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Should I Take the Competition Plunge?

Hello, all. I’m currently training for powerlifting and train with the great Ed Coan. I’ll possibly compete in my first meet in March or some time after that. However, there is always something I’ve wanted to do, and that’s step on the stage in my underwear and flex for some judges. Just kidding.

But really, it’s something that I’ve considered for a while. It wouldn’t be for over another year, like in April or May of 2013, after I’ve figured out where I’m going to college and all that. I’ve been told that I have the right structure (5’7" and 195 lbs) and some good genetics to go by (my cousin is NPC bodybuilder Jake Baumgartner).

So, the real question is, would switching my training completely (after my last season of football) be worth it? Ultimately, would entering a bodybuilding show be a good experience? It’s just something that I would like to do before I go off to college.

Here’s some stats, if you would like:

Age: 17
Years training: 2
Height: 5’7"
Weight: 195 lbs
Squat: 385 lbs
Body fat: 12-14%
Bench: 275 lbs
Deadlift: 425 lbs

If you would like some pictures of myself, then I’d be happy to post some. Just let me know.


I’d like to see pics, regardless of what I say here, for the record.

It all depends on what gets you excited and amped up, my man. It sounds like you’re interested in bodybuilding. It’s tough for anyone to determine how well or not your body will respond to a different stimulus, a la bodybuilding. Hell, two brothers can have wildly differing physiques, let alone cousins.

But yeah, I think it’d be a great experience to compete if it’s something you’re interested in. It’d definitely be different than the PL lifestyle, that’s for sure.

Dear Bodybuilding forum,
Do you think it’s a good idea to bodybuild?

Answer: Yes.

Haha, in all seriousness though why wouldn’t you do something you’re interested in and think you could succeed in?

Post pics.

It is never to early to embrace bodybuilding :wink:

I’ll have some pics up by tonight or tomorrow.


You have an unbelievable opportunity training with Ed Coan. Milk it for as long as you can.

[quote]RampantBadger wrote:
You have an unbelievable opportunity training with Ed Coan. Milk it for as long as you can. [/quote]

I’m quite aware. Since Ed’s training is a lot like a bodybuilding split, I figured that if I could diet down the right way, add some mass to some weak points, then I would have a good shot at placing in a competition. Just a though.


Sorry, guys, I’ll have pictures up tomorrow. My phone died right as I was about to take some in the full length mirror at the gym. Will hopefully have some up tomorrow.