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Technically, I could have used that bit last year, but it takes less explaining when you're 31.

A surprising number of people remembered my birthday this year, to the point where it was starting to get in the way of doing my job.

In other news, I'm going to give competitive bodybuilding a try in November. Everything I do at the gym will have to be kicked up a notch since I only have about nine months to bulk, work on my problem areas (chest in particular), cut, and do anything else I need to prepare. Thankfully, being short is an advantage here.

Date: 2010-01-29 02:35 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] invisiblewolf.livejournal.com
And the birthday announcements shall be on my LJ shortly. :-)


Date: 2010-01-29 03:03 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] graveyardgreg.livejournal.com
Hey! You! It's still your birthday, I think, so have a happy one!

Date: 2010-01-29 07:40 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] palladinthug.livejournal.com
Happy Birthday

Date: 2010-01-29 02:29 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kylet.livejournal.com
Whoops! Happy birthday a little late...

Crikey, man. Good luck with the bodybuilding. We'll see how you're doing in June ;-)

Date: 2010-01-31 03:11 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] exatron.livejournal.com
June should be near the end of bulking, so it'll be really interesting to see the results.

Date: 2010-01-29 05:36 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] noa-e.livejournal.com
*chuckles* It's your birthday, people are suppose to bother ya by saying Happy Birthday. <=)

As for the working out, HERE HERE! ^^ I can't wait to see the progression. Maybe the day before the competition, you can have a before...and after. XD

Date: 2010-01-31 06:29 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] exatron.livejournal.com
But I had work to do for a major database upgrade.

I'll see what I can do about pictures. Very few of my attempts at taking them have produced acceptable results.

Date: 2010-01-31 08:27 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] noa-e.livejournal.com
*chuckles* Been there, had that experience almost every single time. That's one of the reasons why I've not posted a pic yet.

Date: 2010-01-31 09:08 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ccroft.livejournal.com
Hey good for you! :-) Good luck with competing!

Date: 2010-01-31 03:12 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] exatron.livejournal.com
As long as I don't end up being the guy who looks like a joke on stage, I'll be happy.

Your bodybuilding blog is going to be a valuable resource for doing this.

Date: 2010-01-31 06:59 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ccroft.livejournal.com
When you switch to competing, there's all the supplementary stuff you have to think about; the posing routine, the posing itself, the tanning, the trunks. The earlier you start working on these things, the more prepared you'll be.

Work out what size / cut / color of trunks you want to wear, and buy them early; you never know how limited supplies might be, or if near the time they'll have sold out in the posers you want.

Similarly, tanning is also an art, and you may wish to practice the tan before the competition. If you're a light-skinned person like me, it'll take a lot. You'll need a very dark pre-tan which will likely take multiple applications, and then the stuff you apply on the day for the stage which makes you shine.

Think about your music - you'll likely get a 1 minute solo routine, and you pick the song. Personally, I found this the most fun thing of the whole comp! Let loose a little :-)

Finally, when it comes down to the posing you'll be judged on, you should start practicing NOW. It's really tough; ideally you want someone who knows their stuff to look over you and correct your form as you pose, but failing that recording yourself on camera and replaying it for yourself will do. The trickiest thing for most people is learning how to spread the lats, so concentrate on posing those first.

I hope I can be of assistance to you in the future!


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