Entering the world/sport of Bodybuilding (bikini, figure, physique and bodybuilding) has many aspects to it. It’s a world that unless you live in it – not many can understand it but then again, not many attempt to really explain what this world/sport is all about. You’ll hear people say “It’s a lifestyle”…a way of life, and yes, it definitely is.
We are athletes, we don’t workout but we train. We don’t train for a race, match or game but rather a competition – often referred to as a “show”. Make no mistake; the “show” is a competition but it is about showcasing our physiques. Although we do compete against other athletes, we are ultimately judged by a panel of judges and are constantly competing against ourselves.
We train hard; we give it our all when we train but when people come see us compete; what they see are the results of the training, not the training itself. Only the few people with well trained eyes can ultimately see who (which athlete on stage) really gave it their all and took it to the next level. Sometimes it’s very small differences and you have to know human physiology to know what those differences are.
Bodybuilding is a science. All athletes diet but only those in our sport take it to the level we take it. People are quick to judge this world, sport and community – because they think steroids, growth hormones and other “miracle drugs” make it easy and make it happen. A stigma created and spread by the many who will never be able to train and diet to the level we do. No steroids or special pill can take place to consuming massive amounts of food to put on muscles and depleting your body of what it craves in order to shed the fat and get the shredded look. You don’t know dieting until you’ve gone days without carbs while still training at your max. Nothing gets the results without hard work, pain, dedication, commitment and countless sacrifices.
I can’t even imagine what those stepping on stage competing as bodybuilders really go through since as a Women’s Physique Competitor my body fat doesn’t need to be as low as that of a bodybuilder.
This sport requires serious mental, physical and emotional toughness. There are no days off. Even if you happen to not be training that day – you must make sure to consume each and every one of your meals…there is no skipping meals or adding meals. It’s gotta be just right…every single day.
Those who succeed in this sport have the genetics for it and the incredible will, self-control and discipline for all the hard work it requires.
For me, getting to finally compete in Women’s Physique is a dream come true that has been many years in the making. I started lifting weights at 16 to get ready for Marine Corps Boot Camp. Even after years of being in and out of the gym for the last few years – once I committed myself to competing and increased the intensity of my training; my muscles remembered what they had been missing. The changes, growth and improvements were incredible and intoxicating. The more progress I made; the more determined and addicted I became. It’s always been part of who I am – it was just a part of me that was asleep for a bit.
I’m past my first set of challenges which was to get my body to where it is now – ready for the stage. The next phase will be tweak, hone and refine my physique to get better symmetry, lines and shape. The work we do is never done.