FreeMotion Figure- Natalie’s Journey to the Stage (FOUR WEEKS TO GO!)

FOUR WEEKS TO GO! You guys…I only have 4 weeks left before I get on that stage! I officially registered for the June 4th NPC show and will compete in both the open and novice figure categories.

It’s the final lap of the race, dead week before college finals, the last trimester of a pregnancy, the final sprint to the END! I am definitely feeling the intensity of it all and doing my best to maintain balance.

Its been a few weeks since my last blog post and I can assure you its not because I have given up. In fact, it is quite the opposite. I have been so busy doing the work; I haven’t had ten minutes to sit down and write about it. In fact, I need to hurry and get this done because I have an hour of fasted cardio waiting for me.

Here is one of my latest progress pictures. This process has been quite a humbling experience for me. Its unbelievable the amount of work and discipline I put in daily only to see such small changes. Many days it can be so emotionally and mentally draining. It’s definitely more than a physical journey.
Progress
I have come a long way, and still have a LONG way to go to be “competition” ready. I am committed and I’m putting in the work EVERY SINGLE DAY! My nutrition is insane and I know it will get more and more disciplined. Lots of eggs and even more chicken!

A day in my life looks like this:

60 MINUTES CARDIO – 30 MINUTES INTERVAL AND 30 MINUTES STEADY STATE
MEAL 1: 8 EGG WHITES
MEAL 2: CHICKEN + GREENS
MEAL 3: CHICKEN + GREENS
WEIGHT LIFTING SESSION – DIFFERENT EACH DAY 5X WEEK
MEAL 4: CHICKEN + GREENS + HALF CUP OF RICE
MEAL 5: CHICKEN + GREENS
50 MINUTES CARIO – STEADY STATE 150 BPM
MEAL 6: 1 CUP MUSLCE EGG or 6 EGG WHITES

*On Saturdays I get to add in a little more rice and gluten free oats (high carb day).

Last week I had posing practice with my coaches and met them in person for the first time. I was so nervous and focused on what I was learning, that I completely forgot to get any photos or videos! The posing is an incredibly important part to the presentation on the stage and its actually more difficult than it looks.

After posing practice I headed to Utah Suit Exchange to try on some competition suits! Here are a few suits I tried on! Which one is your favorite?

As I continue to build strength and increase my muscular definition, the more and more I feel fortunate to be training on FreeMotion.

A couple blogs back I shared with you that I have had 5 surgeries on my right knee from a soccer injury AND I have also dislocated my right shoulder 2 times shortly after having my second baby.

Because of these injuries, I have experienced an imbalance of strength from one side vs. the other. Watch this video of my pull-ups…can you see which side I am dominating with?

Although I still have some work to do to create more balance in my strength, I know training on FreeMotion has benefited me A TON! If I were to be training in fixed isolated equipment, in other words equipment that dictates my path of motion, the dominate side will take over every single time creating more dysfunction…just as you saw in my pull-up video.

With FreeMotion cable I can train each arm and leg independently and I create the path of motion. Even better, research shows an increase in strength and balance with a decrease in pain on FreeMotion cable. All benefits I am enjoying! For many weight lifters, an increase in load means massive joint pain. I have experienced none of that because cable training encourages integrated strength, activating all of the smaller stabilizing muscles.

I know that sounded a bit like an advertisement, AND the reality is that this has been my honest experience.

Next week I have 40 FreeMotion Master Coaches coming for 6 days to attend our annual Master Coach Summit. We will be going from sun up to sun down. If I want to succeed that week and stay on my competition plan, I must prepare! So PREPARE I will!
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Follow Natalie’s journey with these hashtags:
#NatsFreeMotionJourney #FreeMotionFigure


 

 

 

 

 

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