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Can you tell us a little about the show in which you most recently competed?
Just recently took 2nd place at Pittsburgh Pro Masters Championship 2014. It was my 5th show this year (4 in 12 weeks) and the culminating show of my rookie season where I had four top 10 finishes, a master’s win, and scored 1 point for the Olympia.
How many times have you heard someone say that they’re hitting the gym because they have a vacation coming up or because they want to fit into a wedding dress or look good at a reunion? Oftentimes these goals are explained in fairly general terms. The sentence normally starts with “I want to…” or “I just need to…” and ends with one of the following:
Recently, I jumped back on the NPC stage for the first time since July of 2013 where I was in the second callouts of Team Universe. Many would say that this was the best I have ever looked in the two years I have been competing in Men’s Physique. After I came off the stage with my first place trophy, which was the first time getting 1st, I had people asking a lot of questions. The most asked question during my birthday weekend (Aaaw yeah, hello 30!) was “Jay Hall, how much did you weigh on stage?” My answer was simple: “I have no idea.”
Eighteen of the top IFBB MP Pros are poised and ready to hit the stage this weekend in Vegas. There has been a lot of talk about who’s going to come out on top and walk away with the 2014 title. So who's it going to be? I have put together a complete breakdown of the competitors so you will know what to expect from each of these men as they take the stage in hopes of doing just that and making their mark in the Men’s Physique history book.
Don’t have the time to get your regular workout in? Try this!
Occasionally things can pop up that prevent you from being able to make it to the gym as often as you would like. When that happens, you have to adjust your workouts to fit in what body parts you need with the time that you have. Normally, I am able to get in one body part a day, but when that is not feasible, here is a routine that can help you knockout multiple body parts in one session. This is a great alternate workout that can help you hit your upper body quickly.
It’s chest day again. You have to love it! Like many of you, I’m on a mission to bring up the upper chest. A solid upper chest improves the look of the entire upper body dramatically. The following workout will have your pecs screaming and prime the pump to stack on slabs of pectoral meat! (The weights mentioned are simply for reference. You should of course use weights that correspond to your personal level of strength.)
If you’re a physique competitor or aspiring competitor, you know that the ideal physique is one with proper proportions. Most important is getting a small waist, wide lats, and round shoulders. This gives the ever sought after “V” taper that we all strive to get.
Most of you who are reading this article are probably already taking certain nutritional supplements which are popular among bodybuilding folk, such as conjugated linoleic acid, glutamine, fish oil, whey protein, and glutamine. However, there are basic nutritional demands in everyone which competitors might not be addressing in their daily regimens. In addition, those demands change as we age, as do the supplements which confer optimal health. In an effort to address those demands, I have compiled a list of supplements which you should consider adding to your regimen.
Right on the heels of the IFBB Pittsburgh Pro Masters show this past weekend was the longtime running and very popular North American Championships. The North Americans is one of the last chances each year for NPC competitors to earn their IFBB Pro card. This is of course a main driving factor causing competitors to flock to Pittsburgh for this particular show. Additionally, show promoter Gary Udit always puts on a great show that leaves the majority of competitors walking away from the stage satisfied with their experience. To top it off, Pittsburgh is a town full of character that is a lot of fun to visit. When you mix all of these factors together you can quickly see why the North American Championships are growing in attendance year after year.
This past Thursday marked the first ever IFBB Pittsburgh Pro Masters show. All divisions were represented at this particular contest despite a $200.00 fee charged for entry to the competitors. An entry fee for Pro’s is atypical for IFBB Pro contests which is most likely the reason that the MP Pro turnout was smaller than usual. It is our understanding that this entry fee is just part of getting the ball rolling as interest in the Masters division continues to grow nationwide. The Masters Pro show was run on Thursday just prior to and at the same venue as the North Americans which of course has been around for years and scheduled for the prime days of Friday and Saturday.