Élan Strong Fitness

with Élan McAfee, CPT
Personal Training and Fitness Consultation

* One-on-one training through the Hot Springs YMCA

* Online coaching through Fitocracy

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Reflections on the NPC Bikini Competition

Many of you know that I recently competed for the first time in the NPC Arkansas State Bodybuilding Championships. Overall, I'm very happy with the results - I achieved a goal I worked toward for a year, gained some experience on the stage, and brought a medal home. Oh, and I qualified for Nationals next year!

It was an exhilarating experience where I met a lot of cool people with a focus on fitness and the sense of empowerment you gain from laboriously sculpting your own body. There were also some pretty terrifying and uncomfortable moments, but that hasn't deterred me from setting my sights on one more competition before the end of the year. That way, I can use what I learned and see if it helps my placement as a gauge of whether I want to invest in a Nationals-level competition. I placed 5th in the Master's Bikini class, which is great but not as well as I had hoped.

Once it was all over, I reviewed the photos and some blurry video footage my husband took of my portion of the event. It didn't take long to figure out why I hadn't placed higher. I brought a competitive body, but my posing was off. Truthfully, it sucked, and I'm actually surprised I placed at all. I had spent all of my time and energy on my training and diet while completely neglecting how to wow the judges once on stage. That wasn't the smartest move on my part. So, I'm determined to learn from that, practice my posing regularly, and bring a better me to October's competition.