I never expected to make the stage for my first ever fitness model competition. I have officially registered for the competitions on the 7th of May, 27th of May, and the World Titles in June (Thailand).
In this episode, I discuss how I am not a sponsored athlete. Nobody is paying me anything to prepare for these fitness model competitions.
I discuss the prizes that I win for competing (you’ll be surprised, it’s not what you expect)
I discuss how I practice posing very late at night, the status of my body weight, and how I saw a competition coach yesterday and was advised that I need to get a little bit leaner.
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In this episode I’m going to discuss my journey to the World Natural Titles as a fitness model, competitor. Also I’m going to talk about my current plan of attack to getting on the world stage. How cool is that? I’m super pumped. I say that to myself now and I have to pinch myself as well because I still cannot believe that I’m actually going to be competing in a fitness model competition overseas. Then after that I’ll be competing at the National Titles in October 2017.
To be honest with you, I just cannot believe that all this is happening and I still pinch myself every time I say it. If you’re not already familiar I talk about this in previous videos and audios and things. I talk about winning my first ever fitness model competition on the 5th of March, 2017, and winning in two separate divisions. Then that put me in a position where I could then compete at the World Natural Titles in Thailand of all places, and at the National Titles in Melbourne, Australia. Because I never expected to even make the stage for my first competition because I was stuck in Thailand and I was stuck in the floods over there, and at the beginning part of my preparation I didn’t know how that was going to turn out. Then I injured my back and I thought I’d be completely wiped out from the competition.
To even make it to stage and win like just things that I just never expected to happen. It’s kind of thrown my life out into left field where I’m now getting ready to compete overseas. I wanted to take this time to explain the plan of attack that I have between now and getting on stage overseas end of June 2017 in Thailand. It’s the 30th of March, 2017. Welcome and some of the challenges that I’ve got or had was that of course I work a corporate job so I don’t do this full-time. In fact, a lot of people ask me, “Brad, are you sponsored?” I was like, “No, I’m not sponsored by anybody. No one’s paying for my supplements, no one’s paying for me to go to the gym, no one’s paying for me to have time off. I have to get time off work. It’s out of my own pocket.” Not that I’m complaining, I love doing it, but when people ask me am I being sponsored I just think no, I’m not sponsored.
By the way, there’s not a lot of money to be won in this as well. A lot of people ask, “What do you win? What’s the prize money?” I tell them, I say, “It’s a show bag with a cap and a t-shirt that’s branded with I compete natural on it, and you get to keep the shorts that you need to wear on stage.” I got the numbers here actually in my studio here. You get to keep the numbers. My number was 87 when I first competed right, and I actually still have that sitting on my desk here. You get to keep those numbers, that’s what you win. They’re the tangible prizes that I always talk about. The real win is the deep inner satisfaction of accomplishing something that most people believe they can never achieve.
Had you told me, “Brad three, four, five, six, seven years ago, Brad, you know what? In three, four, five, six years from now you’re going to be stepping on stage, you’re going to be winning a thing in a fitness competition and then you’re going to be going overseas and then you’re going to be competing in the world stage.” I would have gone you are crazy, unfriend from Facebook, block you on Instagram, I don’t want to talk to you again because you’re obviously speaking to the wrong Brad. That’s Brad Pitt, not Brad Newton. I just never expected this to happen so here I am.
I’m just an ordinary guy as I always say, but the prizes that you win, the prizes are not what you expect they are. Always being a little bit facetious before but I am serious, you do get a show bag, you do get a cap, you do get a branded t-shirt, you do get to keep the shorts that you wear on stage. There is no money that you win. There are no tickets to Tahiti, there’s no boat cruise in the Caribbean. There’s nothing like that. I didn’t get picked up by a major sponsor. I don’t get a letter in the mail from Nike saying that I’m now representing their new line of socks or something, or Calvin Klein don’t contact me and say, “Hey, we have this new range of underwear. Would you like to model our briefs for us?” Maybe, but I’m not doing it for those reasons and something like that’s not guaranteed. It just doesn’t really happen like that.
Here’s the truth, if I actively went out and chased sponsors I could get them, but that’s not my primary drive and that’s not the reason why I’m doing this. I’m not doing this to represent somebody else’s product or service. I’m doing this for my own branding and I’m doing this for myself. If it’s a product or service I believe in and I’m passionate about then I’m more than happy to promote it or have my name on it. I’m not just going to accept anything that comes along because that’s just not the reason why I’m doing it. There are no good prizes and I’m not getting paid for this. In fact, I’ll mention very briefly. I was going to save this for another audio recording, but people ask me, “How much does it cost to prepare for a fitness competition?” Interestingly enough, I kept all my receipts and everything from my first competition and I kept all my receipts and I added them up and I got to almost $4,200 Australian. To prepare for my first ever competition.
I got a breakdown of that, which I don’t have in front of me right now, but it works out to be … Because I have coaches and I went to a physio and a general practitioner, had a back injury, and I had photography done. Plus I had to pay to enter the competition which is $410 and there’s all these little supplements, all these other little things as well. All added up and $4,200 was about how much I paid. Now for the World Titles that means I’ve got to fly overseas, I’ve got to pay for accommodations so there’s the added expenses of all of that, so I predict it’s probably going to be about $6,000, $7,000 perhaps to prepare myself for the World Titles including flights and accommodation. It’s a lot of money and it’s out of my own pocket as well. As I said I’m not being sponsored, so this is what you do, this is what you do.
Anyway, so now that I’ve got that out of the way. My game plan right now, as I’ve mentioned before, is I’ll be competing on the 7th of May. I’ll be competing at a local show here in Melbourne, Australia called the Muscle and Model Super Show. Sounds a little bit over the top, but that’s what it is, that’s what they call it. That’s on the 7th of May, 2017 in Melbourne, Australia. That, as I speak right now, is about five, five and a half weeks away. I’m training for that. I’m on a training plan, a meal plan, a supplement plan, it’s difficult, it’s challenging doing night shift, working a corporate job, getting time off work, going to work, training, training, training, meal prepping, cooking, preparing food, buying food. It’s the cycle of a fitness competitor of going to the supermarket, buying food, preparing it, eating it or measuring it, weighing it, eating it, and then you rinse and repeat.
Then the training plans. This is the thing, I could have possibly done all this myself but there’s no way I could have won and my work life would just be through the roof. There’s just so many moving parts to a fitness model competition. There’s a meal plan, a training plan, a supplement plan, and then of course the posing practise, and then you need to be constantly on top of your physique and monitoring for all changes. When you eat something how is that going to affect your physique, how’s it going to change you? When you’re training how’s it affecting your physique? It’s this constant feedback loop of eat something, how’s it affect you? Eat something, how does it affect? The measuring, the DEXA scans, the calliper readings, and all of the sort of stuff literally this becomes a full-time job.
It is essential that I’ve outsourced this to one person does this, Tony does my DEXA scans, I have a GP, this other person does my physio. There’s literally a team of people behind me and it gets expensive and at times it gets tiring. Everyday this is it and this becomes your focus, and it’s like any sport, you wake up, this is all that goes through your mind, you want to get the edge, you do want to win, deep down you do want to win. But at the same time you are your own biggest competitor, and it’s just sometimes very tiring.
That’s where I’m at now and getting ready for that show coming up in five, six weeks. Look out for updates on that, just subscribe to this and you’ll get further updates on that, my progress there. I’m practising my posing now, so going into the gym at night, 10:00, 11:00, 12:00 at night when everybody’s watching Netflix and chilling, I’m in the gym filming myself. There’s actually someone else in the gym now who’s decided to take up the space and she’s practising ballet or something or other because there’s big mirrors and she’s bouncing around, whatever else. I’m just like this was my space and now I’ve got to shuffle to one side now. It’s good fun and so that it’s refining my posing, trying to make sure that I get my physique as best as possible with my posing and everything like that.
Then yes, in terms of my physique my weight has stabilised. I’m 90.8, 90.6 kilograms, so multiply that by 2.2 for pounds and that’s where I’m at now. When I was on stage three weeks ago, my first ever competition, I was 87 so about three kilos different. It’s not too much, not too bad at all. I’ll get that weight back down again, and I’ll need to get a little bit leaner for the stage. I saw a competition judge yesterday who I did a posing session with and she’s one of the judges, she’s actually one of nine judges so she gave me invaluable feedback for how I can improve my posing. She said it’d be not a bad idea to get a little bit leaner, so it’s in my hands now. I spoke to my coach. I said, “Look, Vicky suggests that I should get a little bit leaner.” I’m at 8.3% body fat now, 8.3% so it could mean getting down to 7%. I got five weeks to get to 7%. I could do it, it’s harder.
When you’re already lean, for a guy listening to this, and you’re sub 10% when we’re talking shifting single digits of body fat it does take a lot longer. It takes a lot longer to go from 9% to 8% body fat than it does going from 23% to 22% body fat. It’s just because the margins are much more finer and when your body has so much more body fat on it and you put it into a calorie deficit the body just doesn’t seem to have an issue getting rid of those percentages of body fat when you’re in the 20s or when you’re in the teens. It does change when you’re in the single digits. The same with women as well. The leaner you get the longer it takes to lean out even more.
I’ve officially registered for these three events that are coming up. I’ve got my next one which is on the 7th of May, and the one after that which is on the 25th of May. Then I’ve got that piece of paper in front of me, and then I’ve got the World Titles end of June, so there’s three events. You know what, guess how much it’s cost me just to register for these three events? I think it cost me $1,400. Like $1,400, something like that and that’s just to register and to get photographs from the photographer that they’ve enlisted for these events. That’s it. I hope you enjoyed this.
If you want more information about what I’m doing and how I’m preparing for the stage you can always send me an email email@example.com. Also I have a bunch of videos on my website you can check out if you’re interested in losing weight or getting in shape or building your best body. Not to compete on stage because that’s only for crazy people like me, but I’ve essentially taken a lot of the principles that fitness model competitors and those kinds of people will use and I’ve really just watered it down so that anybody can really apply them to achieve weight loss in everyday life. There are lots of fit people in the world, why don’t we learn from them what already works and I’ve done that. I’ve taken everything that I’ve learned over 10 years of health and fitness, trying and failing, and also people I’ve had contact with through my website now. All that feedback and everything I’ve put into a bunch of video courses and I love helping people, that’s just what I do.
I actually had a message from somebody from Barbados, somewhere around there in the Caribbean. I can’t remember exactly which island it was. It was closer to Venezuela, it wasn’t Barbados, it was an island closer to Venezuela, Tobago or something like that. You have people on SnapChat that are reaching out to me because I use SnapChat, but I only use SnapChat to tell stories of my health and fitness journey and giving advice through SnapChat direct through direct message. People are adding me on SnapChat now and they’ll watch me meal plan in the kitchen and watch how I get ready for a competition with posing practise and everything. If I’m in the gym training I create stories around my training routines and then people ask me, why are you doing this? That’s great, maybe I can try this.
Then it really works and it’s amazing how just people reaching me through SnapChat from countries and islands that I’ve never heard of before. I actually had to Google Tobago because I had no idea where it was and found out it was near Venezuela. Anyway, if you do use SnapChat and you are interested in reaching out to me, it’s the best way of reaching out to me. My email firstname.lastname@example.org. I just get hammered and that’s great, I get through them but it just takes a bit longer. Whereas SnapChat I have only 24 hours so I get back to everybody through SnapChat.
Send me a Snap. If you have any questions about what I do, any questions about body transformations, stuff like that I am the most coolest dude like you can imagine. Just cool like not pretentious, laid back, and a very approachable so it doesn’t matter what your question is, where you are with your journey. Just reach out to me, even to say hi and I’d love to connect with you and tell me where you’re from as well and I’ll be curious to know where you’re from. Thank you so much for listening to this. If you like it and like what I have to say go to iTunes and review it on there, just write one or two sentences about what you like about it and that will also help me spread the word about what it’s like to compete as a competitor, but also sharing a message about how to get healthy, fit, and strong for life. Thanks again for listening and have an awesome day.