Hi Hardbody fans and friends! Iâ€™m always happy to share my thoughts with you before the Arnold Classic, so hereâ€™s another blog for you!
There are only three weeks to go before the show, and I canâ€™t wait to get on the Arnold stage! My performance is just about ready. Now Iâ€™m working on my stamina, to put both parts of my routine together, and be sure I have energy to jump to the pole!
Thanks to all of you for your interest in my routine, and your many supportive comments and shared videos. I really hope you like this new performance but, of course, this is still Fitness, so my focus is on completing strong and clean Fitness elements in my routine. I am very thankful to X-Pole for making this performance possible. I am grateful, also, to SAN Nutrition and Six Pack Bags for their constant support over the year. SAN supplements and my Six Pack bag both help me keep my energy up, while staying on my diet, day in and day out.
Fitness is a tough sport. Even as we work hard to perfect our routines, we must stay on a strict diet that challenges our energy reserves, and train hard in the gym to maintain muscle mass, tone, and definition to present a great shape on stage. We fight through pain and small injuries all the time, but sometimes itâ€™s more than a body can take. Injuries are always a risk, and I am sad to see great athletes like Myriam Capes unable to make it to the stage. I know sheâ€™s a fierce competitor, so I expect to see her again at the Olympia. For the next three weeks, my goal is to keep my body as safe as possible, while finishing my prep.
Working with the pole has been a completely new workout and set of movements for me. I started from scratch, never having used a pole before, and itâ€™s been really cool to experience the learning process from the beginning. Itâ€™s such a great workout for the whole bodyâ€”arms, abs, back, legs! I am always working with my body weight, and I can see gains in size and strength in my arms from just the last few months. Itâ€™s hard work, but great fun, so give it a try. Of course, be ready for some bumps and bruises at the beginning, lol. But with experience, youâ€™ll find your way more gently :).
Thanks, again, for all the support youâ€™ve been giving me online, through Facebook and Twitter. I will continue to post my pole workout videos, leading up to the Arnold. I hope some of you will give pole fitness a try. To all my sister competitors: stay safe, stay strong, keep motivating others, and good luck on the Arnold stage!!