Sunday, July 31, 2011
It’s Sunday, which means it’s the start of peak week. First things first, I will be drinking only water and coffee until after the show, that means no more X-tend. Next I will be the change up in workout, I will be hitting legs today, chest and back tomorrow, shoulders and abs the following day and finally arms on wed, and from there I will be doing only cardio and posing. Then there will be the tweaks to the diet, following my workout today I will be increasing carbs and slowly tapering them down until Wednesday, then back up leading up to the show Saturday. In addition to all this I have to shave my entire body, both today then again closer to Saturday as well as apply copious amounts of tanning products. At that point there will be only one thing remaining to do, and that is to get up on stage and let my physique do the talking.
Friday, July 29, 2011
So I am now down to 9 days out counting today. I had a pretty good posing session last night and I am pretty lean and vascular. This morning I hit traps calves and abs, then some light posing and some cardio. I am done with the hill sprints my knees can’t them it right now. My workout went ok this morning but I was looking a little flat, it was not horrible but definitely noticeable. Tomorrow is an off day then I will hit legs hard and have a reefed on Sunday to kick off my peak week, from there I will taper the carbs down through mid-week, then back up leading up to Saturday, this will hopefully result in a full and thick look.
Thursday, July 28, 2011
Last night I hit chest, arms and cardio and it all went pretty well other than an extreme lack of energy. I am really ready to get up there and show them what I can do, not to mention I am really looking forward to having a good meal after the show, but more than anything I am looking forward to having more energy because in my opinion that has been the worse part. Today marks 10 days out, and I have everything in place as far as peak week goes (thanks to Vaughan who has been a huge help). At this point all I need to do is stick to the game plan and I should be good to go.
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
I hit back and cardio yesterday, I was supposed to hit abs as well but I wanted to lay off the abs a little to see if it will help prevent my hernia from becoming any larger. It was a pretty good workout, and to my surprise I had a good posing session as well. This was a surprise because I had no energy what so ever. All in all I was a pretty good day as far as my workout was concerned, look out Knoxville, here I come.
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
Last night I hit legs, it was a pretty good workout but I was defiantly feeling the lack of energy. I was supposed to do hill sprints but my knee has been bothering me ever since I started doing them so I just did my regular cardio instead. I also hit my posing, it was a pretty lack luster session, and the strange thing is that everything looked really good but I just did not have any energy to put into it. All in all it was not a bad day but the lack of energy is really getting to me, and it’s pretty much 24/7 now.
Monday, July 25, 2011
Saturday marked 2 week out from my show, and was an off day. Then on Sunday I hit shoulders and arms, I had a pretty good workout and a good posing session. This is the last regular week I have before I change everything for my peak week, the objective is to come in not only as full as you can but also as lean as you can. This requires changing workouts around as well as diet. I am really drained pretty much 24/7 and I think the only thing keeping me going at this point is sheer excitement.
Friday, July 22, 2011
Yesterday was an off day from lifting as well as a low carb day, I hit some cardio and posing and was wiped out. Then this morning I hit abs, calves, and traps as well as some hill sprints, then later tonight I will hit my posing. Everything is going well but I am really lacking energy, this does not really come as a surprise but I will be glad it bulk up a little after the show simply because I will have more energy. Tomorrow marks 2 weeks out, this means that I only have one more full week of lifting then I will be rearranging everything as far as my workouts to peak for the show.
Thursday, July 21, 2011
I had a great workout last night, I hit chest and arms and I was using super sets for almost everything. It was a fast paced intense workout followed by a great posing session and some cardio. I have not had a work out like that in at least a week. I was looking not only full and big but also shredded. I am almost down to 2 weeks and if I can keep this up I should do pretty well. So after this workout I was feeling great and I headed outside to get on my bike and head home, and when I got outside I found that it was raining profusely, I am talking about a torrential downpour, there was like 2-3in of standing water on the parking lot. Needless to say this was not a fun ride home, but I survived to lift another day.
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
Tuesday, July 19, 2011
So yesterday I had a pretty good leg work out, I did not go particularly heavy but it was a pretty intense workout and I hit a few exercise that I don’t normally do, so that was a nice change of pace. From there I went on to hit the hill sprints, it was hard to sprint after crushing legs but I managed to get through it. Next I went on to hit my posing, and it was going great, I was hitting my poses hard, I was looking full and super lean, and just when I was really getting into it a bunch of high school kids lead by an adult came busting into the room I was working in, completely ruined my posing session. The thing that really makes me angry is that the room was supposed to be open for another 30-45 min. These kids and their leader have no respect for other gym members and they are constantly in the way taking up large areas of space every time they are in the gym, they also monopolize many machines and pieces of equipment all at the same time. All this displays poor gym etiquette and little respect for their fellow gym members.
Monday, July 18, 2011
Saturday marked 3 weeks out, that means I only have a handful of workouts remaining before I am up on stage. Not only have my carbs been cut but I am also being stricter on my refeeds by reducing the amount of carbs and total calories in them as well. Yesterday was arms, shoulders, and posing, it all went pretty well, and my delts are pretty sore today. I also had my body fat % checked for the last time before the show, it was 3.7%. All in all everything has been going pretty well and I can’t wait to see how I do.
Friday, July 15, 2011
Well yesterday came and went without major issues, and this is a pleasant surprise as it was my lowest card day as of yet. In addition to being a low carb day I also did some cardio, (it was an off day from lifting) and I also took the day off from posing. This morning I headed to the gym early for a pre work workout, then some hill sprints and some posing, everything went well but I am defiantly feeling the effects of the lack of carbs from yesterday. Tomorrow will mark exactly 3 weeks out, I am excited to see how I do, and I am really looking forward to the meal that will follow, as well as the opportunity to pack on some mass following this show.
Thursday, July 14, 2011
For some reason even though I keep cutting carbs I am actually feeling better in general and I have more energy. I don’t know if it is all mental but I have been having good workouts and the lack of energy seems to be subsiding, whatever the reason I’ll take it. Today is going to be a low carb day (the lowest yet) other than that it’s just cardio and posing, today is an off day from lifting.
Wednesday, July 13, 2011
Well despite a complete lack of energy and drive as soon as I started lifting I was feeling great, I had a great back workout and a good posing session, and then I went home after my cardio and hit a 2nd posing session. During the workout and the posing sessions I was feeling pretty good but in between and as soon as I was done it was right back to feeling drained. Hopefully my chest workout and posing will go as well tonight, but only the future can tell.
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
Yesterday was a pretty good day, I had a fair amount of energy and I was feeling pretty good. Then about half way through my leg workout I hit the wall. I guess I was still feeling good from the extra carbs I had on my reefed but came to an end. I did some hill sprints for cardio then went home and did some posing. The posing was horrible, I had no energy what so ever, it was all I could to stand there much less flex every muscle in my body. Hope fully I will adjust to the lower carbs, but I doubt it. I just keep telling myself that I only have to make it 3.5 more weeks then I will be home free.
Monday, July 11, 2011
With the start of this new week came another cut in carbs, at this point I am about as low as I can go for the carbs. I still have a little room to have a lower carb day but other than that there is not much else I can remove. This is ok seeing as how this weekend I will be 3 weeks out and I will stick to this diet until about 1 week out then I will up the carbs and slowly taper them off as I get closer to the show. I should also have my final body fat % check this weekend, so I am eager to see what that will be. Tonight I have legs to hit as well as cardio and posing.
Friday, July 8, 2011
Last night was arms, I had a pretty good workout and the ol’ pipes were looking pretty big and lean. Then I had a pretty good posing session and cardio was not to horrible either. This all came as a pleasant surprise seeing as how my energy and drive have been at an all-time low. Then this morning I hit shoulders before work, it was really hard to get going that early, but once I got started I managed to have a pretty good workout, all in all this week has turned around pretty well after being off to such a crappy start. I still have some cardio to do tonight but other than that I am home free for the weekend. With Monday will come another change to diet and I will be changing my cardio as well. I will be cutting more carbs, bringing them down to about 140 for regular days and about 110-120 for my low carb days. As far as the cardio goes I will be adding some cardio on the weekends and changing out some of my low intensity cardio for some sprints at the advice of a friend of mine who is a pro bodybuilder, (he has been a huge help to me as I prepare for this show). I had been having a pretty crappy week but with the last 2 workouts and a little pep talk from my friend I feel much better. This weekend puts me 4 weeks out and I got my NPC membership card in the mail yesterday, so I am all set to go show these guys what I have got, they better bring their A game, because I will definitely be bringing mine!!!
Thursday, July 7, 2011
Last night I had an ok work out, it was chest day so that is always good. The gym was a little crowed so that was a little annoying, but I survived. Then it was on to posing and cardio, these were ok as well, not great but not horrible either, and at this point I will take that. When I was posing last night I noticed it looks like I have a small hernia in my upper abs, I hope not, but I fear I do. I am going to get a 2nd opinion on it before I go to the doctors, as there is only one way to fix a hernia.
Wednesday, July 6, 2011
I managed to have an ok back workout in spite of having absolutely no energy, however cardio and posing were horrible, and for some reason I look unusually flat and less lean than I have been looking. It is getting really hard to make it through the days and good workout and posing sessions are few and far between.
Tuesday, July 5, 2011
So I had a few days off over the holiday weekend, I spent these days visiting with family and friends and getting some much needed R&R. This past weekend put me at 5 weeks out and this weekend (4 weeks out) I will have my body fat % checked again. I have no idea what percent it will be but I think that I am getting pretty close to as lean as I can get this time around. My energy levels are definitely extremely low and although I am still able to crank out some decent workouts it is making the posing and cardio harder. Tonight I have back and abs so I will try to amp myself up for that, then I will hit posing and cardio and hopefully that will go smoothly as well.