The Confidence Journey
I’m very excited to announce that I will be sponsoring three athletes in an upcoming documentary called “The Confidence Journey.” Many athletes juggle their families with children and full-time careers, possibly more, and still make time to train and prep for the thrill of competing. In my opinion, these athletes are inspirational ambassadors of a healthy and fit lifestyle. As an experienced bodybuilder and trusted plastic surgeon, I’ve had the privilege of helping many athletes attain the physique they strive for so they can get on stage and compete to win. Many women and men have areas of their bodies that make them feel self-conscious about their bodies. Getting on stage as a bodybuilder is the ultimate test of self-confidence! It’s no secret that many female athletes have had some plastic surgery. Breast surgery is one of the most common procedures for women in the U.S. but it’s even more common among bodybuilding athletes. For women, leaning down during prep dramatically decreases breast volume and can impact physique proportions. Many athletes feel that a breast augmentation can help restore proportions, achieve more of an hourglass frame, and therefore make them more competitive in the sport. For men, it is more common to have gynecomastia (enlargement of the breast gland tissue). Many men are highly self-conscious about the prominence of this gland, which can be very noticeable on the competitive stage. This gland tissue will always be resistant to diet and exercise and will be worsened with anabolic steroids. Some medications can slow the growth but surgical removal is the definitive procedure that can help produce a more ideal physique.
Our documentary will feature three inspirational athletes during their “journey” beginning with their surgery. It will follow them through recovery, their contest prep, and finally to competing at the 2019 Dallas Europa Games.
The following are candidate requirements to be a featured athlete on “The Confidence Journey”:
- Must be available for video and photo shoots throughout the documentary
- Must support and promote the documentary through social media marketing
- The documentary will begin shooting in November/December of 2018 and will be completed at the show’s finale, the 2019 Dallas Europa Games
- Must compete at the 2019 Dallas Europa Games
What you receive as a featured athlete on “The Confidence Journey”:
- Full nutrition
- Full supplements
- Full coaching
- An indicated plastic surgery procedure
- Competition registration
- Competition tan
- Competition hair and makeup
- Competition bikini/suit/posing trunks
WE WILL ONLY HAVE TWO AUDITION DATES!
October 6th, 2018
12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
180 Culture Gym
2845 Exchange Blvd.
Southlake, Texas 76092
November 10th, 2018
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
4400 Post Oak Parkway, Suite 300
Houston, Texas 77027
You must complete an application form below to reserve your spot at one of these auditions! Walk-ins will be allowed but you must complete an application before your audition.
Click below to submit your application form now:
Related Frequently Asked Questions (for women):
- “When is the best time to get plastic surgery if I plan on competing?” Most bodybuilding shows are in late spring through late fall. The biggest component in answering this question is recovery. I always recommend that you are in “off-season”. You should be off all supplements and not strictly dieting. Your body will need normal hormone levels and calories to recover quickly. Most preps are 3-6 months. You need to be realistic with yourself. If you fell off the wagon and need to lose 20 pounds just to get to a good starting point for a prep diet, then you should reconsider the season. Extreme diets to lose weight rapidly are not healthy! It is not worth it! If this is your first time having surgery (breast augmentation specifically), you will have a two-month recovery before resuming unrestricted training. At two weeks, you may resume cardio and at three weeks, you may resume weight training with restrictions, which we will discuss extensively. I assure you that you will not atrophy to nothing with three weeks off of full training!
- “What kind of implant is best for me?” I recommend a silicone breast implant. As women lean down, breast fat is lost and the visibility of implants increases. A “high-fill” ratio implant like the Allergan Inspira, or Mentor Xtra are fuller and have less rippling than their predecessor styles. I’ve had great success with these profiles in athletes.
- “Are these implants placed under the muscle?” Yes. To be more specific, the technique is partially under the muscle and breast tissue. This is called a dual-plane technique. Some of the benefits are to decrease visibility of the implant edges of the upper pole, decrease scar formation (capsular contracture), and it ages with the breast more naturally. For women’s physique athletes, the implants are placed above the muscle, and are anatomically shaped to have a more natural appearance. These athletes are the exception and are judged on their pectoralis development.
- “Will I be able to do chest exercises?” Yes. But please watch my YouTube video https://youtu.be/3eTwdThiceI explaining why I strongly discourage these three exercises (dips, chest press, and chest flies) for women with breast implants under the muscle. Physique athletes are the exception here also.
Related Frequently Asked Questions (for men):
- “Is gynecomastia permanent?” Yes. Once the gland grows, it will be essentially stay the same. Some men who are genetically predisposed to having excess estrogen in their system usually will have symptoms of enlargement early in puberty. Men who take HRT or anabolic steroids, the excess testosterone will be converted to estrogen, and the gland will grow. These men should always be on anti-estrogen medicines. These medicines do not reverse the effect, it only reduces the growth. Definitive treatment is surgical removal of the gland.
- “When is the best time to have surgery” Most bodybuilding shows are in late spring through late fall. The biggest component in answering this question is recovery. I always recommend that you are in “off-season”. You should be off all supplements and not strictly dieting. Your body will need normal hormone levels and calories to recover quickly.
- “What if I am on HRT or was taking anabolics?”Men on HRT or taking anabolics must have normal testosterone levels, hematocrit, thyroid function. It is very important to monitor lab values while on hormone therapy. I recommend that men be off anabolics for at least a month before surgery. Men on HRT can continue their therapy, but their testosterone and hematocrit must be within normal ranges.
- “When can I get back to the gym?”At two weeks, you may resume cardio and at three weeks, you may resume weight training with restrictions, which we will discuss extensively. I assure you that you will not atrophy to nothing with three weeks off of full training! At 2 months we will resume chest training. It is very important to allow the chest tissue to heal to prevent excessive scar tissue build up that can cause deformities.
- “What is the most common complication?”Bleeding. Body builders have a 1 in 4 chance of bleeding after surgery due to higher muscle tone, and blood pressure. It is 1 in 2 if the patient has not stopped anabolics as instructed.