I'm really excited to introduce you all to Kelly Mulder who is coming on board with The Barbelle Club to share with us her training log in the lead up to her first body building competition.
Kelly is a 27 year old student and teacher of Vinyasa Yoga, but she's also lifts. Heavy as she can! Her sporting background is equestrian and her athletic background has seen her focus and train in a wide variety of disciplines. She's been a long distance runner, specifically training for half marathons.
I met Kelly when she was training in Crossfit. Like many of us, Crossfit was her introduction to lifting. She's since undertaken more specialised strength based training, predominantly lifting with Ryan at Stronger Athletics, where she is also coaching.
I've know Kelly for a couple of years now and I've always been impressed by how such a young chick can juggle life like a zen master. A busy life, coaching across different disciplines, training like a boss, raising two young girls and somehow attaining the holy grail of being both mobile AND strong!
This is going to be a really exciting journey for Kelly and we are stoked to be able to follow along! I'm interested in her exploration of a purely aesthetically focussed pursuit, especially as she's coming from a performance based background. I'm interested to see how she goes with the training and the diet. I'm also really hanging to see what kind of bikini she rocks at comp ;)
What's happening Kelly?
I'm training for my first physique competition..... SCARY!!
We decided to do a competition as a bit of a challenge. I have never done anything for a purely aesthetic purposes... So thats new and interesting. Also going through the processes of preparing physically and mentally for something like this will be a great learning experience.
Can you tell us a little bit about your training over the years?
All of the types of training I have done are very different and I think I can take good things away from all of them. I think the main thing is to remain open minded about your training and keep it varied. There are good and bad aspects of just about every form of training. I try to take the positives from everything I have tried and not limit myself to sticking to only one form of training specifically.
The idea that yoga and strength training/powerlifting are paradoxical is a misconception. Some people think that they are conflicting pursuits, but I actually think they compliment each other really well.
What about strength training?
I used to think, "back in the day", like a lot of girls that too much strength training would make me bulky. Now I wish I had started years earlier than I did. Imagine where I would be now!
But, you can only do what you know at the time and I'm glad I'm better educated than that now.
Can you tell us about your diet and how that's evolved with your training?
My diet has changed dramatically over time. I grew up vegetarian and was until i was 19. I tried paleo and "clean eating" for a number of years but now i use IIFYM. This has been more effective and actually healthy and balanced for me than anything else.
For as long as i can remember i have been obsessed with being healthy, to the point where it was no longer healthy. If I ate something "bad" I would be really upset and mad at myself to the point of purging sometimes. IIFYM as taught me to have balance. To some people, it might seem extreme to weight your food etc. but for me it has been the best thing ever.