#motivationmonday . When I shared the stage with one of the greats of all time @ifbbvictormartinez and one of the new up and comers @charlesgriffen_ifbbpro. Talk about motivating or what! Whether I do or don’t decide to grace the stage again one day these are the moments you remember forever. #memoriesforlife
A great shot of one of my favourite bodybuilders ever, Mr Aaron Baker hitting his mighty quads with some leg extensions...just look at the thickness and detail on those quads!!! Competing from '81 through to 2003 he had it all; size, shape, symmetry, conditioning he was one of the few guys who could stand next to Flex and give him a real run for his money in the symmetry round; and in the compulsory round his size took big names down. He switched to the WBF in 1990, which I don't think did him any favours with the judges o his return...I don't ever like to call politics in any show but he was seriously underrated and placed lower in many shows where I was in awe of the package he presented...truly phenomenal. There are many great photos of Aaron and I'll be sure to post more; but for now, let's just enjoy the muscle built on those wheels...BEEF!!! Muscle Alchemy
Stage shots from #miaminationals this weekend..
I’ve been silent on IG lately as this one completely devastated me. Walking away from this show with an 11th place finish.
This hands down was the best I’ve ever looked, the most conditioned and the leanest I’ve been. Coming in at 1.5% bodyfat is not easy, nor was this bringing in this conditioning.
I was so excited to step on stage as this was most confident I had every felt with the package I was bringing. I know people say they are happy because they beat their last package, which is true, I am, but it’s a competition and beating my last package isn’t enough for me.
After placing 6th at USAs, I was told to come in tighter and better conditioning on my hamstrings. Challenged accepted and done! So why wasn’t this package good enough? Still scratching my head about it and waiting for feedback to come back from the judges.
While I’ve been in a funk, my mindset, drive, and determination hasn’t changed and it has just made me even hungrier for the next one. It’s setbacks and obstacles like this that can block our vision and stand in front of our goals and dreams but it’s our choice to not let that ever hinder us from reaching them but instead using it to make us stronger and more determined to reach them.
Closing out this competition year with a not so happy ending, but with the will to continue to push and come back even better.
Thank you for @5percentnutrition for being such a big part of this prep and your overwhelming love and support of welcoming me into the family. The photo and video shoots, warehouse tours, supplements, apparel and the mini series you are putting together for my prep to nationals is truly one I will forever hold close to my heart.
Thank you to my love @rawtalent126 for putting up with me through it all. I know I wasn’t the easiest person to deal with at all. It’s finally time to enjoy some much needed family time through the holidays and our big vacation at the end of the year.
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Tap into that 5th dimension. Drown out the noise around you. Be obsessed with your goals! Write them down, think about them all day and night, night and day! Envision yourself obtaining your goals. Auto suggestion is exactly what we’re talking about here as it goes beyond quotes. Thoughts really do become things, listen to your inner voice....you must BELIEVE it to ACHIEVE it!
One year ago, I made a list of goals that I wanted to achieve for myself, personally, mentally, physically and materially.. On my list was this BEAST and now, one year later she is mine!
This just goes to show, whatever dream you might have, whatever goal your set out to reach for yourself - nothing is impossible, you just need to see your goal clear as day, and hustle your fuckin ass off, no easy way about it, just grind and believe!
This not only a car, this is a statement, that you can come from the buttom and reach the top!
I want to give a special thank you to the guys at @rb.eriksen for meeting all my requirements finding my dream car, it took some time, but when you are working with details and no compromise then time is not important, only that you reach your goal - and we did!
Achieving the ultimate prize or reaching a long awaited goal doesn’t always mean that you’ll be completely fulfilled upon arrival. More so, right after a big win or reaching a goal I’m back at it..enjoying the climb, the pain, the adversity. My drive is fueled by adversity and adversity is what I live for. Remember this; finding yourself doesn’t occur on the top of the mountain, you’ll find your true self on your climb to the top.
If it doesn’t hurt than your probably not getting the most out of it. I have a saying. “If it ain’t burning it ain’t working”. I believe it should hurt (in a good way ) when you train. That way you know your breaking down those muscle fibres and than they rebuild when you rest and eat and than repeat the process and that’s how you grow 😊. It ain’t rocket science. People try to over think it too much. Train hard. Eat good. Rest enough. And repeat. #nopainnogain
With Dick Piana holding the drawing I did of his son Rich Piana. @steve_shoesmith @c_no5 @whitfo_ta2_kra_2b @melissapearo @physiquebyfrancesca @canfinefitness @chucknorman21 @c.t.alifletcher @supermanjr95 @nickstrengthpower @officialflexwheeler @huge285 @generationironofficial @luimarco @craiggolias @thedorianyates @ricdrasin @tjdillashaw
Today was a very special day for me. I got to meet Rich Piana’s dad Dick Piana. We spent 3 hrs together and we will be hooking up after thanksgiving in his area. We both had to agree we felt like we made a new friend. It was such an honor to present him with this drawing. If you wonder why Rich Piana was such a cool guy to his friends and fans, all you have to do is meet his dad to know why. --------------
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