Recap Of My First Bodybuilding Show

Jacob Pontius

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            This past weekend, I competed in my first bodybuilding show of my career. Over the past couple of years, I have competed in a handful of powerlifting meets, but have never truly just trained for physique. This was a challenge that I decided to take on as a New Year’s challenge to start 2018 but I decided to do it with a twist. I decided that I was going to compete in a bodybuilding show on Saturday and a powerlifting meet on Sunday.

            I started my prep on January 1st at a weight of 206 pounds. I competed in a powerlifting meet on New Years Eve, and then pretty much went cold turkey on all cheat meals until the bodybuilding show, which was on May 19th. I wanted to give myself plenty of time to do this prep, because I have done a cut before for a photo shoot and just didn’t give myself enough time and didn’t look my best. One of the main reasons I was able to do this was that the Max Effort Muscle Baking Mix really helped me curve cravings at night, which I really struggle with.

            The toughest part of the whole process was the final four weeks or so. Ask anyone who had to be around me during that time, I was not the most enjoyable person to be around. (Sorry Alex and Jeremy) The first 16 weeks went very smooth and I was able to keep my carbs and energy levels moderately high and was able to make great progress, but the final 4 weeks were hell. I was a mental train wreck and it was a tough challenge for me to tighten up. I was trying to make the 165 weight class and about a week and a half out I got stuck at around 170 pounds and couldn’t seem to break the scale. My body hadn’t ever been pushed to this extreme and it was fighting back.

 My carbs were already really low come peak week and by Thursday I was only to 169 pounds and still needed to figure out how to cut the remaining 4 pounds. I decided to cut my water and food and actually didn’t end up eating for 36 hours going into weigh ins. I wouldn’t recommend this, but it surprisingly tightened me up quite a bit.

            Finally show day came, it was time to weigh in, and it was time to show off the past 20 weeks worth of work. I stepped on the scale and made weight and began carbing up. I made a decision to be extremely present during the whole weekend, which consisted of a bodybuilding show on Saturday and a powerlifting meet on Sunday.

            It is always amazing to compete in front of my family, but it was even cooler during the bodybuilding show. Looking out and seeing and hearing my family yell for me during posing was a feeling unlike anything I had ever felt before. It was the first time in my life that I ever truly gave myself to something for that amount of time and was able to see the visual results at the end. It was very cool for my family to see this as well. My family has had a history of obesity and if me stepping on stage and putting myself out there like that can inspire one of them to be a little bit healthier, then it was 100 percent worth it to me.

            It didn’t matter if I finished first or last, I was very proud of the progress that I made. I truly believe that I became a healthier person over the past 20 weeks while prepping for my first bodybuilding show.

            I went on to compete in the powerlifting meet on Sunday in the 165 pound weight class. People don’t realize how tiring posing is and no matter how much food I ate on Saturday night, it was still extremely difficult to come back and compete in a powerlifting meet on Sunday.  I ended up squatting 385 pounds, benching 225 pounds, and deadlifting 455 pounds and went 4/9 on my lifts for the day.

 

Here were my Max Effort Muscle Stacks during my prep:

20 Weeks Out – 10 Weeks Out

Post Workout

Pre Workout

Baking Mix

Tri Blend Protein

Fat Burner

 

10 Weeks Out – Show Day

Post Workout

Post Workout

Pre Workout

Tri Blend Protein

Fat Burner

 

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