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Jr. Nationals Update- 6 Weeks Out

Today is May 8, 2017 and I’m 6 weeks out from my Jr. Nationals Show in Chicago, IL. The biggest thing I have to say about my current journey is that, in comparison to my last prep, this one is different in so many ways- from mindset to nutrition, to training style, motivation, progress, temptations and distractions. You’d think it’d …

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U.S. Open Reflections

My reflections on the U.S. Open powerlifting meet. Where do I begin? Let’s just start off by saying that my performance didn’t really go as planned… and I believe it’s 100% the result of trying to prep for a bodybuilding show at the same time. Lesson freaking learned. Everyone around me told me that I wouldn’t be able to do …

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U.S. Open Powerlifting Training- Week 3/4 in Review

I apologize, I’ve slacked on keeping my blog up-to-date regarding my training progress for the U.S. Open and, honestly, I often wonder if anyone even reads this stuff or cares for that matter lol. Regardless, this post will cover the past and last 2 weeks of my training for what’s considered the most biggest powerlifting meet in the world. By …

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U.S. Open Powerlifting Training- Week 2 in Review

Week 2 of training powerlifting and bodybuilding went a lot better performance-wise than week 1. I finally figured out how to train both sports while managing to get just enough recovery to hit the gym hard the next day. My routine typically goes like this: 5-7am: Work from home 7am: Leave for powerlifting gym, eat breakfast on the way 8-11am: …

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Training for the U.S. Open Powerlifting Meet – Week 1 Review

Two  weeks ago, I was invited to compete at the U.S. Open powerlifting meet on April 14-15 in San Diego, CA. It was such an honor to be invited to such a prestigious event that I immediately jumped at the opportunity and went all in without really putting much thought behind it. I have never competed in a powerlifting meet, …

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Top 4 Lessons on How to be Resilient

Lesson 1: You Are in Control- How I Dealt with Divorce During 2013 CF Games It’s inevitable: everyone falls down from time to time — it’s just that some are better than others at getting back up. For as long as I can remember, I have always had that resilient mindset to never give up, no matter how big the …

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The Dark Side of the Bodybuilding Diet- Part 2

In Part 1 of this blog, I talked about the eating disorder issues I experienced after my first show as a result of my first attempt at the bodybuilding diet and prep. In Part 2, I wanted to share the negative affects that the show had on my own body image and how I’ve dealt with them. As I’ve said …

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The Dark Side of the Bodybuilding Diet- Part 1

Refeeding After the Show It was the night of my first physique show and I had just won my class and the overall, earning my right to compete at the next level, a National ranked show. I was happy with the results but definitely not satisfied. Although the bodybuilding diet and training was certainly difficult, I knew I was capable …

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My First Bodybuilding Competition

Hungry For Greatness When you know you’re destined for greatness, your potential haunts you. It keeps you up at night, and you won’t feel complete until you succeed. That potential had been haunting me for 10 years since I started CrossFit, and now it was worse than ever being so close to my version of success  only to have it …

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Why Bodybuilding?

In March of 2016, my unfinished dream of competing in the 2016 CrossFit Games was stripped away from me (see previous blog: Why I Did It) and I was forced to find a new aspiration. It felt like I was inches away from the finish line of the world’s longest marathon, when suddenly the race gets called off and rescheduled …