I’ve been getting lots of emails about my training program. No, I don’t sit at home and train all day, nor am I independently wealthy — although I wish that was the case. Like many people, I have a full-time office job where I work 50 to 60 hours a week.
I don’t work in the fitness industry. I do have a 3-year degree in fitness training and worked as a personal trainer in my 20s, but I don’t do that anymore. Instead I’m the Director of Interactive News & Social Media for a media company — so I sit on my butt all day long like most business workers. Plus, I’m a freelance writer in my spare time…so more sitting.
I split my training into two sessions a day: an early before work session and a later post-work session. And when it comes to training for a show, I admit 2 to 3 weeks leading up to the competition, I have no life as I’m in the gym until 10 p.m. every night and then again early in the morning at 6 a.m. But it’s worth it.
MY SECRET: THE BOMBSHELL PROGRAM
While they look intimidating as all the girls look fabulous and are professional NPC Competitors, the group is great and super helpful.
Shannon is the founder of Team Bombshell and does these Bombshell Bootcamp weekends in Daytona Beach. These are optional, but it’s good motivation to start your journey. It costs $249 for three days of intense training. I did mine in March 2011 and haven’t looked back since.
The camp is worth every penny if you do decide to go. You learn the exercises and will meet some other women who beginners, too. My weekend group had 8 girls and two of us were over 40 so that made me feel better.We all hurt at the end of the weekend (even the young girls) – which made me feel even better. I guess it’s true that pain loves company.
After that weekend, I signed up for a 1 year online program. It cost me $99 a month (it is cheaper if you can pay it all upfront). They also have 6 month and 3 month programs, but the shorter programs are more than $99 a month.
If you go to the Team Bombshell Facebook page and leave a message on the wall, Shannon will email you all the information.
Once you sign up, you’ll get a weekly workout and a meal plan emailed to you. The food is all normal food and they don’t make you take any of those muscle-building powders you see in magazines that promise miracle fat loss and lean muscle. You will have get your NPC bikini body the natural way, by going to the gym and working out. They do recommend vitamins like a multivitamin, iron, and calcium. You also get one cheat meal a week which I totally looked forward to.
Because this is an online training program, every week I take a photo of myself and email it to Shannon so she could see my progress. She sends back tips, advice and sometimes tweaks my workouts and meal plans depending on how my body is responding. Vanessa is also there helping out with workout questions and advice whenever I need it.
Shannon Dey also picked out my first NPC show to compete in. She choose one in San Diego for me to go to that wasn’t too big and then helped me get ready by doing everything from picking out the color of my suit, to what makeup I needed and even how to wear my hair.
For 8 weeks, all I had to do was follow her advice and the plan exactly and I knew I would be okay (although, I did cheat a bit at the beginning). It was hard work, but I felt great and I love how strong I feel now that I’ve been with the program for a few months.
THE STRAIGHT UP TRUTH
I’m not going to lie to you. It’s hard.
While Shannon and Vanessa will do everything they can to make sure you have a winning plan, it’s still YOU who will have to go to the gym 5 days a week and make the meals on the plan. It takes dedication as you will be tempted to go out drinking with the girls, eat chips and chocolate when PMSing (or when you had a bad day at work). You’ll also be tempted to sleep in and skip your workout.
But if this is something you want to do, stick with it. The results are worth it.
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