On a whim, I decided to do something I’ve never done before!
I was debating on whether or not to announce it or tell anyone about a fitness competition I was coaxed to join. I felt silly just thinking about it and imagining myself on stage with the other competitors. I have always been athletic and active, but I never once fancied myself fitness competition-worthy.
I was at the gym on Monday this week–just another ordinary morning workout session, when I saw an old friend who happens to be a trainer at the same gym but in a different branch. He hadn’t seen me in 9 years. He was pleasantly surprised to see what shape I was in and said that I should compete in the Gemmalyn Crosby Sports Festival–physique category. I let out a loud, nervous laugh. “I have absolutely no right to join those things. I don’t have the body for it at all!”
He walked me from the weight section to the dance studio where the walls were mirrored and taught me a few poses and pointed out that I had a very good foundation when it came to muscle definition. I was speechless at what I saw because I had no idea that I actually DID have the body for it. Looks like the hard work over the past two and a half weeks are paying off quite well (Yes, two and a half weeks. I was killing it with all the sudden free time I had!). We only have 17 days until the competition proper; I know it’s crazy to do this on such short notice. Pretty much on a whim, really. But what the heck. I haven’t done something so insanely out of my comfort zone in years, and this is starting to feel really exhilarating, the more I think about it. Especially since the team of trainers at at the gym are all so supportive and so encouraging.
I’m crazy nervous about the bikini I’ll be wearing, the spray tan (I really don’t want to end up looking like an Oompa Loompa straight out of Jersey), the stripper heels, and the poses. And then there’s the prep which involves ‘draining’ (when they start to reduce water intake so you get more muscle definition) and the strict diet a week before judging day. I’m really, really nervous about the poses and the catwalk. I hope I don’t trip. >_<
Well, since I’m leaving the country very soon for a long vacation, I figure I might as well go out with a bang, right? 🙂
If you’ve found yourself saying “I promise I’ll start working out tomorrow” every so often without any follow-through, don’t feel too bad. Getting started or getting back on the fitness track isn’t easy for everyone. It certainly wasn’t for me. Maybe you know your way around the gym or maybe you’re a non-committal exerciser. Whatever category you fall under, the following exercises should be useful to you. They’re easy enough to do on your own own, but challenging enough that you’ll see results in due time.
The above video is a basic push up with your feet propped up on a fitness ball or on a step bench. The video on the lower half of the box is me doing knee tucks.
This is a good exercise routine if you want to get stronger and more toned arms and shoulders, as well as a stronger core. I would suggest 10 reps for beginners (and 15-20 for the more advanced) in sets of 3. Make sure to keep a good form and don’t let your tummy or back sag. You want to keep your back straight during the push-ups so you don’t strain or injure yourself.
This one focuses more on your obliques and tummy. Above is a side plank with twist which targets your tummy and your obliques helping tone and strengthen. Below you’ll see me raising my butt high while keeping my knees as straight as possible and my toes on the fitness ball. This one is a little more challenging so if you’re only getting started on abdominal drills, I would suggest skipping this for now.
For beginners do 10 reps of the side planks with twist, and five of the butt raise. 3 sets. If you want more challenge, you can do 15-20 reps.
Don’t forget to stretch properly before you start these exercises!
It’s been a crazy and über eventful past few months since my last blogpost. I’ve been thinking about what direction I’m really headed in so far as my blog goes. It’s frustrating to me to see my other blogger friends just update daily with so much ease! Meanwhile I have no clue what to post. If you know me well, you’d know that I’m a person who hardly runs out of things to talk about. Blogging, however, is an entirely different thing. There’s something more permanent about the published form of the written word.
I may have stumbled onto an idea though. Lately I’ve been on a mad fitness rampage and as I’ve been posting them on my social profiles I’ve been getting a modest amount of positive feedback from people–even perfect strangers from across the globe! So I figured I could start sharing my fitness routines, what I like to eat, and join the positive global movement to a healthier, fitter, and stronger body and mind.