My first experience competing in UKBFF
After 4 months of preparing to compete in UKBFF, which included a strict training regime and nutrition plan, I was ready to hit the UKBFF stage. The welsh championships which were held in Port Talbot was a sell-out show and guaranteed to bring a lot of people together, including family and friends and people representing the bodybuilding community and industry. Even though I had competed twice before and I still felt new to the competing stage. I was still filled with nerves and excitement as I was about to hit the stage for UKBFF for the very first time!
After, four months of strict diet and training I was able to again transform my body shape from a soft silhouette to a firm toned one, and with the arrival of my new bikini I was able to truly show off what I had worked so hard to achieve. My cardio routine was quite intense towards the final weeks, it included 1 hour and 45 mins per day, usually split up as 45 mins fasted cardio in the morning at 5am and 1 hour of cardio in the evening, after weight training which would have been power walking or any low intensity cardio for a good fat burning session.
My diet changed a few times to achieve optimal fat loss but not too extreme as even though I was trying to achieve a low body fat, the category of body fitness which I competed in still requires you to keep a good female shape. A helpful stack to help achieve this lean physique is the Bodybuilding Warehouse Diet whey combined with Warrior Blaze. My diet also included lots of good lean protein including fish and turkey and some vegetables like asparagus which is a good diuretic. Good carbs were also included such as oats, sweet potato and some healthy fats like peanut butter and almonds.
The final week before you step on stage is the most important one, its where all the hours of cardio, training and diet all come together. The final stages of prep include water depletion and carb loading and they really transform your physique ready for the stage. Water depletion is like an art form, to rid your body of water you need to do the opposite and drink more! During water depletion I drank 8 litres of water for 2 day’s (normally I drink 4 litres daily) then on the 3rd day it would drop to 4 litres, then on the day before the competition it would drop to 2 litres and then nothing after 4 pm. During this time my carbohydrates would increase to fill out all my muscles, and working in sync with each other over the period of a few days my body would fill out and the excess water from my body would be drained leaving you stage ready. This really is the most exciting part to all the prep, even though I spend hours cooking in the last few days; it almost distracts you from getting too nervous!
On the day of the show I was awake and ready to roll at 5 am, mainly to start eating breakfast which included sweet potato and lean steak but to also drink my wine and gin to help dehydrate my body, no driving for me on comp days!! Registration began at 9am, I nervously filled out my registration form and handed it in….no going back now! Backstage was where everyone would get ready, final touches to hair and makeup and changing into our costume and shoes. The final prep is now to begin before stepping on stage….pumping up!! Weights to the ready and with some bicep curl’s and shoulder presses, these are just a few of the moves to make sure everything is looking its best and ready to wow the judges, friends and family.
The show started at 11am and about 1pm we stepped on stage….the moment before stepping out in front of the judges is quite daunting but you soon soak up the atmosphere and give it your all…months of training and dieting come together on that day but for a few short minutes you work hard to make sure you bring it all to the stage. Out of all the girls, me and three others had first call out which meant that you and the others stood out the most and had a good chance of placing…but for me I unfortunately didn’t place in the end and walked away with an amazing medal and physique that I had worked hard for.
It really is an amazing atmosphere; you meet so many nice people, some that have been competing for years and some that are first timers. People compete for all different kinds of reasons, for me it’s been a journey from being overweight and always being tired to now getting up at 5 am, being energetic, and giving a positive attitude to life and people I meet. It’s all about the memories that are created when stepping on stage, chipping away, always changing and tweaking things to gain the most of your body shape and getting rewarded for it and to teach my children that eating healthy is good and keeping fit is especially important.