In searching for a trainer, I knew that I would have to find someone online. I live in a rural area with limited options for ANYTHING. No one around me does competition prep. I needed someone who could reply in a timing manner to my emails, give me a meal and strength training plan and NOT break the bank.
I emailed a few different ones and some didn’t reply. Not a good sign. Another was hella expensive.
I won’t reveal my trainer or fees yet, but so far, I’m very happy with his attentiveness and cost. I pay a monthly fee, with no contract or limit on correspondence. I’m not sure yet on what kind of help he’ll be able to give me as the competition gets closer on posing, make up, hair, spray tan, etc. I do know that he has coached at least one other client in Michigan. He trains a lot of competitors who place at competitions and seems to have a good reputation. I trust that he has connections or suggestions for those things when the time comes to discuss them. He does free posing classes on Sundays at his gym, wish I could attend!
Before he even agreed to accept me as a client (he can’t take on many more, as he has quite a few already), he asked for information about my current eating habits and workout regime. He also required a bikini shot, front and back, to see if my six month bikini competition goal was a realistic one.
I’m always willing to give my readers the “ugly truth” because I like being honest and transparent. Before I do that though, here are some old fat pictures to soften the blow…
And here is what I looked like on the day I emailed him bikini shots.
Vast improvement, yes. But it’s definitely nothing close to this…
Full disclosure, I’m not looking to win. I have never gone into a competition for anything related to physical fitness expecting to win. (My JV soccer team sophomore year didn’t win a single game and I scored the only goal all season on a direct kick while playing defense. So sad. But we had fun even though we got our asses kicked every game.)
I’m competing for me. I’m competing so my kids have a mother they can look up to, who doesn’t sit on the couch eating entire package of oreos and half gallons of double fudge brownie ice cream crying her eyes out because she’s lonely with two babies. I left that version of myself behind when I started losing weight 2.5 years ago. I freed her completely when I ended my marriage. Too much of my early 20s was wasted on feeling like I had to live in a that box until I died, because I made my bed and now I had to lie in it.
Enough of that. This is a happy post.
So after the pictures, my trainer said that six months was realistic for me to be ready, as long as I follow the plan. AWESOME.
We exchanged a few emails back and forth before he decided to take me as a client. So I paid him and the following day, I received multiple emails with tons of information to overload my brain. A couple had generic information he gives all clients relating to strength training form and tracking progress. I received one email with an initial meal plan for the first two weeks. We will set a base line and see how well I am responding before making adjustments. And the last email had my weekly training plan.
In every email, he encourages me to reply with any questions or concerns. He’s also helped to work around my gluten free/dairy free/paleo requirements (I allow brown rice on my diet though, which I said in the last post). The plan is suppose to include whey protein, so he gave me some nutritional requirements in finding a protein powder that fits my needs.
Thus far, I’m very happy with him and hope that I can provide him a glowing review when I’ve reached the competition.
Next post, Day Zero – The Weigh In.