Just giving a very brief update here, not a full “season in review.” I turned pro about 3 weeks ago, and I decided that I wanted to go ahead and make my pro debut immediately. I figured it would be fun to hop on stage since I was still in shape, and I felt it’d be a great learning experience that might dish me a well-deserved dose of humility and highlight what I need to work on moving forward. I was correct across the board.
To make things easy, I’ll split this into 3 sections: My placement, Positives, and Areas for Improvement.
As the picture indicates, I took 3rd place. But before you get too excited, there were only 3 pros in the bodybuilding division, so 3rd place = last place. I’ll need to see stage pictures to verify, but I’m fairly certain that I was the leanest competitor in the class, and I was very pleased with my conditioning. Unfortunately the two other competitors were seasoned veterans with a TON of muscle. My leanness simply was not enough to make up for the difference in muscularity, and I wholeheartedly agree with how the judges placed us.
So, cliff notes: 3rd place out of 3, probably the best conditioning, not enough muscle. I had three weeks to prepare for the jump to the pro level, so there wasn’t much I could do in terms of gaining size. As a result, I’m pretty happy with my look and my ability to maintain the conditioning I achieved in my first show a few weeks ago.
- I’m pretty sure I had the best conditioning in my class
- I didn’t win, but I certainly didn’t feel out of place on the pro stage
- I had a ton of fun
- Standing up on the pro stage really helped highlight my weaknesses, which is always both humbling and informative
- I learned a lot about my strengths, my weaknesses, some different peak week strategies, and approaches to maintaining shape for multiple weeks between shows (including the additional curveball of traveling for a conference in-between shows). As a result, this ended up being an extremely valuable and educational experience
Areas for Improvement
- My posing has been good enough to slide by at the amateur level, but it needs to get better
- I need to add a whole bunch of muscle
- I look way better from the front and the side than I do from the back. Part of this can be alleviated by posing improvements, but most of it is going to require some deadlift therapy
In conclusion, I had a great time and learned a lot. I have a ton of work to do, but this show brought a very comfortable mix of positives and areas for improvement. My season is now over, and I walk away happy about the look I achieved and the goals I reached, and motivated to work on my weaknesses and hit the pro stage with a drastically improved physique in the future.
I want to extend some serious gratitude to Alfonso Gillon and Kent Bierly. This was the perfect show for my pro debut- competitive, well-run, and tremendously fun. I highly recommend this show, and the ANBF in general, to all competitors. I also want to thank my parents, who came out to support as they always do. It was very cool to have them at my shows to share all the memories this season.
Time to apply the lessons learned and start making some improvements!