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    IFPA Pro Josh Gilliam

    Hello Everyone! My name is Josh Gilliam and I am a 21 year old IFPA Professional Bodybuilder. This log will be of my progress during my 2 year hiatus from stage. First off, to tell you about myself and my plans, I am currently a full time college student at Winston Salem State University.
    I started lifting weights when I was 12 years old, I was skinny but muscular. I played football and wrestled in high school but always had an itch to become a bodybuilder. While playing sports in high school I also would do research on bodybuilding in my spare time. I entered high school at a measly 130lbs and graduated at 190lbs (an overly bulky football player 190 pounds though lol).

    It wasn't until after I graduated from high school that I had to learn how to adopt the bodybuilding lifestyle. Discipline is the same across the board for athletes of all kind, but the discipline it takes to be a bodybuilder is different. I learned very quickly that bodybuilding and fitness is like no other, you can't "cheat" at it like you can at life and in school; what you put into it is what you get out of it. You don't have a coach there physically with you telling you what to and not to do. After a year or two of trial and error with different popular methods, I came to an understanding of how a bodybuilder should look, the only next step was for me to figure out how to get that look.

    Just like any other newcomer I was under the impression that to get ridiculously shredded, starving yourself and cutting carbs was 100% the way to go hands down lol. Well, after preparing for my first show, at 19, I started cutting 3 weeks out fromthe "Natural Atlantic Coast" in august of 2013 and took 2nd in Men's open. It was a great feeling but at the same time I knew I could do better so I wasn't happy. I am a very competitive person but I did have to keep in mind that I was new to the sport and still considered very young at that; so I knew that I needed to put in the time to improve. The feedback from the judges was that I wasn't tight enough and that a few more weeks of dieting would get me there. By that time I was tired of dieting and didn't quite like the size that I was. So I took the little experience I had gained from that show and decided to put more size on before my next show. Fast forward to 2014 it was my second go round at this and I noticed more cuts in different areas. I was preparing for the 2014 NPC NC Teen State Championships. I was very excited for this show to see how I compared to other teenagers my age. I looked at the years prior, and saw there were only 2-3 teen competitors. I was a little bit turned off by this, because of my super competitive personality. I knew that if I competed I wanted to beat a lot of people not just 1-2 people.

    So the morning of the show I remember sitting back stage trying to spot out some of the younger looking competitors. When it came time for us to walk out on stage I remember the expeditor yelling "teen men you're up in 30 minutes start pumping up". I pumped up and got my tan on and I remember seeing not 1, not 2, but 8 other competitors in my division lined up. At this point I was hyped up and ready to go, before we walked out a lot of the older competitors told me I had the size to compete in the men's open at that show, and that I was going to become a state champion that day. Well, they were right lol; I took the title in the teen division that day. Once again I was happy but still hungry for more, you better believe I was back in the gym the next day trying to improve and top my accomplishments of 2015.

    In 2015 I was fortunate enough to be able to get a magazine cover with Natural Gainz Mag, as well as being featured in newspapers and on TV. I took first place in the NANBF Southeastern Expo and qualified for my IFPA Pro Card. It was a great feeling because it was a long milestone that I have been looking forward to achieving. This year was also a different year because I worked with Cliff Wilson who is my coach now, he laid the blueprint down and the system we used was simple but effective! In 2015 I not only became a better bodybuilder but I became more in tuned with myself, and I finally realized that I will never be satisfied and will always demand better from myself. Once I got my pro card I was eager to step on the pro stage but I knew I needed to finish school to put myself in a better situation to prep for a show again. After all, prepping while in college can be tough.
    From here I am planning on improving before my pro debut, completing my degree, and building my coaching business called “Ascension Athletics”. This sport is my passion and coaching has allowed me to share what I have learned with others. I realize this is bodybuilding log but I plan to keep you all updated with what is going on with me degree as well as my coaching since this is all part of my life. Also, If anyone would like to follow my journey on Instagram you can follow me at joshuagllm
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    Tremendous physique man! Will be following along
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    you look great kid. I hope that bodybuilding has as positive an effect in our life as it has had in mine. Good luck and Ill be happily following along!
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    Thank you my man!
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    Cool Thanks man!
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    Originally Posted by chrismac365 View Post
    you look great kid. I hope that bodybuilding has as positive an effect in our life as it has had in mine. Good luck and Ill be happily following along!
    Thanks man it truly has had a positive effect on my life, and good luck to you as well!
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    Lots of potential. Great physique for your age. Keep at it, big things ahead in your future if you want them!
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