Wednesday, May 18, 2011
Butt Glue, Funfetti Cupcakes & Puma Shoes
So started the journey. As an athlete carrying a great amount of muscle, I had the opposite issue of most girls training for this, I didnt have to pack on the muscle, especially in my legs.As a collegiate soccer player, your trademark becomes your butt & legs. Training for this I had to part with my precious Type II fibers, which don't get me wrong I wouldn't mind my legs & butt being a little smaller after always having to find jeans that don't gap in the back (girls you know what i am talking about). Also I realized growing up an athlete and having played many rotary sports, you develop a thicker musculature in your waist-which becomes more apparent as i dropped more bodyfat from my upper body. My waist wouldn't get any smaller, so I would need more size to balance out my lower half from my upper. You are judged on proportion and symmetry, after all. Which brings up another point-I understand this is the sport of choice for many, but as I thought about it, how does it earn the title of sport? You can't sit down and design a program based on the energy system used...at least we know which energy systems are used in table tennis & poker. Oh well, the cool thing is you learn alot about how YOUR body works-what diet works best for you, what workouts are most effective, where you lost bodyfat the quickest, and a shitload of mental toughness. I did a lot of running, up to an hour 2-3 times a week. I combined that with some bodybuilding and cardio strength training.I didn't do too much excessive steady state cardio, because the intervals did the job for me. I will write another post that is more detailed on training approaches for these shows though.
Was it fun? absolutely. Would I do it again? don't know. See the one thing that I kept telling people when they ask when the next show is, is I am not sure because it wasn't very "athletic" for me. I am not putting down the industry by any means, just saying it is a whole different type of challenge, great for mental toughness at most.I met a lot of really cool girls as well, and it's funny, you would think the opposite in an event where women are half naked competing against each other in a purely aesthetic way..there are seemingly more vindictive attitudes at a bar than a fitness competition.you bond quickly backstage helping to glue each other's bikini on with butt glue. Someone said to me right before the show "Ali, you are in the best shape of your life!" I responded with "Actually, I'm not. I may look great, but if I tried to step foot on the soccer field or golf course right now I would probably hurt myself and laugh at the glacial pace I'd be moving." It goes to show that training to look like a statue does jack shit for performance.I looked great and I am not guna lie, I loved how for the first time jeans, shorts, etc.didnt fit tight around my legs! but I don't think I would trade that for the feeling of performing in sports.
The biggest reason I would not do another show is the effect it has on your everyday life. you start feeling jealous of the people in commercials for substandard places like Red Lobster-because they can enjoy a nice dinner out....I found myself staring at the box of Funfetti cupcake mix at the supermarket...I haven't even had Funfetti since like 3rd grade, but i instantly decided i must have it first thing post-show.When you spend everyday motivating people, being a high energy sometimes over caffeinated person, and all of a sudden you are always tired, grouchy, and blah, it sucks. You go from having veins in your abs to feeling like Pillsbury the next day after eating again. It robs you of your personality, social life, & creates an obsession over an "image". I figured training over the winter wouldnt be so bad-nope, couldn't go snowboarding because I would be too shot after a 6 day workweek and training. And if being tired and grouchy aren't enough, say goodbye to your sex drive too. Every woman has some sort of body issue, and this amplifies anything you may struggle with. Especially after the show when your clothes fit a bit snugger.
The reasons I would do a show again would be to see how I would come in a second time around, maybe training a different way, seeing how i turn out..kinda like an experiment. But I can do that anyway, and I DO do that year round-experimenting with different workouts. I am most proud of the fact that I said I was going to do something, and I talked about it, and I followed through with it. And you know what? it was a great experience, but I would rather have pictures of me at the top of Mt.Kilimanjaro, which to me would be a more satisfying athletic accomplishment-wearing slightly snug pants, and the new Puma faas shoes, because those colors are badass.... But I think I'll start with being able to do 10 dead-hang pull-ups, it's a little more affordable this year =O).