Kristen Ardizzione - Bikini Competitor

I enjoyed lifting in highschool and my trainer at the time competed. After watching videos and following competitors I decided I wanted to attempt it.

In the off-season I track macros versus stricter meal plans. I try to only eat Whole Foods with minimal sugars and simple carbs. In the off-season I pay no attention to where I get my macros as long as I hit my numbers. I have only competed twice. Back to back in one prep. I was on a strict meal plan which worked well however was very difficult and even harder to reverse from.

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Deep post alert sorry guys??????? . . I have quickly discovered that the course I am taking is probably going to be the most intense class I have taken to date. As it dawned on me that I had signed up to complete something that most people struggle to do in a full semester in a couple of weeks I felt my anxiety start kicking in. I could feel my heart race, tears started to form in my eyes, the knot in my stomach tightened and my throat chocked up. . . . My thoughts then shifted to just giving up. To “I’m not gonna get the grade anyway, I’m going to have to retake this class so don’t even bother worrying” then to “maybe I should just quit this prep, I don’t have time for both, I can’t do both. I don’t have a good shot at the show anyway so just focus on school” and the negative thoughts continued to spiral. . . I have decided to make the choice to ignore both of those mentalities and chose #3. I’m going to work my ASS off and make it happen. I am going to spend every second of my lift with either a textbook or a dumbbell in my hand and there’s no chance in hell im not going to be successful in both of these. Point is you can’t choose what happens to you, but how you respond is 100% up to you, even if at that moment you think it’s not. . . That being said I will be MIA for about 8 weeks cause my goals are more important than anything else

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The confidence came through completing the prep. As time went on, confidence built through knowing how much effort I put into the prep. By the time it came to step on stage I was excited to show off how hard I had worked.

I lift 5 days a week. Two leg days, one back with triceps, one shoulder with biceps, one shoulder with chest. I would complete about 30 minutes of SS cardio on a stairclimber 5-6 days a week depending on my level of conditioning. Training is fun for me. Whether I compete or not I will always train so balancing that aspect was easy.

Being on stage for the first time at the 2018 Sampson Showdown was a rush. I was scared and unsure most of the show. During prejudging I was placed center stage in every class. I was absolutely mind blown. When finals came around I won my classes. At that moment I knew that I had a real chance to make something of myself and this was something I knew I was going to dedicate everything to.

Being an athlete has completely changed my life. It has given me purpose, friendships I never expected, a new positive and driven attitude. I have now changed my major to nutrition from falling in love with the aspect. My life has changed for the better.

My next show will be June 29th 2019. The battle in the desert before competing at the USA national show in attempts for my pro card.


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