Leave LAS Sat 8:05am…Arrive LAS Sun 11:50pm
Patriot Challenge NPC Masters Bikini 40+, 3 weeks out
Away from kitchen/husband: 40 hours, ~10-12 meals
- 8 Tilapia filets (~24 oz)
- 10 Hard-boiled eggs
- 2 Veggie packs (4-servings)
- 2 Cups of old-fashioned oats
- 1 Package of Acai berry powder
- 1 Package of Goji berry powder
NOT in carry-on:
- Pre- or Post-workout concoctions
- VitaminsFruit & nuts
- Granola or protein bars
Traveling is a challenge to anyone prepping for a contest. It becomes more challenging the longer the duration and the less predictable the activity or energetic requirements.
BodyCombat is one of Les Mills’ most intense cardio formats. Inspired by mixed martial arts, participants get the cardio benefits of punching and kicking with the strength & conditioning elements from MMA-inspired jump squats, mountain climbers, push-ups, planks, and other forms of intense core work.
I started teaching BodyCombat in 2008 as my 2nd Les Mills format. I stopped teaching it in 2012 as a class too cardio-intensive for my contest prep on top of my existing class load. As I’ve mentioned in other posts, too much cardio is no bueno for competitors – or anyone – seeking to preserve muscle tissue.
Today, although I’m three weeks out from stage, 1) this is my first contest in nearly two years, 2) it’s apt to be one of only two I do the entire season, and, 3) most critically, I’m taking a different approach:
My show = My science experiment.
In other words, I’m picking and choosing which elements of traditional show prep make sense in my life and to my body. Rather than being ruled by superstition, fear, or what everyone else is doing, I’m being led by intuition, balance, and empowerment. Empowered to know what’s right for me. And, at this moment, BodyCombat training is part of that equation. (A story for another day.)
When prepping for a show or any symbolic ramp-up to stage, a failure to plan, though, is truly a plan to fail.
Note: the days after stage follow this same rule if you are interested in sustaining any of the changes you’ve made and/or “plan” to get up on stage again.
Top 10 Tips for Traveling on a Plan
1. Intend to make your cooler one of your carry-on’s. I learned this the hard way when I arrived to the 2013 Arnold with a week’s worth of food…”lost” and never recovered.
2. If the flight is short, frozen veggies will work as ice packs (ice packs not allowed in carry-on). If your flight is cross-country, international, or has multiple stops, freeze all of your cooked protein except what you’ll be eating that day.
3. Oats are easy to pack and versatile. I can heat them up with water or throw them in a shake. Brown rice packs or yams are convenient to pack, but only when you know you’ll have access to a microwave!
4. Powders such as Acai berry, maca, goji, etc. are easy to pack, providing vitamins and essential fatty acids in a low calorie, low fat format.
5. If you normally add 1T of almond butter in your shakes or in case of hunger emergency between meals, do NOT pack it in your carry-on. It is apt to be confiscated. (SFO, 2010)
6. Pack a little extra of everything in case of delays or extra energy requirements over your trip.
7. Cushion extra time going through airport security. You’re apt to be flagged for a bag check! (LAS, 2011-2016…)
8. Pick up plastic utensils and water in the terminal. Eating tilapia with your hands is often frowned upon. (MIA, 2011)
9. Have one scoop of protein powder ready to go in your shaker and/or any meals you plan to eat while on-board…plus one. (Think turbulence and delays.)
10. Minty gum. (Your fellow passengers thank you.)
A failure to plan is a plan to fail.” ~Michael Battaglia