Aims for Bodybuilding's Elite Pro Ranks
"I was big and I could throw the weight around pretty good, but I was soft. I was like a big teddy bear."
Today, Josh Andrews can look back on his "teddy bear" days with a sense of humor. (It certainly helps that he's looking back from the vantage of one who is now both massive and massively ripped to the bone.) But at the time, his physique was a source of deep frustration.
Of all the challenges that face aspiring pro bodybuilders, one of the most difficult is adding the kind of quality, rock-hard muscle--as opposed to undefined bulk--that earns points from judges. Bodybuilders invest an enormous amount of effort into getting massive. But that newly acquired size means little if it's soft and dimensionless.
Competitive bodybuilder and IFBB hopeful Josh Andrews knows all about the pitfalls and traps that await those who undertake a strategic "bulking up" process. But he was also smart enough (and fortunate enough) to enlist the help and advice of some experienced mentors on the bodybuilding circuit, plus a little help from an advanced new state-of-the-art protein technology.
"I do competitive bodybuilding and I decided to have a HUGE off season and get as big as I could!" Josh recalls. "I blossomed to 270lbs and was super strong, but also super chubby. I was eating just for size, just worrying about the amount of calories I was consuming. I would eat a large pizza for lunch just about every day. At my peak, I was at 275, and that was about a year ago."
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"I owe my success in 2010 to my Coach Joe Minnuci. He brought my physique to the next level! I learned and am still learning so much from him. Also I had the privilege to learn from one of the greatest IFBB Pros ever, Dennis Newman. His dedication and drive for perfection were astounding to me! I could sense his passion and love for the sport over the phone."
Implementing the advice he had received, Josh overhauled his diet. "I switched from eating every 3 hours to even smaller meals every 2 hours for a total of 9 in the day. And I added in more red meats (lean steak and lean hamburgers). My strategy was to keep protein high and maintained, while lowering carbohydrates, with my final meal of the day being strictly lean steak and veggies. Right now I am taking in 450g protein, 300g carbs, and 40g fat per day for a total of 3360 calories per day."
"The secret is to take it one day at a time. That's the best way to make any dramatic changes in your physique. Focus on that current day and remember your long-term goals. Also, I had been using supplements the whole time. Far and away my favorite one is ProSource's NytroWhey Ultra Elite. The super-premium protein blend in the NytroWhey Ultra Elite helped me attain my number one goal, which was to build more hard, visible muscle mass, even as I was cutting fat through calorie restriction and increased cardio. It was really amazing watching all that new striated muscle tissue start to jump out as I was leaning out. With the addition of the protein shakes, I was bigger than ever, adding both muscle and strength. It was a great thing! I also started having more energy for my workouts and throughout the day!"
Josh's transformation, as you can see in the photos here, was nothing short of amazing. Gone was the soft and chubby look, and in its place was a bigger, ripped, and rugged silhouette. "NytroWhey Ultra Elite was the difference for me," Josh says. "And it doesn't hurt that it's a great-tasting and easy-mixing protein. When you're drastically cutting carb intake, you really appreciate things that taste so great!"
Speaking of terrific taste, Josh also counts on Supreme Protein bars to help him reach that lofty goal of 450g of protein every day. "Supreme Protein bars are indispensable!" he says. "Wherever I am, I know I can enjoy a bar and know I'm getting a sensational blend of protein, including whey isolate, in a bar that tastes better than candy. You can't ask for more than that!"