Melissa Achieved Her Dream Of Competing By Shredding 27 Pounds Of Fat!

Melissa used to idolize women in fitness magazines, and now she has competed in her first competition! Find out how Melissa built a lean and sexy physique to match her idols!
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Vital Stats
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Name: Melissa Larsen

Email: meligwen@yahoo.com

BodySpace: http://bodyspace.bodybuilding.com/loveseth/

Melissa Larsen Melissa Larsen

Before:

Age:
26
Height: 5'5"
Weight:
142lbs
Body Fat:
27%
Chest:
37"
Hips:
41"
Thigh:
23.5"
Calf:
13.75"
Upper Arm:
11"
Waist:
29"

After:

Age:
26
Height:
5'5"
Weight:
115 lbs
Body Fat:
14%
Chest:
33"
Hips:
35"
Thigh:
20"
Calf:
13"
Upper Arm:
9"
Waist:
24"

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Why I Got Started
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Wow, all I can say is this has been such a journey. I always wanted to compete and get in great shape; like girls I always would see in magazines, and say, "I want to look like that." I finally decided after 3 years to start this journey. I found myself an amazing trainer, Felicia Romero, and decided to dedicate myself for the next 12 weeks.

From that day to now I would say I have learned more about myself in those 3 months then in my 26 years. I pushed myself harder than I ever thought was possible and learned that my body and mind are so much stronger than I allowed myself to believe.

Before I decided I wanted to step on stage and compete, I always had trainers and told them that this was my goal but was always afraid to do it. I'm so happy I decided to make this next step in my life and so proud of myself. There were so many days I wanted to throw in the towel, but that's when your mind and body kick in and that little something in you keeps going.

If you don't want to change, unfortunately, you won't. You have got to want it. I have always struggled with depression and drinking but now I don't think about either one at all. I can just hit the gym and that is always my #1 fix. I wanted to live a healthy way of life and I am so happy I finally took that next step.

I was tired of always letting myself down and looking at magazines and reading about my different fitness idols, so I said to myself, "I can do this!" I finally got started when I decided I wanted to make a change and was ready.

I have a lot of good girlfriends getting into the sport and would go and watch them compete and support them. I always remember the energy backstage and the feeling of accomplishment they all had, and I wanted to feel that way too.

Like I said, I struggled with other things and not believing in myself until I just started doing it and before I knew it, I was on stage!

I'm so happy I decided to make this next step in my life and so proud of myself
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I'm So Happy I Decided To Make This Next Step
In My Life And So Proud Of Myself.

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How I Did It
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I searched to find someone in the industry that I connected with and felt could take me to the next level, and thank God I found Felicia Romero. She is amazing and was there for me every step of the way. I also had a lot of other great people in the industry helping me out as well, that made it that much easier and fun.I stayed focused and just remembered the goal I wanted for myself at the end; to step on stage.

I Stayed Focused And Just Remembered The Goal I Wanted For Myself At The End; To Step On Stage.
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I Stayed Focused And Just Remembered The Goal
I Wanted For Myself At The End; To Step On Stage.

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Supplements
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Note: Supplement schedule and dosages are shown below in the diet section.

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Diet
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Breakfast:

Snack:

Lunch:

Snack:

Dinner:

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Training
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    Day 1: Back

    • Lat Pulldown: 2 sets of 12 reps
    • V Bar Lat Pulldown: 2 sets of 12 reps
    • One Arm Dumbbell Row: 2 sets 12 reps

    Day 2: Quads

    • Lunges: 1 set of 12 reps per leg
    • Leg Extensions: 5 sets of 15 reps
    • Smith Squats: 3 sets of 12 reps
    • Leg Press: 4 sets of 12-15 reps

    Day 3: Back

    • Pullups: 4 sets of 12 reps
    • Cable Low Row: 3 sets of 20 reps
    • V Bar Standing Row: 3 sets of 20 reps
    • Lat Pulldown: 3 sets of 15 reps

    Day 4: Off

    Day 5: Glutes/Hamstrings

    • Lunges/Lying Leg Curls: 4 sets of 6-15 reps
    • Seated Leg Curl: 5 sets 10-15 reps
    • Glute Kickbacks: 3 sets 20 reps
    • Lunges: 3 sets 12 reps

    Day 6: Shoulders

    • Lateral Raises: 3 sets of 20 reps
    • Shoulder Presses: 3 sets 0f 12 reps
    • Arnold Press: 3 sets of 12 reps
    • Upright Row: 3 sets of 12 reps

    Day 7: Rest

    I do Cardio 6 days a week as well.

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Suggestions For Others
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Don't give up and make sure you surround yourself with others who believe in you. No matter your age or your past you can always make a change and feel what you have always wanted!

Surround Yourself With Others That Believe In You.
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Surround Yourself With Others That Believe In You.

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