honestly I started out a diamond gym in New Jersey when I was 16 without even knowing what I was doing. it just happened to be the best gym on the entire east coast probably the entire nation next to gold's Venice. by the time I was 17 I was training every day at 5:00 a.m. with a guy who just plays 7th in the Nationals is a light heavyweight he taught me everything I knew his name was John trotty. if it wasn't for him it would have took me five more years to figure shit out he taught me how to train he taught me how to eat I did my first contest at 18 he walked me through everything I came in second out of like 17 teenagers it wasn't for him I would have probably finished last because I would have been so out of shape I didn't know what the hell I was doing he did.pfm is a legend hes the man that taught me everything i know about this
the problem is finding the right guy cuz there's so many guys in the gyms on these message boards that try to make themselves out into some girl of some sort and they don't know shit they're not the right person for this. to really learn quickly and eliminate all this time you'll have to learn by yourself you need somebody that is a competitor number one I believe that competed himself and did well because someone that's a competitor has been through all the trials and tribulations of being a bodybuilder all the mistakes all all the correcting a mistakes the dedication it takes the training it takes the eating it takes so someone that competed just that as long as they're not as dumb as rocks is going to be able to help you tremendously. then just guys with time man I mean like me I have 31 years involving this as a competitor or a trainer a NPC judge. I've trained people last mail I trained cuz I kind of stay away from men now they're annoying and want to take too many drugs it's not necessary but the last guy I had was a 19 almost 20 year old college kid who wanted to do classic physique and send me pictures when he was 16 weeks out. when I looked at these pictures and he also sent me his daily diet I just stood there and looked at his diet looked at his pictures and shook my head because the guy looked like well first of all his diet was a diet you should be on when you're about 4 weeks out from a show and he was 16 weeks out his body was lean but it wasn't lean in the right way you look like a swimmer and I told them I said if you continue that diet that you have written down for another 16 weeks every bit of muscle on you is going to be gone by the time that show comes. I told them I said I could turn you around I could turn it all around in 16 weeks for you but you got to trust me I said I know there's a bunch of jerk offs on the internet that will tell you anything you don't know me you don't know what I know and don't know you're going to have to place your trust in me and listen to me now I didn't charge him anything cuz I never charge anybody anything when it comes to training people for shows or helping people for shows. number one because I have enough money I was an attorney for 27 years and also number two no one charged me coming up when I was at Diamond I got help from so many good competitors and nobody wanted a dime so it was like a pay It Forward kind of thing you know help the next guy coming up and I still have that in my head so I won't charge anybody. he was kind of wary but I was trying to tell him look I'm not taking any money from you what the hell do I have to gain from doing this except wasting my own time. the reason I do it is I enjoy it I enjoyed getting people ready for contests especially ones that are dedicated and listen and he was one of them. I pretty much tripled his calories protein up his carbs tremendously changed his workouts I mean I changed everything changed his drugs I mean he needed a total overhaul and I really was doubtful how good a shape I could get him into in 16 weeks even. but I use the first eight as let's just fill this guy out you know he's totally depleted he looks like a swimmer he's lost a ton of muscle I could tell and so I use the first 8 weeks to make him eat his way up and train heavy and use some of the heavier drugs to put some more muscle on them for those 8 weeks the next three weeks we kind of came down. now another one of his problems was he had no legs whatsoever when I first met him no legs at all. the last time I saw him before his show was about a week and a half away when I tried to teach him a little posing I'm not the best poser in the world but I tried to help him as much as I could I really couldn't and that was one of the things that kept them from winning the class that his presentation sucked. when I saw him and looked at his legs I couldn't believe it I'm like motherfucker you got legs and he just laughed at me just kind of smiled I said they're not huge or anything but they're cut I could see your four muscle groups in your legs your quads they're separated I mean they're good enough to put up there. I had given him a leg workout that was insane now I gave it to him as Overkill figure and he won't do all of it but the crazy bastard did everything on the sheet every workout I couldn't believe when he told me he did it all cuz it was a lot but it worked. anyway I took them from 16 weeks all the way through the prejudging I was up with him at 4:30 a.m. the day of the show talking him through the last hours before the contest I was on the phone within the night before making sure he didn't spill over as he carved up and what diuretics he was going to use and everything went perfectly with him he didn't come close to spilling over I didn't have to use any lasix on him we just use some addacticide I believe I'll back tone mostly from 7 days out and then two wildactors I tabs the night before and the night in the morning of. when I saw his pictures he came in second out of I think about 16 in his class he was the youngest in his class and he was the best in his class he clearly should have won but he lost because his presentation sucked and he didn't know how to pose. but when I saw the pictures when I looked at them I knew right away that was the best he was going to look no matter who helped him and no matter what he did he couldn't have looked any better than that he looked really good. he needed to put size on for another show but for the local level show he did he looked really good really he looked impressive he was in shape he was in bodybuilding shape like 3% body fat full I mean what we did got the water from inside the muscle and out of the subcutaneous part that can make you smooth everything went right with him. problem was we had a kind of falling out after that because I was training them for free you made a couple comments that I didn't like and I'm thinking you know I'm doing all this shit for this guy for nothing and he's saying bullshit like this I ended up stop talking to him and yes he actually called me to train him for the New Jersey state championship and I told him I wasn't up for it I had too many things going on and you pretty much begged me and I told him no. then last year I was looking through an NPC magazine and it covered the New Jersey state championship I had no idea he was in there I was just flipping the pages my girlfriend was sitting there and she had met him a couple times when he was from New Jersey I was from New York so he came a couple times to train with me and she met him and she saw the pictures of his contest and everything so when I flipped to him and looked at him I just felt horrible man he looked about 6 weeks out on stage he had put on a significant amount of muscle in the year so if I had helped them he would have looked a lot better than the year before but he obviously attempted to help himself or he got someone one of these gym girls that say they could help you and don't know what the hell they're doing. I mean like my girlfriend said to me what happened to him I said I didn't help him I guess that's what it was cuz it wasn't what it is what it is I didn't help him he didn't have me as a trainer so he didn't look the same as good he didn't know what he was doing. bodybuilding's like a science man you can't just go into a bodybuilding contest without the correct help and the correct knowledge and expect to get ready and look like a bodybuilder supposed to look on stage it's impossible.
I mean that's a perfect example of how far ahead you could put yourself by hooking yourself up with a good trainer. I mean he came in second really should have won that class when I trained him if I didn't train him and he keep doing what he was doing he would have finished last. he then he tried to compete without me and he looked about 6 weeks out his friends are probably telling me look great I would have told him he looks like shit and you better get your shit together but you can't ask your buddies how you look cuz they're not going to tell you the truth. but if we didn't have a falling out and he stuck with me I could have had him looking so much better for the second show and he could have kept going he had good genetics and I kind of like I said I felt bad because I felt responsible like look this guy tried to do this himself he asked me I said no and look what happened he looks totally out of shape on stage and he shouldn't even be up there like that I wouldn't even let him go up there like that. but that is how much a good bodybuilding trainer can help in so many respects not just contest preparation they could teach you how to take the drugs right correctly these forms aren't going to teach you how to take the drugs correctly because you're going to read a million contradictory things you're not going to know what's right and what's wrong, a good bodybuilding trainer could teach you how to eat for yourself you can learn how to diet which is very important one of the most important things there's three things in the bodybuilders diet training and drugs and you have to have everyone right to make optimal gains and a good body will in China can set you up like that right away you don't have to wait seven years trying to figure it out. so that's what I tell any beginner if he's really serious if you really want to be a bodybuilder find someone that knows what the hell he's doing and stay as close to him as possible.
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