I seriously can’t even believe that I’m officially FIVE weeks out from my competition! I feel like it was just yesterday I was reassuring myself in that I had two full months to get ready…and now I’m down to five weeks! That’s exciting and terrifying all at the same time.
Here’s a little breakdown of some things that have happened in the last few weeks since my last post!
-Bikini Prep Camp-
Holy moly, I’m SO glad I made the trip up to Vancouver B.C. to attend the prep camp INBF was putting on. It was a 4 hour intensive workshop that went over EVERYTHING I needed to know for the weeks leading up to the show, differences in competition categories, what judges look for, dos and don’ts, what to expect day of and we had two hours to spend on posing practice.
The big perk about this camp is I felt like we got an insider look on what the judges expect from us, particularly the head judge. A huge eye opener about competing in bikini division is it’s so preferential and it really depends on how you stack up to whoever is up there standing beside you!
There aren’t really set standards for how you’re supposed to look unlike some of the other divisions – with bikini they go for a softer, fuller lean muscular build but here’s the kicker…. If you’re on the “softer side” but everyone else standing up there with you has a hard body, you’re going to get docked on points (and vise versa). You can actually be TOO muscular in this division as well.
It really just depends on what the judges like and they look at you from head to toe taking in consideration hair, makeup, tan, overall appearance etc. So there you have it. If you want to be JUDGED up the HEEZY, sign up for a bikini comp! haha
At prep camp I got a really helpful packet with tips and tricks starting at 16 weeks out. Things like moisturizing your skin, exfoliating, when to be planning & booking your appointments, when to start getting into certain routines were all broken down by week. We also got a very details peak week guide, which was EXACTLY what I needed help with!
Peak week is the week leading up to the show and it is a straight up science experiment on your body. There are very specific days where you should be eliminating carbs, certain days to carb load, certain amounts of water to be drinking each day (I’ll be peeing every five minutes…literally) and then the day of the show, it’s like BOOM – everything falls into place. Well, that’s in theory. Fingers crossed that’s the case for me too if I do it right!
One thing I love about the show I’m doing is they really value creating a tight knit family of competitors and eliminating that gritty competitive edge that I’m sure happens in some organizations. So far, it’s been amazing working with the show organizers and everyone at INBF/WNBF have been SO helpful and nice. It’s in Canada and everyone loves Canadians, which also helps. ;)
I’ve started purchasing all the little things I’ll need day of, which is super exciting and making it all real. I just placed my order for my custom bikini on Etsy…EEEK!! So pumped about that! Not telling which one I picked until after I get it though. SURPRISES! I bought some Bikini Bite to help glue my bikini on so nothing pops out!!! Very important… haha My husband had a hilarious reaction when that came in the mail to say the least. [insert blank stare]
I just received my 5 INCH high heels in the mail from amazon and WOW, I’m not even sure if I’m going to make it off that stage alive! I’ve been practicing my posing and have been wearing them around the house with no complaints from my husband…even though he’s now a few good inches shorter than me.
These shoes will take some getting used to for sure, but it’s so important I feel comfortable wearing them so I can look and feel confident on stage! Stage presence is a big piece in placing well. There’s just something about putting on really tall heels that makes me feel like Beyoncé. Or, a loose interpretation of how I assume she feels when she performs “Run the World.”
Aside from all of those fun things, I’ve been keeping up my workout routine with lifting and still trying to do some HIIT training several days a week on top of that. I’m now almost 2 ½ rounds through Hammer & Chisel and OHHHH MY GOSH, seeing my results come through and REAL, actual abs, glutes and guns happening is SO exciting. I knew this process was going to be long and the results weren’t going to happen over night, but it’s fun to finally see all of my hard work payoff.
Everyone has results at different points in their fitness journey so if you’re feeling discouraged a couple of months in, remember to TRUST the process and stick with it! Hammer & Chisel has been one of my most favorite programs and I’ve really enjoyed the meal plan. It’s made this prep really easy for me to follow.
I’m getting ready to head to California and Las Vegas for a few days next week and I’m actually excited to wear a bikini for once! No better feeling. Having said that, I need to be careful with what I put in my body on this trip! We’ll be in Temecula for a wedding aka OH HEYYYY WINE and Vegas…well, it’s Vegas. No healthy habits have ever come from my Vegas benders. Haha. This will be a true test for me! Standing near naked in front of an audience and a panel of judges 4 weeks later is pretty good motivation, though.
I get more and more excited as the weeks progress…can’t wait to report back to how things are going in a bit! As always, thank you all for your love and support in this journey!
If you’re interested in learning more about my process or the at home program I’ve been following, feel free to shoot me an email in the form below and I’ll reach out to you!