After a year of wheel spinning in no productive direction, I finally feel like my training and diet are on point enough to begin putting together another contest prep for next year. I’ll compete in the men’s open intermediates with the goal of winning the overall title this time. I’m also game enough to compete in some of the non-tested federations’ weight class divisions to see how I’ll fare.
Training wise I’m currently in an accumulation phase running the Hypertrophy Specific (HST) program which I’ll be reviewing in a couple of weeks. With this program I’ve been training twice a day, six days a week to capitalise on the strength gains I made with Candito’s program and give every body part a thorough thrashing. I’ll then transition into a 6 week intensification phase to move my strength up even further test running Christian Thibaudeau’s Strength Circuits.
Because of my recent intensive, twice a day training I’ve had to go back to a more frequent feeding schedule eating 4-5 times a day. I thought it would be a neat idea to really shock the body with a two week burst of calories in the form of the 12 Labors Diet Dwayne Johnson (The Rock) used to beef up for his Hercules role. It’s definitely been “interesting” switching from 2 meals a day to 8-9 and I’ll write up the details soon in a future post.
I’ve been reading a few different books on Performance Enhancing Drugs in a variety of sports as well as a bunch of different reads about the Classic-Golden Era of bodybuilding. I’ll review them all once done.
I’ve also been interested in the power of the mind and psychology in bodybuilding, so I’ve been experimenting with a few meditation and self hypnosis techniques that are also worth a future post.
In other news, I received my first ever, Gay for Pay offer last week which I politely declined despite the generous cash offer….maybe it’s the beard; I don’t know….
I might very well be leaving Thailand’s sunny shores for newer pastures with the government’s latest Visa crackdown. I’m glad I packed light….
Met this massive European Amateur training at the gym today. Dude was a HULK and caused quite a stir walking down the busy Pattaya streets after his training session. Pity I can’t remember his name…if you know, please pass it on in comments! Cheers.