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Justin Lovato – 290 pounds today

Here is my second entry for my blog at as I am getting ready for the contests.

Checking in again, I am about 18 weeks out from the NPC California bodybuilding contestl and 26 weeks out from the NPC USA’s. My weight seems to be floating between 288 to 291 pounds. February 1st is when the prep really starts and I will begin doing cardio throughout the week.

My goal throughout this prep is to keep my food intake high while doing more cardio (walking, stair mill). I believe if my calories stay on the high end and I do more cardio, I will then keep a lot more size, be harder and have a much denser look for the contest.

I wrote my diet up and my calorie intake is right around 4,400 a day. Also, I’m not going to be training quads for about a month! Why? Well they are a very strong point for me now, almost too big (in comparison to my upper body).

So I believe if I take the muscle group(s) that need more work and hit them twice a week instead of training quads, I really think they will respond. Quads require a lot of nutrition and recovery time. I believe this will allow all the nutrition to go to “weaker points” instead of my quads.

I think then my “weak points” will grow rather quickly! Time will tell. We took a video of my shoulder workout and will try post it up soon. I am ready to Rock and Roll!!!

Meet Justin Lovato – Training for the NPC California

My name is Justin Lovato. I am an NPC National level competitor and truly believe to be a up and comer for this sport. In 2010, I took 3rd at the NPC California and 2nd at the NPC West Coast classic in my class. If you look at the pictures in the picture gallery on Getbig, you can see a huge difference between the two show and they were only a month apart. The first contest, at the NPC California, I was shredded, but flat. At the West Coast Classic, I wanted to see how full I could possibly get (experimenting) and learned a lot.

Afterwards, in the off season, I stayed very clean with my eating habits and also started to train again ‘old school’ like I was used to, and had great results. I am currently sitting at around 290+ pounds with some abs still showing. I have been at this weight before but usually kind of sloppy, never in this great of shape. I started my prep for the NPC California contest on January 1st and I am very excited.

My goal is to run threw this contest, and show up insane looking, with all eyes on me. I want to own this show! I feel it is important for me to do my best and win this contest do to the fact that my main goal is getting and winning the NPC USA’s this year. I feel if I clean up at the California or do extremely well, I will get some respect and get a good look from the judges at the USA’s.

I know I still have much to improve on and that’s what makes this sport so amazing. The journey to continue and push yourself beyond limits you never thought was possible. I am working with and will be posting every few weeks on my prep and how it’s going. I am pumped for this year!