Contest Timeline to Bodybuilding Success

By: Scott Griffin
Magazine 9 #1

After working out on and off for years, my wife and I decided to get serious about bodybuilding three years ago. We attended shows, read the magazines, but we did not really get on track until we attended last year’s Arnold Classic. The place was huge and packed with people. Every vendor there claimed they had the best supplements. As we walked from one booth to the next, Beverly International was just another company in a line of many. As I walked by I picked up a No Nonsense Magazine, threw it in my bag and went to the next booth.

It wasn’t until I got home that I realized Beverly’s information was unlike any of the others I had received. It was down to earth, educational and inspiring. Their newsletter featured normal people like my wife and I, with real life jobs and families who became successful bodybuilders. Still it took me five months before I finally took the initiative and contacted Beverly International. My goals were simple: gain muscle, lose fat and hopefully get in good enough shape to compete. I weighed 173 lbs. at 13.8% body fat.

Scott Griffin Side Tricep
I achieved what seemed an impossible dream.
I captured the 1st place trophy at the Novice Michigan Masters contest on my very firt try.

Supplement program:

I emailed my information to Beverly and they put together a diet designed to add lean mass and reduce fat.

Did it work? Well, I used this plan for four months. In that time my bodyfat dropped from 13.8% to 8.7%, I lost 9 lbs of fat and actually gained 8 lbs of lean tissue!

December 2001: time for a diet update. I contacted Beverly again. I’d decided to compete March 16, 2002 at the Novice Michigan Championships. My eating plan changed. It was time to step it up. The Maximum Fat Loss plan was my new ticket-no complex carbs except Monday and Thursday as the famous Beverly Carb Up meal. I increased Ultra 40 and Mass Aminos to six per meal and added Lean Out to assist in burning fat.

I’d been running for cardio up to this point. Then I got a surprise Jeremiah, at Beverly, advised me to stop running and start measuring my cardio in calories expended. My weekly target for the first 4 weeks was 1200. Eight weeks out I began to increase the caloric expenditure by 10% each week, always trying to get more calories burned in the same amount of time. This necessitated higher intensity levels but not a lot more time. Before starting my Beverly International program I ran 3 -5 miles five days a week; now three or four 20-30 minute cardio sessions did the trick.

Another thing I learned: high reps are not necessary or even desirable when leaning out, Jeremiah taught me to continue to train heavy in order to retain as much muscle as possible. I stuck with the basic exercises and kept my reps in the 6 – 12 range, always increasing the weight whenever I could.

In February, 2002 I visited the Arnold Classic once again. But this time I went straight to the Beverly booth. Jeremiah checked my condition and posing and invited me to Beverly’s precontest seminar two weeks later. It was a long drive from Michigan to Kentucky but well worth it. The Beverly staff presented an intensive 3-hour session on the do’s and don’ts of final week contest preparation. Every question concerning the week leading up to the contest and contest day itself was answered.

Results:
I achieved what seemed an impossible dream. I captured the 1st place trophy at the Novice Michigan Masters contest on my very first try. My conditioning was right on; complete and polished. I’d shed close to 20 lbs of body fat and put on lean muscle tissue in just six-months. The secret? Proper nutrition and Beverly supplements! Now that I’ve found what works, I’m sticking with it and so is my wife.

Editor’s Note: Jodi Griffin, Scott’s wife, finished 1st in the Middleweight division and 2nd in the Masters at The John Simmons Bodybuilding, Fitness and Figure Show Sept 14th.

My Beverly Nutrition and Supplement Strategy
Meal #1
1 whole egg + 5 egg whites
5 oz. lean beef or other meat or 1 cup cottage cheese
½ cup oatmeal before cooking
Meal #2
2 scoops Ultra Size, 4 TBS whipping cream, 18 oz water
(optional: 4 frozen strawberries or ½ banana)
OR
1 ½ cups cottage cheese + 1 can tuna or 6 oz other meat + 1 piece fruit (not banana)
Meal #3
8 oz. chicken (before cooking) or 9 oz. can tuna
6 oz. sweet potato or ½ cup rice
2 cups vegetables or salad
Meal #4
2 scoops Ultra Size, 4 TBS whipping cream, 18 oz water
(optional: 4 frozen strawberries or ½ banana)
OR
1 ½ cups cottage cheese + 1 can tuna or 6 oz other meat + 1 piece fruit (not banana)
Meal #5
8-12 oz. sirloin steak (lean) or other meat
2 cups vegetables or large salad
Meal #6
Ultra Size crepes: 2 scoops Ultra Size, 1 whole egg, 3 egg whites,
¼ – ½ cup water for consistency (cook like pancakes)
Top with Simply Fruit Jelly and or Cool Whip