Desiree Keys - Figure Competitor

For me it all started in 2008 when I stepped on stage for the very first time. I had no idea what figure competitions were until a few guys at the gym mentioned to me that I should enter a local show because I had the "X" figure for it. I did a little bit of research and saw a diet plan on the internet and thought I could follow it. I really had no clue about macros and micros at this time. I placed 5th but it ignited a spark in me and I found myself in love with this sport.

Desiree Keys

I really try and eat as clean as I can during the off season. As I've gotten older, its harder for me to drop the weight as quick as I used too. I maintain about a 10 lb. difference from my stage weight to my off season weight. I tend to build muscle very easy, during the off season I try and stick with a 40/40/20. This gives me enough carbs to get me through my workouts and enough protein to help repair my body from my workouts.
The first diet I tried was awful. Calories were only about 1200 and in no way was it designed specifically for me and my workout routine. I felt horrible and had little energy. I don't believe anyone should follow a diet, especially a competition diet that is online that is not specifically for them.

My confidence comes from my grandparents and what they instilled in me as a child. They had me in ballet, jazz, tap, gymnastics, piano, and modeling. Getting on stage was not an issue, it was feeling comfortable in the tiny figure suit that took me a while to get used to.

Now I'm on a program that works for me. I usually start my prep 14 weeks out. The first 8 weeks I lift heavy and about 45 min of cardio 6 days a week. As I get closer to the show, I do more repetitions and less weight, and will do 2 bouts of cardio per day 6 days a week, and one day of just cardio. I switch up my cardio and do HIIT as well as sprints.

My last competition was in July of this year. I had an amazing experience. You can tell the promoter had done this many times. The show was right on time, it ran smoothly, great professionals when it came to hair, makeup, tanning. Only complaint maybe would be it was in Arizona and the venue would not let the tanning company in the facility, so touchups were outside. Not a good idea in 100 plus weather.

Being an athlete has only made my life better in all aspects. It has truly changed my life.

I will be preparing for nationals in about a month.
I'm just excited to finally be able to go after my pro card. Lot's of work this off season. Also hope to do more modeling and get sponsorships.

Thank you for your time,

Desiree Nicole Keys

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