Peak Week for my First Bikini Competition

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Lara Jezeph
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You really need to mentally and physically prepare yourself for this last week. Not only was I surviving on limited calories and training, but I needed to water load, increase my posing practice and get my head around show day whilst being on stage in a bikini in front of over 200 people, including friends and family.

Bikini Fitness Competition

Here is a breakdown of my week. This does not show my mental Thursday when I freaked out about not knowing my posing so I went to the gym at 4am to pose and do my cardio session before starting a 12 hour shift at 07:30 to then hit the gym again after work at 20:00.

DAY EXERCISE FOOD WATER
Monday AM – 30min fasted cardio

PM – 45min HIIT

1000 Calories

High Fat, High Protein, No carbs

10 litres
Tuesday AM – 30min fasted cardio

PM – 45min HIIT

1000 Calories

High Fat, High Protein, No carbs

10 litres
Wednesday AM – 30min fasted cardio

PM – 45min HIIT

1000 Calories

High Fat, High Protein, No carbs

5 litres
Thursday AM – 20min fasted cardio

PM – 20min fasted cardio

1000 Calories

High Fat, High Protein, No carbs

2.5 litres
Friday AM – 20min fasted cardio

PM – 20min fasted cardio

1000 Calories

High Fat, High Protein, 100g of carbs

1 litre
Saturday AM – 20min fasted cardio

PM – 50 crunches, 50 leg raises, 25 bridges, 25 donkey kicks

High fat, high protein, 100g carbs. Carb loading – dinner is high carbs of burger, chips & glass of full fat coke. Handful of sweets. 0
Sunday Intermittent donkey kicks & theraband stretched to pump before stage Rice cakes with PB & jam. Sweets. Gluten free Rainbow cake Sipping water, sipping prosecco
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The Show

Backstage is like a giant girls night out. It reminded me of the times when I use to get ready at girlfriends houses – doing hair and makeup whilst drinking and gossiping. There is no competitiveness between the girls and it was a great atmosphere to be in.

It felt surreal when a category would be announced, to prep some girls would drink a few shots of vodka and/or ‘get their pump on’ by lifting some dumbbells or doing a few squats. I didn’t feel nervous the whole day, just loved the whole experience. I did however suddenly get stage fright, which I hadnt experienced on a stage before. The only times I had this feeling previously was when I had to give presentations for work. This was different. I had practiced my posing so much that it had become ingrained in my subconscious and when I hit the stage I just hit every pose. The moment captures you so much so that I couldn’t tell you what music I went out to and I felt that I actually got off stage thinking that I missed a few things. I felt I came across nervous and shaky. Nope, I’ve seen the video. It was like looking at another person, so confident, so sassy! People say you love the feeling of being on stage, and you really do. What a mass of energy!

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How does it work?

So how it works is that you enter a category (I entered bikini tall) and then you perform individual ‘T walks’ on stage posing at certain points. After everyone had completed their ‘T walks’ we got called to the front of the stage to do our quarter turns or pose off as I like to call it.

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What helped was my support group in the audience consisting of 14 of my close friends & family. I couldn’t see them but I knew what area they were in as I could hear them. ‘Eighty One’ they would shout over and over when I was doing my pose off between the other girls in my category. It gave me more energy and I believe that made me confident on stage.

Placing in the top 5 of a Bikini Fitness Competition

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I placed 4th in my category. It completely amazed me and I felt shocked and pleased. So much so that my professional photo of holding the trophy was appalling as I look like I am sneering and not looking at the camera.

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Looking back I have achieved and experienced so much. I had a fun day meeting loads of lovely girls, some of whom have become great friends. It’s easy to get caught up in the moment and desperation to be the best and fixate on every body part. I said I wouldn’t let that happen to me but I did without even knowing it. I wanted feedback from the judges about why I didn’t come first, how could I improve, where were my weaknesses but it didn’t matter. That was not why I entered and I kept reminding myself of that. Stop chasing the elusive Pro Card. (Pure Elite federation offer this for athletes who place 1st – 3rd in the competition showing they are Pro Athletes). This is a mind game as well.

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Now to get on with my health coaching business and what great lessons I have learnt from this competition.

What a great overall experience. I would recommend it to anyone as long as they are mentally and physically prepared and have a great support network around them to achieve their goal. Will I compete again next year? Watch this space!

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Web: www.larajezeph.com
Email: [email protected]
FB Group – https://www.facebook.com/groups/digestivehealth/

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