Entering a competition at the age of 47 alongside 35-year-olds in a bikini isn't easy. I remember being in my thirties and how quick it was for me to get shaped and toned for a special occasion. Now, at my age, it take a little longer to get the physique needed for competing. Who am I kidding, it takes a lot longer!
Although I have a tall, somewhat lean physique during my offseason, there are two areas of concern I needed to focus on the most: cellulite and a flat bottom. Yes, I was blessed with those genes. However, I wasn't going to use them as an excuse to keep me from reaching my goals.
If you visited my Fitness Fanatic Facebook page in the past two months, you may have noticed a phrase I used over and over again - bum bum. After April's event, I gained my weight back, and along with that, my cellulite reappeared. I gasped at the sight of the before picture my husband took of my backside. I remember thinking to myself, "Let the challenge begin."
I felt as if I were training my muscles in my buttocks (glutes) every day. I worked feverishly on getting them higher and tighter with weight training, interval treadmill workouts and an at-home exercise DVD.
I've read articles mentioning that eating clean and weight training will help reduce cellulite. I doubted what I read until I began training for competitions. I'm here to tell you, it worked for me.
Though I gained the weight back with the reappearance of cellulite, the combination of cardio, weight training, and eating super clean reduced it.
After making adjustments with my exercise and diet, I saw results I loved for this event even more so than April's competition. I will continue to make adjustments, working to raise the bum bum higher and get it tighter for next time, my new goal for the winter - I love a good challenge.
The following are a few of my favorite exercises for training glutes: Dumbbell step ups, deadlifts, a variety of squats and lunges, along with plyometric exercises.
I toned and shaped my legs with my high intensity interval treadmill workout, power walking and climbing at high inclines - keeping the glutes tight, with an all-out sprint on a zero incline for 30 seconds, repeating for a period of 25 minutes.
No matter what I place, my win is stepping on stage after months of hard training with a physique I can be proud of.
I won't use my genes as an excuse. I may have been born with them, but I don't have to live with them.