I attended FitExpo 2013 in Santa Clara, CA this weekend and had a great time talking with so many positive people such as Herb Dean (UFC Referee), Bella Falconi (Fitness model), and many others. The bodybuilding community is full of motivation, inspiration and support. Three people I was fortunate enough to speak with were Phil Heath (Mr. Olympia 2011 & 2012), Greg Plitt (top fitness model) and Jennifer Delgado (NPC Competitor). Below are a few gems from these professionals that I thought might help others achieve their health and fitness goals.
· Keys to success in Bodybuilding (or any goal in life); Time management. Perseverance. Dedication. Commitment. Hard work.
· Everyone has a heavy load to carry, it’s how you carry that load that matters. (Greg Plitt)
· Cheat meals usually turn into cheat days. (Phil Heath)
Nutrition is a huge part of improving our bodies and health. I realized I earlier this year that I haven't been consistent and wise with my food, hydration and vitamins. If you aren't consistent with those three factors it’s two steps forward and one step back. I have been on track for about 4 weeks now thanks to the nutritional guidance of Curtis Schurkamp.
Rest and Sleep are next on my list. I am very nocturnal. I am more productive and creative at night, but I work during the day. So of course I don’t get enough sleep. I didn’t realize resting my body was so important for my fitness success. In the past I would lose weight when I was super busy working 2 or 3 jobs and going to school. But that isn’t the case anymore, so sleep and rest are a priority for me now.
The third factor is Cardio. I like running…when I’m in the mood. When I told Mr. Olympia, Phil Heath (yes, I am name dropping) that cardio is a challenge for me, he said it is for everyone even him, but you have to just get it done, make sure you have a good playlist, take progress photos regularly and stick with your plan.
And last, my favorite, Strength Training. I don’t need to push myself in this area, but I do need to work smarter and have a plan based on my progress photos and what body parts I want to improve.
I hope sharing my experience motivates you as much as it did me.
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