Before business, here’s a little story for you.
I was practicing all of the mandatory poses at home and realized I had to get back to work. I changed and rushed out without cleaning up. My wife gets home that night before I do and sees my maroon posing trunks lying on the bed. She said for about 5 minutes she was freaking out wondering, “Who the hell’s panties are in my frickin’ bed?” Hah, glad she had calmed down and figured it out before I got home. Alright, for the last time for everyone who has been busting my balls – they’re not a Speedo, they’re not a thong, they’re not panties, they are POSING TRUNKS!!!
Well boys and girls, we’re just over two weeks away from Fitness America in Vegas. Anyone excited? If there were a 155 lbs. weight class, I’d say I was ready to go, but the only two options are 145 lbs. and 165 lbs. I’ve seen what a big and ripped Musclemania competitor looks like at 165 lbs., it is incredible. They can easily look 20 lbs. bigger. With that in mind I’ve decided my best chance at a strong showing is to head south to the Bantamweight Division (145 lbs). As a result, I still have a lot of work ahead of me in the next 2 ½ weeks.
I’ve been getting a lot of positive feedback about the blog. Just wanted to say thanks for giving me your support. I wanted to have a good time with it and take a different approach, and it seems that some people are enjoying following along.
It’s just not my personality to sit back each week and write about how awesome I am or how I’m going to take my weight class down in Vegas. Besides, I know I’m not going to be the biggest, freakiest, baddest guy there. I’ve been checking out some of the other blogs and damn there are some big, ripped dudes coming to Fitness America. My main goal is to just be the best I can be on that day. That’s what bodybuilding is really all about. Hopefully, that results in bringing an overall look that is appealing to both the fitness and media industries. If not, I will hide in shame forever.
With the high caliber of athletes coming to Fitness America, I realized I needed to turn it up a notch. Over the weekend I implemented an old school, hardcore diet trick. Carb loading? No carbs? Supercompensation? Nah, none of the above. I went down to Japantown, picked up a whole raw fish, opened the package, and ate the whole thing — head, eyes, tail, bones, and all. I guess this could be considered the Japanese version of the Rocky Balboa raw egg drink. I won’t make any predictions about the Fitness America competition, but me vs. a fish, that’s a whole other story. I’m half Japanese; if you put a fish in front of me, I’m going to take that sucker down every time.
Just kidding about the whole raw fish thing, so don’t try it at home…
I rarely weigh myself or take body fat measurements. I just don’t think it is that valuable for bodybuilders or fitness models. For the stage and for photo shoots, the only thing that matters is how you look, not what some number says. And besides, no one in the real world cares what body fat percentage you are buddy boy, so quit bragging about it. I had an old buddy who would always work his body fat percentage into the conversation as a pick-up line with girls. You know like the guy who says, “by the way I make 200K a year”. He would do the exact same thing, “You know when your 4% body fat, blah, blah…” What a cheeseball! The worst part about it is that sometimes it worked.
The only time I really take those measurements is when I’m trying to figure out what weight class I’m going to compete in. Now is one of those times. Back in the day I competed at 155lbs. At Fitness America there is no 155lbs class this time around. There is lightweight (165lbs) and bantamweight (145lbs). A twenty-pound difference is huge. I figured with just over a month left to show time, I better decide just what the hell I’m doing. I used the Tanita body fat analyzer scale for assessment. It’s supposed to be one of the most accurate models, but I don’t put too much stock into that. The read out says 154lbs, 5% body fat. I know can drop a little more fat and tighten up in a few spots, so we’ll see where the next month takes me. If I get close enough, I might try to cut some water weight and make 145lbs. If not, I’ll stay at lightweight. I won’t do anything drastic to jeopardize my conditioning, or worse, my health.
Stay tuned to see how it turns out. Have a great week everyone. Feel free to shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.