I have been involved in the fitness industry for the last 7 years.
When I first stepped foot in a gym, I was your typical ‘cardio bunny’. I would jump from one different piece of cardio equipment to another as that was the extent of my comfort zone. There was no way I wanted to step foot into the weights area, as I found that far too intimidating!
I wasn’t seeing the positive changes that I was looking for so I knew I had to train a bit differently. That’s when I reached out and invested in a personal trainer, and found an absolute love for the weights area. I felt confident and comfortable once I was in there with guidance, and had no idea why I was even worried in the first place! Since that moment, I have really enjoyed weightlifting, and challenging my body to expand the highest extent of my capabilities. I enjoy the satisfying endorphins I get from each session. I love that feeling of accomplishment!
In 2014, I knew I wanted to push my body to the next level. I wanted to see what I was truly capable of achieving. I thought that I was doing the right thing by training twice a day – cardio in the morning, weights in the afternoon… no rest days. I was eating minimal food and cutting carbs – causing my body to go into survival mode and I started storing body fat. I couldn’t understand why this was happening… I was working so hard, and keeping my food clean.
This is when I decided enough was enough and I needed some guidance in my fitness journey, and I invested in a coach for the first time. My coach assessed my diet and current training routine: and immediately increased my foods – mainly my carbohydrate intake – and told me to cut cardio, only train once a day for only 45 minutes, and implement two rest days. I thought my coach was crazy for suggesting this… but I thought to myself, he is the professional, he knows what he’s talking about. I followed his plan to the letter, and had my first check in. I had lost 3kgs in two weeks!!!
We closely monitored my food and training for 21 weeks in total, and this is when I decided to complete in my first body building competition.
In May 2015, I competed in my first bodybuilding competition. I competed in the INBA Brisbane Classic. I competed in the ‘Fitness Model’ category. I was very proud to be stepping on that stage as I had come so far in my journey. I ended up losing 11.5 kg in total and 8% body fat. The rest of 2015, I focused on muscle growth, tried different diets to see what worked for me and my body, and travelled overseas.
In 2016, I decided to take to the stage again – this time in the WBFF. I am absolutely in love with this Federation. They love a ‘fuller’ look. I competed in both Fitness and Bikini categories in Season A in May 2016 and Season B in October 2016. During 2016 I successfully completed a course in Advanced Sports Nutrition & my Certificate IV in Weight Management.
Now moving forward into offseason, I am moving forward with my fitness journey. I am very passionate about sharing my knowledge with others and educating my clients to help them find the best versions of themselves no matter what their personal goals are. I use realistic sustainable methods to assist achieving goals
When I transition into an offseason, I focus on increasing my carbohydrates and fats slowly each week. This is a process called reverse dieting. I do this slowly so it gives my body an opportunity to build my metabolism up and balance out hormones again, whilst staying reasonably lean, and not putting on any significant amounts of body fat. My off season diet is still mainly whole foods, but I never say no to a social event, like brunch, dinner birthday parties etc. My favourite foods are burgers, beef schnitzel, breakfast cereals, mangos and a good old traditional Aussie sausage sizzle. During my offseason, I make sure I fit these favourite foods into my week when I feel like it because it’s good for your mindset.
I weight train 5 days a week with two rest days included in my week. Cardio is minimal. I enjoy going for walks in the morning. This helps to clear my mind. Sometimes, I will do HIIT on the stationary bike in our gym at home. When I train hard I ensure that I have plenty of carbs before and after training for energy and to aid in recovery. When I have rest days, I lower my carbohydrate intake, and increase my fats for the day, and eat 1 meal less.
My immediate plans are first to enjoy a healthy lifestyle with balance. Then, I will continue to challenge myself in the gym and push myself to achieve my fitness goals. Having finished my courses, I am excited to share my knowledge with others and coach them to become the best versions on themselves while assisting them to achieve their goals.
As the saying goes, if you have a Ferrari, you don’t just keep it in the garage… After all the weeks of training, dieting and discipline, you want to show off the body you have earned. I won’t lie - the stage has pushed me out my comfort zone, but once you are up there, it is the best adrenaline rush!
Everyone is different. That’s the benefit of investing in a coach that can provide you with nutrition guidance that is specific to you and your goals. For myself personally, the lack of nutritional knowledge when I first started my fitness journey was my demise. I under ate significantly and my metabolism slowed down and my body went into survival mode. Under eating is the worst diet I have ever tried.