US Magazine Exposure
February 1999 issue of Natural Bodybuilding & Fitness
After my good novice showing at the 1997 NGA Hercules contest in New York, I was invited by NB&F editor Steve Downs to do an article for his mag. One week after the show, we did a photo shoot in a park in Brooklyn (in autumn - it was freezing!).
Steve liked the idea of including a photo that showed me before I got serious about dieting for a show. Here some background info:
In 1997, as I prepared for my first natural show in the US, I simultaneously participated in a body transformation contest by supplement company EAS. Even though I did not win the photo contest (someone else snatched away that first prize Corvette...), I learned a great lot about my body, about nutrition, dieting and the power of proper supplementation.
The trick with these "before & after" picture contests is, of course, to binge eat for a few weeks and then pose as poorly as possible (pale, puffy and watery) for the "before" pictures. Then, you whip yourself into shape with a strict contest diet.
Looking back, I find the "before" picture very amusing - hope you like it, too. I must emphasis, though, that I have never allowed my weight to balloon back up to 100+ kg ever since. In my opinion, staying close to contest shape, eating fairly clean and doing some cardio year round are essential for making continuing progress.