Bikini Show Prep–Week 1

Bikini Show Prep–Week 1

It’s been awhile; actually it’s been a year and a half since my last bodybuilding show. I am coming into this prep with a new outlook. I want to enjoy the journey this time rather than focusing so much on how I look, whether I will be as competitive as the other girls or who I need to know and pay to coach me to have a shot at my pro card. My priority right now is opening my gym in August 2018, but with everything going as planned en route to that goal (let’s hope I didn’t jinx it!), I thought it would be as good a time as any to prep for a show.

I have almost exactly 3 months from today to get myself down to 12-14% body fat while building 2-3 pounds of muscle at the same time. I wanted to document my journey to show my clients I understand and empathize with them in their own journeys toward their varying goals. The self discipline it takes to get ready for a bodybuilding show is surprising, especially getting down to those last few weeks!

I haven’t really publicized it, but in the past year and a half I have attempted to prep for 2 other shows only to bail out when juggling prep, building a business and school got to be too overwhelming. I don’t feel bad about delaying the prep, because I know if I can’t give 100%, I won’t enjoy the process.

One of the toughest parts for me in getting ready for a show is the posing. Even if you have a phenomenal physique but can’t showcase that, you won’t place well. Posing has been my weakest in past shows, so this time I am seeking outside coaching. I plan to attend posing workshops at the Armbrust pro gym in Wheatridge, CO (about 30 minutes away from me) anytime I can. I am doing this show on a budget, so I will be creating my own exercise program, diet plan and only outside help on the posing. Thankfully, I have some awesome trainer friends who I can use as resources if I have any major questions! 
Stay tuned for my week 1-4 show-prep diet plan! 

Source: MJ Fitnatic

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