Over the next few weeks, I’m going to share a little bit of my experience as I work toward one of my spring goals—competing in the World Body Fitness Federation (WBFF) show on April 14, 2012. It’s a little less than 13 weeks away!
This goal will be particularly challenging for me because I’m not used to the format of the WBFF shows, which are popular in Canada. I usually compete in the Organization of Competitive Bodybuilders (OCB), where I know exactly what to expect. I love the OCB, and I’ll compete in one of their shows just one week before the WBFF show.
Every show is an opportunity to learn something about myself so I can improve the way I compete in the future, and doing these shows a week apart will certainly give me some ideas on how my strengths and weaknesses tally up.
One of the things I’m doing to prepare for the WBFF show is driving to a four-hour workshop in Connecticut to learn more about walking and posing, among other things related to bodybuilding competing. I want to soak up as much information as possible so I can take it back home and weave it into my preparation and training over the next three months. It’s a 10-hour commute to attend the workshop—which in the past I would have thought this was crazy! But I’ve learned over the years that when it comes to setting goals, you need to figure out what it will take to connect the dots and find success in your competition. For me, that includes getting myself into environments where I can LEARN. A long commute is a small price to pay for gaining more insights and knowledge into my sport.
I don’t expect to come out on top in the WBFF show, but that’s not my priority. I am putting myself outside of my comfort zone in this show, by being part of a competition that I’m not familiar with. One of my personal goals in all of my shows is to improve my confidence on stage—what better way to do that than to actively put myself in situations where I am forced to “bring it” with the best competition I can find? I want to start leaving my mark in this industry, and it starts with being brave enough to step into the unknown armed with personality, a smile, and the will to succeed. One of my long-term goals is to get my pro card in the OCB or other organizations.
So now you know where my mentality is as I prepare for this goal, but where is my body? As a full-time personal trainer, it can be challenging for me to find the time to get my own training done. That means I wake up to a 3:00AM alarm clock, so I can get started with my workout by 4:00AM.
It’s important for me to get things completed early in the day, because so much can happen as the day unfolds. It can be nearly impossible to stay faithful to a mid-day, afternoon, or evening workout when things out of my control arise. (Did I mention I’m a mom? The Holy Grail of the “unknown” factor!) Once my main workout for the day is completed, I can sneak in sets and circuits as time permits, and consider it all “bonus”!
I’ll be checking in on my blog with updates throughout this training season, as it encourages me to improve each day. Whether it’s improving my energy level, my diet, my workout, or my attitude—sharing this experience in a public forum will help keep me focused. In the past I’ve kept goals like this to myself, in part because I was afraid to fail—and afraid to “put it all out there” as I set my sights on certain things. But the real failure in this experience would be to not learn anything from it, and maybe there’s something that other people can learn from it too. I encourage my clients to take risks, set goals, and find a way to be accountable to their training. This is one of the ways I’m taking my own advice.
I’ll leave you with one of my favorite quotes, by Thomas Edison. “I haven’t failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”