Name: Julie Comer
Weight: 175 lbs
Body Fat: 33%
Weight: 135 lbs
Body Fat: 17%
Why I Got Started
I was thin and fit up until age 21. Then I injured my knee pretty badly and ended up having five knee surgeries from ages 21-26. I dealt with a lot of knee pain and stopped exercising. Due to a diet filled with junk food I gained 40 pounds. I was miserable! I would read fitness magazines and long to have a figure like the women in the magazines. I knew if I could learn more about their training and nutrition programs, I could have a body like theirs!
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I Would Read Fitness Magazines And Long To Have A
Figure Like The Women In The Magazines.
How I Did It
I hired my friend Dave Uhlman, a competitive bodybuilder and personal trainer, to help me get fit to compete in figure.
Dave gave me a workout plan and taught me how to exercise properly. I trained each body part at least once a week and implemented cardio daily. He also told me exactly what to eat each meal and told me I had to follow it to see results!
I followed his directions. It wasn't always easy. To stay motivated, I posted magazine cut-outs of Jamie Eason and other women all over my bathroom and bedroom walls. I also posted affirmations all over the house to remind me of my goals. I read every article I could find on bodybuilding.com that dealt with contest prep.
With Dave's help, I dropped 15% body fat in 16 weeks. I lost 40 pounds of fat! I was ecstatic! I hadn't felt this good in at least 4 years! It was hard work, but every week I saw results, keeping me motivated. I finally had a body I was proud of!
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It Was Hard Work, But Every Week I Saw Results, Keeping Me Motivated.
I usually do straight sets with spotting from a workout partner.
My reps vary from 8-15. I change the reps, sets and exercises weekly to keep my muscles guessing.
Day 1: Chest
Day 2: Legs
Day 3: Cardio/Abs
Day 4: Back
Day 5: Shoulders
Day 6: Arms
Day 7: Cardio/Abs
Suggestions For Others
After my transformation, I decided I wanted to build more muscle. I loved being in the gym so much that I quit my job and became a personal trainer. I got certified through the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM.) For 4 years, I worked in a gym and then 2 years ago started Fit Julie's In-Home and Online Personal Training.
Working out has changed my life. It eliminated my depression from being overweight and helped me create the job of my dreams. Every day I am thankful I can walk and exercise and help others achieve their dreams. I went from barely working out to competing on stage in 4 months! If I can do it, so can you!
Never quit! It doesn't matter how many times you fall or fail. What's important is that you get back up and try again. Getting the body of your dreams is hard work, but so worth it. Find others to support you. I cannot stress this enough. I have a group of women I lift and do cardio with and we support each other so much. I could not do this without them! (Creating your own BodySpace is a great place to start!)
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