Why did I do a competition at my age? How did I do it? Am I in the gym all the time? Do I have to lift weights?
Why did I do a competition at my age?
I did that for many reasons, but the number 1 reason was because – When I was younger I started working out with weights but quit when I started a family. I always knew I wanted to get back into them one day. That day came in 2012 when I met Jill Colman and joined her Elite Coaching Club. For me 2012 was about finding myself, coming out of my comfy box and getting back into weight training. I decided on competing in my first NPC Bikini Competition as my goal for the year- just felt right for me!
How did I do it?
I was always a ‘Healthy Eater” and Loved my cardio machines but that was not going to get me to my goal.
I wanted to take my physique to the next level. In doing so, I knew I had to change what I was doing to get that goal completed. So, I went from a healthy diet to clean diet. For example I changed my morning cereal for an omelet and berries, my turkey sandwiches and chips for a grilled chicken salad and an apple, dinner went from pork chop, mashed potatoes and corn to grilled turkey breast, sweet potato and broccoli, night time snack went from popcorn to frozen cherries. When I changed my diet I started to drop my body fat% and my chronic aches and pains started going away. My workouts changed as well. I let go of my cardio machines and hit the weighs- Best thing I ever did for myself. It was scary and overwhelming at first. But after a short period of time I started to see muscle definition and started to feel amazing. Plus, I was headed toward osteoporosis which I am happy to say I am not headed that way anymore.
Am I in the gym all the time?
No, I can honestly say that I achieved my goal with 30 min. workouts 6 days a week- last two weeks leading up to my competition I added 45min – 60 cardio sessions. I love going to the gym and working out but I do not have time to spend hours there. My 20-30 min. workouts are fast, sweaty, burning and challenging gems that I love to hate Jill trained me 2 days a week and I did most of my other workouts at home with dumbbells and a bench.
Do you have to lift weights?
Yes, to transform you physique, get toned and get healthy you do have to lift weights. Lifting weights has a lot of benefits like, self-confidence, posture/ balance, flexibility, helps reduce the risk of diabetes, stress, anxiety and so much more. Like I said, I had osteopenia, (right on the line of osteoporosis). Not anymore Lifting weights is not just for bodybuilders or competitors. If you haven’t tried it I suggest that you do.