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Lights, Camera, Action!

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One of my favorite clients, Erin, who has blogged about her trails and tribulations as a bikini competitor, is competing today in Upper Marlboro in the OCB Eastern Regionals.  I couldn’t be more excited and proud of her.

2015-4-11-Makeup-aErin has been working hard to transform her physique even when there is nobody in the gym to push her.  Beyond grinding through all the difficult workouts, Erin and I have been working on her posing technique so she can wow all the judges.  Believe me, she won’t have a problem doing that at all!

Beyond all the work leading up to a competition, when the lights come on and the cameras are firing, everthing has to be just right, from a sparkling new tan to hair and makeup.  That’s where I come in.  I love all the girlie stuff and have prepped many women before their competitions.

2015-4-11-Makeup-bFor those of you unfamiliar with the OCB, it is the Organization of Competitive Bodybuilders.  To compete in the OCB, you must submit to polygraph and drug testing.  The organization promotes natural bodybuilding.

Judging in bikini competitions is based on having an overall healthy-looking toned body with good symmetry, shape, fullness, balance and proportion with good poise, posture, confidence, stage presence and comfortable presentation. Other factors that can affect overall appearance are skin tone, complexion, suit fit, hair and make-up. Bikini competitors should not display an abundance of muscle size, deep muscle separation, or muscle striations.

Erin has been diligently training for months and looks absolutely gorgeous.  I know she will dominate the stage with her physique, beauty and poise.  Wish her luck, though I don’t think she needs any!

Tales of a Bikini Competitor – Pt. 2

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The words still haunt me.  “It just seems to me that anyone who feels the need to walk around mostly naked in some beauty contest like that with men leering at them must have something wrong with them,” uttered my Mom as my brain turned to static.  I love my Mom and she’s a kind, generous soul, but she just doesn’t get it!

erin-ocbBikini competition training can feel quite isolating at times.  During my early morning workouts, the place is a ghost town.  Sure, the televisions drone on.  The elliptical I’m on creates a familiar whirling sound.  I have a workout plan and goals to hit, but there is no trainer in my face cracking a whip.  There isn’t the hustle and bustle of a crowded gym.  And there is no workout partner.

The isolation became apparent the day a familiar song started blaring in my headphones.  While the song is a real toe-tapper to begin with, I found myself singing along — no, owning — the repeating lyrics “I wanna get better.”  The Bleachers were not only keeping me company, but it felt like my own personal anthem.

I really DO wanna get better: Better disciplined at hitting my goals, in better competitive shape, and better at understanding the nutritional needs of my body.  But is there something more here?  My mom is not the only person who doesn’t understand this sport.  I’ve been told  by many people that I’m crazy.  They just don’t get it!

Is “better” eating fast food and cookies?  Is “better” laying on the couch watching Netflix for hours?  I’ve asked them what they think I should be doing instead, and no one is able to give me an answer.  If they do, they retort “I don’t know, but it’s not what you’re doing.”

erinfb-cI suspect what I’m being counseled in is along the lines of having balance and doing something in moderation.  It’s important to recognize that this is an individual sport with trophies, swords, and medals given to people, not teams, in reward for their fearless, tireless efforts.  Because of this, it further creates a training environment for each individual.  It’s also a temporary state of being during intense, well-defined show prep timelines.

The balance comes once the show tan wears off, the stage makeup washes away and the jeans go back on.  Our workouts become shorter, our night’s sleep longer and our social calendar fills.  What remains is our resiliency, accountability and discipline.  That can never be taken once we power through this process.

The lesson learned becomes obvious.  Cherish those who don’t understand why or how you’re training but support you anyway.  Hold close to you those who are there for you at your worst, not just your best.  Tell your Mom you love her, but ask her to stay home on show day.  Know deep down that she only wants what’s best for you.  And finally, smile when you tell the people in your life you’re working on “getting better.”  Because you are getting better, each and every day.

By: Erin Merritt (Trained by Jerry Ward and Jessica Jessie)

P.S.  Erin will be competing in the OCB Eastern Regional Finals and I couldn’t be more proud of her.  I KNOW she will rock the stage!  Wish her luck this weekend!  Jess

MOST Fitness magazine

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I’m so proud to be contributing to a new fitness magazine called “MOST Fitness.”  My first article is about the benefits of working out with a partner.

best friendMy first article features pics with my cousin Sarah!  I never would have believed we’d be doing this when we were playing in a sandbox as kids!

Please check out the magazine online here: MostMag.com.  Here is a link to my spread: Jessica Jessie’s Pro Body Shop

We are also all over social media.  Here are the following links.  Please spread the word!

MostMagpub.com (Digital);  MostMagazine (Print)

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