Andrea Sedicino - Figure Competitor

Fitness has always been a part of my life. Growing up, I used to watch my dad lift weights and I would work out to my sistersí fitness videos. I was also highly involved in dance for nine years. Dancing developed my balance, strength, and most of all, discipline. I channeled and transitioned that discipline into my new passion, bodybuilding.

In 2010, I decided to sign up for a gym membership. By training consistently and eating clean, I started seeing results that motivated me to keep going. I felt so accomplished because I attained these results without anyoneís help. My friends at my gym encouraged me to compete, as they witnessed how much my physique changed over the years.

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For my pre-contest diet, I found that my body responds best to carb cycling along with a high protein and moderate fat intake. I typically train six days per week while incorporating a mix of steady state cardio and HIIT, depending on what muscle I am training that day. In the off-season, I stay in a caloric surplus while eating the foods that I enjoy in moderation, as it is sustainable and keeps me from gaining unwanted fat.

Having been familiar with being on stage many times for my dance recitals alleviated the stress of stepping on stage as a competitor. My first competition on June 11, 2016 was a very emotional day for meóI was nervous, but proud of myself for achieving something that I have dreamed of doing for so long. When I was finished getting all dolled up, I felt beautiful, confident, and ready to take the stage. I felt like I was born to compete. I placed third in novice and fifth in open. My second competition was two weeks after my first competition and by that time, I felt even more confident and comfortable on stage. I placed second in open and third in novice.

In my experience, entering the world of competing not only built my body but my mind. I learned that prepping for a competition is the ultimate test of willpower and self-discipline, which as a result, developed my mental strength. At the end of the day, itís not about winning a trophy; itís the feeling of empowerment after all of the months of hard work and sacrifice.

I am currently preparing for a third competition on November 12, 2016, which I am so excited for. Thereafter, I am going to take time off to gain muscle as I plan to prepare for my first national show in 2017.

Andrea Sedicino
NASM Certified Personal Trainer
AFPA Certified Nutrition & Wellness Consultant
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