Kia and I had a time crunch of three months to prepare for the competition, which meant dedicated focus, commitment and motivation. The first phase of my prep was body and muscle conditioning. Kia put me through a series of dynamic and resistant movements and exercises to build up my endurance and strength. I used dumbbells and barbells, resistance bands, cables and my body weight. I was surprised at how much I struggle with carrying my own bodyweight. That would soon change.
The second phase was mass building. Kia challenged me to lift heavy and push myself to complete a high number of reps. I often did drop sets, by decreasing the weight slightly until I could achieve 15 repetitions. This was my favorite stage. Going heavy and feeling the weights not only challenged my strength and power, but it’s where I got to see my prominent and curvy muscle gains. I was loving the way my body was transforming. Nutrition was extremely important at this phase as well. I worked with Atif Khedri of AK Fitness who provided me with a meal plan, which started out with 20 essential food items.
Three weeks out to competition Kia had me focusing on mass building as well as fine tuning my body zones for tightness and muscle definition. This was also the leaning out phase, and by this time my nutrition plan dropped down to 8 food items. I was gaining a serious sense of physical and mental discipline.
When I finally got down to the last week before competition I had a new found respect for myself. All my hard work was finally on display for me to share. I knew that win or lose the desire to live a healthier and fitter lifestyle was the main purpose. I didn’t place in this competition but the bar for exercising has been raised and I enjoy eating clean. My body feels it and it shows. Who knows, perhaps there will be another competition in the future for me, but for now I’m loving my body. “