This week is Peak Week on S2B. It’s seven days of a special diet and exercise program that started yesterday and end in a final photoshoot this Saturday… or sometime before next Friday at the latest.
Mine is scheduled for next Tuesday and it’s the final set of photos we’ll post during the year. These are the photos from which the judges will select prize winners and there’s prizes of $1,000 to $10,000 at stake.
I promised myself at the beginning of this process last May that as long as I ended the year more muscular and without a major injury then everything else was gravy.
I’ve had the slight hiccup along the way… a tear in my Rec Fem (upper leg) at the beginning, and about five weeks ago I did something to my right triceps at the point near my elbow.
Luckily I have a great physio (Dave Richards of Ballsbridge Physiotherapy here in Dublin… and no, I’m not getting free visits) who’s been right every time on how long the injury would take to heal.
Patience and listening to your body is key, along with knowing how you can work around an injury.
David also says that when you’re working on an injured area in the gym, if the pain is between 1 and 5 when you’re doing a particular exercise, and it doesn’t last longer than the gym session, then it’s probably OK. If it’s more like 6 (out of 10) upwards, and you still have it when you get home, then that’s obviously bad news.
But back to Peak Week. As great as it is being injury free and more confident, I’d still like to get that final imprimatur from the judges by ending S2B as a finalist.
But, just like in the movies, the last hurdle for our protagonist is often the one that’s hardest.
And for this protagonist, it’s the photoshoot where I have to do poses like the ones you see bodybuilders do on stage.
You feel like a numpty doing them, but after a while it’s not so bad. In fact, on S2B my coach Paul Valiulis has recruited two grads who have done a bunch of bodybuilding contests in the past.
One of them spent about 90 mins on Skype with me over two separate occasions in the past two weeks.
The idea of posing in my undies is, I know, a little weird. But it has to be done.
However, Paul then asked me to post my pictures online to get feedback from the coaches and the other S2B brothers. Initially I balked, but I trust his judgement so I put them up.
I’m glad I did in the end cos the poses take a LOT of practice to get them right and, as has been said before, “you learn to do by doing”.
I’ve since put up a second set of pictures of my (hopefully) improved poses, again at Paul’s prompting.
I asked Paul if he thought I needed a spray tan. His reply: “Yes, you’re white as a cracker.” I’ve never had one before and I’m gonna get an awful ribbing in work, but it’s gotta be done.
Paul has been very encouraging about my progress on the posing. He says that I’m making “lightning speed”.
He then added: “To borrow a word from my main man Will… “It’s already done. Now I just have to wait for all y’all to see it.”
He was referencing Will Smith, of course. Funny enough, I’m a big fan too ever since I read an US magazine article (when US was monthly and had great interviews where they’d spend days with actors, directors etc) about WS from 1998, I think, before Independence Day came out and he really blew up as a blockbuster star.
In it I found out that he hired most of his siblings to manage different aspects of his career. I thought that was awesome.
Here’s a video Paul emailed me along with the Will quote.