flex friday: UPDATED what’s in my gym bag!

HAPPY FRIDAY, LOVEBUGS!!

i’m gonna be honest here for a quick second. i’m obsessed with “what’s in my bag” posts, and i think it’s because of how nosey i tend to be.

it’s the truth! if you tell me you have lipsticks in your handbag at all times, i want to know how many, which ones and where you got them. sorry not sorry. 😛
the very first flex friday post launched last july, and ever since i saw that pop up on my timehop i’ve been wanting to do another post just like it.
it’s crazy how much you can change and grow in only a year. in that first video i was super shy and kind of quiet (hard to believe, i know), i was nervous someone was going to point out the messy hotel background and i thought i needed to look super cute and put together because HELLO! i’m a blogger.
well that’s all false. just about all of my flex friday videos are filmed just before or just after the gym when i look like death. i don’t look cute and half the time i don’t even have makeup on. my videos now are crazy, silly and i leave a lot of bloopers in because i want to be nothing but real with you guys.
in the words of demi lovato, “this is real. this is me.” lol
okay i’m done trying to be sentimental.
let’s get into this post, shall we?

speaking of change, my bag did not (i just love the convenience of a backpack, okay?!), but some of my supplements and gym necessities did!



flex friday: how to conquer GYM-TIMIDATION.

happy friday, lovebugs!
i hope you had a great week and are ready for the weekend..i know i was!
i’m actually up at the lake with my family in oklahoma soaking up some sun and working on my knee boarding skills, but you know me, i can’t stay away from the gym for long (especially since i was away at camp all last week). i found a local gym and bought a weekend pass so that i can still go get my training in this weekend.
i know, i know, i’m obsessed.
i was talking with a girlfriend the other day about how i switched to a bigger gym, and she told me that the idea of training in a large gym kind of intimidated her and that is why she doesn’t go as often as she would like to.
whether it be because of intimidation or they’re unsure of what to do, i know so many other girls feel the same way. and don’t worry, i was there once too, and still feel a little self-conscience sometimes.
so today, i thought i’d talk about a few different things you can do to help totally beat that “gym-phobia” you may have.
because in order to get muscle gainz you have to have those confidence gainz first!!


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here’s a quick rundown of my four way to beat your gym-timidation!

1. dress for success
wear something you feel confident in. look good, feel good has never been so true.
if you’re feelin’ yourself, you’ll feel your workout too. 😉
2. have a plan
know what you’re going to do before you get in the gym. being mentally prepared will help you out tremendously.
if you’re unsure of what to do, find a training plan on the internet, hire a coach, or meet with a personal trainer at your gym. plus, if you pay someone i bet you’ll be a little more motivated to go.
3. zone out & focus
put your headphones in, girl, and get after it. tune everyone out (no one’s looking at you anyways, promise. ;)) and focus on what you came to the gym to do.
every rep of every set is one step closer to your goal of being a better you. let’s get it.
4. stay positive
i feel like this one’s pretty self explanatory. do ever get anything done well with a negative attitude toward it? no ma’am, and if you do it’s probably way more difficult than it should be.
keep a positive mindset, girly, because the mental game is half the battle.

do have other tips for gaining confidence in the gym? share them below!

flex friday: RUN EVERYTHING LABS PREWORKOUT REVIEW

HAPPY SATURDAY LOVEBUGS!!
(i know, i know it’s not friday but i wanted to get this up before i jet off to europe!)

i wanted to share my thoughts on a new product i recently purchased because i’m so excited about it!
i’ve been thinking about switching up my preworkout supplement for a while but just wasn’t quite sure what to try out.
the supplement industry is a tricky business, and unless you totally understand the science behind the ingredients and dosages, it can be pretty confusing, too.

so when it comes to choosing new products, i tend to go by word of mouth, and this time it led me to   “Enter With Purpose” by Run Everything Labs.
i’ve followed DLB and rob bailey for a couple years now and love everything they are about. i know they put their heart and soul into every project they take on; their supplement line being no exception.
they use all of their own products daily which i see as a true testament to how well they work.
// product: EWP PREWORKOUT // flavor: GREEN APPLE //
what’s your current preworkout? 
questions about preworkout or supplements in general?
comment below or send me an email!

flex friday: OCB Cowboy Classic! + my show day bag

here it is! my show vlog! finally!
i apologize for how long it’s taken me to get this post up (or a post in general), but you’ll hear all about how hectic life has been in my next post.
but that’s beside the point.
two weekends ago i competed in the OCB Cowboy Classic in stillwater. this was such a cool show to do because the majority of competitors go to oklahoma state and train at our rec center.
go freakin’ pokes!
so i thought i’d film this little vlog for you all to show you more of what a show weekend is like, instead of during prep or peak week…because that gets old sometimes.
you’ll get to meet kalyn, a good friend and fellow bikini competitor, go with us to get our spray tans, see backstage at the show, and what’s in my show day bag!!


as you heard, i didn’t do as well as i wanted in this show at all. but that just means that there’s even more fuel on the fire to prep even harder next time…after a pretty long off season. lol

[ EDIT: i’ll be updating this post with more photos as i get them! ]

i love you all so much!
thank you for coming along with me on this journey and supporting me every step of the way. now that prep is over, i really want to start doing a wider variety of things for #flexfriday so if you have questions or ideas drop them to me in a comment!
i can’t wait to see where the rest of this year takes us!
xoxo, emily
[ for competition prep (or even custom diet/training programs) head on over to Rock Rep Fitness and chris will hook you up for sure! ]