The NPC Jay Cutler Baltimore Classic was on my radar to knock out in a couple weekends from now. However I decided to skip competing in that show so that I could give myself a longer off-season, which officially got underway earlier this month! At this point, I am setting my eyes on competing again in late-summer 2014. Tentatively, I will have nine or 10 months in my current off-season. That's a lot of time for solid growth and improvements! Admittedly, my 2012-2013 was thrown off a bit when I lost my father to leukemia back in February of this year and by the time I got myself back on track emotionally and physically, I was behind in my prep by about three months! Those three months truly did make the difference but given those circumstances, I didn't fair too poorly when I competed this past June.
This time around, I opted to start the first three months of the off-season training much lighter than usual, giving my joints and ligaments a much needed break from all of the heavy training that they had to endure for several months. I also feel like when I resume heavier training in January, my muscles will incur a dramatic response and grow stronger and larger at a faster rate. I mean, so much of bodybuilding is about experimentation-some methods will work and some simply won't but until it's tested, you will not fully know what can be accomplished. I will say that starting "backwards" in my off-season is yielding very good conditioning of my muscles, so by the time I am in the thick of the off-season, I am looking to have some serious "pop" to them. Stay tuned folks because this 10-month journey is going to be exceptional!
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