This is my latest update leading up to my first NPC Figure competition of 2016
Background: this will be my 8th competition. I’ve competed 6 times in the Bikini division (always placing in the top 5, except at Junior Nationals where I did not place in 2012 – yes, I got my butt kicked, ha). I competed one time in the Figure division, in March 2014, where I placed 5th out of a huge class of about 30 women. I honestly did not even expect to place in that show because I didn’t have nearly enough muscle for Figure. But because my shape and structure was good, it helped me out!
Back to the update! As most of my friends and family know, my partner Rocko and I moved to Michigan in January of this year and both of us have embarked on new career paths (I was an attorney – now I am a Personal Trainer and Nutrition Coach!). Due to all of these changes, it is not in the financial cards for me to do the July 9, 2016 competition that I was training for. It is disappointing, but fortunately, at the amateur level, I am not locked in to doing any particular competition, and I can wait until the next local show on August 27. This means I am now 10 ½ weeks away from competing, rather than a little over 3 weeks away.
This is probably a good time for me to discuss the realities of how expensive it is to do a Figure or Bikini competition! (It’s expensive for the men, too, but they don’t have to pay for hair or makeup services!). The costs of doing a competition include:
- Gym membership (sometimes multiple – at one point I was going to 4 different gyms!)
- Coach or trainer (this may be the most expensive part of all – everybody needs guidance. Even trainers need trainers!)
- NPC membership ($125 – needs to be renewed annually)
- Entry fee to the show (ranges from $70-130)
- Spray tan for the stage (ranges from $70-130. This is absolutely necessary and very important in terms of presenting your best package on stage – if it gets messed up, it’s very obvious and can take away from the beautiful body you worked so hard for!)
- Purchase or rent a bikini or figure suit (these are ridiculously expensive; my plan is to rent one this year for around $225 because figure suits can be upwards of $500-1000! Why? Because they are custom designed and fit for each individual’s body. A lot of work goes into them.)
- Stage makeup and hair services backstage (can run from $50 to $100 for each service. You can do these yourself, but especially for first-timers I highly recommend hiring a professional. The makeup is not your normal day-to-day makeup – it is very heavy and dark so that it matches your darkly-tanned body and so that your eyes don’t disappear under the bright stage lights!)
- Clear high heels for stage (range from $35-60).
- Food and supplements to support your hard training leading up to the show (Rocko is always pointing out how much money we spend on food – I blame it on him being 6’6” but in reality it is probably mostly my fault J)
You can see where I am going with this. I spend so many hours working so hard in the gym and following a very tightly designed nutrition plan – I don’t want to do anything halfway on the day of my show. I am also a perfectionist, which is why this sport is so fun for me – every athlete is seeking perfection but perfection does not exist, so the journey never ends!
So although I am a little disappointed to have to wait until August 27 to compete, I am also happy to have a few more weeks to get my body fat percentage a bit lower (especially in my glutes and hamstrings) while keeping fullness in my upper body. I have been pretty happy with my progress, but in order to be ready on July 9, these next few weeks were going to be tight. I’d rather sail comfortably into the show, feeling confident, than rush things. That’s the most frustrating thing that, I think, every human goes through when trying to make changes to your body. We can’t force changes – patience and consistency are the biggest determinants of progress. It doesn’t take weeks or even months – it takes years.
So what are my big goals for this upcoming show? Honestly, I just want to improve upon “2014 Figure Katie”. I felt like I looked small and stringy on stage, and this time I have quite a bit more muscle, especially in my upper body. I love the look of more muscle on women, so I’ve been working super hard for the last couple of years to add size to my shoulders and back, mainly. (*See picture below)
So there is the update! Thank you guys for reading, and following along with me in this journey. It means so much to me anytime someone says they watched my video or read my blog (and it surprises me every time and makes me blush, ha). Talk to you soon!
This is what I mean when I say I looked small and kind of skinny:
Here is how my back is looking now (still have body fat to lose, but I am getting there!)