Lyn Elm - Figure Competitor

Lyn: The first time that I stepped into a gym was January of 2012. I was 41 years old, a stay at home mom of six children. My oldest son was becoming a little overweight so I decided to make this step in the fitness direction for him. I had always been very intimidated of joining a gym. I didn't want to look out of place and I was afraid that gym members would make fun of me. My self confidence and self worth were very low at this time in my life.

My fitness journey started with group fitness classes. I became a regular in each class spending at least 3 hours a day there doing different classes. I became very involved. The feeling was awesome!! I was a much happier and healthier person all around. The depression and anxiety were gone my self confidence and self worth were rising, and I was meeting and making so many new friends. I was also losing weight and becoming leaner too! A happier me had evolved, and I was addicted!

I did so many group fitness classes I was becoming rather lean and athletically shaped. Random gym members would approach me and marvel at my arms and ask me "What I was doing to make them look the way that they did?" I was compared to "those people" in "those bodybuilding shows." I had never been to one of those shows before? That is when I decided to take a different direction. In March of 2013 I hired a trainer/ competitive coach and I started my weight lifting and competitive journey.

The fear of the weightlifting side of the gym was major for me. I luckily had my trainer/ coach by my side to help me overcome my fear and to be more comfortable with the equipment. I would definitely say this is where my foundation of discipline, dedication, and commitment all started I was fortunate enough to see the day to day lifestyles of how IFBB Pros lived. I trained in the gym with them, I watched, and I learned from them, and I got to see how serious that they took this lifestyle and diet. After ten months and four figure competitions my coach and I parted ways. My strength was definitely tested at this time.

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I moved away to a new gym I saw how other competitors trained differently and I was definitely thankful for the foundation and insight that I had gotten in those past ten months. In March of 2014 I took on my new and present coach. I was six weeks out from The Charlotte Cup and determined more than ever to step on that stage. I was not going to quit or fade away. With a new coach, a new diet plan in place and a lot of pressure to succeed I pulled off the top five. I was not quitting anytime soon the change in my body at this point and the challenge of prep was very gratifying. I did two more figure competitions in June of 2014 placing 2nd in each.

I started my offseason diet after my last show in June 2014. I was eating clean and lifting heavy! My Goal for June of 2015 at the time was to win The title "The South Carolina State Figure Champ!" and that I did! My happiest moment so far in this Journey. I will be awarded The South Carolina State Ring on June 25th 2016!

My Diet
I eat 6 meals a day usually every three hours. 7am,10am,1pm,4pm,7pm,930pm. My diet plan consist of
Rice Cakes
Peanut Butter /Cashews
Whey Protein
Rice, usually Jasmine rice
Sweet Potatoes
Green Beans
Fish (Cod)
Lean red meat
And a cheat meal once a week.

During my contest prep carbs are cut down, but not taken away totally. Closer to the show more fish and greens, are introduced. I have found that my body responds much better to carbs I come in a lot fuller and not so flat and depleted. As with a higher protein and lower carb diet.

Training consist of 5 days a week.30 to 45 mins. I usually do 4 to 5 exercises 4 sets of 12 to 15 reps.
Monday Chest
Tuesday off
Wednesday off
Thursday shoulders
Friday Legs
Saturday Triceps and Biceps
Sunday Back
I do Cardio 45 mins a day 6 to 7 days a week usually around 6 am in the mornings.

During show prep cardio is increased to twice a day 45 mins in the morning everyday, and 30 min to 40 mins in the evenings too.


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