Ultimate Fitness Events (UFE) is ready to be your inspiration and your platform to make 2019 your best year yet. With a myriad of events spanning the globe, offering different levels of competition in several categories, there’s sure to be an event with your name on it.
Like all fitness enthusiasts, you’re likely to arrive at a point where you ask yourself, “Why should I compete?” There is not one single answer, but rather a multitude of valid answers to that question. In this blog instalment, we’ll take a look at 10 exhilarating reasons why you should stop merely considering entering, and take the first step to register with UFE today. Whether you’re a Novice or Open competitor, you’re bound to find a competition calling your name in the categories of Bodybuilding, Fitness Model, Physique, Figure, Bikini or Glamour. As the saying goes, there’s no time like the present, for the present is now.
Ultimate Fitness Events (UFE) is pleased to present a monthly showcase of some of the extraordinary men and women who have graced our stages at a multitude of competitions and enjoyed exceptional success. Each month we’ll leaf through the pages of our 12-year history to recount the journeys of the amazing champions in our bodybuilding, fitness model, figure, physique, bikini, and glamour classes. All of these remarkable athletes have their own unique tale to tell regarding their respective backgrounds and how they came to commit to fitness. From there, a further commitment was required to dedicate their lifestyles and training protocols to a level where they could compete. The rest, as they say, is history.
While competition is certainly not all about winning and bringing home the hardware, these model athletes represent astonishing stories of commitment, perseverance and executing a plan. The results they accomplished have shown to be comprehensive with far-reaching positive effects on their family lives, careers, and emotional states. Establishing a plan, working towards a goal, obtaining results and ultimately succeeding: UFE champions are proof that there’s no greater feeling. And when you consider that these champions and legends are regular individuals like yourself, one thing is clear: there’s no reason why YOU can’t become the next UFE champion and legend too.
2019 has arrived! Welcome to your brand new year in fitness and the launch of the all-new Ultimate Fitness Events (UFE) blog.
The impressive array of natural fitness athletes and models you observe gracing this website all have three things in common: (1) none of them were born with the same physique you seem them with now; (2) they all arrived at a point in their lives where they observed they had potential – then followed through by taking measures to fulfill their goals; and (3) they incorporated fitness training as an adjunct to health, nutrition, diet and a clean lifestyle. These three common denominators reliably produced not only physical but mental and emotional gains, culminating in substantial improvements to their overall quality of life. When it came time to step off-stage at the conclusion of a fitness competition, the gains and wins remained, accentuating each individual’s family life and work life. It’s easy to see that fitness competition literally changes you for the better, forever.
Shauna McEachern was inspired by other fitness competitors and decided to compete in this past May’s UFE Vengeance event in Calgary. It started as a motivating event in which to keep herself accountable as she worked to transform her body. Then, it became a springboard for a lifestyle of fitness. And now, upon reflection, Shauna vows to be back to improve on her 7th place finish in Calgary.
Here is her story:
From a young age, I was an athlete and this passion continued into adulthood with a love for fitness, sports and weight training. However, life happened. With a hectic career in financial services and after having two beautiful daughters 15 months apart, my workouts and overall fitness, fell by the wayside.
It was billed as everything from “The Money Fight” to the “Biggest Fight in Combat Sports History.” In reality, it was one of the world’s greatest professional boxers against an amateur level boxer. In that context, it wasn’t really a fight at all and the Las Vegas odds makers predicted just that. The Telegraph predicted that McGregor would walk away with at least $75 million USD, while Mayweather would walk away with over $200 million. Incredible to imagine that an amateur level boxer would make more money than 20 UFC Championship fights combined! Interestingly, McGregor made more money than even Mike Tyson’s biggest payout even when adjusted for inflation.
Why do some competitors do fasted cardio in the morning while others insist on having something to eat first? Fasted cardio provides the benefit of forcing the body to utilize bodyfat for energy due to the fact that there is less available blood sugar and muscle glycogen.
On the other hand, cardio after a meal allows one to work at a higher intensity level and burn a higher number of calories (though a lower percentage will come from bodyfat). The type of cardio you select may depend on your schedule and your preferences. If you have the option, try both and see what works for you.
Sophie Stansbury, a project manager from Harrow on the Hill in England was first introduced to fitness and bodybuilding when she went to watch her brother-in-law compete. Instead of being impressed with the male bodybuilders, it was the female bikini competitors that took her breath away. After an injury sidelined her from competing in triathlons, Sophie decided to give Bikini competition a try. She came to UFE with 3 fitness competitions under her belt and competed at the UFE European Championships in Birmingham, UK this past October. With lessons learned from previous competition, she brought a physique to the stage that earned her a first place finish, a UFE PRO card and a trip to the UFE World Championships in Toronto, Canada where she had a chance to represent the UK in a showcase of the best natural fitness and bodybuilding competitors in the world.
As we gear up for another contest season, Sophie gives some insight into the training and nutrition that earned her such success – insight that may help you refine your plan for the 2017 season.
As we look towards 2017 and setting goals for the New Year, Verity Smee shares her story of setting goals and, not just overcoming obstacles, but smashing right through them on her way to reaching the goals she had set in 2016.
Verity had decided in January that she wanted to do a fitness competition and be on stage at the UFE World Championships, so she turned around to her coach, Dan Osman, and told him, “You better make me amazing so I can be in Toronto this year!” At first, Verity was not totally convinced her goal was achievable, but by keeping it in mind, she powered through a routine that included 4am cardio due to the demands of her job as an assistant spa manager. Her fitness journey was also made more challenging due to her diagnosis of two chronic illnesses that require medication and weekly treatment at the hospital, but by keeping her goal in sight even with the challenges, she was able to dig deeper and push herself harder when required. The incremental results she saw along the way were what she needed to keep her fire and determination going.
Jill Nash will be taking the stage as Newfoundland’s first dual UFE PRO at the UFE World Championships, being held at the Westin Harbour Castle on November 19th and 20th in Toronto. She will join 200 other fitness and bodybuilding competitors from all over the world after earning her dual PRO status at UFE Showdown in London, Ontario this past June.