4"
-Stage Weight - 140lbs
-Off-season weight - 155-160lbs
-Training Time - 7 years
Up until age 25 I was never very athletic and didn't step foot in the gym until 26. After college I got pretty fat, up to 205lbs, at 5'4", not a pretty picture.
One day I'm trying on a belt I typically wore a few holes in, which gradually became two holes in, then one hole in, and now I'm struggling to just get it on. I take a big breath, suck in my gut, and manage to get the belt on. I exhale a sigh of relief, and POP, the belt buckle pops off the belt and flies across the room, making a small hole in the wall. Talk about a wake up call! After that, I started exercising, not sure of what to do, just doing a lot. I'd take a 90 minute spin class then lift weights, having no idea what I was doing, but just needed to do something.
Lost a little weight, then eventually got into the P90X programs. While I don't think they're ideal as long-term programs, there's no doubt they work well for losing fat and establishing strength, and after 7 months and 2 rounds of the program, I lost 70lbs and got down to the low 130's.
Eventually, I stumbled upon T-Nation looking for a new workout drink, finding Surge Workout Fuel, along with the infinite amount of articles on the website. I got addicted to T-Nation, and spent hours and hours reading. Eventually, it motivated me to get into the gym. I have a somewhat addictive personality, and any time I take on a new endeavor I get fairly obsessed with it. From day one in the gym I was taking Indigo, Surge Workout Fuel, and following CT's "Indigo Hypertrophy" workouts. These gave me a great foundation of strength and understanding of the basic movements. From there, I kept doing various programs from T-Nation, slow and steady progress.
Eventually, after reading enough prep logs on here a few years ago, I decided to take it to the next level and step on stage. I met my coach, @The_Mighty_Stu, on this website, we quickly became great friends and over the past two years have made quite a lot of progress. These are from our first couple weeks together in 2015.
WEIGHT - 165lbs
A year and a half later:
WEIGHT - 143lbs
Yes, I am 20 pounds lighter
in these pics. Amazing what some serious training, nutritional and consistency over a couple years can do, of course with pretty much the entire catalog of Biotest supplements.
2016 Competitive Season
My first year competing I did two shows, the INBF Northeast America, and the INBF Hercules. INBF is the amateur division of WNBF, which is arguably the most well respected natural organization in the competitive physique world. My first show was quite a learning experience. I placed 4th out of 4 in my class and my tan malted off, but it was a great time:
The second show, the Hercules, I placed 2nd in the open Bantamweights. I made a lot of progress in the 8 weeks between shows, but ultimately fell short of ultimate stage level leanness. I'm #81, 3rd from the left:
After this show, I was right back in the gym, maintained a strict and very productive off season for 6 months, and started prepping again in January of 2017. I started my prep at the same weight of 165ish, but was significantly leaner than the previous year.
2017 Competitive Season
My first show for 2017 was the ANBF Gambler's Classic. ANBF is mostly NJ based, with some shows in other parts of the country. While not as well known or big as WNBF, it's a great federation, same drug testing policies as WNBF (polygraph for all competitors and urinalysis for winners). I won the overall, and my pro card.
7 weeks later in early May was the INBF Northeast America, the same show I did the previous year as my first show. While there were not enough competitors there to reward a pro card, I had a solid showing and won the overall, which are the pics on the top of this thread.
Two years of prepping and competing takes quite a toll, mentally and physically. I'm not sure when I'll compete again, but I love the bodybuilding lifestyle, and consider my off season to be a "loose prep." I'm still on a nutrition plan, than while isn't rigid like a prep, I know the macros and cals I'm getting every day, weigh my food, train hard, and am always striving to improve.
So, this log will detail all aspects of my training, nutrition, supplements, etc. I am very meticulous and detail oriented, and will be as thorough as possible, as anyone who's read either of my prep logs can attest. Especially as a natural, I am after every advantage I can get.
Please feel free to comment and post freely, and ask any questions regarding training, nutrition, weight loss, etc. I certainly don't have all the answers, and there's always more than one way to go about things. But, I live the life style every day, coach both competitive and non-competitive clients who are very successful, and have learned everything I know through good 'ol fashioned personal experience and trial and error on myself.
More posts coming soon detailing nutrition, supplements, and daily training. Thanks for following along!
In case anyone is interested, here are the links to my previous prep logs:
2016 - https://forums.t-nation.com/t/robs-road-to-hercules-contest-prep/212317
2017 - https://forums.t-nation.com/t/robs-2017-contest-prep-thread/224871