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2005/08/05 03:34:32 (permalink)
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novice needs help!

hey all, just turned 21, been training for almost three years. looking to enter a comp. im thinking in one year, sooner is way to soon. but ive never been to a comp so i dont know what the standards are. im from carlow and there alre no bodybuilders as far as i know, and i should know because ive worked as an instructor in two out of three of the gyms and i train in the other one. at present my weight is about 175lbs or 75kg. 5'8'' body fat around about 8 or 9% if not less. measurements chest 40., waist 29.5, upper arm, 15.5, forearm 13. upper leg measly 21, lower leg 15. all measurements were just takin flat. any comments good or bad will be much appriciated. Thanks.
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    kitty
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    RE: novice needs help! 2005/08/05 09:25:45 (permalink)
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    If you want constructive opinions then put some piccies up. You don't have to show your face. You will not be able to add attachments as you need to have 50 posts but you should be able to link from imageshack.

    My advice would be to watch some shows before you compete so you know what happens. I'd go to see as many as possible. There are 4 main federations Nabba, EFBB and two natural ones NPA and BNBF.

    Not sure where Carlow is so can't suggest the nearest show
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    RE: novice needs help! 2005/08/05 09:35:41 (permalink)
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    Hello TheOak,
    I am not 100% certain but i think the closely shows to you will be the RIBBF in Limerick, Sept 11th and then the NABBA in Dublin, Sept 18th. If posible i would visit both and get an idea of what happens at a show, you will get a chance to speak with competitors, promotors etc who could advice you on a show that could be closer to you.
    I know the 2 shows above run around the same time/place every year so maybe concentrate on one of those

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    novice needs help! 2005/08/05 14:32:19 (permalink)
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    to kitty, carlow is in the south east of ireland and thanks for your info and advice,

    and to bigdaddy, i was planning on going along to the two shows alright but might not be able to make either now, due to college restarting the week between the two shows so travel would be a bitch because college is in tralee.
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    RE: novice needs help! 2005/08/05 16:46:30 (permalink)
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    post a message in the general forum saying your looking for a good gym in whatever area youll be training in... also say your looking for somehere which has people that compete so they can give you some advice etc.

    u could also try other uk forums/websites i.e. uk-muscle.com and ask the same questions...

    other than that i know that muscletalk moderator Malikaz is from ireland and is an excellent competitor as is her partner so u could maybe email her and ask if she knows of any good gyms or people near you. im sure shed be happy to help if she can.

    in your post you mention all your measurements and stuff... forget about that mate.. look at pictures of other people who would be in the same class as yourself (theBeef magazine will have pics) and look at yourself too... then decide if your ready... its not about measurements and weights!

    hope this helps mate!

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    RE: novice needs help! 2005/08/05 16:54:45 (permalink)
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    you see my problem with training is i live in carlow, crap part or ireland for gyms, total of five in the whole county. and two of those are male/female only, you know the tpye, tone up loose weight crap. and the others... well one has a good few power lifters and other two are full of posers with nothing to pose. one guy in my gym other than me is in good shape, wreckon he could compete in few months if he wanted but he is a complete ass. jesus ive never met anyone like him. hes a dick. and i posted my measurments sherly to fill out the post, i know myself that numbers mean nothing witout a pic. thanks for help
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    RE: novice needs help! 2005/08/05 16:58:29 (permalink)
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    From your stats I'd say you need to do some big time work on your legs to stand a chance of placing well..
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    RE: novice needs help! 2005/08/05 17:11:39 (permalink)
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    i know buddy, legs are disaster, only started them porperly bout month or so. honestly upper body wise im pretty ripped, always been asked if im on gear, and im not so... complement i guess. but these people have not seen my legs, ha ha. train train train.
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    RE: novice needs help! 2005/08/08 09:43:38 (permalink)
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    dont worry about the gyms too much mate.. theres always a way to train around things.. and if youve been making progress with your upper body that your happy with then there cant be too much wrong with the gyms can there?? just knuckle down and keep working hard as you have been doing. get as much advice as possible and meet as many people involved as possible as everyone with a genuine interest in teh sport will help you as much as they can.

    and dont be afriad to ask questions - you will learn more from your mistakes than you wil from your successes!

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