Hey, I'm Robert Cheeke. I'm competing in my 8th bodybuilding competition in late April, 2009. Some of my good friends have joined me to make history as a handful of vegan bodybuilders get on stage together to make a difference. Jack Marchese and Jimi Sitko will compete with me and we're all pushing ourselves hard to put our best physique forward in a relatively short amount of time. I don't really care whether people think I'm ready or not because I know I'll be ready. Most people sit on the fence their whole life and never jump inside the fire and do something they're passionate about. I've finished 1st before and last before, and I love what I'm doing and I'm ready to get back up on stage in 12 weeks for the first time in nearly 2 years.
I'm achieving career-best lifts and some recent pre-contest photos are some of my most impressive shots, so I'm confident about getting back on stage to make some noise.
I'll work hard to update this journal frequently. Right now, it's time to get some Vega and eat some food!
Here is a recap from my workout today:1/29/09 10AM
I got on a plane at 11:20PM or so and flew back to Portland from Honolulu last night. I slept on the plane but not real well and my neck was killing me from the angle I was positioned in. I actually had the entire row to myself during the red eye flight so I guess I could have scrunched up and tried to lie down but I just used pillows, my soft Vega jacket and a blanket to position myself.
Tasha picked me up from the airport after little sleep and 2 hours time zone switch (5:30AM Hawaii time) and we went over toe Lean and Green's house and then headed to the gym.
This was my strongest overall chest workout ever
I set one PR and tied another one (Personal Record or Personal Best)
I did 110 push-ups (though up to 170 for the day so far) to warm up.
Incline Dumbbell Press
52.5s x 12
65s x 12
80s x 10
90s x 8
100s x 6
105s x 4 (Lean and Green helped on the final two reps of the 90's, the final 2 reps of the 100's and the final 2 reps of the 105's.
the 105's for incline dumbbell press is a new personal best.
Then over to Decline press where I only hit 185 last week because it was midway through my workout and I was exhausted. I started at 185 this time.
185 x 12
225 x 6
235 x 5
245 x 4 (245 is one of my best lifts...I pressed 270 on decline 3 years ago.
Then I went over to incline flys
60s x 10
70s x 8
80s x 6 (this ties my best I think for this exercise. Soon I'll be at 90s for flys and in the 110's for other chest presses)
Then I did 60 more pushups making my total so far 170 (I'll likely do more up to 200-300 for the day). I did a few sets of crunches afterwards.
I'll be honest, there were a lot of yeah buddys being yelled, even when I had 105's in each hand pressing over my head on incline
Good to be there with Lean and Green too, as we've rarely been able to workout together, even though we live near each other and are training for the same contest.
Tasha was rocking the free weights too.
Here are some photos taken in Late January, 12-13 weeks out: