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timmcbride00
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@ Waylander

Thanks, hopefully one day I will have size as well, but until then, I hope to get an edge on my competitors by conditioning.

@ Lonnie

I'm getting it in, already at close two gallons today. I am trying to get it in before late evening that way I am not up ALL night peeing!

Regarding the carb up, brown rice pretty much all day on Wednesday through Friday, that is the carb that got where I am and my body is used to it (to go along with CT's concept of "stay with the girl who you brought to the dance"). Maybe some potatoes for dinner but otherwise all brown rice.

On the day of the contest, it will be a small amount of brown rice, several Raptor bars, raisins, dark chocolate, rice cakes and glycerin. I will have grape jelly and Snicker's bar handy as back up carb sources as well.

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POSING PRACTICE

I hit the relaxed poses for 2 minutes each, no rest in between. It wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. Occasionally I took a second or two to reset, but otherwise, straight posing. I went straight into the mandatory poses for 20 seconds each with a relaxed pose in between each mandatory pose. All in all, it was 17 minutes straight of posing. No cramps, everything felt awesome. Just trying to prepare for the worst.

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Side Tricep - taken one week out during posing practice

Video from today's posing practice, just trying to get some close ups.

Yes, I know I carry my one shoulder higher than the other, I need to work on it. I also didn't flex my right bicep enough in the front double bicep, funny, it is usually the left bicep that gives me issues in terms of MMC.

April 14, 2012



For comparison sake, here is a similar video from October 2010. The differences are subtle, but they are there for the trained eye.

October 17, 2010

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Legs - one week out

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Most Muscular

I know the lighting is different, but you can compare this directly to my avatar which is from October 2010.

I feel my arms are thicker, abs are more detailed now and my traps are a bit bigger.

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Lonnie123
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Sickly lean. If my competition today is any indication you will be one of the leanest guys there by a GOOD Margin. Cant wait to see this Tim.

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Lonnie123 wrote:
Sickly lean. If my competition today is any indication you will be one of the leanest guys there by a GOOD Margin. Cant wait to see this Tim.


Awesome, good to hear!

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Saturday was very low carb to set the stage for the first real day of depletion on Sunday.

First workout went really smoothly. Regarding the second depletion workout, well...

Caffeine in my body + no carbs all day = WOOZY

I pushed through and felt much better after showering and eating dinner (tons of chicken and veggies in teriyaki sauce, my family enjoyed the egg fried rice while I had to do without).

Later, I felt completely exhausted from about 7:00 pm onward, but when I finally laid down (at 10:45 pm) to go to bed, I couldn't fall asleep.

Thus, I followed my own advice which I tend to give to others, that is, don't lay there restless, just get up and read by a dim light. I read until I felt like I couldn't anymore and went to bed, this time I actually fell asleep around 12:15 am.

My depletion workouts are pretty much identical to what I have been doing all along with my tire sled, except, instead of being a bonus workout for the day, they are the primary workout.

These aren't videos of my ACTUAL depletion workouts, but they are recent videos that demonstrate what I am doing during my current depletion workouts.

Forward and Backward Leg Dragging + Holds + Vertical Jump (yeah, it sucked, much better now after practicing jumps for the last few weeks)


Chest press, Bicep curl and band hold for chest/biceps


Back row and stiff arm band hold


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Last night and this morning I also experimented with the Overhead Barbell Hold. I enjoyed it immensely. It served as a nice "wake me up" this morning. And it is mostly focused on the concentric, so I think it will benefit me and definitely should not adverse effect me right now. I did 6 sets of 5 seconds.

Also did some resistance band holds this morning, basically hollow body position front lever type hold alternating with maltese holds.

First depletion workout done today, it went AWESOME. I am feeling GREAT right now.

4 depletion workouts remaining.

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Very impressive leanness.

Everything looks bigger than 2010 except for one thing... the smile! Makes a massive differnce, IMHO worth 5 lbs of lbm alone.

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thoughts1053
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Look good tim. I'd have to say the difference between those two videos aren't subtle at all. You don't need to have a trained eye to see you are much more muscular and lean now.

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@ Kvetch

Bigger, Leaner, sweet!

Excellent point regarding the smile, I will make sure to hit the smile during my many posing practice sessions over the next few days.

And hopefully, I am so excited to be on stage, that I am simply beaming come contest day.

@ Thoughts

Thanks thoughts, good to hear, I see the difference, but I don't want to be deluding myself, so it's good to know others see it too.

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My wife mixed up a MONSTER salad last night, great meal for a depletion day. I actually felt full after the meal due to all the bulk in the salad. Helped me make it through the rest of the day.

1st workout went well this morning. I can already feel myself starting to drag, the post workout endorphin rush is already ending! Lunch will help a bit. But the 2nd workout of each depletion day is always a tough one.

However, all I have left at this point is two depletion workouts; one this afternoon and one on Wednesday morning! Then it's carb load + tons of posing practice.

Weight was 174 prior to the deplete, woke up this morning at a hair over 170, that is pretty much close to what I expected. If all goes well, I will come back to right around 174-175 after the carb load.

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myself1992
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lookin sick man!

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Lonnie123
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myself1992 wrote:
lookin sick man!


Only in BBing is that a compliment ;-)

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wallstrt
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F'n awesome Tim!

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The Mighty Stu
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Been a hell of a trip following along Tim. You've definitely impressed the hell out of anyone paying attention to this thread. Can't wait to see the finished product. Already looking sick without the tan and sheen!
(and yes, the added size is quite noticeable)

S

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@ myself1992

Thanks!

@ Lonnie

No doubt, ha, ha.

@ Wallstrt

Thanks!

@ Stu

Thanks for the thoughtful words, I am glad you've enjoyed the trip.

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Finished up depletion this morning with one last tire dragging session.

Not gonna lie, it sucked, waking up early and training while depleted takes pure will power. I wanted to quit after my very first set of legs with the tire sled, but I knew it was just 30 more minutes of torture and I could relax (somewhat) and eat some carbs. I say relax somewhat because I will be posing with each carb meal (5 or 6 times per day) and that by itself can be pretty intense and tiring.

But I am in the home stretch at this point. It's 12:22pm and I don't think my body has registered the carbs yet, lol, I am still dragging, I guess that just shows how depleted I was.

However, I feel like I did the depletion well, because, with the exception of my delts, nothing is sore because I used eccentric-less training to deplete. And soreness is obviously not good for glucose uptake, so I was hoping to minimize it. Only reason delts are sore was because they are involved in EVERYTHING, tire drags for legs, presses and pulls. I did no direct delt work during the deplete.

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I weighed in at exactly 170 this morning, so I dropped 4 pounds during the deplete. I hope to get that back over the next three days.

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Lonnie123
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Tim, take daily pics for us so we can see the carb up in action!

congrats man, you are entering the fun part now (if eating 500g worth of brown rice is fun...??) - Cant wait for this contest for you.

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Lonnie123 wrote:
Tim, take daily pics for us so we can see the carb up in action!


Sorry, pics aren't gonna happen; too hard to do yourself and I don't feel like asking my wife. I already feel like the last week sucks the life out of my family because I spend so much time training, posing, making sure things are in order, making special dinner requests of my wife, etc.

She knows this is important to me and she will make sure we get some good shots on the day of the show.

Lonnie123 wrote:
congrats man, you are entering the fun part now (if eating 500g worth of brown rice is fun...??) - Cant wait for this contest for you.


Yes, it's fun, I enjoy brown rice immensely. I mix it up with some whole milk, raisins and cinnamon for flavor. It is quite good.

I can't wait either. I am ready to be done.

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God damn, i will be very surprised if their is anyone else on stage who can match that conditioning.

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G1579
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Have been following throughout, just wanted to pop in and say amazing work, ridiculously shredded.

Best of luck, go out there, dominate and enjoy it!

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timmcbride00 wrote:
Legs - one week out


You growed yourself some Ebomb legs!

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EXACTLY 48 HOURS FROM NOW - PREJUDGING STARTS!

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@ Audiogarden

Thanks! That is what I was hoping, I knew I wouldn't have the most muscular body on stage, so my plan was to get leaner than the competition.

We'll see how it goes in 2 days!

@ GMoore

Thanks for following and for the kinds words, I will do my best!

@ A.Lurker

Not really, that photo makes them look nice in terms of shape/definition, but mine are NO WHERE near E-bomb's size. I will keep trying to grow them though, post-contest.

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First full day of carb loading complete (yesterday) and part way through my second day. Thus far, things are happening exactly like they are supposed to.

For one, I sucked up those carbs like crazy yesterday, normally, eating close to 600 grams of carbs would leave me bloated by the end of the day...but not yesterday, I was quite clearly depleted going into the load.

Second, I looked dry and very vascular before going to bed and I usually look my worst before bed because certain areas (leg mostly) will hold water throughout the day. That tells me the load is doing it's job.

Woke up today and legs were super crisp. I am liking it.

My coworkers must think I have a drug problem. First, during the carb depletion stage, I was in the bathroom all the time to pee because I was drinking 2 plus gallons of water per day, now I am in the bathroom all the time to "poop" (that's code for posing in the stall). You do what you have to.

That's all for now.

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Its funny with the leg issue, because I trained them on Tuesday pretty hard and by the next day they were very "blurry" and I had lost the deep cuts I had with them on contest day. I definitely see where the rule of not training legs for a week came from after that. I almost had an "oh shit, I'm getting fat already!" moment, but then I realized that the day before I hit them pretty hard, and they were a bit sore.

Sounds like everything is going according to plan, cruising right into the finish line. I know EXACTLY what you mean about wanting to be done... And you almost are. 2 more days, brother!

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timmcbride00 wrote:
I knew I wouldn't have the most muscular body on stage, so my plan was to get leaner than the competition.


It's all about presenting the best of both worlds, size and conditioning. When I won my WNBF Card, the guy in 3rd was crisp as hell, but overly lanky without much muscle at all. The guy in 2nd had me sizewise in the quads, but wasn't in his best condition. That put me as the competitor with very good scores in both criteria.

You never know who else will show up, so head up, smile, and be damn proud brother! You worked for this moment, enjoy every second of it!

S

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Lonnie123 wrote:
Its funny with the leg issue, because I trained them on Tuesday pretty hard and by the next day they were very "blurry" and I had lost the deep cuts I had with them on contest day. I definitely see where the rule of not training legs for a week came from after that. I almost had an "oh shit, I'm getting fat already!" moment, but then I realized that the day before I hit them pretty hard, and they were a bit sore.

Sounds like everything is going according to plan, cruising right into the finish line. I know EXACTLY what you mean about wanting to be done... And you almost are. 2 more days, brother!


I was actually planning to only hit them on day 1 of depletion (Sunday), for the reasons you mentioned and as was previously discussed in my thread.

But, then I figured my legs MUST have darn good recuperative abilities based on doing the HFSW 6 days a week for the last few months and dragging my tire about 3 times per week. So I made a last minute alteration to my plans and gradually tapered the legs off of their training volume throughout the depletion.

On Sunday I did the normal CT Prowler Leg Protocol twice (for me 8 sets, 4 forward and 4 backward), then I cut out down to 6 sets on Monday AM and 4 sets on Monday PM. I stuck with 4 sets on both of Tuesday's sessions and even did the 4 sets on Wednesday morning prior to the load. I figured I was doing ZERO eccentric work during my deplete and my legs would handle it. I think I am right, they are looking fine.

I am feeling much better today, it took all of yesterday and this morning for my body to finally realize it had some carbs in it. I am awake and not dragging at all right now. It's a nice feeling, I felt like I was hit by a train yesterday.

The Mighty Stu wrote:
timmcbride00 wrote:
I knew I wouldn't have the most muscular body on stage, so my plan was to get leaner than the competition.


It's all about presenting the best of both worlds, size and conditioning. When I won my WNBF Card, the guy in 3rd was crisp as hell, but overly lanky without much muscle at all. The guy in 2nd had me sizewise in the quads, but wasn't in his best condition. That put me as the competitor with very good scores in both criteria.

You never know who else will show up, so head up, smile, and be damn proud brother! You worked for this moment, enjoy every second of it!

S


Naturally, I tried to get as big as I could over my bulk in 2011. I hope I didn't come off as sounding like size wasn't important. It was more or less just me accepting that once I started to get contest ready, the only thing I could control is my leanness; nobody is adding slabs of muscle in the final weeks.

I hope to present the total package, my wife keeps telling me she thinks I have good size, symmetry and leanness, but she is a TAD biased. :)

I will enjoy it, trust me!

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Lonnie123
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I actually did the exact same thing for my legs in terms of tapering. Just some easy sled dragging/prowler pushing, 8 sets on Sunday, 6 sets of Monday, 4 on Tuesday. This created ZERO soreness, and I think allowed them to deplete more and soak up the carbs when they were coming in.

Its interesting how we both decided to "break the rule" the same way. Perhaps we are on to something ;-)

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Amazing Work!!

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