Shoulder injury update

/ Posted 08.22.2012

Back on May 24th I had a tremendous Lat and Chest workout.    I was training along with one of my clients, so I didn’t record my workout.  But, suffice it to say that I had an awesome workout!!!  I was the strongest I’ve been in a several years.  I did 13 reps on bench press with 225 lbs.  I did sets of 8 with 120 lb dumbell on one-arm DB rows.  It was just a powerful workout and I felt like a million bucks.  Unfortunately the next morning I woke up with a shoulder that felt sore, and it felt like it was swollen in the joint.  We were taking a trip to visit Diana’s family in Chicago, so I didn’t think much of it.  I figured it would feel better by Monday.  Well, it was still sore on Monday and it went downhill from there.  By mid-June I could hardly do any pressing movements and shoulder work was out of the question.  I started seeing a chiropractor for active release therapy.  When my shoulder wasn’t responding to treatment he suggested an MRI.  MRI revealed a partially torn rotator cuff tendon, labrum tears, bone spurs and a very inflamed biceps tendon.  Last Monday I received a shot of cortisone in the shoulder.  The doctor said if the shoulder isn’t functioning properly when I come back on Aug 30th, then surgery will be necessary to repair it.  If I don’t have to have surgery I think I will still be able to be ready for the Pro Men’s Physique division at the Houston Pro on Oct 12-13th.  Today I measured my bodyfat at 6.1% and weighed 183.9 lbs.  This is way down from January when I was at 13.5% bodyfat and only a few pounds heavier.

Keep your fingers crossed for me!

Our www.TexasStateNaturals.com website has been switched over to html. Now you can access the site on your Ipad or Iphone and enter online! NPC Texas State Natural Championships is coming up November 3rd!

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Breaking News!!!

/ Posted 11.16.2011

Going into the IFBB Pro ranks I knew exactly what I would be up against.  Although I’ve competed in (and won) non drug-tested shows for 16 of the 29 years that I’ve been a competitive bodybuilder, up until the time I stepped up to the IFBB Pro division I usually wasn’t competing against the very best bodybuilders in the world.  In the 202 and under weight class I’m giving up 20-30 lbs to many of the competitors…most of whom are shorter than me, and are among the very best bodybuilders in the world (otherwise they wouldn’t be IFBB Pros).  When I heard the news that the IFBB was changing the weight class to 212 lbs and under, I realized that my chances to be competitive would be further diminished.  Fortunately, starting in 2012 the IFBB is adding Pro Men’s Physique to the contest schedule.

So, I am officially announcing that in 2012 I will be competing as an IFBB Pro in the Men’s Physique Division.  My move to Men’s Physique has been approved by the IFBB Pro League office.

I feel that on the Pro stage my body is much better suited to the look that is winning in Men’s Physique.  Although I love bodybuilding and I love doing posing routines, I also like to have a chance to win….or at least be competitive.  I believe that I will be very competitive in the Pro Men’s Physique Division!  This is the look I plan to bring to the stage in 2012:

Men's Physique look...minus the water and the dude in the background

In other news, we have a great turnout for the NPC Texas State Natural Championships which will be held this Saturday.  We have nearly 150 athletes registered and we’re looking forward to a fantastic show.  Contest details can be found at www.TexasStateNaturals.com   Entries will be accepted up through the weigh-in on Friday evening.  We have online ticket sales and online registration on our website.

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Some Good News and Some Bad News

/ Posted 11.01.2011

Good News:  My new E-book, The Texas Shredder Mass Workout is selling like freakin’ hot cakes and they’re on sale right now.  Just go to

http://www.x-workouts.com/#anchor_shredder

Good News:  Look up at the right hand corner of your screen and you can download my Ironman Ab Training vid and my Ironman Bench Press program for free (I think).

Good News:  Haloween is fun.

Diana and I decked out for Haloween

Good News:  Although it’s alot of work, it’s fun to judge and have booths at the bodybuilding shows.  This past weekend we did both at the NPC Central Texas Showdown.  Congrats to all of the athletes!  And, congrats to Bob and Laura Johnson who have done a terrific job growing this contest over the past 3 years!

With my client and bikini competitor Rosemary Calcese

Melanie Lewis, Diana Hurley, Briesen Cooper, and Rosemary Calcese at the Shredderbuilt booth

NPC competitor Giovanna Medina and IFBB Pro Bernadette Galvan at the NPC Texas Championships

Good News:  My head is not mis-shapen!  Well…not too much

Bleach the eyebrows and put a white shirt on me and you have Mr. Clean!

Good News:  At this point we have well over 130 athletes (not counting crossovers)registered for our NPC Texas State Natural Championships.  With 18 days to go we have surpassed our goal of 125 and I think we will hit our dream number of 150 competitors.  The theater should sell out and the house will be rockin’ for the final NPC Texas contest of 2011.  To purchase tickets, enter or sign up for a booth online go to www.TexasStateNaturals.com

Now the Bad News:  I’ve had trouble with my right wrist off and on for years, as I injured it in a bicycle wreck 17 years ago.  I visited a hand specialist who told me after viewing the x-ray that it looks like I have a torn ligament that he can’t repair.  The best option was to have it scoped and clean it up, but it’s not going to fix it.  He said, “think about an old car engine that isn’t running well.  You can take it apart clean it all up and put it back together.  It will run better for a while, but it’s still an old engine.”

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More from prejudging day

/ Posted 11.14.2009

I couldn’t go to bed without posting some photos that I took today.  Hopefully someone took some of me onstage and I’ll have them up tomorrow, if so.

Gaspari Nutrition was a huge part of this show.  Here I am with Flex Lewis, Rich, Ted and another huge guy whose name I unfortunately forgot in my dieted down state.

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Here’s IFBB Pro Cathy LeFrancois also with Gaspari Nutirion

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With Stephen from Australia

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Sean and I got a quick photo with the girls who were handing out the contest programs.

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Sean Ferguson during his pump up

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I don’t think I’ve mention how disgusting it is that people here will light up a cigarette just about anywhere.  People have been smoking freely in the hotel lobby, in the resturaunt, in the contest venue, but the kicker today was when I walked back stage and one of the competitors was taking a break from pumping up and lit up a smoke backstage….and sat down to smoke it right next to his buddy who was pumping up!!!!  I’m so ready to get back to a smoke-free environment!  But first….I still have some business to take care of!!!!!

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Prejudging day in Bialystok

/ Posted 11.14.2009

I was set my alarm to get up at 7am, but with the time change I’m having some difficulty staying asleep.  I got to bed about 12:30 last night, but still woke up at 6;30 this morning and couldn’t go back to sleep.  I went to breakfast about 7:15 and ran into my friends from the UK and had a very nice conversation at the breakfast table.    My buddy Sean is trying to convince me to compete in the IFBB Classic Bodybuilding World Championships in Madrid, December 11-14.  It sounds like something that I would like to do, but all the expenses of traveling to shows and missing work is adding up….real fast!!!  In fact, I couldn’t be here at the Masters World Championships were it not for the generosity of Ironman Magazine publisher, John Balik, who sponsored my airfare for this trip.

Here I’m picture with British Classic Bodybuilder Sean Ferguson.  We’re discussing the possiblity of having a seminar at his gym in Dorchester just before the World Classic in December.

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Here with IFBB Vice President from Sweden Thomas Ivering

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Well, I’m off for a short walk and will be heading to the venue for prejuding in just a couple hours.  Last night at the weigh in I was sizing up some of my competition.  While there are some very formidable competitors in my division it’s nothing like the lineup in Qatar, so I think I’ll be right up there in contention for the class title.  I’ll post again after the prejudging.

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Bialystok Registration Day

/ Posted 11.13.2009

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Pictured above with the South Africans Tyron Fortuin, Marlene Koekemoer and Nelson Benjamin.

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Pictured above with the Canadians  Maria Mikola, John Raposo and Tom Heffner.

This morning things started getting cranked up in Bialystok for the IFBB Junior and Masters World Bodybuilding and Fitness Championships.  I’m glad that I started a day early and got here yesterday.  I got checked in first thing this morning and now it’s very busy and hectic here in the lobby and in the registration room.  I’ve made friends with the teams from Canada, South Africa and the United Kingdom.  I haven’t gotten a photo with the Brits yet but I’m sure we’ll get some at some point this weekend.

It’s very cold here!  It’s quite a contrast from being in Qatar just a week ago.  I almost froze walking the three quarters of a mile down to Maniac Gym to workout.  Maniac is a very well equipped hard-core gym.  It’s hosting the show here and is obviously very supportive of it’s bodybuilders, as they have photos and trophies all over the gym.  It’s my kind of place to train!

Well, it’s time to go meet up with my British friend Shawn to put on some Elite Tan.  Stay tuned for more pics!

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/ Posted 11.11.2009

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In just a few hours I will board the first flight on my way to Bialystok Poland to compete in the IFBB Masters World Championships.  I’m very excited, but my body is also very sore!  I’ve been training at a torrid pace since returning from Qatar last week.  The only day that I missed training was our 24 hour travel day (Nov 5th), but even then we did a very very long walk in the Washington DC airport and I climbed all of the stairs which in some cases was very challenging!  Here’s my schedule since I got home:

Fri  Chest AM, Back PM

Sat Legs

Sun  Shoulders AM, Arms PM

Mon Legs

Tues  Chest Am, Back PM

Wed  Shoulders/Arms

I think we got in at least 2 30 minute cardio sessions every day, except today.

This morning I weighed 168.5 lbs and tested the lowest I’ve ever tested on the Skindex Calipers at 2.3% bodyfat.  I’m ready to go get on the plane and get some rest.  As long as there is wireless internet at my hotel I will be posting from Poland.

Pass my blog address along to any of your friend who you think might be interested in my European Adventure!

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Next stop…Bialystok Poland

/ Posted 11.09.2009

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Here’s a couple more photos from the IFBB World Championships in Qatar.  Today all of the arrangements are finalized for the IFBB Masters World Championships in Poland this weekend.  Nothing like taking it down to the wire.  I’ve been dieting and training hard since returning from Qatar on the hope that everything would fall into place in time to get to compete in the Masters World Championships and finally it has!  I’m super-excited about getting another chance to compete internationally this year.  I’m more than a little nervous about traveling by myself on this trip.  On the Qatar trip I had Diana there to do my thinking for me and Ken Taylor to handle all of the registration and room arrangements.  And, it was great hanging out with my teammates Sam, Kelly and Wendell….plus my old friend Lee Williams from the UK.  Going solo is a bit imtimidating but I’m sure there will be some people there that I know.  The weather will be a drastic change.  In Qatar is was in the 90′s.  In Poland it’s just above freezing!!!

I guess I’ll start repacking my luggage today.  I so glad I’m getting this opportunity because I’m very ready!  This morning my bodyfat was 2.5% on the skindex calipers and my bodyweight at 170.2 lbs.

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Finals Night

/ Posted 11.04.2009

Sam and I both finished 8th in our classes.  Everyone felt that it was quite a feat on our first IFBB Worlds and also being lifetime drug free.  There will undoubtedly be drug test failures above us.  We will move up in a week or 2.

Photos by the pool this morning.

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Finals

/ Posted 11.04.2009

I didn’t make the top six in my class and neither did Sam.  We will find out in a few hours how we placed.  We got up this morning and Diana got some really good photos of me at the hotel pool.  Although there are a lot of great looking places to take pictures, the pool was the only place I felt that it was appropriate to strip down to my posing trunks.  I will be posting the photos a bit later as I left my external hard drive with the photos on it in the room.

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