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!
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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!
I have a couple of posts that I am working on but since I am right in the tail end of another prep for a show in 2.5 weeks I just am struggling to find the time to finish them up. Promise to get them done in the next week or so, but in the meantime, here are the photos the photographer took at the show. They are a bit better than mine 😉
If you are a local, and are in need of a suit I highly recommend Bonnie @ Dialed in Fitness. You can get her contact information from me if you’re interested. She was incredible to work with!