First, I am going to preface this coach log entry with this:

Our gyms officially opened up last week here in South Florida, but closed 2 days later because of the county's political play against the city of Fort Lauderdale. However, the county has stated that it will allow gyms to open on Tuesday. Apparently, 5 more days was crucial to the health of the county, but I digress.

My point in mentioning this is to remind my haters that I can now, in fact, start posting videos and pics while training in the gym. My coach logs have struck a nerve with some whiney babies who have been to lazy and unresourceful to find ways to train. While sitting on their couches drinking Mountain Dew and eating Cheetos, they enjoy anonymously posting their disapproval of my continued progress. Apparently, it is hard to believe that someone can progress without actual video and pictures, though I think we all know the internet well enough; the shitty comments will continue but will focus on how "small" I am, how weak I am or how old I am. I live for and love the internet.  🙂

And just to add fuel to the fire, I ended up loading 2 days in a row last weekend because after my shows were pushed yet again, I felt that I was pushing too hard, too far out. Right now, I am 9 weeks out of a qualifier and 16 weeks out of one of the larger shows that I have my sights set on. Ideally, I will do 2 to 4 shows, but it will depend on how each show goes.  

I want to remind everyone that I have not been on stage since 2012. I have started to 2 preps and had problems in both preps -- one was entirely my fault while the other one was out of my control. Either way, I have no peaked in 8 years, so I am going to want to be sure that I have my timing down before I hit the stage for the larger show or shows. This is just me being meticulous, and I don't want to invest this amount of time, effort, and money to not get it right. I want to thank the people who make shitty comments and doubt me because these are huge motivators for me. I have something to prove to MYSELF competing this year, but I would be lying if I said that I didn't want to prove some of the fuckers who think I can't do it (and do it well), that they are very wrong.

I am going to be completely transparent here and say that I am to the point where I hate Skiploading. I have not stated this publicly until now, but I'm just being honest.  I have been using high-carb days instead of skiploading early on in this cut phase, and even used a 1-meal Skipload and then the rest of the day high-carb meals with "good" success. However, it is painfully obvious that the longer I skipload and the more food I push, the leaner I get. I have been complaining about it, secretly, to my wife and she is tired of hearing about it.

Why do I hate it so bad right now? I hate forcing food. I hate the feeling of being stuffed and as the day progresses, I feel miserable, distended, gassy, etc.  Again, though, I keep meticulous notes and it is painfully obvious that the connection is crystal clear: the more I eat the leaner I get and I get leaner FASTER when I Skipload.  

If you have used Skiploading before, you are probably thinking to yourself, "Um, Skip, we know and you know that this is the best method for getting shredded." I have not doubted that and I am not doubting that now. I was not doing high-carb days and abstaining from larger skiploads because the results wouldn't be there. I was doing it because I feel BETTER not stuffing myself and I am not distended, gassy, etc, for a couple of days. I have never complained about this in the past and I have used this method for almost 20 years. I am just to the point now where it is laborious to push the amount of food that I am pushing on these Skiploads.

I am going back to using cereal for my Skiploads and I haven't done this for almost 10 years. This is currently my favorite cereal and it's hard not to kill an entire box.

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To give you some examples of the differences that I have in my detailed notes between high-carb days vs the larger skiploads:

1. I do not get as lean as quickly. Obviously, this is the number one issue.

2. I get so depleted that the depletion has a very negative impact on my training as I get further and further away from the last high-carb day. Even when I pushed my high-carb days closer together, it didn't make enough of a difference to really matter. 

3. Using high-carb days, I would get leaner for about 4-5 days post high-carb day and then plateau. I would then push the depletion further and would either not progress much or not at all. Then, when doing another high-carb day, it just wasn't enough to impact my metabolism much and I was still too depleted. Understand that this is all while I am higher in calories (significantly) than I have ever been at this scale weight and condition.

4. With Skiploading, I continue to improve my strength and my workouts are brutal and productive. Without loading and only using high-carb days, my workouts are good, but nothing that would be considered progressing -- more like "stable." Sorry, but if I have to choose between progressing and stable, I'm going for progressing.

I am still not doing cardio and relying solely upon my nightly walks. Call it cardio if you want to but if you were walking with me, my daughter and my wife, you would not consider it cardio, I don't believe.

I will end this log entry with this:
I don't want to sound like I'm bitching or moaning, but it is tough not to be able to post videos or pics of training right now because I don't want to put my gym in jeopardy of getting in trouble for allowing me to train there. I know it shouldn't matter, but when I'm progressing and in a position where I am getting into great condition, I admit that I want to showcase this -- not just for business but for own selfish reasons. I think we all want people to see when we are busting our ass and getting shit done.

If you only read my coach logs to hate, be sure to also follow me on FB and IG so that you can hate there, too.  If you're going to do something, do it all the way.


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