Please know that I haven’t developed an unhealthy body-image issue.  It’s been almost 6 months and today I was looking for a video, came across a a clip I recorded of myself practicing my routine two days before the competition and watched it.  And that’s when I figured out why I hate my show pictures so much.  I thought I looked different.  I knew what I looked like two days before and my physique looked different on stage.

I worked soooooo hard in the off season to bring up my glutes.  I have so many things to work on, I know, but I really targeted that one spot.  So when I saw pics from the show, I was really surprised to see… cellulite?  Maybe it’s just a posing issue, but two days prior to the show, I looked better.  Without a tan, standing in sunlight washed out – I see glutes.  On stage – nada.  Looks like I lost a nice cut in my left hamstring, too.  I am NOT a happy camper.  >:-/

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Both pics were from the same spot in my routine.  Leg pose was set, but the arm pose changed a second later.

But the glutes were so disappointing.

My lats were what I expected.  The mid back wasn’t there and I knew that.

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The mid back has been coming in more since the strongman competition.  (Sorry, I don’t have a current picture that does it justice.)

I’m not exactly sure what will be different for the next show, but I KNOW things will be different.  A different off-season, definitely a different prep, and I’ll start talking to different people.  New ideas are good.  Summer 2015 –  I’m not in a hurry.  Just keep making improvements for a solid year before I have to think about putting it through the stress of a prep again.  I’ve done two shows, enjoyed it, I know I’ll compete again, but I won’t ever have the physique I see in my mind unless I do this patiently and methodically.

I also had an idea about taking a dance class.  I need to learn how to move so I can have a cooler routine.

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