Mrs C: So another competition done! Pure Elite Hayes was all about getting over my stage nerves. I suffered so badly last time with jelly legs that I needed to get a hold of it before the upcoming pro show on November 5th. I certainly achieved my goal! I felt so much more confident up there and had my legs much more under control this time! My condition wasn’t quite where it needed to be in my opinion but that is because I am aiming for the show in 3 weeks time and the 10 weeks I have been prepping so far weren’t really enough to pull everything together in time. But as a warm up show I felt confident on stage. I didn’t place in either of my categories. Initially I was disappointed of course but I didn’t come to this show to win, this was Mr C’s show and my chance to have a bit of fun! To say that I am the proudest wife on earth right now would be an understatement!!! I am so pleased that Mr C placed 3rd in Beach Body out of a lineup of 17 guys and won his pro card. Honestly I feel happier about him getting his pro card than I did about my own! It’s going to be fantastic to compete together at the O2 and both make our pro debut. We were also awarded pro status for couples… putting us in a dilemma…. we already know that the posing routine may be dropped next year for the couples category to encourage other couples to compete. For us the posing routine is what it’s all about and whilst we may not be gymnasts or putting together complicated choreography we love that time up there together. Knowing this may be our last chance to do a couples routine together and the only chance as pros we are now hoping to do it all again… So for the next few days we will be trying to put something together as quickly as possible and hopefully get up there in 3 weeks with a fresh new routine!
Mr C: Right, so, Pure Elite Hayes October 2016! As mentioned, we had a 10 week prep for this one, straight after holiday, so I wasn’t 100% happy with my condition but it did fall into place right at the last minute. We went down on the Saturday morning to get our tans done by Get Bronzed, as always – they are great at what they do, and really nice people. I entered the selfie competition and won due to the fact that I am totally incapable of being serious about anything like that, haha! I guess that was a good start to the weekend, and more positivity was to come. After tans we headed back to our hotel and spent the afternoon and evening just killing time – there’s not a lot you can do when you’re trying to look after your tan!
Next day we got up, got breakfast in and headed to the venue, about 5 minutes away. It was raining quite heavily, which is always a bit of an issue with the tan, so we got in under umbrellas and again hung about for quite a while. At this point I wasn’t nervous about the show as such, but I’d put so much pressure on myself about the result that I was very unsettled, mind-wise. Claire had her tan checks and makeup done, and I went separately for my tan checks, so we didn’t see an awful lot of each other. The tan checks were being done in one room by 3 companies, and gender separation/privacy was terrible – it wasn’t their fault and everyone was very grown up about it all but I felt quite uncomfortable about the whole thing. I’m not too fussed about that kind of thing on my own behalf (though not keen on being too “out there”!), but I know there are folks of both genders and varying ages who got into this as part of journeys involving body hangups which they still suffer from, so even though they probably didn’t feel they could speak up I’m sure some people were put in a very difficult place there. To their credit, Pure Elite have responded to that being brought up since the show and I’m certain they’ll sort it for future ones – they’re good with that kind of stuff. Get Bronzed have also referred to it and have already actively addressed it for the next show; again, they’re good with that kind of thing.
After a fairly uneventful athletes meeting and registration (except doing light testing for Matt Marsh and meeting a Shared Gains reader who turned out to be a lovely bloke with a fascinating past – not sure if he would want to be named, but he placed in over 35 Fitness Model and was in fantastic shape!), and going down to the backstage area, we did the athletes’ parade (I’m fairly tall and a bloke so aside from a quick wave on the way on and off, you can never see me!) and then waited for our categories. First up, a little before the interval, was couples. Shortly after the parade the tech guys had checked the CD with our music on it and discovered it didn’t work (admin error!!) so after a brief panic it was arranged that Mr C’s phone would provide that. The other couple were supposed to be first, but had a bikini malfunction so it all got a bit fraught and rushed, and we went straight on. Audrey (the show MC) obviously didn’t know if we were doing our routine or T-walk and it all got very confusing, but we just carried on as best we could. This actually also happened in Margate in April, which was a little frustrating, but that’s showbiz.. We then did our quarter turns and were straight back on to do our routine. The routine went quite well and we had fun – a few small errors but that’s ok, it happens on the night. We enjoyed it, and it is always our favourite part of shows. After seeing our rivals in their routine I couldn’t really call who I thought would win it, so we just had to wait and see!
My category (Beach Body) went well, I thought. No major nerves, a serious case of achey face (I’ve come to the conclusion that I never smile in real life so my face isn’t used to it..), but a strong field to compete against. A few of the guys were just to muscular for the category, which is characteristic of the fact that nobody ever quite knows what Beach Body means as a category – a problem I know Pure Elite are grappling with as an ongoing issue. Again, with the quality of the guys in the category it was impossible to call who would place, so I had to just settle down and wait.
I watched Mrs C in her categories – she looked fantastic on stage. She was too lean and with too much muscle for bikini so I wasn’t holding my breath for her placing there, but she’s more of a fitness model athlete and she looked a strong chance of a placing in that.
We picked up 2nd in couples, which I know we were a little disappointed about, having put so much effort into coordinating everything, even down to t-walk movement and complimenting each others’ poses, and of course all the time writing and practicing the routine. However, the other couple were really nice people which always makes it easier to lose to them, and in fairness I always knew it would be close because they looked great. We did get our Pro cards this time though, which was nice as we have that joint status now.
I placed 3rd in Beach Body, gaining a Pro card in my own right. That lifted a massive weight off my shoulders and meant a hell of a lot to me. I set a big goal of getting Pro status in Beach Body this year, and could almost not believe the fact that I’d done it. Still can’t. In everything in life, I set quite difficult goals and put masses of pressure on myself to achieve them, but it was so nice to actually do it! To some, 3rd might not sound that impressive, but those guys were in great shape and all deserved it just as much as me. [as a footnote, I did also note that the competitors all seemed to be lovely – no egos, no tantrums, no selfishness – created a great atmosphere back stage, that].
Mrs C didn’t place in her solo categories, and she was a little disappointed with that for a while. I totally understood that, as that’s exactly what happened to me back in April, but she had already proved herself worthy of Pro status so I don’t think it hit her too hard. And she now has something to aim for next year as I know she has her sights on the fitness model category. Her issues with wobbly legs and nerves were helped a lot by this competition anyway, and that was the real focus when you look at the big picture.
So all in all a successful and enjoyable show! We stayed over the night after the show, as it’s so far from home, and the next day had a nice meal out together (which we’ve missed doing so much!) on the way back up north.
After a 3 week gap the next show is the Pure Elite finals at the O2 Indigo!! It’s amazing to both be able to be there as Pros in our own right, as well as competing as a Pro couple. We’re going to enjoy every minute and not put pressure on ourselves as getting the results we’ve had in our first year of competition is far beyond what we expected. We’ve loved every minute and any results here will be icing on the cake!
I think we’re both focusing on getting a little bit leaner in the 3 week gap, to take a stronger package to the stage for the big show. So for the moment, it’s back to the grindstone!
Mr & Mrs C