Just competed in first Men’s Physique Show. (OCB)

I just competed in my first Men’s Physique show at the OCB Desert Valley Classic. Placed 1st as a novice and 3rd in the open category. I’ve been lifting for a while now and because of Shelter in Place, out here in California, I wanted to avoid putting on weight. I adapted my gym workout to home workouts the best I could. Couldn’t really replace bench or weighted pull ups. The gyms opened up again in my country and I reached out to a coach from YouTube (Pro Physique) at the end of August. I didn’t want to just half prep for this. I was told that since I was in a good starting place competition could be an option. They just made minor adjustments to my nutrition but I was already tracking my calories, macros and all that. They even eventually put me back into cardio. I got a posing coach at the insistence of my coach. This coach was a good drive away and I thought everything was going great but I kept getting negative feedback from my main coach. The feedback was how I’m not activating my lats, incorrectly positioned and I’m doing more of an open bodybuilders pose. I shared that feedback to my posing coach and got a rely about we’ve been spending the time working on muscle activation. I was disheartened to hear that I was spending a month driving far to do things I could do at home, while still messing up on a front pose. The posing coach was from OCBs website and the other coaches never replied. After, I ended working with a coach that never trained people for the OCB. I’m glad I took the time and worked my butt off. I’m glad I got advice to ask for feedback. Most of the stuff are little things I can change easily. I
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I just competed in my first Men’s Physique show at the OCB Desert Valley Classic. Placed 1st as a novice and 3rd in the open category.

I’ve been lifting for a while now and because of Shelter in Place, out here in California, I wanted to avoid putting on weight. I adapted my gym workout to home workouts the best I could. Couldn’t really replace bench or weighted pull ups. The gyms opened up again in my country and I reached out to a coach from YouTube (Pro Physique) at the end of August. I didn’t want to just half prep for this. I was told that since I was in a good starting place competition could be an option. They just made minor adjustments to my nutrition but I was already tracking my calories, macros and all that. They even eventually put me back into cardio.

I got a posing coach at the insistence of my coach. This coach was a good drive away and I thought everything was going great but I kept getting negative feedback from my main coach. The feedback was how I’m not activating my lats, incorrectly positioned and I’m doing more of an open bodybuilders pose. I shared that feedback to my posing coach and got a rely about we’ve been spending the time working on muscle activation. I was disheartened to hear that I was spending a month driving far to do things I could do at home, while still messing up on a front pose. The posing coach was from OCBs website and the other coaches never replied. After, I ended working with a coach that never trained people for the OCB.

I’m glad I took the time and worked my butt off. I’m glad I got advice to ask for feedback. Most of the stuff are little things I can change easily.

I

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