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« Reply #90 on: August 24, 2015, 08:30:50 AM »

Cheers Guys,
Cant wait to read the write up, I'm surprised I got as high as 4th looking at the photos yet unsure on thrid so would be good to get feedback after the show! 5th 6th and 7th all seemed to have very good physiques compared to myself... Not that I'm complaining Grin Maybe anyone watching could shed some light on it:
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« Reply #91 on: August 24, 2015, 09:42:07 AM »

Matt for me it was very impressive. I thought you did very well and as I said, when you began the journal and pictures I did have some doubts that you had given yourself enough time but you got the job done and looked like you belonged on that stage. Hard work paid off and you were pushing for the places IMO. I easily judged all the classes accurately but found the novices were hard to put in order. Early on I got it right with the first and second but then talked myself out of it as they seemed to soften a little the longer they were on stage. I thought you hardened a little the longer you were worked in the middle. Delts looks great in a most muscular. Quads were lovely shape when you posed them with good muscle on display.

I had you third and even at one stage thought you may be second but judges were closer, I found it the hardest class to gauge so will go with what the experienced eyes saw up close.

Couple notes were that you looked like you had lost a touch too much weight in a short period of time. Although good condition, it lacked pure hardness that comes with slow dieting and being ready and on point early. The physique hardens over a couple weeks at the end but not if dieting hard to the finish line to still lose weight. And also chest needs thickening a little to catch the other strong features up.

Overall, be very pleased and in future I would look to diet slower or come from a better starting point, and bring the chest up a bit. Well done
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« Reply #92 on: August 24, 2015, 03:24:16 PM »

Excellent result, even more so considering the class wasn't split. The novices is always a mixed bag and a tough class to crack. Well done Matt.
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« Reply #93 on: August 24, 2015, 03:36:22 PM »

Congratulations on your placing and your transformation. Excellent progress from your initial picture. Smiley

From the pics below (without seeing you from the back), you look to have a well balanced physique, which means you've a great base to do really well from if you chose to compete again.
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« Reply #94 on: August 24, 2015, 04:14:27 PM »

Thanks Toby
Yes my chest is always a kicking point for me  Embarrassed
Something I need to work on, I hold fat on my lower chest which I didnt shift, i plan on a leaner off season, how do you guys train chest?
Any tips for off season foods I'm going to enjoy my food but keep an eye on the mirror and macros but will eat the right food 85% of the time!

Thanks Matt
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« Reply #95 on: August 25, 2015, 01:27:38 PM »

well done mate. Nice solid start to your bodybuilding career. Lots to come I would think?
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« Reply #96 on: August 25, 2015, 08:45:43 PM »

Thanks Scott,
Yes Hopefully  Grin
I'm going to go away and work through this year I'll try keep this updated regular as possible,
First up is working out my diet....
I'll be toying with different ideas for the next few weeks but I'm going to start at around 3000 calories and go from there. I'll post it up once I find a pretty way to show it Smiley

Then I'm going to give the training a change to some more reps taking a step back to work back up the ladder again.

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« Reply #97 on: August 25, 2015, 09:28:15 PM »

So I've worked out a plan of roughly 2500 cals per day in the week.
I'll be honest weekends will be a watch what you eat dont go wild....

I've attached my plan my aim is 3000cals think maybe nothing to some peoples bulk but its a guide.
I've kept some spare for some of the misses awesome cooking rather than the chicken, broccoli, sweet potato  Grin
Plus a nice dessert may come in there  Cool

Thoughts guys and girls.....

I'm going to use the mirror and body fat callipers just as a measure the skin fold rather than the online calculations this is just to keep an eye on fat increase make sure I dont fall back to where I was. I'll start looking at the weekend if things start to go up to quick.

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« Reply #98 on: August 25, 2015, 10:18:04 PM »

Hi mate, to reply to what you asked on my journal, I use myfitnesspal.com and I think it is quite commonly considered the easiest to use
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« Reply #99 on: August 25, 2015, 10:52:42 PM »

Cheers Toby I'll give it a whirl, ended up copying and pasting my 'fitday' account into excel to create the above!  Huh Lol!

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« Reply #100 on: August 27, 2015, 01:32:52 PM »

If you prepped on lower cals it might be worth, upping them at a slower rate. Did that myself and have got through most of my prep this year on a lot more food and a lot less cardio as a result.
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« Reply #101 on: August 27, 2015, 01:36:35 PM »

If you prepped on lower cals it might be worth, upping them at a slower rate. Did that myself and have got through most of my prep this year on a lot more food and a lot less cardio as a result.

As Scott said mate.

Looking at it you have taken a large leap in cals. Now I know you prepped on low cals in order to get in shape fast but your body is used to this lower number and will struggle to process such an increase efficiently without laying down fat.

I would look to increase by a much smaller amount personally and see how it goes before adjusting upwards and keep going until you have hit a point that you feel is having an adverse style of gain, then just tweak back down a touch and find your level
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« Reply #102 on: August 28, 2015, 12:02:54 AM »

Well done Matt excellent result you look great in the photos a fantastic transformation.
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« Reply #103 on: September 03, 2015, 03:08:20 PM »

So First week back:

I'll be honest last week was pretty crazy one... well deserved  in my eyes ha Roll Eyes

So I've decided to give volume a go, I've always trained Max OT and want to give it a change try hit more reps, any so far this week:

Monday Bank holiday no training

Tuesday: Chest - Still burns  Shocked
Bench Press 60kgx12, 60x12, 60x12, 70x9, 70x9, 70x9(+1

Superset:
Incline DBell Press 25kgx12, 25x11.5, 25x10.5, 25x10
Incline DBell Fly 15kgx12, 15x12, 15x12, 15x10

Superset:
DBell Pull Over 30kgx12, 30x12, 30x12, 30x10
Cable Flys 4x12, 4x12, 5x10, 5x10

Single arm cable press 5x10, 5x10, 5x8,

Wednesday: Back & Biceps
(not worked out my supersets for back yet)

Bar Row: 60kgx12, 60x12, 60x12, 70x12, 70x12,
Lat Pull: 40kgx12, 50x12, 50x12, 55x12
Single arm Dbell row: 30kgx12, 30x12, 32.5x12, 32.5x12
Cable Lat pull: 8x12, 8x12, 8x12
T-Bar Row: 45kgx12, 45x12, 60x12

EZ bar curl: 30kgx10, 30x10, 30x10
Seated DBell curl: 12kgx8, 12x8, 12x8

Now Legs tonight! this should be fun!

Matt






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« Reply #104 on: March 15, 2016, 10:31:30 PM »

wow not updated since september.... better late than never I guess
got the obligatory warning: This topic has not been posted in for at least 120 days.
Unless you're sure you want to reply, please consider starting a new topic.

Wanted to keep it going rather than start new I think its useful for anyone following progress.

So life.... Had a baby Boy in December, work life I still manage to get in 3 / 4 days a week training in though as I work 7-3:30 I'm still home at a reasonable time after training. It's been some seriously long nights!  but worth it. Smiley

Feedback from NPA back in August was my upper body needs to catch up with my legs and I need to cut more fat next time round, still debating this year to compete or not due to the arrival of the little one but I've started to clean diet back up again now.
Saw Rich Gozdecki after my show only briefly, he helps with my posing along with Wes Griffin (previous NPA heavy winner) and Jim Thompson who competed in NPA before (Max O'Connors cousin) all training regularly at the gym I go to so I have some good advice around me.
All suggested eat eat eat to put the size on I lost cutting to fast last year. so I did... now sitting at 95kgs + hit stage at 72kgs, so yes I ate everything  Shocked
roughly 20% BF not as if I'm 95kgs lean unfortunately!  Undecided

Training wise, still doing volume.
training plan is rotating push pull over a 4 day training week with Legs once a week kinda as follows:

Monday - Legs, Tuesday - Push, Weds - Off, Thursday - Pull, Friday - Off, Saturday - Push, Sunday - Off
Monday - Legs, Tuesday - Pull, Wednesday - Off, Thursday - Push, Saturday - Off, Saturday - Pull, Sunday - Off

Took a rest 2 weeks ago and dropped the weight off again to build up high than before and improve technique.

Today was Push:

Superset:
Bench Press: 20kgs x 20, 60kg x 12, 75 kgs x12, 75kg x10, 75kg x11, Drop set 90kgs x4+1 - 60kgs x10
Fly machine:(not weighted with the 75kgs bench sets) 6x12, 6x12, 6x12

Superset:
DBell Press: 20kgs x 12, 22.5kgs x12, 22.5kgs x12
Lat Raise: 10kgs x12, 10kgs x12, 10kgs x12

Superset:
DBell Pull overs 27.5kgs x 12, 30kgs x12, 30kgs x12
Dips: Body weight x6, 0x6, 0x5 .... not done these for a while got I'm heavy now  Lips sealed

Superset
Cable Flys (not weighted): 4.5 x12, 4.5 x12, 5 x12,
Cable Tricep EZ bar push down: 10.5 x12, 11.5 x12, 12 x12

Superset
1 Arm rope cable pull down: 4.5 x10, 5 x8, 5 x10
1 arm DBell overhead: 12.5kgs x8, 12.5kgs x8, 12.5kgs x8

Ab crunch on cable: 15 x12, 15 x12, 15 x15
Ab decline crunch: 15kgs x12, 15kgs x12, 15kgs x12

Then 15mins cardio on Bike,
In the door at 4 out by 5:30ish...

Thanks
Matt
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