NPC Battle of the Border
Heavyweight Open Bodybuilding
Absolutely! I had exceeded my best shape ever by a mile.. 6 weeks before my show I was entering new territory.
High intensity, low volume. Always trying to keep intensity high above all else. If intensity started slipping from the fatigue of being in a caloric deficit, lower volume more to manage the fatigue.
Lots of James Hollingshead and Joe Bennet videos…. and lots of food porn.
The amount of weight wasn’t anything concerning to me. I didn’t have a weight goal in mind it was more about being stage ready regardless of what my weight was going to be. I guess I was blind to the fact that I was going to lose just over 60 pounds for this prep. If I knew that at the start I probably would have had a very difficult time.
Going on walks with my fiance, Laura, playing with my dog Jim or creating content/live streaming for my YouTube channel.
Sushi, steak, burger, pizza, ice cream, cookies…. the only thing I didn’t have yet is pizza but I live in Chicago and deep dish will be served!
Yes, definitely. It was a lot of fun being on stage and it went by so fast.
What is the best piece of advice that you can give to someone who is getting ready for their first show?
Hire a coach! Let them make the hard decisions and learn from them. They will help take you beyond what you would do to yourself.
First thing in the morning I would take a scoop of Double Tap (blue razz is the best flavor) with a scoop of War Games actually, haha. This was my pre fasted cardio drink that would power me through those long monotonous session.
After that my pre workout meal consisted of cream of rice mixed with 2 scoops of Isotope (PB chocolate) along with a banana.
My pre workout drink was 1 scoop Total War (rainbow candy), 1 scoop Big Noise (rainbow candy), 1 scoop MOAB (unflavored) with 1/4 tsp of salt.
Intra workout drink was 2 scoops of Cluster Bomb (strawberry kiwi) with 4 scoops of Grunt (tigers blood) with 1 scoop of creatine monohydrate and 1 scoop of glutamine.
My post workout meal was 2 scoops Isotope (PB chocolate) dumped onto a bowl of 100g of cocoa pebbles.
Finally, my last meal of the day had 1 scoop of MRE Lite (PB cookie) mixed into fat free greek yogurt with some nut butter.