Amber Reese - Bikini Competitor

I was an athlete growing up and have always been competitive, so when I graduated from school I wanted to find something I could continue competing in. I started working at a gym in 2014 and met some competitors who introduced me to the sport. Did my first show in 2015 and was hooked ever since.

In the beginning of my 20 week prep for a show I follow IIFYM (keeping it clean) as I get closer to show day I get more strict and start following a meal plan. During off season I like to intuitively eat with five meals a day but also sneak in some treats!!
Failed diet: A very restrictive, non-flexible, very low calorie diet drove me to cheat on my diet very frequently. I enjoy IIFYM because although I keep it a very clean diet, if I have a sweet tooth, I allow myself to fit in a protein bar or extra peanut butter in a meal, which in return, helps me not binge eat.

#transformationtuesday 2015/2017/2018 Canít wait to see the physique I bring to the stage next time! ?? (ps the first photo has been flipped, I didnít photoshop my tattoo off)

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I pride myself in all the hard work I put in during a prep that when it comes to show day I am always eager to get on stage and show the judges what vie worked so hard for, for so long.

Right now during offseason I usually have 2 shoulder days, 2 leg days, 1 back/bis, 1 chest/tris a week and cardio is 3 days a week for 30 minutes. I actually really enjoy eating healthy and meal prepping so dieting isn't very hard for me. You just have to find creative ways to eat meals so that you don't get bored and give up.

My last show went great. I of course was nervous at check ins seeing the competition and unsure how I was going to place but I also knew I was going to have fun no matter what. I was pretty calm and collected throughout most of the day, really I was just eager to get on stage, I love it up there! To me this sport is you versus you and every year I bring a better physique than the last so to me, regardless of my placing I was going to be proud of myself. After finals, walking off stage with a 1st and a 2nd place that night I felt really good. I felt accomplished. I was ready to go out and celebrate with friends.

Ugh I loved my @muscledazzle suit???? #muscledazzle

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Being an athlete has taught me discipline. It has helped me discover how mentally strong I am. That if I want something bad enough I know I can put in the work, and achieve it.

I am currently qualified for nationals so I am taking the rest of the year off to gain more muscle (specifically shoulders and glutes) and get back on stage in 2019.


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