Friday, December 14, 2012

The search for a coach begins

I've decided I need help with this competition. I have been doing research but haven't been able to find much useful information online. Therefore I am on the market for a coach. I just want to have someone tell me where I should be focusing on for my training, show me how to walk/pose on stage and help me with outfits/jewelry selection. The problem is I don't want to go broke because of this.

I've thought about hiring someone locally to make my suit for me out of material that I pick out but I have no idea how much that would cost. I've also thought about what colours, accessories, etc would work best for me. I think I want to stay true to who I am and be a little bit different on stage. I'm not much of a glam kind of girl so all of the sparkles, sequins, jewels, and stuff don't really suit me. I'm thinking instead of big blingy bracelets I might wear mala beads. And instead of wearing big, sparkly earrings I might wear some kind of feather earring. Or put feathers in my hair. Maybe a tie dye suit would really pop on stage? These are all things I want to talk to a coach about.

So if anyone knows someone that has competed before in the Halifax area please let me know as I'd love to ask them to be my coach.

On a training note I started doing German volume training (GVT) the other day. It's the basic build that a lot of body builders use of 10 sets of 10 reps. From the research I've done so far it seems to be the best way to put on muscle mass in a short period of time. I feel like I need to work a bit more on my glute muscles and on my upper body muscles. So I'll be doing this training regimen for the next few weeks and then with the guidance of a coach hopefully go into my burn/cut phase after Christmas. Starting to definitely feel the time crunch.....

Sunday, December 9, 2012

It's been a while...

As the title states, it's been a while since my last post. So much has happened since August so here's a quick recap:
  1. Got laid off from my corporate office job.
  2. Enjoyed the last two weeks of summer not having to work.
  3. Got hired as a personal trainer at a local gym.
  4. Decided to compete in a bikini model competition in 2013.
Kind of crazy hey?

The new job is amazing. I have been learning SO much about personal training and training in general in just 3 months and can't wait to continue my learning. I will admit that getting clients has been difficult but people just keep telling me to persevere and it'll come with time. Here's hoping :)

What I really wanted to focus on talking about over the next few months is the bikini competition and prepping for it. I have been trying to do research on the specifics of competing, what type of training is recommended, dieting, model walks, suits, etc but I haven't been able to find one source that goes into detail about all of these things. Therefore I figure I might as well journal about this process so that other people can learn from my experience. There will be some aspects that will be different than most other competitors like the fact that I'm vegan. Although I have found some interesting information on body building as a vegan on If you haven't been there, you should definitely check it out.

Anyway, don't want to jump too far ahead of myself in the first post. I would love to make this a daily thing but we'll see if that actually happens. Life gets in the way sometimes but I promise to do my best :)