Pawitch now working towards spring UFE shows - Nov. 22, 2018
BY SHAWN LOUGHLIN
While Blyth’s Carla Pawitch is generally pleased with her work at the Ultimate Fitness Event (UFE) World Championships in Toronto earlier this month, she failed to come back with her professional card – a goal she’d set for herself.
Pawitch had to finish in the top three of her category to earn the card and while the final standings of the event have yet to be released, she knows she didn’t finish on the podium.
After months of training, Pawitch competed in two categories, Elite Fitness Model and Masters Fitness Model. In both categories, she faced a large field of competitors, with 21 opponents in one of the classes and 17 in the other.
When she saw what she was up against, Pawitch said she knew it would be tough for her, but at the same time she was confident in the work she had done to prepare her body for the competition.
Pawitch said she was confident in the shape she was in, but was nervous about the stage work, walking and posing for the competition, as she has always been since she began competing in UFE events.
Though she knows she didn’t finish in the top three, Pawitch is eager to know where she landed. Both she and the company’s founder, who spoke to Pawitch during the event’s after-party, thought she was one of the best competitors on the stage. If she finished in fourth place, she said, it would be both encouraging and heartbreaking at the same time.
Pawitch says she feels that she was close, so she’s now focusing on one of the company’s two next events. She hopes to impress the judges next at either the May 4, 2019 event in Cobourg or the June 22, 2019 event in London.
Every time Pawitch has been on stage at a UFE event she says her confidence has grown, which is why she wants to keep competing in the hopes of obtaining her professional card early next year.
Since she began working towards UFE events last year, Pawitch has thoroughly enjoyed her training. While it is difficult at times, Pawitch says the gym is her safe place where she goes to decompress and find strength and confidence.
In the coming weeks, Pawitch says that she will reverse course after cutting weight to be in the November event in the hopes of adding 10 pounds to her physique. That reversal of the process means that when she cuts weight again for her next show, it will be a lot easier than it was this fall.
Then, 12 weeks ahead of her next show, she’ll start her intensive training schedule once again, cutting weight before the stage show.
She says her workouts during the lead-up to that 12-week period will be less frequent. She’ll work out with weights five days a week while mixing in four days of cardiovascular work. She says that working out with weights for an hour a day, followed by 40 minutes of cardiovascular work, is a lot easier to fit into her schedule than hours of weights in the weeks leading up to a show. In a previous story with The Citizen, Pawitch said she committed between three and four hours a day to her fitness in the weeks leading up to the November show.
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