Four days prior to the Jr. Nationals, I found myself reflecting on the past year since the Mr. Ohio contest. It has been a year of trials, I'll tell you that much!
I began dieting for the Jr. Nationals. Twenty weeks out (twelve weeks less than I had for the 1996 Ohio). When I went to see Roger and Sandy, I was 8.7% at 232 lb. Compared to where I started at the Ohio, 15% at 234, I was real happy. (Let that be a lesson to you. Don't get fat! Bulking does not work, you lose too much muscle in the process of getting lean.) My diet began at about 4800 calories a day. I'd say it was a 50% protein, 20% carbohydrates and 30% fat breakdown. This is quite a bit more food than my previous diet, and at more than 200 grams daily, half again as many carbs. I dropped well on this diet, all the way into the low 6% rank! The only supplements I was using at this time were Muscle Provider, Super Paks, and C-1000. I’d like to emphasize this, so you won’t think Roger and Sandy are in this just for the profit. They need to make money, we all do, but they care about more than that. Roger and Sandy care about your success. So, if they tell me to take a product, I know it’s because I need it.
Jeff just after prejudging at the 1997 NPC Jr. Nationals in Cincinnati. He’s 10 lb. heavier than in 1996 when the previous articles were written.
I would be glad when it was over, but I loved the challenge! To be successful at this sport, you need to realize it’s not like football. You can’t stop another competitor physically. You can’t change a judge’s point of view or what they prefer. You can’t change these things. All you can do is do your best. Give it all you have and look at the results when you are done!
The last week before competition, we kept my diet the same. I used one whole bottle of Density and Muscularity plus Beverly’s pure Creatine Monohydrate with every meal. Starting on Tuesday, I upped my potassium and cut back on sodium on Wednesday. (I’d been using 7-9 grams a day to keep my aldosterone low.) We kept my water up drinking 21 gallons daily until Friday, when I cut back to a gallon or so.
I’d like to close by saying a very big thank you to Roger and Sandy. I could never have done this without them. They are the best! I highly respect them both and consider them to be good friends. Thank you, Roger and Sandy, for all your help!
(Editor’s note: Jeff Storch has made remarkable progress from local champion at the 1994 Mr. Cincinnati to state champion and now a nationally ranked competitor. Jeff works extremely hard and watches his nutrition year round. On his weekly visits to the center he always took time to help everyone there regardless of their stage of development. His dedication and love of bodybuilding is an inspiration to all of us at the Beverly International Nutrition Center.)