Emily McHugh - Preparing for UKBFF

MonsterSupplements.com female fitness expert Emily McHugh gives insight in to her preparations for the UKBFF on 20th September 2014.

Despite being on holiday at the start of the summer season, I continued my preparation and training for the UKBFF (UK Bodybuilding and Fitness Federation) which started on the 20th September.

Emily McHugh Training

Not only was I on holiday, which can be difficult in terms of motivation, I was also having to recover from a really bad back injury (see photo below showing swelling on the lower back).

Emily McHugh Back Injury

Unfortunately, my back completely went on me during my 6th week out from the competition doing some “bent over rows”.

My glutes and back ceased up and I had to have a complete week off training which really worried me, as I knew it would set me back for my competition.

I went to a Physio which really helped! I stuck to my diet and also had to do a lot of stretching and rolling out on a foam roller (see below)

Emily McHugh training for UKBFF September 2014

Whilst I was on holiday I managed to ease my way back into training and did a lot of work on my legs with resistance bands. These helped me to stretch out, rebuild my glutes and hopefully not lose any definition from them.

Emily McHugh Monster Supplements Resistance Bands

I got up at 6:30am every morning and did some fasted cardio on the beach. Running in sand is really beneficial especially for my calf muscles and I really felt a burn after my work out and I felt like they grew in just a week.

Swimming was probably the most beneficial for me as it allowed me to bend and arch my back properly for the first time in 2 weeks and also gave me a good shoulder work out.

I definitely saw improvements throughout the week and feel like I'm back on track and edging closer to being competition ready for September.

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About the Author

Emily Mchugh 27 years old Gym Receptionist/ Monster Supplements advisor Mother of a 6 year old boy Weight off season: Just under 11stone Weight at competition: 9.5 stone Height 5"9 Favourite supplement brand: PhD works really well for me and always tastes great! Other hobbies: horse riding and eating chocolate :)
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