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    Matt's MST-Sponsored Contest Prep


    I figured I'd better jump on the bandwagon and post a little introduction like many of the other MST sponsored athletes before I am left out in the dust.

    My name is Matt, I am 21 years old, and am currently dieting for 3 (possibly 4) shows coming up this Summer.

    Right now I am 2.5 weeks out from the Executive Productions Michigan Challenge of Grand Rapids Bodybuilding Competition. I will also be competing in two shows (May 31 and June 7) in Indiana, putting me at 4.5 and 5.5 weeks out for both of those.

    I have done one previous show (2006 OCB Lake Cities Natural) and placed 1st in the teen division and 2nd in novice.

    Right now I am sitting near 191 +/-2lbs at 6' tall, which is ~5 lbs heavier than I was for my first competition. I am also noticeably leaner as well at this point from showtime (another plus).


    If it is alright with everyone, I figure I'll keep a small log here of the remainder of my prep. Knowing that I will be posting info on here will only make me push myself that much harder to come in at my absolute best, as I definitely do not want to disappoint.

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    Allota Matts supporting MST. What's up with that huh? Definitely, post everything up and we will try to help ya!
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    Tuesday, April 29

    Tuesday's Macros
    Calories: 2369
    Protein: 298g
    Carbs: 179g
    Fat: 50g

    Cardio
    Posing

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    Today's Macros
    Calories: 2112
    Protein: 298g
    Carbs: 124g
    Fat: 50g

    Cardio
    45min @ 3.0mph, 8.0% incline (low-impact)

    Training
    Rest Day



    Not bad today with the exception of my legs still being sore from Monday's leg workout.

    Recently found out that I have been accepted to Ferris State University's pharmacy school, so that was definitely news well-received.
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    Hey Matt! Nice to see you in here my friend. I think you are going to great in these upcoming shows.

    Congrats on the acceptance to Ferris State! That's exciting.
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    best of luck, brotha! awesome job getting accepted to Pharmacy school. that was something i originally wanted to do as well.
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    Welcome to our team and congrats on your acceptance to school. If I could go back 6 years I might take that same route that you're taking now. Good luck with it all.

    I'm sure you'll do great at the shows. Looking forward to following this log!
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    Thursday's Macros
    Calories: 2841
    Protein: 276g
    Carbs: 322g
    Fat: 53g

    Cardio
    20 minutes @ 3.5mph, 10.0% incline

    Training
    Back/Shoulders


    Today was my first actual day of Summer work since school has ended. By the end of my 8hr. shift of being on my feet all day long my legs were killing me.


    Question for the gurus in regards to how I could go about dosing my soon-to-arrive Shred-XS/Shred-XS HC stack.

    I was thinking of either doing the following:

    Preworkout: 2 Shred XS HC
    Later in the Day: 2 Shred XS

    or

    Preworkout 1 Shred XS/1 S XS HC
    Later: Same as preworkout


    Anyone try either of those combinations? Did you find you liked one over the other--especially in terms of fat loss?
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    Quote Originally Posted by MB28 View Post
    Thursday's Macros
    Calories: 2841
    Protein: 276g
    Carbs: 322g
    Fat: 53g

    Cardio
    20 minutes @ 3.5mph, 10.0% incline

    Training
    Back/Shoulders


    Today was my first actual day of Summer work since school has ended. By the end of my 8hr. shift of being on my feet all day long my legs were killing me.


    Question for the gurus in regards to how I could go about dosing my soon-to-arrive Shred-XS/Shred-XS HC stack.

    I was thinking of either doing the following:

    Preworkout: 2 Shred XS HC
    Later in the Day: 2 Shred XS

    or

    Preworkout 1 Shred XS/1 S XS HC
    Later: Same as preworkout


    Anyone try either of those combinations? Did you find you liked one over the other--especially in terms of fat loss?

    I actually prefer option A

    Preworkout: 2 Shred XS HC
    Later in the Day: 2 Shred XS

    Especially if you are combining it with Cordygen5 or Cordygen-VO2 to make your cardio more effective fat burning wise.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Millennium 1 View Post
    I actually prefer option A

    Preworkout: 2 Shred XS HC
    Later in the Day: 2 Shred XS

    Especially if you are combining it with Cordygen5 or Cordygen-VO2 to make your cardio more effective fat burning wise.
    That's the option I was leaning towards. I will have to give that a shot, especially w/ the added C5 or CVO2


    Today's Macros
    Calories: 2369
    Protein: 298g
    Carbs: 179g
    Fat: 50g

    Cardio
    Posing

    Training
    Legs



    Ordered my tanning supplies for the upcoming competitions.

    "2, 4, and 5 weeks out"
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    12 Days Out

    Calories: 2741
    Protein: 274g
    Carbs: 301g
    Fat: 53g

    Cardio
    30 minutes low-intensity
    Posing

    Training
    Chest/Arms



    Didn't have much time to update as of late. Been picking up a few extra shifts at work in an attempt to make some extra money to help pay for school.

    Sadly, today will be my last high(er) carb day until peak week.

    Got my Shred-XS Hardcore along with a few other MST samples and cannot wait to try it out tomorrow.
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    Good luck with your show!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by CTDeuce View Post
    He doesn't need luck...he's an MST athlete

    LOL thats why I wished him luck
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    Quote Originally Posted by crader View Post
    LOL thats why I wished him luck
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    11 Days Out

    Calories: 2369
    Protein: 298g
    Carbs: 179g
    Fat: 50g

    Cardio
    20 minutes low-intensity
    Posing

    Training
    Back/Shoulders
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    Best of luck with the show! Looks like you've got your macros dialed in perfectly!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Force of Green View Post
    Best of luck with the show! Looks like you've got your macros dialed in perfectly!

    Thanks a bunch for the support! I swear, the days are going by slower and slower as the contest approaches. I'm almost happy to be working tomorrow to help make the day go by faster.
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    10 Days Out

    (Macros very similar to yesterday)

    Cardio
    25 minutes, low-intensity
    Posing

    Training
    Legs


    This was probably the hardest workout to date. Believe it or not, I am still making some strength gains even this far into contest-prep (I've been dieting since Dec. 26). I won't lie, my energy sucked, I'm starting to feel like ass more often, but I am happy with how I have managed to maintain most, if not all, of my strength. I have found it more difficult, however, to stabilize dumbells for things such as dumbell presses, but I attribute this to being at a low body fat and not so much strength--possibly due to losing fat surrounding my joints?

    Anyways, got a call from a Walgreen's pharmacy supervisor about setting up an interview, hopefully for Friday, for an intership this Summer.

    Hopefully all goes well, as I am very excited for this opportunity.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MB28 View Post
    Thanks a bunch for the support! I swear, the days are going by slower and slower as the contest approaches. I'm almost happy to be working tomorrow to help make the day go by faster.
    Hahaha... whenever time seems to slow down, I just drink more water so I have to get up and go to the bathroom to kill time.

    It's one thing to bare down and really kick it into high gear to get in shape for yourself, etc... But it's gotta be a whole other level when getting in shape for a contest!
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    [QUOTE=Force of Green;1344458]Hahaha... whenever time seems to slow down, I just drink more water so I have to get up and go to the bathroom to kill time.

    It's one thing to bare down and really kick it into high gear to get in shape for yourself, etc... But it's gotta be a whole other level when getting in shape for a contest![/QUOTE]

    I've never had this kind of stress on me, but I don't think i'd want it either. Good luck with your show and great drive to stay in such a locked in mode!
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    9 Days Out (From Thursday)

    Calories: 2264
    Protein: 304
    Carbs: 151
    Fat: 52

    Cardio
    45 minutes, low-intensity
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    Quote Originally Posted by MB28 View Post
    9 Days Out (From Thursday)

    Calories: 2264
    Protein: 304
    Carbs: 151
    Fat: 52

    Cardio
    45 minutes, low-intensity
    Posing

    Everything is looking great. I'm impressed that you are still making strength gains. I think you are a mutant

    Congrats on the pending internship!
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    8 Days Out

    Calories: 2369
    Protein: 298g
    Carbs: 179g
    Fat: 50g

    Cardio:
    Posing

    Training:
    Chest/Arms (+extra)




    7 Days Out

    Calories: 2385
    Protein: 308g
    Carbs: 177g
    Fat: 50g
    Sodium: 4065mg

    Cardio
    18-minutes, HIIT
    15-minutes, Low-intensity



    If I get some time tomorrow I will post my peak week plan and subject it to any critiques any of you might have to offer. I will for sure have it posted on Monday.

    It it Tulip Time here in Holland, MI and low-and-behold the Tulip Time parade was just finishing up as I was leaving work. Traffic was so backed up with tourists and parade-goers heading home that it took me 35 minutes to drive a total of 3 and a half blocks to get to the gym after work.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CTDeuce View Post
    Tulip parade? That sounds outrageous!

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tulip_Time !
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    Busy, busy, busy. Just finished my 7th day in a row of work. Tomorrow = off, finally!

    6 Days Out
    Calories: 2233
    Protein: 303g
    Carbs: 150g
    Fat: 49g
    Sodium: 3983mg

    Cardio
    45 minutes, Low-intensity
    Posing




    5 Days Out
    Calories: 2698
    Protein: 273g
    Carbs: 304g
    Fat: 50g
    Sodium: 3524mg

    Cardio
    30 minutes, Low-intensity
    Posing

    Training
    Legs/Calves depletion workout
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    4 Days Out
    Calories: 2528
    Protein: 275g
    Carbs: 259g
    Fat: 48g
    Sodium: 3492mg

    Cardio
    30 minutes, Low-intensity
    Posing

    Training
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    You must really be looking forward to it with it being this close. Good luck!

    My first (official) match of the season is this sunday...so i'm amped for that.
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    Oh boy... as the days wind down your anxiety must be kickin up. Are you needing to take a sleep aid?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Force of Green View Post
    Oh boy... as the days wind down your anxiety must be kickin up. Are you needing to take a sleep aid?

    Sleep aid, hardly, lol. I am super-pumped about this weekend, however I am so tired by the end of the day I literally feel like passing out just walking up the stairs of the house.

    Needless to say, once my head hits the pillow I am out in minutes.
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    3 Days Out

    Calories: 2386
    Protein: 289g
    Carbs: 215g
    Fat:46g
    Sodium: 3168mg

    Cardio
    30 inutes, Low-intensity
    Posing + Posing routine

    Training
    Chest/Shoulders/Triceps depletion workout


    2 Days Out (Today!!!!)

    Calories: 2301
    Protein: 293g
    Carbs: 175g
    Fat: 46g
    Sodium: 2860mg

    Cardio
    20 minutes, Low-intensity
    Posing + Posing routine

    Training
    30 minutes light circuit (whole body)


    IT'S GAME TIME BABY!
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    Good Luck Matt! Kick some butt brother!
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    Good luck , cant wait to see pics and hear how you did!
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    Thanks for all of the support everyone!

    1 Day Out

    As far as eats go, I had 30g of carbs at breakfast and will begin my carbup at 5:30, eating ~10-20g Pro and ~30-40g CHO every two hours up until bedtime (I will probably get 4-5 of these meals in).


    I'll be heading over to Grand Valley to meet up with a couple of my buddies and will be staying in their apartment over night and heading to the contest venue with them Saturday morning.

    This will most likely be my last post until either Saturday night or Sunday afternoon.

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    Results:

    I ended up placing 2nd in the Open Men's Tall class. There was some tough competition that showed up. The winner of my class was a late-30's early 40-'s year old. Personally, I think I may have been slightly leaner than he was, but he definitely had more mass overall and surely more muscle maturity. I'd happy with the 2nd place finish, edging out some of the other competitors that I placed higher against in my class.

    The overall winner had an amazing physique. He's a member of the Chicago Police Department and was just built like a rock. Being only 27 years old, seeing him has giving me a goal of what type of physique I hope to achieve in the next 5-6 years.


    And finally... everyone together now, "second verse, same as the first..."

    I will now be continuing my prep for the upcoming show on May 31. Sunday I did 45 minutes of cardio while eating roughly 300g protein, 125g CHO, and 50g fat. Today it will be back to hitting the weights.
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    Congrats on the 2nd place finish!! Did you get pics from the show?
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    Good Job Brother! I'm sure there were a lot of people there and the competition was tight...silver is certainly never anything to be ashamed of. Congratulations!
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