Hey everyone! I am currently in a contest, "Physique of the Week", and I would appreciate it if you could vote for me! Help out a fellow fitness enthusiast! Support system!
I am the 3rd one down, just click the "Like" and thats all!
I will be competing in the NPC Men's Physique Division, on June 9th! I figured since this is the first time I have every competed on stage, I would keep track of a few stats and show everyone the progress I will make and the journey ahead of me.
Starting weight: 205lbs at 8.5% bf
Goal Weight - 190-195 at 3.5-4.5% bf
Cutting weight has never been a problem for me in the past, however, I have never had to get this strict on my diet and pay very close attention to water retention, sodium loading/depleting, carb cycling etc. So I am very curious as to how well this will go, and come June 9th I pray that my subcutaneous water out!
As far as training goes, still keeping it fairly heavy now and keeping that intensity higher than ever. Wish me luck! I'll do weekly posts about my experiences and progress.
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What up peeps,
I just wanted to write up a little piece on the poplar ingredient added to pre-workout supplements, 1, 3 dimethylamylamine. Is it safe? IMO, after research, yea it's absolutely safe. Companies have been adding this because of it's ability to increase energy levels and enhances your focus in the gym. Studies have shown it's effectiveness, so they say. However, keep in mind that dimethylamylamine, was invented for nasal decongestion. What does that mean for us lifters? Well that means that instead of our blood vessels being dilated and giving a good pump, it's actually doing the exact opposite and compressing the vessels, no good. I've fallen victim to this nasty drug myself.And the reason you probably think your preworkout formula is so good and that 1 3 dimethylamylamine is awesome, is probably due to the high amounts of caffeine in it. I've been using Gaspari's SuperPump MAX for about 2 weeks now and absolutely love it, 1,3 dimethylamylamine free! It could be my mind playing tricks on me, but I feel as though I get a much better pump without that 1 ingredient. You might notice a lot of companies are starting to take that ingredient out of their preworkout's, so if you actually like it, you might wanna stock up on your Jack3d and HemoRage, haha. Well in conclusion, I suggest you experiment and go out and find a supplement that is free of that blood vessel constrictor! And let me know if you experience anything different. Later!
I would also like to note, that caffeine is also a vasoconstrictor as well, but it is also a vasodilator and that outweighs the negative part.
Best Regards to all,
I hope everyone has had a great start to the new year and have new short and long-term goals. I know I have made new goals, so I'm calling this blog, My 2012 Bucket List! Maybe my new goals are the same as some of yours, or maybe I'll encourage you to do the same.
Short Term Goal ~Compete~
I've been wanting to compete for a little over a year now. But I was confused and needed guidance. With a little help from fellow bodyspace member Sean Harley, I am ready. Luckily, Sean lives just a few blocks from me, so this makes things easier! I realized something over this past year, you can't always doubt yourself. Putting yourself down, or thinking your not good enough is the start to a downward spiral. So with that in mind, I am going to compete in Men's Physique divisions and see how I place. First show, June 9th, 2012. Gotta start somewhere!
Short Term/Long Term Goal ~Start a small online personal training business~
This is a BIG thing. I really want this. Not in it for the money, I sincerely care about helping people. And I figured since fitness is such a huge part of my life and I have a wealth of knowledge and first hand experience, what better way to help people. It's an amazing feeling knowing you have helped someone in one way or another. Personally, I have helped a few people lose a great deal of body fat with simple instructions. My best friend Pat, lost 25lbs in 2 months training side by side with me and following my nutrition advice. I can't wait to hear more success stories from future friends/clients!
Wish me luck everyone! I hope everyone has an amazing 2012 and that you all succeed with your goals!
I would like to take a moment to give a shout out. I would like to sincerely thank all the judges that
scored the entries for the 2012 ARNOLD TO TRAIN WITH RICH GASPARI CONTEST, and scoring me
with the 1st place prize of 1 years worth of supplements! On a more personal level, I would like to
thank Rich Gaspari for making such quality products and helping me on my path to achieve greatness.
I never thought in a million years that I would win this, or anything for that matter, but it still didn't stop
me from trying and looks like the big guy in the sky blessed me. Thanks again for everything!
I've had a few inquiries about my ab routine. Let me first state this, Ab's are made in the kitchen. Everyone has ab's. How developed they are will come from training them. But seeing them is from what you eat.
First off, I absolutely love to switch up my workouts..especially ab's since they like to adapt fairly quickly. I work my ab's 2-3 times a week at a high intensity. I use ab routines kinda as my cardio.
Sample day for me would be this: All these performed in a giant set fashion
Hanging Leg Raises Controlled - 3-4 sets till failure
Rope Crunches- 3-4 sets till failure
Decline torso twists (sometimes weighted)- 3-4 sets 12 reps each side
Then I might finish with this:
Plank-3 sets till failure
Side Planks- 3 sets for 45 sec. each side
Thats just a sample day. I switch up a lot of exercises and sets but i always keep a fast pace. Sometimes i do one day upper ab's then the next day lower abs. I might work the full spectrum of the abdominals or i might pick on certain areas. Anyone has any further questions feel free to ask! I would love to help anyone out!