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Paul T @pault040264

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

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Contributorgold Paul T Hello my friends :) Time for my weekly update. Been a difficult week in the gym this week. I think the traveling / competing last weekend took more out of me than I thought it would. The competition went well, and I placed better than I expected. I tried a new tan (for me) it worked quite well though I think I will need to be just a little darker for the finals. My next (and last ) competition for this year is the NPA British finals on October 19th. I have 5 weeks to dial in my conditioning. I have made steady progress this year, coming in a little leaner at each show. Dieting for me is made more "interesting" as I have to manage my anti coagulant meds too. Changes to diet / routine etc all affect my clotting ratio's so I need to be very structured and controlled in what I do. This week I got some advice regarding my posing, this will help me enormously. :) All in all I am very happy with where I am right now, and with my progress this year.
"Lift long and prosper" my friends :)

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Contributorgold Paul T Finally home and unpacked from the weekends show.
I placed 4th in a very high standard of competition (including a current World Champion). Overall I am very happy with my progress thus far this year. I have areas to improve on (lot's of them tbh lol) and will be working on my plan for next year in the very near future.

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Contributorgold Paul T Early update this week peeps!. It's show weekend. My third of the season and by far the furthest to travel. Looking at a 6 hr drive (minimum). All is good however. Trained well right up to today. Diet is on song, though for this six weeks I have increased carbs a little just to see what happens. Feeling good and positive. No matter what, it's all a learning experience and practice for the British Finals in October. I am up against some stiff competition this weekend so not expecting too much. I will (as always) give it my best shot and will beat my greatest rival - ME from last time.
I have a different tan from previous shows, hopefully I will look less patchy than my last outing ;)
Have a great weekend everyone, play nicely LOL.
"Lift long and prosper"

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Good luck Paul ! Have a great competition and enjoy your weekend :)

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Contributorgold Paul T Here we go again peeps!! Weekly update time ! I have to say that the last few weeks have been a real struggle mentally for me. It started with a virus / bug thing and continued with a negative mindset. I managed to get my training done, I stayed on track with my nutritional plan and kept up with the cardio, but...... boy was it hard work!!! Today, I am just about 1 week from my next show. I am leaner than my last outing (without doubt). I have just completed my leg (quad focus) leg session and now feel better than I did before the session. This game is hard.... not so much physically but mentally. Once the doubts start it becomes very hard to shake and get back to a positive mindset. Outside influences compound the problem too. However..... Come Sunday 7th I will be strutting my stuff, loving every second and all this will be forgotten. Have a great weekend everyone.
"Lift long and prosper"

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Contributorgold Paul T Weekly progress report. Finally shrugged off the bug / virus thing :) My head has been playing those "you're skinny, you're fat" games this week. This dieting game is hard work mentally more than physically for me. I have spent most of my life trying to lose the "skinny" tag so actively dieting to lose weight plays havoc with the mind LOL. Any way... training is going well, I weighed this morning (at home) @ 2kg lighter than my profile picture. I have two weeks remaining until my next show (7th September) at the NPA SouthEast qualifier in Kent, UK. I have just trained legs and found a way to perform laying leg curls in my home gym :D this adds another option to my hamstring training. My hamstrings / glutes are an area for improvement for next year (too late to do too much this season). All in all, after a three tough weeks mentally, I am now feeling more positive and more like my old self lol, making plans already for next year. Have a great weekend peeps :)
"Lift long and prosper"

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Contributorgold Paul T Time for my weekly progress report :). Mixed bag this week. I have been struggling against some sort of virus / bug that's been doing the rounds. Not been too bad but not able to do my usual morning cardio as I felt worse first thing in the morning. Got my weight sessions in though :) Needed to increase carbs a little as feeling run down, not by much just a few extra rice cakes and some dried fruit. Today I finally feel more like my old self and got a really good leg session behind me. As of tomorrow I will be 3 weeks away from my third show of the year. I feel that I am approaching being in my best condition so far. I haven't used the scales but I am certainly losing BF. As of Monday (maybe tomorrow) I will be hitting the cardio again, maybe slightly longer session to get me back on track. All things considered, I am quite happy with where I am right now. Have a great weekend peeps :)

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Sounds like you have had a tough week. I hate being not fully match fit! Good to hear that you are feeling better. Good luck with your training in the run up to your comp :)

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Contributorgold Paul T Weekly update a little early this week. A mixed week of training / diet to report. Monday started out great as I got to train in my home gym with a fellow competitor. It was brilliant having someone to advise and give me some tips / advice. Then almost as soon as I said goodbye, I felt sick / dizzy. What followed was several days of being sick. It felt almost like some kind of flu as my whole body hurt :(. I got to train again on Friday with my guest, arms this time. So the week finished on a high. I have just finished my leg session (early) as I have my grandchildren staying over. I now have 4 weeks until my next competition. The NPA Southeast qualifier, Tonbridge, Kent, UK on 7th September. This will be my last practice before the British Finals in October.
I am already leaner than at my last outing a few weeks ago but have a fair bit of loose skin to tighten up (around the belly button line). The perks of advanced years LOL. Now it's back to my plan and to give it everything I have.

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Contributorgold Paul T Sunday lunchtime so it can only be weekly update time ;).
It is now one week since my last show (two shows in July). I have had a week of eating slightly higher carb levels (rice cakes and oatmeal) just to prepare me for the next phase of prep for my next show on 7th September. Training has gone well with the exception of today. With the contest prep I have only trained quads twice this month so really struggled with my squats, I have also gone back to basics with my squat as I was unhappy with my technique. I now squat to a "box" set at a level where my quads are parallel to to the floor (just below actually). I have had to reduce the weight used but as I am not a power lifter all is good. I actually feel the move more in my quads / glutes now rather than my lower back. With just about 5 weeks to the next show I have 4 quads sessions to try and improve my legs a little. I needed to adapt my routine today as I broke my leg extension machine, time to break out the welding gear LOL :)

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Contributorgold Paul T Just got home after competing at the NPA Southwest qualifier in Stratford Upon Avon, UK. What an awesome show, top class competition and a hard fought battle on stage. Very happy to come away with a 4th place trophy.
I learn a little more each time I step on stage. I feel my preparation back stage was far better this time. I also made some tweaks to my posing that I hope will show some improvements when I see the video footage. I now have 6 weeks (or so) to make some adjustments and improve for the South East show on 7th September in Kent, UK. I need to dial in my conditioning a bit more and nail the posing.
All is good though, I am very happy with my progress in my (realistic) first year of competing. (last years one off show was more to test whether I could train / diet whilst on my anticoagulant medication).
"Lift long and prosper" peeps

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Congratulations and well deserved, strong Paul :))

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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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