A New Breed of Beast
- 06-08-2007, 06:51 PM
A New Breed of Beast
Hi, I'm Bill. I've decided to post a log on here to track my progress and keep my motivation high. I'lll post some pics soon.
Right now I am 15 days out from my first contest, the NPC Show Me Naturals, here in St. Louis. I've been training under the brutal, yet effective guidance of Derek Charlebois through my membership with Team Scivation. He has had me on the Cut Diet for the last 14 weeks. I have gone from 9% BF to 4.8% last Sunday, but I still have a lot of work to do until showtime.
Today was arms. I went to Kurt Weidner's website last night, and woke up fired up to crush some weights. Everybody must check it out. Right on the home page you get a huge jolt of focus and intensity.
All rest times 30 seconds
Hammer Strength Preacher Curls
Seated Hammer Curls
V-Bar Press Downs
Over Head Cable Rope Extensions
I tried something different today. Before cardio I took 3 Dialene4 caps, and went and did some mandatory poses. Then I got on the treadmill and did 45 mins at 21-27% incline speed 4.2. Burnt 900 calories and was drenched. The belt on the treadmill was covered and I literally had sweat flowing off of my head by the end of it.
All in all a great day at the gym. While practicing posing I was working on gripping the floor with my feet. I made a huge difference in the appearance of my legs.
- 06-09-2007, 07:50 AM
Here's some pics from thursday night
- 06-09-2007, 08:16 AM
14 Days and Counting
Two weeks form this very minute I will be backstage pumping up for the night show of the NPC Show-Me Naturals. I've got a lot of work to do between now and then, but I will make it so.
Today was delts. My left shoulder was feeling a little weird today, so it was ALL ABOUT FORM.
30 second rest periods
Setaed DB Military Press (no back support)
Seated DB Front Raise (no back support)
Rear Delt Flyes
Took 3 caps Dialene4 and then did a round of mandatory poses. I think I strained my shoulder posing yesterday, becasue I could really feel it doing a rear lat spread. I'm not worried though its more of a nagging thing than a sharp pain. I'll just monitor it for the next 2 weeks, then i can rest it after the show. "Stimulate, don't anihilate."
Then it was time for 15 sprints on the recumbant bike. I warmed up for 5 minutes and then it was on 30 second sprints with 30 second rests. BURNED!!! Which is exactly what I need. These are the most intense things I have ever done, and with my glutes lagging I'm going to have to do more.
13 Days and Counting
Looked like rain so instead of walking my dog as I usually do for Sunday's cardio I went into the gym and did 45 mins on the treadmill 24-27% incline 4-4.2 speed 890 cals burned. Tanned and took Dialene4 before and left a puddle of sweat in the cup holder. My shirt was dripping.
Good to see you posting here Bill. It's almost game day!
Impressive physique. Your going to be shredded by contest. Good Luck.
hey man im doin the show mes too! toobad ill look like **** but hey ill see ya there my name is kenny and im doin the teen division and novice mids.
11 Days and Counting
As I look on my Jamie Eason calendar, I see it's 11 days until SHOWTIME. I'm going to have to post yesterday's and today's workouts here, because I got held up at work for another 10.5 hour shift. I missed my evening cardio and posing, but was busy enough waiting on like 50 different tables in the night to burn some calories anyway and brought enough food to get by.
Monday's chest workout:
DB Incline Press
60x12 35x13 25x10 Drop set
Flat DB Press
50x11 35x10 25x10
The first drop set on inclines really kicked my butt and my left shoulder is still a little strained so I had to back off a bit.
Incline DB Flyes
35x7 My wrist was wobbling and made it hard to controll the weight. Took a bit more rest, but not over a minute
35x11 25x11 15x13 At this point my chest was PUMPED. I did acouple of side chest and hands on hips MM's and was STRIATED.
150 I was short on time as usual on Mondays, thought I was going to finish abs in the evening, but had to fill in at work.
Rest times were between 30 second and a minute. I honestly don't know. I was just charging ahead. This workout gave me a HUGE PUMP. I had just had my refeed the night before, and judging by my appearance after the workout it wasnear perfect..The refeed, not my physique, that's a never ending quest.
Today was Back:
BO BB Row
185x12 155x13 135x10
1 Arm Rows
90x12 60x12 50x10 These killed. The weird, yet good part was they seemed to hit my hams harder than my back. After the drop set, I wasn't just pumped, I was SWOLLEN. It hurt, but felt great. My rear delts were poopping of my shoulders. Finally giving me the appearance I was looking for.
180x10 150x4 130x5 110x6 Like I said, the 1 arm rows killed and showed their effects on this exercise.
Lat Pulldown Close Paralell Grip
130x10 100x11 90x13 From got sloppy on the second aet, so I lightened the load.
90x12 60x13 50x10
Hyperextensions (focus on glutes)
I then took 3 Dialene4 and did 1 round of mandatories. posing was quite difficult at this point. then I got on the treadmill fo 45 minutes at 24% incline 4 speed 870 calories burned. I was pouring with sweat by about ten minutes and it didn't let up.
I'm going back in later to do some posing. Mostly mandatory, with some work on the individual routine.
10 Days and Counting
Alright so Tuesday night was an interesting one. I had a really good session posing. SQUEEZING my legs with everyshot. Then came bed time, or what I thought was going to be bed time. I don't know where it came from, but I had a wicked bout of diahreah. It lasted most of the night and I probably only got about 3 hours of uninterupted sleep.
I still woke up with the alarm and had my morning Xtend/VasoXplode/Glutaform. I was feeling a little weak and still somewhat unsetteld in the gastro-intestinal area, but decided to at least go in and do some abs. Wednesdays are my off days, but I got the OK from Derek to still do cardio and abs. HIIT was definately out of the question. Here's the abs workout.
150 (each direction)
Didn't feel to bad afterwards. I had a bit of a bout right before and during work, but feel much better now. Gotta love chewable Pepto. When I got home from work I was able to take a 2 hour nap. I'm going to do some posing here at home. Still focusing on these wheels which are improving. Then it's REFEED TIME!!!!!! And its going tobe so good. I've already enlisted some help for tomorrow's leg workout so that I can do the drop sets. I used to take her aerobics class, so I know she's sadistic enough to help me crank out 35 squats and lunges.
It's so close now and nothing is going to stop me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!
"You must spread some Reputation around before giving it to BillFinkbiner again."
You're going to dominate out there.
9 Days and Counting
Just got back from my much needed massage especially after what I did today. Went and picked up my almond butter and 5 gallons of spring water for the 1st two days of next week.
Today's leg workout taught me two very important things.
1. I had no Idea what intensity was and have not in the entire 2.5 years I have been training been even close to the level I am capable of and need to train at.
2. All of you people who have a training partner or who hire a trainer to work out with you are smart and lucky people.
I enlisted the help of Sabrina, one of the trainers/aerobics instructors at the gym to help me with my drop sets today. I new from taking ine of her aerobics classes a few times in the past that she was sadistic enough to enjoy it and help push me through it.
Here's the last Cut Diet Leg Day for this prep, but definately not the last I will do
Rest times unknown, but slightly longer than the rest of the WO for safety. I'd guess 2 minutes.
185x10 135x11 115x11 PUMP and BURN. Just begining to understand what focus really is.
The rest of the WO had 30 to 60 sec rest times.
205x11 185x11 155x10
100x10 80x6 60x4 40x3 The isolation movements really kicked my ass during dropsets.
70x10 50x10 40x10 This is where the dry heaves started, but left quickly. This is where I found out what focus was.
180x10 150x1 130x2 80x5 30x10 This is where I found out what CNS failure was. I was shocked that I couldn't move the 150, 0r 130. Then when I still had difficulty with 80 and it took everything I had just to keep 30 pounds in motion. Nothing exixsted except me and that machine. Next time I will WIN.
The good part is that at this point my legs were SWOLLEN to a size I have never seen them before. The size I want them to be when dry unpumped and shredded. At least now I know what that looks like.
Standing Calf Raises
90x12 65x8 45x9
Seated Calf Raises
Now I finally have an Idea of what it take to train. This workout has taught me what need to know.
I just got back from posing practice and cardio. the posing is improving, but there's much work to be done in the next 9 days. I want it to appear effortless and flawless.
I did 45 minutes on the treadmill 24-27% incline speed 4-4.5 927 calories burned. How about that Nate Diaz Next Ultimate Fighter match. Definately good stuff to do cardio to.
While doing cardio i started to feel really good. Something about today's leg workout has unlocked and thrown open a new door for me. I visualized myself being placed in the center of the stage and saw every pose in prejudging.
Now it's time to make it REAL!!!
8 Days and Counting
OK, here's today's workout.
70x12 50x13 40x10
Hammer Strength Preacher Curls
65x12 45x12 25x12
Seated Hammer Curls
30x10 20x12 10x13
190x10 160x7 140x5 120x7
OH Triceps Rope Extension
120x10 100x6 80x13
I have never had a pump in my arms like this before. They were HUGE. It felt great. It kicked my ass, but felt great.
I took 3 Dialene4 and did 45 mins of Treadmill 24% incline 4-4.2 speed 872 calories burned.
After this I went out and picked up my ProTan. I cannot wait. 2 more nights of work left. Then its all about turning around my body clock and posing, posing, posing. With some training and cardio thrown in.
Here's Saturday's workout.
Seated DB Military Press
50x10 35x10 25x15
Seated Font Raise
30x10 15x15 10x10
30x10 20x10 10x13
Rear Delt Flyes
55x10 40x10 30x10
Then I took 3 Dialene4 and did about 10 minutes of posing. Gripping the floor and squeezing the legs that are still sore from Thursday. Then I started questioning whether or not to do my HIIT on the bike. I got my ass on the bike and started to warm up. Still sore, but I decided to see how it went. I thought about my fellow Scivation athletes and the kind of work that they put in day in and day out. So I started my sprints. Yeah it hurt, but I continued on. After about 5 sprints I decided that I had to adopt the motto that they had from Layne, "If you beat me it won't be because you outworked me!" So I kept cranking out the sprints and honestly once I got my mind right they didn't get easier, but something changed and before I knowe it I only had 3 sprints left and finished strong.
So like my 2 brothers, I've added something to my life as well as my sig line. It's the only way to go. I may have realised it a bit late in this prep, but bodybuilding is a marathon sport, and I am just now hitting my stride. I will improve this week, and everyday after.
I can't wait for next Saturday, then its a small rest. Back to the Lean Mass Program for a month, and then Cut Diet again so that I can improve and join Marc, and Va, down at the Clash to do some serious representin'
6 Days and Counting
Oh the anticipation is THICK!
First this week's stats, and the today's workout. Stats are of course just numbers the real test comes in six days. But the stats have been useful for tweaking diet and cardio.
Last week's weight: 176.5
This week 175.5
Last week's BF 4.8
This week 4.4
Today is ususally an off day for me, btu since it's 6 days out it was time to hit it hard.
Incline DB Press
60x14 35x12 25x6
60x7.5 35x11.5 25x12.5
Seated DB Military Press (no back support)
50x8 30x11.5 20x10
50x7 30x10 20x9
30x13 20x10 10x7
30x12 20x10 10x8
Vbar Triceps Pressdown
190x11 150x9 120x10
190x9 150x5 120x6 100x7
450x18 405x13 It has been forever since I've done a traditional leg press, so these really hit me nice and hard. I was able to keep my back flat onto the seat which was great. The reason that I usually do them single legged is because my back used to round terribly.
Seated Calf Raises
Then it was the now Standard 3 Dialene4's and a round of mandatory posing. After that was incline treadmil 45 minutes 24% incline speed 4 calories burned 870.
150x13 120x13 110x6
150x13 120x9 110x13
180x9 150x9 135x12
180x10 150x9 135x11
90x13 60x13 50x7
90x12 60x12 50x10
100x12 80x12 60x6
110x10 80x8 60x13
70x12 50x12 40x8
10x12 50x12 40x6
Standing Calf Raise
90x11 70x10 45x10
90x11 70x9 45x10
I kept the pace high today. Short rests and continual motion. At this point I was wiped. Took my Dialene4 and posed. then did 45 minute on the treadmill. My legs were dead, but still did the whole time at varing speeds and inclines everywhere from 0-18% speeds from 3.5-4. Burned over 600 calories.
Drinking 3 gallons of water on Sunday was a challenge. I weighed my self midway towards the end of the day, and with all of the water and sodium I had gained 10 pounds. But this morining was looking pretty tight. Didn't get to put on my first coat of ProTan today, but no worries, hopefully tomorrow.
Hi Bill its nice to see you over here as well. Good luck in your show.
4 Days Until Showtime
I'm Tanned. At this point my tan looks about as dark as Hulk Hogan's, so I figure I'm about 3 coats away from being dark enough. I'm eating my refeed as I type this, and then its off to bed to wake up and hit it HARD tomorrow for my last workout before the SHOW!!!
Here's Tuesday's workout
Incline DB Press
60x12 35x10 25x15
60x8 35x10 25x15
DB Military Press
45x8 35x9 20x12
45x8 35x7 20x11
30x10 20x10 10x10
30x8 20x10 10x12
VBAR Triceps Press Down
190x10 150x7 120x12
190x4 150x4 120x6 90x7 70x12
Seated Calf Raises
I kept the pace much higher than when I did this workout on Sunday. It hurt, but felt great to just dig in and PUSH. Took my D4, did my mandatories, and then 35 mins of treadmill at 21% incline speed 4-4.2, 620 calories burned. I did another couple of rounds of posing later this evening with some work on my routine. The routine is only 60 seconds and goes by in a flash. When I hit it right it flows very well, but my main focus is the MANDATORIES. That's where it counts.
I cannot wait until tomorrow at 6pm. I can stop loading sodium and start shedding all this water.
Dont forget to post us some show pictures!
Here's a pic from this morning before half the ProTan came off in the shower. I'm still a little bloated from all of the water and sodium, but tonight I stop the sodium so I'll shed and absorb all this water in the right way. Full and Vascular for SHOWTIME!!!
3 Days is more than just one of the greatest songs of all time by Jane's Addiction, it's all the time I have to wait to get on stage and get this going ON!!!
Today was my last session with weights, and I made it as though it would be my last workout ever. HIT IT HARD AND QUICK. I felt every bit of every rep.
Close Parallel Grip Lat Pulldown
150x12 120x15 110x8
160x10 130x7 120x11
Close Grip Low Row
180x10 150x8 135x10
180x11 150x9 135x12
90x12 60x12 50x13
90x11 60x11 50x13
100x14 80x11 60x9
100x13 80x7 60x15
100x14 80x6 45x8
100x10 70x8 45x7
Then it was D4 time and some posing. Was already sweating big time. My shirt had some nice light ProTan stains developing. Then it was 35 mins at 21% incline speed 4-5 630 calories burned.
I am so happy to be done salting my food. I was starting to get slightly weirded out by the water retention. But it is already dissapating.
I went back to the gym to pose tonight with my boy Nathan. Nathan will be doing his first show Saturday as well. He has made amazing progress. One year ago he weighed 300 pounds. He should be competing at around 205. Next year when his skin has tightened up he will be a monster.
While posing I noticed something that made me happy; Slight lines forming on my upper glutes. There's still an outside chance of Striations. I'm going to keep squeezing and dropping this water.
Tomorrow is just 25 minutes of cardio and POSE, POSE,POSE. Then some ProTan on top.
Here's a few shots from this morning. Things are tightening up!!!
I did it. My goal was to win the Novice overall, and I did. I also finished fourth in a tough open middleweight class. I have no problem taking fourth in that class. The top three were phenomenal.
I have to thank Beast for all of his work and patience with me during this prep, Marc for being an inspiration in all aspects of life and sport, My fellow Team Scivation athletes Shawn and Ben, for motivating me top go to places I didn't know I had.
Now it's time to prep for the Clash on Oct. 20. I know where I can improve on how I executed Beast's plan for my last prep, and will bring a drasticaly improved physique to the stage on Oct. 20. This time I will be SHREDDED.
congrats on taking 1st place in overall Novice class. Great Job
By the way, I get a page not found in photobucket when clicking on the links you posted.
Now onto today, and it was right back at it. I had jury duty this morning, luckily I was not chosen, I don't think they would have liked me breaking out my tupperwares every couple of hours.
Since I was trapped downtown for lunch I caved in and had some more sushi. Not a lot of sushi though, and made sure that the rolls contained avacado to help buffer the rice.
I just threw together a chest workout for today. Something to kind of deload, and let me do some movements I haven't done for 6 months.
Incline BB Press
135x12 warm up
165x5 Needless to say I was pretty weak, but form was perfect. I felt every inch of each rep.
Flat BB Press I did a quick strength test and the returned to reps
135x12 warm up
185x5 warm up
225x1 Good thing as Bob Chick says, there's no bench press round onstage
Low Cable Cross
50x10 At this point my pecs were at least twice the size they were on saturday. VasoXplode rocks!!!
High Cable Cross
70x12 This was my ego lift. My chest was FULL and straiated. I allowed me to see the potential tha t I can fufill.
Great workout. Felt good, rest periods were longer than usual for compounds, but still short for the cable work. I'm so ready to do this 4 week LEAN MASS program, and then SHRED. I know how I can improve on the wy I followed the plan Derek, and the Cut Diet laid out for me.
Took my Dialene4, waited about 10 minutes, and then did 20 mins at 24% incline, speed 4, burned about 400 calories.
Now on another note, I found out tonight, as many of his fans did that Chis Benoit passed away today. I am shocked and saddened. He was an amazing performer and athlete. His physique was always in impecible form. One of the things that lead me to bodybuilding was the physiques of my favorite pro wrestlers.
May God Bless you Chris Benoit, and may you rest in peace.
Here's a pic Ben took while I was onstage
Today was a great day. I love working back and since I was just throwing together a workout I decided to do some moves I haven't done since before my prep.
135x10 warm up
245x12 These felt phenomenal. It was great to scrape my shins with the bar again. I decided to play it safe since it's been 4 months since I've deadlifted so I didn't go heavy. I warmed into them very well, and just like yesterday my form was impecable.
Wide Grip Low Row overhand grip
165x12 I could really feel these in my lower lats. My gym has one of those great old school bars that allows you to bring your hands all the way to your sides for that extra contraction.
Close Parallel Grip Pullups
8 I wasn't very strong on these, but they felt great on my outer lats.
Wide Grip Pullups
6 Again, not too strong, but perfect form. Extreme squeeze in the middle back. I've never felt the movement like I did today.
315x8 Again not too strong, and after doing them I know I prefer using DB's. I like seated DB shrugs best, because of the stretch.
40 I did these with my hands on my glute/ham tie ins to really focus there. Great feel to the movement and now I know where the striations will be after the next Cut.
Then it was D4 waited about 10 minutes for it to digest a bit followed by 20 mins treadmill 24% incline speed 4 burned somewhere around 400 Calories and SWEAT.
I'm going tobe backing off on the Dialene. I'll go down to one dose a day while on the mass program. I am also taking some time off from Anagen and Fenotest. This way when I go back to them again the results will be killer. I will also be dropping the CLA until I begin my Clash prep. I'm still doing the Sesamin. I want to get bigger, not fatter.
The main thing that I've noticed in the last two days is my mind muscle connection is at an all time high. I feel every bit of every movement. I'm guessing it's a by product of all the posing leading into the competition, as well as the extended amout of posing I did on Saturday. However it came about I love it. It has really improved my form.
Well hows your training after the show going?? You cant leave us all in suspense. What are you doing differently now that its over?
Derek, will have my new program for me before Monday. We decided that the major emphasis will be on building up my legs. Then the secondary will be adding some size to my delts. Then about 12 weeks out from the Clash I will be back on the Cut Diet. I've heard of people making great gains post contest, so I'd like to add 5 pounds of lean mass without my BF% going above 6.5.
This week I am just not measuring my foods, but still eating a Cut Diet style menu. I just am giving myself more variety ie., shrimp, salmon, and whole eggs. Tonight I'm going to do a carb refeed, but this weekend it will be a cheat meal.
A cheat meal...no ...the guilt, lol so what are you having? something good? I to am working on building my legs. Squats deadlifts and all that fun stuff. I also want to build back and bi's. I cant wait to see your progress on legs. I've always found legs to be hot on a man.
Speaking of legs this is what I threw together today. I have to admit that I took it pretty easy today, but I still put in some work.
95x10 warm up
145x6 Bar was slipping
145x7 These felt good. I haven't done any for 4 months, so I did not push things. I definatley felt them though.
70x20 steps These hit the glute ham tie ins pretty good. Was going to do more, but as I've said this is my week off and I BS'd with some people too much, and ran out of time. Had to make my massage appointmnet.
I've been looking at pics from the contest, and I know that what separated me from 4th and 3rd place was my legs.
Today was arms and I really didn't know what I wanted to do until I got down to it. And this is what I came up with.
Supported Forward Lean DB Curls
20x10 warm up
25x10 warm up
1 Arm Hammer Strength Preacher Curls
Reverse EZ Bar Curls
45x10 warm up
CG Bench Press
Reverse Grip Tri Cable Ext.
1 Arm OH Tri Ext.
DB Wrist Curls
DB Reverse Wrist Curls
Then it was 20 mins on the treadmill started at 24% incline and decreased it every 5 mins. Speed 4 burned about 380 calories.
This has certainly been a good deload/reload week. There has been one thing though. Earlier this week I had some weird pressure in my lower abdominal/groin area. I've been monitoring it all week. Hopefully its just an upper groin strain. I'm going to bet it checked out as soon as I can get an appointment. There's no pain, but I know something is weird in that area. Obviously it hasn't stopped me from training. And as the week has gone by it has felt better. I'm just going to keep training smart.
Good news!!! I didn't hold back at all today and had minimal discomfort in my upper groin lower abdominal area. This doesn't mesn that I'm going to go crazy and try and max out on sqauts or deads, but I'm going to monitor it and push a bit harder come Monday's workout. I should have my new routine form Derek by then, and I'm ready to ROCK. I managed to stay pretty lean this week without being super concious of my portions. I eat pretty clean year round, so it shouldn't be a problem to get even more shredded of the clash.
85x10 warm up
115x8 warm up
Seated DB Front Raise
Wide DB Upright Row
Lying Cross Body Laterals
Hammer Strength Behind Neck Press
EZ Bar Upright Row
Leg Press Calf Extensions
I hit some poses at the ned of everything and things are still ooking good. I think my legs are almost more separated than last week. I've slowly added carbs back into my first 2 meals of the day, then its back to Cut Diet stlye menu for the rest of the day. Basically I've adde a 1/2 cup of oatmeal with 2 tablespoons of rasins, and about 2.5 tablespoons of Natty PB. Who need candy when you can eat this. Then I eat a small grapefruit with my second meal.
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