It’s all over Instagram and Facebook.
With their “perfect” waistlines, shirt-popping biceps, and perfect lighting and sexy poses, it's easy to assume they've got it easy...
... and maybe, if you just worked a little harder, your body would be "perfect" too.
But have you ever stopped to consider what it REALLY takes to get into cover model or show shape?
Today, I want to share some of the tradeoffs, as well as the benefits, of becoming one of “those” people.
Then you can decide if it's actually worth it to you.
6-pack abs Tight butt Glistening bulging muscles And not a speck of cellulite or extra fat to be seen.
Sounds great, but what are you willing to do or give up for this look?
Working towards a specific goal like a magazine shoot or a physique show is one thing.
Wanting a sustainable lifestyle where you can actually have balance and enjoyment is another.
I’ve been on both sides of the fence.
10 years ago, I was a yo-yo dieter and a self-proclaimed couch potato. Two years ago I got on a stage, ridiculously tanned, wearing hardly anything, and as lean as I have ever been.
What happened in between? First, I got healthier by eating cleaner foods and started moving my body...consistently Next I got super skinny (due to industry pressure and stress), but I bounced back and found a good balanced weight for me and my lifestyle.
Then I decided to do a show. And the next year and a half was pure misery.
I gave up most social engagements for fear of veering off my food plan.
I counted EVERYTHING that went into my mouth. And there was zero “fun” foods. I spent precious family time at the gym...sometimes upwards of 3 hours each day.
I pounded every ounce of fat off my body that I could...to the point of some serious physical detriment.
It was a bit of an obsession and there was plenty of tradeoffs.
But I wanted this, so I made some very conscious decisions that made it happen.
And there were benefits that I would never want to give up.
I challenged myself to do something radically out of my comfort zone. (sparkly bikini, really?) Challenge=Growth!
I was forced to deal with some personal demons. No point in holding on to those a**holes. And I proved to myself that I could do it, and I could now authentically speak about the process to my clients who might be interested.
I also finally looked like all those “Fitness Pros” I saw on social media. (that was fun for the 5 min. of stage time) but it was really the last thing I wanted.
Just to be clear...I have nothing against cover model physiques. I LOVE fitness and nutrition. :-) But did I really want to live like I’ve lived for the last 18months for the sake of looking like a cover model 24/7?
Not really. It wasn’t really living. It was a crazy amount of physical work, a ridiculous amount of neuroses around eating, and the HARDEST thing I ever did.
What I learned and still coach to this day, (even amongst the judgement of some fellow fitness pros) is this...
Health and fitness for the majority of us shouldn’t be an all-or-nothing thing.
You have more choices than just being super fit OR a complete couch potato.
Choices that fit in the in-between, that give you the body and life YOU want -- without all the extreme tradeoffs on either end.
I hope this realization feels incredibly freeing to you.
It’s taken me almost two years to get back to a more balanced way of living, where I’m OK with having the occasional treat, and working out 30 min a day instead of my 3am 3hour workouts.
I hope you will join me in saying goodbye to that nagging voice that you don’t measure up to your FB or IG fitness hero/she-ro.
Instead, say hello to a sane, sustainable approach to a healthier body and a more fulfilling life.
Will I do another show? I don’t know. But if I do, it won’t be because I want to look like someone on IG.
Do I think you should do a show? Only if you understand the process and you are fully committed to the tradeoff AND benefits. And NOT if you are living in the social media world of comparisons. I will support you 100% of the way.
Reach for any goal- Magazine cover, Physique show, or just to wear a swim suit this summer because you want to challenge yourself and push past limiting beliefs and comfort zones.
Being 50% body fat doesn’t make you any less of a person.
Being 10% body fat doesn’t make you a better person.
What are you willing to trade off for your goals? Let’s start there!
That's why Kinesi Coaching and our team is here.