Hello all and welcome to my journal. My name is Phil. I have mostly lurked around here, posting occasionally, but decided I needed some extra motivation for this coming prep. I have learned countless amounts of information from everyone on here so I look forward to being able to share some of what I know but also continue to learn. There's so much knowledge out there that I want in my head. So let's get started!
I have been lifting since I was about 18. All through college I lifted seriously but didn't pay a lick of attention to nutrition. Basically I thought the more I could eat the better. I sarted off my senior year in highschool around 150 lbs (year 2000). By 2007 I was up to 220 but fairly fat, lol. I had always been interested in bodybuilding but didn't know about the natural federations, so I just assumed I had to be huge to compete. In 2007 I found out more about the natty orgs and constructed a diet by myself just to see how I would look when I was slimmed down. I had no clue what I was doing. I picked up a trainer at my gym and decided to get my feet wet at an OCB show 4 weeks later. I showed up at 175lbs probably 9-10% bf, haha. I had lost a ton of muscle but was bitten by the bug.
I bulked for a year. And by bulked I mean I ate everything in site, still thinking that was the right thing to do. The following spring I was back up to 225lbs and gave my self 16 weeks to diet for a couple shows. Well I competed again at a flat, dehydrated 175lbs but this time around maybe 7% bf. It was around this time I started questioning everything my trainer was doing. I was on the forums and reading articles and realized I was engaging in every myth out there. I think I made every mistake in the book. My macros were way off. Protein was wayyy too high. I employed drastic peak week tactics like major sodium loading, drastic water cutting and diuretic usage. By the end of the prep I was miserable and thought there had to be some other ways to achieve the conditioning I wanted. Soooooo....
This past year I took off from competing and focused on a quality off season. Tracking my macros and working on my training. I started working with Dr. Joe Klemczewski about a month ago. I hired him for my nutrition/cardio plan to bring me out of the off season and into my prep for this coming year. I am super excited to be working with him. This man knows his stuff.
Like most people on here, it is a serious goal of mine to become a natural pro. Realistically I know that before I win a proqualifier, I should be able to win some local shows no problem. My goal is to compete in the local OCB show this June (2010) and perhaps a NGA or USBF (pro-qualifier) that I did last year. I then plan on continuing to tighten up throughout July and do a couple more IFPA pro-qualifiers in August/September. I want striated glutes and will not stop till I get them. I also want to do my part to help promote the sport of natural bodybuilding, whatever that may be.
Jun 16, 2007: OCB Eastern Seaboard Novice Tall - Placing: 2
Jun 16, 2007: OCB Eastern Seaboard Open Tall - Placing: 4
Jun 14, 2008: USBF Battle of the York Novice Heavy - Placing: 2
Jun 14, 2008: USBF Battle of the York Open Light Heavy - Placing: 2
Jun 21, 2008: OCB Eastern Seaboard Novice Tall - Placing: 2
Jun 21, 2008: OCB Eastern Seaboard Open Tall - Placing: 2
Jun 22, 2008: NGA Annapolis Novice Heavy - Placing: 2
As you can see, I'm pretty sick of placing 2nd. But boy has it fueled my fire.
High Day (once a week) -
Right now Dr. Joe isn't looking for massive weight gains or fat loss, just fine tuning. More of a growing, dynamic process. We should be rounding the corner soon into the real prep.
Two sessions per week for 20 minutes. Warm up, stretch, then 15 minutes high intensity.
This is something I have been fooling around with recently. I've done Layne's Power/Hypertrophy mix and enjoyed it. But also enjoy the more classic approach. I have tried to combine them, haha. Please feel free to comment and suggest alternate approaches.
I have been doing 2 on 1 off with abs and cardio on my off days.
Primaforce Beta Alanine
Generic Fish Oil
IDS Waxy Maize