I've been getting a lot of emails asking me to keep a blog leading into the USA's that will give people a better feel of the process that I personally go through leading into shows. After thinking about it I decided to give it a go so if you are interested in following along be sure to check back regularly because I will be posting at least four times per week and will be answering questions daily.
At the moment I am 23 weeks and three days out from the 2013 USA's in Las Vegas. It has been 2 1/2 years since I made a pretty good splash at the 2010 NPC Jr Nats and USA's and since then I have had two shows and neither have panned out well for me. This year obviously i am looking to change all of that and within this thread I will share as much of the journey as I can as well as who I have on my "team" making the decisions on my training, diet, cardio, and supplementation.
As it will be until I retire I have "The Technician" Chris Aceto controlling all decisions on diet, cardio, and supplements. Prior to this year I have always been working with Dante Trudel on my training and although I love his programs, all he has done for me, and still look to him for advice on the regular (not to mention he is a personal friend) I have decided for the first time ever to hire a trainer who will literally be writing all of my workouts and even training me a few times a month between now and the USA's. After sitting down with a lot of awesome trainers I felt the best connection and shared my vision best with Chris Cormier. I hired him about two weeks ago and will be discussing my training with him often and visiting him in Venice at least 1-2 times a month for both training and posing between now and the USA's. Hiring Cormier has already proven to be a great decision and I have great faith that hi gives me the best odds of bringing up my lacking bodyparts, bringing down my waistline, and learning how to better present myself on stage.
I look forward to sharing my journey with you here and hope that you will ask questions and make comments along the way.