Walking into the gym for my first time back in 2007 I remember my first thoughts!
I remember thinking “oh god, what is this?” Anxiety was high as I had no idea what I was doing at all.
I began training 1 to 2 days a week (focusing on nothing but biceps and chest – haha). The good old days. As time went on I begun learning and meeting lots of people in the fitness community. With time my perception of training changed. It grew from an amateur’s mind-set of “getting ripped” or impressing the opposite sex, to the mind-set of improving my physique, pushing my physical boundaries and achieving what I never thought I could. This is the reason I fell in love with the iron.
In 2015 I made the decision to follow to dream of many years to bring the best physique I possibly could. I knew right there and then it wasn’t going to be a walk in the park. After a long conversation taking place over many weeks, a friend of 10 years and coach decided it was time for me to take the leap and compete in my first show in April and May of 2016.
We began adjusting my calorie intake and tailoring my training to assist. With many years of knowledge under my belt and my coach’s experience, we were able to guide my diet in the direction. Now I won’t lie and say it was easy or a walk in the park. The first few months starting from Nov 2015 to Dec 2015 were a walk in the park. Calories are still quite high and you are slowly but progressively dropping body fat.
It was Jan 2016 and it was time to zone in. With 16 weeks to go we needed to point me in the right direction full time, and there was no more room for errors. Calories slowly creeped down over the next 4 months and cardio was added gradually. Eventually cardio became an hour’s walk daily.
I was feeling strong and grounded and more motivated than ever. The best thing about prep is that it makes you feel in control. Everything about your life in prep is planned. Each meal, each training session and each entire day is part of a plan to put you on stage at your best! As time passes and each meal seems to shrink more and more and eventually you begin to miss the sweet smell of those fries and your eyes cry a little while you watch your friend eat that ice cream haha.
Now I know this sounds horrible but in saying all that, the experience was hands down one of the best things I’ve ever done. Competing with other team mates getting ready, you build an alliance and that becomes your motivation circle. Everyone empowers everyone and together you all make it.
In May 1 2016 I stepped on stage for the first time at 77kgs and 5.1% bodyfat. Veins almost everywhere, covered in fake tan making me look like a modified Oompa Loompa, water depleted and dry but carbed-up and ready and to get out there and showcase everything I’ve worked for. Now I didn’t place anywhere near I’d have hoped, but in saying that, I was prouder of myself than I have ever been. I wasn’t chasing gold, all I wanted was to beat me. To be the best version of me and achieve something I never thought I could.
So do I think you should compete…. If you are ready for a challenge, have at least 5 years of training under your belt and are ready for a wild ride…. THEN HELL YEAH!!!!