Name: Kim Brenton
Why I Got Started
I want to be the best example, in every way possible, for my little girl. I want her to live a healthy lifestyle and not struggle with junk food like I have in the past.
I was just so tired and ready to get my old self back. I started off slow and worked out from home with my newborn watching from her swing while I did cardio on the treadmill and lifted with dumbbells in our living room.
When she was 4-months old, I made my return to the gym for the real heavy lifting.
How I Did It
I got back to my old self rather quickly and was ready for a new challenge. I always wanted to compete in figure in the past, but never had the guts to go through with it. I also didn't think I had the muscle mass for figure.
The year I was pregnant, NPC announced their bikini division in their line-up and I thought that was a perfect fit for me. It's funny, having my little girl gave me the confidence to finally go for it!
I trained on my own for the first 12 weeks of my contest prep, and worked with a competition coach the last 12 weeks.
I was pretty nervous, as the show I entered (NKY) turned out to be the largest one-day physique event in the nation. It was an amazing experience and I met so many wonderful people. I ended up placing 3rd in Bikini class B out of 16 girls.
The judges' feedback was that I was a little timid. It'll do me some good to bring more confidence to the stage next time as well as a touch more conditioning.
My goals right now are to grow my quads, glutes and shoulders and compete again in June of this year in Indianapolis. I plan on going into this next competition with a bit more bulk, conditioning and confidence.
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My goals right now are to grow my quads, glutes and shoulders and compete again in June of this year in Indianapolis.
Suggestions for Others
Set a specific goal that requires a specific timeline. It'll force you to hold yourself accountable knowing that you have a competition, a photoshoot, a vacation- anything coming up that you know you have to look your best.
Have a greater purpose. Be the best example you can be for your baby, friend, spouse, neighbor - anyone you meet. Spread around the positive energy of living a healthy lifestyle. Show that it is attainable and realistic to achieve amazing fitness levels.
Don't be so hard on yourself. You're going to make mistakes. You're going to fall short sometimes and cave to cravings, etc.
Acknowledge the mistake, make a goal not to make it again and move on. Dwelling on them only hinders your progress and motivation.