It was time for a break. I was physically worn out from five years of college football, two years of track; coupled by shoulder surgery and two knee surgeries.
However, my competitive juices started flowing once again when I attended the 2001 Arnold Classic. My new goal was to become a Drug-Free Professional Bodybuilder.
At 3:00 AM on March 9, 2001, I was wide-awake mapping out a seven-month timetable to achieve Pro status. I selected different competitions throughout the country to achieve this goal. My first competition was in April, followed by two more in June, and one each in August, September and November. That season I committed financial suicide by competing six times in four different states. I rented more cars, booked more airline flights and checked in and out of more hotels during these seven months than I had in a lifetime. I used Beverly products sparingly the entire time. Moreover, I came up short of achieving my goal-seven competitions but no pro card. I was drained physically and financially.
After competing six times in 2001, I again took some time off. Now my focus wasn’t so much on a pro card, but was centered on bringing up lagging body parts, my back, hamstrings, shins, calves and medial deltoids in particular.
I started training my back similar to my legs, 15 to 20 sets with lots of intensity. I targeted hamstrings with dumbbell leg curls; an exercise that calls for very strict form and technique. To attack my tibialis (shins), I performed the dorsiflex exercise on a standing calf machine; with my heels on the block and lifting my toes. For calves, I did donkey
calf raises. Finally, I trained my medial deltoids with lateral raises and dumbbell shoulder presses. I also made a vow to eat only within the confines of my blueprint (nutritionally dense foods).
After ten months off, I was ready for a new season. I set my sites on the NANBF USA CHAMPIONSHIP (the overall winner would earn Professional status in the WNBF). I was bound and determined to show up at the USA in top condition. This determination forced me to expand my normal supplement intake of Mass, Ultra 40 and Muscle Provider. I added Muscularity, GH Factor, Energy Reserve and Lean Out to the mix. Four days out from the USA I was 180 lbs. The morning of the USA the scale tilted to 176 lbs. and I was sharp as a razor.
That night in Kansas City, Kansas I was thrilled when I won the Medium-Tall division and overjoyed when I heard, "...and the 2002 Overall Natural Mr. USA and newest WNBF Pro-L.T. Faison!" Following this announcement, I also received a special invitation to the WNBF Pro Natural Worlds in Manhattan, New York to compete. Three weeks later, I tested the waters as a Professional and placed a respectable 8th.
Victory Lane NPC Northern
My quest to compete in Beverly’s Northern Kentucky Classic stems back to 2000, the same year I started working with Beverly. I always wanted to do this show but kept coming up with excuses why I shouldn’t. The truth being, I simply did not have enough confidence in my physique to compete against other Beverly athletes.
This year was no different. However to motivate myself I posted Northern Kentucky flyers everywhere; my bedroom, bathroom, kitchen, den, my car, my office, book bag, etc. I was ready to give the Northern a try, but I still had one major concern; at six weeks out I was 195 lbs. and I wanted to compete as a middleweight (176 1/4). I had to lose 19 pounds.
Continuing on the Beverly plan I attended the Arnold Classic to see my main man Steven Wade at the Beverly Booth. With just two weeks left I wanted reassurance that competing as a middleweight was within reach. Steven measured me at 6.2% and a weight of 187 lbs. My sum of 9 sites was 43.5 and my lean mass was 175.3 lbs., at that point Mr. Wade assured me that the middleweight class was within reach.
At one week out from the Northern, Steven sent me a final week blueprint, I started it the minute I received it. I was 185 at that point and had ten pounds to lose in seven days.
Here’s the exact email for the final week blueprint – 1 week out from the Northern:
L.T.Fasion’s Exact Beverly Final Week Blueprint
“Start busting butt on Cardio. You need to do at least one and if possible two sessions per day from now through Wednesday. No cardio or training on Thursday and Friday.
Above all else, just make sure your weight is coming down.”
I chose Beverly because I’m goal-oriented and driven by results. Now my dreams have become reality.
These do not change
Super Pak with meal #1
5 Ultra 40, 4 Muscularity, 1 Multiple Enzyme with each meal
3-4 Lean Out with each meal
2 Flax Caps, 1 EPO Cap with meals #1, #3, and #5
2 Energy Reserve, 4 GH Factor three times daily on empty stomach
Saturday through Monday: Meal #1
8 egg whites / ½ grapefruit
Meal #2 7 oz. Cod fish / 2 cups lettuce / 2 TBS apple cider vinegar
Meal #3 8 oz. Cod fish / 1 cup spinach
Meal #4 5 oz. cod fish / 3 egg whites / 2 cups lettuce / 2 TBS apple cider vinegar
Meal #5 6 oz. Cod fish / 3 egg whites / 1 cup spinach or 8 egg whites / 1 cup spinach
Meal #1 8 egg whites / ½ cup dried oatmeal
Meal #2 8 oz. fish / 4 oz.. sweet potato
Meal #3 8 oz. chicken / ½ cup dried oatmeal / 1 cup spinach
Meal #4 5 oz. cod fish / 3 egg whites / 4 oz.. sweet potato / 1 cup spinach
Meal #5 6 oz. fish / 3 egg whites / ½ grapefruit
Wednesday through Weigh-In
Meal #1 6 oz. Cod Fish / ½ grapefruit
Meal #2 6 oz. Cod Fish / 1 small tomato
Meal #3 6 oz. Cod Fish / ½ grapefruit
Meal #4 6 oz. Cod Fish / 1 small tomato
Meal #5 6 oz. Cod Fish / ½ grapefruit
Potassium and Water Schedule:
Tuesday: 1-99 mg Potassium tablet every other hour, drink 2-3 gallons water
Wednesday: 1-99 mg Potassium tablet every hour, drink 2-3 gallons water
Thursday: 2-99 mg Potassium tablets every hour, cut water down to 1.5 gallons
Friday: 3-99 mg Potassium tab every hour, cut water down to 3/4 gallon
Saturday: 3-99mg Potassium tab every hour, sip water as needed
*If you make weight Friday night, start eating 80-90% lean beef and sweet potatoes (two or three meals before bed). Saturday-steak and eggs for breakfast with one or two pancakes. Have two Snickers bars about 40 minutes prior to going onstage.
In addition to Steven’s blueprint, I threw in a couple of other modifications myself the day of weigh in. That morning, I only ate two meals; the remainder of the day I used Ultra 40, Mass Aminos and Lean Out to hold me over until weigh in. Furthermore, I used a couple wresting tactics by wearing trash bags and wrapping my upper and lower extremities in layers of nylon/sweats pants and shirts in order to sweat. Moreover, in my journey to Covington, Kentucky from Indiana, I drove with my windows up and my heat on full blast. I cycled my heat on high and low for 30 minutes at a time for three hours.
The end result, I weighed in as the heaviest middleweight and went on to win my class. (Extreme measures don’t often work, yet I was fortunate).
2003 NGA Heart Of Illinois
The National Gym Association (NGA) hosted this competition. In my first time competing in this organization I won the overall title, medals for Best Legs and Best Routine, and my second Professional Card as a Natural Bodybuilder. My condition was phenomenal due to a few extra weeks on the full Beverly supplement program.
In writing this story I realized that competing in bodybuilding carries over into all aspects of my life. I chose Beverly because I am goal-oriented and driven by results. Now my dreams have become reality.
I would like to thank my parents for being a vital part of my life and bodybuilding endeavors. Also for them impressing upon me to put God first in all that I do, by doing this I know I can’t fail. I want to thank the following individuals for helping me within my journey over the years: Cameron Lymon, Brad Warner, Paul Tincher, Shag Nasseh, Dane King, Jeff Williamson and K. Lyn. I also thank the following sponsors: Ken Briner, Bob Taylor, Gordon Cox, David Abernathy, Mark Thurston, David Segraves (my chiropractor) and Studio 22. In the end, I send a long extended thank you to Steven Wade for his precision, detail to work and patience. Furthermore, thanks to Roger, Sandy and the entire Beverly staff for expanding my knowledge in all aspects of bodybuilding.
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