I’ve always been proud to tell people that I’m self-coached. Two elite powerlifting totals and a natural bodybuilding pro card felt like even greater accomplishments when I could add that little tidbit on the end. I did it, all by myself. The traiing, the nutrition, the accountability- those victories were mine, just mine.
What an arrogant asshole. … Read More Giving Up Control
Preface This was admittedly one of the most difficult posts I’ve written to date. Much of it was written in my hotel room outside of Boston, two days prior to taking the stage for my pro figure debut, as I reflected on the preceding 22 weeks of contest prep. While some it may seem to… Read More Pro Show Shenanigans
If you follow me on Instagram, Snap Chat, or Facebook, you already know that I recently returned from an absolutely mind-blowing two week vacation in Thailand. I tried durian ice cream… and really liked it! Made friends with an Asian elephant named Saxad outside if Chiang Mai… Took a Thai cooking class with… Read More Thai-et Breaks. Ok I’m Sorry For That One. This is About Diet Breaks.
Heading into my third consecutive bodybuilding season, and my third season coaching myself through the process, I found myself reflecting a bit on what it is I’ve learned. From the very beginning, from the day I registered for my first show, I’ve used this space to keep track of, make sense of, and share my… Read More How to be an Unsuccessful Athlete
Remember last year, after my first figure competition, when I started powerlifting and made it my mission to remain as lean as possible through the offseason? I do. This year, I chose to do things a little bit differently. After spending hours and hours and HOURS of my time reading and listening to… Read More A Different Approach to the Offseason
It’s only a few days until Christmas, which means you’re already a handful of potluck lunches and holiday dinners in, if your calendar looks anything like mine this year. On top of the normal social gatherings that revolve around food this time of year, the teachers at my school host a week-long culinary orgy in… Read More Surviving Potluck Season
At the beginning of this year, I set two goals for myself and my body: Get my WNBF pro card… check Get my elite total for powerlifting And I was quickly running out of days in 2016. My home powerlifting gym, Deadweight Strength, hosted this meet, so obviously it was the perfect choice. I’ll… Read More Meet Report: Deadweight Strength Open
I realized that I haven’t spoken about my own journey in quite some time. I started this blog as a way to tell people what I’m doing when it comes to my sports, what I’m trying, what works, and what doesn’t, and I’ve gotten a bit away from that. So long, in fact, that I completed… Read More Programming Discussion: PH3 trainer
I told you I wasn’t done. As though a little mix up could hold me back, pft, not a damn chance. After Zack and I discussed my future as a bodybuilder, I came home and immediately registered for an INBF pro qualifier show in Sacramento. I booked my flights, and before the end of the… Read More Arrive an Amateur, but Leave a Pro
After 7 weeks of hard, focused powerlifting training, 9 sessions of coaching with Derek and Jim at Deadweight Strength, and hundreds of carbs, yesterday was the day: the South Bay Open, my second powerlifting meet, exactly three months after my first. My first meet, I was a bundle of nervous energy all day, running… Read More Powerlifting Meet Recap: South Bay Open