This is going to be a hard blog to write. I’m embarrassed, mortified and elated at the same time. I have not shared out in the open what has happened during my fascia blasting journey until today.
I want to back track a bit. This will be very long so grab some coffee but I will be 100 percent honest about what I’ve gone through and how I got here.
I did my last bikini competition late October 2016. I knew I would be starting my fascia blasting journey and had planned on competing October 2017. However, I realized that the only pro qualifier for my federation was June of 2017 so that cut 6 months off my fascia blasting time! I would NOT have started if I had realized that. I wanted a full year to restructure my physique. Mind you.. I am 51 years old. I feel great but I’m a next level kind of girl. I have struggled with my lower body for decades. My legs are clearly beyond bound in the below pictures.That means the fascia is really tight and no matter how lean I get, the muscles can’t be seen. It also leaves me lumpy! Having bound fascia also means I’m not getting the muscle gains I want because the fascia is like a sausage casing and there’s not room to grow.
I also struggled my whole life with lose skin on my belly.
I’m not mad about this but I don’t want surgery . I was interested in seeing if I could tighten it up.
I sent my pictures to Ashley Black and she quickly returned a very long protocol for me which I have followed to the letter.
Yes, I am beyond bound (BB) and that is a pretty rough starting place. I have taught impact workouts for 35 years. It makes sense that my fascia is jacked up.
That tummy area is a tough area for me because when I gain inches it gets super fluffy but the skin is loose.
I have also worked with Ashley’s moderator,Kelley Zuniga. She is a competitive athlete as well and she gave me great advice for my prep. I had gone through a tough phase over Christmas where I was breaking up a lot of adheasons and felt fluffy as can be. I went from stage to loosey goosey. I tend to get inflamed when I blast. I’m not opting for a aggressive blasts. It’s not right for me.
That demolition phase was pretty hard on my brain. I’m telling you…
Did I bruise. I did for sure. But I kept going.
During that demolition phase I was still really struggling with low energy and detox symptoms. I am an IIFYM girl and not a detox tea or magic solution believer. I drink my gallon of water every day . I probably ate too much over the holidays but it wasn’t much over my macros. I was pretty good this year. I’m just being honest. I do not believe in “Clean” food but I eat for my nutrition and my food is gorgeous and amazing. I had sugar and soda and I like franken food like pop chips and protein bars and Lenny and Larry’s cookies. I get over 500g fruit and veggies per day and my fiber goals are on point. Protein is high and carbs are fueling my workouts and my life. I do not believe in magic. I believe in science. #LearnIIFYM
Inner thighs. I brilliantly decided to pull my inner thighs tight while sitting on the side of the tub. I blasted them briskly and I got all the way to gravel in just a few weeks. It wasn’t long before I saw them smooth and then I had a thigh gap. I looked down and saw that thigh gap and almost passed out.
Legs.. Ok. My legs are still a mess but they are better. My hope is that I look better than last year on stage. I know I have a long way to go blasting but I’m not stopping.
I have broken up alot of stuff on my legs. I can see my quad definition now. I blast around the quads and I also am fat lysing them. They are coming a long. Still bound.. yep. But it’s better!!
Glutes Hammies: Oh boy. I’m painfully self aware of the work that has to be done in this area. That hamstring is still pretty lumpy but I’m going to town on it. My glutes are looking better. Smaller yep and not as bound up but I’m ok with this.
Just so you can see a difference in competition time.. look here.
I blasted my upper arms and rear delts too. I’m eating a lot more food in 2017 than I was eating on my ‘clean’ food diet in 2014. Overall my package is better because I’m blasting.
I can almost see my glute. I’m also blasting my “sweep” area and it is coming along.
I want you to know this.. As I have progressed, I am working on muscle activation rather than simply lifting. I train with intention. My glutes/hams are rock hard under the remaining body fat and they are becoming visible. I can feel them fire which I never could before. This is real.
This is rough. Hard to show.
Picture 1 is from November 2016. I sent this to Ashley. Picture 2 is March 2017.
The March picture is after I’ve had 4 meals and a gallon of water.
The Left side was early November in my post show reverse diet.
So this what my abs look like now. They look good all day.
No they are not 100 percent . I have some pebbles in that lower portion that was loose and it still puffs out sometimes. I’m not sure if all the loose skin will ever tighten up but I’m really willing to keep going. I’m 5 weeks out from my show in this picture.
I want to say here. I have been bullied (whatever) and called a liar my progress.
I have some great images on the web from photographers and so forth. As a fitness competitor it would be uncool to show off the pictures that look yucky. I am truthful in my business. I am a real person . I don’t sell the fascia blaster but I am interested in science and health. I’m interested in learning how my body is changing from the inside out. I also want to be a better athlete and a better coach for my clients. Science drives this train. So the reality is, we all have work to do. Progress!!
Here is a picture from a photoshoot that was 2 weeks before my last show. Mid October 2016. This is my struggle in the abs and lower body. I can usually pose it away but this pic is an out take.
This picture of me is 8 weeks out from my show. Look.. I am bending over . My abs are tighter. That’s the take away here. Perfection.. nope.. progress.. moving forward.
Daily or every other day 5 min per body part. I do my abs 4x a week which keeps me from feeling super tired this close to my show.
I carve my abs and arms and legs, especially my quads.
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