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Tampa Invasion and the beginning of contest prep!

Hi Everyone,
Just wanted to give you all a quick update on what’s going on in Layne world! Isabel and I successfully completed our move to Tampa and are loving it. Our house is just more than we could have ever dreamed of and we love every square inch of it… especially the pool which I have been spending a lot of time in. As many of you know I have also begun prepping for my first series of natural pro shows this fall! After being away from the stage for 4 years I can tell you that I am really nervous and really excited and REALLY hungry to come in at my all time best. I know that I have improved my weak points a good deal and I’m really excited to see how everything comes together. I started my prep at 232 lbs and I am currently sitting a touch under 215 lbs after about 10 weeks of prep. I’m pretty happy with my progress thus far and it’s encouraging when you can start to see the improvements I’ve worked so hard to make in my time off from competing.

I also feel I will have a big boost to my prep because of the gym I am now training at. When I came to Tampa I asked my good friend and fellow competitive bodybuilder Dominic D’Agastino what gym I should look at training in and he said “Powerhouse Gym in north Tampa” without hesitation. Man was he right! This place is old school and hardcore. Everyone knows everyone and it’s very friendly, but it’s a place for serious lifters. The equipment is old but very well maintained and everything works great. The best part is there are quite a few people there who are bigger/stronger than me which is a change from previous gyms. I have no choice but to get better with those kinds of people pushing me on a daily basis!

I have attached some sneak peek progress photos for you guys! I have not announced what shows I’m doing yet,but keep watching the BioBlog because as soon as I’ve finalized and submitted my entry forms, you guys will be the first ones to know!