Important Disclaimer: It is important that I stress that even though the 2008 NKC Bodybuilding Championships hosted by Beverly International was my first bodybuilding competition, this lifestyle is not at all new to me. I have been training, eating, supplementing and living the lifestyle for 15 years. I started lifting weights at the age of 9. I was a competitive gymnast, track & field athlete and baseball player during my youth. I began formal weight training in the early 1990’s. I have trained, competed or participated in powerlifting, martial arts, police/military and obstacle course over the past 10 years. In this article, I will share with you some of the finer points of preparation that helped me put the finishing touches on my physique.