By: Emily Canfield
I started training with Chris at Prevail Conditioning because I decided I wanted to compete in an NPC (National Physique Committee) show in the Bikini category and I wanted his help getting ready for it. I had competed twice last year and was unable to achieve the look I wanted, which was frustrating. I knew if I was really going to make a change & improve myself, I needed to seek help from the most knowledgeable person I know which happens to be Chris! I really struggle with building muscle and until I worked out with Chris I had never been able to gain any, especially in my upper body. We trained for a little over 3 months, doing 3 days of upper body at first which was the most I had ever done & it was definitely challenging but he got me through it. We measured my bodyfat & tracked my progress regularly & everything was going in the right direction but then we hit a small bump in the road when I lost 2lbs of muscle. That was the turning point where Chris' expertise really kicked in and magic was made;) I say that because, in training for past shows, I had also run into a similar weight loss issue but this time we approached it differently and I was able to get my all my 2lbs. of muscle back and then some! I know it was a result of switching 2 key components of my program. One change he made was switching my supplements. I began taking some Advocare supplements and they made a HUGE difference! I took Catalyst before my cardio workouts, Mass Impact prior to my strength workouts & Muscle Gain immediately after my strength workouts. I didn't use the Muscle Gain at first because it was slightly higher in calories than I thought I could have but since I had lost weight it was exactly what I needed to get my muscle mass back. The other change he made was to switch my cardio to interval training so instead of spending 30 minutes doing regular cardio I did shorter, more intense cardio. The last week before my show I did those twice a day & it made a *huge* difference in getting my bodyfat down while maintaining my muscle. I had never done my cardio that way before so it was difficult but my body responded quickly so they did the trick! By the day of the show, my body had been completely transformed! I had gained 4 pounds of muscle & got down to 15.5% bodyfat.
It was a long, hard journey but the end result was my best stage look yet---I couldn't have been happier & all my friends noticed how much of an improvement I had made from my other shows. I had such a great time & I felt confident & happy with my look so I really showed it off on stage like never before! And I owe it all to Chris! If any ladies out there are like me & need help transforming their bodies (for a show or otherwise) Prevail Conditioning is the place to go! I would recommend it above anywhere else in town because they have the most knowledgeable & thorough trainers who know how to get the most potential out of their clients when it really counts!