Tucker: Many thanks and a look back at 2017

2017 was a very interesting year. I learned a ton, made some progress physically, but probably made the most progress in my mentality and approach to bodybuilding.

First, a big shout out to the people I coached to compete this year. Whether it was a diet and training program or just diet for some of my PowerRackStrength team mates, I learned something useful from working with every one of you.

Next, the people that I had in my corner coaching me – Noel Fuller, Brian Carroll, Paul
Oneid, Craig Liebenson, Will Harris and all the others that offered little tips along the way. Noel was my main man for coaching this year, Paul and Brian helped with some form cues and tips on training, Craig helped me get healthy and Will has been awesome about answering little questions I have here and there and giving me some honest input when I needed it most.

Those that competed, as well as those that didn’t helped in what I think was my biggest step forward, which is slowing down the process and the way I look at bodybuilding, powerlifting, and competing in general. For me, bodybuilding has always had so much importance to me that those little anxious habits we all have when we put pressure on something start to come out. You start to worry about little stuff, want to change this and that because you’re afraid you won’t be ready etc. It’s been super helpful over the years to work with other people and have them go through the same mental challenges, and allow me to be the voice of reason in the situation. I’ve been able to take that and project it onto myself to help me chill out, trust the process, and have faith in what I’m doing because not only have I seen it work, but I’ve been behind the scenes making the decisions. After telling enough people “No, don’t change anything, you’re right on track.” Or making the small adjustments when they would rather make a huge change has helped me develop that voice that can say “If I were coaching me, what would I tell me?” Noel’s overall very chill demeanor helps complement that well and it allows me to just focus on what’s important – nailing the diet and training and I just leave the guesswork up to him.

So, to summarize… This log is just a very big thank to you everyone that helped along the way last year. I have a good feeling about 2018 and I’m looking forward to seeing it all come to fruition.

Happy New Years folks!

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Tucker Loken is a Bodybuilder turned Powerlifter turned Powerbuilder from Eugene, Oregon. He did his first bodybuilding show when he was still in high school, and has been training male and female competitors for shows since 2011. Several years ago he decided to take a step away from his normal routine and learn how to get strong. He worked with Brian for 9 months, added 200 pounds to his raw total and qualified as an Elite lifter in the 220 pound weight class. He returned back to bodybuilding much stronger and now incorporates the 10/20/Life philosophy into his training to keep himself healthy and making continual progress in the Big 3 as well as adding size and shaping his physique. Now part of Team PRS, he brings his unique expertise of nutritional knowledge and how to balance Bodybuilding with Powerlifting to help athletes achieve their best potential.

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