Sunday, August 31, 2014

Contest Prep, Where is Your Head At?

by Kris Pitcher

I actually had a hard time getting my head in the game this prep. It took me a couple of weeks not to resent peanut butter leaving my life. This was new for me. Usually, I just flip the contest prep switch and that's it. It is on!

Settling into the swing of things, I didn't have trouble in the sense that I cheated, or ate off my plan. It was just difficult for me to fully commit, for it to feel "real". June 1st began my prep and I felt like I was out there on an island all alone. It seemed no one else was prepping.

I have a news flash for you. This isn't the buddy system. Prepping for a contest is a personal commitment. Only you will be on stage. Sure, you have people in your corner. If you're smart - there's no way you go this alone. You hire a professional. Your coach.

Ultimately, what I mean is, you are accountable for your commitment, for your progress...for doing your plan. And in those first few weeks, I just had to put my head down and grind it out. Eat the plan. Lift the plan. Cardio the plan. Sleep the plan.

Eventually, WOW, 13 weeks into the prep now...I'm actually looking pretty freaking great. It is a slow process for me. We grow me into my show. We work hard to keep me full. And we take plenty of time to shed the fat revealing the gains made off season.

My point is, it's not easy. It's not easy the first time, and it's not easy the 10th time. Every time is different. It's different physiologically, it's different psychologically too. And, I'm human (not a news flash).

As fall is about to bring the line up of shows, how is your prep going? Who will help you succeed? And where is YOUR commitment level? It's all a head game. Where is your head at?