Blyth's Pawitch sets sights on pro card this weekend - Nov. 8, 2018
BY DENNY SCOTT
With her first Ultimate Fitness Events (UFE) event behind her last year, Blyth resident Carla Pawitch has her sights set on a podium finish and a pro card in this year’s UFE Elite competition on Nov. 10 in Toronto.
Pawitch started bodybuilding last year for a UFE open competition, just to be able to say she had accomplished that and, after netting a third-place finish, she decided to compete again with an eye on professional-level competitions.
If she manages to win a podium finish in this year’s Elite competition, she will earn her pro card as well as the ability to compete in the higher tier events, the next of which will be mere hours after the elite competition.
With the event two weeks away, Pawitch said that her training schedule has become “crazy hectic.”
“It’s going well,” she said. “We’re down to crunch time now, though, so I’m doing around three hours of work a day to get ready.”
She said that she checks in with her coach daily and her schedule changes based on feedback from that check-in.
“I may end up doing one hour of cardio, or one hour of cardio at night and another hour in the morning:, and then weights for two hours a day,” she said. “We’re looking at three to four hours a day.”
Earlier in her training, Pawitch was doing 45 minutes to one hour of cardio and an hour and a half on weights, so the change isn’t huge. It’s enough, however, to require her to reconsider her daily schedule and the impact it has on her time.
Entering the open class and just wanting to compete last year is a completely different experience than what she’s aiming at now, Pawitch said.
“I’m nervous, because it’s a higher competition,” she said. “I know what to expect, and I know who I’m coming up against.”
Last year’s competition was a goal she set for herself and, while she didn’t think she would place, she did earn a third-place finish.
“Now I know what to expect and I want to be able to get my pro card,” she said.
The pro card doesn’t just open other competitions for her, but also allows her to start courting sponsors. She explained that different supplement companies may want to use her in promotion of their products, and provide her with branded equipment for the competitions, saving her money.
“Basically, having that card means I got my body where I needed it to be to present on stage,” she said. “I hope I can place in the top three, get my pro card and move on to the pro show.”
Preparing for this year’s competition has been a year-long event, Pawitch said, as she decided just after last year’s competition to attempt to get her pro card.
“From that point, we decided to do a build and my weight training and diet changed,” she said. “I had to put on weight to turn into muscle.”
She said this year’s preparation was a different experience, as she says she was “a lot skinnier” last year, but this year she’s developed more muscle definition.
“I thought it would be similar, but the preparation for these events keeps surprising me every time,” she said.