Elodie Puraye 2x IFBB Belgium Bikini Fitness Overall Champion
An update from Elodie
Last contest I've done was the Belgian Championship, where I became Champion for the second time.
Everytime I compete, I feel ready. No negative stress. As soon as I've registered, I take my place backstage and wait. Competition days are very long days... I take this as some form of mental conditioning and meditation. I often travel and compete all by myself. It's very important to have your mind sharp and focused. At the Belgian Championship I was competing as an international athlete, so I had to wait for all the other categories to compete before stepping on stage. I competed around 9pm while I'd been there since the morning.
As I said: some kind of mental preparation.
When the results were announced, I was on cloud nine! I had been stuck in some personal transition period, gave my 100% during my preparation and this paid !
To me, fitness, bodybuilding and competing are passions. This is not actually "difficult" to be on a preparation. Of course, some days you feel hungrier, more tired.. but this is a part of a game I've chosen to play and I love !
Contest prep: I'm still my own coach. My diet is very manageable. I try to stay super consistent in and off-season. This way, I don't struggle when I need to lose bodyfat. Regarding my diet I still decrease my caloric intake, but I don't slash it. Generally I'm even able to start reverse dieting before the end of my preparation. My diet is flexible, and I eat a lot of carbs even at the end of the preparation. Last year I ended my preparation eating 1800 calories per day and 250g of carbs, which is huge for a bikini girl.
Regarding the training sessions: I don't need more than 1h - 1h15 when I train (in and off-season). I no longer do traditional cardio. Last time I did that was more than 1.5 year ago. When I'm prepping I only add sprint sessions, interval training style, never more than 10 minutes (warm up and cool down included).
The only "challenge" I face is the mental one: when I'm prepping I'm not always able to "see" myself. So from one minute to another I can feel super confident, then doubt about my shape. In this case, the only thing I can do is to stop trying to assess myself in the mirror and just trust myself and trust the process. I know I'm working, I know what I'm doing... results will follow.
I'm currently prepping for the European Championships, in Spain. Then in June I'll compete at the Olympia Amateur.
IFBB gave me the opportunity to co-organize a part of the Belgian Championships in October. This is a real chance I have. I'll work as a PR (the degree I've got) in the field I love!
I'll also compete at the Belgian Championship (the part I'm not organizing) and at the Arnold Classic.
I'm also an online coach (younique Fitness by Elodie) so I work on developing my business. As an athlete, my goal is to earn a pro card :)
Younique Fitness by Elodie
Elodie Puraye IFBB Bikini
* Elodie's 1st appearance on Models Observer