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What a weekend! The NGA Pro Natural Universe took place this weekend in Coral Springs, FL. This is the most prestigious and biggest Pro Show the NGA does every year, it is a challenge not only to get there, but once there the competition is always top notch. Pro Champions from all over the country flock to Florida for a chance at the title of NGA Pro Natural Universe! At the ripe age of 43 I held my own on this stage and took 5th place (for 2nd straight year) out of 15 Pro's that came to compete. It was a tough test and a grueling day.
When we walked on stage we were up there for 35 minutes before we walked off due to the class being so tough to judge. We went through mandatory poses 7 different times, getting moved around compared to different guys. It was to this day the hardest I have ever worked on stage and after it was over I was exhausted.
The week leading up to stage was my peak week. It started last Monday, with moving my body back into carb load mode. This was after I had already gone 10 days with no more than 10 grams of carbs per day. Monday was 1 carb meal, Tuesday we added in another and kept that through Wednesday. On Thursday we added another carb meal and then on Friday I consumed 500 grams of carbs, about 50 grams at a time every 2 hours. Come Saturday morning I was ready to stand and be judged.
During the last week I spent my time doing volume workouts, trying to force as many carbs into my muscles once they hit my body. Every body part was hit with a workout that consisted of 6 reps, 10 reps,15 reps and then 20 reps. Those reps completed one set, I hit each body part like that with 4 sets and no rest in between the 6,10,15, 20 and then 2 minutes rest at the end. Then I went back to the beginning to do it all over again.
With all the vigorous competition prep, HMB is the one supplement that I rely on more than any other during these times to help feed my body and muscles the way they are supposed to be fed and keep my recovery levels quick so I can push as hard as possible. I can't stress to you enough how important this supplement is, in my book, if you are someone trying to meet any type of fitness goals, this is one supplement that you have to use.
Now it is time for a little rest and healing and then I will be ready to attack 2013 and see if I can't get a couple more Pro Titles!