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Re: Mid-life crisis 2019/04/06 21:16:47 (permalink)
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That black guys posing is atrocious.
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Re: Mid-life crisis 2019/04/06 22:35:46 (permalink)
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So many classes and standards nowadays I honestly couldn't guess what you might be against. You have impeccable condition and that will carry you a long way. Sure you may have 1 or 2 areas stronger than others but within the amateur ranks who doesn't.

Without a doubt the level of competition will step up but you won your class, it's not like you didn't place and are trying to mix it up with seasoned competitors. And there'll also be a few in the same boat as you (as in can no longer do a 1st timers).

You already accept to jump up from a 1st timer win to an open class win is an ambitious stretch, but if you never compete against a higher standard you won't know what you need to be looking to attain yourself.

You're already ready so just enjoy it, learn, gain stage confidence and you'll improve.

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Re: Mid-life crisis 2019/04/06 23:01:56 (permalink)
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Pics are awesome mate
 
Another comp in May ..your like man possessed now.
 
Great to see your confidence coming back must feel like a different world

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Re: Mid-life crisis 2019/04/07 08:20:49 (permalink)
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Condition looks epic mate! Those serratus muscle look like they are stapled on! Really great work!
 
I would also point out that in most of the shots you are smiling unlike the others. Whilst not technically a requirement I do think it makes a difference if the judges think you are having a good time. It also makes you look more friendly/endearing. I would keep that.

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Re: Mid-life crisis 2019/04/07 16:38:46 (permalink)
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That black guys posing is atrocious.



It's not great. I practiced mine every single day for about four months. In the last week, I did twice a day. I was on auto-pilot on the day. I didn't even have to think about my posing routine, it kind of just happened. That guy finished second and backstage he said to me, 'I knew someone would have to be really good to beat me'. Not sure how I should have taken that. But we had a photo, so it must have been in a good way.
 
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So many classes and standards nowadays I honestly couldn't guess what you might be against. You have impeccable condition and that will carry you a long way. Sure you may have 1 or 2 areas stronger than others but within the amateur ranks who doesn't.

Without a doubt the level of competition will step up but you won your class, it's not like you didn't place and are trying to mix it up with seasoned competitors. And there'll also be a few in the same boat as you (as in can no longer do a 1st timers).

You already accept to jump up from a 1st timer win to an open class win is an ambitious stretch, but if you never compete against a higher standard you won't know what you need to be looking to attain yourself.

You're already ready so just enjoy it, learn, gain stage confidence and you'll improve.




True. I've learnt more about myself this week; in particular that I'm still full of shyte. Said there'd be no wobbles and I've wobbled already!
 
Still, an update: Turns out I'm eligible for the Novice Class. I think this might be better, despite the threat of wide-ranging weights.
 
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Pics are awesome mate
 
Another comp in May ..your like man possessed now.
 
Great to see your confidence coming back must feel like a different world




It is a different world. It's calmed a little now though and already I'm waiting for everything to come crashing down, which it will.
 
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Condition looks epic mate! Those serratus muscle look like they are stapled on! Really great work!
 
I would also point out that in most of the shots you are smiling unlike the others. Whilst not technically a requirement I do think it makes a difference if the judges think you are having a good time. It also makes you look more friendly/endearing. I would keep that.




At the end, I'd been smiling so much it was forced and my jaw ached a little. I have another shot I'll post in a bit - but it really shows how I thoroughly enjoyed it. I did say I'd try and look like the winner to see if it helped!

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Re: Mid-life crisis 2019/04/07 16:45:28 (permalink)
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That's weird, I'd have said the guy in red was better than him.
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Re: Mid-life crisis 2019/04/07 16:56:31 (permalink)
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That's weird, I'd have said the guy in red was better than him.


That's the guy who had me deflated all night on the Saturday. My missus said he couldn't pose either and almost fell over a few times.

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Re: Mid-life crisis 2019/04/07 17:22:20 (permalink)
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Here you go. Looks like I enjoyed it:
 


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Re: Mid-life crisis 2019/04/07 17:28:17 (permalink)
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07/04/19 - ONE WEEK ON - WEIGHT: 187.2lbs [177.2lbs morning of show]
 
PUSH
Converging chest press [Flat leverage press]
32kg x 15 w
45kg x 4 w
52kg x 3 w
59kg x 2 w
66kg x 2 w
100kg x 8
79kg x 10
 
Incline bench [Smith]
80kg x 8
65kg x 9
 
Smith shoulder press [seated]
40kg x 10
45kg x 11
 
Weighted dips
28kg x 8
28kg x 8
 
Incline cable flyes
18kg x 18
18kg x 13
 
SLR [triple drop]
16kg x 15, 12kg x F, 10kg x F
 
Cable SLR [muscle round]
9kg x 4/4/3/1/1/1
 
Rope pushdown
36kg x 17
32kg x 15 
 
Crunches
50/40/30/30
 
Time: 1hr 10min.

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Re: Mid-life crisis 2019/04/07 17:42:49 (permalink)
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So there is a novice but it's an open class?

I guess just go with whatever you feel comfy with. How inexperienced is the novice? 1 or 2 shows, no overall win?

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Re: Mid-life crisis 2019/04/07 17:51:51 (permalink)
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So there is a novice but it's an open class?
I guess just go with whatever you feel comfy with. How inexperienced is the novice? 1 or 2 shows, no overall win?



Yeah it's an open class. Criteria is to have never won a Novice class. So I assume if you've won higher, you're not eligible. I might stay Athletic Tall and hope I can avoid being crushed by people who've finished high in the worlds [!], or there is a show June 1 with Over 40...

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Re: Mid-life crisis 2019/04/07 18:49:08 (permalink)
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That's weird, I'd have said the guy in red was better than him.


That's the guy who had me deflated all night on the Saturday. My missus said he couldn't pose either and almost fell over a few times.

He's quite a big lump isn't he. The black guys conditioning was awesome.
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Re: Mid-life crisis 2019/04/08 00:17:19 (permalink)
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I know what you mean about it all crashing down we always expect the worst but you were thinking the same things before you won this comp its just going to take time to get out of the negative thinking loop.Its a b@stard mate I know that for a fact,but you've achieved something huge try not to loose sight of that.
 
How you feeling about the next comp ?

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Re: Mid-life crisis 2019/04/08 16:44:55 (permalink)
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I often wonder if the dark skinned fellas have a little advantage when it comes to this sort of thing, as black is naturally slimming, but then I wonder if it makes it harder for definition to come out?

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Re: Mid-life crisis 2019/04/08 18:30:57 (permalink)
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I know what you mean about it all crashing down we always expect the worst but you were thinking the same things before you won this comp its just going to take time to get out of the negative thinking loop.Its a b@stard mate I know that for a fact,but you've achieved something huge try not to loose sight of that.
How you feeling about the next comp ?

 
I'll try mate. Next comp; mixed feelings. Looks like we are sticking with Athletic Tall. It's really difficult not to consider the opposition, especially when I know they have been so successful [high placings in worlds and Brits] and because I have competed... once. But I'm just going to have to suck it up mentally and forget it.
 
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I often wonder if the dark skinned fellas have a little advantage when it comes to this sort of thing, as black is naturally slimming, but then I wonder if it makes it harder for definition to come out?



I have to admit, I've never thought about it. Second place had a bit of a gut on him, plus his posing needed polishing. Looking back at my iPhone videos, I hit my poses so early it was no wonder I was knackered. The other three certainly took their time! So I was still tensing waiting for them.
 
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08/04/19 - PULL

Barbell row
60kg x 12 w
80kg x 4 w
100kg x 3 w
110kg x 2 w
140kg x 6
120kg x 10
 
Close-grip pulldown
59kg x 12
73kg x 7
 
Leverage row [overhand]
66kg x 8
52kg x 12
 
V-Bar pulldown
66kg x 7
52kg x 12
 
Cable row [rest pause]
45kg x 15/F/F
 
Barbell shrug
100kg x 12
100kg x 10
 
Reverse pec fly
25kg x 20
32kg x 20
32kg x 18
 
Machine bicep curl
28kg x 20
33kg x 13
28kg x 12, 23kg x 6
 
Leg raises
25/20/20/20
 
Time: 1hr 10min.
 
NOTES -
Was knackered today. Had last daily cheat meal of rebound week last night and fell asleep on the sofa. Woke at 1.40am and had to train about 8am so I'd be back before missus went to work. Then fell asleep again after the gym as my kids ran riot. What a thoroughly responsible dad I am. I've been vascular as fvck all day from that cheat tho; veins still all over abs, despite being 10lbs up from show day.
Taking the missus for a dirty, sorry, romantic, night away tomorrow as thanks for putting up with me during prep. Now I'm about to put her through it all again! Back Wednesday as don't like leaving kids. They're obviously not alone, but with mother-in-law but just feel slightly uncomfortable going away without them. Still, should be fun though!
 

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Re: Mid-life crisis 2019/04/08 18:41:11 (permalink)
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140kg rows! Impressive mate!

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Re: Mid-life crisis 2019/04/08 18:42:34 (permalink)
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Hope you have the energy to show the Mrs a good time.... don't go all Bateman on her tho
 


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Re: Mid-life crisis 2019/04/08 18:49:42 (permalink)
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Enjoy your break mate...well deserved for you both no doubt :)
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Re: Mid-life crisis 2019/04/09 19:08:53 (permalink)
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Enjoy the break mate - thoroughly deserved

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Re: Mid-life crisis 2019/04/09 20:05:26 (permalink)
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Hope you have the energy to show the Mrs a good time.... don't go all Bateman on her tho
 


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