Last weekend I attended Bombshell Weekend Camp in Daytona Beach, Florida. It was my second time attending. The first time was one year ago when I was a camp “Newbie”. This year, as a “Veteran”, I loved camp even more. It was a relatively small, intimate camp, which I prefer over the bigger ones—I got to spend time with each of my wonderful coaches and catch up with them.
I stayed in a hotel with a wonderful teammate named Susan (find her Facebook page here). She is a wife, mom of three kids, and she works—she has such a full plate, and still keeps up her amazing physique!
On the first evening at camp, the “Veterans” showed up after the new campers had already left for the day. We had a great shoulder workout led by my friend IFBB Bikini Pro Lacey DeLuca. Lacey pushed me to lift heavier than I thought I could, and she taught me to stop using my traps to assist me—big traps don’t look good on female competitors, so I need to prevent mine from growing. Here’s a pic of Susan and another great bikini competitor, Barbara:
We worked a lot on posing this weekend, which was invaluable for me because I had no idea how to pose like a Figure competitor. It’s much different from bikini, and I have grown to LOVE it. It just feels more like “me”. I’m not a naturally outgoing, sassy girl, so it was a real stretch for me to act out that role onstage—and in the end, if you look uncomfortable onstage, the judges can sense it. I am certain that as a “Figure girl”, I will be much more confident onstage.
We ran a lot over the weekend—over the infamous bridge (a total of 4 times!), down to the beach to do a killer plyo workout, and all around Daytona Beach. We lunged, squatted, jumped and worked out every muscle in our bodies—and I loved it! Here is a silly picture of me after plyos (I am drenched in sweat but SO HAPPY!)
The best part about camp is the connection between all the women. Lots of people feel pretty confident in their clothes, but when they’re standing in front of a huge mirror in a tiny bikini and high heels with pale, un-tanned skin, a few extra pounds from the holidays, and the coach sitting on the floor directing poses, it’s not easy to feel confident. We have to let it all hang out at camp—literally! This vulnerability creates a bond between all the girls that is really wonderful. We excitedly discuss each others’ upcoming shows and cheer each other on as sweat pours down our faces.
Plan for 2013 Season
I sat down with my coaches, Rob & Shannon, to discuss my show schedule for the year. I originally thought I might be ready for a June show, but since I am switching to Figure, it’s going to take more time for me to be really ready. They don’t want to “diet me down” too fast—they want to take it slow, which is fine with me. I’m in this for the long haul. My big far-off dream is to become an IFBB Pro Figure competitor and be able to compete with the best in this business, which requires a lot of time, hard work, sweat and patience.