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Paul T @pault040264

Competed in my first bodybuilding competition in July 2013 at the tender age of 49 LOL.
http://www.justgiving.com/pault040264
I lift weights 5 nights / week.
Any tips of advice are always gratefully received.

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Contributorgold Paul T It's Sunday, one week after the first show of the year. I am still buzzing from being invited to compete at the NPA British Championships in October. Leg session today as per my normal routine with the exception that I changed my exercises a little. I deconstructed my squat technique (which sucked tbh, too much weight and not deep enough). I have been making excuses, regarding the major leg surgery a few years ago. NO MORE!!!!. I set a bar at a level that when my backside touched it, I knew I was at parallel. I had to reduce the weight used but ensured I had perfect form each rep. OUCH!!!!! I also pushed more reps on the vertical leg press and lunged with added weight (also for more reps). My quads are now on fire !!! :D I have another show this coming weekend. The NPA Midlands qualifier. I could (if I wished) pull out of this as I have already qualified for the finals, but I feel I need the stage practice. I have only ever done two shows so far.

"Lift long and prosper"
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Contributorgold Paul T First picture from this weekends show. 2nd place, masters over 50. (me on the left)

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Contributorgold Paul T Competed on Sunday at the NPA Southwest in Taunton UK. Two in my class (over 50's), I placed 2nd but was invited to compete at the British Finals in October. I am extremely happy and very excited with the prospect of standing on stage with the best natural bodybuilders in the country. I have two more shows to do prior to the finals as I need to perfect the whole "comp day" prep / routine. Timing is everything. The two shows will also allow me to gain more confidence on stage, so far I have only competed twice. There is more to this than just banging out a few poses, it is bloody hard work !! I have been practicing my posing but on stage we held the poses far longer than I had been in practice, lesson learned LOL.
I'll post pics of the show as soon as I receive them.

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Contributorgold Paul T One day to go!!! Tomorrow sees me step on stage as an over 50 competitor. This is the culmination of a plan set in place a whole year ago. Immediately after my last show I sat done and planned my approach to this year. Training, diet, everything was done to that plan. Each week I checked my progress against that plan and made tiny adjustments as necessary. True to my plan I didn't gain too much excess weight (>20lb), This made my prep a little less frantic LOL. As I sit here reflecting on the past 12 months, I can honestly say I would change nothing. I had some issues along the way. A shoulder injury around Christmas time meant I had to restrict my shoulder sessions to presses only. Flat bench was also a no no. However, the injury didn't stop me, I worked around it carefully and it is now healed. No excuses, no regrets. This is where all those lonely sessions, those 6am cardio sessions, the eating to a strict plan pays off. Now comes the fun part. :) "Lift long and prosper"

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All the best tomorrow and do us proud, strong Paul :))

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Good luck with the comp. I'm sure all your hard work and dedication will pay off :))

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Contributorgold Paul T Hiya Soraya, thanks for FR. I see you are in Perranporth, just up the road from me in Threemilestone :)

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Contributorgold Paul T Here we are again :) Sunday is weekly update time. Well, I am now one week from stepping on stage again at the NPA Southwest qualifier. I am at my leanest ever. I can honestly say I have given my all to be prepared for this show. Looking back over the last 12 months, there isn't one thing about my training / nutrition that I regret doing (or not). Come what may, wherever I place I know that I have improved from last years show and that is really all that matters. As an added bonus I have managed to keep my anti coagulant meds under control and stable throughout. (no mean feat in itself lol). I am now looking forward to my final week in the gym, nothing frantic planned more to keep me sane than anything :)
Diet wise - nothing fancy just more of the same really. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all those of you who have supported me and kept me going through the hard times. Whether you know it or not, you lot inspire me daily - THANK YOU :) Now to refuel and relax :)

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Contributorgold Paul T It's a Sunday!! It's lunchtime!!! and here it comes, my weekly update lol.
Well today sees me exactly two weeks away from the first show of the year. This time in two weeks I will be pumping up backstage and trying to shake the nerves lol.
The dieting is going to plan so far. I believe myself to be leaner (I am 1kg lighter than stage weight last year), yet holding more muscle than last year. This week sees a fine tuning of the diet, nothing major just tweaks here and there. All in all I am very happy with where I am right now. As I have said before I plan to be at my best for my last show, using the first two to fine tune things. I am talking about things you can't practice without doing a show. Pump up routines, drying out, carbing up etc We are all different so experience really does count for everything. Today is the closing date for entries so I will shortly find out running order etc It really starts to get exciting from this point on. "Lift long and prosper" Stay safe peeps

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Contributorgold Paul T Armed forces day in the UK today :)
Proud to have served, 13 years Royal Navy '81 - '94

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Massive thanks Paul and to all the others who have served.

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Contributorgold Paul T Sunday lunchtime and it's time for my weekly update. Just finished my major leg session. Hard work this week. The low carbs are having an effect. Also, I am doing heavy seated cable crunches which is leaving my lower back sore (in a good way). Today I decreased the max weight on my squats to protect my back but completed more reps with the lower weight. Overall I increased my total weight lifted for the session by 680 kg (1500lb) for a grand total of 38,185kg (84,184lb) in 90 minutes (2 mins faster than last week). Quads are on fire and pumped solid :)
This week sees my final calorie drop. By dropping small things and halving my protein shakes I can drop by another 500 cals/ day taking me down to around 1600. I will maintain this for the final 3 weeks. Post show, I will allow one day of eating near normally before getting back on to the diet for the next show 2 weeks later. I am sure that I am leaner than last year at the same stage, so hoping for a better placing this year. :)

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looking and sounding great Paul :)

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Contributorgold Paul T Happy fathers day to all you dad's out there in TS land How did I spend mine?? I'll give you 3 guesses... No?? It was Quads day Yippeeee LOL. Smashed it today, got an extra few reps on some heavy sets for an increase in total kg lifted of 1650kg. (Total in 92 mins = 37505kg or 82685lb). Happy with that at exactly 4 weeks out from the first show of the year. Now to refuel, rest and maybe grow lol. Had BF measured earlier in the week, 5.7% (as measured) so coming down nicely. Indeed, I have halved my BF% since prep started end of Feb. (12.5% - 5.7%). Regardless of actual % Steady progress, I hope you will agree. So what now? I hear you ask. Well diet and cardio get stepped up a notch or two. More focus on posing routine and trying to stay with my plan and not give in to temptation / external advice to change something at this late stage. My plan has always been to learn from the early shows and hopefully be at my best in September. "Practice makes perfect". Have a great day Y'all.

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Thanks for sharing and welcome to the Bodyspacers tribe :)

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Contributorgold Paul T Probably not 100% accurate but.... the trend is down on a monthly basis. And my body fat has halved from a start of 12.5% to todays 5.7%. It is that, that is important not the actual %. I have managed to hold onto (within a kilo) of my starting lean mass. Gotta be happy with that :)

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