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    Suck it up butter cup.

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    SOJ done 10 National shows already..lol
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    Quote Originally Posted by dave415 View Post
    SOJ done 10 National shows already..lol
    She never had to leave Florida, so it's all good
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    why not compete natural?

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    Quote Originally Posted by IronMan56 View Post
    why not compete natural?
    That ship has sailed for me, I'm always going to at least be on TRT
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    I competed in 10 National Shows, I think from the very beginning as a competitive Bodybuilder, that should be your goal right away. I went for it after 8 month of training, just jump right into it, I loved it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ben1 View Post
    I competed in 10 National Shows, I think from the very beginning as a competitive Bodybuilder, that should be your goal right away. I went for it after 8 month of training, just jump right into it, I loved it!
    Nice, it took me from 1983 to 2009 to do a national show - what a late bloomer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ron Harris View Post
    She never had to leave Florida, so it's all good
    LOL, the only NPC national show I ever did was the 1988 Jr USA which was held 50 miles from where I lived.
    THanks for the detailed answer and telling it like it is.
    After hearing your reply, it reminds me of a couple things :
    1. Why I never cared to compete in national shows when I was in my prime.

    2. Why I got into competition in the 1st place, years ago.

    The deal is, there are some aspects of being in the over 60 masters nats, I'd enjoy.
    BUT, you can't do it "on the cheap".

    For me, most of my most cherished contest memories were from state/regional shows.
    I'd get a lot more PERSONAL satisfaction from doing 2-3 good NPC shows in my area.
    For me, doing the NPC shows in: Chattanooga, TN, Ga state and one in Gadsen, AL would make a great BB summer 2019.

    THanks Ron.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ben1 View Post
    I competed in 10 National Shows, I think from the very beginning as a competitive Bodybuilder, that should be your goal right away. I went for it after 8 month of training, just jump right into it, I loved it!
    For me, I had the opposite experience and goals.
    Competing with people I knew in regional events ,was the best thing.
    I know national events are exciting, but, it lacks the intimate atmosphere on a quality state or local championship.

    I sound like a douche , I know, but I prefer buying a ticket and watching the nationals.
    I saw a star, reached for it...and MISSED

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    Better late than never Ron!
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    Nice, it took me from 1983 to 2009 to do a national show - what a late bloomer.

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    Why? Whatever floats your boat, we are all different!
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    For me, I had the opposite experience and goals.
    Competing with people I knew in regional events ,was the best thing.
    I know national events are exciting, but, it lacks the intimate atmosphere on a quality state or local championship.

    I sound like a douche , I know, but I prefer buying a ticket and watching the nationals.

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    I am qualified to do a national show this year. It's only going to be my third show. Don't know if I'm ready but I'm doing the USAs in July!

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    It’s not hard the past few years to qualify since the NPC pretty much said top 5is qualified. But just bc you qualify doesn’t mean you’re ready. Nothing fun about being in the last callout. I don’t won’t to hear about gaining experience either. People now are more concerned with their IG bio saying “Nationally Qualified”. If I could do it over again, I would have started at the JR. USA. You place top 3-5, then do NA. The USA and Nationals are stacked. You realize where you stand on the genetic pecking order at National shows. There are some freaks out there
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    Quote Originally Posted by dave415 View Post
    SOJ done 10 National shows already..lol
    Thats a lot of money spent.
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    not necessarily. several of the natural orgs have exemptions for trt. I do understand it is tough to do once you have reached a certain point in development and expectations. I enjoy the website and the ask run as well as anabolic doc. keep it up!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ben1 View Post
    Why? Whatever floats your boat, we are all different!
    True 'dat !

    HOWEVER, it's a LOT easier getting support and positive comments from saying ; " I'm doing a national level contest."
    Compared to going for the local Podunk classic , it's a much higher and more impressive goal.

    Make no mistake, I enjoy watching national contests, especially the prejudging comparisons.
    Like Ron said, being in a national event requires a lot more then most realize.

    For me, keeping it low key and personal is BETTER.
    Next summer ( 2019), I plan to compete in 3 regional NPC shows in my area.
    I'll bring my wife, and take in the contest atmosphere.
    I'll only do the over 60 div in the 1st one.

    Then, if I feel daring, I'll enter the open , just to see if I can hang with some of the young bucks.
    Guys half my age in the open are more then enough competition for me.
    So, if I really want a challenge , I can do that and avoid the hassle/cost of entering a national over 60 masters .
    I saw a star, reached for it...and MISSED

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