@ragz - Last weekend I was supposed to step on stage for the first time since 2014. This would have been my 7th time competing in bodybuilding and I was pumped to see the progress made in the past 6 years considering the variations my training has had. The pandemic had a different plan. All shows were cancelled and the question was…"now what?” Since competing never was the reason why I started training back in 2003, when the news broke it didn’t really affect me…at all. Don’t get me wrong, I was bummed a little, but not devestated. I actually found out while I was training legs, and after the news broke I actually continued the workout which ended up being one of my best training sessions during prep. Unlike others I spoke with, I didn’t immediately order takeout, binge eat or stop doing cardio and training in ‘relief’ that it was all over. No one is forcing you to do anything and I think alot of time ‘competitors’ forget that. Competing is a choice.
Back in October when I decided to compete again it wasn’t to prove anything, gain attention, followers, lock down sponsorships or any of the ’typical’ reasons I hear why people get on stage. Actually, the show being cancelled did not change my out look at all. Since competing has never been the end goal for me but more so just something along the journey, following through with my training and nutrition to still push my physique to it’s limits was simple and even more satifing then before. Instead of the show, we replaced that with a day full of shooting content and training footage for Run Everything.
The process of dieting down and competing is fun but doing it for the right reasons is something I’ve always preached, even back in 2013 and 2014 when I started my competitive journey. For this prep I worked with @paulrevelia ( Owner of @teamprophysique ) for diet and nutrition. We were able to have an amazing, sustainable, healthy prep and bring a physique I am proud of to shoot that day. I encourage anyone who wants to compete or is a competitor stuck in unhealthy relationships to food or training to learn more. To watch content from people like Paul and the other great channels out there pumping out free information. Prep doesn’t have to be about who suffered more and who only boiled their unseasoned chicken to only be able to consume mustard for 12 weeks. I learned at my first show that during the comparison rounds in prejudging they don’t ask questions to see who suffered more or did more cardio…let your results speak for themselves.
Since the shoot we’ve been continuing to track nutrition and training with the same detail as it was prior. I love every part of the process so for me, the little things and the data keeps me excited. What really keeps me fired up coming off of that day and prep is continuing to push the progress for what is to come… possibly later this year ;) For more information on diet and nutrition be sure to check out Paul’s Youtube Channel!
Official REL Content from this video will be releasing: May 15th. Be sure to follow Austin (Ragz) and his fitness adventures!