What's up, everyone, many of you may know me or have seen me posting around these parts, but for those of you who don't know me, I'll give you a quick rundown of my lifting/bodybuilding background. Also, check out my old log at:
My name is Reid, I'm 22 years old and one of my goals in life is to become a pro natural bodybuilder. I also currently am working toward my Bachelor's degree in Chemistry at JMU and am very blessed to have the opportunity to do undergraduate research with one of the top enzymologists in the country.
I began lifting in 2008 during my senior year of high school for track. I went from being a sedentary unhappy person to someone that had a renewed sense of purpose and satisfaction in life. I became addicted to progression and self-improvement. I worked really hard in track and found myself getting better than those around me who had been running for much longer than me because I put in the effort. That's when I learned that I truly could do whatever I wanted to do as long as I put in the work and never gave up. The effort was worth the risk of failure. When I graduated high school I knew I wouldn't be able to run track in college but I also knew I needed a physical outlet and something to satisfy my need to progress so I kept lifting. Somehow I became interested in bodybuilding and continually tried to improve myself both mentally and physically. I knew I wanted to compete, but I also knew I had a long way to go before I was willing to get on stage. In May 2012 I decided that it was time to try my hand at a contest prep. I was sitting around 181lbs at 5'9" and I thought I was decently "lean". Here's what I was working with (19 weeks out):
Looking back, I got pretty fat, but I was the strongest I've ever been and feeling great about how I looked. I hooked up with Brad Loomis at 3DMJ to do a contest prep. It was probably the best decision I could have made. The 3DMJ coaches and community are amazing and I don't think I could've been nearly as successful (or stayed sane) without them. I highly recommend them to anyone who wants to do a contest prep. Fast forward 24 weeks later and I ended up with this:
I placed 1st out of 2 in Men's novice at the DFAC Suburban Warfare September 29, 2012
I placed 2nd out of 2 in Men's lightweight open at the INBF Neptune Classic October 27, 2012 and the guy who beat me went on to win the overall.
I was disappointed I never got to really compete with more than one other person, but I learned that I need to do more research about picking shows. Treat everything as a learning opportunity. Overall it was a draining, yet rewarding experience. Coming out of contest prep mode, more than any other feeling, I feel humbled. I have a lot of work to do, and it's hard to be patient, but I'm going to do what I need to do to make a name for myself in this sport, not forgetting to enjoy the experience.
Looking to the Future
At this point, I'm unsure of my post-graduation plans, but going to graduate school is a strong probability and that takes priority over bodybuilding, so at this point I anticipate at least a 2 year offseason before I think about competing again. That's fine though, I need some serious time to bring up my weakpoints.
For the first phase of my offseason I'm going to really focus on building my strength back up to pre-prep levels at a much lower bodyweight. Right now I think I am going to stick with 5/3/1 BBB and ride out the strength gains as long as I can. I want to really focus on hammering away at the compound lifts to build a better strength foundation.
Program: 5/3/1 Boring But Big
Starting 1RMs: (bodyweight - 154lb)
OHP - 120 lbs
Deadlift - 360 lbs
Bench - 180 lbs
Squat - 285 lbs
These numbers are underestimated but kind of embarrassing regardless. Main focus is on bringing up the OHP and Bench numbers.
At or below 165lb bodyweight
OHP - 150 lbs
Deadlift - 405 lbs
Bench - 225 lbs
Squat - 350 lbs
Once I hit those, we'll go from there. For now, full focus is on strength gain and minimizing weight gain but not starving, haha. Join me for the ride, friends. This is going to be fun.
Also, for you newcomers, expect some serious......