April 18, 2012
I’ve been hiding something from you…
I don’t know how to tell you this. So I guess I’ll just say it. *takes deep breath*
But in just 3 weeks I will be competing in a Women’s Bodybuilding Competition.
What you’ve been seeing on YouTube is just pre-recorded video from over 12 months ago…I know. I’m sorry for being deceiving.
Umm and one of these guys is actually my brother…
And one of these guys is my significant other…
And if you haven’t gotten a heart attack yet…
Because I am totally messing with you.
Well, kind of.
I actually am going to be competing in a contest in 3 weeks and I definitely won’t be as jacked up as the ladies in Women’s Bodybuilding above, or as muscly as these gals below in Figure…
But I will be strutting around on stage in a bikini and clear heels like these girls:
WTF you say?
Where did this come from? Ok, it’s time to blog.
Last year around this time, I went to go see a Bodybuilding show just to see what it was all about. When you’re in the fitness industry like me, you really want to understand all the different types of ways people work out to get fit. It helps when creating suitable programs for clients and students. I like exposing yourself to all sorts of exercises like Zumba, BODYPUMP, Kickboxing, Pilates, Anti-Gravity Yoga, Bikram, Pole Dance Fitness…the list goes on. There are everyday type workouts for everyday people but then, there are things you’ve probably never even imagined.
Did you know that there’s this whole other world out there that takes physical fitness to the next level?
This is the bodybuilding world. You know that thing that Arnold Schwarzenegger was famous for? Yeah, that one. But did you know that there are divisions for women too?
When attending Fitness Atlantic last year in Connecticut something about this world of bodybuilding stuck with me. it was so foreign to me – people standing and flexing on stage being PURELY judged for their physical appearance. I mean if you have something to say about beauty pageants like Miss USA and Miss Universe, you will definitely be taken aback by a competition that does not even have question and answer! I know I was.
But literally since walking away from that show was a spectator, I couldn’t help but think, what does it really take to have enough confidence to step on stage and let yourself be judged and critiqued in such a manner? Every day for nearly a year since last May I fought with myself. I wanna do it…should I do it? Is it demeaning? Should I put myself in this position? Do I give others the power to tell me my body is good enough or not good enough to be Top 5? Everyone around me told me no.
And you know what?
Last month I decided, what the heck. Stop wondering, just do it.
And you know what else? It’s been one of the scariest and best decisions I’ve ever made.
First of all, I want you to understand that I am doing this to experience fitness in a whole new way on a whole new level. Bodybuilding and fitness competitions like these are a form of a sport. I understand that it may SEEM like I am allowing myself to be objectified and judged based purely on my outside physical appearance, but let me tell you, this journey towards getting in ultimate shape has taught me SO MUCH about the importance of diet, nutrition, my body, my athleticism, my willpower, my emotional strength, my mental toughness, and my overall power as a human being.
So for the past month I’ve been training my butt off to get into bikini shape. I’ve been hitting the gym a couple times a day, upping the intensity of my cardio, eating SUPER DUPER clean (and every 2-3 hrs just like the Blogilates 90 Day Meal Plan) and get this…I even hired a personal trainer.
A trainer needs a trainer!?
Well hellzzz yes!
When Cassey gets serious, she gets effin SERIOUS.
I have 3 weeks left til competition day (May 5th) and I am looking into the mirror and seeing lines on my abs that I have never seen before. My butt is lifting from all of those squats. It is one of the most rewarding, mesmerizing, and satisfying things to see – knowing that your hard work and time put in PAYS OFF. This bikini competition means a lot to me because it will allow me to better understand my body and it gives me something to work towards. I mean, I aint steppin on stage unless I am confident rockin’ a bikini in front of hundreds of people! So you better bet I’ve been taking my weight lifting, HIITs, and running super seriously.
There’s also really fun aspects to the competition too! Like buying a cute bikini, struttin around in clear 5″ heels, getting my hair, nails , and makeup done…not only do I have to train hard like a guy, but I have to learn how to walk with sass like a model! I’ve been practicing my walk and turns DAILY! I’m so not even kidding.
And you know why I was asking you guys about makeup the other day on facebook? Because I need to learn how to do my own on the day of the competition. Here’s me at MAC with tons of makeup on after a very informative tutorial!
I am not a beauty guru by any means…so I decided to take the makeup girl’s suggestions on brushes and shadows and foundations. I decided to by everything once and for all so I wouldn’t have to go through it again.
Let’s just say that the above costed a pretty fortune and that I hope not to spend like that again in a GOOD couple years.
So for the next 3 weeks you will probably be reading about my struggles as a fitness competitor and how hard the dieting and working out is. It will be good for you to learn too just in case you ever decide you want to do a contest and push yourself that EXTRA mile.
The work has been tough, I’ve been strict, but I am so fortunate that I have had lots of very supportive people around me since I made the decision to compete. I can’t go out, drink, party, or socialize over food like a normal human until after the contest because the diet is the #1 thing to getting lean enough for a competition like this. People have been very mindful of my situation 🙂
Also, my trainer is the best. He is a former bodybuilding champ himself and knows how to push me to my limits. I don’t like it when people go easy on me. I like to be pushed. I wanna be sore. I wanna be dying. I want someone to kick my butt SO BAD. And he’s helped me make changes in my body that I only dreamed of! He also cares about my success the way I genuinely care about your guys’ success with my POP Pilates workouts. It’s hard to find people like that. I feel very very lucky.
I’ll introduce him to you in a future video as the comp gets closer.
I also want you to keep in mind that I am entering a bikini COMPETITION where muscle tone and symmetry are the bases for scoring. Not a bikini CONTEST where booty shaking gets you the prize.
Or where not eating a lot and wearing sexy lingerie will get you stage time.
The girls in the picture I first showed you LIFT HEAVY. They are strict with their diet and they are powerhouses in the gym. Trust me. That is what I am doing now. Don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing bad about the girls above, I’m just saying it takes WORK to compete in bikini on an athletic level. Which hopefully helps you understand why I am deciding to compete.
I feel like I wanna say so much! I guess we can talk more in the comments and in blog posts following this one. So far, the whole experience leading up to the competition has been very positive and rewarding. I am so excited to show you my progress pics in just a few weeks and what I will look like on show day.
So yeah, I’m not pregnant, getting married or getting engaged. I’m entering a bikini competition. That was my secret!
So tell me, what do you think about this? Would you ever enter a physique competition? What are your thoughts?