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Thunder Cat
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I did my first figure contest in 2011 (coming off a broken arm) and won 1st place in the novice. Two years and twenty pounds later, I've decided to do another contest. My reasons for doing the contest are twofold - I'm annoyed at myself for gaining so much weight (I had to buy all new pants) and I really want to see how I do in an open class, oh and I would like to get into great shape and stay that way before I turn 40 (in 2.5 years).

I started my contest prep on Jan 1, and I'm planning on doing 2 shows, the first one in May and the second in June. Stu (my hubby & coach), of course, is doing my contest prep; and I think this one may be more difficult than the last one we did. The first contest was kind of easy to begin, I really didn't know what I was in for... This time I know exactly what to expect (the intensity of the diet and training), and that alone makes this contest prep feel like more of a commitment. Also, my goals are different this time, I went into the last contest just wanting to train & diet for 16 weeks, simply to see if I could do it... now I would like place in the open class.

The best thing about this contest prep so far is that it has gotten me back into a consistent eating & training routine (which was another goal of mine). This last year was hectic, and I let life get in the way of staying in shape. I actually wanted to do a contest prep last year at this time, but there was just too much going on, I almost lost my job and was in the middle of planning the wedding; I didn't have the time or mental energy for a contest prep.
Things are still a little hectic (in September I decided to go back to grad school and my job may still be eliminated this spring), but I figure life is never going to slow down, so if I want to do a contest, I might as well do it now.

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You could do worse coach-wise; good luck TheMissusStu!

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lemony2j
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Looking forward to it thanks for sharing mrs stu!

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super saiyan
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Good luck Cat! Do you and Stu do all your training together?

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coyotegal
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I'll be following for sure :)

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Powerpuff
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Nice! I'm IN!

And I was blown away by your shoulder caps and lats, particularly since you were a novice. This will be great fun to follow. You look quite petite. Height?

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Powerpuff
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Your thoughts on turning 40 in a couple of years made me think of this.

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Thunder Cat
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Thanks so much for the support, much appreciated!! :)

@ super saiyan - Stu and I train together occasionally. We go to the gym together all the time, but really don't plan our work outs together, we each follow our own splits/routines. Most of the time I wave to him or make faces from across the gym. Whenever I use weights or a machine in the same vicinity as Stu it's a bonus :)

@ Powerpuff - Thank you!! My shoulders were a strength, my biceps a weakness (will try to bring those up). I'm five feet, two inches (the shortest one in my family). Although I'm short, I've always had broad shoulders & back. It's funny, years ago my friend (who is 5'7" - tall and slender build) loaned me a blazer to wear for a meeting, I couldn't fit into it - the shoulders & back were sooo narrow, I would have busted out of that blazer like the hulk! It's the first time I realized, I'm short but not really petite.

Forever 39 sounds like a plan! If 30 is the new 20, then 39 must be the new 29 :D

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Soooo looking forward to this!!

I know this is about this prep, but would love to see some contest pics, and any others your willing to share. I have more questions but have a feeling they will get answered here soon.

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The Mighty Stu
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^I know we've got a bunch of the pro photographers pics from the 2011 show, as well as some that Cat's sister snapped backstage. Just gotta dig a bit for 'em!

I'm also going to try my best and grab shots of Cat doing her thing at the gym, praticing posing, eating, whatever else I can get away with before she gets annoyed and smacks me. :)

S

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coyotegal
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Cat what are your stats coming into this if you dont mind sharing?

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The Mighty Stu
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Cat may not get a moment to get back in here until the weekend (I'm always trying to check in during my lunch breaks at work), so I figure I'll toss up a few pics I snapped with my Iphone at the gym last night. Hopefully they won't be too fuzzy, or humongous as some pics that need resizing end up being.

S

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The Mighty Stu
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Determined Cat!

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The Mighty Stu
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Hitting those lumbars and glutes!

(Damn these pics are coming out hyoooge -lol)

S

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Putting in work! I like the shirt too.

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Nice work Cat!

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super saiyan wrote:
Putting in work! I like the shirt too.


X2 just seeing that brought back some brilliant childhood memories :)

Cat, apologies if it was already mentioned in one of stu's threads but how long have you been training, and was it stu that got you into it?
I only ask because my wife has recently got into weight training and it's great because it like she finally UNDERSTANDS :)

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Thunder Cat wrote:
Thanks so much for the support, much appreciated!! :)

@ Powerpuff - Thank you!! My shoulders were a strength, my biceps a weakness (will try to bring those up). I'm five feet, two inches (the shortest one in my family). Although I'm short, I've always had broad shoulders & back. It's funny, years ago my friend (who is 5'7" - tall and slender build) loaned me a blazer to wear for a meeting, I couldn't fit into it - the shoulders & back were sooo narrow, I would have busted out of that blazer like the hulk! It's the first time I realized, I'm short but not really petite.

Forever 39 sounds like a plan! If 30 is the new 20, then 39 must be the new 29 :D


Awesome! I thought we might have similar proportions. I'm not quite 5'2", or glass half full, I'm 5'6" in heels. ;) And that's great that shoulders and lats come easy for you. I think the only thing that's come easy for me is calves (which I don't have to train), and TRAPS - ugh. I'm focusing hard on building more shoulder. Despite all my lifting, I still wear the smallest size I can find in a jacket.

Nice to see the training pics. I never do single leg glute bridges. I think that's what that is. Nice. It's all about activation. And you are now a month or so into your cut? Keep us posted and best of luck. You've done this before. Go to it!

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johnman18
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Nice job! Looking forward to following along on your journey. Thanks for sharing!

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Thunder Cat
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It's been a tough week for me, reading these messages brought a smile to my face :)

Stu says "every contest prep is different" and he is totally correct. I feel like this contest prep is kicking my ass already and I'm only 5 weeks in, 14 weeks to the first contest and 21 weeks to the second contest. I don't remember contest prep being this hard this early... I had a little meltdown earlier this week, after I got home from work at 9:45pm and had to do pull ups and chin ups (I have a pull up bar in the doorway to the bedroom). Sometimes I feel like I don't have enough time to handle everything, I simply need more time and more sleep. However, I don't want to give anything up either - I made a decision to go back to school and I don't want to put that on hold, I made a decision to do 2 figure contests and I just have 5 months to go, I don't want to give up my part time job because I may lose my full time job... the result of all this is every minute of every day is planned out for me... time management and keeping organized are two things that I really need to work on if I'm going to survive the next 5 months.

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lemony2j wrote:
super saiyan wrote:
Putting in work! I like the shirt too.


X2 just seeing that brought back some brilliant childhood memories :)

Cat, apologies if it was already mentioned in one of stu's threads but how long have you been training, and was it stu that got you into it?
I only ask because my wife has recently got into weight training and it's great because it like she finally UNDERSTANDS :)


I started going to the gym in 2007, at the time I was 128 pounds (the heaviest I ever weighed). Once I hit my 30s my metabolism slowed down a lot. I did mostly cardio and a day or two of weights. Once I met Stu (New Years Eve 2008), and he burst many bubbles I had about working out, I switched to mostly weight training with a day for cardio, not too long after that I actually developed some tricep definition. However, my training has really slacked this last year :( It feels good to consistently train again and be eating better. It's funny, the more changes you see in your physique the more you want to go to the gym!

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coyotegal wrote:
Cat what are your stats coming into this if you dont mind sharing?


I'm 5 feet, 2 inches tall, and at the very start of my contest prep (5 weeks ago) I was 124 pounds. Currently, I'm 119 pounds and I'm hoping to consistently lose 1 pound per week until the first contest.

For my first contest (2 years ago) I probably weighed about 100 to 102 pounds (I actually forgot to weigh myself the day of the show). I'm thinking I should probably weigh close to the same for this contest, however I do have more muscle definition than I did last time, so maybe I should weigh a few pounds more.

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[quote]Powerpuff wrote:
[quote]Thunder Cat wrote:

Awesome! I thought we might have similar proportions. I'm not quite 5'2", or glass half full, I'm 5'6" in heels. ;) And that's great that shoulders and lats come easy for you. I think the only thing that's come easy for me is calves (which I don't have to train), and TRAPS - ugh. I'm focusing hard on building more shoulder. Despite all my lifting, I still wear the smallest size I can find in a jacket.

Nice to see the training pics. I never do single leg glute bridges. I think that's what that is. Nice. It's all about activation. And you are now a month or so into your cut? Keep us posted and best of luck. You've done this before. Go to it!
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Laterals are my favorite shoulder exercise!! Everyone has strengths and weaknesses. My hamstrings and glutes are MAJOR weaknesses, and difficult for me to make the mind/muscle connection with those body parts.

I was doing glute bridges a with 100 pound barbell across my stomach, it was really awkward to do. This woman Debbie at my gym (she is a former professional bodybuilder from the 1980s and is in AMAZING shape) told me about the single leg glute bridges. I like them better because I don't need a weight and if you use a step stool or something you get a larger range of motion!

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The Mighty Stu
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I'd like to say that Cat held up like a champ during her sister's Superbowl party this past Sunday. It's amazing, but I think I'm bothered a lot more watching my girl go through this than when I'm doing it to myself.

All in all, she's doing her thing in spite of the crazy schedule she's always dealing with. Getting the cardio in, downing all her supps (gotta remind her about that a lot -lol), carrying tupperware every place she goes... ahhhh good times, good times! I did manage to perk her up a bit yesterday when she was surprised by a gift wrapped box of Red Velvet Pop Tarts upon returning from the gym :)

S

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Thunder Cat wrote:
Laterals are my favorite shoulder exercise!! Everyone has strengths and weaknesses. My hamstrings and glutes are MAJOR weaknesses, and difficult for me to make the mind/muscle connection with those body parts.

I was doing glute bridges a with 100 pound barbell across my stomach, it was really awkward to do. This woman Debbie at my gym (she is a former professional bodybuilder from the 1980s and is in AMAZING shape) told me about the single leg glute bridges. I like them better because I don't need a weight and if you use a step stool or something you get a larger range of motion!


About BB glute bridges, awkward for sure and they can be a pain to setup. I did some minor nerve damage laying 150 lb BB across my hips and ending up with numbness on one of my thighs for a couple of months. I like this idea better. I'll try them with a stool. Thanks.

About ham activation - me too. We're all different, but being quad dominant is a pretty common complaint. Ham and Lat activation are both a constant source of frustration for me.

I was going to add about dieting, I'd assume you might get to be a little heavier for your competition this time. You can keep your fingers crossed. Going from 124 to 103 would be tough. That's not an ordinary, "I need to loose 20 pounds" on someone with your frame. I'd guess that after your show, your maintenance weight will be somewhere in the 108-112 range. It will be very, very fun to see you progress.

Good for you for going for it, even though life is so busy right now. It will be worth it.

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