The Contrast

The Contrast
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Monday, February 10, 2014

My Goals.

I think it's very important to set goals. However, your goals should find a nice place between stretching yourself and the cold harsh air of reality. Every once in a while, you just have to sit down and write what your goals will be and think of how realistic they are.

Here are my goals. These could potentially change, but I might as well share my current thoughts.

Fitness Goals:

At the beginning of my weight loss journey I wasn't interested in being in perfect shape, I just wanted to lose weight and feel better about myself. However, I obliterated every weight goal I set for myself, and frankly I conquered them even faster because I set several small very achievable goals. I am Immensely proud of my progress and what I have accomplished over the past 8 months.


One must never be satisfied...or at least that is how I feel about personal development. The minute I finish one goal, I already plan for the next.

During the majority of my weight loss, I never really focused on strength. I did a lot of body building style workouts that were body part specific, lots of sets, lots of reps, very high volume. I learned a lot of things from this. 1.) I'm a dedicated person that is willing to put in lots of work towards my goals, even to the detriment of the final product. 2.) It's possible to get fairly good looking muscles that aren't very strong.

An old PR on the Left, and me doing the same weight for reps a few months later, lookin way more aesthetic (IMO.)

It wasn't until I started applying progressive overload to my big lifts that I started noticing my physique becoming symmetrical and aesthetic looking. So, this is my new focus. Becoming stronger in my 4 main lifts using intelligent programming and thus build strong, aesthetic muscle. Plus, I have an ego that I want to appease.  


Bench: 225 flat bench, 255 Decline
Squat: 255
Deadlift: 415
Overhead press: 135


Bench: 300lbs
Squat: 300lbs
Deadlift: 500lbs
Overhead press: 185lbs

Once I get these numbers, my totals will officially put me into the 1000lb club. Meaning my Bench, squat and deadlift will total 1000lbs or more (In this case, more).

I'm allowing myself a year to achieve these goals, but I have a feeling I can get there sooner than that. I know I could reach these sooner by chowing down on snack cakes, pizza, beer, dirty bulking and just hitting the weights, but I'm not interested in doing that, and (call me shallow) aesthetics are important to me. And I'm not going to push it, I want to be safe and smart about my training because I want to train for the rest of my life, not until my stupid young self drops a plate on his neck.

Other goals include successfully performing a muscle up, and getting to where I can maintain an easy 8-9% body fat. At that point I'll have a highly visible 6 pack and enough feathers and striations to keep me satisfied. I'm even considering...maybe, competing in a body building show. Not because I think I could win or be an actual competitor, but for the experience. HOWEVER! I will not do this if my schedule does not allow such trivial pursuits. Which brings me to my next part...

Professional Goals:

Opera Singer:

I have three gigs coming up: Revival Worker in Elmer Gantry and Zuniga in Carmen at Tulsa Opera, and then I'm singing 1st Guard in Dead Man Walking this summer at Des Moines Metro Opera. My main objective is to do very well in this three projects, give myself a name as a strong dependable performer and gain the most I can out of these experiences. My secondary agenda is to find more work for when I return home from Iowa, which is starting to be a little scary. I've had a lot to look forward to for a long time, and I'm not sure what I'm going to do when the schedule becomes empty. I more or less have two options, make a big move to a larger city where I can increase the frequency of my auditions or continue my training at a university. Luckily, I can pursue one and fall back on the other. The plan for now is to move to New York for a brief period of time, audition for as many things as humanly possible, then return home if the harvest bears no fruit. It's terrifying and exciting, I know.

Me as Frank Maurrant in Street Scene. One of my most favorite performing experiences.

Fitness Career:

This has only recently become something I've grown really passionate about, and honestly feels like something I could be very successful at. My first goal is to acquire my certification in personal training so I can start taking clients on a regular basis, then begin an online service where I can help people lose weight and train from my laptop. This isn't going to happen right away, obviously. I have a lot to learn about being a business and developing my trademarks, advertising, and branding. (Although, I'm very much in love with the Opera Bro name and will continue to use it.) Don't worry, I'm going to continue posting FREE content on this blog. I'm not gonna start trying to scam people for basic information that can be acquired for free. My services would be creating programs individualized to a person's aesthetic and performance goals and giving them a variety of means to do so while keeping them healthy. If you're interested in your own program, message me. I'm currently making a select few for free to get the practice in.

Ol' Yeargain lookin his most aesthetic.

Personal Life Goals:

This past year has really opened me up to meeting lots of different people and learning from them in all ways possible. I'd really like to continue that, and I think I'll have ample opportunity to do so during my gigs in Tulsa and Des Moines, but also with this blog and my postings on Facebook. I've had so many of you guys come to me and ask for advice or help, and it's really warmed my heart that you trust me and value my knowledge. I feel like I'm closer to all of you because of it. In my personal personal life: I don't have any plans of settling down, getting married and havin kids, but I'm also never going to shut myself off from potentially having those kinds of things happen for me. You gotta be open to life, and that's just what I'm gonna do. My family has become increasingly important to me in the past year, and I'm turning a harder focus on developing our relationships as well. We've all gone through some big changes and I don't think we're at the end of the tunnel (this isn't even our final form!!!) and will need each other more and more through the coming years.

Let me know what you guys think or what some of your goals are, I'd love to help you along the way if I can. 

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