Cori Dixon - Figure Competitor

In 2014 I moved to Hawaii from the mainland and gained a fair amount of weight (I was always a very small person). In 2015 I had enough of being out of shape so I joined a gym to lose weight; bodybuilding is very popular here on the Island, so I made friends with a lady who competed. She asked me to help her run a booth at a local show. It was at that point I decided that I wanted to compete in the figure division.

As far as my diet goes, I am a very hard gainer so when I am in my off-season I have to eat a ton of food to put on mass. My off- season diet and pre-contest diet are very close to the same; clean foods, for Ex. Chicken breast, steak, ground turkey, fish, Jasmine rice white & brown, sweet potatoes, all types of veggies,(although my favorite is zucchini). My off season I increase my protein/ Carbs. I always eat 5-6 meals a day. Of course when I am in my “off season” I enjoy a couple of cheat meals a week vs. just one.

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As I put so much time and effort into training and building my physique the way I like I gain more and more confidence as the days go by. I know my look isn’t for everyone and most people that don’t body build don’t understand why I like to look so muscular and so shredded, the simple fact is I like what I like. I beat to my own drum, every time I see a new muscle, a new striation, a new vein it’s a reminder of all the blood, sweat and tear I put into this lifestyle. It’s more than looking good, it about overcoming many obstacles in my life. Perseverance e is key!

My training is always changing, however, I really like sticking to the basic’s the old school routines that the ordinal bodybuilder’s founded like Arnold himself. I lift 5-6 days a week. I do split body parts although that part changes often, I always keep with two leg days a week though. In the off-season I keep my cardio pretty light as just to maintain, about 20-30 min 3 times a week. During prep I change to doing fasted cardio daily every morning and weight training every evening.

My last show was last year (2017). I was planned to do two shows this year (2018) however, I had an injury earlier in the year so I decided to take this year off to grow and put more Mass on my small frame. Last year’s show was amazing, as normal I went through a range of emotions, from nervousness to pure excitement. As I walk out on the stage and I see my family sitting VIP section right behind the judges all I can feel is accomplishment, at that time I am not nervous at all because no matter how I place, I know I put my everything into prep and my kids are sitting there watching and so proud of me. That is the best feeling in the world.

I am currently really enjoying the “off-season” or growing season as like to call it. I do have another show planned in April of 2019.

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Competing and body building in general has really helped the quality of my life. It is my passion, my outlet, and my therapy. I love everything about the process.


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