The weekend has passed and it brought a whole lot of like minded people together all under one roof at the NEC in Birmingham for Body Power 2014. We traveled on Saturday and really enjoyed the buzzy atmosphere as soon as we entered in the floor and saw all the different stands with their amazing products on show and various challenges you could participate in. Everywhere we turned we saw like minded people wanting to know about fitness, health and how they can be better. The layout of the expo was vast and literally every supplement company had a stand with their sponsored athletes representing the brand.
Representing Discount Supplements at Body Power meant we could mingle and talk to some great people who influence many across the world. Meeting the likes of Jay Cutler, Calum Von Moger, Rich Gaspari and so on was an incredible experience as we see them all over social media channels but never in person. So to actually shake their hand and have a very short conversation was highly motivating and outright awesome! For me, meeting these great, inspirational people was sensational but it wasn't the only thing I had on my mind because at 3.30pm I knew I had a great challenge ahead of me. I was stepping back on stage showcasing my physique with other competitors.
So a couple weeks back I signed up for the WFC Pro competition at Body Power which meant competing against other great athletes who love training and looking after themselves. I try to stay relatively lean all year round by eating good foods, training hard and making no excuses, I gave myself 2 weeks to get stage ready. For me competing isn't about winning and I sure don't care too much about losing, it's more personal than that. I'm up there to inspire and motivate others into doing it and proving to myself that when I set a goal I am going to see it through. I did exactly that and I couldn't be happier with how I looked on the stage despite not making it through to the final rounds.
Getting into a level of conditioning for stage is pretty hard going, you have to be disciplined, motivated and stay true to the goal at hand. It sounds like a lot of work but truthfully if you love what you are doing then there is never a hard day as such. I gave myself two weeks as it was a last minute decision and still felt like I came in with low body fat and decent muscle size. I wanted to see how I responded to a short term process rather than a long one. This whole sport is all about trial and error and seeing what ultimately works best for you, I'm never afraid to try new things.
Will I Compete Again?
Big question, who knows? If I do decide to compete it will be back to Miami Pro in October as I feel like I have something to prove to the judges who saw me last year. I would want to see if the improvements I made are significant enough to grab their attention even more than I did last year. Watch this space :) ...