SIX PRO TIPS FOR FIRST-TIME COMPETITORS: FEATURING IPL PROS BEN LASCHE, DANIELLE PELA & BOB WILLS
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BEN LASCHE | IPL MEN’S BODYBUILDING & ATHLETIC PRO
#ONE HAVE PATIENCE! We live in a society of instant gratification. But in the process of building a physique that you love, it takes time. So, don’t rush. Give yourself a solid 12-16 weeks to diet properly and get yourself in really good condition with a low body fat level! Also, don’t get discouraged. It took me ten years to win my first competition and the patience paid off big time.
#TWO GET COACHING FROM SOMEONE WHO HAS EXPERIENCE IN THE SPORT, AND THAT YOU TRUST! It’s important to have someone to hold you accountable and to help you know where you should be throughout the process. It is also a major stress reliever to have someone in your corner who has been there before.
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DANIELLE PELA | IPL WOMEN’S SPORTS MODEL MASTERS PRO CHAMPION
#THREE BE PATIENT AND TRUST THE PROCESS. When I started training for my first competition, I spent a lot of time worrying that I wouldn’t be “stage ready” in time. I wanted to see instant results and improvements in my physique each week. Sometimes results from one week to the next are very noticeable and other times they are not. Rather than getting discouraged, stay the course knowing all that hard work you put in will pay off at the end.
#FOUR MAKE TRAINING FUN! I found CrossFit to be my favorite form of exercise. It made training something I looked forward to doing each time I headed to the gym. Not only that, but the training sessions were physically and mentally challenging. So, when I got through them, I felt a sense of accomplishment. Having a training program that helps boost your confidence is key!
BOB WILLS | IPL MEN’S MASTERS SPORTS MODEL & ATHLETIC PRO CHAMPION
#FIVE FIND A COACH AND TRUST THE PROCESS. Do not try to do this alone. A knowledgeable coach will encourage and guide you every step of the way. There will be some weeks where you will appear to make a lot of progress and other weeks not. Do not get discouraged. Trust the process. Your coach will make little changes as necessary to get you where you need to be the day of the show.
#SIX HAVE FUN! You only have one opportunity to be a first-time competitor. Enjoy the newness and excitement of the whole experience. You may have been in the audience at a previous show, but prepping for a show is a completely different experience. Deep down, you will know how hard you worked and practiced for the show. No matter where you place, you have already won walking in the door that morning! Now go out, have fun and show everyone the results of your hard work. You never know who or where you will inspire someone to make changes in their life for the better. You may even inspire a future first-time competitor. I look forward to seeing you at a show in the future!