I finally decided to pull the trigger on competing in a bodybuilding show, yay! Haha. I'll be competing the August 4th weekend in the "NPC Knox Bodybuilding, Figure, Bikini & Physique Classic" and it is also a national qualifier so the competition level should be high.
I'm working with Alex Azarian for my contest prep so while I can't disclose all the details of what I'm doing, I'll do my best to be as informative as possible. For those interested, at the end of this thread I will give a debrief on how the prep with him went so you can decide if you want to work with him in the future for diet or contest prep.
Anyways, I'm roughly 22.5 weeks out right now and I began prep at about 282 lbs (empty stomach). Alex doesn't care about weight, just the condition I show in my pictures so I likely won't keep tabs on it too much. That's just to give you an idea of my starting point.
Nothing too drastic is going on just yet, he said we'll make the most changes once we reach the 16 week mark. He prescribes a high protein, moderate carb and low fat diet so we cleaned everything up and I'm eating your common prep foods....white rice, Ezekiel bread, lean steak/beef, chicken, egg whites, etc. Nothing special. Cardio right now is 25 minutes 4x/week on the stair mill after I lift(that thing is fucking terrible lol, 25 minutes of 280 lb calf raises....FML haha).
I'll post a few pics of my starting point, I'm excited to see how everything looks when I'm leaned out. Feel free to ask any questions and I'll answer to the best I can given the constraints of the prep services. Constructive criticism and feedback is also welcome.