If you think about it, The Arnold for fitness types is like the Oscars for movie types. Our red carpet is the big expo hall where tens of thousands of visitors and fitness celebs including the likes of Governor Schwarzenegger and Sly Stallone come to see the best in fitness and bodybuilding. Our awards are Bikini, Fitness and Bodybuilding trophies, photographs, magazine covers and television spots. Our preparation is no less intense. Fitness types worry about it all because this folks, is the BIG ONE!
In truth planning for attendance at The Arnold 2013 begins months and weeks in advance of the three-day extravaganza. Most of us attending, myself included, have undertaken some kind of physique renovation process even if only to remove excess body hair, reshape and color one’s locks, have eyebrows threaded, apply body color via spray tan and consider one’s attire for the three days. It’s a big job to get ready for The Arnold. No detail is too small to be overlooked and sometimes small details make a big difference. I check for nose and chin hairs obsessively – who wants to see that? I even go and get my teeth cleaned just so you don’t have to see anything gross!
And yes, the body undergoes a mini makeover too. I know that anybody who is anybody in the industry is going to be at the monster event so I always bring my A game. That means I rev up my training to include extra circuits for fat burning but I also pay attention to training those body parts that serve as catalysts to spike the metabolism – glutes, quads and abdominal core. I absolutely love to train these body parts because within a short 3 days I can see a difference provided I keep my diet Eat-Clean tight. I train one or all of these groups of muscles at least every other day. I do a lot of hill climbing on the treadmill to induce a fat-burning effect as well so that I can slip on some skinny jeans and be proud of my efforts. It’s work but it pays off.
When I think more about what my thrill is at the event, it is less about all that exterior stuff and very much about YOU. I am impatient to hear all about your successes, trials and journeys. I get to stand close to you, look in your eyes and connect with you and that is the biggest award I could think of. So I will be nicely groomed and dressed, have my body in decent form, I will smell good and I will be in a grand mood because, as the line goes in the blockbuster movie Jerry McGuire, “You complete me.”
Can’t wait to see you all at The Arnold 2013. I will give you a big squeeze! Get our booth number and more details here.
Keeping it tight till then.
PS. Ask to have a look inside my cooler. I will have it with me. No kidding!