155 is the top weight for lightweights in the NPC, not 165.Originally Posted by matthams
Weight classes are:
WEIGHT GROUPS: Menís Open
(National Qualifier only)
Bantamweight: < 143.25
Lightweight: 143.25 to<154.25
Middleweight: 154.25 to<176.25
Light heavyweight: 176.25 to<198.50 Heavyweight: 198.50 to<225.25
Super Heavyweight: >225.25
Menís Open and Novice
Lightweight: < 165.25
These were taken from the rule sheet on metroflexgym.com.
I assume I'd be in the Menís Open and Novice categoy... right?
Haha, no it was very real.... but it was a school show, so it was semi-real hahaOriginally Posted by bigpetefox
Go for the National Qualifier. You'll have better comeptition. It takes a lot to enter a National Qualifier; it's more nerve wracking because you know deep down "this is bigtime."
At the same time, whether you place or not, IMO it's more rewarding for the very same reason.
Go for it, the more times on stage the better you will feel about your stage appearance
As much as I'd like to enter a national qualifier, I don't want to be embarrassed up there. And I don't know if its just me and my critical eye I have for myself, but I don't think I have the overall muscle development to compete at that level yet.Originally Posted by Nullifidian
Based on the pictures I posted, truthfully what do you think?
At this point I think my best bet would be to do the novice show as a lightweight. I got down to 169 at my lowest during my carb depletion this time.. so I definitely could weigh in at 165 then carb load and be on stage at around 172-173.
what you guys think?
I think it would provide the fuel you need to take your training to the next level. what could be more motivating to stay the anabolic course. I think you would place well and mature infinitely.
hey bro just enter it and be proud you are on stage
Matt i say go for it. you look very good regardless if you place or not. Got nothing to lose bro
Definitely enter the national qualifier.
First off, it will light a fire under your ass like you've never experienced. You know it's going to be tough competition, so you can't let up for a second. That knowledge is just what you need to motivate you.
Second, just having the balls to step on that stage in a contest like that makes you a winner moreso than 99% of the pop. Think of the high you'll feel when you step off after pre-judging knowing you just gave it your all in a national qualifier; a top level amateur bodybuilding event. You competed with the best.
I can tell you from experience in my contest just over a week ago, it's a high like no other. When the night show was over, I was on the verge of tears of joy. Best feeling of my life.
Just think to yourself that on stage, you look better then 99.9976% of americans.Originally Posted by matthams
You guys are very motivating! I've decided I'm definitely gonna do it.
I have question though. forgive me as I'm not too familiar with NPC rules... can I enter the novice AND the open? Some one at bb.com said to enter both... if I can I'll definately go that route...
Yes you can cross-over. You pay double the entry fee usually, but nonetheless can enter 2 classes.Originally Posted by matthams
I entered the Novice and Open in my contest as well. I got creamed in the Open, but it was a great experience. Plus, I think I posed much better in the Open. I personally believe my posing in the Open allowed me to get 5th in the Novice; my posing in the Novice wasn't anywhere near as good.
oh well then awesome!!! thats what I'm gonna do for sure!
Dude, you were so shredded onstage, that looks like pro-level conditioning. Your upper body at least, the shots of your legs don't make the details extremely visible, but no matter: you have what it takes, big time.
From the onstage shots, it looks like the judges had it fairly easy. One question for you: when you saw the other guys, did you know you were better than them or what? How did you feel about your possible placing? What was going on in your mind?
Congratulations on a thoroughly deserved win.
Just be prepared to hit the stage twice during pre-judging.
Pre-judging is an exhausting experience I'm sure you already know. In a national qualifier, your posing is all that much more important so it's all that much more exhausting. You can't relax for so much as a split second. The judges most definitely DO look at everyone at all times. In the Open, I caught them looking at me while I was standing off to the side several times. I had to maintain a fully flexed front relaxed pose for about 10 minutes straight in the Open. When I stepped off stage I just about collapsed as did almost every other competitor. They had all kinds of emergency medical supplies standing by and EMTs and stuff right there just in case. One guy was so exhausted they offered him oxygen.
Fist off, thanks for the compliments!Originally Posted by Grunt76
When I saw the other guys in the pump up room, I was pretty confident. I knew my conditioning was right on so I was ok with that. I had the best overall shape too. And on top of that I knew my legs, even though not the greatest, were better than all the others. I knew it was gonna come down to me and the second place guy. He was bigger than me up top, but had no legs at all. So overall I was pretty confident I would at least take second, but I had a feeling i'd place first...