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BlakeAJackson
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Join date: Nov 2005
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BIG-GEORDIE wrote:
You look great,well done,your calves look slightly bigger in the after pics,did they increase at all?

Thanks. I didn't measure them before the cut. I guess it is possible with all of the incline walking that they grew? But with being so calorie restricted my guess, Is I took fat off below the knee and around the ancle causing them to look larger in the center. I have cool veins that pop out on my calves and shins now after cardio.

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Ghost16
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Join date: Sep 2011
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Awesome progress man! I'm in the middle of a cut myself right now and seeing your pictures has motivated me! What are your strength levels now compared to pre-cut?

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BlakeAJackson
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Join date: Nov 2005
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Ghost16 wrote:
Awesome progress man! I'm in the middle of a cut myself right now and seeing your pictures has motivated me! What are your strength levels now compared to pre-cut?


My strength levels took a major hit once I was carb cycling and again the last 4 weeks when calories went even lower and cardio went even higher. I just tried to keep things as heavy as possible and if I felt like it wasn't enough for add sets to keep volume up. I didn't calculate volume or anything just keep weights to 1hr and went with how I felt that day.

One thing that was cool was about six weeks out I started adding 50 pull ups a day after cardio. I was able to improve on these while extremely calorie restricted which was a nice mental boost.

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Ghost16
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BlakeAJackson wrote:
Ghost16 wrote:
Awesome progress man! I'm in the middle of a cut myself right now and seeing your pictures has motivated me! What are your strength levels now compared to pre-cut?


My strength levels took a major hit once I was carb cycling and again the last 4 weeks when calories went even lower and cardio went even higher. I just tried to keep things as heavy as possible and if I felt like it wasn't enough for add sets to keep volume up. I didn't calculate volume or anything just keep weights to 1hr and went with how I felt that day.

One thing that was cool was about six weeks out I started adding 50 pull ups a day after cardio. I was able to improve on these while extremely calorie restricted which was a nice mental boost.


Oh okay thanks man! Yeah when you're losing weight that fast it's going to be impossible to keep all your strength. You're still carrying a considerable amount of muscle though so very good work!

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BlakeAJackson
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Join date: Nov 2005
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Quick update, I won the contest at my gym level and for all of Los Angeles in my age group. This means I am moving on to nationals to compete in the 18-29 age bracket representing Los Angeles. I find out June 6th how I do. Wish me luck.

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A.Lurker
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Join date: Nov 2011
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That's fucking awesome, good luck to ya

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Lonnie123
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Join date: Jun 2004
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hahahahaha, awesome man. Any website we can check out to see comparisons or vote?

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BlakeAJackson
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No they didn't share any of the photo's from the other contestants. No idea how well others in my category did. No voting it is totally decided by their corporate office. It is crazy to think if I win you may walk in to any gold's and be greeted by a life size cardboard cut out of me. Lol.

We need to get together and train again soon. You may need to come this way like we talked about. The wife is keeping me on a short leash since the baby came. She just went back to work today so I suspect it will be easier in the coming weeks to take a Saturday and head down there.

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Lonnie123
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I'll PM you about when I free in the next few days to head over to your neck of the woods and we can talk about what to throw together for a workout.

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Captnoblivious
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how long did it take you to drop from 15% to 10%? I've never recomped and was considering giving it a go.



Congrats on the win!

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BlakeAJackson
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I would think 4-6weeks of hellish starvation. Alot of changes happened in the last 4 weeks for me.

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massbodybuilda
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look like u enjoy winny and test..kidding u look great good job

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Professor X
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That progress is fantastic. You didn't look that bad at 250 so it is no surprise leaning up made it look right.

The ends justify the means once again.

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BlakeAJackson
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So I won the whole country for the 18-29 class. They never posted any specific numbers or showed any runner ups, but one of the directers for the gym told me there were close to 30k competitors in my age group. Crazy if that is accurate. Went over the weekend to a dodgers game to be awarded my prize money, $7500 dollars. Tell me that doesn't get to all the amateur BB's out there? J/K.

Still prepping for a show in late aug. Diet is about to get supper tight this coming week.

Also I am posting a cool side by side that they put up on the golds facebook page. Amazing how many haters showed up to comment on the winners pictures.

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melanieamber12
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you look awesome! congrats on the win! That is a fantastic feat! good money too!

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njrusmc
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Awesome dude. Got any pics from the show?

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Murph14
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Join date: Oct 2008
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Amazing how haters have a way of showing up when impressive accomplishments are made.

Congrats Blake, awesome transformation. I look forward to seeing the pics at the end of summer.

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Murph14
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Amazing how haters have a way of showing up when impressive accomplishments are made.

Congrats Blake, awesome transformation. I look forward to seeing the pics at the end of summer.

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RampantBadger
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Nice. Funny what happens when people actually follow the advice on this site.

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JosephLMT
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What kind of green tea was it that u drink or does it matter and were did u buy your humapro protein at thx and great Job very inspiring

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BlakeAJackson
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So this is from this past Sunday. 8 days out from the show I am doing at muscle beach on the 3rd. Can only get harder and dryer. I think I am 6-8% and was hoping for 5ish. Should be around 180 for the show after water depletion. If I place then I Will do the TOC the following saturday.

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Lonnie123
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Join date: Jun 2004
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Looking forward to see how you do, crazy transformation in the last 6 months. Good work, and congrats on the Baby as well

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BlakeAJackson
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Thanks. We need to train again. Let me know you schedule on the weekends coming up and we should get together either this way or down at metro.

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BlakeAJackson
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Well I weighed in at 186. While I didn't place I had fun and learned a lot. Going to decide by the end of the week if I should push through to dec and do the excaliber. I didn't embarrass myself.

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bdocksaints75
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Join date: May 2012
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Nice work , just a random side note but in your before pictures you kinda look like Adam richman the guy from man v food

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