Sunday, July 15, 2012

2012 NPC San Jose Men's Physique Bodybuilding Competition: DONE

I just made my first on-stage appearance at the 32nd EFX All-American NPC Bodybuilding Competition in San Jose, California on July 14th, 2012. It was a humbling experience, being next to some absolutely amazing guys with bodies about to lead them to magazine covers and seven-figure showbiz salaries.

Men's Physique 5'7" to 5'10" (I am fourth from the left)
Check those dudes out! The guy, Cameron, just to my right, was the overall winner and got his PRO CARD to compete in national level competitions for major winnings. I didn't place this year, but will keep honing my skill and muscles so that I can eventually rise to the top! It was a fun experience and I want to especially thank my friends for coming out to support me. Edgar, Oscar, Jessica, Jen, Melanie, Kim, Eric, Mike, Julie, Lorena, Ed, and especially Lauren. I know you guys all read this blog and I want to recognize you all for the ongoing support throughout my training and the ups and downs I've had struggling with sticking with it.

Eric, Jen, Billy, Jessica, Lauren, Kim, Mike, Oscar
Check out the TEAM BILLY shirts!

Mike, Julie, Lauren, Eric, Billy, Kim, Lorena, Jessica, Oscar





Billy and Leland representing the entire County of Santa Cruz
Leland and I lift together at Santa Cruz Power Fitness in Santa Cruz. Not too many people from that gym really follow the NPC circuit or choose to compete. Two guys who did last year decided to forego it this year, so I guess Leland and I had to walk to the walk! Not that it was easy or like anyone could do it- but I do think more people should strive to compete in some fashion. Enough guys sure walk around there acting like they are the champions of champions! Leland is the only one that can do that now though- he won his division: Men's Masters 50+ !!


Jay Cutler was talking to us competitors. He won Mr. Olympia five times!


Speaking of champions, ladies and gentlemen, Jay Cutler! This man is the most well-known bodybuilder on the planet, dwarfing even Arnold Schwarzenegger in stature AND size! Jay did not compete at this contest, but was there talking to friends and giving admonishments here and there. It was nice to see and meet him. Though, the next guy I got to meet happened to inspire me even more than Cutler did (ok, a LOT more).

Greg Plitt, a man of a thousand inspirational words
I just discovered Greg Plitt recently- merely having only recognized his face (and abs) from magazine covers and tv commercials (BowFlex, Right Guard deodorant, Under Armour) from years past. I was sitting at a post-Billy Bad Ass Cardio Kickboxing gathering and we all passed around a YouTube video of this man doing incredible physical feats. Turns out it was Greg Plitt, model and actor, who has been credited with motivating and inspiring people facing all kinds of trials and tribulations in their lives.

" Working out in the gym isn't as much a transformation of your physical body as it is a transformation of your mental confidence. " 

If you need any further inspiration for your day or to help you achieve your goals:




I will be there one day! With this kind of support, who wouldn't? I really love you guys. Thanks again for all the support from start to finish.

Team Billy Bad Ass

Friday, July 6, 2012

Billy Prusinowski: One week from first competition. FINAL TRAINING LOG.



I do strength training around noon everyday. Then maybe again around 730pm.

Cardio every morning at 630am. Again at night at around 9pm.

This is getting hectic. My last week of meals is meticulously planned, and I will show you exactly what's up here.
Chris Aceto

"When tweaked precisely, the result is a temporary super-hard look on par with that of a dialled-in bodybuilder. No water retention, no bloating, just crisp definition. Competitive bodybuilders are notorious for radically changing their physiques in as few as 7–9 days. During the final stretch before a competition, many follow a system called “carbohydrate depleting and loading”. This involves radically restricting carbs, then reverting back to a very high carb intake. The process empties the muscles of carbohydrate reserves only to load them back up."Chris Aceto is a well-known pre-contest expert that I chose to follow to the T for my last week. He says about his training/meal planning:

So here is what I'm choosing to do: (as per my entirely vegan coach, Ed Bauer's food advice)

SUNDAY: 

(Summary: 40-70g carbs, 275g protein, 2200 cals, 128oz. water, 2x normal salt)

830am: 1 serving Trader Joe's Chicken-Less Strips, 1/4c Raw Mixed Nuts

1030am: 1/4c blueberries, 1/4 almonds, 1 serving protein + 1/8c coconut shreds (in shake), 24oz water

12pm: 1 serving protein + 1 tbsp flax oil, 24oz water

Workout/Strength Training 1 hour, 24oz water

2pm: 1 serving protein + 12g glutamine, 20oz water

300pm: 1 Tofurky Italian Sausage, 1 serving steamed broccoli, 16oz water

600pm: 1 serving baked Hi-Protein Tofu, 1 serving steamed kale, 16oz water

900pm: 1 serving protein, 1/4c Raw Pumpkin Seeds, 16oz water

How many times I will be refilling my 20oz cup!
MONDAY: 

(Summary: 40-70g carbs, 275g protein, 2200 cals, 128oz. water, 2x normal salt)

630am: 1 serving Emerge from Max Muscle Sports Nutrition

730am: 1 serving Trader Joe's Chicken-Less Strips, 1/4c Raw Mixed Nuts

930am: 1/4c blueberries, 1/4 almonds, 1 serving protein + 1/8c coconut shreds (in shake), 24oz water

1045am: 1 serving protein + 1 tbsp flax oil, 24oz water

1230pm: 1 serving Emerge from Max Muscle Sports Nutrition

Workout/Strength Training 1 hour, 24oz water

230pm: 1 serving protein + 12g glutamine, 20oz water

400pm: 1 Tofurky Italian Sausage, 1 serving steamed broccoli, 16oz water

Workout/Cardio Kickboxing 1 hour

700pm: 1 serving baked Hi-Protein Tofu, 1 serving steamed kale, 16oz water

1000pm: 1 serving protein, 1/4c Raw Pumpkin Seeds, 16oz water

Hand-written FINAL WEEK Game Plan



















TUESDAY: 

(Summary: 40-70g carbs, 275g protein, 2200 cals, 128oz. water, 2x normal salt)


630am: 1 serving Emerge from Max Muscle Sports Nutrition

730am: 1 serving Trader Joe's Chicken-Less Strips, 1/4c Raw Mixed Nuts

930am: 1/4c blueberries, 1/4 almonds, 1 serving protein + 1/8c coconut shreds (in shake), 24oz water

1045am: 1 serving protein + 1 tbsp flax oil, 24oz water

1230pm: 1 serving Emerge from Max Muscle Sports Nutrition

Workout/Strength Training 1 hour, 24oz water

230pm: 1 serving protein + 12g glutamine, 20oz water

400pm: 1 Tofurky Italian Sausage, 1 serving steamed broccoli, 16oz water

Workout 1 hour

700pm: 1 serving baked Hi-Protein Tofu, 1 serving steamed kale, 16oz water

1000pm: 1 serving protein, 1/4c Raw Pumpkin Seeds, 16oz water


Wednesday through Friday we add carbohydrates
WEDNESDAY: 

(Summary: 500-700g carbs, 170g protein, 2500 calories, 192oz. water, no sodium)
**Drop Sodium, re-introduce carbohydrates, tons of water**

630am: 1 serving Emerge from Max Muscle Sports Nutrition

730am: 1 cup steel cut oats + 1 serving protein powder + 1/2c blueberries + 1 tbsp flax oil + 1 tbsp Agave Syrup

915am: 2 servings soy curls, 1 cup quinoa, 2 tbsp fruit preserves

1045am: 2 servings soy curls, 15oz sweet potato, 2 rice cakes

1230pm: 1 serving protein, 2 Larabars, 2 rice cakes, 8oz sweet potato

330pm: 1 cup brown rice, 1 serving baked Hi-Protein Tofu

530pm: 2 Larabars

Workout/Cardio Kickboxing 1 hour (go easy, don't deplete carbs [glycogen in muscle])

730pm: 1 serving protein + 1 tbsp almond butter, 8oz sweet potato

Almost to Friday! Simple carbohydrates again finally!
THURSDAY:

(Summary: 500-700g carbs, 170g protein, 4000 calories, 160oz water, no sodium)

730am: 1 cup steel cut oats + 1 serving protein powder + 1/2c blueberries + 1 tbsp flax oil + 1 tbsp Agave Syrup


915am: 2 servings soy curls, 1 cup quinoa, 2 tbsp fruit preserves

1045am: 2 servings soy curls, 15oz sweet potato, 2 rice cakes

1230pm: 1 serving protein, 2 Larabars, 2 rice cakes, 8oz sweet potato

330pm: 1 cup brown rice, 1 serving baked Hi-Protein Tofu

530pm: 2 Larabars

730pm: 1 serving protein + 1 tbsp almond butter, 8oz sweet potato

1000pm: 2 rice cakes, 2 tbsp almond butter, 1 Clif Builder bar


FRIDAY:

(Summary: I AM THERE. I won't get fat in 24 hours, time to eat some simple carbs!)

730am: Cereal, French Toast, Raisins

930am: Bagel Sandwich

1045am: 2 servings soy curls, 8oz sweet potato, 2 rice cakes

12pm: STOP ALL WATER! No drinking anything until after the competition.

3pm: 2 servings soy curls, 8oz sweet potato

5pm: Whatever as long as it's no sodium!

SATURDAY:

Game day! I will be exhausted, I am exhausted from just writing this blog! Time to rest, both now and after this insane week of dieting. I hope your goal-achievement is going according to schedule. Summer weight loss goals are popular to embark upon, to say the least. Sticking with them more than 2 days? That is the challenge. My best of luck to you, and hopefully you'll see me somewhere on the homepage of the National Physique Committee (NPC) after I kick butt in the July 2012 San Jose Men's Physique Competition!

More on Chris Aceto here.
                                                          More on Ed Bauer here.