Let's talk POST SHOW.
Often times, this can be the hardest time for competitors, even more so than prep itself.
You get to show day, you've a achieved an insane level of conditioning, the show ends. Now what?
The sad reality is not many competitors are prepared for that part, the lack of a plan and structure post show plus the skewed image of your body after comparing it to the day of a show are just some of the struggles that are experienced too often.
Suddenly all the freedom you wanted during prep feels like too much freedom and suddenly you're just not lean enough anymore.
I've been there in the past, I've experienced it myself. And it's not fun. Im simply making this post to shed some light on this topic for anyone who may be experiencing this and who feels alone. You're not.
What's helped me to prevent this is making sure that my approach to prep is never too extreme, that even though it's tough, I'm still fully enjoying it.
And remember that the look for show day is for one day only, SHOW DAY, and it is not a sustainable look or healthy to maintain long-term.
Take some time post show to reflect on why you got into fitness in the first place. How good you feel when you feel STRONG. And start appreciating your body for all the things it can do and not just what it looks like.
Make sure you have a solid post show plan and good support system in place, and if you don't, don't be afraid to reach out for help.
Fitness is not competing, in my opinion. Fitness is health from the inside out!
My post-show plans are to slowly put on a healthy amount of weight, to feel STRONG AF in the gym😎, to have fun with my training and try new things, and to appreciate and love my body every step of the way.❤️