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

Post Bikini Competition Experience (Write Up)

This post may be Not Safe for Work: there are several photos of me in a bikini and in my mandatory bikini back pose.The dust has settled, the competition photos are back and posted on NPC News Online, and I'm ready to talk about my experience.  I competed at NPC/IFBB City Limits Championships on 4/14/18 … Continue reading Post Bikini Competition Experience (Write Up)

Pre-Workout: Not Just for Meatheads

When I first started working out, the thought of taking pre-workout was really scary.  I didn't understand what it was and I didn't think I was enough of a gym rat to need it.  I was also proud that I could get through my workouts without extra help.  I had also heard of the scary … Continue reading Pre-Workout: Not Just for Meatheads

Should I Take Creatine?

Absolutely. Lots of supplements out there are bunk and junk, but the effects of creatine have been extensively studied in humans.  If you search PubMed, the Google of scientific journals, you'll find no less than 500 clinical trials on creatine supplementation, done in humans.  It's been studied extensively in older women and men, pregnant women, … Continue reading Should I Take Creatine?

Should I Take a Fat Burner?

Getting competition lean is difficult and sometimes you have to dig deep to get the conditioning you need to be successful on stage.  What's more is that you can only push your body so far - through caloric restriction and increased cardio - before you burn out emotionally and physically.  It's tempting to reach for … Continue reading Should I Take a Fat Burner?