Nothing to fear

Can fear be the difference between winning or losing?  Is it a test to see who will cave?  Or is it simply your bodies way of telling you to lace up and go to fucking work!  Fear misinterpreted, can be deadly, but fear un-recognised and made something else is worse.

I remember my first bodybuilding show, I was scared out of mind…….Maybe it was being up there in next to nothing, maybe it was all my Friends and family out there watching, maybe it was my fear of letting people down or not living up to my own expectations?  That’s when it hit me what fear was……Fear is suddenly turned into Adrenalin, the very drug that makes you feel un-touchable.  It all hit me at that point, I had out trained, out dieted, and performed every single person on this stage and all I had to do was go out there and prove it.  I did, and I won.  So, fear then is only fear if you’ve not done everything you could do to win.  If you took days off, had more cheat days, brushed off your posing, that’s when fear sets in.  You have nothing to fear if your the best prepared person out there.  Fear then turns into your best Friend, excitement and energy, and a feeling like you could take on the world at any moment.

Going into my first full power meet, I’m experiencing some of the exact same feeling of nerves and fear.  Scared that I wont hit weights I know I can, or fear of being sick, or fear of being around monsters that are seasoned vets of the game.  But I do know one thing, just like before, I’ll be the best prepared, hardest working guy there…..so in the end, what do I really have to fear?  I just cant wait till i feel that rush of Adrenalin, and fear gets its ass kicked by it, and it shoots through my body, and then, all I have to do is prove it.

So, fear is a liar.  Fear tries to stop you from hitting your goals, try’s to tell you that you wont and cant do it.  That’s when you treat Fear like a squat, throw that bitch on your back and SQUAT!

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Upcoming Meet

I’m training for my first full power meet coming up on July 14th in Socal….the SPF Socal.  This has been years in the making, and I’m finally ready.  Im going Raw, at the 198 lb class.  I’m going to blog my training and video’s leading up the meet.  “satisfaction is the death of desire”……..#drugfree #nasty

My journey into the world of power

I have been competing in some form of weight training related competitions since I was 16.  I spent 14 years leaning and perfecting the art of Bodybuilding, and while it’s a sport that will never have a mountain top in which you can reach, I felt that I had reached the summit.  Being a natural bodybuilder, I become very jaded in the sport were everyone who is “natural” just means they have been off drugs for a few months, and with the ramped use and abuse of HGH, I was fighting a losing battle.   I was looking for a way out, and naturally I started powerlifting.  I had always patterned my workouts style around some of the greats of the Golden era, I studied to no end the styles of Franco, Sergio, Arnold, Ronnie, and so many of the greats that weren’t scared to get after a squat and dead lift for huge weights.  I always incorporated heavy heavy squats, deads, bench, power cleans, push press, and would often dabble in strongman stuff as well.  I would do this even 2 weeks out from a show, were most guys were scared to get hurt, I was addicted to the weights, heavy, heavy, and heavier. This made my conversion to powerlifting a natural one.  For the last 2 years I have slowly been making my transition from a Bodybuilder into a powerlifter, with  my first meet coming up in early 2012.

I recently hooked up via twitter with the best of the best in the world of power, and cant wait to see were this journey leads me.  It’s cray to go from a world I knew the in’s and out’s of, to a world were I’m struggling to understand all the concepts and principles that go with it.  One thing that I have going for me, is that I’ve always been able to outwork and out-train anyone that I ever came across.  This will serve me well as I venture into this new world that I plan on conquering as well.  Green as I feel, and shaky as my confidence feels at times when talking with these greats of this sport, I know very soon I’ll have my swagger in the sport, and weights to show for it.  My current weight is 192 and around 12% body fat coming off my summer diet were I was down to 184 and 6% body fat.  I’ll be at 205 hopefully by the end of the year and 215 by competition time I hope.  My current PR’s are

Bench-345. Bench is my nemesis.  Always has been, but that only makes me more motivated…..

Deads-555

Squat-585

Here’s to big weights and no drugs!

Legs…..Not for the faint of heart

Killed my legs today. Squats were a total bitch cause my low back was gone from dead-lifts and power cleans earlier in the week, but still got a great movement in, just not as heavy as I would have liked.

That’s brings up the interesting topic of leg training. If I have to
see one more dude walking around the gym looking all “jacked” wearing a cutoff shirt or T back so proud of his arms….then you look at his tooth-pic legs and even smaller calves, I’m gonna straight call you dudes out! Not because I want you cluttering up my squat rack, but because if you only knew how much bigger you’d be by training legs, it would kill you to know all the years you waisted doing only arms and chest, and well sometimes some delts or back. I get it, to you it’s just about looking good, and know one really is ever going to see you legs right? But for me it’s a Bodybuilding thing. Not like a competition thing, but you know, I’m trying to build the best physique I can, and without drugs, this makes legs not important, but the single most important thing I can do.

Do you know how much testosterone you release by training legs? Or how bout the amount of fat shredded off by slaughtering you lower half? Your legs are the biggest muscle on you whole body, most unused testosterone is stored there, and being the biggest muscle you burn the most Calories/Fat.

I get it, you dont train your legs because no one sees them at the beach or the club, and they hurt like hell, and it takes a man to make it through some ridiculous squats, but if you only knew how much better your workouts would be with them, you would be pissed you never did them before. You want a bigger bench? You better first get a better Squat! You core lifts will always be stagnant if you are not performing a squat with great regularity. Yes, your going to feel sick, and your going to be sore, but you will unlock your physique in a way you never dreamed of. Stop buying bogus pro-hormones to get bigger and start killing your legs.

Man I remember the stupid programs me and my training partner Chris Handley used to come up with shock the hell out of our legs and make em grow. Like my favorite, “Squat till you Puke game” or the “Let’s just see how many sets of squats we can do in an hour?” HaHa and we still come up with the stupidest shit, and somehow convince each other how much fun it will be.

This morning consisted of a dew of my favorites. I started with a Plate Loaded Extension, and then decided to drop set all 8 plates three times. Now with a huge pump is were I like to do my squats. I did front squats today, as heavy as my back would allow 4 sets, then did a heavy leg press to finish off my quads. Did seated leg curl single, single, double and then did lying leg curls supper light to 20. Calfs consisted of heavy standing raise, and then did 10 calf raises on every stair that Golds had, probably like 400 or so….they were wrecked! Were my real Dudes at?

Arnold

I was just thinking how truly amazing it was that Arnold was able to build the physique he did based on what they had way back when. His Encyclopedia of Bodybuilding was and is my Bible to date. Think of what they had to train with back then? Very few machines were even invented at that time, so you basically had all the OG stuff, or basically anything you could do with a Barbell or a Dumbbell. Their training methods are still to this day, in my opinion, is the only way to build a complete physique. Machines are ok, and good for a change, or for a specific movement once and a while, but if you are truly trying to build a physique, you gotta stay off the machines and get your hands dirty.

Thinks about the Supplements they had back then? Amino Acid Pills, a really terrible protein shake, and that was about it. We all know that if you are a Pro Bodybuilders, you use Steroids and HGH. That’s not a myth, simply a fact, so if you can get over that, then wrap your head around this. Back in Arnold’s heyday, really the only thing available to them was a very simple Testosterone 200. Now, there is stuff over the counter that is probably as strong or more so than any Steroid Arnold ever took. Back then, it was given to you by your Doctor in a controlled environment, and a controlled dosage. So, knowing that today’s BB’s not only use Steroids and HGH, they literally have a Chemist follow them around morphing new concoctions every day for them, It’s utterly mind blowing what he was able to do with his physique. It is the very reason that I started to train how I did, and still to this day, credit everything I know about Training and Diet to all the Bodybuilders from the 60’s and 70’s. Yes, Arnold did take Steroids, but nothing like you would think. He was about as natural of a Pro BB that there has ever been, and yet, he was able to build the single best physique in the history of the business.

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