My first day posting here so be gentle.
Anyway, I've been busting my butt for the last year or so and have dropped 40 lbs (20% of my former bodyweight) and am now about 12% bodyfat, trending downward. I was running and lifting, but I've had an extended timeout from running after injuring my foot in August after running a 10:52 1.5 mile. Anyway, I've been lifting about 60-75 minutes per day for 5x/week, and I switched from to one body part per day per week, though I'm starting to work each body part a second time per week with light weight.
Ok, so my question is how and where should I look for competitive bodybuilding? I'm not there yet, but I think it gives me something for which to strive above a simple "get in shape" or achieving a six pack. I am planning to earn a reputable personal training certification when I return to the States (I'm deployed at the moment), both to educate myself and to possibly have a small side job. Having a competition as a goal should continue to spur me on in the gym, though my enthusiasm hasn't waned at all lately. I think I'm hooked on this fitness stuff.
Does anyone have any advice on where to look for competitions and such? Perhaps a book that might be helpful? I figure that I'll attend some/several competitions to see what the competition is like and to what level I need to take my physique, which should give me a good idea when I could realistically expect to start competing. I'm guessing another year of hard training should give me a good base for something.
It's just something I'm mulling over, and I'd appreciate any insight from those who have gone there before. Thanks, and I look forward to participating in the discussions around here and learning from everyone!