A couple weeks ago, I got the privilege of watching my girlfriend compete in her first fitness modeling competition! It is amazing the transformation she has made the past two years. I first met her a little over 2 years ago at Supreme Health and Fitness, the gym that I work at. She joined my Got Core class. When I first met Abby, she wasn’t in very good shape, was holding more weight in her stomach than she would have liked, and was extremely weak in the upperbody. She really enjoyed the core classes and wanted more, so she got a few of her friends together and did small group personal training… she said that I was the most expensive crush she has ever had 🙂
She really set herself apart from most girls in their 20’s that I had worked with in the past. She didn’t question my philosophies or techniques and embraced the heavy lifting and intense cardio. For many years she had been doing 90 minutes of cardio 4 days a week, which was doing very little for changing her physique! I believe the reason Abby has had such an amazing transformation comes down to 3 things.
1. She embraced lifting heavy: Abby now squats 225 lbs, deadlift 200 lbs, can snatch a 50 lb db over her head, can do at least 20 dips on a parallel bar, and 8 pullups!
2. She realized that she couldn’t just eat whatever she wanted to. Abby doesn’t drink any alcohol, packs her lunch and snacks everyday, reduces her carbs after 4 pm, and drinks well over a gallon of water.
3. Support group: Okay, it definitely helps to date a trainer from the support aspect! She also spends more time with fit people who would rather go for a hike or go swimming than go to the bars and pig out on beer and fatty food.
You can only imagine how many people now ask her for advice on how to achieve the results that she has seen. She usually laughs and tells them that she does what I teach everyone of you to do, the only difference is that she does it at least 95% of the time! Consistency is key! Abby certainly has a sweet tooth, and definitely eats her sweets, but she does enough of the other things right and doesn’t eat the bad foods enough for them to have lasting change.
Abby placed 4th out of a really good field of 12 women! It was great for her self-confidence and had a really good time with the whole thing. Even before it was over she was ready to do another one! This type of competition is just a small tip of the iceberg of different goals and events that you can set and participate in. I encourage you to find something that puts you out of your comfort zone, sign up, join a group, and be committed! You will be amazed at how good you feel and the satisfaction of knowing that you pushed yourself past your safety bubble you have been in, and gone to a whole new level of success and fitness!
One of my bootcampers came to Chicago to support Abby. This bootcamper is in the middle of her complete body and mind transformation and 6 months ago would have never imagined going to such an event. The show really touched her on a lot of levels, but one of the comments she said to me really stuck, “Dustin, it is simple, it all comes down to choices, these contestants have CHOOSEN to live a lifestyle that gets them to these results.” She is right, none of the participants just “accidentally” got the results they did or were born that way. NO! They had to work extremely hard, sacrifice certain things, and have strong will power and determination.
Abby is now pursuing getting her personal trainers degree and also teaches Fit Fun Bootcamps in Middleton at Madtown Twisters west. Click here if you would like to join her bootcamp!