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My journey and decision to compete in a bikini competition started on the 1st July 2016 after chatting to a work colleague who had previously competed in a bodybuilding competition last year in Portugal. I trained with him regularly in gym and he mentioned I should give it a go if I was keen on training. Originally, I said I wasn’t interested. To me, it seemed a funny and a very cliquey industry with lots of girls competing against each other to see who was the best looking. At the time, I thought ‘not for me’.
However, the more I heard about it and the more I saw how my friend ate and trained the more interested I became. He was so dedicated to an oddly strict diet regime that I had not experienced. I wanted to try it. What a goal and challenge I thought. It would be a fun and a new adventure and as an added bonus it would help me understand fitness & health a lot more. Being a qualified personal trainer, I am always keen to boast my knowledge of the industry.
My friend told me to watch YouTube videos of bikini competitions & fitness exercises and immerse myself in the industry. I spoke to a girl who regularly competes and she told me some shocking stories about the hard slog involved in bikini competitions. Everything I had heard put me off a little so I put my training on hold but kept researching.
I then noticed a personal trainer at my gym who was in great shape. Her profile on the gym board said she was a coach for fitness competitors. I initially considered doing it all myself because it would save me a load of money and I thought ‘how hard could it be to just eat less and train more’.
Wow. This is nothing like anything I have done before ever and what an eye opener it has been. I think I was a little narrow minded coming into this type of competition. Now living it, talking to others who have competed and who are brand new as well, I hold my hands up to them. It takes dedication, strong willpower, positivity, mindset, commitment and a whole bucket of can-do attitude.
I started with my coach on 1st July 2016. This girl competes regularly and placed 3rd in a bikini competition she had forgot she had entered and couldn’t train for due to a back injury. This was my girl!
She measured me so we could see what we were dealing with. I had done body fat measurements on myself before and knew I was the higher end of the female spectrum. See chart below for general body fat percentages for men & women.
Waist: 29.5 inc
Apparently the rest doesn’t matter. It’s all about the fat percentage decreasing as well as the waist to get that womanly curve.
Boy, was I in for the ride of my life!
I am now 5 weeks out which means (I had to learn this), 5 weeks until completion stage day. I will be posting a weekly blog about my progress and journey to taking part in the bikini competition so keep reading and tell me what you think.
Check back regularly as I will also be adding pics and some more information on food, training and of course posing. If you would like to watch me compete, you are able to purchase tickets here.