Katrina Massa - Bikini Competitor
Katrina: I have always been pretty active in the gym since I was a teenager. My dad was very into bodybuilding growing up so I was exposed to the sport at a young age. He was the one who encouraged me to use the gym and showed me the basics. Last year I hit a plateau with my training, I was working hard but stopped seeing progress. I became intrigued by the idea of competing because I knew if I had proper guidance and a deadline I would be able to take my physique to the next level. I asked my friend who competes in men's physique if he knew someone he could refer me to and he put me in touch with his Coach, Joshua Leo. I met with Josh and just like that my journey into the competition world began!
I let my Coach take complete control of my diet during prep and offseason. Offseason consisted of a lot more carbs then I would of expected. Lots of oats and basmati rice. Usually more than I would like! Of course lots of protein as well, mainly chicken/fish/egg whites. During the last couple weeks of prep I cut the protein powder and bars, getting protein solely from whole foods. I think this really helped me shred down. I also cut out any artificial sweeteners. I trusted my Coach since he knows what's best for me, he's the expert not me! He is still learning what works best for my body, everyone is different. Of course now that we have a a competition under our belt he has a better idea of what works and what doesn't and will tweak my plan accordingly for Provincials.
Training: This all changes depending on where I am with my body and how close to the competition I am. I'm still very new to competition world and lifestyle. I'm not going to claim I know everything just because I have one competition under my belt. Right now I just focus on listening to my Coach and sticking to my given diet and training plans. The training is easy, it's the diet I have a hard time with.
Building self-confidence to compete: I'm definitely still working on this one. The stage is not my thing. All I can say is practice practice practice! I practiced as much as I could with the little time I had available. I tried to hit my poses after every workout. I studied videos of the pros on YouTube, this helped immensely. Looking at videos from my first competition I definitely have lots to work on as far as stage presence. The more you practice the more confident you will be, also practicing in front of people is crucial! I found taping myself when I practiced very useful as well.
Well the Stephanie Worsfold Classic in London was my first show ever. The entire process was VERY new to me, I did not have any close friends that competed and hadn't even been to a show until one week before this one! With that said I had so much fun! Prejudging was nerve racking since it was the first time in my life I had ever been on stage! I did both figure and bikini. Figure was first so I was much more comfortable on stage once I went back on for bikini. I was so nervous before stepping on stage but once I got on that kind of went away and I really enjoyed it! It's like a rush being up there, it's a lot of fun! Finals was even more fun for me because I had my friends and family there cheering me on. That really helped me feel more relaxed on stage. The hardest part for me was holding a big smile, my mouth kept shaking, it's something I'll have to work on. But when my family was rooting for me it made my smile more genuine and the shakes went away! The entire experience was very surreal. At my first show I received 1st place in Bikini short, 2nd place in Figure short, and the Ripped Femme Award.
Future plans: Well first I have to get on a good post show diet. I of course have taken a few days off everything to just relax and enjoy some yummy food and treats!! I have to decide whether I want to continue in the Bikini or Figure category. It's a tough one, I'm not too sure and I need to have a chat with my Coach. I can't wait to get back in the swing of things with a solid routine but still going to enjoy some down time right now! :)