After two weeks of madness I have finally had a moment to sit down and blog about a fitness competition I entered on January 25th, 2015 in Bangkok, Thailand. I am still in SHOCK that I did this competition and after 25 days of preparing for what to me was a goal of mine for a few years was exhilarating, challenging and rewarding all at the same time. Since I had posted here and here about my journey, I thought it would be nice to do a Fitness Competition Recap!
With Instagram and YouTube being popular in the fitness relam, you can easily follow a fitness competitors journey to the stage and see how much work it really is, how daunting the nutrition program has to be and the time/cost it takes to prepare for 10 minutes on stage can be. I used to sit and watch these videos with the dream that one day I could take the stage. With a ballerina background I am used to the grueling practices, the diet discipline and mental challenges that follow with this type of competition. My husband and I move around and travel so I never thought it would be possible to have the actual time to dedicate myself to such a sport but as I have been told me entire life, if there is a will, there is a way.
Luckily for me, the bodybuilding community is growing in South East Asia and includes a few competitions that are open to foreigners such as myself. I was browsing Facebook after a few cocktails on New Years Eve and came across a poster for a fitness competition. My nerves started to jump, butterflies attacked and I had a wave of sensation I have not felt since the day I met my husband.
I just knew I HAD TO DO IT! I finally took a chance on January 1st of this year and said I am going to do it after seeing a competition here on the 25th. I signed up, made a list of EVERYTHING I needed to do to make it happen and DID IT!
What You Need to Do a Bikini Competition::
- Bikini *Custom Created by Steve
- Makeup/Hair (I did mine myself)
- Jewelry (thank goodness for A Piece of Elise who gave me my gorgeous earrings)
- Shoes (tall, think stripper type shoes)
- Workout Plan
- Diet Plan
- Water Manipulation/Peak Week Plan
- Posing Coach or Practice (this was what made me get 3rd place, thank goodness for Nan (here) )
- SUPPORT from family, friends and those around you
I contacted girls I knew competed here and asked questions on where to get the proper bikini, how to do the tan and where do I go to learn how to pose. Luckily, I got responses back and was led straight to Steve and Nan (Youtube here :: Facebook here :: Facebook here) who were not only custom created my bikini, tanned me, taught me how to pose and helped me with water manipulation but gave me the support I needed during these weeks to actually make it to the stage.
There were HARD days, REALLY hard days, days I was thinking of backing out and saying to myself this isn’t for me, I am not strong enough, I don’t have the willpower etc. but every single day I looked at myself in the mirror and said YES I CAN! Having the support of those around you is CRITICAL, without it I know I would have given up at some points when I felt it was not worth it.
Since I only had 25 days I really had to put my time in at the gym. My backside is my weakest point and one of the necessities in bikini competition physiques so I put in leg days 2 times every 7 days and focused on building my muscle for the first two weeks and shredding off the fat the last two. I incorporated 100 upper body twists, weighted front abs and extra cardio at the end. Posing practice is like a cardio session in itself! Who would have thought posing is so hard!
Chest, Calves and Dance Cardio
Shoulders, Abs and Dance Cardio
Legs + Low Impact Cardio
Rest Day, Stretch, Foam Roll
Back, Abs and Treadmill Cardio
Legs (low rep but HEAVY)
I did a carb cycle and used the app My Fitness Pal to track EVERYTHING even vegetables. Again 25 days is not a lot of time especially after December which was filled with my birthday, my husbands birthday and holidays so I had to track EVERY little thing I put into my body. I enjoyed carb cycling because on a leg day it is really helpful to have a little boost of energy to help me push my legs that much more.
Foods I ate::
Peanut Butter (no salt, no sugar)
Broccoli (only first 14 days)
Oatmeal (only first 14 days)
Himalayan Sea Salt
Ms. Dash Seasonings
Star in Ten Diet Plan to Kick things off! My plan is simple, effective and helps you build muscle while burning fat, check that out here.
High Carb:: 1 Day
Low Carb:: 3 Days
High Carb:: 1 Day
Mod Carb:: 1 Day
Low Carb:: 2 Days
Water Manipulation set by Coach Steve (here)
So all in all, my diet was VERY simple so that is why the first thing I craved off the stage was hummus.. yes hummus, salty, seasoned HUMMUS!
Here is the last part of the competition after I placed top 5::
Fitness Competition Recap
HECK YES! For only 25 days of preparation I got THIRD PLACE in my class! I did not even think I would PLACE, I honestly did this to prove to myself that you can do ANYTHING you put your mind too!
Right now I am reverse dieting which is difficult because my body was just under a lot of stress with my dieting for the show. I am slowly increasing my calories, eating out with friends and have been enjoying a few treats including popcorn, vegan jelly beans + wine! I think the most important thing is that I enjoyed the process, I enjoyed being on stage + I am determined to BUILD my booty and make my way back up this year!
I want to let you all know that you can do ANYTHING you want, you can have a goal, a dream or a wish and you CAN make it happen. Set a deadline, set a GOAL and write down everything you need to do to make it HAPPEN!