As fitness professionals and enthusiasts, working out is as natural as brushing our teeth and tracking our protein intake. When the alarm goes off at 5 a.m., we put on gym clothes and do an inventory of everything in our bag before heading out the door. It is a routine we sometimes take for granted. We become so accustomed to going to the gym, that each workout is based on making gains—completing more reps, lifting more weight, running further and jumping higher. But what if all of these things came to a halt?
Happy November and Happy Pre-Thanksgiving to you and yours! I know I’ve been a little out of the loop, but here’s a Thanks for Giving workout that will challenge you while you’re celebrating the holiday festivities.
This is an Intermediate Workout, but for all of you!
All we needed was a cup of coffee to make this feel like a regular chat between girlfriends. That would probably be the most realistic way to look at and describe my exclusive one-on-one interview with 4-Time Ms. Figure Olympia Nicole Wilkins in Mississauga, Ontario, at Battle Arts Academy, where she was hosting a full-day seminar with Richie Keirouz owner of RichBody, for new and experienced competitors looking to take to the stage. No topic was off limits, no question went unanswered and no one left the event without a hug from Nicole, a smile and renewed sense of self. If the smile and sigh of relief from Nicole was any indication, I would say that she was pleased with the outcome of the day.
When I set out to compete from the beginning I had my eyes set on ultimately competing at the Olympia but I knew I had a long road ahead of me that is certainly going to take time and hard work. To help me stay on track as work my way there I set smart goals: Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic & Timely. I apply smart goals throughout a variety of aspects in my daily life & from show to show.
January 2013 is when I made a choice to live a healthier lifestyle. My birthday was Jan 2, that following week I bought my first gym membership at Tommie Harris Fitness Center. I trained 3 days per week and did morning cardio 5 days per week. I entered my first 5k race that February and after that I fell in love with being healthy and active.
My coach is Terrance Williams. Our first show was a local show. From there our plan was to obtain both a National and Team Universe qualification; we did it! I earned my pro card at Team Universe along with my teammates Natasha Davis (Class A) and Kendra Beasley (Class F).
Motivation and confidence are critical to achieving any goal in life, whether it is a personal or professional goal. In fact, a combination of the two makes any goal possible. In order to achieve success, in any capacity, self confidence, determination and drive are critical. But these traits need to come from within. They are not learned, borrowed or obtained from knowing the right person. Sure, sometimes doors open by being at the right place at the right time and opportunities are given to some people who are fortunate to know someone and have that connection. For me… it was different.