That feel when you’re two months and 20 pounds into your cut and pictures of food elicit the same bodily reactions as pornography.
Back from the Olympia
So the pro returned from the Olympia on a redeye Sunday night. We met last night to train legs (holy shit I’m still walking asymmetrically 12 hours later, but that’s another story).
We talked while we trained. It was really interesting hearing the behind-the-scenes report from the Olympia. And we talked about how his diet and training now switches from fat loss to weight maintenance, as he will be competing in three more contests each of the next three weekends.
He looks fantastic. He placed very well. I just feel honored to know and train with the guy.
Last night was also my opportunity to observe something else: how little attention pro bodybuilding receives even from dedicated gym rats. I’d say half the men and maybe 15% of the women that train regularly at our gym know that the pro is actually a pro. Those that know often compliment him and ask when the “big competition” is, etc. it’s cool that they care and show interest.
But last night I saw how thin that interest is. The same people stopped to say hi, say he looks great,… and asked when the “big competition” is. There were maybe 5 guys total that new the Olympia was even this past weekend, and only 3 that even new how he had placed.
The pro’s responses surprised me. He’s remarkably modest and not aggrandizing, so he rarely told someone that Olympia had just happened and how he had placed. He would just play along with their ignorance and say he’s got three shows coming up the next there weeks, and some big shows next year.
A few people he did tell that the Olympia had just happened and how he had placed. I thought the responses from those people were the worst. “Oh really? Is that a good place? Is that good for you?” It was pretty callous. I began to realize why the pro doesn’t volunteer contest information to people who don’t care/value/understand the sport enough to follow it.
I guess last night was a crash course for me of the small following that pro bodybuilding has.
haha but then there were 2 or 3 hardcore bodybuilding nerds like me that stayed up late to watch the whole thing online and read all the follow up commentary and talked the pro’s ear off :-p. The pro enjoyed talking shop when people that understood some of the nuances of the sport and the physiques that he competes against. I smiled each time a fanboy came up to talk excited about the Olympia. Happy I wasn’t the only one. :-)
All in all, the pro was happy with the contest and proud of his placement. Last night was the last time I’ll get to train with him for about a month as he travels to shows in Korea, Prague, and Poland. Looking forward to training with him again, although my legs sure as hell aren’t…
Hope all of you are doing well. Kick ass in the gym today everybody.
That Cutting Feel
I’ve lost 15 pounds so far on my cut, which means I keep having to cinch up my work belt and my bulking fat pants have become to big. Switched to pants with a waist size 2” smaller this morning.
I like looking trim again and I especially enjoy the vascularity beginning to show again. But I have anxiety that I’m losing muscle too.
Putting my faith that the pro knows what he’s doing with this cut. Carbs and overall calories are low, but fats and protein are high. Hopefully that’s keeping muscle loss to a minimum.
Already looking forward to the upcoming winter bulk. Can’t wait to add muscle once again…
Hope everyone is doing well. Kick ass in the gym today everybody.
Back in the Saddle
So I was on vacation all last week and spent it in LA with my boy muscle-nerd. We had a blast. Purposely avoided all things touristy, hung out with a bunch of friends, trained together all week (including two sessions with Jon Aranita and one with Tito Raymond), and made the requisite pilgrimage to Venice to train at Gold’s.
And we ate our way through Southern California.
We had both been on cutting diets prior to the trip—me for a month and muscle-nerd for two… and we decided to blow both our diets all to hell.
You could generously call the week a “refeed” for our muscles. Or you could more accurately call it what it was: a profligate orgy of food.
Tapas, sushi, dim sum, Cuban, Mexican, Mediterranean, barbecue, salmon, burgers, chicken and waffles… hell I even ate a rattlesnake bratwurst.
It was epic.
And now I’m home again and back on my goddamn 1500 calorie diet. Grrr. Feeling the hunger pangs this afternoon at work and reminiscing fondly about the last week of license.
Hope all of you are doing well and training is going great. Kick ass in the gym today everybody.
Training at Gold’s Venice
So this week I’ve been in LA visiting my best friend muscle-nerd. During the week, we’ve been training in the city at his usual gym. But today we decided to head to Venice today to train at Gold’s Gym, “the Mecca of bodybuilding”. It was pretty solid.
The pro I train with back home connected me with Tito Raymond, who trains out of Golds Venice. We arranged to train arms with Tito. Great guy, really cool to meet, and he totally smoked our arms. Learned some good technique that I’m planning to adopt.
Gold’s Venice is ridiculous btw. While we were training we also saw:
Cool place. Super motivating. Looking forward to going back.
How to make air travel even more unpleasant
Pro tip: do not train legs before a long airline flight.
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