Well it's been a while but I felt the urge to start a journal. For them that were not here way back when... My name is Jim and I am a competitive bodybuilder, married, 2 boys, work a regular job and I have competed several times over the last few yrs, I have had some wins and losses... My competition history (just the good bits) Ukbff South coast u80 and overall winner 2012 Ukbff British Champion u80 2014 Ukbff English grand prix u90 winner 2015 Ukbff British Champion u90 2016 NABBA England Class 4 winner 2018 NABBA UK class 4 and overall winner 2018 NABBA Mr.universe class 4 runner up Purpose of this journal - To log the next 12 months of training and diet with regular update pics and to log training to see progress made between the 2018 and 2019 NABBA Mr.universe I am now coached both in the off season and pre contest by imo the best coach in the UK right now James Llewellin, we have a very good set up and relationship and it works very well for us, we bounce things back and forth but James typically has the final say on what we do. Diet - My current diet is pretty basic but it works... it's very sim to my pre contest diet but with more food... 5 eggs, seedy toast, yoghurt and banana Typically train after meal 1 - intra bcaa and creatine. Whey isolate, rice porridge, pbutter, banana and yogurt Beef, rice and greens Chicken, nuts and greens (usually salmon but not enjoying it atm) Chicken, rice and greens Casein and pbutter So as you can see it's pretty basic... I have tried all kinds of pre, post and intra shakes and tbh I'm not sure any of it has made much of a diff when compared to good old food only... over the course of prep me and James pulled bits and bobs out that we didn't think we're adding much value to the diet and I have added bcaa and creatine back in for 2 reasons... 1 it's not gonna hurt and 2 I had loads left over and thought I'd use em rather then bin em... I may add bits in just to see what they are like but typically when it comes to prep I just diet down on good old fashioned food. Training - I haven't had any break since the Universe so decided to take a week off of the gym, keep am cardio in and stick to the current diet. I went for blood work today (only basics but will post results if any one is interested). Split has looked like this for the last few weeks Legs/Push/Pull/Off/Lower/Upper/Off I do feel that this is a good set up but also feel my recovery is suffering right now so once I'm back in the gym on Monday I may well go back to a Push/Legs/Pull split of some sort... not sure yet. Few stage pics and some glut shots from various updates sent to James throughout prep just to show what kinda condition we hit. Will throw up some pics from off season updates too. Any questions etc just ask and I'll try to answer them all.