Lisa Spitzer - Figure Competitor

I had always had a passion for health and fitness. I have been an athlete for as long as I can remember. After college I got a job, got married and had a baby. I was working in the law field but desperately missed the feel of athletic competitions. I wanted to go out of my comfort zone and try something I did not think I could do. I made the decision to compete in my first figure competition. I hired a trainer and began to vigorously train. During the process I learned about nutrition and the science of macro nutrients combined with training and the effects it had on the body. It changed my life so much that I eventually left the law field and became a personal trainer.

My diet stays pretty consistent whether I am prepping for a show or not. The only difference is the volume of food. In contest prep I cut for ultimate leanness so my food volume will change accordingly. My diet is mainly plant based. I am able to maintain my weight while continuing to build lean muscle. I never worry about “bulking “or “cutting” I just stay consistent (based on my BMR) add and lower food volume according to my goals and train hard. I had done a lot of research prior to making the decision to compete. I had learned about hormones, metabolism, food and macros and their effects the body. I was fortunate that I did not follow a certain plan that did not help me reach my goals.

Self-confidence: That is a great question. During prep, I was working so hard that I did not have time to even think about the moment I would step on stage. I was focused on each session, each meal and tried not to look ahead. But when the moment or truth came, I was extremely nervous and “freaking out”as I was about to walk on stage for the first time. But I am telling you, as soon as I felt those bright lights and heard the roar of the crowed I was no longer nervous. THIS is what I had been working so hard for and I did not want the moment to every end.

I train six days a week. I prefer to work one/two muscle groups per session. The goal is to break down the muscle to build it up and I feel it takes an entire session to accomplish this. For me form is everything. If your form is off you are not hitting the muscle being worked directly therefore, are not gaining the maximum benefit. For this reason I don’t go super heavy on the weights and only increase weight when form is perfected. I usually do moderate weight/heavy volume. I prefer HIIT over steady state cardio. I do 3 to 5 sessions per week. I do HIIT prior to weight training because it gives me an amazing endorphin rush and I seem to be able to last longer during training sessions. As far as nutrition, I keep my eating schedule very consistent even on weekends. Because of this, my system has adapted and runs like a machine.

I want to share the experience of my first show because that is what started the addiction. The morning of the show was crazy. I woke up, looked in the mirror and almost cried. My physique was shredded. All the hard work had paid off. When I got to the show it was packed with competitors. Everybody looked amazing. I went to hair and make-up and then to check in/competitor meeting. I met so many people from different walks of life but we all had this really cool bond. The meeting got me so fired up that for a brief moment, all fear was gone. Then we headed back stage to wait to be called up for pre-judging. The waiting was definitely the hardest part. But I spent a lot of time pumping up as I waited for my division to be called. When it was finally my turn to hit the stage the butterflies were insane. We, the competitors, all gave each other hi-fives and big smiles and that was a game changer. As soon as I felt the stage beneath my HIGH heels, as well as the stage lights I felt awesome and ready to show my months of hard work. The night show was even more amazing. The audience was huge and loud. I did not want my time on stage to end. After that I was hooked and knew I would be back.

Being an athlete definitely takes discipline and sacrifice. I am extremely grateful that this opportunity has given me to develop these two qualities. Once I realized how much time, effort and sacrifice I was willing and able to put in to this, it became my passion. This passion translated into a desire to share my knowledge and experiences with others. I wanted to help anyone that wanted to change not only their physique but change their habits and teach them the importance of nutrition. I wanted people to experience the feeling off increased energy, optimal health and overall wellbeing that comes with a healthy lifestyle. I pursed my Personal Training Certification, left the law field and became a personal trainer. I now am the owner of Elite Physique By Lisa and have never been happier in my life. I could not imagine doing anything else.

My plan is to keep expanding my knowledge, expanding my business and above all, helping clients reach their ultimate health goals. I would also love to do motivational speaking. That has been a dream of mine for a very long time.

As for competing, the plan is to hit the National Stage in Miami in 2019.


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