I realized that the competitive factor that had driven me to train and push myself was missing. That’s when I decided to commit to a bodybuilding show. I’d be up against other competitive athletes like myself, dedicated to training and diet. It’s just what I needed.
I went back to the gym, got a nutrition coach and really put my heart into it. I shed 38lbs of body fat over an 18wk period. I took 5th place at the 2010 NPC Cincinnati. But now I had the bodybuilding bug. I set my eyes on the NPC 2011 NKY, 10 months away.
I hooked up with my nutrition coach, Jason Theobald of Natty Nutrition and over the next 10 months gained 14 pounds of lean mass. I stepped on stage at 224 lbs with 3.8% body fat at the 2011 NKY show in February. I ended up taking 4th place behind some very strong competition in the heavyweight class.
Since I was already in great condition, I felt that I could maintain and even improve for the NPC Cincinnati, 4 weeks away. Jason increased my carbs by 160 grams a day and I backed off on the cardio to only 30 minutes a day. I must say it made me nervous to add those carbs. But, I felt great when I hit the stage at the Cincinnati.