Fitness Success - Win At Weight Loss &
Improve Overall Health
just a minute, I am going to unveil to you the "secret weapon"
to success that has taken me over 10 years to realize. Knowing what your vision,
dream, desire, purpose in life is very important. The steps that I am about to
share with you can be applied to anything and everything in your life. Then taking
these steps and putting them into action towards your personal goals, you will
be on your way to having the life of your dreams. I am going to use competing
in a fitness competition as my example.
First, I want to congratulate
you for taking the first step towards your goals of becoming a fitness champion.
I'm serious! Although I haven't had the opportunity to meet you personally I already
know that you have the makings of a true champion. How do I know this? Well, for
starters, many people hear about something that excites them -- something that
they are truly passionate about -- but they don't do anything about it. They just
sit on their gluteus maximus and let all their dreams fade away without a second
thought, only to regret it later. But you, my friend, are very different. Instead
of letting a great opportunity pass you by, you will take immediate action to
make your dreams a reality.
Invest in yourself! It's the
single most rewarding and worthwhile investment you could ever make.
more to competing in fitness and winning than meets the eye. As with most sports,
the pros make it look easy, but it's not -- unless you have help. Over the years
of competing I learned a lot about myself and I think this experience has shaped
and molded me into who I am today. All because I made a decision to follow my
dreams and take immediate action. I learned the secrets it takes to succeed in
competition, which I am excited to share with you. Remember that what you get
by reaching your goals is not nearly so important as what you will become by reaching
weapon is YOU!
It all starts with your attitude! Success is
a process that begins from within. Wanting success is the first step to attaining
it. Also, having the courage and conviction to back it up. Many of us are programmed
with limiting beliefs about ourselves -- what we can do, what we can be, what
we deserve, etc. Your beliefs dictate your behavior. Whatever you believe about
yourself and your circumstances directly impacts the reality you create in your
life. If you have a positive mental attitude, your expression and body language
will reflect your confidence and you will develop the drive you need to succeed.
Take it step by step by developing a plan. Set specific goals but
remember to be detailed. Focus on perfecting one aspect of your preparation at
a time. For example, building a more symmetrical, defined physique is important
to you, train hard and give your body your full attention or maybe you want to
work on your stage presentation along with your articulation and speech delivery.
There are different levels of goals: a big goal would be to have a defined, tone,
symmetrical physique and a smaller goal would be to work on your flexibility.
Break it down into small pieces and devote time to it everyday.
down everything you do. During my competitive years, I learned the importance
of keeping a contest diary. In this journal I kept track of virtually everything
I did for preparation. I monitored my training, nutrition and supplementation
schedule. This will allow you to evaluate what is working and what is not. After
every competition I talked to the judges about how I could improve and I noted
these suggestions and plotted a plan of attack to overcome these obstacles. Within
a year I was able to track my progress and develop a step-by-step plan that took
the guess work out of my contest preparation. Down the free diet and exercise
Make your weaknesses your strengths.
It makes no sense in going into competition with weaknesses in your presentation.
Work on your weak points until they are no longer a liability. My lack of flexibility
use to be my primary weakness so I had to reevaluate my training to incorporate
an intense flexibility program. I remember after an hour session with my gymnastic
coach pushing and pulling on me, it felt like I had been through a grueling workout.
So, maybe your flexibility is fine but you are lacking in coordination, strength
or balance, whatever your weakness, make sure you prioritize your "game plan"
to focus on improving this area.
If something is not working, fix it
right away. The definition of insanity may very well be doing the same things
over and over again and expecting a different result. So, if your looking to move
up to 1st place, you must make some changes for improvement. Whether your fitness
routine needs a higher level of difficulty, or your nutrition and training program
is not allowing you to achieve the physique you want, then change it by taking
a different approach.
tape your practice sessions so you can pinpoint your problem areas. You can
learn a lot by watching yourself on video. A video will show you whether you have
enough strength, flexibility, endurance, flashy moves, style and personality in
your routine. Along with full execution and proper body alignment. I also advise
video taping a dress rehearsal, as if you were actually being judged, in all your
outfits, especially your fitness outfit. I have seen women almost fall out of
their competition attire because they didn't practice in it prior to the show.
No details is to small to be overlooked or forgotten. Make sure to cross all
your t's and dot all your i's. It could make the difference between 1st place
and 2nd place. Everything matters -- the way you gesture, smile, talk, your hair,
makeup, skin color, your presentation. One competitor was a top contender until
she put on high heels and tried to walk. Remember, stage presentation is a big
part of the whole package. From the minute you walk on stage you want to capture
the judges attention. You want to create a regal image with your carriage and
posture, exert a radiant smile that everyone is held captive by and a air of confidence
that comes from being prepared.
It's very difficult to be successful
if you don't seek out help. Put together a "winning team". When
I was competing I learned a great deal of valuable information from working with
specialists such as personal trainers, choreographers, nutritionists, modeling
and pageant consultants. If you are serious about winning a national fitness title,
then I encourage you to do the same. Assembling a winning team of experts can
be expensive, but it's the price you pay for success. Here's the members you need
on your team: a personal trainer who will help push you to another lever to get
your physique in contest shape. They should also implement plyometric drills,
stretching, balance and endurance into your training program. A choreographer
will assess your strengths and help you design a routine that is creative and
energetic which focuses on a high level of difficulty including strength, flexibility,
A nutritionist will assess your program and design a
customize plan to help you achieve your desired physique goals. This plan
should include a complete nutrition and supplementation program that is easy to
follow. One that is able to provide fuel for better strength and recuperation
abilities, while decreasing body fat. A pageant consultant will help you with
the finishing touches such as your stage presentation -- walk, stance, turns,
eye contact, gestures, body language, and overall appearance. Don't forget about
hair and makeup. I recommend possible hiring someone to either do it for you on
the day of competition or have them teach you prior to competition.
forget about your visualization. Without the mind, the body would do nothing.
The mind must be used to visualize the way you want to resculpt your body and
the way you want to perform. Research shows that progress can be increased by
more than 50% when you supplement your training with concentration and visualization.
For example: I would visualize myself walking on stage. I could feel the energy
as my heart was racing but I felt confident. I saw the judges smile and the audience
roar as I got into opening position. The music starts and I feel the power and
strength in every move. I feel every beat of music, every detail of my routine
from facial expressions to the euphoria of a perfectly executed routine. Then,
I would take a bow, nod to the judges and wave to the audience. Backstage graciously
accepting the congratulations for a great job. I cannot stress the importance
of this kind of visualization. It works because such visualization helps the subconscious
brain formulate a plan that will realize itself in time.
Now, that you
have all the tools, it's time to start putting them to use. Good luck and I will
see you at the finals!