The First IPE “Master World Champion”

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Three weeks ago we won the Pro Master Men’s Physique class at the Windy City Natural and this last weekend we stacked it by winning the first ever IPE Pro Master World Championship. So now I can officially say I am a natural Pro 3x Champion and World Champion. But I didn’t get here alone. This was a team effort that included God, my family, so many influential friends, my coach John Gorman with Team Gorman, and all of you for the daily encouragement. Big thanks to my friend Jason Fountain for coming to Memphis, TN with me and helping me make the drive. Special thanks to my sponsors who helps make competing possible: Kaged Muscle Supplements, Swole O’Clock, Elite Training Tulsa, and ISSA. I saved my Snapchat video reel the 48hrs before, during, and after the competition for your reviewing pleasure.

Worlds part 1
Worlds part 2
Worlds part 3
My Posing Presentation

This has been the longest period of time in a calorie deficit and I was feeling it here at the end. I officially started contest prepping June 1st with my 12-week  ‘Diamond Cutter’ program (start free Here). Overall I was cutting for 4.5 months. I know others have cut longer, but this was long for me and I was more strict than I have been in the past. This long period of pushing hard did lead to a injury I incurred just a week before this competition. I mentioned my right shoulder hurting a little on social media, but never explained the extent of pain I have been feeling. The Saturday before the competition I was working abs at home and while laying on my back resting between sets I reached for my phone and felt a stab of pain in my right arm. I have been told my inflammed my Infraspinatus which is part of the rotator cuff. I could still lift and move my right arm, but only at certain angles and slowly. The slightest wrong move would result in intense pain. At this point I had three upper body workouts to do and lots of posing practice before the competition. I was really hoping it would get better as the days past, but the day before the competition it hurt worse than ever. I prayed hours before the show for healing, pain reduction, and/or that I could just show my best. I made it through all my posing without that intense pain and we ended up winning. It is still hurting a bit at the moment, but at least now I can let it rest and heal.

My friend Jason and I left Tulsa around 8am and 4 pee stops and 7hrs later pulled into Memphis, TN. I was drinking so much water that day I almost didn’t make it to the bathroom every 90mins. I am sure you really wanted to know that too lol. The usual day before a competition activities went down like checking-in, mandatory drug testing, fake tan spraying, and meeting with old and new friends. The night before the competition I was still having trouble with that right shoulder, but at this point I was determined to kill it even if my arm fell off.

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As usual I did not sleep much the night before the show. I am always too excited. Then I had to wake up at 3:50am for meal 1 and again at 5:50 for Meal 2 and at that point I was up. I maybe slept a total of 4hrs. While we were in Memphis to compete and win a lot of the day was planned around the after show food. Understand I put a lot of research and planning into this part of the trip. So we left the hotel early to swing by Gibson’s Donuts on our way to the convention center. While I did not touch a single donut I did place two in my bag for immediately after the show and had more for later. Let me tell you now Gibson’s did not disappoint.

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One of my favorite parts about competing with the NANBF/IPE is the friendly environment. Hanging out backstage catching up with old friends and making new ones is always a highlight for me. I am always pretty social backstage and I really enjoy giving advice and encouragement to the younger NANBF amateur athletes competing later in the day. But once it’s 30 minutes before stage time I get that focus and tunnel vision just like when I am in the gym.

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Then it was time to battle! I’ve said this before, but it’s so hilarious to me I want to say it again. We who compete deal with iron, sweat, and blood. But before we battle…we have to shave our legs and exfoliate! Haha. The battle for the Top 3 was extremely tough and could have gone either way. I was honored to share the stage with who I consider some of the top natural Pro Master Men’s Physique competitors in the world. I cannot say enough about Joe Knox with his muscular size and personality, and Alfred Raoof with his aesthetics and superior posing. I don’t have quality stage shots yet, but coming soon. I had a blast doing my posing presentation to the WWE wrestler Bobby Roode’s entrance music “Glorious Domination”. In another life I would be a WWE wrestler so it’s fun to blend that into my posing and pretend for a few minutes. Watch my posing routine at the link up above. When it was time to come back out and announce the placings I really had no idea how it would go down. I was truly surprised when they called my name as the Master World Champion. One of the prizes was this amazing gladiator helmet which I accidentally dropped on stage while posing for photos. Oh, I am going to have so much fun with this helmet and it’s almost Halloween.

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Once the photographs and goodbyes were done our ‘food tour of Memphis’ began. Remember those Gibson’s donuts? I had two of them before walking out of the building and they were amazing! Jason and I drove from the venue directly to Aldo’s Pizza right down the street and picked up some garlic knots and a large T-Rex pizza which we saved for the 6 hour drive home. We went from there to meet a friend at a restaurant called J. Alexander’s which has the best warm carrot cake in all the earth which I enjoyed after the prime rib appetizer. I even got a second piece of cake to take home. We never did bust into that pizza because we were so full, but you know I had some once I got home.

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I want to end again with thanks. I feel truly blessed. The amount of texts, emails, and social media love after the show was overwhelming. I also want to thank the NANBF, IPE, and everybody associated with those organizations for what they do for natural fitness. I can see myself someday getting into judging, promoting, and helping behind the scenes. My focus now shifts to completing and launching my new home trainer “Kirb Karnage” with my sponsor Kaged Muscle Supplements. I plan to take off from competing until 2020 only to return bigger and better. As a 42 year old natural athlete it takes time to build quality muscle. Maybe I will try that Pro Classic Physique when I return. Thank you for walking with Wittig.

-Wittig, ISSA CPT
IPE Natural Pro 3x Champ
Kaged Muscle Athlete
All socials: WittigWorks

 

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I am a Natural Athlete!

I have always been a natural athlete and health first. Every now and then somebody will doubt me. My level of fitness, at age 42, can be accomplished by almost anybody with consistency and hard work. Those who doubt my being natural are only trying to give them self an excuse to wimp. And beside I’m not big at all just conditioned. I do all this to serve as an example of what is possible and to inspire. View the list of banned substances Here. Interested getting into natural fitness? Check out NANBF.org
-Wittig, ISSA CPT
IPE Natural Pro 2x Champ
Kaged Muscle Athlete
All socials: WittigWorks 

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A Peek into my “Peak Week”

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In 6 days I compete at the natural pro IPE Master World Championships Oct 13 in Memphis, TN. Tomorrow I start my second competition ‘Peak Week’  in a 4 week period and I thought I would give you a inside look into what will be going down. My last Peak Week was just 3 weeks ago and went accordingly to plan so I will be following that same protocol with a few minor tweaks. Remember the things I will be doing this week are only so I look prime next Saturday, October 13 on stage. There is no reason to incorporate these methods into a typical cutting program. There are many ways to do a peak week and it’s based on the individual, their metabolism, how they look, and there coaches personal methods. I am blessed to be friends with one of the best natural contest prep coaches in the world- John Gorman with Team Gorman. Even coaches have coaches. Always surround yourself with people who know more than you. So here is what’s on the menu this week…

Cardio: No more cardio at this point for me. It all stopped last week because I was stage ready and didn’t want to start losing muscle. We kept me from losing more weight by strategic carb spikes. Just an extra 100-150g here or there on a given day.

Monday:
Training: Push (Chest, Triceps, Delts) 15 rep range.
Nutrition: Medium Carb Day
Supplements: Normal

Tuesday:
Training: Pull (Back, Biceps, Abs) 15 rep range.
Nutrition: Medium Carb Day
Supplements: Dropping everything but Re-Kaged (post workout whey), whey isolate, Creatine HCL, Hydracharge, and vitamins.

Wednesday:
Training: Full upper body, 1 exercise per body part 5 sets each, 20-30 reps.
Nutrition: High Carb Day + extra 75g carbs
Supplements: Dropping everything but Re-Kaged (post workout whey, whey isolate, Creatine HCL, Hydracharge, and vitamins.

Thursday:
Training: Legs 10 rep range.
Nutrition: Medium Carb Day
Supplements: Dropping everything but Re-Kaged (post workout whey, whey isolate, Creatine HCL, Hydracharge, and vitamins.

Friday:
Training: Off
Nutrition: Low Carb Day
Supplements: Kaged Muscle whey isolate, Creatine HCL, Hydracharge, and vitamins.
Saturday: Show time!

Follow this entire peak week and my trip to Memphis, TN for the World Championships daily on my Snapchat & IG/FB Story WittigWorks all. If you live in the Memphis area come out and support me. Show info can be found on MemphisMuscle.com.

Related Articles:

My Cutting Stack
Keeping Muscle While Cutting
Two Week Out Tweaks
My Daily Nutrition

-Wittig, ISSA CPT
IPE Natural Pro
Kaged Muscle Athlete
All socials: WittigWorks

My Kaged Muscle “Cutting” Stack

I wanted to share my Top 5 Kaged Muscle Supplements I use when cutting and how I use them. Watch my video below for a detailed breakdown. Get 15% off KagedMuscle.com with my code “Michael15”.

  1. Re-Kaged: Post workout
  2. Whey Isolate
  3. Pre-Kaged: pre-workout
  4. Ferodrox: testosterone support
  5. Hydracharge

-Wittig, ISSA CPT
IPE Natural Pro
Kaged Muscle Athlete
All socials: WittigWorks

The Truth About Supplements

The TRUTH about supplements. Firstly, your nutrition and training have to be on point. Supplements are not a replacement, they are an addition. Second, not all supplements are the same. They will vary in quality, safety, and effectiveness. Saving a few dollars might actually be harmful in some cases. Finally, a lot of the Athletes pushing supplements are doing so because of money deals and sometimes they don’t even really use those products. I left one of the bigger companies and sought out Kaged Muscle Supplements because of the quality and third-party testing their products undergoes. This is what you see me using day in-and-out for the last two years. I would never share a product with my family, close friends, and all of you if I didn’t believe in it. When you all use my code “Michael15” on KagedMuscle.com it not only saves you 15%, but does help my family and I, and allows me to continue dropping FREE trainers for all of you. So thank you.

Sincerely,
Michael Wittig
ISSA CPT
IPE Natural Pro
Kaged Muscle Athlete
All socials: WittigWorks

 

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Keeping Muscle While Cutting

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The more muscle you have the more efficient your body will be burning fat. The problem most people encounter when trying to cut is that they lose too much muscle making the process even harder. Here are some of the things I do personally to keep as much muscle as possible while in a prolonged calorie deficit:

  • Don’t under eat! I try to eat as much as possible while dropping body fat. Then if I need to reduce calories, typically via carbs, I can make a slight adjustment. If you drop your calories too much you might slow down your metabolism and lose muscle. Remember your body needs all the macronutrients protein, carbohydrates, and fats- just in the correct ratios for your situation and goals.
  • Keep cardio minimal. We all need to do some cardio specifically for heart health. Cardio is a great way to help burn additional calories and lose fat. But doing too much cardio can start digging into too many calories and cause muscle loss. I typically start steady state sessions at a low 15 minutes and gradually add a few minutes only if I hit a stall. HIIT I start with a limited 7 rounds and may graduate to 10 mins. I have never done more than 20 minutes of steady state or 10 minutes of HIIT for recent cutting cycles.
  • Do resistance training! You can lose weight just by changing how you eat, but you can speed up the process by including resistance training to build muscle which in turn helps you burn fat. Doing resistance training while cutting will also help you keep the muscle you have while eating in a calorie deficit. During my cutting cycles I lift in all rep ranges from a heavier 6-8 reps, moderate 10-15 reps, and sometimes as high as 50-100 reps.
  • Supplement with protein at the right times. I have my Kaged Muscle post workout Re-Kaged (fast digesting whey and more) immediately after every weight session. I use Kaged Whey-isolate immediately upon waking (after my sleep fast) to prevent muscle breakdown. Then I end my day with Kaged Kasein slow digesting protein to give my muscles a steady steam of protein throughout the night. Get 15% off KagedMuscle.com with my code “Michael15”.
  • Stay hydrated. Drinking water helps us not only build and retain muscle, but help us to eliminate fat. I personally drink 16oz of water with each meal and have another 16-20oz between meals.

-Wittig, ISSA CPT
IPE Natural Pro
Kaged Muscle Athlete
All socials: WittigWorks

Honored to be IPE Windy City Champion!

I am honored and humbled to say that I returned from Chicago, IL as a IPE Windy City Champion in Pro Men’s Physique. This might end up rather long, but I have received so many kind words throughout this contest preparation and even more so since winning yesterday I want to take the time to give you all a behind the scenes look at everything that went down and how I felt the last 48hrs. More than anything I want to say THANK YOU for your encouraging works, to my family, friends, the IPE and staff, fellow competitors, my coach John Gorman (Team Gorman), and my sponsors Kaged Muscle, Swole O’Clock, and Elite Training Tulsa.

I always prepare for my competition trips days in advance printing off information, packing, preparing food to avoid as many problems as possible. But even with the most planning unexpected things always happen. When competing it’s very important stay calm and not get stressed out because it can actually affect your physical appearance on stage. So all my planning didn’t prepare me for the surprise storms we had in Tulsa this last Friday when I was to fly to Chicago to compete. So I was more than a little concerned by flight would get delayed or even cancelled. Luckily I made it to Chicago in a easy 2hr direct flight. The real problem that I never really considered went down once I arrived…

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I landed in Chicago around 2:20pm and thought I had plenty of time to get to the host hotel for my scheduled polygraph at 4:40pm. I did not even consider Chicago traffic being so bad that it would take 2hrs to go 30 miles, but it did. Again, I took deep breaths and remained as calm as possible. I eventually made it to hotel just in time for my polygraph test. I only compete at 100% drug free events and they have several layers of testing. Drug free means no steroids, growth hormones, testosterone boosters, insulin, prescription diuretic, and much more. Wittig is about health first and I only take natural Kaged Muscle Supplements. You all know this! Lol.

 

Once I got the hotel I was busy for the next few hours doing my polygraph, checking-in for the event, and my spray tan which is always an experience. They basically paint me dark brown in my underwear like you would a car. Once I finally got back to my room I was able to really unpack and unwind. Again, being a planning I started laying stuff out and pre-packing for the morning competition and going through some light posing. I purposely didn’t even turn on the TV while I was there. It was important for me to clear my mind and focus on the task at hand and not Sponge Bob. When it was time to sleep I had to lay on the comforter fully clothed and on top of towels so I didn’t ruin their sheets with my fresh ‘paint job’. But of course I couldn’t sleep…

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Before tan flex
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Getting a fresh paint job

I was seriously TOO excited to sleep. I might have slept 2-3 hours before It was time to get up at 4:30am for Meal 1. Then I maybe rested another hour before my 6:30am Meal 2 and at that point I was up for good. Because of my experience with Chicago traffic the day before I wanted to leave and get to the venue early. The Windy City Natural took place at the historic Athenaeum Theater which was extremely nice. Then between arrival and showtime is one of my favorite parts of competing with the International Pro Elite.

 

The atmosphere backstage of all IPE events I’ve participated in are always so friendly. Seeing old friends and meeting new people from all over the world is what makes these events special and memorable. I always love taking photos backstage to remember what makes me happiest about competing regardless if I win or lose. It’s always great seeing Steve Clausen with One Healthy Body. He is the promoter of several NANBF/IPE shows here in my home state of Oklahoma where I won Mr. Oklahoma last year, but more importantly placed 2nd in Men’s Physique Open at three separate shows. Those near wins are what pushed me to work harder to eventually win First in Open to receive my IPE Pro card last June in Arkansas. My natural competitive career started with Steve and all he does for natural fitness. Then I also like to take photographs with the biggest guys I can find backstage for my own inspiration. Shown below are a few of the natural heavy weight bodybuilders that I thankful did not compete against…yet 😉

 

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This guy here below, Meshack Ochieng, had just one the previous weeks IPE International in Kansas City and I was excited to meet him in person for the first time. Remember I do Men’s Physique and Meshack is a bodybuilder. Different classes. But you think maybe I can step up in 5 years or so….?

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After the pleasantries it was time to focus and get down to business. It is a competition I didn’t come all the way out here just to play 😉 I felt in the past my pre-stage protocol could be improved upon so I look even a little better on stage and this time I nailed it. I realized I just needed to start posing a little earlier and concentrate my warm up on a few specific muscle groups especially my shoulders. I was extremely happy with how I posed during judging and my solo routine which I did to the song “Never Enough”. I choose this song just to do something totally different for me personally. I typically go rock and roll, but wanted to do something more dramatic and slower this time. I really enjoyed “The Greatest Showman” sound track and this song especially moved me.

My fellow competitors were also there to give it their best and they looked great. I really wasn’t sure who was going to end up on top. When they called my name as the champion my first reaction was to point upward and give it all to God. Then I proceeded to my ‘Hulk Hogan’ tribute shenanigans of giving the crowd the famed ear, thumbs up, and strike the poses all over them. When I win competitions the few minutes on stage is my time to be the WWE wrestler of my other life so I always hit wrestler poses ha. I will have much better stage shots coming here soon. But my biggest surprise of the day was yet to come…

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While I was on stage during the pre-judging I heard my name called out and I recognized the voice. My old time friend and Pillar band mate Noah Henson completely surprised me by showing up. When I saw him my face I know just lite up and I of course had to through him the rock n’ roll horns a few times while posing. Fellow Kaged Muscle Athlete Brandon Beckrich also came out to support along with a few other friends and followers. I was really overwhelmed on stage to hear such support while in a city so far from home. You all made the day really special for me. Immediately after being presented with the championship belt I was escorted to a bathroom to give urine for the second round of tests to be done. I was excited to get that part over and go out to the lobby to meet with my friends Noah, Erika, Megan, Brandon, and more. I even had the opportunity to meet with a group of kids and do a interview about natural fitness. After this I only had one thing on my mind….

 

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Chicago is known for it’s pizza and Giordano’s is world famous so you know where we went. The big Noah Henson surprise was partly orchestrated by another long-time friend of mind Erika Carlson. I’ve known her and Megan Sontag from way back from the early Pillar days. Once photographs were done we packed up and went straight to Giordano’s pizza and it was truly amazing. I was still full for my flight home and was able to sleep in my own bed. It was just an all around awesome few days.

 

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In closing I just want to say thank you again for the love and support. It means more to me than championship belt and even almost more than pizza… 😉 Now that the dust has settled I am back on track and planning to compete at the October 13 IPE Masters World Championships in Memphis, TN to close out my 2018 and 2019 competitive season. Then I plan to come back bigger and better in 2020 to compete in Pro Classic Physique Open. Coming for ya…

View my Behind the Scenes videos of my weekend here:

Windy City Natural part 1
Windy City Natural part 2

-Wittig, ISSA CPT
IPE Natural Pro
Kaged Muscle Athlete
All socials: WittigWorks