Group PT and posing practise

Phew, yesterday was full on! My head is spinning, full of fantastic information after meeting up with my coach Kat Millar and a female bodybuilding competitor she knows. Annie Uelese was kind enough to invite me to her house, take a look at my physique, help me with posing and finally give me her thoughts on which show/s I have the potential to do best in. So I now have some dates in the diary! Countdown to showtime is officially on!

Let’s back up a bit.

I started my day (after a tortuous time on the tube network) at Kat’s personal training studio in Farringdon, where I gatecrashed one of her Saturday morning group personal training sessions. Anna, Angela and Jess, thank you so much for letting me join your group and train with you! I had great fun and worked really hard. I love the singleminded solitude of training by myself but from time to time it’s great to train with others, and yesterday was one of those days.

After warming up with medicine balls and kettlebells, we did a lot of partner work with medicine balls, some agility work as a group and even some fun “games” with press ups etc as forfeits, none of which would have worked by myself. I’ve been focusing on slower lifting work in the gym recently, so the series of bunny hops, fast step ups, jumps and running was a (good) shock to my system.

We finished off our hour’s sweatfest with partner-assisted stretching which was a real treat. Thank you, Angela, for the help with stretching (all 55kgs of you!) and for the mini back massage which you threw in for free!

Jess, Anna and Angela are all obviously working very hard with Kat and I wish them all the best with their individual strength, nutrition and fitness goals. Hopefully I’ll see you again soon, ladies! Train hard! XX

From there, Kat and I made our way to NW London to meet Annie Uelese, Kiwi figure competitor. You know how you always meet someone in every sport who is willing to give up their time, knowledge and experience to help out a stranger? Annie is one of those people. She filled my head with helpful information, suggestions and practical ideas and let me hang out at her house for hours asking her questions about bodybuilding and figure.

She took at a look at me and told me which class of bodybuilding/which federation she thought I was best suited to, explaining the subtle differences. She then took me through all the poses I’d need to do, tweaking my technique and manipulating me into the right position. Posing is really hard work and very precise, and Annie’s help was incredibly useful (even if I am aching today – yes, from posing!)

So, I now have a couple of shows earmarked, dates in the diary and – of course – a countdown! That’s what I’ve been missing and needing, and I know the weekly countdown is going to give my training and nutrition an even sharper focus.

Here they are:
– 3 July
BNBF show (figure class)
17 July NPA show (figure, possibly physique class)

and, as plan Bs (just in case):
– 7 August BNBF show
– 15 August NPA show
– 12 Sept NPA show (I may do this one anyway, as it’s in Kent – my homeland!)

So, that gives me 16 weeks to keep on building size and symmetry before cutting down to reveal all my hard work! Oh, and to practise posing, develop some stage presence, and…and…and…

Thank you so much to Annie for your generosity, time and insights. And thank you as ever to Kat – great to train with you and the ladies at your group PT session in London. May the groups go from strength to strength, it’s a brilliant way to train!

Do you have a mentor in your sport? Do you do group personal training?

Group PT and posing practise is a post from The Fit Writer blog.

8 Responses to Group PT and posing practise

  1. Shambler says:

    Hey Nic! How EXCIIIIITING! Unfortunately, I won’t be able to make the July 3rd date as I’ll be on my massage course – but I should be able to make July 17th – WEEEEEEEE!

    Looking forward to seeing you on Tuesday for your massage and a proper catch up!



  2. Joob says:

    Correct me if I’m wrong, but if you are going to be bulking for the next 16 weeks before cutting down for the show… doesn’t that only leave you about 3 weeks of cutting before the July 7 show?

    I don’t know if Figure over there is different than in the states, but 3 weeks of cutting isn’t even half the time you would need to get lean enough to compete here. (even with starting as lean as you are! You look awesome in those pictures btw!)

    I began cutting for my bodybuilding shows 25 weeks out… which was a bit far but these are my first shows and we didn’t know what roadblocks I might hit. (It was a good thing I started early too… I hit a wall my first 5 weeks and lost no fat at all). Are these your first shows?!?! I’m so excited to follow your journey to the stage!!!!!!!!!!!!


    • thefitwriter says:

      Hey hi! I realised after I hit publish that I hadn’t written that very well πŸ˜‰ I meant I have 16/17 weeks total to my first show (and yes this is my first show – this sport is brand new to me. I’m from an endurance sport background although I’ve always lifted).

      Thanks for reading πŸ™‚ Nic


  3. Christina says:

    You have amazing delts missy!! I’m am jealous πŸ˜€ Good luck preparing for you show!!


    • thefitwriter says:

      Oh thank you! Shoulders session this morning so they are sorrrrre right now! My background is in swimming so that’s probably why – good delts, good lats…overactive traps (!)

      Nic πŸ™‚


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