Name: Steve Chua-Caedo
Contest Prep Coach: Layne Norton
Before weight: 205 lbs.
After weight (day of competition): 158 lbs.
Why I Got Started
It has always been my dream to step on stage one day. I used to be a competitive powerlifter, and have competed in a number of competitions here in the Philippines. Last July, 2007, I decided to test myself by hiring the services of Layne Norton to be my contest prep coach.
Ultimately, it's the desire and passion to dramatically improve my body composition that fueled this endeavor. I am a natural bodybuilder, and the only thing lacking in my involvement with this sport is actually competing in it. Hence, I decided to maximize what I could in a short span of 5 months to prepare for my contest.
By sticking (no cheating whatsoever) to the macronutrient requirements Layne set up for me, the HIIT cardio sessions, the Low intensity cardio sessions, the weight training sessions, the stretching sessions I have, I was able to come in at my all time best conditioning/shape ever, at 158 pounds.
How I Did It
I put a lot of dedication, hard work and consistency. I weighed my food to the last gram, took note of workouts, tried to manage my time accordingly and set my priorities straight (I just graduated from university this year and am working full-time as a financial analyst).
Toward the last weeks of contest prep, lethargy started kicking in, but I still had to crank out every bit of energy I had inside me, always remembering that I cannot allow anyone out there to outwork me.