Budget Friendly Competition Prep

This is the side of competing that no one talks about - money.  Competing gets incredibly expensive very quickly, as all of the little costs add up.  I know that when I first started competing, I felt like I had to buy everything my coach recommended if I wanted to win and get as lean … Continue reading Budget Friendly Competition Prep

Skin Prep for a Smooth Competition Tan

Skin prep starts well before peak week, the week leading up to show day.  Exfoliating in the shower with a loofah and moisturizing the skin on your body and face every day are some small manageable steps.  All bodybuilding competitors benefit from diligent skincare.  Competition color is applied the night before and the morning of … Continue reading Skin Prep for a Smooth Competition Tan

Eating for Sustainable Weight Loss

"If It Fits Your Macros" (IIFYM) sounds like a gimmick at first.  "Eat foods you love with no guilt!"  "Restore a healthy relationship with food!"  "No food is bad for you or off limits!" All of this sounds way too good to be true.  For some reason, diet culture has tricked us into believing that … Continue reading Eating for Sustainable Weight Loss

Grow Your Glutes, Not Your Quads: The Squat

When I first started weight-training, I watched a lot of form videos to teach myself how to squat.  I made sure my back didn't round at the bottom, the bar path was straight, and that I was going ass-to-grass.  After a few years of training like this, I realized that my quads had outpaced my … Continue reading Grow Your Glutes, Not Your Quads: The Squat

Gratitude

Ever since last June, I've been putting in at least two hours a day at the gym every single day.  I wake up, take my supplements and caffeine, and go straight to the gym.  It's just routine at this point.  I don't think about whether I want to go or not, I just go.  My … Continue reading Gratitude