NPC Figure Competition Prep: Meet Our Rachel
A few weeks ago we posted a blog article What is a Figure Competion and we had an overwhelming number of views. This was a big sign that our readers are very interested in what it takes to compete, and what one has to go through in terms of training, diet, and the every day emotions to get up on stage. So we thought what a better way to give you more insight to what it's like in the day of a competitor than to follow one! Meet our sponsored TNT Nutrition athlete Rachel.
Rachel has been weight training for many years and has always had a dream to compete. That dream is becoming a reality after she joined TNT Nutrition's Sports Nutrition program in 2012. After many months of her nutrition being monitored and her training changed to follow TNT Fitness's failure training principles, her body transformed very quickly. Her first NPC Figure show in Maryland she placed 3rd!! For a new competitor that is quite an accomplishment, as she competed against women whom have been competing in the sport for many years! Since she placed in the top 5 in her height class, Rachel quickly became qualified for a figure national show, which she is now preparing for in July 2013 in Las Vegas. The national shows are opportunities to compete against the best figure competitors in the country for a shot of receiving a pro card where she can move on to compete internationally and represent the United States of America.
Rachel has been mentally and physically been preparing for Nationals now for months. On April 19, 2013 the clock to Nationals on July 27th 2013 in Las Vegas began ticking, and our cameras have begun recording. Rachel is completing a VERY intense 14-week figure competition prep diet and training regimen, which is very demanding not just physically but emotionally in her every day efforts to also juggle her roles as a mom, teacher, wife, and more. She has the full support of her nutrition coach Shelby, husband Patrick ("P"), and TNT Fitness Coach Adam McDaniel. Together, we all are pushing Rachel to keep pushing forward when the going gets tough, to ensure she eats another bite of chicken when she feels she's going to cluck, to get her feet moving on the treadmill when her energy is zapped. Competing is about pushing it beyond your personal limits, not everyone has what it takes to compete, but Rachel does.
Below you'll find a collection of video clips we've collaborated for you that have taken place over the last 2 weeks since her contest prep diet and training regimen went into full effect. She's currently weight training following the TNT Fitness failure training principles 3 days per week, and doing cardio 4 days per week. Her diet is gluten and dairy free, and is lower in carbohydrates, high in protein, and consists of 7 meals and snacks daily. The specifics of her nutrition intake have been customized for her gender, activity, goals, and current weight and body fat. She does the same diet day in and day out. No cheat meals, not a whole lot of anything. Sugar free gum is about the best it can get as a competitor!
Please leave your comments below for Rachel to read and respond to. Trust us when we say preparing for a national show is not easy! Sometimes it's the support around you that gets you to somehow keep going when you physically and emotionally are absolutely drained, and all you want to do is lay in bed all day. We hope you enjoy following us in her journey to the stage, and you too can help cheer and support Rachel as she gets ready for her big nationals debut! We'll keep you posted on Rachel's journey and also introduce to you our other TNT Nutrition Figure and Bikini competitors who are also getting ready for nationals! TNT Nutrition is taking 6 competitors to nationals this year, it's an exciting 2013!