After reading the prep logs of so many outstanding competitors on this site, it's time to hop in the pool. I am prepping ultimately for the WNBF Hercules contest, a super pro-qualifier and a very competitive contest, the oldest natural show in the country. I'm hoping to earn my pro card in the bantamweight or lightweight division, and if the planets are aligned, maybe even the overall.
I'm extremely excited and fortunate to have one of the best in the business, the "Mighty" Stu Yellin, as my coach. While the Hercules contest is about 8 months away in June, we are working towards a WNBF regional contest in NJ as a "warm up show" at the end of March, so about 20 weeks out right now. It seems far, but I wanted as much time as possible to prepare for these contests and do whatever I can to not seem like a rookie on stage.
I've been prepping with Stu for what is now week 5 and we've already seen some great changes. Our goal right now is to maintain and increase calories/carbs while not adding excess adipose, so when I start cutting I hopefully won't be suffering too much as the contest gets closer. My weight has been consistent and steady over the past 5 weeks, but the physique is improving, and today we were able to ADD more carbs and overall cals moving forward, always a good thing!
I'll be posting regular updates, pics and thoughts as the prep continues, and will do my best to be as consistent as possible with this. I am a music teacher during the day, and also have a music writing business outside of that, so this contest prep is going to stretch my spare time to the minimum. I am an amateur with posing, and soon will be heading to meet with Stu to start working on that. I welcome all criticism, any advice is welcome and appreciated!
I've been a long time member of T-Nation, and supporter of Biotest supplements. This website has really had a significant impact on my life. After being a FFB with no exercise experience, I've been training seriously in the gym for just under 4 years now, after floundering around at home with some free weights and a pull up bar, and never would have thought I'd be getting on stage. This community of great competitors and athletes has motivated me to push myself further than I ever thought I could, and I look forward to the journey.
About to head to work, I'll be posting more details soon about training, supplementation, etc., and will do my best to update the thread consistently.
EDIT: Link to my 2017 prep log: https://forums.t-nation.com/t/robs-2017-contest-prep-thread/224871