6 weeks to go…let the fun begin! I look forward to the last 6 weeks before a contest for so many reasons. The mental focus, the regiment, pushing my body and mind to new limits, and starting to really see the hard work I’ve put in showing through. The time has come for me to pull up my socks and put the “A” game on the table. With the list of competitors announced for this show, there is no pulling punches now. It’s time to put in every last ounce of energy and determination to bring my absolute best possible package to that stage. There is no doubt now that I have made some tremendous gains, now I just need to attain a whole new level of condition. Then I can not only be able to stand there with some of the best in the world, but beat them. My cardio regiment is kicking into gear and the calories have come down. The adjustment period to dieting in a new country is behind me and I feel at home in Venice beach! The week back after my trip home has been amazing! I did a good ole “Pak-style” quad workout and some killer upper body workout with Charles and Paul. We have really been focusing on bringing in my upper chest and lower lats. Things I’ve never before attempted in the gym are working like a charm! Just when you think you’ve seen all Charles can throw at you, he tosses in some new angles and a few new exercises. I LOVE IT! This week we tried an extra steep incline for chest and a very upright position for lower lats (with a few “Glass twists” on the exercises). My energy is still great and my body feels amazing! A few regular weekly massages would be helpful, but I haven’t been as consistent with that therapy as I typically am. I gotta keep these tissues healthy! Seeing Dexter in the gym every day, plus the slight extra pressure of the watchful eye of the Gold’s Venice patrons, has me realizing a slightly elevated level of pressure to get in shape! There are so many fans in there cheering for me to kill it at the FLEX PRO – I can’t let them down. They know what I’m capable of and now it’s time to walk the walk! BETTER THAN EVER!