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    The wonders of a ghetto boo tay . Give my best to Kera and the little one.
    That's just it...I've always had a huge rear...I just never thought it would stay huge while being shrinkwrapped! Kera and Bryn are doing great - I will tell them you said hi!

    Originally Posted by J_Bo View Post
    You may call it the never ending quest, but come 2013, YOU WILL BE THE BEST. Period! In for the ride, Thomas.
    Well, the one thing I CAN promise is that I will be the bring the best Tommy to the stage! I've got some work to do to balance out my physique, but I'm already excited for the what the next couple of years will bring!

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    At this rate its going to be J-Rod arse next time BIG!
    I will be working my arse off to be on that level the next time I compete!

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    I was looking at your old pics where you won your pro card.. You were lean then but your new and improved self makes it look smooth!

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    Thanks Evan! Hopefully this journal will help you on your journey!

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    Wow...what a great last week or so! I was able to spend a lot of quality time with family and friends over the long holiday weekend. All of my wife's side of the family was able to make it down for Thanksgiving and see Bryn for the first time. I went the to Michigan State vs. Purdue football game on Saturday with my brother in-law and had a blast watching the Spartans come back in the 4th quarter to win. It was amazing...the stadium was packed full and the entire fan base really gets into all the chants - which the majority of them were from the movie 300. Then last weekend, a big group of friends all rented a bus and tailgated at the IU vs. Purdue game for rivalry weekend. I didn't really care about or watch the game, but we had a blast eating all kinds of food, played a little touch football, and of course, CORNHOLE.

    Other than that, these last couple of days have gone really well diet, training, and supplementation wise. I just needed a good long break from everything and took the last month to deload from training and get off most all supplementation as well as eat whatever my heart desired! As of yesterday, everything has been back in check and I am ready to start rocking this offseason!

    These last 3 training days have gone really well. I feel like my strength is really working it's way back to where it was before I started dieting and that I will be 100% very soon. I was able to get in a couple of workouts during the holiday weekend with DA BEAST Derek Charlebois since I was up around where he lived for a good week or so. We hit up back one day and chest another. Since then I have hit the last 2 training days with a unique style of rest pauses and drop sets. I am going to continue this style of training for the majority of my offseason as I have found that I get very impressive gains by working out this way.

    Diet and supplementation will be kept simple. For diet, I'm simply going to aim for 6 solid meals of about 12-15g fat, 50-60g carbs, 45-50g protein. I hit these numbers the last 2 days and will see how my body responds to this on a weekly basis and adjust from there. On non-training days, I will cut out a couple of carb meals and just replace with green veggies. For supplementation, I will be using a multi, efa, cla, glucosamine/chondroitan/MSM, cissus, whey, pre-workout, BCAAs and creatine. I feel like that's all I need to cover most all of my bases and not having any glaring gaps that would hinder progress.

    I will start outlining my daily routine on a regular basis as well as start taking some pictures and videos for those that want to follow along. So, now that the Thanksgiving holiday is over with, and I've had enough time to eat what I want (feeling like crap in the process)and adjust to fatherhood, it's time to start this offseason en route to my next round of shows!

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    Monday - Chest/Back

    BB Bench Press
    305 RP 5X3X1

    BB Bent Over Rows
    365 RP 5X3X2

    DB Incline Press
    95X15
    110X10
    120X8
    125X6 drop 95X6

    HS Iso-Lateral Front Lat Pulldowns
    2p+35psX15
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    4ppsX8 drop 2p+25psX8

    Free Motion Flys SS Free Motion Pulldowns
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    Tuesday - Arms/Calves

    BB Decline Close-Grip Bench Press
    315 RP 5X3X2

    EZ Standing Curls
    145 RP 5X3X2

    DB Skull Crushers
    45X15
    50X12
    60X8
    65X8 drop 40X8

    HS Preacher Curls
    85X15
    95X12
    105X8
    115X8 drop 70X8

    Cable Rope Pushdowns
    140X15
    160X12
    180X8 drop 120X8

    DB Seated Hammer Curls
    55X10
    60X8
    65X6 drop 45X6

    Plate Loaded Seated Calf Raises
    2p+25ps RP 8X5X3X1

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    Tommy, how about some pictures/videos, or an update, champ? Blessings and best wishes.
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    Originally Posted by Sporto1633 View Post
    Tuesday - Arms/Calves

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    EZ Standing Curls
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    DB Skull Crushers
    45X15
    50X12
    60X8
    65X8 drop 40X8

    HS Preacher Curls
    85X15
    95X12
    105X8
    115X8 drop 70X8

    Cable Rope Pushdowns
    140X15
    160X12
    180X8 drop 120X8

    DB Seated Hammer Curls
    55X10
    60X8
    65X6 drop 45X6

    Plate Loaded Seated Calf Raises
    2p+25ps RP 8X5X3X1

    Machine Standing Calf Raises
    270 RP 8X5X3X1

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    315lbs for cgbp?so thats how you get arms the size of some peoples legs!also how much weight have you gained post contest?
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    Good work in here Tommy, look forward to the outlining of your program for the offseason. How much cardio are you going to keep in for the offseason or are you going to drop it completely? Best wishes to you and Kera on the newborn already 3 weeks old!
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    OK Tom! Great to have met you in Ohio! Now its time to get your Fat on!
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    Hey Tommy,

    Congrats on becoming a father - I just became one myself (7 months old now).

    Yes, one definitely needs a break from serious dieting when a newborn is in the house. But things are settling and I plan on getting that d@mn pro card next year.

    Great job on the shows and best of luck in the future!
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    Wednesday - Legs (Glute/Ham Focus)

    BB Stiff Leg Deadlifts
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    Machine Lying Leg Curls
    110X20
    140X10
    140X10
    150X8 drop 90X8 drop 60X8

    Smith Squats - Wide Stance/Below Parallel
    275X15
    345X10
    365X8
    385X6 drop 275X8

    Glute/Ham Hyperextensions
    65X12
    80X10
    95X8

    Machine Kneeling Single Leg Curls
    50X15
    60X12
    65X10
    70X8 drop 40X8

    Machine Abductor/Adductor
    145X20/235X20
    145X20/235X20
    145X20/235X20

    ~Starting to feel better each progressive day in the gym that I nail my nutrition and supplementation. Strength is slowly climbing back up to where it was before I started prepping and my energy is still good throughout the day. I had some eggs, turkey bacon, and ezekiel bread toast for breakfast, chicken breast sandwich for lunch, oats and whey for pre-workout meal, dextrose and whey for post workout meal, and I'm about to fix some chicken breast and sweet potatoes for my next meal. Tomorrow is a day off - I'll be in Terre haute all day shooting my commercials for the upcoming tax season. It will be nice to spend the day with family and watch them interact with Bryn...she is changing by the day! Here is a picture of her on Thanksgiving:



    Topic Of The Day - Post Workout Nutrition

    Today I wanted to talk a little about what I am going to be doing for post workout nutrition this offseason. This is actually going to be the only meal each day that I use a high GI source for my carbohydrates, and the majority of the time it is going to be dextrose (approximately 50g carbs worth). One, because it is cheap, and two, because it is really effective at spiking insulin for maximum glycogen replenishment. Since it is offseason, I am not worried about the insulin spike in the same way that I am when I am prepping. Along with dextrose, I will be consuming 55g whey (2.5 scoops Scivation Whey), 10g of Primaforce AAKG, and 5g of creatine monohydrate. I like my Arginine consumption POST workout, not PRE workout like most pre-workout formulas have. Mainly because it is far more effective at nutrient absorption than it is getting and maintaining a "pump" - which ultimately does nothing for composition anyway. And lastly, the daily maintenance dose of 5g of creatine monohydrate. I like plain old monohydrate because it is cheap and just as effective as ANY of the other more expensive versions of creatine. So, there you have it - that's what I am going to be doing for my post workout nutrition pretty much this entire offseason. Feel free to comment or ask questions!

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    Originally Posted by ThaLadiesMan View Post
    Tommy, how about some pictures/videos, or an update, champ? Blessings and best wishes.
    I will be posting some very soon!

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    315lbs for cgbp?so thats how you get arms the size of some peoples legs!also how much weight have you gained post contest?
    Nothing beats CGBP for overall tricep mass!

    I've gained a good 35lbs, but keep in mind that with my wife being due any day after my contests, I wasn't concerned with reverse dieting this time around...so I put it on rather quickly. But, now that nutrition is in check, I'm sure I will recomp pretty well at this weight as my strength continues to climb!

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    Good work in here Tommy, look forward to the outlining of your program for the offseason. How much cardio are you going to keep in for the offseason or are you going to drop it completely? Best wishes to you and Kera on the newborn already 3 weeks old!
    I will be doing a little bit of cardio on non-training days that I have time to do so. The main reasons being that a) I love being active and want to be doing at least SOMETHING every day, and b) I want to maintain good cardio health.

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    OK Tom! Great to have met you in Ohio! Now its time to get your Fat on!
    It was nice meeting you as well! And believe me, the fat is already on lol!

    Originally Posted by bradb View Post
    Hey Tommy,

    Congrats on becoming a father - I just became one myself (7 months old now).

    Yes, one definitely needs a break from serious dieting when a newborn is in the house. But things are settling and I plan on getting that d@mn pro card next year.

    Great job on the shows and best of luck in the future!
    Thanks Brad and congrats to you as well!

    Ah yes, the newborn definitely changes things and it does make things a little more difficult to live the bodybuilding lifestyle, but my wife and I will make it happen!

    Best of luck to you as well on your pro card venture, and if you are looking for some guidance, feel free to hit me up when the time comes!

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    Originally Posted by Sporto1633 View Post

    Thanks Brad and congrats to you as well!

    Ah yes, the newborn definitely changes things and it does make things a little more difficult to live the bodybuilding lifestyle, but my wife and I will make it happen!

    Best of luck to you as well on your pro card venture, and if you are looking for some guidance, feel free to hit me up when the time comes!

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    Thanks for the support. I will hit you up when I get down to the diet suffering. And I will be following you on here as well.

    Yeah, my son is now 7 months old and is absolutely hilarious!

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    Just found this thread, will be following your off-season progress. You've been such an inspiration Tommy, looking forward to all the pics, vids, and diet/training info! Take care and congrats on your shows and being a new father.
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    Hey Tommy, I'm sure you know that most on this board have very little concern w/ the GI scale and attempting to control insulin...myself included. As I understand it, a meal containing a mixture of fat and protein in addition to a high GI carb source pretty much nullifies any huge effect that carb may have on insulin.

    My question is: Have you done any experimentation in monitoring your blood glucose levels (w/ a glucometer or some similar tool) to see if there is a direct correlation between certain meals (such as a dextrose/whey meal compared to a chicken/sweet potato meal) and their effect on insulin?

    I know Barn01 has been doing some experimentation on himself in that arena and, if I understand correctly, has had pretty insignificant findings...
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    Friday - Chest/Triceps

    Barbell Incline Bench Press
    305 RP 5X3X1

    EZ Skull Crushers
    165 RP 8X4X2

    Machine Hammer Strength Decline Press
    80X15
    95X12
    110X10
    115X8 drop 65X8

    Smith Incline Press (2 second pause at bottom)
    235X10
    255X8
    275X6
    295X4 drop 205X6 drop 155X8

    Dumbbell Low Incline Flys
    70X15
    75X12
    80X10
    85X8 drop 55X8

    V-Bar Pushdowns
    190X20
    210X15
    230X12
    250X10
    255X8 drop 140X10

    ~Ahh...had a nice day off yesterday and was able to shoot my commercials for the upcoming tax season. Afterwards, I spent some time with the family before heading back to settle in. This morning was nice because I was able to sleep in for a change! I'll be staying up late tonight with the baby so my wife can go to bed early and sleep in tomorrow. We make a great team! I guess that just means I can stay up and catch up on Dexter for once lol. Today's workout went smooth. Strength is still slowly climbing up and my endurance feels on par as well. My body weight is holding at about 225, which is a really good weight for me to grow at. I believe the 3000 calorie diet will keep me close to here, yet provide what I need to continue to grow and gain strength. We shall see! The rest pauses feel better and better and the added drop sets haven't effected my recovery at all. Tomorrow I will really be going to task - I have a big back day planned and I expect another great workout ahead of me!

    Topic Of The Day - Mind/Muscle Connection - Chest

    I had someone ask for advice today in the gym about chest exercises. One of the main things I always try to tell people is to focus on the mind/muscle connection of the muscle they are trying to work. Sometimes, that's much easier said than done. With chest, one of the things I like to do is focus on my ELBOWS. I find that if I stop focusing on my hands and focus on my ELBOWS doing the pressing, my chest ultimately gets the majority of the work. Keep the chest puffed out (like how the macho boys puff their chest out in front of the ladies) and the shoulder blades pinched together...that way you get the chest to do the majority of the work. You may have to drop the weight, but it will recruit your chest much better!


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    Originally Posted by bradb View Post
    Thanks for the support. I will hit you up when I get down to the diet suffering. And I will be following you on here as well.

    Yeah, my son is now 7 months old and is absolutely hilarious!

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    Awesome! I'm just trying to stay in the moment and enjoy watching her change on a daily basis It won't be long before she starts to develop her personality!

    Originally Posted by adamjohn32 View Post
    Just found this thread, will be following your off-season progress. You've been such an inspiration Tommy, looking forward to all the pics, vids, and diet/training info! Take care and congrats on your shows and being a new father.
    Thanks Adam - that means a lot!

    Originally Posted by bwelch1985 View Post
    Hey Tommy, I'm sure you know that most on this board have very little concern w/ the GI scale and attempting to control insulin...myself included. As I understand it, a meal containing a mixture of fat and protein in addition to a high GI carb source pretty much nullifies any huge effect that carb may have on insulin.

    My question is: Have you done any experimentation in monitoring your blood glucose levels (w/ a glucometer or some similar tool) to see if there is a direct correlation between certain meals (such as a dextrose/whey meal compared to a chicken/sweet potato meal) and their effect on insulin?

    I know Barn01 has been doing some experimentation on himself in that arena and, if I understand correctly, has had pretty insignificant findings...
    I'm aware of what "most" believe as I used to prescribe to a lot of the same ideas that "most" on this board prescribe to

    Also, the need to control insulin does depend on the insulin sensitivity/resistance of the person in question...which of course, changes in everyone as they age whether you were blessed in this department or not.

    Furthermore, adding protein/fat to a meal with a high GI carb source doesn't "nullify" anything completely. The effect is still there, but what you may or may not experience depends highly on how efficient insulin is in your individual body. Most of the people you are referring to on here are young have yet to experience the body changes that will inevitably come. Sure, they may get away with some thing snow, but that will surely change.

    Another thing, ask ANYONE who is more IR if they can feel a difference in the two meals you questioned. They will tell you there is a big difference. If GI didn't matter at all no matter what, do you think diabetics would have all the problems they do? So it all depends.

    And, with respect to the majority of bodybuilders (you will always have exceptions to the rule and will look awesome in spite of what they do), there is a much different "look" while being at the same level of leanness when one controls insulin and food source. A lot of guys can get lean with glutes, but they can't seem to figure out why they don't look hard and grainy

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    i had a quick question for clarity about post workout carbs and what kind of GI the carb is. Does it really matter at the end of the day? I normally use oats as my post workout source and i have had good gains. I just ask cause there are, like anything else, 13423 opinions. Im with most of the people here on the board about not caring what the GI is so I guess i just want to understand it more than I do for the sake of having more knowledge.



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    Originally Posted by co1e_train View Post
    Hey Sporto,


    i had a quick question for clarity about post workout carbs and what kind of GI the carb is. Does it really matter at the end of the day? I normally use oats as my post workout source and i have had good gains. I just ask cause there are, like anything else, 13423 opinions. Im with most of the people here on the board about not caring what the GI is so I guess i just want to understand it more than I do for the sake of having more knowledge.



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    Tommy addressed this pretty well in the post above yours.


    As far as the "hard, grainy" look goes, obviously a significant factor there is simply outstanding conditioning. You achieved, quite possibly, the best conditioning I've ever seen this year. I mean, your face alone spoke volumes on how retardedly lean you got...and I don't even need to mention the gl00tz! I'm sure you would agree that the months of hard dieting and training were the biggest factors in determining your incredible shape.

    Now, when it comes to the little extra things BEYOND just getting freakshow lean...such as water, sodium, food sources, insulin control, supplementation...I would definately be interested in hearing your thoughts on these subjects and what you've learned this year about manipulating these things to truly benefit your physique. Obviously the minute details are insignificant as every body is different, but I hope you'll be willing to share some specifics of your prep as it relates to these topics (i.e. what were the food source rules you followed?, what supplements did you take and when?, how did you manipulate sodium/potassium/water in the final week?)

    Basically I'm just interested in learning about some of the "little things" that are not well known on this board that you've clearly gotten a firm grasp on during your prep...any information you're willing to divulge I'm really anxious to hear!

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    Originally Posted by Sporto1633 View Post
    I'm aware of what "most" believe as I used to prescribe to a lot of the same ideas that "most" on this board prescribe to

    Also, the need to control insulin does depend on the insulin sensitivity/resistance of the person in question...which of course, changes in everyone as they age whether you were blessed in this department or not.

    Furthermore, adding protein/fat to a meal with a high GI carb source doesn't "nullify" anything completely. The effect is still there, but what you may or may not experience depends highly on how efficient insulin is in your individual body. Most of the people you are referring to on here are young have yet to experience the body changes that will inevitably come. Sure, they may get away with some thing snow, but that will surely change.

    Another thing, ask ANYONE who is more IR if they can feel a difference in the two meals you questioned. They will tell you there is a big difference. If GI didn't matter at all no matter what, do you think diabetics would have all the problems they do? So it all depends.

    And, with respect to the majority of bodybuilders (you will always have exceptions to the rule and will look awesome in spite of what they do), there is a much different "look" while being at the same level of leanness when one controls insulin and food source. A lot of guys can get lean with glutes, but they can't seem to figure out why they don't look hard and grainy

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    I see guys shift from the broscience to valid science all the time but to see you move back towards perpetuating classic bodybuilding myths is truly unfortunate.
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    Originally Posted by DanTheManB View Post
    Dont listen to him tommy, he's a strong hater!

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    Yeah this is something we disagree on. GI/GL/II/IL is all irrelevant in any realistically practical situation for a bodybuilder.
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    Yeah this is something we disagree on. GI/GL/II/IL is all irrelevant in any realistically practical situation for a bodybuilder.
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    First, Congrats Tommy!!! That is a one cute kid.......good thing she gets her looks from mom.

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    I'll be following along more closely than I thought. I'm gonna be a daddy as well in May. It will be nice to follow someone who shares the same passion and is a father.
    Congrats to you as well! Fatherhood adds a whole other dimension to this sport.....and well, just about anything. Learning to live your dreams and passions while putting your kids ahead of yourself is very, very difficult....especially towards the end of a prep when your mind is 100% focused on what you need to accomplish....and youre grumpy and tired. Its all you can do to exert the effort and tell yourself that your fam has to come first.

    Originally Posted by bwelch1985 View Post
    Basically I'm just interested in learning about some of the "little things" that are not well known on this board that you've clearly gotten a firm grasp on during your prep...any information you're willing to divulge I'm really anxious to hear!

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    I have always prescribed to the follwoing notion:

    Regardless of whether GI has a significant impact on the ability get lean, in general, lower GI foods (sweet potatos, oats, brown rice, veggies and fruit) have a higher and more complex micronutrient profile. This has always lead me to the assumption that a diet high in nutritionally dense food would lead to a more appealing, dry, well conditioned physique.

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    Originally Posted by Work-Hard View Post
    I have always prescribed to the follwoing notion:

    Regardless of whether GI has a significant impact on the ability get lean, in general, lower GI foods (sweet potatos, oats, brown rice, veggies and fruit) have a higher and more complex micronutrient profile. This has always lead me to the assumption that a diet high in nutritionally dense food would lead to a more appealing, dry, well conditioned physique.

    Again, just my opinion so take it for what its worth.
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    Originally Posted by Work-Hard View Post
    I have always prescribed to the follwoing notion:

    Regardless of whether GI has a significant impact on the ability get lean, in general, lower GI foods (sweet potatos, oats, brown rice, veggies and fruit) have a higher and more complex micronutrient profile. This has always lead me to the assumption that a diet high in nutritionally dense food would lead to a more appealing, dry, well conditioned physique.

    Again, just my opinion so take it for what its worth.
    Oh I absolutely agree with that and I'm not one of the radical "antibroscientists" that will tell people to eat **** just because they "can".

    But in terms of insulin manipulation... no matter what you eat you can't manipulate it to any meaningful degree without bringing in exogenous humulin.
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