Just wanted put up a quick post to say thanks!!
This past November I hit a long-time goal of competing in The Natural Mr. Universe Contest. After the dong-thongs and spray tan cleared the stage, we landed in 2nd place in the Master’s (40-49 years) Men’s Physique Division.
I couldn’t have done it without you. Your support of my fitness business allows me to continue pursuing this pseudo-athletic ridiculousness.
Although I started 2019 with this goal in mind, I guess you could say it’s something that has actually been floating around in my subconscious for the past 15 years.
I did my first bodybuilding show back in 2004. The dude who won the whole thing was 44. I remember thinking just how far ahead of me, and everyone else (mostly in their 20’s and 30’s), he was. It’s different in most other sports right? Once you’re out of your 20’s, you’re out of your prime and peak potential.
He was a cool guy and gave me some encouraging words and advice. It went something like this, “If you’re playing this game naturally, results take time. You have to put in some work, try different things out, fail a few times, and figure out what training styles and diets work best for your body type. But if you stick with it, it’s worth it. It’s kind of like compound interest.”
That advice sunk in and stuck. I enjoyed physique-focused training and knew I was going to make it a consistent part of my lifestyle. And I’ve always been a late bloomer and not-so-genetically gifted. So, I always wanted to see what I could do in this game in my 40’s. I figured any progress would take a lot of time, and the later years would be my best shot at hitting my prime.
On a side note, I guess that’s why I’ve always tried to think about practicality and sustainability right from the beginning with my programs, and the training/nutrition strategies I promote and teach. If you burn out or break yourself (fool) with a lot of the bullshit you see in the fitness scene, you won’t be around to collect on the compound interest of your fitness investment. You’ll be calling JG Wentworth to get an emergency loan. And once you’re in the debt cycle, it’s damn hard to get out of it…
So anyways, you can see why it was a hugely rewarding experience to finally get to hit the stage in my 40’s this past November. However, it also served up a nice big slice of Humble Pie. Being around some of the best natural physique athletes in the world showed me just how far I still have to go in this game.
But that’s the beauty of it. I have to admit, I don’t really like competing all that much. But I love the whole training process leading up to it. It’s the medium through which I get to “honestly express myself”, as Bruce Lee would say, and to put into action the core philosophies I believe in – essentialism, discipline, efficiency, Kaizen, etc. In other words, it’s pure joy to get back to the process for me. And I got the next decade to grind and try to get better.
Also, with the gratitude and getting shit done momentum still going, I plan on spending the next few weeks updating my online content and courses. After all, what good is all of this stuff for if my experiences don’t ultimately lead to some practical strategies you can integrate into your own fitness plans.
And each year, as I work with more people, pursue my own physique goals, and reflect on the details of those processes; I feel like I’m still picking up a few new things, gaining a deeper understanding of stuff, growing, evolving, and just getting better.
Anyways, I want to share two new content-based things with you soon:
1. My 2019 Training & Nutrition Templates
I prepped for the Universe Show in November and a pro photo shoot back in May. I pretty much used the same training and nutrition plans for both. We’ll throw the barebones of those up onto your laptop screen.
Whether it be for educational or just motivational purposes, beyond research and theory, it’s nice to see what the people who are actually doing some things in the field you want to be doing some things in are actually freaking doing (questionable grammar, but you get what I’m getting at right?).
2. An In-Depth Article Covering the Research & Reasoning Behind the General Physique Transformation Approach I Recommend.
Because it is very different than what you normally see in the physique-focused industry.
Now keep in mind, although I do believe what I teach can be used to achieve some high-level physique goals, it’s important to point out that professional physique competitors are NOT my target audience. It is busy professionals with a real life and career outside of that crazy niche fitness space. And on that note…
While the average, sedentary person eats too much and moves too little (ultimately leading to all kinds of health problems), I believe a high percentage of professional and fitness-obsessed people spend too much time at the opposite end of that spectrum. They workout way too much, and combine that with some type of extreme diet, or end-of-the-Belle-Curve calorie and macronutrient profiles that just aren’t necessary for most.
The “New Year’s Resolutioners” that do this usually burn out after a few weeks, binge and go back to doing nothing, and then get trapped in a yo-yo-style cycle. The Fitness Freaks that power through all side effects and warning signs often get commended for their commitment, dedication, and toughness; but the real behind-the-scenes story is that many end up with all kinds of joint, hormonal, metabolic, and mental health problems.
I see this a lot, even amongst many of my fitness friends, fellow competitors, and professional trainer colleagues. And even worse, they make the normal person feel like they have to go fitness-industry crazy to get into decent shape.
If you can be a bit more analytical and a little less emotional about the physique transformation process (which I know is hard to do), I believe there is a middle-ground approach that is much more effective, and definitely more efficient, in the end.
Here’s using some numbers to clarify what I’m getting at…
Let’s say the average office worker works out 0 days a week and eats the Food Pyramid Recommended 300-350g of carbs a day.
At the other end of the spectrum, let’s say the average fitness freak works out 7 days a week, and has gotten caught up in the latest extreme diet trend. This month, we’ll say it’s the keto/very low-carb diet. He eats <25g of carbs a day (and 100g+ of fat).
Well, although it’s not as sexy and marketable (because extreme approaches play to our emotions), there’s a whole middle-ground in between those two extremes that seems to get lost or ignored. Yet that’s where I believe the magic formula is waiting for most people.
That’s one of the reasons why I hit the shoot and the stage this past year. It was more than just a personal goal. I guess I wanted to use it as a bit of real-world validation and social proof for the approach that I recommend. I wanted to show that a moderate and sustainable approach can lead to good results.
During the prep for both the shoot and the show, I strength trained 2x a week, and averaged 150-225g carbs and 45-65g of fat a day. That’s the practical side we’ll cover in the training and nutrition templates.
But in this in-depth article, I really wanted to dive deeper into the reasoning behind my general physique transformation recommendations. Why do I believe a reasonable amount of training and moderate macronutrient set-ups work the best for most? What are some of the side effects and consequences of the extreme ends of the spectrum? Is there research to back that up?
Anyways, that is what’s on deck around these online parts. I’ll send you an update when those…updates…are…up (Austin Powers voice uptick)A
Thanks again for all of your support. We’ll catch up soon.