Posted By Jamie Do Rego on November 2, 2018
#TeamAD’s Jamie DoRego discusses the champion mindset needed to approach a contest prep, and why it may not be for everyone.
The problem these days is everyone likes the IDEA of getting in shape – they love the idea of looking like the end results because at the end of the day that’s all that most will ever see.
They see you on stage at your very best but few know what you would have done to get there!
Dieting for a contest is not for the faint hearted or weak minded because it will push you to your limits and it will test you in every way possible both mentally and physically, especially the last couple of weeks when you are running on nothing but fumes yet you still have to push harder.
It will try to break you!
Your mindset must be unstoppable! You must be willing to do everything in your power to be the best possible you as your competition doesn’t care and the reality is neither does anyone else.
No one cares about your excuses!
Remember that YOU are the want that’s wanted to do this so all you have is yourself, your end goal and nothing can come between that!
You will have days that you are tired… so work harder; you will have days where you are hungry; so dig deeper. These are the opportunities to push beyond, where most people will quit and give up, but this is where you can prosper!
I often get asked “do you ever look at your competition?” and my answer is always the same: “why would I focus on something that I have no control over?” I cannot control what they do, but I CAN control what I do and the effort I put in on a daily basis!
So before jumping into a prep ask yourself are you really ready?! I keep it real and will tell you exactly how it is: I have to be in a certain state of mind before I think about competing again. It’s one reason why I didn’t continue to prep after my last show because I simply wasn’t ready to go again, I wasn’t ready to make the sacrifices I needed to be my best or put myself through another prep and feeling like that!
After 3 shows this year, I wanted to take a few months break to spend time with my fiancé, my family and enjoy the little things in life because I know come contest prep it has to be all or nothing, I have to be selfish and I have to make sacrifices!!
Make sure your mind is ready and that you are willing to do everything in your power before you just dive into a prep!