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January 26, 2015
by Shalama Jackson

It’s Time for Posing

posing session 1Goal: Look comfortable and yet relaxed posing bringing all the work together on stage. Especially since there is no hiding when wearing a competition suit, heels and the lights shining bright on you.

Yesterday, I met up with an IFBB Pro, Bernita, who also trains with my coach to work on posing. I’ve been to shows and been practicing walking in my shoes, but wanted to begin working with her.

We practiced everything from walking on stage to quarter turns as well as individual posing and when you are being compared to others next to you. It can look easy, but is a lot of work. You need to be flexed and yet look relaxed at the same time. You chest needs to be up, your arms at certain angles, hands relaxed, feet together, arch in your back and more.

A new mantra

Practice, practice and practice some more.

I definitely need to practice posing several times a week. It’s a combination of being able to hold them for as long as need to keeping proper form.

Many competitors begin their posing a few weeks out from the show. I, on the other hand, will be working with Bernita and practicing on my own as well. This will allow us to practice and tweak as my body continues to change.

I have work to do. I’m ready to put in the work in and out of the gym as I work closer to goal date.

January 24, 2015
by Shalama Jackson

14 Weeks: Work in Progress

work in progressThis work is not easy, but I will take that I am a work in progress. I’m staying the course in route to a transformation of my physique. Today is officially 14 weeks to show day, or my projected first show.

This week has been a lot of squatting. I’m never surprised when I work out with my coach and he tells me that we are going to squat. I’m like, “what else is new?!”

But we also have done a bunch of shoulders and arms. It’s amazing how weights can help transform the body slowly but surely. Today was one of those days that I looked at myself in different areas and thought that this might really be possible. Tomorrow I have a posing session with an IFBB pro that also trains with my coach. Nervous but looking forward to the session with her.

In the mean time, I have to find some good ways to stretch my shoulders and chest. They don’t hurt but are tight. When I got my last massage earlier this month, the masseuse asked me about something she felt and insisted that I stretch more. I need to do more than my once  a week yoga session.

Do you incorporate stretching as a part of your workouts?

January 21, 2015
by Shalama Jackson

Out on a beautiful day

January runI ditched yoga for a lunchtime run. I didn’t have much scheduled on my work calendar and opted to push my lunchtime workout back in order to hit the pavement.

It was gorgeous outside this afternoon in South Carolina. It’s been pretty for the past few days and I wanted to take advantage of it. And I also needed to get in a few miles because in about two weeks I will take to the pavement with my team and run Ragnar Florida Keys.

I haven’t really run much of anything since Rock ‘n’ Roll Savannah in November. It’s been cold and I haven’t had a need to be out running. I am not training for any half marathons so I took great pleasure in getting cardio in the gym with HIIT sessions and with weights. Hopefully the weather will hold out a little while longer to get a few more afternoon runs in.