Boy, how time flies! As I started to recap my journey in Figure, I realized that it was almost exactly 10 years ago that I started using their supplements. Here’s a brief review.
I was a cheerleader and active through my teen years. After college, marriage, and two children (one by cesarean), I let my 20’s get the best of me physically. I decided my 30’s were going to be different. I started lifting weights in 2002. After a year or two of heavy, old school, 3 days a week training, I had added some decent muscle. I looked totally different than when I started, but now I desired that polished look that you see on stage. And, some diet and supplement help was definitely now in order.
A friend of mine who looked great introduced me to Beverly. In those days Beverly did hands on coaching and I made an appointment to go with her on her next visit to their headquarters. It was just what I needed. They devised a nutrition and supplement plan that got me on track and helped me be ready for my first Figure contest, the 2004 KY Muscle, in just 8 weeks. My first supplement plan was Muscle Provider, Mass Aminos, Ultra 40, Lean Out, 7-Keto and the Super Pak.
I followed the diet and supplement plan religiously and my entire game changed! I was losing fat on their precontest prep plan, but what really surprised me – I was gaining muscle at the same time! Any competitor will tell you that you just hope you won’t lose too much muscle when you’re dieting, so the fact that I was gaining muscle, while on a full blown contest diet,was amazing. I attribute it mainly to the BI supplements, especially Mass Aminos and Ultra 40 liver tabs. Needless to say, I was hooked then, and still am today. In just 8 weeks I placed 2nd at the KY Muscle and have never looked back.
Diet & Contest Meals
My contest meal plan is almost the same now as the one I started with for that first show 10 years ago.
Meal 1: 3-oz. lean protein (turkey or lean ground beef), 3 whole eggs, 1 egg white; ¼ cup oatmeal; 5 strawberries
I have always made the best gains by sticking to an Old School type of training. I train Monday – Friday hitting all major muscle groups. Precontest I do 4 exercises per body part for 4-5 sets of 8-12 reps each. Here’s how I split my training.
Friday: Shoulders and Calves
I incorporate abs during my cardio sessions. For cardio, I respond best to a combination of HIIT days interspersed with days of light jogging. Sessions vary from one – 30 minute session per day, to two – 60 minute sessions, if I’m too far behind in my contest prep.
Conclusion: contest on stage “polished” look
BI has remained a staple in both my on and off season regimens. I owe a piece of every victory I have achieved as a competitor to them. Since that 2nd place showing at the 2004 KY Muscle I have been blessed to win every state level show I have entered, but none was as sweet as in November, 2013 when I returned to the KY Muscle stage and won Masters Figure over 45, Open Figure B, and the Overall Figure title! Throughout all these years and all these competitions I have had several different coaches, diets, training, and cardio regimens, but the one thing that has remained true since day one is Beverly.