Tom Venuto October 15th Bodybuilding Competition Details And Photos
Monday, October 17th, 2005. I’ve finally “recovered” from Saturday’s competition (I slept like you wouldn’t believe Saturday & Sunday night, plus a couple of naps in between… it takes a lot out of you!) I also had a couple of good “cheat meals,” but today I’m right back to training and dieting for the next competition October 29th. Before I start blogging this week’s diet and workouts, today I’m simply going to post a few photos and details about Saturday’s show.
As Murphy’s law would have it, the majority of the photographs of the prejudging did not come out too well (blurry, etc), but I’m going to post a few anyway, even though the quality is poor, just to give you some idea what my division looked like.
I won’t mention the name of the photographer (my training partner, Kostas Mar), because I don’t want to embarrass him for his lack of photography skills (heh, heh, heh, Kostas, buddy, you’re still the best training partner, my man).
Fortunately, Richie took some pics of me on Sunday, although the muscle definition was not quite as sharp on Sunday after drinking at least two gallons of fluids and having cheat meal #1: steak and potatoes (I know, steak doesn’t sound like a cheat meal, and wouldn’t have been if it wasn’t for the cheese sauce on top, heh, heh), and cheat meal #2: a jumbo slice of pizza, and a beer. Sunday, of course, I was right back on the diet.
Anyway, I entered the Novice division in the middleweight class. Middleweights is 176.25 lbs and under. By the morning of the contest, believe it or not, I was down to 173.5 lbs. Just to show you how dehydrated you get from all this, I woke up Sunday morning after the show weighing 180.5 lbs. Yeah I gained back 7 lbs of fluids literally overnight. I’m 179 today.
As for the novice division, a couple of people emailed me and wondered how I could compete as a novice since I’ve won so many competitions before. The reason is, I have never won an overall NPC competition. I have won overall competitions in some of the other natural federations (not affiliated with the NPC), and I have won my weight class, but not the overall title in an NPC show, so according to NPC regulations, I still qualify for novice division until I have won an OVERALL NPC title.
This means I can enter the novice division again in two weeks at the Gold’s Classic. This is good news, because a natural bodybuilder has a much better chance in the novice division of a non-tested show than in the open division.
Here’s the top three in the novice middleweight lineup; There are two other guys on stage that got cut off in this photo. I apologize for the blurry photo, but I’m posting this one anyway because it shows the top three: 1st place to 3rd place from left to right (I’m second place in the middle):
Here’s a back double bicep shot of the entire class
And here’s a side chest shot of part of the class:
The short guy in the purple trunks (on the left) was the winner, and it’s pretty plain to see. He was jacked up like a little Franco Columbo! I think the judges made the right decision. I knew going into this show that I had not reached 100%. If I were at my absolute best on Saturday with better conditioning, I may have had a shot at first place by virtue of being more shredded, but on this Saturday, Oct 15th, I was clearly out-muscled.
Again, I apologize for the poor photo quality of these contest pics. I will do my best to get professional contest photos next time.
Here are some of the shots from the gym on Sunday the 16th:
That’s all for today. It’s back to work now! I’m off to the gym to go train back and calves and do some cardio. Two more weeks of this and that will wrap up the contest season and begin the mass-building season. After October 29th, the next show will be summer 2006. I will keep updating the blog through the next show and post the contest results once again.
Until next time, train hard and train natural!