Bodybuilding is a sport in which absurdly lean and hungry athletes get on stage wearing next to nothing but a spray tan and a glued on bathing suit. There are no feats of strength performed on contest day- all of the lifting is done in advance. Weeks, and sometimes months, of dieting have preceded show day. This contest is not about what we can do, it’s about showing off the physical manifestation of the work we have done in the days, months, weeks, and years prior.… Read More Explain Your Sports, Part 2: Womens Bodybuilding Divisions
I spent the morning learning how to operate Final Cut Pro, experimenting with video editing, creating voiceovers, splicing together videos, adding titles and written commentary… though adding a background track underneath my speaking has thus far eluded me. Seriously. If anyone knows how to do that, hit me up, because my Google-fu was… Read More 2017 WNBF Worlds Prep- Now on Video!
Preface This was admittedly one of the most difficult posts I’ve written to date. Much of it was written in my hotel room outside of Boston, two days prior to taking the stage for my pro figure debut, as I reflected on the preceding 22 weeks of contest prep. While some it may seem to… Read More Pro Show Shenanigans
If you follow me on Instagram, Snap Chat, or Facebook, you already know that I recently returned from an absolutely mind-blowing two week vacation in Thailand. I tried durian ice cream… and really liked it! Made friends with an Asian elephant named Saxad outside if Chiang Mai… Took a Thai cooking class with… Read More Thai-et Breaks. Ok I’m Sorry For That One. This is About Diet Breaks.
Heading into my third consecutive bodybuilding season, and my third season coaching myself through the process, I found myself reflecting a bit on what it is I’ve learned. From the very beginning, from the day I registered for my first show, I’ve used this space to keep track of, make sense of, and share my… Read More How to be an Unsuccessful Athlete
If you follow me on Snap Chat (SRShenanigans), you were privy to me, sans makeup, embarking on my second DEXA scan adventure. My first scan was completed at the end of January, at the top of what would be considered my “offseason,” when calories were high (slightly above maintenance) and I was competing in powerlifting,… Read More Stage Ready DEXA Scan Results
Peak week- the last week before you compete, during which time you try and optimize your appearance to hit a temporary “peak” on show day- is probably the most discussed, hated, and easy to fuck up piece of any contest prep. Glycogen depleting workouts, sodium manipulation, water loading and restricting, tilapia and asparagus for breakfast because… Read More Peak Week Part 1: Input
As of yesterday morning, I’ve officially been on contest pre for the LA Muscle Mayhem for 8 days, and am 7 weeks out from that contest. And I can already tell this prep might be a rough one. My last prep went well. Easy! Almost too easy. I should have known it couldn’t always be that… Read More This One Is A Little Different
Yes yes, it’s Tuesday now, and show day was Saturday, and I’ve left you hanging… unless you’ve been on my Facebook or Instagram feeds, then you know what all went down! But I’ll break it all down in excruciating detail for you now that I’ve had some rest- I was just exhausted after the show- I… Read More This is What It’s All Been For: The Morning Show
One day out. Yesterday I woke up SKINNY. It was awful and I hated it, and it immediately made me grumpy. Yes, I could see my abs through my shirt, but at what cost, jeez! I couldn’t believe what my scale told me. I looked like a penis, just skin and veins and unattractive, gross.… Read More The TMI Lead-Up: One Day Out in Graphic Detail