Yesterday I was asked do I compete? This time the question was open ended……..
Often I get asked do I compete in cross fit competitions, races, do I run, and less often but the one I like the most, do I compete in bodybuilding competitions?
I always say yes, I have done 3 figure competitions and plan to do more.
My last show was 2012, I’ve had a baby since then (6 months ago), and I want to get my “figure” back as much as I want to look like a competitor again………but yes I compete (long answer, haha).
Most recently after having baby #3 being asked if I compete is a small victory, the transformation from figure athlete to pregnant and postpartum is quite miraculous not to mention less than athletic for my body type and pregnancies.
After my brief conversation at the gym about bodybuilding and my past stage appearances I had a moment, a small little inside success. It hit me that all these times I’ve been asked “do I compete” has little to do with my appearance and more to do with my INTENSITY when I train.
I am 6 months postpartum and yes, I have my sights set to compete again, but not anytime soon, maybe not for another year even. I have no date set, no deadline, no vacation, event, or party I am trying to look good for.
Why is this a small victory to me?
Another form of progress or confirmation if you will……..I train for ME!!
I train to get stronger, make progress, break past barriers, and conquer the weights. I don’t need a show, a military ball (my adult version of prom), or competition.
AND NEITHER DO YOU! Sure committing to a competition or having a goal will motivate you and push you past your comfort zone, an opportunity to show YOURSELF just how intense and invested you can be.
But it’s not necessary. You can be that person in the gym that trains like a bodybuilder, cross fit athlete, gym rat, whatever label you want to put on it.
6 months postpartum, 20 pounds overweight, mom of 5 grown kids, grandma, full time female CEO, house wife, non athlete, or past athlete. The weights don’t care, the box doesn’t care, and the road doesn’t care.
I have transitioned my “workouts” from a means to be thin or stage ready to being more about me…how hard can I go, what makes me want to give up and do I? Did I conquer a fear, help someone, motivate someone, get one more rep and challenge myself?
I encourage you to train for yourself, so intensely it makes people ask you “what are you training for”? If you need a place to start I’m here to help…..just ask!!!
PROGRESS NOT PERFECTION!
LOVE. SWEAT. GRIT.