CHARLIE DANESA: DIESEL IN DENMARK!
I´m 31 years old and my estimated contest weight is currently 64kg, my off-season weight is around 66-68kg. My gains have been slow and steady over the last 14 years of dedicated training, as I don´t like the bulk look on me. I want to look good every day, if possible, and not based on the season.
I was born in Aarhus/Denmark, but raised in Germany. I live in Aarhus now after many years in Copenhagen. I´ve competed for the first time within the Danish natural fitness federation (DNFF), bikini class, amateur, June-2014.
“I do believe that female lifters, even the rather buff ones of us, still look great walking the t-walk in bikinis.”
I knew I didn´t fit in this discipline, but it was my choice of presenting myself on stage for the first time to gain experience, and the choice between power fitness class and bikini resulted in bikini, as I love the feminine prep side to it and I do believe that female lifters, even the rather buff ones of us, still look great walking the t-walk in bikinis.
The Danish power fitness class involves rowing and dead lifts, and these are not my strengths and I couldn’t see myself making the necessary improvements to place well in the few months I had to get ready for the show.
To be honest, I also felt very passionate about working on my t-walk and feminine side for the bikini discipline, to balance the buff muscular side to my physique. I also have many years of amateur dancing experience, so it was a lot of fun and happiness prepping while naturally working my ass off too. To me it´s important to have fun with the prep!
“I´m currently trying to find the proper and balanced mix between masculine and feminine energy in this prep.”
Next move is the amateur “Trained Physique/Fit Body” discipline within INBF/UKDFBA. Here I also have some freedom and room to show my personality, within the free routine. This means a lot to me, as the more masculine poses in this discipline itself are not giving me the feminine balance that I got from the bikini prep last time. I´m currently trying to find the proper and balanced mix between masculine and feminine energy in this prep. I don´t want to look or pose like a man. My goal is to be both muscular and feminine.
As for nutrition, my primary sources of proteins are meat, fish, broccoli, nuts, and eggs. Carbs are full corned bread, boiled rice and rice cakes. Primary sources of fat are avocado, and also nuts; I especially have a crush on peanut butter at the moment. I don´t count calories and never have. I´m worried I´d go all rigid if I´d begin. And as long as I can manage without, that´s what I´ll do. So many competitor girls get eating disorders, and I think it could happen to me too, if I´m not focusing on trying to live as normal as possible, even though my food choices are mainly conscious.
My favorite exercises are learning new ones, because I easily get into an auto-pilot mode. So when I see someone do something different or I get some friendly suggestions from friends or strangers, I´m all exited! As for cardio I used to run a lot, but since becoming a competitor I feel worried my legs won´t improve, so now I do more Stairmaster, and uphill treadmill, but my favorite is going out to dance passionately all night long every once in a while or working on my free routine combined with posing. I can easily do the free routine workout for 2 hours without wanting to leave. Walking the treadmill uphill sickens me real fast in comparison. I´m mostly impressed of my upper middle chest during hard flexing. I don´t know what this area is called, but to me, when my fat drops, it looks like art. I haven´t seen anything like it! Also my shoulders have a crazy output while flexed in a certain way, I´ve just discovered today actually.
“People have always told me that my abs and back are impressive…”
Anything that looks “unusual” to me is COOL. How I got it? I have no prescription, by accident, by destiny, I don´t know… People have always told me that my abs and back are impressive, probably because these parts have been my main areas of focus for the longest time out of my 14 years of training. Lease impressive body parts I would say are my hamstrings. I´m killing them twice a week in every thinkable way, and I´ve been in constant soreness the entire last year to evolve. I´ve skipped leg day A LOT!
No, actually MORE than a lot. The pain was just too hard for me to handle, and I always got aggressive and headaches during training of legs, so I skipped workouts frequently. Thank God I´ve learned to deal with the obstacles now, also with help from natural vitamins.
“Most of the time I don’t see myself as muscular. Only when I´m in the gym and my pump is on…”
I estimate that my body fat is between 8% in season – 15% off season. I´ve only had it measured properly twice in my life.
Most of the time I don’t see myself as muscular. Only when I´m in the gym and my pump is on I get surprised daily and fall in love with them muscles and striations over and over again. I´ve looked this way for so many years, so in relaxed mode my body is just normality to me, and nothing special. Maybe the feeling of normality is also partly due to most of the bodybuilding idols, of both genders, presented all over the media are on steroids. I don´t feel that I look big and muscular in comparison to them.
“In the end I´m just so grateful that I have never used roids! Has it crossed my mind? Sure it has…”
For a natty, I realize that I ain´t small though. In the end I´m just so grateful that I have never used roids! Has it crossed my mind? Sure it has, especially right before I finally found the key to my mindset on leg training.
The people I know who are using have so many varieties of difficulties with the consequences. I am never going to judge them for their choices anyway! This life is ours, our choices and our consequences, and it´s not for me or someone else to pass judgments on others. I just prefer a fair competition, that’s why I´ve only chosen natural federations so far. The birth of the Danish natural fitness federation (DNFF) and it´s first competition this year therefore gave me this opportunity.
Nobody is perfect, most of us can agree on that! I ain´t a nobody, I´m a somebody, fully flawed of imperfections and I have enough business working to evolve. The better and stronger I get physically and mentally, the more I wanna help others too!
In the end I have grown into this lady that I really like, regardless my imperfections, and my long term and loyal relationship to Mr. Gym has helped me a lot on this path!
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