#ThrowBACK to my favourite stage look to date.
Currently 3 days out from the UKDFBA International Championships and I just had my preshow physio session @deeretommy.
The man is a master of his craft. He used a new technique today to increase my lat spread and I'm super excited to see how it looks on stage 💪
Just back from a session with Tommy Deere @deeretommy
Working on my sciatica and an injury I got on my quad muscle a few months ago. I am very pleased with my first session and we will surely be working together to get me in the best health. Focusing on health is the best thing one could do to get himself/herself well and this comprises of eating healthy, drinking lots of water, training smart, doing some cardiovascular exercises while breathing properly, STRECHING and working with a Physio to achieve a high performance body and staying injury free. I am surely not as young or as strong as i was 15-20 years ago but bejaysus I give anyone a good run for their MONEY 😂😉
Will post stage shots later but for tonight here's me with me giant medal.
Placed 8th today in the @nabbawffireland
Show and can honestly say I had a great day.
This is going to be a very long post so thank you to anyone that reads it.
Last year I prepped for a really short amount of time (10weeks?) and I had a lower starting weight compared to this year, but I'm also carrying about 3kg of extra MUSCLE this year, bodyfat is the same as last time.
I did struggle a bit with energy levels and my mood suffered, but I wasn't super sore or really suffering.
I guess a lot of people that compete can say they've had easy preps and hard ones, my first was relatively easy.
This year I struggled in ways that I could not have anticipated.
Movement became exhausting.
Workouts suffered and I became frustrated with my strength/energy decreases. Cardio was higher & tougher than ever before due to being on very low cals.
Despite this, I never missed one session, I never left mid session, I never gave up. There was never a time that I wanted to give up.
There were times when I wondered how much more I could do, but I never said 'this is it, this is my limit'. The determination and the level of discipline required to complete a prep were what first made me want to compete (along with a love for training). It isn't the winning or the trophies, it's the feeling of taking on an immense task, working at it continously and building something new each time.
The aim is to improve each time you step on stage, to build your body.
Once you can say you've done that, you have succeeded.
Here's to the end of a 23 week prep 😭
Again, thank you to everyone that has messaged me, the level of support has been overwhelming and my heart feels as full as my belly tonight ♥
ARE IRISH BODYBUILDING SHOWS DYING OUT? 🤔
With the Irish Competitive Bodybuilding season over for another year, I can't but help notice something. There has been a serious decline, in the number of competitors, across all federations. While the standard of the competitors who do enter these shows, is still top notch, there are definitely fewer entering 🤷🏻
I think the sport of Bodybuilding has got a bad rep from certain "influencers". They done one show, following which they go back to an influencer/party lifestyle. No recovery technique whatsoever and as a result found the aftermath to be difficult. They then post to their socials about how competing is bad, dangerous and people should stay away. While competing definitely isn't for everyone, telling people to stay away, just because you had a bad experience is idiotic 😑
Another reason for the decline in Irish shows, is that the appeal of international shows is greater. In the past the ribbf was in many ways seen as elite, as it's where you could earn qualification for Europeans, and one day maybe get your iffbb pro card. However recently the ifbb has separated from the ribbf. 2brospro has become the gateway to iffb pro status, and peoples dream of reaching the Mr Olympia stage isn't as far away. Especially with the emergence of the classic physique class, where some amateurs slot in well 🙃
Lastly what I am noticing is that the number of people taking part in physically bodybuilding isn't getting smaller. More people are undertaking preps for a different goal. Fitness shoots are more popular than ever. Where a person in the gym would have previously set their eyes on a show to compete in, they are instead working towards shoots. I guess the reasons for this are their is a lot less judgment for a shoot. You are bettering yourself, for yourself and not to compete against others. As well as this, calling a spade a spade, a photoshoot prep won't be as difficult as one for stage. If you don't has striated glutes, it doesn't matter. So I guess you could say to prep for a shoot you don't have to suffer as much. They are there for more appealing to most 🤨
Do you think Irish Bodybuilding shows are dying?
POST CONTEST WINDOW. DO YOU PICK THE RED PILL OR THE BLUE PILL? 💊💊💊
With the current contest season drawing a close, I thought I would share my thoughts on the post contest window 🤨
Following a contest period, people need to make a decision as to how to plan out their offseason. What I often see is people choose the red pill, when they should really take the blue 🤔
Most people get off stage at the end of their season, and are counting down the days till they can compete again. However so many people misinterpret what it takes to make real solid progress 🙃
Instead count down the days, until you can return to the stage, with noticeable improvements. Following a competitive period you need to look after your health. Prioritise your hormonal balance and regulate your metabolism. After this you should focus on getting stronger, putting on muscle tissue and make solid progress, so that you can be noticed on stage 💃
If you have had a sucessful contest period, got the placings you wanted, and maybe even qualified for an international show, naturally enough, you will want to do it all again, and want all the glory. Remember your international show will be filled with champions, people who put the time into their Physiques, and constantly improve year to year. So don't kid yourself and think you shouldn't do the same 😑
Take the blue pill, this is bodybuilding, not stay the same-ing 😜