By Laura Petrolino
As of this last Saturday I have seven weeks to go in my figure competition prep. Time is absolutely flying and I’m enjoying every part of the process. It’s amazing to watch your body transform little by little.
You feel quite a bit like a science experiment. Add a bit of this, a little of that…..
I wanted to take a moment to review my current status this prep, from a mere logistical standpoint. So here goes:
Preserving Muscle Key During Figure Competition Prep
Our biggest concern from the start of this figure competition prep was to maintain as much muscle as possible. I’m on the small side to begin with, so I don’t have any to lose. So far, so good on that front.
Send all your muscle maintaining juju, we are able to continue on that track well. Gaining size is on of my biggest obstacles, and while we’ve done well to put on a lot of lean mass this last improvement season, I have quite a ways to go.
Food, Cardio, and Posing
My macros are still what I consider pretty high and I’m doing about one refeed per week.
Cardio is confined to two 35 minute sessions on the bike, two HIIT sessions, and two 45 minutes morning walks/hikes on the weekend.
I’m a pretty big cardio fan, and wasn’t able to do it during improvement season (we have a hard enough time getting enough food in me to gain without the extra calorie burn of cardio), so I’m so happy to have it back in my life during figure competition prep.
My strength is still high, and in fact has increased on many lifts. My endurance and overall energy however has taken a small decline.
Now I’m a SUPER high energy person, so I now might have the energy level of a normal human, but to me it seems lowish. Not horrible though, I still keep up my activity level, but lower than when I was getting in over 300 grams of carbs a day.
Posing is by far the hardest part of the entire operation for me and oh holy soreness batman! I also am not a natural in heels and avoid them like the plague in my daily life. So simply learning to walk effectively in those babies is also a struggle.
The Journey is Part of the Fun
Each part of this figure competition prep journey is exciting and such a great learning experience—for all parts of life. If anything prep has made me even more excited for my next improvement season and the positive changes I can make next round.
This sport is about the constant improvement and evolution to both build a better shape and develop the mindset and mental strength to accomplish your physical goals. And both of those elements are part of what make it so challenging and motivating—throughout all parts of the journey, whether that be improvement season, figure competition prep, or your short-time up on stage.
I can’t wait to see where I am in seven weeks, and then the seven weeks after, and the seven weeks after that…..
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