May 25, 2017

Name: Samantha Katz
Instagram:  @fitfam_samnyc
Age: 28

Allow Me to Introduce Myself

Hello all of you beautiful Evlution Nutrition lovers out there! Let me go ahead and begin this blog series by introducing myself –

My name is Sam and I am a 28-year-old Executive Assistant turned Personal Trainer, Fitness Nutrition Specialist and Model currently living in Tampa, Florida. Before I dive into the nitty gritty of my current Competition Prep, I think it is important to tell you all a little bit about me and how I got involved in the world of Bodybuilding…

Let’s go ahead and begin with teenager Sam. I grew up in a small town in Connecticut where I ate, slept and breathed athletics; I was a female Jock and spent all 4 of my high school years playing sports at a competitive level. Growing up in a family of athletes, competition was all that I knew. Who in the family could run the fastest? Throw the farthest? Score the most points? That competitive spirit has stayed with me to this day.

Fast forward to college… I was faced with the decision of remaining under the microscope and playing sports in school or stepping out of my comfort zone and trying to reveal other aspects of my identity. I decided to go with the latter. I went to Florida State University in Tallahassee (Go Noles!) and had the absolute time of my life. During that time, I managed to pack on a whopping 30 or so pounds of what I like to call, happy fat. The happy fat that accumulates over time via campus food halls, spring breaks, late nights and lack of exercise. That happy fat quickly turned into very unhappy fat when I actually realized what had happened to my shape...

Fast forward to post-college life in the Big Apple… After a couple of years of fluctuations in weight and activity level I had reached an all-time low in my confidence and my self-esteem; I hated shopping, I hated getting ready for a night out, I hated looking in the mirror and feeling crappy about what was looking back at me but most of all, I hated feeling like there was nothing that I could do about it. Several months, several fad diets and several 2 hour long cardio sessions later, I met a group of women at a boot camp that would change my life forever. These women laughed and bonded over heavy squats and shoulder presses. They showed me photos of themselves on stage in beautiful, sparkling bikinis with ripped up abs and glutes you could bounce a quarter off of and I wanted to be a part of it. SHOW ME YOUR WAYS, I pleaded.

I began to attend bikini posing sessions, just for fun. I watched these women as they paraded around in sky high heels, shaking their perfectly sculpted booties with such pride and such confidence. Could I ever have abs like those? A back like that? Well, there was only one way to find out. It didn’t take long before I hired my first Coach in January of 2014 and it was that very moment that my life changed forever.

Before I present my next few posts in my competition series, I want to give anyone and everyone reading this a heads up on a couple of things:

1. The diet and training posts are specific to ME and MY experience only. They are not to be interpreted as being the only way to do things or even the right way to do things. Every Coach and every competitor you meet tells a different story and likely eats and trains differently. There is no cookie cutter prep. And..

2. I plan to get real with this series. Like, really real.  I plan to discuss the highs of my prep and the lows… the easy parts and the hard parts and all of it will be REAL

With all of that being said, I look forward to sharing my experience with you! Stay tuned for post number 2 on the phases of my current prep diet!