Beth Harper - Figure Competitor

I have always been active, I was a dancer for 10+ years prior to bodybuilding and transitioned from one activity to the other pretty quickly. At the gym people would ask me “Do you compete?” I had no idea what they were talking about so I looked to the World Wide Web for answers! I was really intrigued and thought it was something I wanted to give a shot. I decided to compete in the figure division because I had a decent amount of muscle and it just fit my personality. I have since competed 4 times over the last 3 years and have won my class at each show and taken home 2 overalls.

Diet change off-season vs. pre-contest: Mostly just the structure of how I'm eating and training changes. I eat the same foods all year round. I like carb cycling for cutting and building muscle, but there are many different ways to achieve the same goal. Failed diet: To be honest, I've never had a contest diet fail my expectations because I have always worked 100% with my coaches to achieve the best results and busted my ass in the process. I leave nothing to chance and assure that I surround myself with those who have the same mindset.

#tbt to when I was an alien ???? Competition is in my nature. All growing up I HAD to be the best at everything I did. In my mind I couldn't let myself lose, because if I'm going to do something, I'm going to be the best. ????And luckily I realized early on the activities that just weren't for me ???????? The thing I love most about competing is that the effort that I put in really dictates the outcome. And that's something no one can take from me. Sure I had guidance and support, but it was me who put all the physical work in. ???? I'm a champion not simply because I have a few trophies, but because of all the effort I put in to achieving my goals. The fire that's inside my heart ?? ?? And I encourage anyone else to do the same.. ???? #bodybuilding #figure #fitness #npc #ncnpc #encourage #strength #champion #passion #throwbackthursday #lift #workout

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I lift 5-6 times a week and my cardio varies depending on how far out I am from a show or what I look like. Right now I'm doing HIIT cardio after each workout but may switch to a steady state cardio later on and at different times of the day just depending on how everything looks.

Since I danced for so long I am very comfortable performing in front of large audiences. It's a rush of adrenaline I can't explain but I crave that feeling! But to gain the confidence I have I used to tell myself “fake it until you make it”. Just tell yourself you're the best until you really start to believe it. At my first show in 2014 I just had absolutely no idea what to expect. I was just soaking it all in and enjoying every moment. At my most recent show in October 2016 I had already done multiple shows and felt really confident in how I looked so it was a much more relaxing experience. It's so nice going to athlete check in and getting your number and getting to meet the NPC officials, it's real at that point. Prejudging is obviously where all the magic happens. Where I'm the most focused. I just put my headphones in, I usually pump up my shoulders and back just a little before I go on as well. I love seeing people who I only get to see online and getting to chat with them. And of course winning first place was the best part :)

This year I plan on competing at my first national show, the 2017 IFBB North Americans at the end of August where I'll be completing in the figure division! I have already started prepping and I'm just a little less than 19 weeks out. I'm giving it my all! Follow my journey!
I also do one-on-one and online bikini/figure posing and training programs!

Working on my wings ???? #beastmode #beastmodebeth #trainhard #bodybuilding #figure #fitness #decongirls #deconnutritionandtraining #crazyhair

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Beth Harper
NPC Nationally Qualified Figure Competitor

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