Most of the clients I work with have no intention of ending up on stage in a bikini in front of hundreds of people.
Jen, on the other hand, knew that was her end goal.
She and I had met and talked about competitions before she became a client. I told her about my experiences competing and that I was not willing to coach someone unhealthy means just to get on stage.
My approach was one of staying as healthy as possible, while challenging your body to a place that pretty much isn’t healthy.
Jen agreed that while competing (and winning) was her ultimate goal, she also wanted to be sure to prioritize her long-term health.
Jen began her prep in January and worked her butt off (literally, lol). When she was ready to step on stage in May she was down 12 pounds and lowered her body fat considerably.
All her hard-earned muscle showed as she displayed her incredible back, legs and shoulders to the judges.
Jen took home two trophies at her first show, a 3rd place in Novice class and a 5th place in Open class.
Always the hard worker, Jen was happy but not satisfied. She dedicated herself to training hard in her off season and plans to take the stage again this Spring and bring home a first place trophy!
Although I will not be coaching Jen as she continues her journey, I am so blessed to have been able to guide her through her first competition prep and teach her not only the art of posing, but the sacrifices that must be made for the stage and the cost of competing while trying to maintain overall health.
It is a tough balance but Jen was able to reach her goal and decide what her journey would look like going forward. She is a shining example of dedication, perseverance and grace.