Kim Hix - Figure Competitor

Background: I did my first show when I was 48. I had never thought about competing or cared to because I have always been a more quiet, reserved, timid person. I was a painfully shy child and teenager. As I have grown older I have learned to be more vocal, assertive and social. I have had several careers, my background is in Psychology & mental health, but fitness has always been my passion. As I worked other careers I did personal training part time. As much as I loved fitness, studied it & nutrition, lifted weights daily, I never saw the definition in my body like I saw on the girls on stage & I couldnít understand why. So, I decided to make this goal to see if I could just once stick to the 12 week Prep & see if I had muscle hiding underneath it all.


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The plan was to do 1 show. My husband had competed years and years ago so he helped with my eating plan and a better structured training schedule. I had always been afraid to eat, afraid of calories, very distorted in my relationship with food and it was very difficult for me to understand that I could eat, a lot, and still lose weight. But as the weeks went by I was losing weight, my body was changing, I was seeing definition I had never seen before, and it was a very cool experience. For the first time in my life I LIKED looking at my body. As the show got closer I decided to enlist a professional posing coach and someone to better help narrow down my macros, this guy is a NPC judge himself, a prior bodybuilder and well known in the bodybuilding circles. He has turned into a wonderful friend, mentor and unlimited source of knowledge. Well, two days before the show I came down with food poison, threw up all day, and during peak week this is not good! I ended up too thin on stage, but the fact that I even got on stage is still a miracle. I was so scared I seriously almost didnít walk on. Getting on stage in those crazy heels, in a tiny bikini, for this insecure girl was a huge!!! Jump outside my comfort zone. Just talking in front of others is terrifying enough. But, I did, somehow, & I didnít place, didnít expect to. Then, I got mad, at myself, for getting sick, the competitive side of me jumped out and I told myself I could do better if I tried again. So, I did that too! I ended up winning my division, & second in Open against girls more than half my age, and that, I thought was really cool. I kept going, kept winning, and four years, 8 shows later, 6-First Place,3-Second Place, 2-Third Place, 7th of 18 Nationally Masters Division Pittsburgh, preparing for #9.

Diet/ On vs off season: Honestly my diet doesnít change a lot as far as the food I eat. I eat clean year round for the most part, except when not preparing for a show I allow treats if I want them. I have a terrible sweet tooth. I prep my meals through the week to take to work, same food I do during a prep, chicken, a green veggie; broccoli, asparagus, beans, zucchini, Brussels sprouts, 2 ounces sweet potato. Breakfast all year is Protein oatmeal, Ĺ c oats cooked with Ĺ cup egg whites & 1 scoop protein powder, then a bit of cashew milk. On the weekend itís Protein pancakes. I donít ď bulkĒ like many people. I stay within 5-10 lbs of my stage weight all year. Off season I donít measure or weigh my food, I give myself a break from that part of it. My calories for Prep are about 1300, my carbs stay around 85, going high for me which Iím doing now at 4 weeks out is in the 90ís for carbs and calories 1450; protein 175. Typically prep macros are Cals 1300/ carbs 75-80/protein 150/fat 40 I know for my body I canít tolerate many carbs. I have found for me, eating the same food and meals is easy, makes everything easier and I donít get overwhelmed by too many choices. My year round eating habits are pretty much the same, chicken, fish, ground turkey, green veggie, sweet potato, oatmeal, nuts, some fruit, thatís it. No bread, no other starches, no pasta or rice, no steak, ground beef rarely, Greek yogurt sometimes, sweets when I want them, tequila shots when needed lol.



I have only tried 1 type of competition diet plan that is now my normal way of eating all year, clean. No processed foods, nothing in a bag, box, package, restaurant, fast food, no additives or preservatives. All fresh. The exceptions are pasteurized egg whites, oats to cook, protein powder. I cook all my food, no salt, no seasonings with additives, just herbs, Coconut Aminos, garlic powder, onion powder, lemon juice. Eating clean as a way of life allows me to enjoy life, enjoy treats if I want them, enjoy a party with crazy appetizers, without worrying that I will gain 5lbs from a splurge.

My training program involves weight training 6 days a week and cardio everyday during prep, most days twice per day cardio, sometimes three, depending on how the day has been and how I feel. Today I did fasted cardio for 35 minutes, ate breakfast, went to gym for weight training, did another 30 min high incline treadmill there and 1.5 hrs weights, went to other gym where I train clients, trained a client then did 25 minutes on bike. Some days weight training twice as well. I never do the same workout twice. I keep a notebook, write down how I break down my workout by parts M-Sun for the whole month, then each month I switch it up, the order. I do this all year. I do different workout styles each time as well. For example, first of the week shoulder workout may be lower reps (10-12 range) while second, later in week is high rep (20-30 reps 5 sets) I use all kinds of methods and techniques. My method and intensity of training doesnít differ much from off season to prep, except no fasted cardio off season, Sunday is no weights and just a long walk day, on and off season.


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Confidence: I still donít have the confidence. I think itís just that at my age, 52, Iím proud that I have achieved what I have. That doesnít mean Iím confident that Iím better than the other girl, but that Iím just thankful for what I have done. Every show Iím fearful, afraid I will fall, afraid the suit will break, afraid I will do something stupid. There is always fear. But I think for me, Iíve lived a lot, been through a lot, and Iím at the point where Iím like ďhere I am. This is me, goofy, real, in your face, honest, showing you what Iíve done, like it or notĒ

Being an athlete: I have always been active. As a kid we played outside all day. I first went to a gym at 14 with my mom and have been going ever since. Fitness, feeling strong, weight lifting, for me, is the only thing in my life I do for me! Itís for me. Itís my time. My therapy. I have two grown kids, 23 & 20, both with significant mental health problems that still live and home and are not independent at all. Taking care of them, their health needs, Dr appointments, therapy, medications etcÖ has been my world for, well, 20+ years. Working out has always been those few hours a day that I got to do something for me. Weight training makes me feel confident, strong, capable of anything, Bad Ass. It is my passion, my work, my income, my pride, my identity.


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Future: Well, currently Iím 4 weeks out from Lee Haney Games, October 27 in Atlanta. Then, try to rest just a bit and work towards Nationals again in July. I have been struggling with several health and injury related issues since March that still arenít better. One is bilateral Carpal tunnel in both arms/wrists causing chronic numbness & tingling. Iím trying to delay that surgery as long as possible. I would love to get my Pro card. I realize as a Masters competitor the opportunities for this are few, but I still have that hope. I would also love to find a legit sponsor, not one of those that sends the message ď if you buy our Gold package for $200 andÖ..Ē Iím talking one that really pays for entry fees, supports you on social media, throws you a hi 5 every now and then kind of thing.

Social media links:

IG @teamkimfitness @kimhix66
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FB Team Kim Fitness
Twitter @kimwhix


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