12 September 2015, I competed in my first natural bodybuilding competition. I really wanted to see what the bodies looked like and how the judging would be when you place all natural physiques on stage.
"It was an enjoying experience"
The most notable difference between the NPC shows I've done vs this show was the polygraphing. Before the show every athlete was polygraphed. The polygraphed covered a whole range of performance enhancing drugs down to prescription strength diuretics and certain fat burners. Also, If you won your category you were given a urinalysis after you received your medal. Yes, there was a room off to the side and the winners were whisked away.
I liked the way the bodies looked at this show. The biggest, most muscular physique still looked attainable. No one looked like a walking freak show. I love watching The Olympia, but let's be honest, some of the bodies, male and female alike look a little freaky-deaky. Here, no one looked too frail, too disproportionate, too shredded or too dry. I felt like everyone still had a healthy glow.
"I love being an Amazonian"
Ok, so how did I do? I competed in women's physique. I placed fourth out of five contestants. Of course I felt that I looked better than a fourth place, however, I am not the judges, plus I don't want to scream malarky or foul play and discredit the hard work of the other ladies. I have a feeling that for the natural league I should do the bodybuilding category. Just from a mass perspective, I was easily the largest girl on stage and I weighed in at 150 lbs! I think I had at least 20 lbs on the first place woman. I still need to bring my body fat down more but honestly, aside from stage presences, I have zero desire to be super lean. I love my muscle mass. I love my size. I love being an Amazonian.
Below are a few pictures, you can make your own opinions.
What do you think?
"I knew my time of heavy lifting was halted"
As a side note: I threw my back out 6 wks out before the show, had to spend 2 weeks on bed rest, and then an additional week with no working out. To be completely honest with you guys, I was just happy that I was able to bounce back even a little bit. For a moment I thought I was going to have to pull myself from the show. The thought of not competing after a long 16 week cycle was killing me slowly. Once I was cleared to workout again I just hit cardio as hard as I could since I knew my time of heavy lifting was halted. Regardless of my placing, I was just happy to be on stage.
In the end, it is about constant improvement. I am truly in competition with myself. Coming out of the Sun City Regionals last year, I wanted to develop my delts and lats. I definitely showed growth if I do say do myself. My coach (god bless his heart) knew exactly how to get me the results I longed for. Now I want to develop my legs.
Stay tuned to Operation Oh My Quad, coming to a stage near you.
all photos are courtesy of Flex Photos