So I've told a few people about my goal, and apparently no one quite knows what these competitions mean so I wanna outline it for you, and within the next coming months, I'll be posting little updates of my progress =)
NO I am not doing a bodybuilding competition!! I do NOT want huge manly muscles, just so we're clear!
There are roughly 4 categories of competing. From the most feminine to the most masculine, in order they are:
Bikini, Figure, Fitness, and Bodybuilding
Want some pictures?
1. Bikini is a newer division (and my trainer actually thinks it's a joke). If you have a toned, fit body without heavy muscular definition, this is for you.
2. Figure is more athletic, muscular and lean (talkin around 10-12% body fat)
3. Fitness includes a dance routine (so, it's great with gymnastics or cheerleading backgrounds) and they are even more lean and highly muscular.
We won't even discuss bodybuilding..
So here's my quandry: I naturally have a more muscular body- always have. I did do gymnastics and cheerleading but the routines I've seen these fitness competitors do are like cheerleaders on crack. Little spastic, very WEIRD costumes, and more muscular than I wanna be.
Figure seems to fit my body best, but the posing is quite weird. In fact, I showed my husband and he was super turned off by the "Frankenstein" poses that push your muscles out.
Bikini is the easiest prep, but honestly I probably already have bigger muscles than they're supposed to have. AND it's like model-y and sexy and I'd struggle with that lol.
I don't register til January, so we'll see where these next 2 months (the dreaded holiday months!) get me to.
My training:For now, I'm working out 5-6 days a week, one of the days with my trainer, Brian. My diet isn't super strict yet, but I do have to keep it in a certain calorie range.
My starting stats:
Well, I'm 5'1.5"
Weight: around 120
Body Fat: 17%
All of this is going to have to come gradually down quite a bit, but I can DO IT!!
Ultimately it's going to be about appearance, not necessarily body fat and certainly not weight.
I'm debating putting a starting picture up.... maybe next week ;)
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