Category Archives: Contest Prep
Ok so there are SIX weeks till showtime. I must admit I haven’t been 100% on top of my game. This week has proven to be the most difficult yet. Due to unexpected occurences I am home all week. My workouts have been totally modified. I have had to make due with the little equipment I have in the basement.
My arsenal includes:
- a TRX
- 40 pd kettlebell
- 15pd dumbbells
- old school bench and weights ( by old school..I literally mean it; cement weights, that bench with the attached leg curl/extension)
- a punching bag
- skipping rope
- yoga mat
I did legs on Tuesday. Was able to get in sumo deadlifts. Instead of leg curls for the hamstrings I did single leg RDL with the kettlebell. Then I did bulgarian split squat with 30pds superset with trx piston squats. I threw in a mini circuit of rear delt flies, pike pushups, 40pd weighted crunches & leg raises..(since I missed shoulders on monday). I am feeling the results of that workout today..good old DOMS!
I sent my biweekly report a day late (monday) which I hadn’t ever done. I was expecting to get a lecture from coach..but to my surprise she responded very positively to my picture update. She said I have noticeably tightened up & leaned out. This brought a huge smile to my face. It just goes to show how your perception of things changes when you’re feeling down in the dumps. Mind you, I had been getting lots of comments from my clients on how my arms are looking so much more defined or how much smaller my waist looks. But one bad week totally threw me off.
Then last night I got a new workout plan from coach. Nutrition will be the same (yay :s) and every 6th day I am going to be doing a heavy carb day. By heavy I mean HEAVY.
Workouts are including a lot more cardio…15min of skipping as soon as I wake up on some days. I do lower body twice with one of those days finishing off with a killer lower body circuit.
I will start this new workout schedule on sunday. Will see how it goes.
Today I will manage to do back & biceps. I will also throw in some bag work along with my skipping intervals.
So Phase 2 started on Wednesday. The training has been right on. Only yesterday I had to change a few exercises around since I did my workout from home. Did not feel up to driving all the way to my gym to just workout…so did it from home. Only had to substitute the last 2 tricep exercises with different ones & cardio was skipping instead of treadmill.
This phase I’m pretty much destroying my muscles. Weight is heavier, but I notice how much stronger I’ve gotten. By the end of my workouts I am extremely shaky. I’m convinced that if it wasn’t for my Mutant- Rehab(I mix this with my protein shake after my workouts) DOMS would render me immovable. But I LOVE that feeling of my muscles burning as I struggle to get those last few reps in. I usually don’t have a spotter as I prefer to workout solo, so I have to pause for a few seconds before continuing. Along with some grunts (and maybe a curse word or two?!) I finish off my set.
Food. Thats what got me this week. My goal is supposed to be 90% adherence or higher. FAIL for me…I’d say 50% if I’m lucky. It’s not that all my meals would be bad. Just that 1 meal would not be part of the plan. Which counts as an X. :(. I blame it on this long weekend.. During the week I’m pretty good at staying on schedule, but come the weekend its hard. Breakfast is always right on..its meals 3-6 that can be off track.
So as I start this new week I’m really going to aim for 100%. Maybe from here on out (till may 25 that is) I will become a hermit. Just leave the house to train my clients, train myself, then straight back home. Ok, and of course the necessary trips to the grocery store and such. But other than that I need to get a hold of this ‘situation’ as time is ticking.
Good luck to me!
Ok so this is my first time blogging. I have always enjoyed writing, might even say I’m not too shabby at it. So I decided.. what better way than to write about my journey (through hell?!!) as I prepare for my first OPA bikini show.
Although it will be my first with OPA.. I already did 2 shows through another organization last year. Could have done better.. but I can say this time I’m putting ALOT more into it (not to mention $$ wise).
I’m what some may refer to as a “Personal Trainer”.., so I know my way around the gym. I’ve helped clients reach and sometimes surpass their goals. And it may sound cliche..but their success is my reward!
So when I first decided to do a competition last july, I thought it would be a walk in the park….WRONG!!! The training part is no biggie for me..it’s the food. I LOVE food..especially the ones that tend to be higher in carbs. Rice, pasta, breads…sweet tooth, HA!! I’d say all 32 of mine can be classified as that.
Don’t get me wrong.. I don’t eat junk.. (except for the occasional sweet). I just like to eat..I’m south american, its cultural!!
Like I said, I could have done better. Which is why I decided to take a different approach. Even coaches need coaches, right? YES! And that’s exactly what I got myself.
I’m 4 weeks in. I send a bi-weekly report about my training, nutrition & include pictures of myself. Of course this includes weight, measurements & body fat %. Looking at my pics from week 1 & week 4, I can say I’m doing pretty good. There’s definitely more definition in my..ABS! (gasp!!) and overall I look leaner. Downside..I hate how my face gets when I start to lean out 😦
I start my phase 2 in training today. Food stays the same, which was a freaking nightmare the first 2 weeks. I now have a bit more leeway in terms of proteins & carbs..actually just proteins. I’m not allowed any breads and, ok.. to make it easier NO GLUTEN. NO DAIRY. NO FRUITS (except blueberries). PERIOD.
And no sugar (goes without saying).
Coach says I’ve been at 87% compliance with nutrition..she wants 90% or higher.
I hate being told no. Makes me want it even more.. the forbidden fruit (Adam & Eve) mentality? Maybe
OK..I think I will stop here for now, although I can keep going. But need to get my first meal of the day in 🙂