Well guys, what a day it was! On Sunday I won the NPA British Heavyweight title and overall title for the second year running, creating history as this is the first time the overall title has ever been defended. This was my third show in three weeks and the standard was sky high as were the previous two but I was at my all time best as I'd tightened up and improved considerably from the first shows. So I was confident I could improve on my third and second placings but knew I'd be still in for a tough battle.
So once again, based on the judges call outs it was clear the battle for the heavyweight title was between Nigel St Lewis and myself where I came out victorious on this occasion. The standard for the overall was also exceptional with Matt Argall (3x Lightweight winner) and Ben Woodhart (40 master champion) in particular both looking razor sharp. Six of the seven judges awarded me first place, so once again I became British NPA overall champion - overjoyed and happy are both understatements.
I'D LIKE TO THANK
There's the small matter of the UIBBN World Championship in 3 weeks time! This is where I'll be really looking to reach my peak condition. I plan to push hard and drop another 3-4 kilos to come in really shredded as never before and see what I can really achieve with this physique.
Well that's enough waffling for me today - over and out. Sam
Yesterday I competed in a truly world class lineup with some of Britain's best ever natural bodybuidlers battling for the kudos of winning and a £2000 prize fund. I believe everyone on that stage was either a Pro bodybuilder or a World champion....except for myself! Milan Panek, Steve Howarth, Robert Rodney, Nigel St Lewis and Andrew Palmer, so it's well done to Mike Philips and the NPA for putting together such a line-up.
So after the first couple of call outs, it was the clear the main battle for first was between myself and Nigel (who beat me into third place the week before at the UKDFBA Open). Once again it was very close, a tonne more carbs, less water, a drop in body fat percentage, better and more confident posing had improved me 20-30% on my previous showing, so I was confident I had enough to turn the result around. Unfortunately, when I came off stage quite a few people said my tan was flat and had a matt finished which failed to bring out the detail of my physique. I managed to correct this for the third round, whereby someone said "the difference was night and day and looked liked you had 4 weeks more of dieting between the first and thirds rounds". Big lesson leaned!
Anyway, it came down to single point and Nigel took the spoils and the glory with a great physique and I had to settle for second place and £500. I'm happy though I'm gunning for revenge when I next battle Nigel onstage!!
MY HIGHLIGHTS OF THE SHOW
So that's it for this week, next week I'll be competing in the NPA British Finals in the Heavyweight division where I'll be hoping to go one better and snag that 1st place. Check out some of the pics from the show below. Over and out!!! Sam
Tomorrow I'll be stepping on this stage to compete at the UKDFBA Open in Leamington Spa. This is my first competition in 2015 since my silver medal at the UIBBN World Championships in November 2014. I was very happy with my debut 2014 season, winning the regional and national overall titles as a novice but I challenged myself to improve in 2015, I think I've managed to better my physique, size, symmetry and presentation.
The standard of the super heavyweight class will be tremendous on Saturday and I'll need to be at my best to challenge but I'm up for the battle.
Wish me luck and I'll post updates on the results when I can.
Sam Watt - Champion personal trainer and nutrition advisor