Name: Belinda Benn
Weight: 123 lbs
Body Fat: 20%
Weight: 118 lbs
Body Fat: 14%
Why I Got Started
Last October 2007 I had been working around the clock for 3 months, I was "skinny fat" and quite unfit. I finally had a beach holiday and got to wear my bikini again! After seeing the photos I decided it was time to get into shape and in January 08 I started swimming 1 km 6 days per week.
Gradually I started to tone up and then in May I set myself the goal of getting into the best shape of my life. I had heard about the Flex Magazine Bikini Model search online. I knew nothing about bodybuilding or fitness modeling but decided to have a go.
How I Did It
I started researching on the Internet and found Bodybuilding.com. I set up my own profile on BodySpace as a way of tracking my progress and staying motivated. I hired a personal trainer and began my 2-month program. I guess it was a crash course in fitness and bodybuilding!
Without this site I wouldn't have achieved the same results. I found articles on everything I needed: training programs, diet and even preparing for photo shoots! But most of all, the advice and encouragement from the BodySpace members helped me continually stay focused and positive.
I made up this diet by researching articles on bodybuilding.com!
- Freshly brewed & chilled coffee
- 2 bananas
- 2 tbs flax seed
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- 2 scoops of protein powder
- Dried figs
- 6 hard boiled egg whites or a serving of protein (chicken or tuna)
- Protein shake
- Mixed fresh fruits
- Hard boiled egg whites
- Low fat mayo
- Two dinners of whatever I wanted including dessert and a glass or two of red wine!
My training changed a lot over the 2 months. I started off doing high intensity interval training (swimming or elliptical machine), 6 times per week. But this gradually declined as I dropped body fat and my muscles demanded more energy.
I found my upper body responded more quickly to the weights so I trained 4 days lower body and 2 days upper body. For the first 6 weeks I concentrated on building muscle with higher weights/lower repetitions and sets from 15-12-10-8 with increasing weight increments.
Then for the last 2 weeks I switched to lower weights with high repetitions. Each session of weights was different from the last and sometimes included intense circuits.
I had a lot to learn, especially about the importance of resting, recovery and having the right diet. In retrospect, during that first month, I would have trained weights every alternate day, done less cardio and eaten more carbohydrates.
Suggestions For Others
For me, the first step in transforming my body was accepting the physique I had to work with. I found photos of fit people with a similar height and body type to help me set realistic goals. I tried to listen to my body and not follow a rigid program.
By joining this website I learnt about the world of bodybuilding - I was able to track my progress and I found there were lots of girls out there just like me. Lastly, even though I trained hard I always tried to enjoy myself!
At the end of my 2 months training, my boyfriend said I looked like "a ripped piece of barbed wire." I didn't quite expect those results but after all that work it would be fantastic if you would kindly take a moment to vote for me in the August Flex Online competition. Thank you for your support and good luck with your training goals and dreams!
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