Teresa Anthony joins us on our Hardbody Road to The Olympia series. This isn’t first trip to the big dance, in fact it’s her 5th… making her one of the veterans in the line-up. Teresa shares some “Real Talk” and lessons she’s learned along the way. She also shares a sample of her favorite workout & why she decided to add Crossfit to her routine.
Getting Back on Track
Just Under 4 weeks out
By Teresa Anthony
It is that time again…the Figure Olympia. This will be my 5th Olympia and have to admit it is still exciting to have the chance to grace that stage. Now with that said, this year’s prep as been challenging one and I find myself having to dig deeper than ever. In May I lost my best friend, my biggest fan and the love of my life, my Mother to cancer and it is a daily reality check that she is not with us. Right after her passing I spent 3 weeks with my family in Louisiana, and let’s just say I emotionally ate everything that was put in my path. Wow, the scale was not my friend… starting my Olympia prep at a whopping 160lbs which looked awesome in jeans but not so much in bikini. A lesson learned in the situation is that life happens and we must forgive ourselves and move on.
Prepping for this Olympia I decided to do something a little different. I found myself getting bored with the same old gym scene and workouts, so I decided to shake up things with Crossfit, which has been my saving grace. With that said my day starts at 4:30am where I am banging out cardio and training a major body part. Then like many other competitors, I am off to work for 8 to 9 hours and then at my Crossfit facility at 6:30pm.I think I might be one of the grandmothers of the crew… so my main goal for the Olympia is to show these 20 something year old gals that I can still hang.
My biggest challenge going into any Olympia is not looking too stringy and staying fuller. It is always a daunting task with these long limbs… thank goodness for my training coach Kim Oddo. The size game is very mentally challenging for me so this year I have decided to just embrace my skinny limbs and roll with it. Let’s see how that works out.
I am always asked what my secret to dieting is and getting ready for a show… breaking news, there is no secret, it is discipline and will power and a good support team! While prepping I am very, very mean and irritable and I totally dislike silly questions about my diets, etc… sorry just being honest.I totally hate when a person interrupts my workouts… my pet peeve.. go away! Lol
My favorite bodypart to train is back…(shh, don’t tell Kim O, he doesn’t like me to train it that much). Here is a typical routine for back day. Give it a try and let me know how you like it.
T’s BACK WORKOUT
• Pull ups (unassisted and weighted sometimes) – 4 sets – 10 reps
• Dumbbell rows or Barbell rows – 4 sets- 12 reps
• Lat Pull downs – 4 sets – 15 reps
• Partial deadlifts – 4 sets – 8 reps (heavy)
I’m competing this weekend at the Tournament of Champions in California and feel like I’m on point. This will give me time to make any changes before the Olympia.