Both of you guys are beasts!
TY RC! I plan on it! Back up to 186lbs from around 172 on stage last month and have my sights on 200!!
My client Todd Rocked
it last night and got second by only 1 point! He also won best poser so I was super proud of him! He's 5'10" and has a broader frame than me so I really think he can get up over 200lb in contest shape and do really well! He started training with me 9 months ago at almost 20% body fat and now competed as a plant-based bodybuilder at 4% bf! So cool!
As for my training, I struggled a bit for the first couple weeks after my show deciding the best way to move forward. I think without a doubt my biggest weakness as an athlete is second guessing myself and bouncing around trying to figure out what everyone else is doing instead of doing what I know works for me. I briefly tried messing with total body routines because I love high frequency/volume training a la Arnold and Ronnie, but my core is still not having that so after some failed attempts at new splits I'm back on the one I used for my last show:
Monday: Calves, shoulders
Tuesday: Quads AM, Arms PM
Thursday: Back/ light bi
Friday: Calves, chest
Saturday: Hams AM, Arms PM
This worked really well because by spacing out legs and back as much as possible my core doesn't flare up. I also put in a couple sets of biceps after back to bring up that area faster and I'm excited to see what happens there. Been back on this split a week and a half and my core feels good enough already to do sets of 50 crunches and 30 leg lifts, provided its on its own day. Good sign! If I can keep that up I'll have my barbarian abs back in no time!