Please know that I haven’t developed an unhealthy body-image issue. It’s been almost 6 months and today I was looking for a video, came across a a clip I recorded of myself practicing my routine two days before the competition and watched it. And that’s when I figured out why I hate my show pictures so much. I thought I looked different. I knew what I looked like two days before and my physique looked different on stage.
I worked soooooo hard in the off season to bring up my glutes. I have so many things to work on, I know, but I really targeted that one spot. So when I saw pics from the show, I was really surprised to see… cellulite? Maybe it’s just a posing issue, but two days prior to the show, I looked better. Without a tan, standing in sunlight washed out – I see glutes. On stage – nada. Looks like I lost a nice cut in my left hamstring, too. I am NOT a happy camper. >:-/
Both pics were from the same spot in my routine. Leg pose was set, but the arm pose changed a second later.
But the glutes were so disappointing.
My lats were what I expected. The mid back wasn’t there and I knew that.
The mid back has been coming in more since the strongman competition. (Sorry, I don’t have a current picture that does it justice.)
I’m not exactly sure what will be different for the next show, but I KNOW things will be different. A different off-season, definitely a different prep, and I’ll start talking to different people. New ideas are good. Summer 2015 – I’m not in a hurry. Just keep making improvements for a solid year before I have to think about putting it through the stress of a prep again. I’ve done two shows, enjoyed it, I know I’ll compete again, but I won’t ever have the physique I see in my mind unless I do this patiently and methodically.
I also had an idea about taking a dance class. I need to learn how to move so I can have a cooler routine.