Bodybuilding isnt about who trains hardest or who eats cleanest or who has the best biceps or legs. Its not who is the best poser or who has the best genetics. BB isnt about who is the biggest or most conditioned. Its not a beauty pageant. BB is much more than just a sport. You cant show up on game day & play your heart out or battle for that win. BB is a way of life, in&out of the gym. There is no off days or offseason, if you really are serious about it. You dont just stop training or eating.
Its non stop hustle & grind.
BB is living outside your comfort zone, constantly.
BB is bigger than your physique & how you look on the outside.
BB is actually more mental than physical.
Its a mental battle filled with questioning, 2nd-guessing, learning, & growth, mentally, physically, emotionally, & even spiritually.
BB is selfish & it can take you away from other aspects of life...but truth is, you cant do this alone. You need people behind you, whether that be a coach, bf/gf/husband/wife, team, sponsor, mentor, family, friend, someone behind you who believes in you, more than you believe in yourself, to keep you going when you feel like giving up.
Outsiders dont understand & they never will. Competing, especially at the highest levels, isnt about winning a plastic trophy, or money, or “bringing home that pro card.”
Ive been there, Ive been that guy hashtagging “IFBBBound” “ProCardHungry” “OperationProCard” “RoadtoPro”...but Im not that person anymore.
Ive eaten my fair share of Humble pie along the way & Ive gone from Overall wins, to last call outs. It humbled me & made me grow as a person, athlete & coach. So I can teach/mentor other up-comers to not make the same mistakes, so they dont need to fail just to learn the lesson, realize this is HARD & much bigger than a piece of paper.
This is about bettering yourself, constantly, pushing harder, giving your all, becoming all that you can be. Not everyone will win or turn pro. More will lose, fail, ruin their health/relationships/jobs, along the way. A placing doesnt define you.
BB is what you make of it...what you do when things get hard or dont go your way...
RISE from the Ashes-Better than ever...
5 months ago I had a conversation with @andrew_friar about hitting the national stage late this year! Being our first prep together we both had a lot of learning to do. He made significant changes with my training, nutrition, and supplementation which was key to my transformation.
We started off our prep with an approach to boost my metabolism for 8 weeks. With two rest days a week and I allowed my body to fully recover from intense training. From there we picked up the training and started to improve more conditioning wise. Andrew’s strategy was to be 75-80% for show #1 to allow me to push harder for nationals. Post 1st show Andrew put together a bomb training program that changed my body like crazy. I was amazed how quickly I transformed in 3 weeks.
As an athlete it is important to be honest and communicate with your coach. I made sure he knew everything that was going on with my body including my menstrual cycle which came on both peak weeks smh 🤦🏽♀️. Allow your coach to get to know your body. Remember every prep will be different.
Plans are already in the works for next year. Time to grow! 💪🏽 #growth#competition#fitness#figure#npc