Competition Prep and Coronavirus | The Bloq

Many of our followers are health rivals. For these of you who aren’t conversant in the world of bodybuilding and physique competitors, it requires months upon months of onerous work and dedication.

Lexie Clarke and Francisco Cicila are two Quest staff who’ve been present process that very same rigorous coaching. From adhering to a really strict weight loss plan plan and hitting the health club two to a few instances a day with a purpose to be prepared for the stage, it was a full-time job on prime of a full-time job. Like lots of you Questies, we’re dealing with the realities of coronavirus and what it means for our private and professional objectives.

We initially deliberate to share Lexie and Francisco’s journey with you, from their early days of preparation by ramping up for competitors to the ultimate outcomes. Then all the pieces modified. But simply because gyms and health competitions are closed or cancelled throughout the nation, doesn’t imply we’re not pleased with the onerous work and dedication from two of our staff. With that in thoughts, please get pleasure from our sit-down with Lexie and Francisco.

[this interview was conducted at the beginning of February, 2020]

Q: What began you down this pathway to competitors?

LEXIE: For me, health has at all times been such an enormous a part of my life. It’s my largest love and I’m at all times trying to find life’s subsequent problem. The concept of continually rising and pushing myself to my limits is probably the most rewarding problem, so competing within the health world made sense.

FRANCISCO: This is my first cycle of competitors, but it surely stemmed from one thing related. Fitness began as an escape in highschool to get away from a sure crowd I used to be hanging out with. From there it simply type of caught. Constantly attempting to problem myself and it grew into a life-style. I figured the following step so far as difficult myself is to make it aggressive. It’s my first time but it surely’s an fascinating course of already.

Q: Where does your ardour and drive come from to endure the struggles inherent in health competitors?

LEXIE: For me, I’m at all times attempting to push previous what I feel is my breaking level. It’s wonderful what occurs throughout this course of to your thoughts. You redefine your personal inconceivable since you encounter so many breaking factors the place you’re pressured to determine a technique to get by them. I imply, there are such a lot of wonderful athletes on the market and so they didn’t get the place they’re by simply staying snug.

FRANCISCO: I utterly agree with that. I consider that after I personally get snug, my potential goes to cease and I don’t need that. I feel that’s why I’m doing this. One of my largest idols is Kobe Bryant, so it’s onerous for me to only say ‘okay, I’m high-quality with the place I’m at’ – particularly in a sport or aggressive setting. That’s simply my mindset.


Q: Francisco, you talked about you bought into this to interrupt away from a crowd you have been working with. How did you make that swap and the way did that swap have an effect on the place you are actually?

FRANCISCO: Back in highschool I used to be hanging with the fallacious crowds. I wasn’t doing good in class, wasn’t displaying as much as class generally, issues like that. My uncle was the one who received me into health. As a child you possibly can’t make the connection, however he helped urge me to observe my love of sports activities by entering into health. I performed soccer and soccer my total childhood. And since I like sports activities and like to eat, he pushed me to get within the health club. It was a technique to get me out of the outlet I used to be in and break free from the course I used to be heading. It took some time, don’t get me fallacious. The first couple of months I’d go as soon as per week. Miss a month, go a day, miss per week. Then as soon as I began seeing the primary bits of pure progress, I used to be like ‘okay, now I’m gonna elevate this quantity of weight.’ That saved pushing me to wish to return day-after-day. Next factor I knew I used to be simply naturally gravitating towards that. I received excited to go. It received me away from that crowd and transferring within the course I’m now.


Q: We discuss to lots of people with related tales for our Transformation net collection. One of the extra frequent themes is that preliminary hump and the way troublesome it’s to vary your way of life. What would you say to of us who’re caught in that starting-up rut?

FRANCISCO: Oh, man. It takes some time (laughs) I’m not going to lie. It wasn’t till after my first 12 months and my uncle driving my ass about going [to the gym] that I lastly took it severely. It didn’t click on till I noticed these first outcomes. If you may get to that time, you’ll get hooked.


Q: Francisco appears like he had a strong motivator in his uncle. Lexie, did you might have the same expertise or was it extra of a self-motivation factor?

LEXIE: I might say it was largely self-motivated. Same trajectory although. Loved sports activities my total life, was an avid athlete. Moving into health growth was type of a ripple impact. In school I began to float away, you recognize, residing the standard school way of life, however even with hanging out with my buddies and visiting bars and all that I used to be nonetheless getting up the following morning and going to the health club. I really tried to inspire others to come back with me. When I noticed that this was part of me, I feel my path was actually much like Francisco. I might accomplish a objective and push myself additional. Eventually I reduce out the school way of life and actually began to focus. That’s once I began seeing actual progress and that’s the place competitors got here into play. It was a snowball impact of pushing, seeing outcomes, pushing, seeing outcomes.

Q: Now that you just’re each going to the health club twice a day or extra for competitors, do you are feeling responsible in the event you miss a day?

LEXIE: Absolutely. I feel for anybody on the market struggling to remain motivated, it’s a must to make it a routine or it fails.

FRANCISCO: Honestly, if I miss a day I really feel like shit. I’m 10 weeks in, which is extra [time] than I’ve devoted into anyone particular objective. So for me if I miss a meal, I get grumpy. If I miss a exercise, I’m like “how dare you?”

Q: Switching gears right here, what’s your coaching schedule like now? How are you consuming? What’s the routine?

LEXIE: I’m about eight weeks out from efficiency so it’s completely no sugar time for me. I can’t eat something processed, solely complete meals. Carbs are likely to range all through the method. Closer to the present you begin to reduce that out. I drink a gallon of water every day, attempt for seven to eight hours of sleep, which is difficult with a full-time job and 6 days per week of coaching. I’ve six cardio periods per week on common. But you modify based mostly on how your physique is responding.

FRANCISCO: For me it’s a bit of completely different than [Lexie’s] as a result of she’s within the reducing levels, I’m nonetheless attempting to pack on weight. I’m at 4000 energy per day. Lots of carbs, quite a lot of protein, quite a lot of fats. It appears like a blessing, however consuming that a lot meals day-after-day, each single day, the very same meals shouldn’t be so enjoyable, but it surely’s price it.
I get up at 6am and have already got my meals prepped. I head to the health club, do 35 minutes of basic cardio and are available to work. I’ve my breakfast. I’ve two extra meals all through the work day, so by the point work is over, I’m on my fourth meal. I’m going straight to the health club, get my exercise in, normally an hour and a half to 2 hours. Then I’ve a publish exercise meal, which is 2 scoops of protein, some carbs, a pair strawberries after which I’ve dinner once I get dwelling. So six meals a day.


Q: For folks studying this who is perhaps entering into competitors, what ideas/recommendation do you might have for them to get began?

LEXIE: The very first thing it’s a must to have is the fitting mindset. It’s onerous. Social media doesn’t assist, since you’re solely seeing the perfect elements of individuals’s journey. You see the tip outcomes; you see the sparkly bikinis and that’s solely a tiny portion of what goes into it. You gained’t perceive the quantity of labor that goes into it till you really do it. You should principally be prepared to say, ‘I’m prepared to sacrifice just about something for this.’ It’s additionally extraordinarily costly with all of the meals it’s essential purchase. I might advocate you be considerably financially secure, so it’s a must to be on the proper place in your life to begin.

FRANCISCO: Totally agree with social media. It will get in your head while you see folks posting outcomes and in the event you’re 4 weeks in and never seeing those self same outcomes you begin to doubt your self. Stick with it. It’s your journey. You should consider in your self and consider you can get by something. It’s going to be price it in the long term. Set a objective and go for it. If it takes you longer than others, that’s high-quality.

Lexie and Francisco obtained the unlucky information that their competitions wouldn’t be transferring ahead. Which, within the curiosity of public security, is an effective factor. But we’ll be again later to meet up with our two lifting Questies to test on their progress and learn the way they’re conserving on monitor whereas working from dwelling. Until then, keep secure, keep wholesome.




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