11th September 2014
Since starting to lift heavy and work hard in the gym about two years ago, I’ve seen some amazing results. I am physically stronger, I feel more confident, and I generally feel healthier.
However for the past year I have ogled over fitness models and their incredible, lean and muscular physiques. This week I met with my new trainer who, after some research, I decided would be apt to help me achieve my goal of competing in my first INBA competition as a fitness model. I’m aiming to compete in March 2015. I’ve given myself plenty of time, because although I’m an experienced gym-junkie, I’m new to this kind of training and restrictive lifestyle. It will take time to play around with what works for my body and what will get me in optimal physical condition to take the stage.
We started off with some biosignature testing to see the current state my body is in. I was happily surprised to find I had a starting body fat percentage of 18% – considerably lower than what I was expecting. The goal is between 8 and 12% to take the stage, so I have still got a long way to go, but it’s not a bad starting point.
This screening process also identified the main problem areas and functional issues in my body. For instance, we discovered:
- the effect of my inability to sleep on fat storage
- the presence of toxins in my body that I expose my body to on a daily basis through my beauty routine (surprisingly, girls on average expose themselves to thousands of chemicals per day in their use of cosmetics alone – a scary thought)
- the inability of my body to effectively remove toxins
I have slowly been making the switch to organic beauty products for a while, but this has encouraged me to step that up a notch, and also try to wear make up less often. I’ve also been put on (entirely clean) supplements in order to decrease my stress levels and help me get achieve a deeper sleep. So far, I am waking up only once a night when I used to wake up 3-5 times, and it is certainly having a positive impact on my productivity throughout the day! I don’t feel so lethargic during the day anymore. I’ve also gone on a fibre cleanse in order to help remove toxins (15g of high fibre supplement morning and night).
You have to go back to basics and get your body functioning right in order to form the right base for the training load that will ultimately get you in your peak physical condition! I’m feeling great so far and really looking forward to what’s to come! 🙂