Real talk post, because before I’d been through so much in this sport I needed someone to tell me this!!! My lowest depleted weight before my last two shows @bevsgym New York Pro & ‘17 @mrolympiallc was 115lb. Before that it ranged from 130lb (‘16 @mrolympiallc) to 122lb in March ‘17.
Right now, I’m in the thick of my improvement season (literally) & my weight fluctuates around 135-137lb.
This is a natural weight for me to maintain. I’m 5’5 (because I know someone will ask). I used to read other athletes posts about maintaining 5-6lb above stage weight & freak out. But I know a lot more about my body than I did then. In the last few weeks before a show I will drop 10lb of water weight alone so it’s completely unrealistic for me to remain within 10lb of my stage weight. That said, part of the reason I retain water so ruthlessly is because of stress. The more shows I’ve done without a break the worse it’s got.
Please don’t think there’s some magic number of pounds above stage weight that’s “normal”. Some girls are naturally slim & sit pretty close to stage weight. Some don’t. For me, the last time I was naturally 115lb without busting my ass in the gym & dieting hard was when I was 10-12 years old. No joke. Naturally, without dieting & doing cardio, I would be in the 140lb’s.
I’m not built tiny like some of these girls. If thick thighs save lives I swear I could save the entire world with these “off season” thighs alone. This is real.
Bodybuilding DOES allow you to transform yourself. But if you’re in this for the SPORT you must learn to enjoy the journey & it’s different for EVERYONE.
Improvement Season is the most important time to be working on your shape. It’s NOW that I build what I will reveal on stage in 2018. @kimbooddo & I want to add muscle to my butt & back on my shoulders (I had let them shrink last year). This ain’t a science discussion, but muscle is heavy. If you’re trying to build you will he heavier relative to a less muscular you!! I love being shredded, but when it’s not time to dial in, I gotta rock what my Mumma gave me. It’s taken me 26 shows & 4 years to really be okay with that! 🍑