We arrived around 9:30, having spent the previous night in London to cut the journey time down. Margate seemed a nice seaside town, but it was bitterly cold with an icy wind – just getting from the car to the venue left us chilled to the bone, and we really felt for the athletes in that weather. Last time we cut we really noticed that lack of body fat made us feel the cold more, even in the summer!
First stop was a visit to the Revolution Gymwear stand. As ambassadors we were keen to chat with the boss, Karl, and also meet some of our fellow ambassadors – Harrison (@haza_bright28) and Kitty (@kittycarragher), and Alex (@alexpritchard23) – all 3 fantastic athletes who we’re going to be seeing a lot more of on the circuit! We picked up all 3 of the new stringer designs while we were there, so you’ll be seeing those on our social media pages very soon. In the meantime, please feel free to use our discount codes – CLAIRE10 for the ladies and STEPHEN10 for the guys – on Revolution Gymwear
The first part of the day was Pure Elite’s first expo. It was quite small, but there were some good stalls and a wide range of products, from gymwear to protein bars, nut butters, supplements, stagewear, posing coaching and more. The advantage of being a smaller “mini expo” was that it gave more opportunity to spent time at each stand and chat with people too. We even had a little “behind the scenes” look at the making of Audrey Kaipio‘s latest promo video, doubly useful for us because we’re booked on her courses in February 2016 so it gave us a look at her clients at work!
So, on to the show itself. This was our first time at a show, of any federation let alone Pure Elite, and it really was a learning experience for us! The competitors were all in stunning shape, and we were blown away by the standard they all set – the judges had a really tough job that day!
We managed to grab a chat with a few people during the day, though not as many as we’d have liked – everyone was quite busy! We spent some time talking to Alana, the winner of the disABILITY class. On stage she had a great presence and made the absolute most of the strengths she had worked so hard for, and we later discovered she has fought daily to conquere not only her disability, but personal tragedy and outsiders’ negativity as well – she has certainly earned her Pro card, and she really set the standard to start the show! We also managed to spend some time speaking to Carly Wilson and Paul Doe, a lovely, approachable couple (with some stunning ink) that we will be looking up to as we enter this world next year. Paul has had a long season and was disappointed not to place, but he was in a tough category. We watched him on stage and he was fantastic up there, he’ll be one to keep an eye on next year without a doubt. Carly went and won Tattooed Muscle and picked up her Pro card, deserving it 100%.
Mr C: My main category is the Fitness Model (under 75kg) and I’m also in Transformation. The numbers were quite high, so it has made me realise that placing is going to be a big ask in such a popular category. The guys in that category were a lot bigger than I expected, and based on their physiques I think I need to work on arms, chest and lats to get to a competitive position. Overall, I felt fairly positive after seeing them because I think my goal is achievable, but the posing technique is WAY out of my comfort zone so I am quite concerned about that (Audrey Kaipio is going to have to work hard to get me sorted!). At this point, I am looking forward to it though.
Mrs C: I am registered to compete in several categories at the April show including tattooed muscle, mums that lift, transformation and fitness model short (I am only tiny!). The standard in every category was incredibly high and the work put into getting into this condition was obvious. The girls were all STUNNING!! I felt a little apprehensive at first as I felt so out of shape in comparison but I have to remember I have been off season for 6 months now and these girls are at their peak. Even so I know I have A LOT of work to do over the coming months to stand on that stage looking like I belong there. Of course I will give it my all and would love to place but just looking like I fit in and feeling that I belong there will be good enough for me, especially when I look back to where I have come from. It was a great experience to watch the show and I am really looking forward to it. Seeing the other girls has put a renewed fire in my belly and motivated me so much. I am determined to work hard to give it all I can. Prep will be starting in January and then it’s posing classes in February. I don’t underestimate the importance of posing…. its way harder than it looks and you cant put a price on feeling confident up there and knowing what you are doing which is why we have booked with Audrey Kaipio. Despite having a performing background I know I need advice from a pro and I am looking forward to perfecting my posing routine.
We didn’t manage to stay until the end of the show, so we’re still finding out who won what. Leaving a little early, we still didn’t get home until gone 2am, and with an early start for work the next day we’re going to need a couple of days to recover! Still managed to hit the gym next day though – we’re really working hard now we know what we’re up against…!
Mr & Mrs C