I did have a little bobble in my routine- my hand slipped during one of my moves, but I kept on going and smiling. I didn't let it throw me off. After all I had worked so hard to have this one chance on stage to show my athleticism in 2 minutes. How well I did in practice didn't matter. This was it. I had to perform under pressure.
Then I was judged in my 2 piece suit. I knew I was ready. I hit each pose with confidence. Even though I wasn't one of the "biggest" or most muscular girls, I had the symmetry, condition, and overall aesthetic look.
I was super happy with my "abs". My body type just doesn't hold onto abs and so "onstage" was their peak performance.
I was lean and had trained for such a long time with 100% that I was just so happy I did my best and didn't give up.
Months previous it was hard to keep up the regimen. There were many days I thought, "I'll just get hurt and then I won't be able to compete."
I had been afraid I wouldn't succeed at the national level so I would try to talk myself out of it. Making up excuses of how tired, hurt, or whatever.
I overcame that self doubt and used it to drive what I wanted to do- just compete and see if I too could become an IFBB Pro and be in the fitness magazines.
Finally was the 1 piece round. The only difference is that your abs are covered. This was actually a good round for me because again, I had great symmetry or balance. My shoulders matched my legs and I had nice curves, even on my "thin" frame.
I felt great. That self doubt was no more. I had confidence that no matter what I place, I gave 100%. I did my best for ME. I was the only one that knew how hard I worked and I WAS HAPPY with my effort.
That's the silent attitude I kept the whole time. That I was here to win and I knew I was ready. I keep pumping myself up, in my head.
So how did it all work out at Nationals? The biggest and toughest show of the year?
I earned 1st place as the NPC 2004 Tall Class Fitness Champion.
WOW, me? Me? Really! I am now an IFBB Fitness Pro. I earned my Pro card!
It was an accomplishment others told me I couldn't achieve because I was too tall, or didn't have enough muscle, or wasn't a strong enough "gymnast" or even that I hadn't put "my time in".
My hard work paid off that day with an achievement that I PUT THE WORK in to achieve- 100%.
I was the best that day and I was rewarded for it.
While it was a huge bonus to win and earn my IFBB Pro card, ultimately I was completely satisfied with my preparations. I told myself going into the competition, no matter where I placed, I knew I gave it my all. I did everything I could have and I was proud of myself. Nobody could take away my hard work.
I'll tell you more about that next week.
If you have a goal, what's holding you back?
Honestly, most of the time it is us- we hold ourselves back.
When will you be ready to step up to your goal?
Nobody is ever "ready" or the time "perfect".
You just have to be willing to work for it- through the good and the bad.
Turn your weakness into strengths.
Turn your dislikes into likes.
You have the power to take action and achieve your goals.
Stop holding yourself back and go for it!
~ Summer Montabone, CSCS
IFBB Fitness Pro, Mother of 2
Founder, Summer's Fitness & Team VIP Online
Coach to Champions in Life
PS- In case you are wondering. That other athlete that was boldy showing their confidence, did not win nor earn their pro card that day. Confidence is something you have when nobody is looking:) Cocky doesn't pay.