If you don't believe it, why should anyone else? If you don't think you can actually achieve your goals, you will subconsciously find ways to ensure you don't. No matter how ridiculous that goal may seem, there is an amount of work, consistency, and dedication that will make it happen.
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But it all starts with believing you can do it, without question. 💪🏻
Couple of good ones from back day today. Full disclosure: I love my gym but the plate loaded back machines they have don't hit anything on me correctly in their stock configuration. It takes some fidgeting and futzing to get it set just right for the best contraction. And the cable pullovers, well, it had been a hot minute since I had done these but @delane_ifbb said 🙅🏼♀️ to the machine pullover I had become dependent on 😂 Probably a good thing! A truly insane pump on these - give it a shot! 💪🏻
So damn proud of this one here and all the work she's put in since January. @kneechellee has consistently done literally everything I've asked of her every single day. Starting, 1/8/18 @ 172lb ➡️ show number 2 on 6/23/18 @ 137lb ➡️ 7 weeks out from show number 3 @ 139lbs, and we just started cutting for that last week. Been hitting shoulders multiple times weekly to help them come up just a bit more. Chasing that Pro card and we are so damn close!
Just under 14 weeks - pacing ourselves! A little beat up with some annoying injuries but still planning on hitting Nationals with better conditioning than won the overall in LA last month 💪🏻 @crazy_fitfreak
Assembling dinner and prepping tomorrow's breakfast following today's check-in with @delane_ifbb - great feedback, small macro changes and a little added cardio for me (I know my clients are feeling ALL the sympathy right now). I am NOT a traditional flexible dieter. I use macros to build my own plan and then I follow that daily until I want to change it. Winging it day-to-day just isn't going to be precise enough for me. If I'm putting in the work, I want to get everything out of it that I can. Took 5 minutes post-update to adjust my MFP plan and I'm set for the week - no guessing, no accuracy issues 😎 Kinda fun to be on the RECEIVING end of an update for a change 😜
Brand new, hot off the presses, extra extra, all that jazz 💪🏻 Brand-new split available speficically for FIGURE competitors, but can be applied to anyone willing to put in some major work. This one is NOT for the faint of heart or inexperienced. Click the link in my bio to check out the details and learn more...
Left it all on the floor for leg day today, which almost included breakfast after these hip thrusts 🤢 But I kept it down! Y'all know when you're pushing pretty hard on a regular basis and then you have one of those days where you show yourself that in actuality you've been sandbagging it, because you remind yourself what it REALLY feels like to bring it? That was today 💪🏻 Now if you'll excuse me, I'ma go take a bath and a nap 😴 Oh shoot... kitchen and food time first.
#flexfriday - but I suck at flexing so just a screen grab from today's arm session 😜 Posting my updated tracker in my story, and tomorrow is my first check-in with @delane_ifbb so we'll see what's on tap. Feeling very solid, super productive workouts and clearly leaning out in spite of little scale movement. I'll take it 💪🏻
Lifting with a high level of intensity isn't something that can be done mindlessly. Every movement has to have a purpose behind it, an understanding of what needs to be accomplished and what needs to be felt. if your head is full of outside nonsense when you walk into the gym, what are the chances that you'll be able to clear out enough space for the things that you really need to be focusing on while you're in there for that one hour out of the day? When you're a bodybuilder, training isn't stress relief. It's training. 💪🏻
Growth and change requires you to step outside of your comfort zone, and often times that means doing stuff A) you don't want to, and B) you might not be good at. And all the while, if you enjoy that process you'll find the journey every bit as rewarding as the destination. 💪🏻
A trifecta of topics for Wednesday! A little show recap, the outcome of a very unintentional coaching search, and a good question posed to me on how to actually break through as an online coach. 💪🏻 NOW ON SPOTIFY!!!
Tylor is one of my favorite people for a bunch of reasons....among them being that she just puts in the work and is willing to suffer in the gym for what she wants. When that starts to click and you really learn to enjoy it, THAT is when good things happen. See exhibit A, above 💪🏻
Change not only takes time and work, but also commitment. .
Reverse dieting is not easy. Your mind knows your done and you could easily reach for that slice of cake because hey! you aren’t stepping on stage anytime soon. Why not? .
Well because, you committed yourself to this lifestyle. You’ve come this far! And food will ALWAYS BE THERE. Plus saying no now gives you more reason to look forward to your cheat meal 🤤
Sometime you slip like I did yesterday. Damn that bulk chocolate trail mix..... but like I’ve said before, what you DID is in the past. Wake up and start fresh. I didn’t gain all my weight back in one night 🤷🏻♀️ who woulda thunk. .
Left: 1st week with @darin_starr 160ish lbs
Middle: before second competition, 145ish lbs
Right: two weeks post competition, sitting around 147ish. .
Off season goals: grow everything, except the waist 😬
When you have a body part that's lagging behind, find creative ways to work it. I start by just trying to flex it and get it to engage, and then find a movement that mimics how I'm flexing it and feeling it. So I present to you and exercise that I have tentatively named "Pull your pants up" 😂 For the best angle I got in the shrug machine backwards, strapped in, lean forward at the ankles and bent forward at the hips a little bit, and then just mimic pulling my pants up and squeezing my traps hard back behind me. REALLY felt those suckers working. 💪🏻
Thrilled to report that The Drop Set is officially on Spotify! If you haven't started listening already, now is your chance! Just head on over to Spotify and search for "The Drop Set" - follow and listen!
Step 1: Lift like the Hulk. Step 2: SMASH. This is my first official program designed primarily for STRENGTH, rather than straight hypertophy. If you're looking to shake things up for a month and challenge yourself in some different ways, this might be for you. Link in bio 💪🏻
Tried something a little different today...hit 6 upper body exercises (2 for back, 1 each for chest, shoulders, biceps, triceps) all with high intensity finishing techniques to hit it all with minimum volume and max intensity. The verdict? Uh yeah, nice change of pace 😎
Went to pre-judging at the @npcknoxclassic this morning and took in the sights. I had no clients there so it was fun to just sit back and watch without and real rooting interests. Some interesting things regarding organization and show construction, it's always weird to see how differently shows are run from one state to the next. The general structure is the same but little details can change a lot. The lesson: practice so that you're ready for anything, and listen carefully and pay attention!