IFBB Figure Pro Candice Lewis has been on roll this year. She started the season off with a 7th place finish at the Pittsburgh Pro and with a few tweaks to her physique and conditioning went on to win two shows in a row. The win in Omaha qualified her for the Figure Olympia and the follow up win in Chicago solidified her spot as one to watch. Candice “the rookie” joins us on her road to the Olympia.
A COMPETITOR’S LIFE
4 weeks out
By Candice Lewis
I’m out of bed at 5:15am doing cardio and after a full day of work I head straight to the gym after work and train with my trainer, Damian Segovia at 5pm. Prepping for the Olympia is definitely more stressful than other shows. I want to be in the best shape of my life when I walk on stage. With me competing in the Chicago show the transition was good for me in that I have had just enough time to refocus, stay on top of my game and continue to make improvements. I’m working on improving on my posing. It’s hard dropping bad habits – practice makes perfect! RIGHT? Lol!
I’m competitive when it comes to challenging myself to be better. Each show I want to improve so cheating on my diet and not giving my workout 100% is not an option. I am blessed to be in this position, it’s a lot of hard work and dedication and there are a lot of people counting on me, my trainer, friends and family, and fans of the sport! These are people that believe in me and that inspires me to want to get better each and every show.
My biggest challenge going into Olympia Prep is the process of me becoming mentally stronger when thinking about my diet. For some reason the froyo cravings are everyday and more intense. In Arizona, there’s a froyo shop on every corner so everywhere you look your reminded of this. I’m always wondering what new flavors I haven’t tried. I even tried to convince myself I could substitute raw almonds for salty almond froyo. Lol… So yes, it is a mental game at times and can be challenging but you have to focus on the end result.
My favorite body part to workout right now is shoulders. This is one of my routines.
• Push Ups 12-15 reps, 3 sets
• Pull Ups 12-15 reps, 3 sets
• Lateral Raises 12-15 reps, 3 sets
• Dumbbell Shoulder Press 12-15 reps,3 sets
• Dumbbell Front Raise / Dumbbell Alternating Front Raise 12-15 reps, 3 sets