Arnold Classic Champion 2017

I only went and won the Arnolds USA !!!!!! 

Ok, so can someone pinch me ? Am I dreaming ? I am the Arnolds Amateur Fitness Champion and I met Arnold Schwarzaneggar ? SAY WHAT ? Living the dream. 

What a fantastic trip that was. Not only did I take home a first place trophy, but I met the big man himself.  I am accomplishing all of my dreams and it feels fantastic. 

If you want to watch then here is my VLOG of the whole trip !

British Finals 2016

2ND PLACE AT THE BRITISH !

Last Sunday I competed in my last competition of the season.  It was the big one ! The British Championships ! After my top 6 placing at the Arnolds I was still buzzing. I had set myself a goal this time of top 3. I was determined to get it. My gymnastics teacher and I fit in 3 intense gymnastics sessions to try and tweak and add to my routine in those 2 short weeks between comps, and my coach Eddie wanted to bring me in even tighter.  I soon surpassed my goal and landed the runner up spot ! 2nd place against the amazing Emma Paveley, who won the recent Arnolds title, and is the 3 x British Champ. My second ever time competing in the fitness category and I came runner up to her ! BUZZING. To me this felt like a personal win. I honestly was aiming for that 3rd spot. I believed that could be mine. Of course I believed that better than that was still possible, and I proved that I could do it ! Those little tweaks were so damn worth it and donning a silver, glitzy bikini and presenting my usual over the top, happy self worked wonders.  My goal now is to improve even more and go for gold next year.  I know I have what it takes. It's just applying it, working as hard as I possibly can and bringing the best me to each and every competition I enter next year.  My placing has qualified me for next years British, Arnolds and Diamond Cup. My focus is to try and qualify for the Europeans and Worlds too so watch this space. It's off season time ... but not for long :D

Last Sunday I competed in my last competition of the season. 

It was the big one ! The British Championships !

After my top 6 placing at the Arnolds I was still buzzing. I had set myself a goal this time of top 3. I was determined to get it. My gymnastics teacher and I fit in 3 intense gymnastics sessions to try and tweak and add to my routine in those 2 short weeks between comps, and my coach Eddie wanted to bring me in even tighter. 

I soon surpassed my goal and landed the runner up spot ! 2nd place against the amazing Emma Paveley, who won the recent Arnolds title, and is the 3 x British Champ. My second ever time competing in the fitness category and I came runner up to her ! BUZZING. To me this felt like a personal win. I honestly was aiming for that 3rd spot. I believed that could be mine. Of course I believed that better than that was still possible, and I proved that I could do it ! Those little tweaks were so damn worth it and donning a silver, glitzy bikini and presenting my usual over the top, happy self worked wonders. 

My goal now is to improve even more and go for gold next year. 

I know I have what it takes. It's just applying it, working as hard as I possibly can and bringing the best me to each and every competition I enter next year. 

My placing has qualified me for next years British, Arnolds and Diamond Cup. My focus is to try and qualify for the Europeans and Worlds too so watch this space.

It's off season time ... but not for long :D

SURPRISE !!! Arnold Classic Europe !!!

FROM BIKINI FITNESS TO WOMENS FITNESS 

WOW !!! What a week it has been !!!

Last weekend I was in Barcelona competing at the Arnold Classic Europe 2016. I had been off season for 7 months before starting prep for this huge competition. 7 months of no visible abs is a long time. I enjoyed myself to say the least. I overindulged, I went to Thailand, I enjoyed cake more than once ;) But my god was I excited and ready to start prepping again. 

Starting prep was tough as I had had so long off and it did take me a while to get back in to the flow of it. After a few meltdowns and some tears, I decided to join Team Savage. With only 7.5 weeks until the Arnolds, and prepping myself up until that point, I was panicking ever so slightly. My coach Eddie filled me with confidence and got stuck in straight away. 

My focus was BACK. 

Prepping yourself is HARD ! I have done it multiple time, often winning trophies in the process, which is amazing. However, it is difficult to see your progress at times, and when you are writing your own diet plans you can often allow yourself things that a different coach wouldn't. Someone telling you YES and NO and with a completely different set of eyes can be extremely beneficial. Infact, it IS beneficial and with me moving from bikini to fitness, I was entering a whole other realm of prep life. 

I kept it a secret from most, and decided to move to fitness back in June ... not exactly long before the competition in September ! But WOW, I prefer it sooooo much already ! 

NO MORE RUNNING !!!!!!!! 

So bikini fitness is super slender, super beautiful and super tiny. This is achievable, absolutely but I have a lot of muscle. I clearly have the genetics for muscle building and as an 100% natural athlete, a dancer since the age of 4yrs old and lover of heavy squats ... my quads were forever getting me in trouble ! Too muscly ! WHAT ? Nooooo ! Yep, sad but true. And the only way to decrease a muscle ? Stop training it ! So that was it. No quad training whatsoever in months - nearly a year ! Long distance running instead, to attempt to bring those bad boys down. Yes, they possibly decreased in size ever so slightly, but as did the rest of me. You can't spot reduce, you also can't change genetics and completely alter how you were built ! You were given a body and you need to work with that body the way that suits YOU... and I was beginning to learn bikini was not it ! Running made me miserable. Low calories made me miserable. Avoiding heavy leg training made me miserable ... heck, I was even paranoid about walking up stairs, incase my quads activated too much ! That's no way to live, and after all this is meant to be fun. So... I decided to make a change.

WOMENS FITNESS ! 

That is what I'll do ! Let's give it a go, what's the worst that can happen ?

So I saw Eddie, and we got cracking. No more KETO. No more running. I was happier already !

For the first time in months I did heavy squats, leg extensions, leg press - and I loved it. I felt like the old me again, absolutely loving my training. Enjoying training only made the dieting that much easier as I knew I was working towards a goal that I felt I was better suited to.

Gymnastics practice commenced. This was fun. New and exciting. A challenge. Something to push me to try new things and push new boundaries. No, I am no gymnast but I am a dancer so the performing aspect of Womens Fitness definitely excited me beyond belief. It also made me incredibly nervous and a little bit apprehensive but hey, isn't that part of the buzz ?

So 7.5 weeks later I stepped on stage, my secret finally out there !

And I walked away with an Arnold Classic trophy !!!!!!!!!!!

My first international trophy !!!!!!!!

I placed 6th in an incredible line up of extremely talented fitness ladies ! I was up against the likes of the British Champion, the European Champion, the Diamond Cup Champion to name a few !!!! And there was me, first timer, rookie, novice ... taking home a trophy for the UK ?!

What a buzz. I am so glad I decided to make the move and I am now prepping in my final week for this years British Finals where I get to do it all again. 

Let's see what happens :D 

Kate xxx

Walden Farms Delivery

Had an amazing parcel arrive the other day. Was super heavy and in a huge box ... was wondering what on earth I had ordered and from who... well we are getting close to Christmas now so goodness knows what's going to be arriving !

I was extremely pleased to see a whole load of awesome Walden Farms goodies. They include my favourite - chocolate syrup and new fave Mocha Coffee Creamer plus soooo much more.

I will gradually get through them all and review them. The best thing about Walden Farm's products is that they're GUILT FREE ! They are all marked as Near Zero ... meaning extremely low or no calories. 

Too exciting!  

  Excuse Tallulah Sphynx in the background ! (Yep she's wearing a jumper) 

 

Excuse Tallulah Sphynx in the background ! (Yep she's wearing a jumper) 

Will keep you posted... an assortment of dressings, syrups and spreads YUMMY !

THANKS WALDEN FARMS 😄😄😄 

Photoshoot with Dominic Dean

Monday Madness

Back to work ! Still buzzing from yesterdays win.

Todays job was so much fun. Shooting with Dominic Dean.

Here are a few of the pictures from the shoot. 

It is a mixture of lingerie, implied nude and a different twist on fitness and the body.

Location: Mumu Maidstone