[Insert super long and inspiring caption about working hard for something you want.] Honestly, it's getting a little old. πŸ˜‰ If you want to step on stage in a sparkly little bikini, you can. There are dozens of shows and opportunities to compete. Anyone can obsessively cut calories and run too much to get lean. There is also no shortage of bad advice, 'coaches' who will write you a 900 calorie meal plan with 2-a-day cardio, and people to pat your back when you are 13% body fat and trying to refrain from 'cheating' with a cheeseburger. πŸ€” I don't find it impressive. I'm impressed when a person takes care of their body, educates themselves on what a proper offseason looks like, takes time to sculpt a stage-worthy physique, meticulously cares for their metabolism, and engages in a healthy and safe prep. I refuse to condone sub-1,200 calorie meal plans or endless hours of cardio. I won't pat someone on the back for destroying their metabolism, thyroid, mind, and body. Competing can be fun and challenging. You push your body beyond the limits of your comfort zone and really see what you're capable of. Competing is not about glorifying how little carbs you can eat, how much cardio you can do, and how miserable you are while eating your cold tilapia out of a ziplock baggie. Watching women hashtag teamnocarbs and talk about how they can barely function day-to-day isn't inspiring. I'm inspired by women who make it a point to keep their carbs and calories as high as possible during a prep. Who practice evidence-based approaches to leaning out their body. Women who are in it for the right reasons. πŸ‘ŠπŸ½ I'm an advocate of health and always will be. If you want to step on stage, and you've given it a lot of thought, then do it! Just do it right. Find a coach who values your health more than they value your money. A coach who educates you and explains their process and methods. If something feels off (like a coach has 500 clients and starts you on 1,400 calories daily with only 'clean' foods and 45 minutes of cardio) then get out. It's never worth messing up your body for the next 3-5 years. ✌🏽#realtalk
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  • amandamariefitt[Insert super long and inspiring caption about working hard for something you want.] Honestly, it's getting a little old. πŸ˜‰ If you want to step on stage in a sparkly little bikini, you can. There are dozens of shows and opportunities to compete. Anyone can obsessively cut calories and run too much to get lean. There is also no shortage of bad advice, 'coaches' who will write you a 900 calorie meal plan with 2-a-day cardio, and people to pat your back when you are 13% body fat and trying to refrain from 'cheating' with a cheeseburger. πŸ€” I don't find it impressive. I'm impressed when a person takes care of their body, educates themselves on what a proper offseason looks like, takes time to sculpt a stage-worthy physique, meticulously cares for their metabolism, and engages in a healthy and safe prep. I refuse to condone sub-1,200 calorie meal plans or endless hours of cardio. I won't pat someone on the back for destroying their metabolism, thyroid, mind, and body. Competing can be fun and challenging. You push your body beyond the limits of your comfort zone and really see what you're capable of. Competing is not about glorifying how little carbs you can eat, how much cardio you can do, and how miserable you are while eating your cold tilapia out of a ziplock baggie. Watching women hashtag teamnocarbs and talk about how they can barely function day-to-day isn't inspiring. I'm inspired by women who make it a point to keep their carbs and calories as high as possible during a prep. Who practice evidence-based approaches to leaning out their body. Women who are in it for the right reasons. πŸ‘ŠπŸ½ I'm an advocate of health and always will be. If you want to step on stage, and you've given it a lot of thought, then do it! Just do it right. Find a coach who values your health more than they value your money. A coach who educates you and explains their process and methods. If something feels off (like a coach has 500 clients and starts you on 1,400 calories daily with only 'clean' foods and 45 minutes of cardio) then get out. It's never worth messing up your body for the next 3-5 years. ✌🏽#realtalk

  • alanna_goddardYour a gem for posting this girl πŸ‘Š
  • bbarengo@amandamariefitt ....just ran across this, been thinking of getting a coach to help me tighten up and loss alittle before summerπŸ€”β“What type of coaching do you offer? Online, I'm probably not close to you
  • amandamariefitt@bbarengo hello lovely. I coach 100% so location doesn't matter! πŸ’œ balancedbrunette@gmail.com (nutrition) or teamstrengthqueens@gmail.com (nutrition + customized lifting)
  • theradianthuman@amandamariefitt Dang! Did you delete that girl's comments? (The one who called bikini comps the gateway to bodybuilding)? I wanted to reply to her! I'll still say it though: Here's my perspective: I did a competition, and while my primary goal was yes to dip my feet in and experience the process, there was a part of me that wanted to do really well. At my first showπŸ˜„Which isn't impossible, but after being in the industry I see how much hard work is required to really do well, especially at the pro level. And many women are often so discouraged by not placing or winning that the turn to extreme methods to "speed up the process ". But if it's not sustainable, it's not worth it, IMHO. When I do compete again, there are two coaches that I would be willing to work with, because of BOTH their track record and honest feedback from their athletes. And I think that illustrates the message you are getting at, not discouraging πŸ˜„
  • viola14rodriguesAwesome status
  • amandamariefitt@theradianthuman I did delete them. There was a little cult of bad information going back and forth between a few ladies πŸ˜‚ exactly what I am trying to prevent. Normally I leave comments up... until they take a turn for the worst. Then they go away. Bye bye! lol I totally agree with everything you are saying. I just hate that fitness competitions have become 'THE THING' to do if you simply want to shape up. It's not a healthy way to go about it.
  • fitnessjrny81Love your message! I definitely needed to read this!
  • fitlodoSooooooooo true. Thank you for the honest post.
  • skylarsteinelLove!!
  • erin_o126πŸ™ŒπŸΌπŸ™ŒπŸΌπŸ™ŒπŸΌ
  • tereasa_cheriPREACH!! πŸ™ŒπŸ»
  • lyndsey_thacker@amandamariefitt what if you have already damaged your metabolism to the point that eating over 1200 calories doesn't result in body progress? I would love to eat more and still see progress, but when I do, the scale and progress pics stay the same. How do I undo the damage?
  • martharockwell@theradianthuman She did delete my post. I find it discouraging and hypocritical that you ladies are making fun of women training for a bikini competition. "Everybody and their mother doing them"She made a reference to bikini competitions to be the 5K of running and how anybody can do it. The gateway for bodybuilding? Maybe not, but thAt IS where a lot of women start then build up to physique or whatever. I don't know what I'm talking about? You're probably right. I've been an athlete my entire life, showing horses, triathlon, marathon runner, and now bodybuilding. I'm a newbie to the sport and find it a shame that ladies are so hypocritical. Didn't most of you reading step on stage? Didn't most of you do something to your bodies that was against nature? We should be here to build each other up, not tear down. I am a 40y.o. Mother of two and getting to the gym everyday is a struggle. I did want to do a show but reading posts like this?! I'll think twice.
  • amandamariefitt@martharockwell You are missing the point of the entire post. I have competed. My friends have competed. I coach competitors. I am not making fun of competitors. Bikini shows are a dime a dozen now and if someone wants to compete, they can. There are a bajillion opportunities for girls to step on stage (it's easier than ever) and even more coaches looking to cash in on the opportunity. My post was about THAT aspect of competing. Bad coaches, bad meal plans, ladies believing they are capable of selling meal plans and coaching after their first show, bad advice, low cal diets, too much cardio, messed up metabolisms, fucked up thyroids... I'm not tearing anyone down. If you want to compete, DO IT. Just do it the right way, with your health in mind. Find a coach that actually cares about you and your health, not just your money and placement. I am inspired by HEALTH and science not 900 calorie meal plans and bragging about 7 days of cardio. Does that make more sense? (And it's my IG. I will delete what I don't want on my feed. That's fair. 😘)
  • amandamariefitt@lyndsey_thacker You spend several months engaging in a reverse diet. βœŒπŸ½πŸ’œ
  • bbarengo@amandamariefitt thank you! Sent you an email...interested in price difference and programs❀️
  • amandamariefitt@bbarengo hi lovely. What email address did you send it to? I didn't get anything. (BalancedBrunette@gmail.com)
  • theradianthuman@martharockwell I was not at all making fun of women training for a bikini comp, I hope you did not interpret it that way. After all, I may compete againπŸ˜„ And as for the running reference, I have friends who are elite runners in events like the 3,000m and the 5,000m. And their training is no joke! I never implied that you don't know what you're talking about, because I don't know you personally. Two of my primary philosophies are "if you have a body, you are an athlete " (credit to Bill Bowerman) and "your body, your choice." That's awesome that you've come to bodybuilding, and that you've competed in the other sports for so long! I was just sharing my interpretation of what @amandamariefitt was saying. Both she and I want to see the women who compete in this (and any!!!) sport do it sustainably and from a place of self love and celebrating what our bodies are capable of. Which, as an athlete and a mother, you know from your own experience! However, there is a lot of misleading and damaging info out there. We just share what we know so others have it available to make an informed choice.
  • bossfitrigsawesome πŸ‘
  • healthy_fitness_sistersLove this post. Something I really needed to read! From a girl who WAS a cardio bunny who is NOW lifting πŸ’ͺxxxx
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