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

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