Tiffany Scallan - Figure Competitor

* Overall Figure Champion, 2017 NPC Bayou Muscle Championships.

I started competing in 2016. I've been an athlete my entire life, collegiate soccer and track. So fitness and sports were not new to me. However, a friend of mine had started competing in 2015, and after going to a few of his shows I realized that it was something I was interested in and could excel at, as well.

Diet: I have not mastered my off-season diet just yet. I do still like to enjoy my food when I'm not prepping for a show. It allows me to be able to live my life enjoy social events while training hard to build muscle. My pre-contest diet involves a reduced carb and fat intake, as well as carb cycling. Since I've only competed twice, I have used the same diet coach and a similar pre-contest diet. They were both effective, however the longer I was on the diet the more effective it was.

I break up my cardio and my lifting. I usually do my fasted cardio in the morning, some HIIT cardio in afternoons and my lifting in the evenings.

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The very first time that I competed I was so afraid and nervous because I had never done it before. I didn't know what to expect. I didn't know how I would feel on stage. I was fearful all the way up until the point that I got in line to go on stage, and then in a moment, all that fear and nervousness just left me and I was at peace. It was an amazing experience. I'll never forget it. I think the confidence comes with time, and spending your whole life playing sports on a field or a court or a track kind of prepares you for that as well. And with every competition you get more confident. Also if you put in the time and the practice and you do the work, you will feel confident that you did everything you could do to prepare.

Life as an athlete: Well like I said earlier, I have been an athlete my whole life so I am somewhat used to it. However this sport has demanded more of me than any sport I've ever done. At times it affects my relationships, family, social events, etc. It also helps me in other areas of my life, like my job, I always have to represent what fitness is since I am a manager at a gym.

I'm not really sure what the future holds in this sport for me. However, I'm going to move forward and give it everything I've got. The next step is for me to compete at a national level to get my pro card later this year.

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