Interview at the IFBB North American Championships

I had so much fun interviewing with the Body Morph Pro’s Team at North American’s in Pittsburgh.  They were hilarious and made me feel so comfortable and at ease!  Great people!  Hope to see them again in Miami!

Long overdue update

Seriously… it has been MONTHS since I’ve been on here.  You know, life just takes over and what once was a fun little hobby becomes something you have to find time for and time is not something I have a lot of these days.  BUT… SO much has happened since APRIL.  I still can’t believe that was my last post.  APRIL?  How!?!  I don’t even know where to start.  I’ll try to keep it short.  Three (yes 3) National competitions.  First one was Junior Nationals in Chicago June 13-14

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I ended up not placing, but had a fantastic time and gained some great National stage experience.  I felt great though I knew what changes I needed to make for the next one… so I started working my butt off for USA’s July 25-26 in Las Vegas

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I ended up placing 15th, only the top 15 actually place in National competitions… so I BARELY placed!  BUT… I placed ;)  Again, I had some final tweaking to do and one more show on my brain.  I was turning 35 on August 26th, 4 days before North Americans in Pittsburgh where I qualified to compete in the Open and Masters for TWO chances at a Pro card.  Why not!  Let’s go… So finally my 3rd competition of the summer was August 30th, North American Championships in Pittsburgh

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First class I came out in was the Open class.  I was shocked when I was in the first call outs.  And even more shocked when I was placed right near the middle.  I knew I was 1st or 2nd place.  Next class was Masters… where again I was surprised to get called out in the first call outs and placed in the middle once again.  I ended up taking 2nd place in BOTH classes just missing my PRO card GAH!  I was SO close.  TOO close.  :) but I had the best time.  Met the most amazing people, was invited to do a fun interview with bodymorphpros.com; which you can view on youtube (I’ll try to post it later) and cannot wait for the next National show NPC National Bodybuilding Championships in Miami on November 21-22.  Pro card I am coming for you!!!!

Quick update…

Hey!!!
Just popping in with a quick update and some official pictures from the photographers from the NPC Utah Complete Nutrition Championships on March 22! Pictures were taken by Chris Nicoll and Lyman Winn of Carbon Imagery. They did an awesome job! I’m looking forward to doing a real photo shoot with them in May.

A few of my posing clients are competing on Saturday at the NGA competition and they look sooo fantastic! I’m so proud of them and looking forward to watching them rock the stage. Good luck Sara, Amber and Jen!!! You’re all number 1!!

I’ll be back soon with some super exciting news! I’m not quite ready to share it just yet… 😃

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Recap…

Hey!  So I guess its that time… show recap! I’ve become pretty familiar with the whole peak week and have a pretty good comfortable routine.  However Wednesday (show week) I read on the NPC Utah Facebook page that if you had won an Overall the prior year you were not eligible to compete in Utah until 2015.  Uhhh….. WHAT?!?  The show was in THREE days.  I have been prepping for months for a show that I am no longer eligible for?  And when the crap did this rule happen?  I was FURIOUS.  So… I started searching for this “rule” and could not find anything on any website anywhere that said anything about a rule of any sort.  I contacted my Chairman and he said that I could not compete in the Open class until 2015 because I won Overall in August of 2013, but I could compete in the Natural class and if I had any questions I could contact the NPC head office.  Well… I did have questions.  I wanted to understand why I wasn’t eligible.  I’ve been competing for years and have never heard anything like this before.  My chairman mentioned something about “trophy stacking”.  They allow you to “crossover” into up to 3 classes if your a first time competitor.  Novice, Natural, and open… and if your a first time competitor AND 35 you can do even MORE crossovers.  SO… if you ask me that is trophy stacking.  I compete locally maybe 2 shows a year.  I compete in ONE class only.  OPEN.  If I happen to win an overall, YAY for me.  BUT the chances of that are not likely.  Most often there are girls who get up to 5 trophies in ONE show.  It takes me an entire year or longer to get that amount of trophies.  Trophy stacking???  Hmmm…

Vent over. Long story short (ened), I contacted to NPC head office.  They told me this rule doesn’t exist.  Jim Manion called my chairman, I competed in the Open class. And I took 2nd in the biggest show in Utah as of yet.  My class had 20 girls.  Here are a few pictures from the competition that my friend got for me :)  Next competition will be Nationals.  I realize that I have to put on a little more size for that show.  I need to do some work, but I am SO ready for it.  Oh and I have an amazing suit, which is also made by Bonnie Barber at Platinum Designs.  She has done all of my recent suits.  She is absolutely amazing in every way to work with.  If you’re looking for someone to work with, I highly recommend her.  You can find her on Facebook.

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Peak Week

March 22 is quickly coming… And I am
SO excited! This is Utah’s biggest show yet. The competition will be fierce. I’m bringing the best package I can. Hopefully it’s enough to wow these judges, and qualify for another year of Nationals! Here are a few progress pics that I have taken over the last couple of weeks,

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It’s time for my favorite week PEAK WEEK!!! This is where everything falls into place, the abs finally come out to play, my legs appear out of nowhere… I HOPE lol!!! I have high hopes that I have made some improvements to my physique since my last show but I will not really know until later this week!

Gosh I love this process but I think what I’m most excited about is seeing my posing clients on stage for their first time!!! They have been SO amazing to work with, and to see them grow through this process has been the highlight of my weekends! I adore them! Good luck girls, you’re all so beautiful inside and out! Get up there and kill it!!!

3 Weeks Out

I never go into a show feeling like I’ve got it in the bag! I think there’s always that feeling of “I should have”, “I could have”, or “I wish I would have”…. But you know what? I’m giving it my all, I always put my whole heart into every show. I love competing SO much that every part of me goes into it. My entire soul is on that stage, on display for the everyone to see. Talk about being vulnerable. I don’t think it gets more vulnerable than that! Here are a couple of progress photos the first one I was 4 weeks out and the second 3 weeks out…

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Last week I started incorporating a second 20 minute sprint interval on my lunch break at work. I thought it would be fun to add some weights during my 30 second “rest” so I brought some 10 lb Dumbbells and had them ready so at every 30 second break I would do either bicep curls, shoulder press, or straight leg dead lifts. It was really intense! Kept my heart rate going and I was surprisingly sore after doing that a few times last week. I loved adding that in and I think I will do it again this week and just change it up!

You asked… and better late than never

I get asked this over and over and over again… and I am always SUPER nervous to answer this question.  I actually get anxiety over it, because what worked for me, doesn’t mean it will work for you.  BUT… I feel like I can’t keep ignoring it.  I get asked constantly “how did you de-bulk, yet keep your muscle tone at the same time?”

Welllll….. to be perfectly honest with you some of it is possibly genetics.  I have always always been “toned”.  I’ve had what I refer to as “boy arms”.  I HATED them growing up.  I thought my muscles were gross.  Now I think I kinda like them!  My upper body?  Piece of cake.  Can’t gain weight up top to save my life, which is why I had to surgically enhance a thing (or two, ahem).  Anywho… lower body is another story.  I’ve always been told I was a white girl with a bootay.  Yes yes boys thank you I have a bubble butt (ugh).  I’ve hated it my whole life.  At least now there is a sport where it is appreciated (thank you Bikini!).

When I decided to switch categories I was really nervous about losing the 15 pounds of weight I had gained for figure.  I literally quit lifting altogether.  I started focusing on the fun classes at the gym that would keep me toned yet burn calories.  I did a lot of HIIT training.  So the next year I didn’t touch a dumbbell.

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This is what I ended up with for that first Bikini Competition.  Not too bad but still a little “bulky” I thought.  So I kept doing what I was doing.  Avoiding the heavy lifting, eating super clean and continuing with my fun classes (Body Combat) in case you are wondering.  (Sept. 2011)

On to the next show, a short 2 months later in Dec. 2011 and I was a little leaner but still fuller than I wanted to be.  I have never had those lean legs.  NEVER in my life so I was really trying to find the secret to getting them.

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Still no lifting.  I know this is completely crazy but for me it made sense.  As I sit here typing this I realize how crazy this sounds but it just made sense to me that in order for me to get rid of all of this bulky crap I had just worked SO hard to put on (coo coo) I had to do the opposite.  This was 3 months later.  March 2012… so far, so good.  Leaner.

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Nothing had changed from this point on.  I was still doing Body Combat, the only difference here was that I added SPRINT INTERVALS.  I was doing 15-20 minutes 3-4 days a week.  30 seconds on, 30 seconds off.  That’s it.  At this point I did start adding some circuit training back in.  Oh yeah I also got the whooping cough.  It was marvellous.  Try training for a show with that.  Not ideal.  Wanted to die.  Nearly did a few times.  This was one year later, March 2013

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I did a few shows in March, and took a short break until August.  This is a local show where I won 1st place and Overall!  My legs FINALLY came in.  I finally got the legs I have been trying to get since 2009.  My secret?  SPRINTS.  That is the ONLY thing that I added/changed/did different.  The ONLY thing.

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Finally, Las Vegas Classic… where I took 1st place in a HUGE class November of 2013.  This was my best package to date.  Everything came together.  I still have continued doing my same training, my cardio has been spring intervals never more than 20 minutes, and body combat which is such a fun class filled with lunges, squats, kicks, punches etc.. that alone is what I feel has really helped shape, lift, tone, and keep everything nice and tight.  I have spent the last few years de-bulking and this is how I’ve done it. But as I said everyone is so very different.  My body really holds on to muscle and maintains it really well where others may not.  It’s a question I have been avoiding and I apologize but I hope that this answers any questions.

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I am competing in a short 4 weeks locally to hopefully re-qualify for Nationals for another year and then the rest of this year I am focusing on National shows only.  First up is May 24th in South Carolina.  I am SO excited.  I cannot wait to debut my new suit.  It is going to be UNREAL!  Hopefully I will be able to update more.  Life has been ridiculous.  New job, so much going on, but I didn’t want to leave this hanging any longer!