I apologize for being a little late on this one, but the results from the top finishers are finally posted here!
First off I'd like to just say that I wish everyone could be a winner, but I had to pick the top 5 placers and this was a little more difficult than a fat loss competition.
You see, with a mass gain contest there are factors I have to take into consideration other than just scale weight and size.
I'm looking at who has put on noticeable size while keeping fat gain to a minimum, who has made noticeable development changes, and sometimes it's a mix of these factors with an increase in body fat levels that I have to look through.
So without further ado, here are the top 5 from Mass Monster…
1st Place Winner – M. Lopez
This guy made a pretty terrific transformation. He got up to 187 lbs and his deadlift shot up to over 450 lbs, along with increased arm and shoulder development.
He grew everywhere and although not shredded down yet he made a mass gain of 11 lbs…….ALL NATURAL WITH HARDLY ANY SUPPLEMENTS.
Hard work pays off!
“The results that I have gotten training with John these last 12 weeks are second to none. I have been training for over 3 years straight and have studied and trained many different styles and programs trying to figure out my body and what works best for me. What I liked about training with John is that he help me figure out what worked best for me diet, rest, and training wise. When I saw that John was holding this Operation Mass Monster Contest and saw that we got to train with him during this contest at a discounted price, I was like “hell yeah” I'm in! I was able to put on a solid 11lbs and go from 175 to 186lbs. The other thing that happened is that I actually look leaner now than when I started. Although I am bigger now than when I started I am also more defined. All this was done just following John's diet and training plan. Even if you only follow the principles you will see results”
“Hey coach John. Things are going good man. Can't complain. Seeing gains in size, weight is steady around 181 lbs – 184 lbs right now. I can tell that muscle fat is going and muscle is coming in. Difference in shoulder, chest, arms and quads. Shirts feel tighter, pant legs are fitting more snug….mid section actually going down in size, abs are showing more now than when I began. Definitely seeing more definition. I think the diet and the training split are benefiting me the most. I guess my body just needs more time to recover now. I guess hitting each muscle group once a week like the current split you have us on now is what my body seems to be responding well to. Strength gains are there as well. The weight I am using for the sets is steadily rising with each session.”
2nd Place Winner – M. Medranno
It was a close call between 1st and 2nd place, but this guy took 2nd because he gained a decent amount of mass but kept fat gain almost non-existent.
He had gained over a solid 10 lbs of muscle mass and he kept his gains ALL CLEAN. You can literally see him transform into a much larger individual in the short 12 weeks he trained under me for this competition!
I'm also pleased to announce that he took part in Project Shredded as well, prior to Mass Monster. This guy has made leaps and bounds in the past 6 months…ALL NATURAL
“All right. It's been a hell of a three months. Strength increase (the last week I gave it everything I had, almost dropped a 65 on my chest doing dumbbell chest press). Weight is up to 175. Only used the supplements you recommended me protein, BCAA and creatine for the last month. Thank you for the awesome training. Results like this alone would have taken me a long time just because of the diet tips and timing alone. I wish everyone luck but I dressed to win and trained to win so let's see what happens. Thanks again, John Doe. It was a dream that I wanted to accomplish. Been a skinny bean pole guy for as long as I can remember. I can't wait to see how the other guys did. I hope all is well.”
3rd Place Winner – M. Driggants
4th Place Winner – Ian M.
“Not convinced pics show much progress, but I've been told by family and close friends that I look healthier and better than I ever have. I'm seeing a couple chicks that have noticed the effort put in also. I'm happy I did this and am going to continue cutting fat for a bit.”
5th Place Winner – David M.
“Sorry, first few weeks back at work after 5 months off due to PTSD like issues. As I said you've helped enormously. I obviously liked your post about the guys of the shredded comp. Here are my photos, and man i am a fat old guy! The camera has such an annoying way of showing you what you really look like, as opposed the rose colored image in the gym mirror and my wife's sweet encouragement of my progress. But now I've got a clear goal. H hour, crossing starting line into enemy territory, Boss!”“Hey John good to hear from you. A lot to catch up on but my training's going well, largely thanks to you. I have got so much from your ‘no BS' advice, so thanks brother.
One thing that i really liked is your recipe for home made protein shakes. I have also benefited from lifting less weight and focusing on the muscle. Some of the other stuff too. I'm 108 kg now (240 lbs?) 12-13%, but at 6'2″ and with naturally big legs, my chest and upper arms are still relatively poor, e.g. my calves are about 18″ but upper arm only 16.5″. My chest also lacks definition, so I think I'm going to have get bigger before i can successful cut back to a worthwhile shape. In the past few months I've gained about 10 kg muscle but I think I'll still need another 10 kgs before I start cutting back. I've been following your diet and think I can probably keep gaining (although progress is slowing) until January. I look forward to more tips from you, and seeing just how much i can improve, particularly my chest and arms. Thanks again brother, Dave.”
A big thanks to everyone who competed and I'm proud of all of you who stuck to it no matter what!
I placed second to last place in my first bodybuilding competition ever, and a photo I used to laugh at eventually became one of my favorites because I could see how much progress I've made.
There have probably been a couple photos from the competitors that I have left out or misplaced and any photos missing are 100% my fault. Everyone who placed in this top 5 followed the rules and submitted the required photos.
A big thanks to Strong Supplements for sponsoring yet another online competition and furnishing prizes to the winners.