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!