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    Derek Natcher
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Bottom line with bodybuilding is that you have to do it for yourself, or you're gonna have a bad time. You have to enjoy the entire process (training, nutrition, supplementation, avoiding certain things) or eventually you’ll get worn out and start despising everything.
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For me, it’s the times I can’t diet and train hard that I despise. Ive been able to string a few really good weeks of training together and been getting all my food in from quality sources (vs training around some issues and just worrying about cals). Getting a little fullness back feels good!
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#TeamLOUD @LOUDperformancetraining
Bottom line with bodybuilding is that you have to do it for yourself, or you're gonna have a bad time. You have to enjoy the entire process (training, nutrition, supplementation, avoiding certain things) or eventually you’ll get worn out and start despising everything. ➖ For me, it’s the times I can’t diet and train hard that I despise. Ive been able to string a few really good weeks of training together and been getting all my food in from quality sources (vs training around some issues and just worrying about cals). Getting a little fullness back feels good! ➖ #TeamLOUD  @LOUDperformancetraining
PROUD🙏🏼
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Tonight, @emschub_ifbbpro went from an amateur WPD competitor, to an IFBB Pro, by taking the Overall at NPC Jr USA’s tonight in Charleston South Carolina.
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I’ve had the pleasure of coaching Emily for almost 11 months leading up to this. It was 11 months of detailed nutrition and VERY intense training. She treated her offseason like she would prep, and when prep rolled around, she did whatever was needed to be her absolute best. Her conditioning speaks for itself and is a testament to her mental fortitude. I did not hold back and take it easy on her at any point. I’m filled with emotion seeing all of her hard work and persistence bring her from last place at the regional level last year, to taking a national level title and turning pro tonight.
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I couldn’t be prouder of you Emily. This was one of the most rewarding processes to be a part of and I thank you for that. I can’t wait to continue to refine an already world class physique.
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#TeamLOUD #LOUDperformancetraining @LOUDperformancetraining
PROUD🙏🏼 ➖ Tonight, @emschub_ifbbpro went from an amateur WPD competitor, to an IFBB Pro, by taking the Overall at NPC Jr USA’s tonight in Charleston South Carolina. ➖ I’ve had the pleasure of coaching Emily for almost 11 months leading up to this. It was 11 months of detailed nutrition and VERY intense training. She treated her offseason like she would prep, and when prep rolled around, she did whatever was needed to be her absolute best. Her conditioning speaks for itself and is a testament to her mental fortitude. I did not hold back and take it easy on her at any point. I’m filled with emotion seeing all of her hard work and persistence bring her from last place at the regional level last year, to taking a national level title and turning pro tonight. ➖ I couldn’t be prouder of you Emily. This was one of the most rewarding processes to be a part of and I thank you for that. I can’t wait to continue to refine an already world class physique. ➖ #TeamLOUD  #LOUDperformancetraining  @LOUDperformancetraining
Seeing the entire @LOUDperformancetraining crew kill it so far this year, has me feeling a certain kind of way. There’s blood in the water and I haven’t eaten in awhile.
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Mid 240’s in AM
Food going up
Training on track to grow
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#TeamLOUD #LOUDperformancetraining
Seeing the entire @LOUDperformancetraining crew kill it so far this year, has me feeling a certain kind of way. There’s blood in the water and I haven’t eaten in awhile. ➖ Current Mid 240’s in AM Food going up Training on track to grow ➖ #TeamLOUD  #LOUDperformancetraining 
With the NPC Mike Francois coming up this weekend, here’s a throwback to 2015 where I took the Overall. I wasn’t happy with my finish at the Pittsburgh the week prior and knew I could be a lot fuller. A last minute (6 hours before prejudging) shitload had me busting at the seams and the only real negative seen from it was a little distention. This was the fullest my legs have ever been. Everybody wants to talk about their leg workouts, but you can see who goes to war and who goes through the motions on stage.
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Had a blast battling in the Overall with @jrwfitness and @bfitbrent!
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#TeamLOUD #LOUDperformancetraining @LOUDperformancetraining
With the NPC Mike Francois coming up this weekend, here’s a throwback to 2015 where I took the Overall. I wasn’t happy with my finish at the Pittsburgh the week prior and knew I could be a lot fuller. A last minute (6 hours before prejudging) shitload had me busting at the seams and the only real negative seen from it was a little distention. This was the fullest my legs have ever been. Everybody wants to talk about their leg workouts, but you can see who goes to war and who goes through the motions on stage. ➖ Had a blast battling in the Overall with @jrwfitness and @bfitbrent! ➖ #TeamLOUD  #LOUDperformancetraining  @LOUDperformancetraining
In honor of this weekend, #tbt to the night before the 2016 NPC Pittsburgh Championships. This show has a lot of history to it, and doing well, means something. Looking forward to seeing a show STACKED with quality bodybuilders on Saturday. Good luck to everyone competing, especially the LOUD crew. If you see me running around, make sure you say what’s up!
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#TeamLOUD #LOUDperformancetraining @LOUDperformancetraining
In honor of this weekend, #tbt  to the night before the 2016 NPC Pittsburgh Championships. This show has a lot of history to it, and doing well, means something. Looking forward to seeing a show STACKED with quality bodybuilders on Saturday. Good luck to everyone competing, especially the LOUD crew. If you see me running around, make sure you say what’s up! ➖ #TeamLOUD  #LOUDperformancetraining  @LOUDperformancetraining
Constantly adjusting and making changes to the plan, is often a huge mistake. If things are constantly changing, how do we know what is causing the response your body is giving you? Nutritional changes do tend to occur more frequently, but training should be repetitive and progressive if possible. So if you are really trying to make progress, you'll buckle down and ride that same training split for months on end, only adjusting when needed. Keeping it fun, exciting, and different every workout, will most likely lead to you spinning your wheels and not making a ton of noticeable progress.
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#TeamLOUD #LOUDperformancetraining @LOUDperformancetraining
Constantly adjusting and making changes to the plan, is often a huge mistake. If things are constantly changing, how do we know what is causing the response your body is giving you? Nutritional changes do tend to occur more frequently, but training should be repetitive and progressive if possible. So if you are really trying to make progress, you'll buckle down and ride that same training split for months on end, only adjusting when needed. Keeping it fun, exciting, and different every workout, will most likely lead to you spinning your wheels and not making a ton of noticeable progress. ➖ #TeamLOUD  #LOUDperformancetraining  @LOUDperformancetraining
You can control very little when it comes to competing. You can't control your insertions, you can't control structure, can't control who shows up....but you can control your conditioning and how you present your physique. So if you are one of those people that has less than ideal structure or some sort of dysfunction, suffer in prep to come in shredded to the bone and push yourself to pose daily. It’s the only shot you have.
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Throwback to prep for Jr USA’s in 2016.
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#TeamLOUD #LOUDperformancetraining @LOUDperformancetraining
You can control very little when it comes to competing. You can't control your insertions, you can't control structure, can't control who shows up....but you can control your conditioning and how you present your physique. So if you are one of those people that has less than ideal structure or some sort of dysfunction, suffer in prep to come in shredded to the bone and push yourself to pose daily. It’s the only shot you have. ➖ Throwback to prep for Jr USA’s in 2016. ➖ #TeamLOUD  #LOUDperformancetraining  @LOUDperformancetraining
Something I'm seeing a bit of and feel needs discussed is eating disorders and how they seem to be becoming trendy. Now take none of this the wrong way or think I'm talking about you specifically if you battle with one. I'm not. I do work with some people with real disorders and I've struggled with binge eating myself. I'm just seeing people that diet for a few weeks, get really hungry, cave to the hunger, and then want to blame it on an eating disorder. It's NORMAL to feel intense hunger and the desire to absolutely destroy food when your depleted and pushing to really lean out. We can expect those things and know that it doesn't mean there's a serious issue there. Don't confuse your lack of self control or will power with an eating disorder. It takes away from people with real problems and you're simply looking for a cop out on why you didn't finish what you started.
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#TeamLOUD #LOUDperformancetraining @LOUDperformancetraining
Something I'm seeing a bit of and feel needs discussed is eating disorders and how they seem to be becoming trendy. Now take none of this the wrong way or think I'm talking about you specifically if you battle with one. I'm not. I do work with some people with real disorders and I've struggled with binge eating myself. I'm just seeing people that diet for a few weeks, get really hungry, cave to the hunger, and then want to blame it on an eating disorder. It's NORMAL to feel intense hunger and the desire to absolutely destroy food when your depleted and pushing to really lean out. We can expect those things and know that it doesn't mean there's a serious issue there. Don't confuse your lack of self control or will power with an eating disorder. It takes away from people with real problems and you're simply looking for a cop out on why you didn't finish what you started. ➖ #TeamLOUD  #LOUDperformancetraining  @LOUDperformancetraining
‼️GIVEAWAY‼️
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Guess my weight here and win a free LOUD t-shirt AND a big boy shaker (40oz) from @skullznbarbells. First person to guess it or whoever gets closest in 48 hours will win!
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RULES
•Tag two people
•Comment weight down to tenth of a lb
•Enter up to three times
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#TeamLOUD @LOUDperformancetraining
‼️GIVEAWAY‼️ ➖ Guess my weight here and win a free LOUD t-shirt AND a big boy shaker (40oz) from @skullznbarbells. First person to guess it or whoever gets closest in 48 hours will win! ➖ RULES •Tag two people •Comment weight down to tenth of a lb •Enter up to three times ➖ #TeamLOUD  @LOUDperformancetraining
‘Twas arm day.
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#TeamLOUD #LOUDperformancetraining @LOUDperformancetraining
I don’t have the BEST genetics for bodybuilding. I’ve known that pretty much since I started and not once has that ever dictated my training, nutrition, or approach. I’m just glad I can get up everyday with some purpose and have the ability to do what I love. If the lifestyle itself doesn’t make you smile, you should probably consider finding something else that does.
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#TeamLOUD @LOUDperformancetraining
I don’t have the BEST genetics for bodybuilding. I’ve known that pretty much since I started and not once has that ever dictated my training, nutrition, or approach. I’m just glad I can get up everyday with some purpose and have the ability to do what I love. If the lifestyle itself doesn’t make you smile, you should probably consider finding something else that does. ➖ #TeamLOUD  @LOUDperformancetraining
Things you want hear from your coach after you don’t win...
- We need to bring X, X, and X body parts up. They are weak and it showed on stage.
- Conditioning wasn’t exactly where it needed to be. We need to push to be harder/leaner/drier.
- You were your best, but the other person/s were better. You just need to keep working hard and improving.
- Posing hurt you a lot. More work needs put into presentation.
- I’m partially responsible for you coming up a little short here. (if that’s the case)
- WE will work on the things you need to improve together.
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Things you don’t want to hear from your coach...
- You got screwed over or insert any “politics” cry.
You may not like hearing the things on the top and hearing the bottom may make you feel better right after you take an L, but the top makes you better and the bottom will work against you mentally.
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Throwback to two nights before Jr USA’s in 2016.
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#TeamLOUD @LOUDperformancetraining
Things you want hear from your coach after you don’t win... - We need to bring X, X, and X body parts up. They are weak and it showed on stage. - Conditioning wasn’t exactly where it needed to be. We need to push to be harder/leaner/drier. - You were your best, but the other person/s were better. You just need to keep working hard and improving. - Posing hurt you a lot. More work needs put into presentation. - I’m partially responsible for you coming up a little short here. (if that’s the case) - WE will work on the things you need to improve together. ➖ Things you don’t want to hear from your coach... - You got screwed over or insert any “politics” cry. You may not like hearing the things on the top and hearing the bottom may make you feel better right after you take an L, but the top makes you better and the bottom will work against you mentally. ➖ Throwback to two nights before Jr USA’s in 2016. ➖ #TeamLOUD  @LOUDperformancetraining
“Never look back”
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I see people saying this a lot. Even Arnold was quoted using the saying. I can’t line myself up with that school of thought though. I understand wanting to put painful/depressing times behind you, but there’s also a lot of good times weaved in there as well. Beyond good or bad, there is most importantly life lessons in your past to pull from. You’re bound to make the same mistakes over again if you never look back on previous situations. While I do think your focus should be mostly forward, it’s foolish to think you should never look back. Look back often, pick your mistakes out, and don’t repeat them. Learn from the past so that you can be more successful in the now and future. Never deny it. Whether you like where you are in life right now or not, it’s your past that’s gotten you here.
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#TeamLOUD @LOUDperformancetraining
“Never look back” ➖ I see people saying this a lot. Even Arnold was quoted using the saying. I can’t line myself up with that school of thought though. I understand wanting to put painful/depressing times behind you, but there’s also a lot of good times weaved in there as well. Beyond good or bad, there is most importantly life lessons in your past to pull from. You’re bound to make the same mistakes over again if you never look back on previous situations. While I do think your focus should be mostly forward, it’s foolish to think you should never look back. Look back often, pick your mistakes out, and don’t repeat them. Learn from the past so that you can be more successful in the now and future. Never deny it. Whether you like where you are in life right now or not, it’s your past that’s gotten you here. ➖ #TeamLOUD  @LOUDperformancetraining
For all of you complaining about feeling like dirt in prep...stay busy. Suffering sucks a lot less when you aren't thinking about it. Look in the mirror, smile, and find something to do. Distraction is a very effective tool in coping with discomfort or negative emotion.
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For all of you complaining about feeling like dirt in prep...stay busy. Suffering sucks a lot less when you aren't thinking about it. Look in the mirror, smile, and find something to do. Distraction is a very effective tool in coping with discomfort or negative emotion. ➖ #TeamLOUD  @LOUDperformancetraining
Who’s going to be in Columbus this weekend for the Arnold Classic? Stop by the Skullz and Barbells booth (#1949) and say what’s up! There is no bigger coming together of meatheads, so let’s all have some fun, link up, and get some pics!
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Check out @LOUDperformancetraining athlete @slim_jr2 as he battles it out in the Classic Physique class. Prejudging for classic starts at 1:30pm.
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#ArnoldClassic @Skullznbarbells
Who’s going to be in Columbus this weekend for the Arnold Classic? Stop by the Skullz and Barbells booth (#1949 ) and say what’s up! There is no bigger coming together of meatheads, so let’s all have some fun, link up, and get some pics! ➖ Check out @LOUDperformancetraining athlete @slim_jr2 as he battles it out in the Classic Physique class. Prejudging for classic starts at 1:30pm. ➖ #ArnoldClassic  @Skullznbarbells
Part of the reason I enjoyed bodybuilding when I started (2005), was because it was quiet. In order to make optimal progress, there was an element of isolation and the need to stay behind when everyone else was going out. I missed out on a lot of social gatherings and late nights with friends. No one understood it, but i did. Rest/recovery/sleep was needed and I liked sacrificing for what I wanted. It made me feel a bit hardcore (which is laughable) and missing out was ok for me anyway because of awkwardness/anxiety. Looking at things now, it's humorous that as time goes on, isolated is the furtherest thing I feel. Quite the opposite. Social media has opened the doors and connected SO many people living the same lifestyle (or at least something that resembles the same lifestyle), that I can support, communicate with, and enjoy following daily. So while the same need to stay behind and miss out is still there at times, it’s no longer quiet or lonesome, and I love this shit all the same.
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#TeamLOUD #LOUDperformancetraining
@LOUDperformancetraining
Part of the reason I enjoyed bodybuilding when I started (2005), was because it was quiet. In order to make optimal progress, there was an element of isolation and the need to stay behind when everyone else was going out. I missed out on a lot of social gatherings and late nights with friends. No one understood it, but i did. Rest/recovery/sleep was needed and I liked sacrificing for what I wanted. It made me feel a bit hardcore (which is laughable) and missing out was ok for me anyway because of awkwardness/anxiety. Looking at things now, it's humorous that as time goes on, isolated is the furtherest thing I feel. Quite the opposite. Social media has opened the doors and connected SO many people living the same lifestyle (or at least something that resembles the same lifestyle), that I can support, communicate with, and enjoy following daily. So while the same need to stay behind and miss out is still there at times, it’s no longer quiet or lonesome, and I love this shit all the same. ➖ #TeamLOUD  #LOUDperformancetraining  @LOUDperformancetraining
Something I see way too often is competitors doing a show, then they take an abbreviated offseason and try to compete again 5-6 months later. More often than not, those people show up looking worse than they did at their previous show or exactly the same at best. 4-8 weeks after a show is spent recovering metabolically, just to turn it right back around and reduce calories again. Where was the time to make improvements? For the most part, all that was done was wasting 6 months worth of improving. Before you jump into a show after having just competed a few months back, ask yourself, "Am I ok with bringing the same exact package to the stage as I did last time?"
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If you weren't lean or conditioned enough the first show, this doesn't really apply. You can bring a way better look by sucking it up and "going there" with your diet and cardio.
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There's always a freak that can defy these odds and look drastically better in a few short months. It's just likely not you.
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If your coach suggests this or doesn’t at least tell you that it’s not a great idea when you ask, all they look at you as is a monthly payment. Very little concern for long term progression is present.
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#TeamLOUD #LOUDperformancetraining
@LOUDperformancetraining
Something I see way too often is competitors doing a show, then they take an abbreviated offseason and try to compete again 5-6 months later. More often than not, those people show up looking worse than they did at their previous show or exactly the same at best. 4-8 weeks after a show is spent recovering metabolically, just to turn it right back around and reduce calories again. Where was the time to make improvements? For the most part, all that was done was wasting 6 months worth of improving. Before you jump into a show after having just competed a few months back, ask yourself, "Am I ok with bringing the same exact package to the stage as I did last time?" ➖ If you weren't lean or conditioned enough the first show, this doesn't really apply. You can bring a way better look by sucking it up and "going there" with your diet and cardio. ➖ There's always a freak that can defy these odds and look drastically better in a few short months. It's just likely not you. ➖ If your coach suggests this or doesn’t at least tell you that it’s not a great idea when you ask, all they look at you as is a monthly payment. Very little concern for long term progression is present. ➖ #TeamLOUD  #LOUDperformancetraining  @LOUDperformancetraining
Everybody looking "brand new" this and wanting "state of the art" that. That's half the damn problem. Everyones too focused on the floors being freshly carpeted and the equipment being brand new, and not focused on working their ass off. Keep the state of the art, give me what is needed, and let me train hard.
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Trained at another crazy gym today in Manassas Virginia. @theshopgym is a 24000sq ft playground for adults. TONS of hand picked equipment, lounge area, posing room, and a large turf area. Something about training with a cement floor underneath you just feels right! Check this place out if you’re in the area.
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#TeamLOUD #LOUDperformancetraining
@LOUDperformancetraining
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@skullznbarbells district tee - Code: LOUD10
Everybody looking "brand new" this and wanting "state of the art" that. That's half the damn problem. Everyones too focused on the floors being freshly carpeted and the equipment being brand new, and not focused on working their ass off. Keep the state of the art, give me what is needed, and let me train hard. ➖ Trained at another crazy gym today in Manassas Virginia. @theshopgym is a 24000sq ft playground for adults. TONS of hand picked equipment, lounge area, posing room, and a large turf area. Something about training with a cement floor underneath you just feels right! Check this place out if you’re in the area. ➖ #TeamLOUD  #LOUDperformancetraining  @LOUDperformancetraining ➖ @skullznbarbells district tee - Code: LOUD10