I started lifting in 2002. My sister and I often worked out together, so for fun we entered the 2003 Bluegrass Muscle Classic as Figure Competitors. We had no clue what we were doing - off the rack suits and no professional spray tans!
Amazingly enough, I took home first place! 2004-2008 I worked out just to stay in shape. In 2009 the National Physique Committee added the Bikini division which was a much better fit for me.
Since then I've done about 8 shows. My career highlights are:
- Bluegrass Muscle Classic - 1st place Bikini Tall and Overall
- 2009 Kentucky Muscle - 3rd place Bikini Tall
- 2011 Southern Kentucky Classic - 1st place Bikini Tall and Overall
- 2011 IFBB North Americans - Top 15 Class C
Note: This is week one. On my progress I may/may not add 10 minutes of cardio each week to my sessions. These are all add sets. I do not work my abs.
As far as contest prep, a ketogenic diet worked the best for me. I felt great and had few cravings.
Since I'm not doing a show anytime soon, I have altered Beverly International's maximum muscular weight gain program and that's what I'm following now.
Glutamine Select helps with my recovery and soreness. Beverly International chocolate Muscle Provider and Optimum Nutrition chocolate peanut butter casein are quality protein powders that taste great and help build muscle.
1 scoop in water
I love fitness because it's so rewarding. It's a great feeling knowing you inspire others to live a healthier lifestyle. You also feel proud and empowered as your physique transforms.
Until recently I would have told you music, compliments or even criticism. But I just had the pleasure to train a first-time figure competitor. This girl is beautiful inside and out. It's so easy to get a negative attitude when you're tired and hungry, but this girl always had a smile on her face. She was always excited about her progress, never down about things that could've been better. She followed her nutrition and workout regimens to a 'T'. Her attitude was contagious!
I'm a goal-oriented person and it's easier for me to stay focused when I'm working towards something on a particular date.
I have decided I won't be stepping on stage in 2012. During this time I'm spreading my knowledge to other females just getting started in the sport. In 2013 I will debut in the Masters Division.
If I could offer one tip to those getting started in fitness it would be to never let someone tell you that you cannot achieve your goals. This sport is mentally tough! It involves dedication, long hours, lots of planning and preparation, and criticism (constructive and destructive). Oftentimes a support system isn't there and people give up too soon.
The SuperSite has a plethora of information and is my favorite feature. I post progress pictures and stay connected with people who have similar goals on BodySpace. I also order some of my supplements from Bodybuilding.com. They have competitive prices and great customer service.
Gustavo Alfaro, www.gustavoalfaro.com