The last two weeks before the Northwest Natural I spent all my time posing. No more cardio and no more workouts. Posing is a workout in itself. I started de-carbing two weeks prior to the show saving the last 3 days to carb up. I've never really dropped my carbs for a show before so I thought I would try it. The only thing I noticed was a huge drop in energy. When I started carbing up it just left me feeling sluggish. I started decreasing my water Thursday. By Friday, I cut my water completely. Friday night I went to get my polygraph test done and some bozo couldn't pass his drug test. By the time I was finished, it was 12:30 a.m. I got home and my wife still had to paint me. We got done at 3:00 in the morning. That's when the cramps set in. Dehydration cramps. I started sipping on water that night. I awoke at 4:30 a.m. and sipped on some more. My body started feeling better but I was so tired and I may have taken in a little too much water. So I don't think I will be cutting my water that soon again. When I stepped on stage I was feeling pretty weak. Sleep is a big factor in energy level and how my physique appears. I looked a little washed out.
When I won the 1999 Mr. Idaho I didn't cut my carbs or water and I won the show. I looked full and ripped. I will stick to what works for me.
Another thin I learned from this show is how to achieve a better tan in less time. I have previously used Jan Tana Show Tan. I would have my wife paint three coats on Friday, one coat on Saturday morning before pre-judging and a final coat before the night show. I have really dry skin (especially when I'm dieting) so it is really hard to get the color even where the skin rubs off. What a huge pain! I finally tried ASN Dream Tan #2 before the night show. It is much more moisturizing so Tonya (my wife) didn't have as much difficulty getting the tan even. I also didn't need to use any posing oil. The best thinga bout Dream Tan is that one coat is all you need. We did a touch up before the night show but it took less than half the time.
My training for the Mr. Natural Idaho has been nothing but posing and a lot of road biking. I have a good friend, Corey Rudd, who has been making me pose every single day. He's very critical and has a great eye for what poses look good on me. It's really made a huge difference. I'm seeing cuts I've never seen before! I'm excited to show them off. I know what works!
Check back soon for more updates! Wish me luck as I try for my NGA pro card on June 30th.
Click here for the full 2001 Northwest Natural results, pictures, and judges review!