How’s it going ladies and gents! Today I am thrilled to share my client and friend, Crystal Sassen’s Bikini Prep Journey. Crystal came to me with a unique situation and almost an emergency for the remainder of her prep.
I have worked with Crystal in the past and it was an awesome experience. Crystal was very focused, in a good position health wise, and trusted my guidance so I knew I could help her do well with the remainder of her prep.
I told Crystal that prep is like a great big roller coaster and you will have some highs and lows along the way and I would be by her side every step of the way and not let her fall off that roller coaster.
She ended up placing 4th overall and 3rd in her Novice class at the NPC show in Dallas and it was her very first show!
I am so proud of her hard work and what she accomplished; it was an awesome journey to say the least.
The moral of Crystal’s story is she lost a significant amount of body fat, maintained lean body mass, and never had to deprive herself from foods she enjoyed during her prep. Health is always number when we coach our clients through prep. Crystal accomplished her goals without making her life miserable and was very content with her overall prep experience.
See what Crystal has to say about her Prep Journey …
It has always been a goal of mine to compete in a Bikini Competition so over the last couple of months I set out to achieve this goal. It took a lot of hard work, dedication and a ton of sacrifice. The gym was the easy part but let me tell you about the food… I got “HANGRY” a lot and that was by far the hardest part of my prep. You never realize all the temptations that are around you all the time, especially with holidays, thin Mints and those damn SNICKERS EGGS!!!
Prep had its ups and downs as I am sure they all do. I had bronchitis early on in prep that had me out for like two weeks. There was the nose bleed that wouldn’t stop and an ER trip later for just a nose plug, I found myself not able to train for a few days. There was the intestinal infection as I was nearing the end of my prep.
With two weeks out from my show I found myself in a unique situation where I needed to find a coach to finish my prep out with, coach me through PEAK WEEK/SHOW DAY, and still drop some weight. I didn’t know who to turn to, and I took a chance to reach out to Eric to see if he would finish this prep out with me. My husband has been working with Eric, and I had also worked with Eric in the past. I shot him an email and knew that it was a long shot, but within minutes of sending the email, Eric responded back and was willing to help! He didn’t hesitate once and was extremely positive about the situation.
Within a day Eric emailed me a workout plan and my macros for the week. I was amazed at the way he responded anytime I emailed him and that he was really engaged in monitoring my progress. He had me send him three pictures a day and emailed me with a response every time. He wanted daily logs with my food and was even able to help me get through a 10K the Sunday before my show. He gave me his phone number and made sure that he was there for me every step of the way. I know that Eric is based out of California and I live in Texas but he made me feel like he was there for me in spite of the distance. Eric made peak week a breeze and I did not have to do no ridiculous water depletion. From day one Eric made it clear to me that my health came first, and that was what I was looking for in a coach. That statement made me trust him 100%.
Eric has been amazing to work with and since the show I have started my reverse diet with him. I love how even after the show he stays very engaged with my progress. Eric is someone that genuinely cares about his clients and people in general. Eric has a huge heart and a great sense of humor. You can just tell that Eric and his brother Chris are GREAT PEOPLE!!! Thank you so much Eric for your help and guidance. I look forward to you helping me get bikini ready for my summer vacation and maybe even another show in the fall!!!!
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