Often in life, the best way to test your own knowledge of a particular subject is to teach to someone. I have had the pleasure of training clients and helping people in the gym for years. I recently had the opportunity to help two lovely young women prepare for Competitions and it was fantastic.
The first show was in New York City. The client competing in that show had experience and was a veteran. Some things were a no brainer for her and she really just needed me on show day for support and finishing touches.
The second show was this past weekend in Westchester County and the client competing in that show was a newbie. This was her first competition ever and she had been through a lot over the past couple of years to get to this point.
Both young women competed in the Figure Division of the Bodybuilding shows. Figure is near and dear to my heart because that is the division I have competed in for the last 10 years or so. Figure women typically have overall muscularity that is comparable to a gymnast. Broad, rounded shoulders, a wide back with a nice V-shape taper into a small waist, which then leads to a full, round gluteus, thick muscular legs and shapely calves. Basically, a muscular hourglass shape. I love the majority of the physiques because they have to be earned through hard work, yet the ladies still look feminine and curvaceous. This is not to take away from the other divisions, I just happen to be somewhat partial to this one.
It was incredible to be present at these events, backstage with rubber gloves and tanning lotion splattering on me at some points, and body glaze sprinkled all over my clothes by the end of the night. I had an endless number of competitors asking me “Excuse me, does my tan look ok?… Which way should I hit my pose?… Do you like these earrings?…” And so on and so forth. I made it. Yes, I am now a veteran. I am now a Coach, which is still not a word I use lightly. I am now leading people and guiding them through the process. Amazing.
While it is somewhat bittersweet because in some ways I wish I was up on a Pro stage somewhere, I am grateful for the opportunity to help others. I want to warn people of the bad practices that can lead to long term adverse affects. I also like to help people understand the ins and outs of this lifestyle. It certainly is not for everyone.
My clients have recognized that I’m different than many other “Coaches” out there. I hope I have made a lasting impression and that I continue to build my legacy one client at a time.