5 Ways to Enjoy Fitness Post Contest Prep

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5 Ways to Enjoy Fitness Post Contest Prep

I don’t know about you all but I am so very excited! Want to know why? Simply put, Fall. I adore this season. Colorful leaves falling from the trees, cool air, and all of the fun festivals … don’t even get me started, (I can be quite the southerner at times). Not only is fall a beautiful season but it’s also a chance to let ourselves relax. It’s time to make some room in those macro plans of yours for turkey, apple pie, and a few cocktails! Unless you are Ashley Kaltwasser who seems to be on contest prep year round (wonder-woman maybe?), then you may need a little bit of a break from all of your restrictions. Below are five things you can do to let yourself loose, have fun, and enjoy fitness!

1. Run a Race
This is a great way to remain active and to switch up your routine a bit! Your normal weight lifting or prep routine can get old and boring. Try something new and sign up for a race like a 5K or even the menacing Savage Race! Active.com is a great site to visit to find any local races in your area. Step out of your old, boring routine and spice things up with something new!
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2. Rock Climbing
9.22.15 Workout ImageHere’s one for those of you who are adrenaline junkies! Talk about something different to try. Rock climbing is gaining popularity and guess what … You don’t have to be outside to do it! There are many indoor rock climbing venues where you can get a quick training session in and then be on your way to rock climbing! For those of you who like to test the waters, give outdoor rock climbing a try! There are great rock climbing schools that can teach you the ropes—no pun intended. It’s healthy to test the limits and rock climbing will certainly do that!

 3. Fitness Classes
It is truly amazing to think about just how many options you have when it comes to exercise and fitness classes. Let’s see:
• Zumba
• Yoga
• Body Pump
• Pilates
Just to name a few of the most popular classes. There are also group personal training classes where you can get the one on one attention you may need in a fun group setting! I actually started out utilizing fitness classes when I was new to exercising! I highly recommend it not only as a good starting point for beginners but something new for all of you experienced fitness gurus!

4. Hit the Water!
I know we are coming to the end of summer season but don’t blow out that flame just yet! We can still squeeze some summer time fun out of it! Hitting the water in a canoe, kayak, surf board or wakeboard is a great way to help you let loose from your zombie prep! Here are a few ways you can take your fitness into the water!
• Kayaking
• Wake boarding
• Surfing
• Tubing
• Skiing
• Swimming

5. Visit a New Gym
If you’re anything like me I am not a fan of straying from my home gym. I know where all of the equipment is located and the people there are familiar, but visiting a new gym can actually refresh you not only physically but mentally too! Every now and then I will visit a new gym that a friend of mine trains at. It’s kind of like moving somewhere new. You don’t know anyone and they don’t know you. It can be scary but at the same time quite the adventure.
Visiting a new gym gives you a chance to try a brand new fitness regimen with machines your home gym may not have. It also allows you to meet new people, make new friends, and network.

Let’s face it, even though I have never experienced competition prep for myself I have researched it quite a bit and follow many people who do compete on my social networking sites. I am always reading about the positives and negatives of prep, the whirlwind of emotions you experience all getting you to reaching that goal of stepping onto that competition stage. After your prep, try to give yourself a break both physically and mentally by having some fun with your routine (your body and soul will thank you for it!).

Meagan Kunisch
Lead Editor/Clinical Sports Labs

Meagan Kunisch

Meagan is a fitness and health blogger who regularly writes for Clinical Sports Labs. On her blog named FitLife, she shares her passion and drive for living healthy and fit. She is a promoter of positive thoughts, exercise and optimal health. Check out her blog at www.fitlifemk.com .

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Budgeting for my 12 week prep

So over the past few weeks I have been researching information on show costs for participating in a competition. Holy cow! It is expensive, but I already knew that going into the research. I am determined to save, save, save and save up to be able to afford the costs for my show. There is a lot you have to take into consideration. I will post the prices when I begin prepping to show you how it all adds up. $$$

– federation membership fee

– federation card

– tan, makeup, hair, and nails

– bikini

– heels

– jewelry

– food and supplement costs

– Posing classes

– Trainer

Are you starting to get the picture? I have been asking myself, “How on earth is a 24 year old server going to be able to come up with the money that is required to participate in a show?” The answer to that is … I honestly don’t know. I am going to take it one day at a time and will do what I must to make it happen. I have a plan but it wont be easy and I will have to work very hard to achieve this goal. Nothing worth having comes easy and I am prepared to put in the hours of blood, sweat, and tears that it takes to be successful.

I would love some feedback from those of you who have participated in a show and have personally experienced the prep process physically and financially. I always welcome and appreciate advice!

M.

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What does fitness and exercise do for you?

What does fitness and exercise do for you? Does it provide a place of solitude from our less than perfect world? Has it taught you how to self motivate and have discipline in all areas of your life? Fitness has changed me as a person in more ways than I can count.

In the beginning it was all about looking good, am I right? I mean, there are always those problem areas everyone suffers with or so WE think. We want to get in the gym and fix them. Now, when I go to the gym I am constantly working on molding my body, building my muscles to look how I want them to look. I am also working on myself inwardly, teaching myself patience with my body in the gym and with my life outside of the gym.. You see, in the beginning looking good was largely about my presentation to the world. How does the world view me? Do they like what they see? Those thoughts consumed my mind as I was growing up. I think that is pretty much the “norm” for any teenager growing up in a superficial world.

Point blank: that doesn’t matter. Yes fitness and exercise is all about changing your appearance but, it should be deeper than that. You shouldn’t be working solely on your appearance you should be working on who you are as a person; growing stronger not only physically but mentally as well. Think about Arnold Schwarzenegger, Nicole Wilkins, or Ashley Kaltwasser… they all train day in and day out not only in the gym but outside of the gym as well. They have to maintain the highest level of self-control, self motivation, discipline, persistence, and determination to make it to where they are now. Those are characteristics that fitness and exercise has taught me.

I have learned self-control with my diet and have learned to listen to my body when it needs something like any nutrients I may be missing or craving. I listen to my “junk” cravings and control them as well. When I first started analyzing my diet and meal prepping it was hard, stressful, and frustrating. Now, it is like second nature. I cannot have a balanced day without the meals I prep OR without the exercise my body craves.

Self motivation is one of the most difficult characteristics for any person to learn. We can all find motivation through someone who is successful and who can offer wise words of wisdom because they have been where we are now, at the bottom. It takes a very strong person to get up in the morning and go to the gym because they know the goals they have set forth for themselves and they know that they want it more than they want to breathe. That is self motivation. You are motivated by what you want and not by what you see others have achieved.

Discipline, persistence, and determination I place in the same sort of category. I feel each of these characteristics are links in a chain. Without one or the other, there would be a missing link and an incomplete chain.

“It takes true determination to be persistent enough to learn the discipline it takes to achieve your goals.” – Me 🙂

Make sense?

Dig down deep and find your determination.

Be persistent and don’t give up.

Discipline yourself, don’t show up and do less than your best, ALWAYS work hard and success will follow.

I may not be where I want to be, but I am closer than I was yesterday.

M.