I attended my first NPC Figure Competitions on Friday. I was getting really discouraged about competing and it being my first time and all. I really needed this.
Things I Learned:
- A lot of people lose weight the unhealthy way, they have a dull look to them. I don’t want to be like this, I want to still have a glow.
- TAN TAN TAN is a must, and it has to be right. I saw a lot of orange people.
- Have a cute suit. I saw a lot of pretty ones.
- The girls are soooooo thin. I’m pretty sure I won’t place in my first competition, but I’m doing it for the experience anyway.
- The competitions are LONG! It was supposed to start at 7:30, it actually started closer to 8:30. I was there until 11 and I didn’t even make it through the whole pre-judging.
- Personality and stage presence is everything. The people who stood out were attractive, had nice bodies, and flirted with the judges and audience.
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I am really excited to be apart of this movement. I am all about empowering women and fitness and this ties in both in a really cool and major way.
Declare a goal. Then show us how it’s done.
Together we’re redefining the female athlete by setting epic goals and pushing past where we’ve ever been and where we thought we could go. Join us. Set your own personal goal. Then document your journey by posting videos and photos that tell your story from start to victory.
We’ll continuously post challenges for you. But that’s just the beginning. Show us your journey. Show us what makes your story the one that stands out from the rest. If you meet your goal, set a new one. Make it even bigger. Prove to everyone, and yourself, that you have more than what it takes.
Every week we’ll give away Under Armour Swag Bags full of gear to women who are seriously getting it. We’ll also feature profiles on our home page and in the “Top Performers” section of women who are really setting an example for all of us.
After 8 weeks, we’ll announce the 10 finalists who’ve documented the most impressive, motivated, monumental stories.
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Three winners will be flown to Costa Rica to attend a four-day yoga and surf retreat. In addition to the lessons led by world-class instructors, winners will be treated to transformative massages, spa treatments and healthy, locally-sourced meals prepared by personal chefs. All while staying in plush accommodations looking out at the ocean. A retreat worthy of the women who earn it.
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Here are my measurements today, compared to last month:
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Anyone trying to lose weight has probably done every plan, diet and exercise fad that is currently available on the market. There seems to be a compulsion to eliminate an entire food group, eat only one food group or take special pills and powders that promise instant weight loss. The truth is, everyone knows that the only way to lose weight is to eat less and exercise more. You have to burn more calories than you take in if you want to lose five pounds or 50. The math is simple, and there is no magic cure. If you are having trouble burning off more calories than you consume, you might want to make an adjustment to your exercise routine. This is often more appealing than shaving off even more calories from your daily diet.
One way to increase the number of calories you burn is to try an intense exercise program such as plyometrics. This type of exercise is done by athletes to increase their physical performance when they compete. You don’t have to be an athlete to benefit, though. In addition to making you strong, faster, leaner and more flexible, plyometrics will also help you lose weight. The number of calories you burn during a plyometrics training session will more than compensate for any foods you have eaten that you maybe shouldn’t have. The short, intense bursts of physical activity will burn calories quickly, helping you lose weight and turn fat into muscle.
Plyometrics involves jumping, lunging and squatting. You will be required to work your body to its limits, and to keep doing it until you feel the results. Many people who do plyometrics use equipment such as benches, boards and other raised surfaces. With these props, you can jump on and off of them, working your legs and your heart and burning calories with every move. If you do not have any raised surfaces, you can improvise. Run up a flight of stairs two at a time to give yourself a good plyometrics workout. You can also do huge jumps from a squatting position or practice lunges that stretch your leg muscles and require you to move yourself up and down quickly.
Squat jumps, lunge jumps and any other jumping motion that requires you to move quickly with sudden, intense bursts of strength will help you get a thorough plyometrics workout. Even jumping on and off a box is a good way to burn a lot of calories quickly. You will also notice an increase in your leg strength. You waist and stomach will get toned and your endurance levels will improve as well.
If your weight loss has hit a wall, or you find your basic walks on the treadmill are not doing much for your fitness routine, give plyometrics a try. It will be challenging, especially if you are not accustomed to intense and difficult physical movements, but the results will be worth it. You will lose weight more quickly than you would with other forms of exercise, and you can do it without cutting back on additional calories.
This post was written for Pretty Girl Fit by Dr. David Kulla. Dr. Kulla is a licensed Synergy Wellness and a nutritionist as well as owner of Synergy Wellness in Manhattan.
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What is Bikram Yoga?
Living yoga master Bikram Choudhury is a hot yoga innovator. His method is a set series of 26 postures, including two pranayama exercises, each of which is performed twice in a single 90-minute class. Choudhury, who was born in Calcutta, India in 1946, was a yoga champion in his youth, as was his wife Rajashree. In 1974, the Choudhurys founded the Yoga College of India in Beverly Hills, California, to teach his method, which soon became one of the most popular styles of yoga asana practiced in the west.
In 2002, Choudhury successfully copyrighted his series of 26 poses done in a hot room and has since been involved in a number of legal disputes, both over the unauthorized use of his name, and, more recently, the use of his method under a different name. Choudhury successfully sued a Los Angeles yoga studio in 2003 for copyright and trademark infringement. He became the defendant in 2004, when he was sued by a San Francisco-based collective of hot yoga teachers who had received cease-and-and desist letters over their unlicensed use of the Bikram method. The plaintiffs argued that yoga cannot be copyrighted, but reached a settlement in 2005, in which Choudhury agreed not to sue them and they agreed not to use the Bikram name. Choudhury filed another high-profile suit in 2011, this time against the New York-based studio Yoga to the People, which offers yoga classes by donation in several U.S. cities. Bikram remains a very controversial figure in the yoga world.
This was my first time doing Bikram and third time doing hot yoga period. I brought my Pilates mat like a dumbass so the instructor finally got me a yoga mat. It was hot, but not unbearable. I sweated my ass off. As soon as I got home I ate and went to sleep. It does take a lot out of you.