May 052012
 

I got up this morning and I weighed in at 210 lbs and 10% body fat. The irony was not lost on me as I realized it was just over a year ago today that I weighed this much but at 27% body fat. Doing the math that means I have been able to add 35 lbs of muscle while losing the same amount of fat. It has not been an easy path as its required hard work, dedication, sacrifice and determination to get here but it was SO WORTH IT!

Today I would argue I am in the best shape of my life at 47 and I am now just 6 weeks away from starting my contest prep to enter my first bodybuilding contest. The next 24 weeks are going to be way harder then the last year as I diet down to an extremely low body fat percentage for my show. I am up for the challenge though as I have waited my entire life to be able to do this.

When I went on a diet a year ago I just wanted to lose a few pounds and from there things have just grown and lead me to this point. I honestly thought I was to old to put any kind of muscle on never mind enter a bodybuilding contest. I have learned that’s not true and I have continued to learn about nutrition and natural bodybuilding from some of the best mentors out there. You may not want to enter a competition but if you are out of shape and thinking your to old and its to late to do anything about it you could not be farther from the truth. Its never to late to get in shape and who knows maybe you will just start out wanting to lose a few pounds and end up entering your own show just like me. Remember a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step, so be sure to take yours!

  4 Responses to “Week 9 Lean Gain Phase”

  1. This was a great read. And just so you know, when ever i find myself strugging the first place i go is to your progression shots and i am always inspired to push on. Keep up the good work and never let anything or anyone stop you from your goals. Push on and train hard; it’s all there for the taking all we have to do reach out and grab hold of it.

    • Vanguard

      Thanks for the kind words and encouragement Aaron it means a lot. You have made some major changes in your life by succeeding as a trainer in at the gym and using that knowledge to change yourself as well as help others. I see good things for both of us if we can stay focused and true to our goals and dreams! Keep pushing hard as well my friend!

  2. What an inspiring read.
    Even though I’ve been training many years I can still draw motivation form people like yourself pushing the boundaries and reaching new highs in striving to achieve your personal goal to enter a Bodybuilding competition.
    I wish you good luck on the run in to your competition day.
    Remember where you have come from when the going gets tough and you’ll have no trouble overcoming any tough times!
    Keep doing it for the old boys!
    Regards, Graham

    • Vanguard

      Thanks Graham! When I set out to get in better shape a year ago I was definately not thinking I would inspire or motivate anyone. The fact that my story and journey so far has is a very unexpected suprise and also ends up motivating me to do my very best.

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