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Danny Drescher Contest Prep: Countdown To The 2007 NPC Palmetto Cup!

My diet will change a great deal by taking away carbs from night meals, replacing the majority of the bread in my diet with more complex carbohydrates, and having NO cheat meals. Here is my diet and training 12 weeks out! Learn more.

Starting Monday, February 26th, I will begin preparing for the 2007 NPC Palmetto Cup in Columbia, SC. This show (which is my first) will be on May 26th, leaving me 3 full months to begin my prep. Right now I weigh in at 170.4.lbs with 12% body fat. At the show I intend to lose as much fat as possible, while keeping as much muscle as possible.


My diet will change a great deal by taking away carbs from night meals, replacing the majority of the bread in my diet with more complex carbohydrates, and having NO cheat meals. Before, I was taking in a rough estimate of about 3,200 calories, and I intend to keep that level up, while lowering my carbohydrates and fat intake as the weeks go by.

Because of the fact that this is going to be my first contest, I am receiving help from an experienced bodybuilder/nutritionist who goes to my gym. We will begin meeting starting 10 weeks out every two weeks, until we reach the final 4 weeks, where we will meet every week.

I know that a lot of bodybuilders have created diets by themselves and made changes when they feel they need changes and have done well in their shows, but I think that you can never be at your top condition without listening to someone else's opinion and advice, especially if you have never dieted for a show before.

My diet will change each month depending on my body's appearance NOT BODYFAT OR WEIGHT. As for food, I usually eat the same foods every day, with little variety in the meats here and there. I don't really eat for Flavor just for Fuel.

Pre-Contest Diet:

    This is a sample of what my diet looked like before contest prep:

    Meal 1:

    • 9 egg whites, 1 yolk
    • 1 1/2 cups of plain oatmeal
    • cup of black coffee

    BSN True Mass

    Meal 2:

    • 1 scoop of BSN True Mass mixed with water
    • 2 Slices of Whole Wheat Bread
    • 2 TBS of Peanut Butter

    Meal 3:

    • 4 Slices of Whole Wheat Bread
    • 8 OZ of Deli Turkey
    • Cup of Yogurt w/ Granola
    • Pretzels

    Meal 4:

    • 1 Can Of Solid White Tuna
    • 1 cup of wheat pasta
    • Power Bar

    Meal 5 (Pre Workout):

    • 1 scoop of Whey Protein mixed with water
    • 1 medium rice cake
    • 1 Tablespoon of Peanut butter

    Meal 6 (Post Workout):

    • 1 scoop of Whey Protein mixed with water
    • 1 medium rice cake
    • 1 TBS Peanut butter

    Meal 7:

    • Chicken, Steak, Lean Beef, or Fish
    • Brown Rice or pasta
    • Steamed Veggies or Green Beans

    Meal 8:

    • 2 medium sized red potatoes
    • 3 grilled chicken tenderloins

    As you can see, my pre-contest diet consisted of a lot of empty carbohydrates, mainly from bread. This will definitely change. Therefore, all of the foods in red are going to be replaced with either brown rice or some sort of potato.

    My pre-contest diet will consist of 8 meals a day (on workout days) and 6 on off days. The meals will include more vegetables and complex carbs, with less fat. I will be eating approximately 3,000 calories depending on the day. This will consist of 200 grams of protein, and around 450 grams of carbohydrates.

New Diet:

    This is a sample of my new diet:

    Meal 1 (AM Workout Days Only):

    Meal 1 (PM Workout Days Only):

    Meal 2:

    • 6 OZ deli turkey (thin sliced)
    • 10 OZ of sweet or red potatoes

    Meal 3:

    • 6 oz of grilled chicken
    • Cup of Brown Rice or Wheat Pasta
    • 1/2 cup of cold carrots

    Meal 4:

    • Cup of brown rice or wheat pasta
    • Can of tuna

    Meal 5 (pre workout):

    • 1 tablespoons of peanut butter
    • 1 1/2 scoops of Gainer
    • 1 scoop of L-Glutamine
    • 2 rice cakes

    Meal 6 (post workout):

    Meal 7:

    • Lean beef/chicken
    • Salad/steamed veggies/green beans

    Meal 8:

    • Can of Tuna or 4 OZ Chicken Breast
    • 6 egg whites 1 yolk

    This diet is what I will use for the first month, but like I said above, depending on my appearance we may add or take away food.

    Because of the fact that I am going to be keeping a high caloric intake during my contest prep, I will start doing cardio. I will be starting 10 weeks out, 5 days a week prior to eating breakfast. I will either walk on the treadmill with an incline or use the stair stepper for 30-45 minutes. I will also do calves and abs 3 days a week.




    I will also begin to tan 2-3 times a week, to develop a natural base tan before I apply my ProTan a few nights before the show. I want to look very dark for the show, making tanning necessary due to the fact that my skin is naturally light.


    At the contest I intend to win the Teen Division which is not categorized by weight or age. This is going to be quite a challenge because of my age of 16. Even if I don't win, I will still gain experience for my future years of bodybuilding, but I still want to be the best I can be.

    Goals For Contest:

    • Win teenage division
    • Come in as lean as possible
    • Learn and gain experience
    • Have Fun!

    This contest is going to be my top priority aside from school for the next 3 months. I am going to focus 100% on my goals so Palmetto Cup Watch Out!

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Month One

Overall this month has been fine, my diet has yet to become a problem, probably because I am eating just about the same amount of calories and carbs that I was before I started the diet, just from a more complex source. Every now and then I begin to get temptations to eat sweets or fatty foods, but they are nothing that I cannot control.

My workouts are actually more intense, and the morning cardio actually increases my focus level at school! I visited my trainer twice this month to work on my posing, and go over my diet and cardio schedule. I myself am surprised at the changes that my body has made this month.

My abs are already much more defined and visible, my arms are continuously vascular, and my chest is starting to show much more definition and separation.

One thing that I did not realize is how hard posing actually is! After the first meeting with my trainer, I was wiped out. We first went though all the mandatory poses, and he fixed a lot of the bad habits I had picked up, and then went on to some more complex ones that show off different angles of my body. Posing is something that I will definitely work on for the next 8 weeks, so I look prepared and confident onstage.

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My workouts have actually been more intense than before I started this diet, mainly due to the fact that I got a training partner who is a good 12 years older than me, and who is a lot stronger than me. I feel that I tend to workout harder when working with someone stronger than I am. Our workouts usually last 45-55 minutes, depending on the crowd at the gym.

Below is our workout schedule:

Monday: Legs

Tuesday: Arms

Wednesday: Back/Traps

Thursday: Chest/Calves

Friday: Shoulders/Traps

Saturday: Rest

Sunday: Rest

*Along with the 5 days a week with cardio, I also do abs and calves in the morning.

I feel that this 5 day split suits me better than taking a day off during the week and another off during the weekend, because during the weekends I usually work about 8 hours, which can really wipe me out depending on how busy it is that day. Therefore I prefer to have all my workouts out of the way, so I don't have to worry about squeezing a workout in my already busy day.

Overall this first month of dieting has gone great, I am excited to see the changes my body will make during the next 2!

3 month progress
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