The other day I was speaking with a woman that is starting her first competition prep. I asked if she had any questions for me.
She did, “What is a mistake you made, that you would change?”
Huh! That is a great questions that I don’t get really ever. Normally I’m asked what my secret is, which we have already established is hard work and discipline. This question is great because this sport is a bit of a guessing game, because the target is always moving. I asked a few IFPA Pro’s that I respect because they are genuine, thoughtful, and really tell it like it is. It was interesting but not shocking that a lot of the IFPA Pros had the same thoughts when I asked them this question.
TIP OF WHAT NOT TO DO IN WHEN PREPPING.
ALYSSA POLISANO- IFPA BIKINI
Don’t stalk girls Instagram fitness models and think that the process is so beautiful and easy because it’s not in reality ins very challenging. People tend to follow these “model” accounts and think you should look shredded everyday all year! It’s just not realistic.
BRANDY CRAY- IFPA BODYBUILDING
Don’t have expectations. …if you place first or last,you are doing something that the majority of people would not be able to endure..if you walk on that stage knowing you have done everything in your control to be your personal best YOU have already won.
GREG TROMBLY- IFPA BODYBUILDING
Don’t forgot you need carbs (you and your coach will figure out how many and the other details)!
JENN SAMM-IFPA FIGURE & PHYSIQUE
Do not compare yourself to other competitors that you see on social media! I’ve seen more than my fair share of newbies literally drop out after being PSYCHED out!
JONATHAN LAVOIE- IFPA BODYBUILDING
Don’t to worry about the placing. This is a subjective sport and you can’t let that ride or die on the fun you should have during the day. Your first show is always a huge learning curve. Take the time to look around, talk to other competitors and learn what worked for you and what didn’t.
XAVIER LEWIS- IFPA PHYSIQUE PRO
Don’t Be Nervous on Show Day: Chill out, relax, breathe. . You did it. You won. This is the culmination. You’ve stuck to the plan, you’ve sacrificed your lifestyle, you’re better. I always tell people, “This is the graduation!”. By completing this process, you’ve just grown immensely. Go on stage, do what you’ve prepared to do, and celebrate.
Remember.. Focus on becoming more, rather than obtaining more. There is joy in the process.
I’ll end with my DON’T… have to many chefs in the kitchen. You will read, see, or even seek out advice from other… because you don’t know what you are doing! That’s ok… you can try different theories, but you have to give each theory a chance to “work” or “not work”. When you do to many thing or change your plan to much you will never know what really worked for you.
Good luck to you and best wishes on your journey! Enjoy it… it’s one hell of a ride!