Competing in bikini or fitness can be within anybody’s reach. But competing in figure is not something anyone can do. Comp prep begins many months, or even years before your 13 or 10 week diet to strip fat.
You must focus on creating a feminine and graceful physique while building muscle and symmetry. You need to visualise how you want to look, including your body, hair, face, skin, figure suit…everything, down to the finest detail!
Your stage presence and posing should be effortlessly graceful and confident, so you need to practise every day for weeks before a show. You need to believe that you are going to succeed no matter what life throws at you. You must train with maximum intensity, prepare all your meals and eat with ultimate precision if you want to stand on stage with a winning physique. A womans’ body naturally tries to hold onto fat. This this reason you need to enter contest prep for figure with a lot more effort, patience, mental stamina and perfection than what you would training for bikini or fitness as you are expected to display a lower level of body fat in this category.
Competing in figure was a dream of mine for over ten years and I finally made it come true this year. My ultimate goal is to be one of the best natural figure competitors in the world and I know with more work and time I will succeed in this.
I am third from the left. This was my first competition ever. I entered Figure International Novice at the INBA All Female Classic where I placed 1st!
One habit that all individuals who have achieved massive success in one or more areas of their lives is keeping a journal. Daily writing is an important step to affirm your intentions, redefine your goals and keep your momentum going.
Consider documenting the following,
1. A daily gratitude list. Those who are grateful attract more positive things into their lives and have more to be grateful for. Gratitude is the key to opening the heart and attracting love from all facets of life.
2. Your life’s mission statement. What is it that you feel destined to do…the one thing you feel completely, 100% drawn to?
3. Your highest values. If you live according to your highest values you will feel fulfilled.
4. Positive affirmations. Practising positive affirmations daily is a great way to form new thought habits and neural pathways in the brain for specific patterns of cognition.
5. Your goals explained in great detail. Write down exactly how you are going to achieve something. Visualise it’s attainment. What does it feel like emotionally and physically? Imagination is powerful and it is just as important as any other step in your journey of success.
So there you have it, five things to start filling your journal with. At first daily writing may take some time getting used to but once you form this habit it will become an integral part of your daily work and you will ultimately surpass all your expectations for success.
8 Days to go..So excited, cannot wait to fulfil this long term goal of mine! Thank you so much to everyone who has supported me…all my family, friends, gym buddies and work colleagues, you’re all the best If you want to achieve something great you have to work at it every single day. Your everyday actions must be aligned with your highest values. Don’t underestimate the impact that small little steps make!
You must try this awesome recipe! Post a comment below and let me know how you go! Instead of buying sugar laden chocolate, make Paleo chocolate instead simply by melting organic coconut oil and adding raw organic cacao powder and organic stevia to taste. I personally would also replace the peanut butter with almond butter as peanuts do not hold much nutritional value.
Some of you may be wondering why I haven’t been posting as regularly. Well the truth is I have been busy preparing for my first figure competition.
This is something I am extremely excited about. I am 26 years old and I have been lifting weights consistently since I was 14. I am absolutely, 100% passionate about bodybuilding. I feel that it is one of the most fulfilling journeys you can ever take yourself on. I believe that your inner reserve of strength and perseverance that you encounter along the way is amazing and once you uncover your real, mental strength you feel empowered to achieve anything you want in life.
My comp prep has been easy for a few reasons. I love this sport and I feel extremely fortunate that I have the opportunity to participate in it on a daily basis. I have been eating extremely clean for many consistent months and years. My 12 years of old school weight training mean I have a lot of muscle mass so my main concern is just balancing out my physique and stripping fat. I only surround myself physically and mentally with people who lift me up, not put me down. And lastly, I want this more than anything.
One place I find inspiration is on Robby Robinson’s Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/RobbyRobinson.TheBlackPrince?fref=ts . Robby is an extremely nice guy, has a wealth of knowledge and all his life’s work is a real legacy to the sport. A few weeks ago he posted this quote, ‘Faith sees the invisible, believes the impossible and receives the incredible’. I immediately placed that message as a background on my phone and used it as a reminder to keep going and persisting, regardless of what I saw in the mirror. More to this, I received his book, The Black Prince: My Life in Bodybuilding: Muscle vs. Hustle (which you can find on his website http://www.robbyrobinson.net/books.php) and I will post a review once I have read it.
In the meantime, I am remaining disciplined and focused on my ultimate goal and dream. My wish is that you feel just as determined and gain the courage to really chase after what it is you want.
So below is a picture of me four weeks out from my first figure competition taken 3 days ago. I have already noticed more changes since I took this which just goes to show, you can achieve anything as you try your hardest, visualise and just keep going!
The only person you have to be better than is the one you were yesterday. If you stay determined and keep climbing the ladder of personal success you will surpass all your expectations. That is how you get to the next level.
‘I may not be there today, but I am closer than where I was yesterday’
Do you remind yourself of this on a daily basis? If you don’t, maybe it is time you do. One reason people simply give up while on the road to success is not seeing immediate change or receiving instant gratification.
What you need to remember is success will not happen overnight. Success is the total sum of daily, cumulative efforts, applied with the power of intent. This means applying focused energy that will bring you closer to have better abilities at performing tasks and making better choices that will only benefit you and bring you success.
In terms of transforming your body each time you look in the mirror and you do not see a big difference remember, ‘I may not be there today, but I am closer than where I was yesterday’. Daily efforts will establish routine and positive habits that imperative for ultimate fat loss and better health.
In order to evolve you must practise positive self-talk on a daily basis so use this affirmation each day, undoubtedly believe in yourself and just watch everything fall into place.
One of the best things about being alive is the ability to achieve. Expect the best from yourself, set the bar high and watch how good you will be.