I started off my contest prep 24 weeks out from my show back in 2012. I had only been training seriously for a 1-2 years, but thought it was a good time to get lean and see my progress. Being young (21) I definitely have hopes of becoming a pro one day and was looking to compete to get my feet wet and see my weak points.
With it being my first show and not having a coach. I posted a few pictures on John's Facebook page to try and get some feedback regarding my progress/conditioning. That's when John sent me a personal message, essentially telling me he thought I had potential and was willing to help me out with my prep. After finding out a little more about his philosophies I was in.
John really helped me go from "lean" to "contest prep shredded" which is a huge difference. We saw eye to eye on many things such as meal frequency, flexible dieting, training philosophies, and supplements. This, along with John's willingness to adjust things based on how I was feeling made us a great team. One of the things I really liked about John was always asking me questions about how I was feeling with the changes to diet and training, it wasn't a dictatorship. Another thing that many competitors overlook is the psychological part of prep. This being my first show I had many ups and downs when it comes to motivation and confidence. For me, John had the biggest impact talking me through those tough times and being there for support. John's knowledge of nutrition, training and also being a real person who listens to his clients makes me great for most people.
Finally, here is a photo of me at my first natural bodybuilding competition. We definitely brought the conditioning! Not to boast, but not many first time competitors come in this lean. I ended up winning my first ever show, which was my goal. Next time I compete I'll be gunning for that pro card Thanks John!