I’m less than two weeks away from the stage and now only a few short days before I fly out to start my peak week in LA!

The week before travelling is always a bit manic. Add in an international competition and it takes the mayhem to the next level.

This week has seen me working with my designers to put the finishing touches on costumes and outfits, rehearsing posing, planning my food prep for flights and making sure everything that can be organised is! Not to mention making sure my own clients prepping for their shows in a few short weeks have been taken care of and have everything they need.

Two weeks out from stage and I am feeling pretty happy with my conditioning and how my physique is progressing. I have worked hard during this prep and I must admit this has been one of my more challenging preps. There has been a series of ups and downs with personal challenges, injuries and illnesses. But throughout all of this I am reminded once again of the importance of being able to keep calm among the chaos, of being able to find peace in the storm and of trusting and believing in myself.

Image taken from @aliciagowans_wbffpro’s Instagram account.

Dealing with pre comp anxiety

Many people at this stage of prep, start to get very anxious. They start to compare themselves to their competition. They start to question if they will be ready. The little seed of self-doubt starts to take hold. Their emotions get triggered and next thing you know they are pulling the pin.

To think people assume the physical side of body building is the hard part! Haha – no, body building and competing is just as much, if not more so, a mental game as it is a physical game. And the final weeks of prep have the ability to weed out those who doubt themselves.

This stage of prep is when you have to dig deep. You didn’t go through months of training, dieting and giving up your social life to quit now. This is when you double down, when you have to believe that it is ultimately all worth it.

There are two types of bodybuilders

From years of competing and coaching I have found there are two types of people in bodybuilding. Those who look at the last two weeks of prep and go ‘I can’t wait for it to be over’ and those who go ‘I have two weeks left to absolutely smash this and wring out every last gain I can get’. You can probably guess, which camp the champions belong to.

For me, I love the last few weeks of prep. I love the challenge and I love how everyday your body changes. This is the time that all the hard work starts to come together and you get to start peeling back the layers and getting to see what’s underneath. You get to wake up and think ‘Ohh that is new, I didn’t know I had a vein there!’ or ‘Yes, striations’.  Everyday something new appears.

This is the time that sets the lions apart from the lambs. Where you find out who has it and who doesn’t. Who can push through and leave it all on the stage, who can dig deep and who truly does believe in themselves enough to take what they want.

Image taken from @aliciagowans_wbffpro’s Instagram account.

It’s a cliche, but attitude is truly the key to success

Having a winning mindset is not just a phrase, but a way of life. It’s comprised of discipline, commitment, failures, triumphs and lessons. It’s the ability to turn your challenges into successes, negatives into positives and when you think you have nothing else to give, reaching deeper inside and finding more.

Two weeks out and all I can think – is come at me LA!

Did you miss the first three parts of Alicia Gowans’ Road to LA? You can read Part OnePart TwoPart Three, Part FourPart FivePart Six and Part Seven here.

Stay tuned for another great lesson next week, when Alicia returns with Part Nine of her journey.

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Alicia Gowans

Alicia Gowans

Join me on my journey to becoming my ultimate in fitness, health and wellness. As a busy mother of 2 managing multiple businesses I am excited to share with you all my progress of achieving your goals through determination and balance. My motto is "Anything is achievable if you are willing to work hard for it and believe in yourself!"