“With the power of MIND most things are possible ! ! !”
The “Transformation” of Zoe wood. Part 1
The Genesis of any programme of figure or physique transformation should ideally begin with a thorough assessment which is primarity visual. This should be followed by getting as much accurate information about the subject’s dietary patterns, state of physical health, previous training methods just to mention a few, to help with any changes that may need to be effected in order to achieve the task ahead.
The second part is psychological. This is where a good 95% of people fail. Many cannot commit, are easily distracted, overestimate the degree of their genetic potential and expect instant gratification the moment they embark upon a programme. This situation also has not been helped by the many marketing scams that currently exist in the supplement industry. It is so easy to get quickly disheartened when things to not turn out as expected, then the excuses begin.
With reference to Miss Wood, I was lucky to find one particular vital quality which I knew would help her when the rigours of high intensity training and dieting set in -WILL POWER ! She set her goal from day 1 on her Calendar and took one step at a time, marking off each completed training session as a “victory”. The exact date of her contest was marked in red ink as “judgement day” and from then on it was tunnel vision. At the same time I had made her very aware of her figure strengths and weaknesses which needed to be tackled over the 10 month period- and there were quite a few.
She was also sensible enough not to expect any miracles during this period for the simple reason that we did not have a crystal ball to predict how her body would respond to the strains and stresses we were going to put on it. You can only create the conditions for muscle-growth; how the body responds is beyond anybody’s control and differs from individual to individual.
The plan from the very beginning was to address her weak points and improve on her symmetry. Her strong points we de-emphasised so that her weak points could catch up. In a nut-shell her weak points included the following.
* Her bicep size in relation to her tricep size
* Her quad size in relation to her hams
* Her narrow shoulders in relation to her bust size and her hips (ie big bust, narrow shoulders and wide hips)* Symmetry problem here.
A further issue of worry was the concentration on bodyfat in the abdominal area especially around the lower back area.
A major strong point was her physical strength- impressive for a 10 stone woman and I intended to exploit this to full advantage.
In the second part of this article I will explain the unconventional training methods used whilst attempting to prioritise her training and adjust certain aspects of her lifestyle which I felt was absolutely necessary.
Until next time just remember Rome was not built in a day. Stay positive, realistic and focussed. Surround yourself with positive people who give off postitve vibes. With the power of mind and knowledge most things are possible –
Dayo Audi. (Mr Universe, IFBB Professional)