A bodybuilder’s birthday

Well, I made it to 34! And what a lovely day it was yesterday.

I started the day with breakfast in bed brought to me by my lovely husband. And present-opening, of course!

Then I went to the gym (someone said yesterday “oh, well, happy birthday for tomorrow: I guess you’ll have a day off training then?” – erm, no, training is my time, my treat, my passion. A day off on my birthday is the last thing I’d do!) It was chest/shoulder day, and this is what I did after a warm up:

Press ups and dips
Flat barbell presses (Olympic bar+ 22.5kgs, 22.5kgs, 20kgs)
Incline dumbbell presses (with 18kgs)
Incline flys (with 16kgs)
Clean and presses (Olympic bar +10kgs) superset with dumbbell shoulder presses (with 12kgs)
Weighted abs work

Wish I had a spotter for chest day!

(At least I think that’s all I did, I can’t find my notebook. I think I might have left it at the gym so I’ll edit this post if that list is incomplete).

Then I came home and ate some birthday cake: bodybuilder-birthday cake that is. I would give you the recipe but quite honestly it didn’t turn out at all well. 😦 However, most of my adapted baking recipes do, and I’m going to do a baking post very soon (with a discount code for MyProtein.com which is where I get my savoury/unflavoured protein powders from).

Then my best mate came to see me – the one whose hen-party I went to just a couple of weeks out from my comp. She’s not sporty but she’s amazingly supportive. In fact, two nights before my comp, she Skyped me so I could practice posing via video link and try out my routine on her. 😀 She’d brought me a loaf/cake too, made from one of my coach’s recipes (you can see it here – date and walnut cake). Love you, Wendy!

Today marks exactly 10 weeks out (including peak week… so some people might say nine weeks out) from the BNBF Finals. In 70 days time I’ll be awake and applying that final coat of tan… I’m looking forward to each one of those days and I’m going to squeeze every minute from them as I continue my prep.

And with that, I’m off to the gym – leg day! 😀

Do I share a birthday with any of my readers? Do you bake yourself birthday cakes? Aaaaand… where’s my card?!

A bodybuilder’s birthday is a post from The Fit Writer blog.

Nicola Joyce – the Fit Writer – is a freelance copywriter and journalist who writes for the sport and fitness industry. Her main website is here.


10 Responses to A bodybuilder’s birthday

  1. Wendy says:

    Love you lots too Bezzie.

    Tip to readers 2 cups in the recipe does not equate to 16 dried ounces of oats as a conversion chart online might suggest. Nope.

    Not unless you want the cakes to double as small hand weights. Cakes / bricks – doubley useful! ;0)


    • thefitwriter says:

      If I hadn’t already bought your wedding gift I’d get you the “cups” measurer thingy! Seriously though mine was pennies from Robert Dyas. You can’t marry an American man and not be able to cook with cups!

      I have to admit one of the bricks cakes is in the freezer – I will enjoy it after my next comp! I really appreciate you going to the effort of emailing Kat and everything – really thoughtful of you. xx


  2. Happy belated, strong girl! (oh, would love to send you a card..here’s a *HUG* instead:)


  3. Erika says:

    happy birthday!!! my birthday is just over a week away and i definitely plan on working out and baking myself a cake too 🙂 haha


  4. Kat Millar says:

    Sounds like a great birthday!!
    My kinda day – Training, friends, family – and healthy cake!!
    Great weights Nic, you’re on FIRE!!! xox


  5. Happy birthday!! I just caught up on all your competition posts and i loved them. Yes i originally thought you were doing figure but physique was way more badass! Congratulations again on your awesome win 🙂


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