July 03, 2017

Post-Show Recap
I know you all are wondering… well, what happened?!
I am very happy to announce that I won 1st Place in my class and 1st Place Overall Bikini at my competition last weekend. Now that the dust has settled and I am slowly lowering myself down from cloud nine I am able to look back and document some of the things that I think everyone interested in competing should consider.

  1. Prepping for a show is HARD. By the end of my prep I had lost a whopping 14 pounds in 5 weeks. I was hitting the gym 3 times a day, eating very few carbs and depleting water all at the same time. The men and women who step on that stage have been busting their butts for weeks, and sometimes months, for a body that will revert back to “normal” in just a day or two. They are hungry and dehydrated and those stage bodies are not meant to be maintained year round.

  2. The above statement brings me to my next point – which is really just an elaboration on the fact that stage bodies are not meant to be maintained year round. With that being said, it can mess with your head when you reintroduce water, carbs, salt, and sugars into your diet and you don’t look the same way you did on stage. Water weight comes back on quickly and if you are not careful with the way you go about reintroducing certain foods, it’s very easy to do damage to your metabolism and put on more weight than you had on when you started your prep. Which brings me to my last point…

  3. If you have never competed before and choose to do so, just know that you will NEVER be the same. You will never view yourself the same or other people the same. You will never view food the same or the gym the same. That’s the reality. Hopefully, you will make some new, incredible friends but be prepared to possibly lose some, too. Some people can handle it and some people cannot. Some people gain mental and emotional strength and some people lose it. If you want something to just check off your bucket list, go skydiving, don’t compete in a bodybuilding competition.
I know that these considerations sound like I am deterring people from competing but that is definitely not my intention. Competing is a beautiful thing, when done safely. Competing allows me to raise the bar for myself each and every show. I’m able to challenge my body and my mind in ways that I cannot in other sports or activities. It’s a sport where the harder you work, the more results you will see, but that can get dangerous so I also don’t ignore the darker side of competing.

I hope you all enjoyed my series and have learned something from my experience. The big takeaway for me is HARD WORK DOES PAY OFF. Stay hungry. Never satisfied.
-Sam