Solving the Bodybuilding Puzzle

By Delbert Hickman, 2000 NPC Governor’s Cup Overall Champion
Magazine Vol 7 #1
Beverly International helped me find the missing pieces. Supplements, seminar, proper diet and expert advice gave me the leading edge.

My first bodybuilding experience was at the Midwest States Natural (aka Monster Mash) October 23, 1999 - nearly one year to the day from this year’s Governor’s Cup. My father had recently passed away due to metastatic carcinoma (stomach cancer). After his passing, my training intensified to help relieve the pain that I felt inside. My dad had always taken a keen interest in weight training and often asked if I would ever compete. Now, it was time. I knew I had to try bodybuilding to cope with his loss.

At the Monster Mash, I placed fifth as a Light Heavyweight. I was very disappointed. I’d trained very hard for the show and did my best. But I realized I’d have to work on my diet if I wanted to do better the next time.

Delbert Hickman Govenor's Cup Champ
Delbert Hickman, 2000 NPC Drug Free Governor’s Cup Overall Champion

I planned for my next event to be the Battle of Champions National Qualifier on March 25, 2000. I began searching every bodybuilding and health magazine I could find for insights on how to diet properly and become a competitive force.

There was too much information out there. I was overwhelmed. But, I tried to piece it all together. At the Battle of Champions my improvement was noticeable and I placed 2nd in the Light Heavies. I asked for a critique from the judges following the Battle and was told that I still needed to be more conditioned. I needed more leg and abdominal separation, and more fullness in my shoulders. One judge suggested that I try running sprints and hitting the heavy bag to correct these faults.

My next competition was the Mr. Cincinnati, just 3 weeks later. I did the sprints and hit the heavy bag twice a week 20-30 minutes per session. I also adjusted my diet after a co-worker handed me a Beverly International No Nonsense Newsletter. After reading the newsletter, I knew I had found the answer to the nutrition puzzle. I used two of the featured bodybuilders diet programs as a guide for my own. I used Jeremiah Forsters and Mark RittersMagazine pre-contest and final phase diets. These diets became my personal diet guide. The results were amazing. At the Cincinnati I was more conditioned than before. However, I still was not finely tuned and placed 2nd as a Light Heavyweight.

Although I didn’t win, one of the judges told me he was amazed at my transformation in the space of just three weeks. The help I received from the No Nonsense Newsletter had made the difference. Somewhere in the Beverly International scheme was the final solution and I was determined to find it.

I followed the same nutrition plan based on the Beverly International principles for the NPC Ohio on June 24. I came in tighter still. Unfortunately, I realized that I was not really following the Beverly International plan completely. (I was leaving out the key ingredient: the Beverly International supplements) and paid the price. I found that the diet without the supplements resulted in good condition but not the rock hard, full look that wins contests.

This time I learned my lesson. Next time I would stick strictly to the Beverly International plan, including the use of the recommended Beverly International supplements.

I then decided to enter the NPC All Armed Forces Bodybuilding Championships in Virginia Beach, VA. Without a doubt, I felt and looked better than ever. This time I went up against the most fierce Light Heavyweight competition yet. With 17 competitors in my class, I place 2nd. Although it was not a first place finish, I was very pleased with the result.

I was now 100% convinced that it was the Beverly International supplements, in harmony with the correct diet, that made the difference. And so far I had only spoken to Roger and Sandy through an occasional e-mail or to order supplements. Most of the advice I had received up to this point was from their newsletter and website: Now, it was time for a personal consultation.

When I returned from Virginia, I decided to prepare for the 2000 NPC Ohio Governor’s Cup. The first checkpoint in my contest preparation was to contact Beverly International. I e-mailed Beverly and completed a client profile form. Within a day or two I received a diet plan designed specifically for my profile by return e-mail. I studied it and followed it to the letter. With 5 weeks left before the show, I knew with Beverly International in my corner, I ’d be in my best shape ever.

Delbert Hickman

Posing for the camera as the overall winner was sure a new experience for me (one thing the Beverly staff didn't cover in their seminar.)

Three weeks out from the Governor’s Cup, I emailed Roger with a few questions. He invited me to a seminar that Beverly International was conducting at their facility in Cold Spring, Kentucky. And I jumped at the chance.

To say I was not disappointed in the seminar is a gross understatement. It was fantastic! During the seminar, I finally found the missing pieces from all my past attempts at pre contest peaking.

Sodium loading, carb-depleting, carb-loading, water intake, posing and the importance and benefits of them were all explained and instantly the light was lit in my head. I was like a sponge that day, absorbing everything around me.

The Beverly staff even provided very key pointers that helped me remove definite flaws in my posing technique. What’s amazing to me is the amount of time they spent to help each of the thirty athletes at the seminar be the best they could be.

I must have thanked them a thousand times but they can’t even begin to realize how much that seminar helped me to find my way. I am absolutely positive it was their diet, supplements and seminar that made the difference. After all I still trained the same, ran sprints, and hit the heavy bag consistently just as before. On October 14, the day of the Governor’s Cup, I woke from a restless sleep and looked at my self in the mirror. I’d done it! My best conditioning ever!! I was filled with confidence and could not wait to compete.

Following the morning weigh-in, several competitors commented on how tight I looked. I weighed in as a Middleweight for the first time at a solid 174 lbs but looked and felt a lot bigger. Despite this being my largest show yet ’ with more than 120 competitors – my confidence began to soar.

During prejudging, I tried to remember all the posing advice I had been given during the seminar. I worked hard to execute each pose exactly as I had been instructed to practice - over and over. As I took the stage that evening, I felt like my luck was about to change. Actually, it wasn’t luck. It was hard work, dedication and Beverly International that put me on top. I won my class!!! This was a first!

I then had to go for the overall title - unknown territory for me. I was terrified. My pose down strategy was based on what I had learned at the seminar. I had nothing else to fall back on since I did not expect to make it this far. During the pose-down, I focused on using my strengths against my competitors weaknesses just as I had been taught at the seminar. I tried to find the best stage lighting, and control the stage. Did this strategy pay off?

In the end and after several failed attempts to succeed in the past, I won the 2000 NPC Ohio Governor’s Cup Men’s Overall Championship. Everything I had done finally paid off. As a result, I am a "true believer" in Roger, Sandy, staff, and Beverly International supplements. The supplements can’t be beat and the expertise of the Beverly people can not be surpassed. The missing piece to the bodybuilding puzzle was solved. Thank you for the one thousand and first time!

Robert Louis Stevenson sums it all up:
"To be what we are and to become what we are capable of becoming, is the only end of life"

  Delbert Hickman’s

Diet for 2000 NPC Governor’s Cup:
Meal #1
5 oz. chicken breast or turkey breast
5 egg whites, 1 whole egg (I often substituted
Egg Beaters for the egg whites) 1 grapefruit
Meal #2
Protein Drink: 3 scoops Ultra Size, 18 oz water
6 oz can tuna or 6 oz Chicken breast
3 egg whites, 1 yolk, 1 tomato
Meal #3
8 ounces chicken (weighed prior to cooking)
4 cups salad (lettuce, tomato, carrot, cucumber, green peppers, etc.) or 2 cups green beans
2 TBL Cider Vinegar and 1 TBS Sunflower Oil
(or other vegetable oil) for a dressing
Meal #4
Protein Drink: 3 scoops Ultra Size, 18 oz water
6 oz can tuna or 6 oz Chicken breast
3 egg whites, 1 yolk, 1 tomato
Meal #5
8 oz chicken breast, turkey breast or very lean beef (filet would be ideal)
2 cups green leafy vegetables or salad (asparagus, broccoli, cauliflower, green beans, spinach or zucchini)

Monday and Thursday as a 6th meal: 1.5 cups oatmeal (precooked) or cooked rice, 10 oz. sweet potato, 6 oz. banana, 1 cup vegetables, 1 TBS butter at the end of the day.

During the final week, I substituted Whiting Fish Filets for the meat portion of each of the above meals.

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