Field Clinical Representative for Boston Scientific
Sport: Figure Competitor
I have always wanted to compete. I thought it was so crazy how people can change their bodies. I did my first two shows in June of this year, and I cannot wait to improve on my weaknesses and score higher on stage next year.
I normally do 4-6 days of fasted cardio in the morning. It ranges from steady-state cardio (like running 3-5 miles), doing plyometrics, or circuits on cardio equipment. I also do three nighttime cardio sessions that usually consist of running at an incline, sprints, or more plyometric work.
My weight training is a five-day split: Legs, back, shoulders, arms, and chest, then legs again. I mix it up, either lifting heavy with a low amount of reps or high reps using lighter weights.
I eat 6-7 small meals a day—all with protein. Some of my meals have a complex carbohydrate like oatmeal, cream of rice, or sweet potatoes. I usually get those before and after I lift weights and sometimes after morning cardio. I get a healthy fat with one or two of my meals, like avocado or an egg yolk.
“There is always more strength to gain, more muscle to build, and more miles to run.”
We all have our “oops” moments with food and days where we can’t make it to the gym or make an excuse not to go. However, I remind myself why I eat a balanced diet and put in the hard work.
On my days where I get to indulge, nothing beats my mother’s home cooking. Her fried chicken and dressing is the best you will come across.
You see more people doing chest push-ups, which are a great exercise, but tricep push-ups keep you from externally rotating your elbow, which can injure that area. With tricep push-ups, a majority of your weight is focused on your tricep, which is great for building strength in those muscles.
My advice to newbies is It will be hard. You will want to quit. You will think you can’t do this. You may be intimidated. However, you can push your body to do anything. It’s your mind you have to get right. Hard is not equivalent to impossible.
Photo by Tindall Stephans. Compiled by Amy Goode.