Post show blues and avoiding rebound

Hello lovelies! So summer is in full effect, and while it’s nice to have the freedom to go out for patio drinks, beach parties and cottage weekends, the last thing anyone wants is to start putting on weight. However, many people coming out of a early summer show might have the mindset “sweet, summer body is ready, let’s go”! However, anyone with experience knows that most people, if anyone can’t maintain a show day physique. Sure, you can stay lean, but no one goes around depleting and manipulating water on a weekly basis just to look shredded for the beach. It’s very difficult, especially for women to go from the mindset of waking up leaner every single day to suddenly putting on weight again. Especially in a season where clothes are sparse. In addition, even if you jump right back on a prep or reverse diet, there’s the water retention issues. Some women cut up to 10 lbs of water during peak week for stage. In return your body wants 15lb back. It’s not a natural state, and your body goes into panic mode, holding on to every once. With weight fluctuation also comes hormones and of course psychological issues. Commonly referred to as post show blues. I’ve personally experienced these and it’s hard to go from loving your body to feeling uncomfortable in your skin. People outside of the sport also don’t understand the changes they see in your body and may ask questions or make remarks. You spend so long being regimented, morning cardio, fixed meals, working towards a goal. Then suddenly what now? It’s important to give yourself a day or two to reflect, eat foods you’ve missed, and rest, as your body has been through a lot, and mentally a show is also draining. There will be highs and lows emotionally from the experience. I personally feel to avoid shocking your system to slowly reintroduce waters I like to up my litres daily, while using dandelion root to continuing flushing, so it doesn’t “stick” to you. As for calories, it’s best to jump back on your previous diet, as hard as it can be without a specific goal, while slowly reincorporating foods weekly, so that it starts to remember an offseason diet, this docent mean junk food, but more specifically healthy carbs and fats. An adrenal support is also highly recommended, especially if stimulants were utilized during prep, to normalize and replenish your adrenal glands to avoid fatigue, sluggishness and burn out. Lastly, my best advice is just to continue living a healthy lifestyle. Keep in mind fitness isn’t about one day, it’s an all year endeavour. Your goals may shift short term, but the big picture remains the same. Love your body and embrace the strength.

Your fitbetch,
JP xoxo

Peak week, prep and stage presence

Well I’m undoubtedly well overdue for a post. I apologize for a two week hiatus in writing. I competed this past weekend and between the physiological and psychological needs of peak week, competing, working the Toronto supershow expo booth for muscle tech and GNC, and a photo shoot with the brilliant and funny Jason Breeze, I’ve been taking some personal time to take in and process all that’s occurred.  I’ve always said, “love the process, hate the stage”. The irony of being a body builder who hates attention. You inherently stand out no matter where you go. You’re body is almost always the centre of attention or topic of discussion, and you literally prance in front of hundreds of people, more than half naked. I fully admit that I am more on the modest side when it comes to exposing myself. I’m not even comfortable sun bathing in public. It’s not because I’m ashamed of my body, I love my body, I just don’t like the attention. Posing is another thing I struggle with. And posing on stage under the bright lights, in front of a crowd and fighting to contort your body and not cramp up is also a challenge. This is something I personally need to work on to Improve my performance as a competitor, and present a more pleasing silhouette. The best body doesn’t always win, the one that’s presented best does. Bad posing can destroy your score. Not to mention, just make you look silly. Lastly, the power of comparison. This is in nature a subjective sport, depending on who’s in your lineup you may appear differently to the judges. Not to mention, different panels, different judges, so this will change from show to show as well. While I did not place where I hoped this year I’m incredibly proud of what I brought forward this year. Competing is not just about winning, it’s about learning. I’ve received some great feedback from other coaches, photographers, judges, competitors and other industry professionals. Not to mention how grateful I am to have a chance to get together with other like minded, and inspirational people. I even had the chance to meet a few of my own personal idols and people who’ve supported me since I’ve started my bodybuilding journey. It’s incredibly humbling, especially after a show, to meet people who both look up to you and seek you out for guidance. This in itself is more valuable than any top placement. I’m also incredibly fortunate to be affiliated with an a,zing brand, who puts their faith in me to present their name on such a big scale. So while this post may not be as researched and informative as my usual writing, I hope that I can help share what to expect when competing and what value comes from this industry and this sport, I promise my next post will be a little more learned and touch on post show blues, keeping up the cardio and water weight. The realistic expectations of post show love. Thank you for your patience, and your support for those of you who continue to read my little fitness blog.

With love, your fit betch
JP xoxo