One common question I get is — how far in advance do I start training. Well, the “good” answer is that you should start training as far out as possible. However, I’m not always good…and I’m going to warn you that my advice is not be the best advice as I have NOT come in first yet. And here’s why. I really don’t get super serious until 6 weeks out. Yes, I’m a baddie — so I deserve not to win.
However, about 12 weeks out I start following the plan, watching my portions and hitting the gym regularly – but I admit I still cheat a bit by eating chocolate and nibbling on stuff here and there (bad, bad, bad). My cardio and workout portion is 100 percent perfect though - no cheating there - so I do put on muscle and lean out. Then 6 weeks from the show, I cut out all the bad stuff completely to try to get my body the best it can be.
Of course, the secret is not to become a fatty in between shows so it’s not like I’m starting from scratch each time. I keep active all year long and try to keep my weight close to my show weight (usually a max of 8 pounds above what I compete at.)
BUT if you are training for a show, and want to win, you should start being good farther out. Some girls start 16 weeks out. Others get serious at 8 weeks out. My crazy 6 week schedule is not ideal and not recommended. I’m even trying to get better at being a “Workout Angel.”
MY PERSONAL 2014 GOALS:
Like I said, I’m really working hard at being a better competitor this year. Also, at every single show that I’m in, once I see the other girls, I wish I would started just one or two weeks earlier so that I would look even better.
So for my first 2014 show, which was the WBFF NYC show in July, I was an angel 49 days out. So that’s 7 weeks out instead of my normal 6 weeks. Yes, it’s still bad and I should have started even earlier — but it’s all baby steps. However, I did run a half marathon in January and did a cycling vacation in May that I trained for so it wasn't like I was a couch potato.
I came in third at the WBFF NYC so the extra 7 days of being an angel made a difference. My next goal is the WBFF show in London which will be a lot bigger, so I'm starting 63 days out - yes, 9 weeks - which will be a record for me.