By ABB Athlete Alicia Harris
My mind runs 100 miles a minute and I get these urges to write down inspirations. If I wait too long, the thought's lost to oblivion! It's the same with working out. If I think too much about my workout, it might not get done. Basically, I just have to suck it up and get over myself.
Lingering in my head lately is a conversation with a competitor at the NPC Jr. Nationals. We started talking about contest prep, and I mentioned my inner struggles with working out. Needless to say, she was surprised to hear that even the Pros struggle. Almost always, I'm forcing myself to go to the gym, forcing myself to do cardio, sometimes forcing myself to just get out of bed.
One tip for making sure every day is productive: schedule a workout with a partner. Even the simple act of writing down a schedule can be enough to get you on your feet and headed out the door to the gym.
Right now, I'm a couple weeks into Olympia prep. The training and nutrition is going okay. For those who aren't familiar, Figure training is all about tweaking the physique, balancing structure, body conditioning and getting lean.
I pull inspiration from many things; my fellow competitors, friends, family, Church/Bible study, because I need every inch of upliftedness (my word) that I can get. I'm striving to break out of some bad habits, trying to become more structured and balanced in all aspects of life; mentally, emotionally, physically and spiritually. It sounds easy, and I can talk about it all day, but practicing it consistently can be challenging.
One of Alicia's Current Workouts
3 Rounds of:
* 20 Deadlifts
* 15 Cable Donkey Kicks (each leg)
* 50-Yard Sand Bag Carry
* 50/75 Pound Med Ball Platform Load (Atlas Stones)
* 50-Yard Alligator Walk on Gliders
* 20-Yard Handstand Walk
* 16 Hurdle Double Leg Jumps