Quick Start, Strong Finish: The Secret To Completing Your Next Body Transformation Contest
Why is it that 75-85% of people who attempt a transformation contest never finish? And what's the secret behind the Physique Artist Lifestyle that provides the internal strength to complete the challenge at hand to the best of your abilities... practically guaranteeing your success? These are the pressing questions that will be resolved in this installment of "The Physique Artist".
Aside from capturing those uncomfortable before photos, entering a body transformation contest is the easy part. The thrill of extravagant prizes provide an initial spark that ignites your desire for change. It's the incentive (or "carrot") that you've been waiting for and now it's dangling in front of you. It's exciting to think that this could actually be the time that you stick with the plan and finally achieve your body transformation goal.
You start your journey gung-ho and focused on putting your best effort forward... almost to perfection. But then it happens. A few weeks into your transformation the initial buzz wears off and you are faced with the reality that stripping off unwanted fat while adding lean muscle takes a lot of hard work. You begin to question whether the prize is worth the sacrifice. This is the proverbial fork in the road where you either become another victim of statistics or you tap into your inner Physique Artist and discover a driving force within you that is more powerful than any obstacle, challenge, or temptation.
From my observations, there are three main reasons why a contestant who was initially fired up to transform their body, will give up and throw in the towel.
Reason #1 For Not Finishing The Challenge: Allowing Your Competitor's Initial Successes To Scare You Off
There are some competitors who will go all out when they begin a body transformation challenge. They will work out and do cardio every day while maintaining an aggressive deficit. Seeing your competitors rapid results can cause an inner dialogue that will stop you dead in your tracks. "There's no way I can compete with that." "I can't train that much or eat that little. If that's what it takes I don't stand a chance." "They're already so far ahead of me, I'll never catch them."
You have no idea if these competitors will be capable of continuing with their strict protocol, but their initial success is enough to scare you off and prevent you from following through with your goals.
Reason #2 For Not Finishing The Challenge: Striving For Perfection
There are some people who assume that in order to win a body transformation contest you will need to be absolutely perfect throughout the entire process. One little slip up is enough to fill their head with doubt. When the heavy workload and aggressive diet become too difficult to maintain they give up rather than scale back. This is a prime example of the "all or none" approach that fails so many fitness enthusiasts.
Reason #3 For Not Finishing The Challenge: It's Easy To Quit
Quitting and justifying your reasons for quitting is way too easy. What do you have to lose from quitting? You're not letting anyone else down are you? Who's going to care that you didn't finish? Will anyone even notice that you didn't finish? If they do notice, chances are they will agree with you that it's just too tough to transform your body. Too many sacrifices to make. It's easier to settle in with the "norm" and just, "Live a little" while enjoying life's guilty pleasures. Plus, if you ever want to try again in the future there will always be other contests.
The Secret Behind The Physique Artist Lifestyle
Physique Artists encompass the 3 C's of transformation success; commitment, consistency, and character. By design, the Physique Artist Lifestyle is a commitment toward continuous growth and self-improvement, consistently striving for progress in one way or another, with dedication, focus, and actions that speak volumes about their character.
To a Physique Artist, transformation contests provide another opportunity to grow physically, emotionally, and spiritually. The process itself becomes more rewarding than the final outcome. When they reach the finish line it simply marks the beginning of a new race, where once again they will put their limits to the test in their quest to become the best that they can be. This is why there is no doubt that a Physique Artist will complete a body transformation contest. Their lifestyle is built for it. Continuous improvement is a way of life.
But even with a lifestyle that sets them up for success... a Physique Artist will utilize a few tricks to ensure they complete the challenge to the best of their abilities. They create something that's even bigger than the challenge. They create their own personal event that occurs on the final day of the challenge. A weekend getaway to a location with a beach or a water park is a great way to celebrate your accomplishments.
I actually began my personal transformation journey last year by visiting a water park. I recalled how uncomfortable I felt in my bathing suit and remember catching one of my friends staring at my spare tire. We returned to that same water park one year to the day, but this time I was sporting a ripped six pack and exuded incredible confidence like never before. I couldn't have planned a better way of celebrating an entire year of continuous growth and self-improvement with my family by my side.
The ideal event to schedule on the final day of a body transformation contest is a photo shoot. You are going to need to take after photos anyway... so why not make those after photos the best that they can be?
3 Reasons To Book Your Photo Shoot Today!
Extra Accountability: Although you have called upon your fellow burners to hold you accountable throughout this contest, the extra accountability of a scheduled photo shoot will make it incredibly difficult for you to back out. The key is to book your appointment with a photographer today and pay for it in advance. If you don't show up, they keep the money. It may only be $100-150, but it's still money that you would miss if you don't get something of value out of it... such as a stunning set of photos with your beautiful physique on display.
In those final weeks leading up to the photo shoot you will discover a focus that is more intense than you've ever experienced. It will propel you forward and provide you with the motivation to finish strong and give it your very best effort.
Captures Your Body As a Work Of Art: Capturing the image of your physique in a photograph is a wonderful way for you to see your body as a beautiful work of art. We can sometimes be our own worst critic when we look in the mirror. But when you see your physique with the proper backdrop and lighting, it will become easier for you to comprehend just how far along you've come.
It's The Greatest Gift To Yourself: These professional photos will be a constant reminder of the incredible power that you have inside of you. The courage, persistence, and passion that you have dedicated toward becoming the best that you can be. When you face challenges in the future you can reflect upon these photos and realize that you are capable of greatness. You are unstoppable when you set your mind and heart toward the task at hand.
The experience of taking part in a photo shoot could be even more rewarding than seeing the photos. I felt like a cover model. My confidence soared to an all time high. The sense of pride that I had in myself was overwhelming. I soaked up every minute of it and had an absolute blast. These are the same sentiments that I've heard from my wife Angie as well as my fellow Physique Artists who have gone through their own photo shoots. I can't think of a better gift to give yourself after completing a transformation challenge.
Scheduling a photo shoot places the focus on yourself and becoming the best that you can be. It's not about competing against others for a grand prize. Capturing your best physique ever in a photo shoot is the grand prize. This philosophy reminds me of a quote by Al Oerter who said, "Competition in its best form is a test of self. It has nothing to do with medals. The winner is the person who gets the most out of themselves."
With this approach you can guarantee that you will walk away from your next body transformation contest as a winner. Any other prize that you may win by participating in the contest is simply icing on the cake.
In summary, use the next body transformation contest as an opportunity to create a new lifestyle for yourself. A lifestyle of continuous growth and self-improvement. This approach sets you up for success beyond the contest. Celebrate each milestone that you experience in the future with a photo shoot and take the time to admire your inner and outer beauty that has grown throughout the process.
I'm proud of you for stepping up to the challenge. Have fun, make the most of it, and show the world what you are made of. This is your time to SHINE!
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About The Author:
Scott Tousignant, BHK is a Physique Coach and Elite Natural Bodybuilder with the UFE.
Scott specializes in helping regular men and women sculpt their body into a chiseled work of art.
Viewing training as an art form and your body as a sculpture is a simple shift in mindset that brings out the beauty in your ongoing body transformation. The art of molding and chiseling an aesthetically pleasing physique with spectacular symmetry, proportions, and carved out detail is one of life's most rewarding and fulfilling experiences. It's an opportunity for self growth and self-discovery that will impact every area of your life.
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