After my last contest on Memorial Day 2012, I looked over my physique and made the following observations:
- My chest was way too small, almost non-existent.
- My shoulders needed to be more rounded and larger.
- My back needed to be thicker and the erectors needed work.
- My biceps were too small.
- My triceps needed to be bigger.
- My legs were great.
- My abdominal conditioning needed improvement
I then set out to fix these problems. As of right now, 7 weeks out, I have seen major improvement in every area of my body. My biceps are still lagging and I am experimenting with ways to fix that. I am working harder and harder every single day. I am focused on my diet and training plans.
Come November 1 my main source of protein will be Swai. This white fish is very low in fat and I will be using it to help me lean out and grow muscle. I am confident that it will work for me.
You see, setting goals to improve body parts is what got me focused. Those goals gave me a reason to wake up each day. The goals gave me something to look forward to with my bodybuilding efforts. This is one learning an aspiring bodybuilder can take away from my own experience. Make sure you set goals that can be achieved, but are difficult. I already have a new goal for my next cycle. I am going to work even harder on my chest and arms, even going so far as doing specialization workouts just for those body parts.
People are taking notice of the changes I've been making and that makes me feel good. I am stronger than I've ever been in my life. I am also in better shape right now, as I write this, than I was the last time I was on stage. Translated–I have already made improvements over my previous contest physique and that is exciting to me.
For anyone wishing to compete, take the time to set goals and then stick to them. Enjoy the progress you make. Nothing is impossible when you put your mind to it. During preparation you are competing against yourself and nobody else. Remember that!