Competition Prep Progress – 2 weeks out
I didn’t get a chance to post my past 2 weeks competition prep progress updates. I had to cram for a test that I put off for a year (talk about procrastination) and then I got sick. Now, I’m currently 2 weeks out so I’ll give you the run down of how things have been.
As of last week I STILL had not lost any weight. My diet has been exactly the same as last competition prep progress and my workouts have been just as difficult and draining. My metabolism is shot from the last prep and my body is just fighting the fat loss.
One day last week my coach had me do a refeed to see if we could jump start some weight loss. On one of my “high” days we DOUBLED my carbs (holy barf status) to trick my system. I was hopeful that after that I would start to see some results on the competition prep progress. False. A week later and here I was still sitting at the same weight. Sigh.
I’ve had a range of emotions this competition prep progress from excited and anxious to frustrated and confused. During my last prep I literally could not keep weight ON. I was losing a solid 1-2 pounds consistently every week. My pants were falling off once I started my cardio (which was only at 2 weeks out). This prep I literally cannot take the weight OFF. I’m frustrated because the muscles are there but they aren’t as noticeable because I’m holding WAY more fat then last time.
Currently I’m sitting 7.5 pounds heavier then my stage weight at the last show. I’m not aiming for a certain goal weight at all. However, I know that the results I want and expect are not going to show at my current weight.
I started doing small amounts of cardio almost a full week earlier this competition prep. I’ve noticed a difference but not enough of a difference in my eyes. Getting myself too tired too soon isn’t ideal but as of right now I’m still not happy with where I’m at.
For now I am not going to think about the show. I’m just going to keep on with my competition prep progress and work my hardest. People can tell you all day long how great you look but you need to feel great as well. Some people get on stage just for attention but for me I get up there to show all my HARD work. I personally think everyone should get up on stage to bring their absolute best. Do it for yourself. Don’t worry about the girl next to you.
At the last show I competed in I was in the best shape of my life. I did place but definitely not where I thought and still think I should have. Still – my main goal is not to bring a body the judges like. It’s to bring MY BEST body. Although a 1st place win and recognition for all your hard work is nice I am much more concerned with the body I bring TO the show then the trophy I bring home.
While I know I’m not my best for this upcoming show I’m still proud of all the hard work and dedication I have put into preparing for it. I always work hard and I’m insanely hard on myself. I expect perfection. Anyone can throw on a tiny bikini and prance around but that’s not for me. I like muscle and I like to work hard in the gym day in and day out. As a competitor I trade late nights out for early mornings at the gym. I sacrifice dinners out for weighed meals at home (and no, salads and cheat meals are NOT on the menu). You get out what you put in.
I have 9 days left to see some more changes in this competition prep progress which I’m REALLY hoping I do. I’ll try my best to get another post back up in the next week. In the mean time if you’ve ever considered jumping into the world of competing or even just have some questions about it I highly suggest reaching out to my coach Adrienne at firstname.lastname@example.org. There is so much that goes into preparing for a fitness competition and she can answer any questions you have from diet to posing to workouts. Adrienne has been such a huge part of my journey thus far and I am so grateful that I have her by my side through it all.
Note: Please don’t watch people work out on instagram, copy them and ask them questions/advice unless you know for a fact they are a professional. I see people “teaching” others how to work out on social media and SO MANY aren’t even doing things correctly themselves. Anyone can take a video of themselves in the gym and throw it on social media for all to see.
Here’s a nice little leg day workout for you. All exercises are with weight – as heavy as you can go with good form. For example on the deep squat exercise do these at the squat rack and add as much weight as you can handle. I don’t like to include my weight because everyone is at a different level and what works for me may not work for you.
However, I know if you aren’t an avid exerciser it can be overwhelming figuring out what you need to do. So – just to give you an example of the weight I tend to use (depending on my diet and how I feel) today my first exercise was leg press/ weighted squat jump and I used 290lbs on leg press. I don’t know exactly the weight of the kettlebell because the weight rubbed off lol.
ALL of these exercises are WEIGHTED even the jump squats.
As always if you have any questions don’t hesitate to ask!