People see photos of competitors and think "wow that's the body I want to have!" Well I'm here to tell you competing is not all glitter and pretty bikinis.. Do not get me wrong I absolutely love being in competition prep; however, the whole process has brought me to sweat, blood and tears on many occasions and is not as beautiful as it looks on show day.
This was my hardest week of competition prep so far and I am now officially 2 weeks out from my next show. But, before you see my latest stage shots, let me give you an inside look of what my last week looked like.
Countdown: 3 Weeks Out
- Protein shake followed by leg workout and cardio for 40 minutes.
- Hour driving to posing check in followed by chicken and vegetables and another 40 minute cardio session.
- Get home to another delicious meal of chicken and veggies and hours of meal prep
- Have to set reminder to shower so I don't forget.
- Full 10-hour day of work with another workout and 2 sessions of 40 minutes cardio.
- Oh let's not forget the delicious chicken and veggies I get to eat
- Not much different from Monday but am locked out of my house. No rational thought on how to overcome this situation just tears until someone finally came home.
- Practice posing in my pajamas in front of my cats for an audience. Anything works right?
- Check in with the coach. Things look great so let's increase cardio to 50 minutes of cardio 2x a day. Let's not forget this is including a workout and running on a strict macro diet.
- Multitasking is no longer in my scope. Peanut butter protein shake ends up with hand cream in it instead of peanut butter.
- Wow it's the weekend, I can't wait to spend it in the gym like every other day.
- 50 minutes of cardio never felt so long until your data is turned off.
- Check ins with the coach. And I earned a refeed day!! That's when you know you are right on track.
And that's one more week down! Two more to go! All the sweat blood and tears will be so worth it in two weeks!
Other highlights of my past competition prep include:
So just to summarize: the next time you see a picture-perfect bikini stage shot, remember what went into looking like that. We haven't even accounted for the months of off-season work, the hundreds to thousands of dollars invested, and the hours put into hair and make-up on the day of. Its always great to strive for something, but remember to keep your goals realistic. And if you're considering competition, just remember its not all glute kicks and sparkly bikinis.
As a side note, a huge thank you to my coach, teammates, co-workers, friends and boyfriend for helping me get through every season of prep!
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