GETFOXFIT | IFBB Bikini Fitness Athlete & Kidney Cancer Survivor Lisanne Keir

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Flexcup Weekend 2014 – Veldhoven, The Netherlands

Lisanne Vos (Fox Gym, Rotterdam - foxgymfam) Flexcup 2015 [www.fox-gym.com]

Last weekend the Flexcup took place in which I competed in the Bikini Fitness class. What an competition, event and show!  So many amazing athletes under one roof and just such a great vibe and energy over the 2 days.

After attending the event last year and setting the goal to enter this year I’m so grateful to have competed.

I am extremely happy to have been placed in the finals and take home a medal.

Lisanne Vos (Fox Gym, Rotterdam - foxgymfam) Flexcup 2015 [www.fox-gym.com] Lisanne Vos (Fox Gym, Rotterdam - foxgymfam) Flexcup 2015 [www.fox-gym.com]

Lisanne Vos (Fox Gym, Rotterdam - foxgymfam) Flexcup 2015 [www.fox-gym.com]

Like I have been writing on our Instagram

Every day is a gift, every moment an experience, every breath a blessing and every goal set a time for growth.

My Flexcup prep has been a blast and I’ve loved every step of the way.

I’ve fallen deeper in love with body building, body changing and body sculpting – the trainings, the science, the nutrition, the psychology. A wonderful journey.

Lisanne Vos (Fox Gym, Rotterdam - foxgymfam) Flexcup 2015 [www.fox-gym.com]

Lisanne Vos (Fox Gym, Rotterdam - foxgymfam) Flexcup 2015 [www.fox-gym.com]

Massive thanks to my coach @jerrykoolhoven for all his guidance, expertise and faith in me👌

My sponsor XXL Nutrition for all their wonderful continued support – #XXLnutrition team you rock! 💯

MUA @prs_and_poptarts – not just a talented bodyfitness athlete but a true make up genius💄

Tattoo artist @davevartantattoo for my ink ⚓️

Mr Fox for absolutely everything (and for my beautiful bikini) 💚

Mega thanks to everyone who has taken the time to follow the journey so far and for all your support 🙌

Lisanne Vos (Fox Gym, Rotterdam - foxgymfam) Flexcup 2015 [www.fox-gym.com]

Bodybuilding – a never ending journey… As people we can always try our best to be better, in all areas of our lives. Excited to work towards new goals in the next weeks, months and year ⭐️

2015 – There are some exciting goals for you… Can’t wait!!! #ZinInnnn

For all the results and finalist photos click here.

P.S.  Maarten and I are currently putting in the hours and hard work to make sure our new gym (Fox Gym) will have all the equipment you need to reach your goals.

Want to join the Fox Gym Fam?  Pre-sign up has started!  One month membership for free to the first 50 pre-sign ups (first come, first served) – send an email to: info@fox-gym.com with the subject “foxgymfam”.  Can’t wait to train with you guys there!

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Highlights from the Bodybuilding / Powerlifting Meet and Seminar

Lisanne Vos & Lieke van Tok

Yesterday was Sunday Funday at Fitness Boulevard where we hosted the, sold out, Bodybuilding / Powerlifting Meet and Seminar organised by my husband Maarten.

It was a fun, and educational, packed programme including a seminar on ‘How the Human Body Works’ presented by Jerry Koolhoven, a powerlifting seminar and one-on-one training given by Will – Barbell Strength, split weight training sessions where attendees could choose the muscle group they wanted to focus on and train (whilst receiving pointers, tips and advice from the Team JK coaches – Maarten Vos and Jerry Koolhoven), posing practise, a Bench Press contest and, a well deserved, chinese buffet dinner.  Myself and Lieke van Tok, as pictured above, absolutely loved pushing the girls on “Leg Day”.

It’s always such a pleasure to train and hang out with such passionate people – no matter if they are curious about the sport, a beginner or an experienced athlete.

A huge thank you to our sponsors XXL Nutrition, Ice76 Protein Ice Cream, Supashape, SSN and Muscle Junkies for providing such great goodies for everyone who attended.

We had a great time and are in the process of brainstorming for the next one.

Many more of these great events to come in an awesome new location!!!

Watch this space for more info… :)

Check out some photos of the Meet and Seminar below, shot by Maarten Vos Photography.

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17 Things I Learned from the Enercup Contest Prep

Lisanne Vos (17 Things I Learned From Contest Prep - www.getfoxfit.com)

My first contest/competition prep – it’s been quite ride.

I understand and appreciate that all prep’s will be different and this being my first has taught me quite a few things.

I thought I would share with you my biggest learnings and lessons:

1. The importance of a goal

A HUGE and massive learning for me.  Even though I was a born organiser and planner I have gone through many years of my life without setting or having solid goals.  It wasn’t until last year that I really started making them for many aspects of my life.  Having a goal really helped me to focus and execute the steps I needed to take to reach them.  It’s the one thing that I would recommend above all in order to (excuse my language) get shit done haha.  If you are looking to set them for yourself check out: 5 Steps to Create a Solid Health and Fitness Goal.

2. Turn self doubt into “Can do!” 

We all have “off days”, we all have things we are self conscious about (physically and mentally) and we all have times that doubt comes into our heads… the key is to turn those moments into opportunities.  This was a big lesson for me.  Those times that I doubted whether I could do something I took a second to wonder why?!  Why did I doubt myself or my ability or if something was possible?  Instead of having that negative emotion and feeling – go down the positive route.  Change you attitude into a “You Can Do This” mentality.

Like the sayings go – ‘The Body Achieves What the Mind Believes’ and ‘Your Body Won’t Go Where Your Mind Doesn’t Push It’.

I’m not only talking about using this attitude in the gym, for getting/staying fit or even eating healthily – but in all areas of you life.  What is the worse that can happen?  You fail?  Well, so what – you tried!  And you should be proud of the fact that you went for it!  As Nike says, Just Do It!

3. Keep things interesting by switching things up

In order not to get bored or stuck in a rut, try new things!  There are so many ways of exercising, eating and living a healthy life.  Ask yourself these 5 Questions that will help you recharge your enthusiasm, goals and drive.

4. Create a daily / weekly focus  

Even when you have a goal it’s so important to have a clear focus of exactly how exactly you will take (daily) steps to reach it.  I guess you can see it as setting small goals to reach the big one.  In my experience I’ve found that having a daily and weekly focus really helps in the motivation and determination department!  For example, let’s say you want to be X amount of weight, or X % of body fat or X dress size – think about the things you can focus on to get there, like working on a specific body part in the gym, eating more protein based meals X amount of times this coming week, or ensuring you always meal prep so that when you are out of the house you always have meals / snacks with you to help you stick to your plan.  Whatever it is – create a daily / weekly focus for yourself.  This will only help in keeping you driven and disciplined.

At 4 weeks out of the contest I wrote all about this and the very interesting Stanford Marshmallow Experiment.

5.  You can always be better

I’ve spent quite some time thinking about and contemplating “Are we ever satisfied?”

Every day I wake up I’m thankful and grateful for being here and for being alive… but I know that I can always be, and do better, which I wrote all about here.

6. Meal Prep is a game changer

Nothing more, nothing less.  Check out my 5 Meal Prep Resources for more info.

7. Change your attitude – get out your comfort zone

Stop worrying about all the things that could go wrong and get yourself out your comfort zone.

Something that I keep trying to do each and every day is learning to let go.  When you try to control everything, you enjoy nothing.

To read more about this check out Why You Have to Lose Sight of the Shore.

8. Turn challenges into opportunities

I’m always one for turning negatives into positives and throughout the months I came across my fair share of challenges – both physical and mental.

At 9 weeks out I wrote about how to turn challenges (such as training in the humidity & heat, hunger cravings and dealing with seeing little to no progress in your body) into opportunities here.

9.  It’s never too late to change your body and get in the best shape of your life!

One of my favourites!

Since I was a youngster I was self conscious about my body.  Not only does this play a huge part in your life but also how you live your life – with regards to self esteem, self image and confidence.  It wasn’t until I came across a quote on Pinterest last year that I really sat up, took notice and wondered how far I could actually change my physique, even at 34, if I just put my mind to it and did it.

It’s Never Too Late To Change Your Body tells the story.

10. Hunger is one of the strongest emotions and most of the time it’s all in your head

Nutrition and the psychology of food and eating habits has become a huge passion of mine.  I love to learn not only about how nutrients fuel your body, can help it heal and how certain foods can even cause diseases, but also about our emotions, behaviours and feelings towards food.  For example, hunger.  We all feel it at some point, however I came to realise that the moments I was hungry was usually when I wasn’t doing something, or had a spare moment to think about food.  Check out 5 Tips for When you are Hungry or Think you are Hungry for more and my tips to deal with it.

11. Turn fitness and exercising  into a fun family affair

Fitness and training has had such a positive impact on our family – not only can I train with my husband, which we love to do together, but we make it a family affair by getting our ‘mini me’ involved, which he absolutely loves.  Being the active 5 year old that he is, he loves to have competitions, run races, go biking / skating and take walks together.

He also loves being involved in training sessions and in summer we spent a lot of time outdoors doing fun stuff like this.

Awesome times and building family memories.

12. You are stronger than you think – both physically and mentally!

All it takes is focus, discipline and adopting the mentality to push yourself.

I was so excited to reach a new PR (personal record) in Dead Lifts with the help of my friend, and strength coach, Will – Barbell Strength.  You can see the video here.  At 3 weeks out of my competition I wasn’t sure just how physically strong I would be but I was in the zone and up for giving it my all and was surprised, and happy, to reach a new PR.

Mentally speaking there were many many occasions where I would have either 1) given up (when I felt tired at the end of a set whilst training) 2) given in (to eating more than I needed to) or 3) just gone to bed (when I was tired rather than spend time writing this blog) BUT… I had a goal and I wanted to succeed in doing the things I set out to do and had planned that day / week.  Being mentally strong in so many situations is such an eye opener for what is possible.

13.  You can make one of the most awesome chocolate cakes ever without eggs and dairy! MEGA!!!!!

I am a total cake monster.  I LOVE cakes – cupcakes, chocolate cakes, birthday cake, whatever – that’s my weakness.  Since last year I have been searching for the best chocolate cake made without eggs and dairy.  After some searching, and experimenting, we made one which is the best I’ve ever tasted.

Click here for the simple recipe, mouth watering photos and easy how to.  Damn that cake – I would love a piece right now!

14. Cooking is fun!

Who would have thought it.  The girl who never had an interest in cooking started experimenting and making her own recipes.

Since I went a hybrid of vegan/macrobiotic and was in contest prep I needed to get creative in the kitchen – make new dishes, spice the same food up and keep meals interesting.

Along the way I have been posting quite a few recipes which you can see here.

A few of my favourites are the Simple, Clean and Sticky Banana Bread, Thai Soba Noodle Salad and the Fiery Spiced Cod.

15. Life isn’t about finding yourself, it’s about creating yourself

My husband and I have both been busy getting creative with our trainings, food, photos and YouTube videos.

I wrote more about this on my 2 Weeks Out Contest Prep post.

 16. The unexpected can happen 

I’ve met so many amazing and awesome people this past year who I’m blessed to call friends and so many things have happened that I could only have dreamed of.

For example I was speechless when this happened and am so grateful to have the support of XXL Nutrition and ICE76.

There are big plans for 2015 for which I’m really excited for.   Like my mum always said “The World is your Oyster”.

17. Listen to your coach, stick to the plan and stay focussed. 

There is no secret, no potion, no trick.

You need to listen to your coach, workout, eat clean, rest and repeat.

Thank you Jerry Koolhoven for all your support and guidance.

To conclude…

I’m so thankful for every single day of my Enercup contest prep.

I have learned more about myself than I ever thought was possible.

I’ve questioned things, found my passion (check out For the Love of Bodybuilding for more on that) and am extremely excited for my next contest – the FlexCup, which I’ll be documenting over the next 7 weeks here.

Photo credit: Jadette Photography

 

 


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Proud to be an XXL Nutrition Athlete

Lisanne Vos - XXL Nutrition Athlete I’m excited, privileged and honoured to announce that I’m an XXL Nutrition sponsored athlete.

Having their support means so much to me and I’m excited to be part of the XXL team, which includes great athletes such as Jeffrey Suijkerbuijk, Evelien Nellen – van Pelt and Robin Brantz to name a few.

The XXL brand has become a household name for many athletes and the XXL Nutrition supplement store is growing each and every day with an awesome product range to meet various sporting needs.

Being the “health nut” I am there are quite a few items I’m extremely excited about such as the Green Protein (coming soon) and the XXL Super Food – RAW food line, including Maca Powder, Spirulina Powder and Acai Berry Powder.

Proud and happy to be part of the XXL team. You can follow my XXL athlete blog over on the XXL Forum.

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The Flexcup 2013 in Veldhoven, The Netherlands

This weekend we went to the Flexcup in Veldhoven, which is geared towards beginners (D class) but also has a C class.

This is the first time we experienced the Flexcup and absolutely loved it.  It was an impressive production – very professional,  great vibe and energy from both the athletes and people attending.

Not only is it a bodybuilding contest but it focussed on crossfit, powerlifting and strongman.

We both knew that we wanted to compete for a contest next year, but after attending the Flexcup I have to say this passion and desire is even stronger.

Below are a few pics from the event (courtesy of XXL Nutrition)

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