Something changed between my last comp prep and this one. My training intensity near tripled. I suddenly had the energy and motivation to put 150% into every workout, twice a day, 5 times a week, plus cardio towards the last few weeks of my prep.
Why? I had been asked this question a few times.
“I noticed that your training intensity has increased recently? Why’s that?” asks Dan. Well Dan, when the great Mark Ottobre hired me to become a part of the Enterprise Fitness family, suddenly I was surrounded by people who inspired me every single day.
Carla who taught me that little girls can lift heavy things, Sarah and Kirstin who taught me that you can ALWAYS find the time for your goals no matter how busy you are, Reece who taught me to push harder as if the weights are heavier than they actually are, Jaz and Teagan who taught me the true meaning of commitment and no bullshit excuses, Janet who taught me to give every rep of every set of every workout my all because the little things add up and get you closer to your goals and of course the entire team at Enterprise Fitness AND your super awesome clients who create a truly unique environment for me to train!
I was lucky enough to be exposed to this EVERY single day and it changed me – how could it possibly not.
But you know what surprises me most?
I wasn’t starved, depleted or sleep deprived.
I had time to balance my study, work, family and friends.
I wasn’t constantly moody or obsessed with food.
I didn’t go crazy.
I became a healthy person, who eats healthy foods, that nourish and fuel my body. In fact, in the lead up to getting on stage, my carb spots had become low enough so that 3 out of 6 of my meals were carb meals!
Why? Because I was lucky enough to have a trainer who knew his shit. I have been training with Nathan for about 6 months now and together we were able to fine tune my nutrition so that I was full enough to keep sane and hungry enough to keep getting leaner – it’s called balance bitch!
Can you imagine a comp prep where you’re not starving, sleep deprived, over-trained and doing ridiculous amounts of cardio?
Well at Enterprise Fitness – anything is possible and the more I train here, the more I realise that to be true.
Enterprise Fitness truly the place where miracles happen!
Anyway less about them, more about me (Nathan always tells me I need to be more self-obsessed :P). Huge improvements from my last comp 3 months ago. This time I actually placed! My proudest achievement getting 5th place out of a big line up in the Bikini Novice division (I didn’t think I’d place at all to be honest – so I was pretty ecstatic!) and two smaller line ups – 3rd in Bikini Under 21s and 2nd in Sports Model Under 21s. We also found out that my abs come out more if I have honey on my rice cakes (if only we figured this out before I jumped on stage for the Bikini divisions – oh well there’s always next time).
Mark, you are well and truly an inspirational leader. At uni I remember learning ‘Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs’. Maslow believed that people possess a set of motivation systems unrelated to rewards or unconscious desires. At the very top of the hierarchy is ‘Self-Actualization Needs’ i.e. realizing personal potential, self-fulfillment, seeking personal growth and peak experiences. You hire us to do a job. Yes. But you also provide us the opportunity to grow, learn and become better at what we do. We are never short of a challenge, we are never short of new goals and we ALWAYS want to do everything in our ability to BE THE BEST at what we do.
Thank you Mark for providing such a great work environment, so much so that it doesn’t even feel like work because we enjoy it too much!