By Laura Petrolino After seven months of lifting lots of heavy things and eating all the food (ALL THE FOOD), I officially start prep this week for my next figure competition. The "prep" phase of the bodybuilding cycle often gets the most focus (probably because that's when you look shreddy and want to take videos of … Continue reading Prep 2016: Here I Come!
By Lisa Rhea Time after time, I have encouraged readers to focus on making better choices and avoid strict diets. But strict diets sell. They’re sexy. People will say “just tell me what to eat.” They want a 21-day plan or a magic shake or some superfood that will have them burning fat and looking … Continue reading The Dark Side of Dieting: How I Broke the Rebound Cycle
Laura provides an update on her figure competition prep
By Laura Petrolino Like many people, I've always had a weight problem. But unlike many—my problem is gaining weight! A high metabolism, an active lifestyle, and a tendency to be slightly hyperactive (those who know me are laughing right now, "slightly?!?") keeps me in a constant fight to maintain, or gain weight. Add on top of … Continue reading Skinny to Strong
By Jaime Rice We all get the question "what do you for fun?” or "what do you do in your down time?" I often respond by saying I am into fitness, specifically competing. Of course that spawns a whole other set of questions. And I know once I say, "I compete in bodybuilding shows," I … Continue reading Competitive Breakdown: Explaining the Sport of Bodybuilding
By Jaime Rice In 2012, I competed in my very first NPC bodybuilding competition; I did not place and frankly did not enjoy the process or show one bit. Fast forward to 2014, and I decided to give bodybuilding another try. I hired a coach, which I did not do before, and stuck to a … Continue reading Identity Crisis!! Am I a Bodybuilder or a Powerlifter? Can I do both?
By Jaime Rice Saturday, May 30th — roughly 9 weeks from now — is a day circled in bright red on my calendar. This is one of the most anticipated dates of my 2015 summer. It marks my first ever National NPC Bikini Competition in Charleston, South Carolina, the Jr USA’s. It all started last … Continue reading My Journey to the National Stage