I began my prep sitting comfortably fluffy between 195-200lbs. I had been strength training for several years and had always considered the idea of competing, but never had the confidence in myself to give it a real shot. Because Peter and I had been friends prior to my choosing to compete, I knew he was an established coach and quite proficient in his abilities to produce high level athletes. I was confident that he could guide me through my first ever attempt at a true fat loss phase, and so we began our journey together.
At first things were easy; everything moved along comfortably and progress was regular. But it was the weeks when things weren’t linear; the days where I was ready to quit because training was hard and progress was slow – these were the days where Peter’s true colors showed. His knowledge as an experienced coach, empathy as a former competitor, and kindness as a genuine friend pushed me to keep going on the days that I woke up searching for every excuse not to.
Over the course of my prep I accomplished a staggering weight loss of nearly 30 lbs, waking up the first morning of peak week at 168 lbs, something I never thought I’d accomplish. After a well-structured peak and quite a few carbohydrates later, I stepped on stage at 172 lbs. I placed well in all of my classes, and am particularly proud to have taken a strong 3rd place in a stacked light-heavyweight open class at my first show. While there are always improvements to be made and we know what we need to change for next time, I’m extremely proud of the progress we made. I can honestly say I am a different person, both as an athlete and an individual, for having undertaken this process and seeing it through to the end. I have no words to thank Peter enough for his wisdom and friendship and would be honored to work with him again in the future.