*DISCLAIMER: This post is not meant to offend anyone who enjoys fitness competitions or is thinking about doing one. I am
merely stating my personal opinions on the matter. Thanks guys!*
Hey everyone! My name is Marina and I’m a 21-year-old dancer, college student, wellness advocate, and blog author of A Dancer’s Live-It. I’m currently majoring in Dance Performance and minoring in Public Health at university and will graduate in the spring of 2017. I’m ecstatic to be guest-posting for Cayanne today because she is such a light in my life, especially regarding all things recovery! This past year I finally recovered from my orthorexia/exercise addiction and love to help others with their struggles in that area.
Why I Don’t Support Fitness Competitions
The idea for this post came to me immediately after I finished THIS book from Maddy Moon, which took me about a day.
If you haven’t heard Maddy’s name or listened to her podcast before, Madelyn (Maddy) is a life/health coach who wants one thing: for others to realize that we’ve only been given one life to live, and we have a choice to either make the most of it or fight against who we’re really meant to be. Maddy also teaches other women and men how to take control of their relationship with food while enjoying every minute of their new life freedom.
As a former fitness competitor, Maddy dealt with disordered eating, orthorexia, IBS, depression, anxiety, isolation, and food fears. Her book talks about how she spent several years training for fitness competitions and modeling photo shoots, only to come to the conclusion that obsessing over food and her body was taking her further away from her passion, not closer. With the proper shift in mindset and help, she finally healed herself from the disease of perfection.
Sure, she might have looked happy and fine on the outside, but she was suffering on the inside. The desire for a perfect body was controlling her life, which is similar to what I tried to do.
The Competition Paradox
What people don’t realize is that fitness models and people who compete in fitness competitions aren’t actually at the height of healthy when they compete. By the time it’s competition day, they’ve eaten too few calories for the intensity of workouts they’ve been doing. They’ve reached a weight that they have no intention of maintaining. All in all, their bodies are unrealistic, even for them! Fitness competitions place extreme emphasis on body physique, perfect muscle definition, and appearance.
Not to mention fitness competitors go on an INSANE diet in order to prep for “game day.” It’s something called a “yo-yo diet”. I’m talking a no-fruit diet. I’m talking eating almost 250 grams of protein every day. I’m also talking disgusting things like oatmeal blended with spinach, nutritional yeast, and chicken……
It’s extremely restrictive, and also really dangerous for your body long-term and can cause side effects such as insomnia, spontaneous crying, emotional breakdowns, unbearable hunger pangs, and zombie-like behavior. Plus, it can have a negative effect on your overall athletic performance. Even though your muscles will look chiseled and pretty, you may end up losing the strength and skills you’ve worked so hard to gain in the process.
So tell me, would you go through all of that:
….to look like an orange “Oompa-Loompa” from multiple spray tans?
…for the sake of having to obsess over every bite of food you put in your mouth for months?
…just to pose and parade around onstage in a skimpy bikini and heels that end up costing anywhere between $150-$1,000?
My answer is NO. This is why I don’t support fitness competitions.
Again, this post is not meant to offend anyone, but you can’t have a fitness model’s body if you don’t engage in this extreme dieting and training. The diet and training are decidedly NOT healthy.
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