An email from Bodybuilding.com pops through my notifications:
Chioma – As If You Needed More Proof to Show You’re Awesome, Gal
- You hit a personal best with four calf exercises throughout the week.
- Your four calf exercises from this week are more than your three-month weekly average.
- You did two hamstring exercises this week. Oh yeah!
- Three sets, hell yeah! You totaled those lower back sets across one exercise
My first week at a gym setting and I can feel the same soreness from lifting weights from my gym classes in high school. I spent most of 2014 doing body-weight exercises and lost more than 25 pounds with the help from my personal trainer. I was far from my home gym in Jersey and had no choice but use my 3-day trial card from New York Sports Club since I don’t feel like travelling for an hour to do my leg day. You really CAN’T afford to miss a leg day if you are doing split training. Honestly, I hate winter and trying my best to workout more in the cold will take its time. I am striving to improve my body’s aesthetics and weight training is the way to go from my books. I really enjoy talking with the staff members and gym goers from the gyms I visited in New York City and one thing that people keep asking me, “What are you competing for?”
Sometimes I scoffed at this question with a sidetrack remark of how much weight I lost. The question replays itself with other people that asked me the same thing. No one doesn’t want to believe I was 30 pounds heavier a year ago. They see a kid with a decent physique that wants to get in some tip top shape for something. It hits me,should I actually compete? The managers at New York Sports Club recently got a personal trainer that was a IFBB Bikini Pro Competitor and would love for me to meet her in hopes of competing. At first, I thought it was for an article for Examiner.com and I again come in with the sidetrack dialogue of how I lost weight and so on. I was asked again, but on a serious note. “You should try to compete this year, you should talk to her on Wednesday and see what you have to do.” Not to toot my own horn, but I generally gain muscle as fast as I can gain weight.
I am somewhat dumbfounded. I never really plan on actually working my way to compete for something yet. I was thinking Tough Mudder, but that’s really it. Then it hits me, after my 12-week Muscle Building Trainer with Kris Gethin, I might just pick something. Could be a bodybuilding competition or even my first CrossFit Games. Working on my gains then give me a few weeks to figure it out! Strength Training and Weight Training is actually not exactly the same thing.
What are your thoughts about training for a competition? Have you ever had the thoughts of doing them and if so what? Have you ever competed before? Submit your comments below!