Life is forever changing and so is my perspective on competing and all that it embodies.
I’ve been getting a few people asking me how my prep is going and when I am competing. The truth of the matter is that I don’t plan on stepping on stage anytime soon. I made that tough decision a few months ago when I hired Jose from Alpha Training Protocols. After re-evaluating where I am at currently and where I want to be with my physique, I am excited to say that I will be taking at least one to two years away from prepping for a bodybuilding competition.
I think that when I first started bodybuilding, I was under the impression that competing is something that you do every year. You diet hard, compete, then go into an offseason to build. What I have found through my experiences is that having a short five to six month off season does not drastically improve a physique. Going back to my previous blog post – slow progress is good progress – in reverse, gaining and maintaining that hard-earned muscle as a natural athlete takes time, a lot of time.
Earlier this year, I had my sights set on competing in my first NPC national show at USA’s in Vegas since I finally obtained my United States citizenship. But after taking a good long hard look at my physique, I came to terms that I probably wouldn’t do as well as I wanted.
Sure, I feel like I look great, and I probably could do well but let’s be real, if I am competing at an NPC national show the goal would be to get my pro-card. I’d hate going into the show having any doubts in my physique and if I was truly ready to be there.
By being realistic with my expectations and the time it is going to take to accomplish my goals, I have decided that I want to focus on a good, long offseason. I am not looking to compete just to compete. The benefits from investing and taking a 12+ month growing season I feel are going to be the best for my goals.
I definitely feel like my physique made significant improvements since I first started competing in 2014. I really want to focus on bringing up my overall development especially my back lower half, a little bit more leg mass, and some hamstrings and glutes will really get things popping for the next time I decide to compete.
Aside from bringing up weak points in my physique, I also want to enjoy my 20’s and not feel like I am in prep mode all the time. I don’t want to look back and think about all the things I missed out on. Bodybuilding, competing, and accomplishing goals I’ve set for myself are all awesome, but it’s not the reason I do the things I do. I am multidimensional and want to share that.
In the meantime, my focus is going to shift to other areas of my life. I am going to focus on getting strong and kicking more ass in the gym and potentially work towards a powerlifting competition. I am going to focus on enjoying all the amazing food that life has to offer. I am going to focus on cherishing my relationships with my boyfriend, friends and family. I am going to focus even more on my amazing clients and working with them to accomplish goals they never thought possible for themselves. I want to experience new things and LIVE before I think about starting a prep again.
Competing has changed my life in so many ways, some good and some bad, but overall I do feel in a much better place. I fully intend to discuss the good and bad at some point, but today is not the day.
If you are on the fence about competing and aren’t sure, my advise would be to wait until you are absolutely sure. There is no rush to compete, the stage will always be there.
REMEMBER TO KEEP THE BIGGER PICTURE IN MIND.