April 1, 2017 NPC John Kemper Classic
I totally forgot to write a post for the last show I competed in – the April 1, 2017 John Kemper Classic!
I wanted to take tons of videos and photos backstage of the NPC John Kemper Classic but the cell service was HORRIBLE! My phone didn’t get any reception the entire day so I wasn’t able to keep everyone in the loop. This show was much smaller then the last show I competed in. Some of the classes only had a handful of competitors in them but it’s still such a great learning experience and practice for future shows.
The pic above is my (2nd) front pose. It’s the most uncomfortable for me and I’m still a work in progress! Posing is such a HUGE part of these shows. You can have the BEST body on stage but if you don’t pose well or if your pose doesn’t show off your body in the absolute best way possible you will not win. Posing is definitely something I need to work on and I’m considering changing up one of my poses for the next show. If my coach reads this she will probably smack me 🙂
Going into this NPC John Kemper Classic show, I knew that my body wasn’t the absolute best it could be. I didn’t respond as quickly or as well to my diet as I did for my previous show. That in itself was a learning experience for me. It was frustrating, upsetting and stressful. Now going forward I know that my body will respond differently every prep. (In the above photo I’m 2nd to left, in the green)
Since last prep I have been lifting lighter upper body. I love lifting heavy but for bikini they aren’t looking for so much muscle up top. It’s hard for me to go backwards and lift lighter but I’m going to do my best!
I’ve had questions regarding my weight both in and off-season. I don’t want to give my weight because it’s irrelevant. The weight that works for me isn’t the weight that will work for everyone so I think it’s best not to focus on that. Your focus should always be on YOUR goals.
When I’m not in prep I don’t focus on my weight nor do I focus on it when I am in prep (with exceptions). I know where a comfort zone is for me (plus/minus) a few pounds. My focus during the off season is to maintain muscle, challenge myself in new ways and eating to perform.
My workouts don’t get easier in the off season but I definitely am more lax with my diet. Staying on a prep meal plan is not something that should be done for an indefinite period of time. I still have grueling workouts and eat well but I eat in moderation as opposed to 100% clean. Since I get asked about it all the time I’ll be sharing what a normal week of eating for me might look like (NOT A PREP MEAL WEEK) in the next week!
Looking at this NPC John Kemper Classic picture I look SO TAN but if you scroll back up and look at the stage shots you will see I am the absolute lightest on stage. The lights at these shows are so white and bright that even competition tans (different from a regular spray) don’t look as dark once you get up there. Darker skin helps show your muscles so all competitors get tans before the show. Next time I definitely need to get a few extra coats!
Here’s a backstage shot of me doing pump-ups and getting ready to step on stage. Bikini is almost always the last class to go on so by the time it rolls around we are exhausted!
I ended up placing 3rd in one of my classes. My body wasn’t at its absolute best So I wasn’t too surprised that I didn’t do better. However the “look” the judges want varies from show to show. I have seen super lean girls win first place and I have also seen more muscular girls win first place. There is no way to know what the judges are looking for on any given day so as a competitor I always strive to bring what is MY BEST.
Overall I had a great experience at this NPC John Kemper Classic competition. I’m now glad I went through some struggles during this prep. It better prepared me for the next one. I am taking a few months off so I can enjoy some food freedom and get my metabolism back in check. I will likely begin prep again in August for a show I plan to do in October!
If anyone has any questions feel free to drop a comment below or send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.