Confessions of a Bikini Pro

By Celeste Rains-Turk

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The Confessions of a Bikini Pro Podcast is the only place where IFBB Bikini Pros share their struggles, strategies, stories, insights, and advice in a real, raw, and vulnerable setting. Host, Celeste Rains-Turk, dives into the parts of these professionals' lives that aren't always openly discussed in the public eye or on social media (You know, the stuff we tend to wonder about the most). The goal of this podcast is to educate, inspire, and remind other competitors, athletes, or the average gym goer that even the most elite professionals face hardships, health problems, mental obstacles, and other adversities. There are a wide range of topics discussed including, but DEFINITELY NOT limited to; post show rebound, health complications, eating disorders, mental illnesses, winning mindset, dealing with losses, judges feedback, approaches to the stage, life outside of competing, money, relationships, philosophy, pursuing passions, and SO MUCH MORE! All show notes, links, and information can be found on www.celestial.fit/podcast Make sure to SUBSCRIBE, RATE, AND REVIEW THIS PODCAST if you LOVE it as much as we do so we can continue spreading the message to people worldwide! And be sure to follow https://www.instagram.com/celestial_fit/ too so you never miss an episode!

Episode Date
ERIN DENNIS
01:05:10

Today I speak with IFBB Pro Erin Dennis, who was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio and went to Ohio State for Mechanical Engineering. She then moved to North Carolina to work for Goodyear, where she design tires. She started competing in 2018 and turned Pro at the 2019 National Championships. She has since competed in 7 IFBB Pro shows. Erin openly talks about her experiences changes coaches and how she approaches growth between shows. She believes that anybody can pursue fitness regardless of circumstance. She has worked a full time, demanding job ever since she got into body building and some days wakes up at 3am to get to the gym before work for cardio. 

 

Erin wants everyone to know that anything is possible if it’s a priority for you. You don not want to miss the interview!

 

Topics covered include:

-confidence on stage

-having a passion for progress

-taking time off to grow

-investigating mindset around food emotions

-listening to judges’ feedback

-having family support

-managing sponsorships

-working as an engineer

 

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Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/erin.dennis.ifbb/

 

TIME STAMPS

1:00 introduction

3:50 peak week experiences

7:00 passion for bodybuilding and deciding to switch coaches

13:30 judges’ feedback and making improvements 

15:29 positive mental approach to taking time off

20:30 having a good improvement season to set up a good prep

26:28 approach to building muscle

32:20 goals for competing and family support

37:45 getting sponsorships

42:45 stage looks and experiences competing

49:50 working as an engineer and managing co-worker questions

60:50 advice for competitors

 

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Jun 24, 2022
ASHLEY DUNCAN
01:06:04

Today I speak with IFBB Pro Ashley Duncan. She is a nurse, adjunct college nursing instructor, online competition/lifestyle coach, in-person personal trainer. She has worked with high school athletics and had 5 daughters between her and her husband. She is currently an athlete under Team Atlas. She talks about having daughters and maintaining their self-image while competing while showing them structure/ balance. Ashley talks about her passion for coaching athletes. She has been lifting weights religiously since 1999 (8th grade) even through pregnancies. Ashley talks about how motivating it is for her to have something to work towards and how competing keeps her grounded.

 

We talk extensively about Ashley’s background with nursing and coaching. You do not want to miss this interview!

 

Topics covered include:

-training and nutrition

-struggles in stage presentation and posing

-difficulties competing when from a very small town

-struggles balancing home life/kids' activities, and working random jobs

-Eminem obsession

-switching from figure to bikini

-the Why behind competing

-working as a nurse

 

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TIME STAMPS

1:00 introduction

2:57 switching from figure to bikini

8:40 trying to master bikini posing and presentation

17:30 struggles turning pro and learning between shows

21:23 stepping on the stage early

24:43 things that helped make improvements

27:46 prep versus improvement season

30:14 motivation to keep going

34:15 competing and raising daughters

45:50 competing goals

47:18 time management

51:40 working as a nurse

58:10 Eminem obsession

60:33 advice for competitors

 

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Jun 17, 2022
JANEAN PRIEST
58:04

Today I speak with IFBB Pro Janean Priest, a 60 years old who was introduced to bodybuilding 3 1/2 years ago! She is a RN, BSN and had 3 beautiful and amazing children, 2 of them are twins. She has been married for 35 years. Before she found bodybuilding, she was a long distance runner and never stepped foot into a gym. She met her coach’s wife and owner of the gym she trains at a health fair who persuaded her to come check out the gym. There are only seven 60 year old IFBB pros in the US, which makes Jenean want to be an inspiration to those who feel being healthy is not obtainable. She fell into an eating disorder her senior year of high school that was accelerated when her mother had terminal cancer.

 

Jenean is open about her journey and has so much insight to share. You don’t want to miss this interview!

 

Topics covered include:

-competing as a Masters Pro

-working as a nurse

-transitioning from distance running to bodybuilding

-caring for sick parents

-struggling with an eating disorder

-time management tips

-staying positive through hard times

-myths about masters competitors

-using trial and error

 

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TIME STAMPS

1:00 introduction

4:39 camaraderie in the masters division

7:17 it’a never to late to bodybuild

10:00 transitioning from distance running to bodybuilding

15:01 caring for sick parents and an eating disorder

22:15 being a hard gainer

23:30 deciding to become a nurse

27:40 time management as a mom and nurse

30:00 staying positive 

35:20 the gym as a happy place

36:48 myths about masters competitors

45:00 upcoming plans

46:20 journey to pro

50:45 macros and bloating

54:37 advice for competitors

 

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Jun 10, 2022
ALECIA VERRONE
56:44

Today I speak with IFBB Pro Alecia Verrone, who started competing in 2018 and turned Pro in 2020 while being a single mom and working a hectic job in the cardiac Cath lab. She ran track and played basketball in high school but was always intimidated by lifting weights at the gym because she felt like she didn’t know what she was doing. When she started to put on muscle and get leaner, she eventually found her way to competing after leaving a bad relationship. She talks about how bodybuilding has helped her be a better mom and an example for her son.

Alecia tells us why she started competing and how it has changed her life. Her story is so relatable. You don’t want to miss this interview!

Topics covered include:

-why she stared competing

-how it’s changed her life

-setting a good example for her son

-balancing time

-shifting priorities

-competing as a mom

-struggles with binge eating

-improving her posing and confidence on stage

-finding food that works for you

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TIME STAMPS

1:00 introduction

6:20 being a single mom

8:55 juggling work, bodybuilding, and being a single mom

10:55 having the right mentality

12:36 how things changed after having her son

14:09 advice to other moms who want to compete

19:05 working to stay healthy

22:33 using different approaches

30:00 working on posing and the comparison game

36:00 giong to extremes

44:10 working in a Cath lab and future plans

53:54 advice for competitors

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Jun 03, 2022
MILENE LINGIARDI
55:11

Today I speak with IFBB Pro Milene Lingiardi, a full time civil engineer who works with renewable energy and recently had her pro debut at Golden State Pro in Sacramento, CA. Originally from Brazil, she started lifting in her first year of college in 2009, and went into her first bodybuilding competition in the end of 2019. She started following a plant-based diet in January of 2021 after watching the documentary The Game Changers and have not looked back since then.

Milene talks about using both positive and negative experiences as learning opportunities and how that has helped her all through life. She talks about the benefits of taking a more flexible approach and how that can help with stress levels. We hear why Milene switched to a plant-based diet and how it is working for her.

Milene shares so many lessons. You don’t want to miss this interview!

Topics covered include:
-switching to a plant-based diet
-leaner isn’t always better
-there’s always room for improvements
-life outside of bodybuilding
-new types of training splits
-the importance of consistency
-Working with Paul Revelia
-understanding your Why
-beauty standard in Brazil
-working as a civil engineer


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 https://www.instagram.com/milenelingiardi/
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TIME STAMPS
1:00 introduction
3:21 current feelings on prep
8:45 gaining confidence to trust her body
11:50 lessons learned from last prep
14:59 improvement season versus prep
21:42 finding the right foods and going plant-based
28:00 using a different approach
32:30 explaining her Why
33:44 how she’s changed from when she started
36:38 deciding to compete
41:03 support system
42:14 working as a civil engineer
49:10 how lessons in bodybuilding translates to outside goals
51:45 advice for competitors


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May 27, 2022
ISAMAR HANSEN
01:01:42

Today I speak with Isamar Hansen, an IFBB Pro originally from Venezuela. Since she was a little, she always liked to strive for bringing her best at everything she committed to do, big or small. Two days after getting her Green Card, she enlisted in the US Army and is now working towards becoming a second lieutenant. She has a Bachelor degree in petroleum engineering and is working towards her MBA. She doesn’t believe there is any other competition than ourselves.

 

Isamar has such a unique story. You don’t want to miss this interview!

 

Topics covered include:

-moving from Venezuela to the US

-enlisting in the US Army

-her husband having cancer

-fitness in the Army

-enjoying the food you eat

-prepping and Army training
-the power of mindset

-changes to become a Pro

-goals outside of competing

-not rushing the offseason

 

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TIME STAMPS

1:00 introduction

4:20 deciding to move to the US and joining the Army

7:36 meeting her husband and health struggles

11:20 deciding to pursue health and fitness

14:29 first time competitors and commitment

20:05 prepping and the military

28:40 how the military and bodybuilding compliment each other

31:14 struggling with money and English

37:40 the importance of mindset

43:00 knowing what is possible

46:10 making physique changes

53:27 life changes moving forward

57:30 advice for competitors

 

 

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May 20, 2022
BROOKE PETRY
01:10:04

Today I speak with Brooke Petry, an IFBB Pro Bikini athlete, wife, and mom of 3 daughters, who currently lives northwest of Chicago. She earned her B.S. in Retail/Fashion Merchandising from Bradley University, and worked in the world of corporate buying for 5 years before she decided to be a stay home mom. She started bodybuilding in 2017, at age 36. Body building has given Brooke the tools and motivation to have a healthy relationship with food, exercise and her body.

 

Her experience with anorexia left her believing that she needed to hide anything that might look like she was dieting or exercising because she had been so extreme before and everyone was watching her. She didn't know how to assimilate into a healthy lifestyle and firmly believes success is the result of vision and mental fortitude. Discipline is a great strength of Brooke’s.She loves being a positive influence on her family!

Topics covered include:

-getting started in bodybuilding

-history with anorexia as a teen

-being married to a non-bodybuilder

-doing what you enjoy

-finding the right coach for you

-believing in yourself

-finding food you enjoy

-being disciplined

-being an example for her children

-sacrificing in prep

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TIME STAMPS

1:00 introduction

4:30 evolution over the years

6:50 start in bodybuilding

9:12 first show experience

16:50 deciding to compete

21:30 changing coaches

28:50 things she wish she knew before

31:58 Discovering her why

34:28 tips to live like a bodybuilder

37:50 developing discipline

40:23 taking a deload period

46:20 dealing with judgement

50:57 setting personal goals

53:00 struggling with anorexia

60:36 being a stay at home mom

63:50 fitness fashion

65:40 advice for competitors

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May 13, 2022
KAREN YUEN
01:01:30

Today I speak with Karen Yuen, one of the 6 IFBB bikini pros from Hong Kong. She turned pro in 2019 at her 5th NPC show. Due to covid travel restrictions i did not compete in 2020. In 2021, she had her Pro Debut in USA , despite 21 days hotel quarantine after she returned home. She placed 5th among Olympians at both shows - San Antonio Pro & Minneapolis Pro. Outside of competition, She is a gym owner, a fitness & posing coach, and also a dog mom of 3! She coaches both lifestyle and competition clients, and helped a client obtain her pro card in Japan.

Karen give great insight into what it’s like to be a gym owner and a bodybuilder in an Asian country. You don’t want to miss this interview!

Topics covered include:

-How she started in bodybuilding

-life as a gym owner

-bodybuilding in Asia

-stress management

-productivity while on prep

-traveling and quarantining

-mindset in improvement season

-choosing the right coach

-competing in as a Pro

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Gym: https://www.instagram.com/hit_pt/

TIME STAMPS

1:00 introduction

3:07 areas to improve

6:10 keeping intensity in training

11:45 changing mindset about improvement season

17:44 changing approaches

23:55 goals for the future and bodybuilding

31:00 is it worth it?

37:30 saying yes to opportunities

39:15 training while on quarantine

44:15 being a gym owner

49:00 being a bodybuilder in Hong Kong

57:25 advice for competitors

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May 06, 2022
MIGNON WILLIAMS
01:32:49

Today I speak with IFBB Pro Mignon Williams, who is a native of New Orleans, LA and currently lives in Atlanta, GA. Mignon is a finance professional and entrepreneur as the owner of Untaxed Confidential, a full service tax and accounting firm where she educates clients on ways to save money in taxes and make smart financial decisions for the future. She is a FitBody Fusion Athlete coached by Jamie DeBernard and earned her Pro Card in 2019 at the North American Championships snagging not only her pro card but also the Overall title. She made her Pro debut a week later at the Arizona Wings of strength placing top 15 among 11 Olympians. She came back in 2020 at the Chicago Pro placing 3rd and took a long and much need break from the stage to become a mother to a beautiful baby boy August Langston Humphrey. When she's not in tax season, she is coaching other bikini athletes on posing, presentation and stage polish.

 

Mignon has so much to share on how to STOP comparing your progress from one show/year to another because you are growing in this sport. You don’t want to miss this interview!

 

Topics covered include:

-Her tax business, Untaxed Confidential

-Posing and show day glam

-Being a Black Girl with an eating disorder

-Motherhood and fit pregnancy 

-Breastfeeding and bodybuilding

-Being intentional and present in your relationships during prep

-Working out with intensity and intention

-Taking your OFFSZN seriously.

-Self Care during prep

-Turning 40!!

-Running a business as a mom as a bikini pro

-The right way to wear a wig

-Conquering the stage with posing, poise, polish and presentation

-Showing up each day as a PROFESSIONAL in every aspect of your life

 

 

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Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mignoncyrelle/

 

TIME STAMPS

1:00 introduction

4:23 influences for stage presence as a dancer

7:40 preparing taxes as a Pro bodybuilder

14:20 show planning tips

20:01 being a professional before you’re actually a Pro

23:00 advice for stage presence

25:41 show day glam

35:50 lessons learned over the years and different coaches

47:10 the show that haunts her

49:10 switching coaches and turning pro

58:50 pre-show routine and recovery

66:50 comparison trap with yourself

70:43 struggling with an eating disorder

73:25 pregnancy and postpartum journey

91:00 advice for competitors

 

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Apr 29, 2022
LAURA TARBELL
01:21:18

Today I speak with IFBB Pro Laura Tarbell who did her first prep in the spring of 2007 for seven short weeks and won my bikini pro card with the WNSO. Six weeks later, she placed third at the Pro World Championships. She immediately loved competing because it felt like the perfect combination of the two things she loved most growing up, sports and stage performance. She played basketball and studied to be a music teacher in college, but felt like she was called to be a coach. She continued to compete until 2009 when she started my family.

 

Eight years later, she decided I wanted to go after an IFBB Pro card, just to prove to herself that with 4 kids and at the age of 40, she could do it. In 2020 she made it happen and her next goal is to win a masters Pro show.

 

She now coaches for Nutrition Dynamic doing both competition prep and functional nutrition. She focuses on helping bikini athletes optimize their competition prep in order to look their best on stage and then transition into post show with long term health in mind.

 

Laura gives us invaluable information. You don’t want to miss this interview! 23:20

 

Topics covered include:

-having 2 sets of twins

-macros versus meal plans

-prepping with a family

-knowing your body on a functional level

-comparison versus inspiration

-coaching basketball

-keeping in “treats” during prep

-testing as a tool

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Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/laura.tarbell.ifbbpro/

 

TIME STAMPS

1:00 introduction

5:06 inspiration to compete and competing in multiple leagues

10:20 using pilates for recovery and deciding to train for bodybuilding

11:50 lessons from different federations and coaching competitions

13:44 having 2 sets of twins and IVF

19:00 prepping and raising a family

28:30 nutrition changes from prep to improvement season

40:48 goals moving forward

43:00 actions to support growth

47:05 testing after adding in different supplements

50:28 when not to compete and why a functional approach is best

55:00 how your cycle can affect performance

61:50 tips from tracking macros

66:50 training to optimize your workouts

72:50 feedback from judges

77:25 advice for competitors

 

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Apr 22, 2022
LAURA STALINKEVICIUTE
01:01:06

Today, I speak with Lithuanian IFBB Pro Laura Stalinkeviciute, a fitness coach who works with women online, design training programs, meal plans. She shares her own journey, workouts, and tips on Instagram in hopes to inspire and help more girls along the way. She used to compete in IFBB Elite, but in 2021 switched to NPC and won her pro card at her first show! She has her own Fitness Clothing brand, DEERFORCE, where she sells activewear and glute bands. She loves traveling and meeting like-minded people. 

 

Laura shares why it’s important to work with a coach even if you are a coach and how she has learned through trial and error over the years. She really wants to help other believe in themselves. You don’t want to miss this interview!

 

 

Topics covered include:

-believing in yourself

-difference between IFBB Elite and NPC

-building more muscle to be competitive

-difference between improvement season and prep

-judging progress

-having a post show goal

-mindset in the gym

-changing the plan

-differences between a cheat meal and reread meal

-learning new types of posing

-traveling and competing

-hosting a podcast

-having a clothing line

 

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Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/stalinkeviciute/

Coaching IG: https://www.instagram.com/lauras_coaching/

DEERFORCE IG: https://www.instagram.com/deerforce_/

DEERFORCE Website: https://www.deerforcecollection.com/

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCKlE7rCkdHW8ZKae5G9Okpw

 

TIME STAMPS

1:00 introductions

3:30 believing in yourself

4:50 difference between IFBB Elite and NPC

7:40 learning about IFBB Pro league

12:23 working towards improvements

13:33 improvement season versus prep

15:05 monitoring progress

19:05 biggest diet mistakes

22:10 training splits and intention

26:15 changing the plan when things don’t work

28:30 education to change approaches

30:20 differences between a cheat meal and reread meal

36:20 goals and timelines

40:20 advice for traveling as a competitor

45:37 endeavors outside of bodybuilding

47:50 how competing has impacting other areas go her life

52:10 starting her own clothing brand 

56:53 advice for competitors

 

 

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Apr 15, 2022
LOUISA BURKE
01:26:51

Today, I speak with IFBB Pro Louisa Burke. She was born and raised in Munich, Germany where she received a degree in Interaction design. She moved to the US 5 years ago to be with her now husband. She started her fitness Instagram to share her journey and inspire others while she was waiting on her work permit. She now works full time as Product designer for LinkedIn and works on her fitness on the side. She fell in love with bodybuilding in 2020 where she also did her first Bikini competition. Since then, she did 4 more shows until she turned pro in July 2021.

 

Louisa shares her story of finding fitness and how the turned into a passion for inspiring others. Gratitude is an important part of her journey and that leads her to want to pay it forward. We heard about her long-term long distance relationship and what it took for her to be able to move from Germany to the US. 

 

She shares so many lessons she has learned along the way. You don’t want to miss this conversation! 

 

 

Topics covered include:

-handling stage nerves

-focusing on gratitude

-choosing the right coach

-eating to grow

-workout out through COVID

-making improvements to turn Pro

-feeling too small

-working on mindset

-building habits to build success

-working for LinkedIn 

-long distance relationships

 

 

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Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/fit_louburke/

 

 

TIME STAMPS

1:00 introductions

4:50 show day ritual for gratitude

9:08 working with Adam from Team Elite Physique and coaching journey

26:05 worrying about family and moving up at Nationals

35:00 working on mindset

40:17 habits that contribute to success

45:15 wearing many hats and working for Linked In

48:00 setting boundaries with social media

54:13 Moving from Germany to the US and long distance relationship

70:22 cultural differences between US and Germany

77:20 visiting Germany and futures plans for competing

83:15 advice for competitors

 

 

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Apr 08, 2022
ELENOA MCCABE
01:30:48
Today, I speak with IFBB Pro Elenoa McCabe who goes by Noa. By day she is a data steward for a large agricultural company, but her true passion lies in competing and being part of the fitness industry! She currently lives in Colorado where she loves to hike, ski, and go on road trips with her boyfriend and their puppers. She also has a fitness podcast called The Gym-ish Pod and she is an online coach! She started competing in 2017 and turned Pro at 2021 at the NPC National Championships. She knew she wanted to be a Pro after her first show and decided to take almost 2 years off to improve her physique. 

 

Elenoa talks about knowing when you’re ready to compete and the importance of optimizing everything to win. She speaks to the importance of taking your time to choose the right coach and talking to current and previous competitors about their experience with the coach. Having open communication with your coach is such an important part of being a competitor and Elenoa shares an important story as to why!

 

Elenoa has such a positive outlook about bodybuilding and competing. You don’t want to miss this episode!

 

Topics covered include:

-feeling disappointment without letting it overtake you

-normalizing long improvement seasons

-being prepared to compete

-choosing the right coach

-dealing with self-sabotage

-communicating with your coach

-the feeling of reaching your goals

-acting like a pro to become a pro

-balancing life with prep

-gaining tools through therapy

-posing every day

-the importance of body work

 

 

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Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/noamccabe/

Gym-ish Podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-gym-ish-podcast/id1549134251

 

TIME STAMPS

1:00 introductions

5:47 taking a long improvement season

10:10 knowing when to end an improvement season

13:33 choosing the right coach

18:38 dealing with self-sabotage

28:28 moving past a prep binge

32:10 feeling of winning her Pro card

34:40 lesson learned in pursuit of a pro card

38:33 setting boundaries and expectations in relationships

42:39 maintaining passions while working towards goals

50:40 setting post-show intentions

55:05 working on posing and getting bodywork

61:24 changing training styles 

70:20 balancing 9-5 job and online coaching 

75:15 the Gym-ish Podcast

81:14 goals and feedback

85:48 advice for competitors 

 

 

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Apr 01, 2022
ERIN MAHON
01:21:20

Today, I speak with IFBB Pro Erin Mahon, a 22 year-old athlete and posing coach who starting competing in 2019 and turned Pro in 20201 at Junior Nationals. She talks about being a shy and reserved persons and she competes for herself and not necessarily to broadcast her competing journey. We hear about Erin’a past experience as a soccer athlete and the knee injuries she dealt with. Even with her injuries and deciding to leave soccer, she knew there was something more out there for her. She decided to train through her injuries which led her to bodybuilding!

 

Erin shares how moving to Florida has totally changed her bodybuilding. She has learned to train with proper form and intensity, which has been the biggest game changer in her development. 

 

Erin is so honest and open about her journey. You don’t want to miss this interview!

 

Topics covered include:

-dealing with social media

-the impact bodybuilding has had on her life

-her journey to the stage

-transitioning from soccer to bodybuilding

-deciding to use enhancements

-not focusing on the scale

-training heavy

-changing mindset about food

-learning what works for you

-working as a posing coach

 

 

 

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TIME STAMPS

1:00 introductions

7:13 inspiration to compete

15:00 having family support

19:20 deciding to use enhancements

27:25 recomping your body and training heavy

31:40 deciding to move to Florida

35:30 how her training has changed

42:30 changing her relationship with food

53:40 choosing the right coach

59:37 coffee and sugar free sweeteners

65:30 working as a coach and posing coach

72:58 advice for competitors

 

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Mar 25, 2022
CORY HAGEMAN
01:47:10

Today, I speak with IFBB Pro Cory Hageman. She’s 26 years old and lives in Los Angeles. She’s been competing in bodybuilding since 2015 and won the overall at JR USA’s in 2020, where she turned pro. She’s competed in 3 pro shows and got 2nd place at her pro debut at the Mile High in Denver in 2021. She worked as a photographer and videographer before starting a career in nursing.  Cory is a coach for competitors as well as lifestyle clients and also offer posing coaching!

 

We hear how Cory worked on her look after turning Pro and what she did to improve her conditioning. Cory also talks about working with different coaches and ultimately deciding to prep herself. 

 

Cory shares valuable lessons that every competitor needs to hear. You don’t want to miss this interview!

 

Topics covered include:

-Working on improvements as a Pro

-Mindset when working with a coach

-Going to extremes

-Dealing with injuries

-Deciding to prep yourself

-Adapting and evolving over time

-Competing in different leagues 

-Dealing with body image

-Goals for bodybuilding

-Comping with food focus

-Feelings of failure

 

 

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Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/cory_fit/

 

 

 

TIME STAMPS

1:00 introductions

5:49 winning her Pro card and working on improvements

8:00 switching coaches

18:00 extreme preps

23:18 better ways to prep and prepping herself

31:00 being open to change

42:15 deciding not to compete

43:45 healing her relationship with food and her body

49:08 deciding to prep through injury

54:37 typical split for workouts

60:52 changes to physique after changing training intensity

64:15 goals in bodybuilding

69:00 changes to posing

73:45 knowing when it’s time to adjust 

84:55 things she would change in previous preps

98:15 advice for competitors

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Mar 18, 2022
DAKINI SELLAMUTHU
01:08:13

Today, I speak with IFBB Pro Dakini Sellamuthu, a 23 years old psychology major currently living in India. She has been bodybuilding for 3 years and I just won her pro card in December 2021 at  the Arnold Amateur. She talks about how bodybuilding has helped her build self-confidence and why struggling with post show blues taught her so much about her body. Dakini tells us about her struggles in her improvement season and what she did to overcome her bingeing tendencies. 

 

We hear how Dakini has worked to have open communication with her coach and how she has taken the shame out of her actions. She tells how she lives for herself and meets her own expectations. She also says that turning Pro didn’t change her as a person. 

 

Dakini has such a relatable story and shares valuable information. You don’t want to miss this interview!

 

Topics covered include:

-dealing with stress and low confidence

-living in prep versus improvement season

-the importance of sustainability

-the popularity of bodybuilding in India

-choosing to take an off season and recover

-dealing with mental illness

-helping others through psychology

-meditation and journaling as self-care

 

 

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Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dragostex/

 

 

 

TIME STAMPS

[1:00] introductions

[5:25] dealing with binging

[12:50] communicating needs with your coach

[17:45] struggling with comparison

[20:00] choosing not to prep

[25:45] lessons learned from bodybuilding

[35:00] deciding to study psychology

[39:55] ways to support her mental health

[45:14] the desire to compete

[49:40] insights from prep

[59:00] advice fro competitors

 

 

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Mar 11, 2022
SAMMY HOULE
01:05:04

Today, I speak with IFBB Sammy Houle, a NASM certified personal trainer, who received her Bachelor of Science in Ath letic Training with a focus on injury prevention and rehabilitation. She was born and raised in Wisconsin and is currently living in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. She is a Full-Time Fit Body Fusion Online Coach, where she works with competition, lifestyle, and transformation clients. She turned pro in 2020 at USAs after competing in 4 other national shows. She made her Pro debut at the 2021 Sacramento Pro.

 

She talks about the differences between competing as a Pro versus as an amateur and how she handled those changes. Sammy tells us about different experiences with prep and improvement seasons and how she uses macros to foster a healthy relationship with food. We also hear about Sammy’s coaching philosophy and strategies she uses to helps her clients be successful and stay healthy!

 

Sammy’s journey to the Pro stage is full of valuable lessons. You won’t want to miss this interview!

Topics covered include:

-differences between competing as a Pro versus amateur

-the importance of having community

-accountability in the improvement season

-macros versus meal plans

-coaching philosophy

-deciding to become a coach

-working with Fit Body Fusion

-communicating with you coach

-the importance of bloodwork

-taking rest days seriously

-why posing is so important

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Coaching: https://www.fitbodyfusion.com/ (REQUEST Samantha Houle for coaching)


TIME STAMPS

[1:00] introductions

[3:20] prepping for a pro shoe versus prepping for an NPC show

[8:13] differences between prep and improvement season

[11:20] macros versus meal plans

[15:50] Sammy’s approach to coaching and using macros

[21:11] how her experiences have influenced her coaching style

[23:55] becoming a coach for Fit Body Fusion

[30:20] how life changed after becoming a coach full time

[33:00] things to consider when choosing a coach

[36:30] making friends in the industry

[40:50] health in the improvement season

[47:03] Sammy’s competing journey and using feedback

[50:40] nailing your posing

[55:00] training focuses

[61:45] advice for competitors

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Mar 04, 2022
TONI GADDIS
01:27:39

Today, I speak with IFBB Pro Toni Gaddis, a military service member for 16 years. She has her Bachelors in Industrial and Organizational Psychology and my Masters  in Juvenile Justice.
Throughout her life, she has participated in various sports from volleyball to powerlifting. She was introduced to bodybuilding by her best friend and fell in love with the sport. She competed in her first national qualifying competition on May 2018 and won both overall novice and unlimited in my class. She earned her pro card at NPC Universe.  Her ultimate goal is to be able to qualify for and win the Olympia.   


She is the owner and posing coach of Details Matter Posing and Glute Training. She wants women to know that although she came into this sport later in life than most it’s about being intentional and consistent in everything you do. She believes in being the example in order to inspire others. She believes hard work, dedication, and consistency should be at the forefront of being an ambassador of this sport.


You won’t want to miss this interview with Toni. She is full of great information and is eager to share!

Topics covered include:
-following your plan
-learning what you can and asking questions
-taking off a year because of a military deployment
-learning from judges’ feedback
-dealing with a fast metabolism
-proper glute training
-identifying patterns-posing coaching and how to practice
-deciding to join the military
-appreciating what you’ve accomplished

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TIME STAMPS
[1:00] introductions
[4:40] win at NPC Universe
[18:10] changing her training mindset
[19:20] judges’ feedback
[24:00] glutes training
[28:20] learning to activate your glutes
[35:45] booty builder machine and different exercises
[45:30] posing and practice
[54:00] being a posing coach
[60:00] what sets her apart as a posing coach
[69:06] her experience in the military
[74:00] meal prepping and scheduling

[77:30] advice for competitors


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Feb 25, 2022
BRE WIGLEY
01:13:28

Today, I speak with vegan IFBB Pro Breana Wigley. She started her journey in April 2017 and earned her IFBB PRO status in 5 months at the North Americans. She quickly started moving through the rankings as a IFBB pro by competing in 8 shows her rookie season and placing within the top 10. After focusing on qualifying for Olympian- that goal momentarily got put on hold due to  beautiful life events- becoming a mom. After nearly 2 years away from the stage Breana is hopeful that one day soon she will compete again but this time with a lot more fire and drive because now she has a sweet baby girl cheering her on.

 

She talks about the decision to press pause on competing and start a family, and when she may return to the stage. She takes the lessons she’s learned from competing in all aspects of her life, including motherhood! We also hear her experience as a military spouse and how that has shaped her family.

 

Bre offers such a fresh perspective on motherhood, lifestyle, and competing. You don’t want to miss the interview!

Topics covered include:
-transition to motherhood
-being a vegan athlete
-body image and pregnancy
-changes during pregnancy
-the comparison trap
-deciding to compete
-the importance of being coachable
-deciding to stay natural
-being a military spouse
-the entrepreneurial mindset

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Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bre.faith.fit/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/vegan.bre/

Website: WWW.OFFICIALBREWIGLEY.COM

 

TIME STAMPS
[1:00] introductions
[3:06] becoming pregnant
[5:07] fostering parts of your life outside of competing
[8:13] body image and pregnancy
[12:19] health during pregnancy
[17:15] eating changes during pregnancy
[20:04] physical changes from pregnancy
[22:00] falling into the comparison trap
[25:15] journey to being vegan and competing
[31:50] what has contributed to her success
[35:40] competing as a natural athlete
[41:28] the experience of turning pro quickly
[43:40] improving between shows
[49:48] having an active husband
[52:20] dealing with her husband’s deployment
[58:40] her passion for vegan cooking
[62:00] starting her own boutique
[66:30] staying true to herself
[67:40] having a strong faith
[69:04] advice for competitors

 

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Feb 18, 2022
JODIE YUNCKER; Life With & Without Anorexia, Routine That Fits You, Tactics for Muscle Engagement
01:05:22

Today, I speak with IFBB Pro Jodie Yuncker, who is a coach with Fit Body Fusion. She turned Pro at Junior National in 2021 and has since competed in 3 Pro shows. She shares with us how she struggled with and eating disorder for 12 years and overcame it to regain her health. Jodie shows with us how important self-belief and manifestation are for achieving your goals and how she helps her coaching clients accomplish this.

 

Starting in high school, she began to hyper focus on the normal changes a body makes during puberty. This started a spiral of obsessing about food and her weight that controlled her life for years. She talks about her experience with college and the ultimatum her parents gave her regarding her health. She describes how her passion from coaching came from her own transformation.

 

We hear how Jodie transitioned to coaching and what she believes is important for her clients, both lifestyle and competitors. Her passion comes through so strongly in this interview. You don’t want to miss it!

Topics covered include:
-Struggling with an eating disorder
-Turning can’t into can
-The importance of support
-Coaching philosophy
-Journey to becoming a coach
-Setting realistic expectations
-The importance of recovery
-Daily habits for success
-Not being afraid to eat
-Competing as a Pro

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TIME STAMPS
[1:00] introductions
[4:10] struggling with an easting disorder
[13:04] the affect seeing what her mom ate had on her idea of her body
[15:15] pushback from deciding to be a bodybuilder
[17:00] paying attention to hormone health
[18:45] deciding to become a coach
[26:30] how being a coach has changed her
[30:00] coaching with flexibility
[32:40] coaching lifestyle versus competitors
[37:14] what she wishes people knew before getting into competing
[40:10] daily habits for success
[41:40] maximizing results
[45:54] competition journey
[53:45] future goals
[57:04] judges’ feedback
[60:25] advice for competitors

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Feb 11, 2022
KERIGAN PIKE
01:09:25

Today, I speak with IFBB Pro Kerigan Pike, a 25 year old multi-business entrepreneur and online coach. She lives in Houston, TX with her husband and 2 fur babies. She has been competing almost every other year since 2016, and in 2021 she earned her IFBB pro card at Jr. Nationals! Kerigan talks about her journey to the stage and what has driven her to compete. She tells us why she took a long improvement season and how she took advantage of that time to grow.

 

Kerigan explains the importance of staying patient when your goal is to grow. She believes in taking your time to make real changes and focusing on how strength is improving. We hear how Kerigan improved her confidence and how that lead to her growth on stage. She tells us how ego and humility can be in balance to help you present your best self!

 

Kerigan shares such a great attitude for competing. You don’t want to miss her story!

 

Topics covered include:
-competing for herself
-staying patient for all types of growth
-deciding which division is right for you
-using social media for the right reasons
-developing confidence
-struggling with hormone issues
-staying open-minded
-goals as an IFBB Pro
-having her husband as her coach
-being an entrepreneur and influencer
-DON’T OVERTHINK THINGS!
-being authentic

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Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/keriganpikefit/
Coaching IG: https://www.instagram.com/hustl.hrdr/
Website: https://www.hustlhrdr.com
TikTok: @keriganpike
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/c/KeriganPike

TIME STAMPS
[1:00] introductions
[3:00] transitioning to competing
[8:08] staying patient
[11:54] developing stage presence and confidence
[17:44] struggles with hormones and acne
[22:30] being willing to learn
[27:40] being involved in her faith
[30:00] having children in the future
[31:10] how she met her husband
[32:45] judges’ feedback
[36:25] approach to prep and competition
[43:00] mindset shift after winning
[45:20] being an entrepreneur and influencer
[52:18] things she wished people knew
[54:45] current businesses
[59:20] time management
[61:00] overcoming imposter syndrome
[65:20} advice for competitors

 

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Feb 04, 2022
MAHSA AKBARIMEHR
01:06:51
Today, I speak with IFBB Pro Mahsa Akbarimehr, who was the first Persian female to become an IFBB Bikini Pro in June of 2018! She started her fitness journey back in her home country of Iran as a multi sport athlete competing in swimming, water Polo and rowing. The youngest of three girls, her mom and dad were a big part in who she today. They were always encouraging my sisters and I to play sports, be active and competitive growing up. She started weight training in college, where she earned a bachelor degree in Computer Science engineering. After college, she won a U.S green card lottery and decided to make the move in 2011 to United States. She joined a Gold’s gym and learned about the NPC/IFBB.

 

In April 2015, she decided to compete in her first bodybuilding Bikini competition and placed first in her class. When she became U.S citizen, she was finally able to compete in national shows and won her pro card at her second national show.  She now lives in Hawaii and works with clients, sharing her knowledge, experience, physical and mental journeys with them.

Mahsa’s story is one we don’t get to hear too often. Be sure to give it a listen!

Topics covered include:

-breaking culture barriers
-posing with personality
-improving the post-show experience
-working with judges’ feedback
-changes in training style
-having an athletic background
-bodybuilding in Iran
-deciding to leave Iran
-working as a trainer
-the importance of community

 

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TIME STAMPS
[1:00] introductions
[05:42] working with posing clients and posing advice
[12:55] things she wishes she new sooner
[18:00] working towards the Olympia and judges’ feedback
[21:00] competing in s Strength competition
[23:00] current training split
[26:40] growing up as an athlete
[29:30] inspiration to compete
[32:30] Bodybuilding in Iran
[37:20] deciding to come to America
[43:10] studying computer engineering
[45:20] a day in the life
[49:00] being in a long-term relationship
[55:20] advice for competitors

 

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Jan 28, 2022
ELISABET VANG
01:19:52

Today, I speak with IFBB Pro Elisabet Vang, a 23-years-old from the Faroe Island. She works full time as physical coach for a football (soccer) team in the best division where she’s from. Sports has always been her passion and ever since childhood. She has played everything from football (soccer) , handball, volleyball, to gymnastics. She fell deeply in love with bodybuilding when she started strength training through handball at the age of 16. She did my first bikini competition in 2016 and has been competed in different federations every year since (except covid year 2020)

 

In 2021, she quit playing football and started her job as a physical football (soccer) coach and decided to give her all into bodybuilding. She been self coached since 2019, earned her Pro card in September 2021 and recently placed 3rd at her second pro show!

 

Elisabet has such a unique background and fitness journey. You won’t want to miss this interview!

 

Topics covered include:
-Being self-coached
-Pro versus amateur competitions
-Traveling for shows
-Balance in the improvement season
-Ditching the “all or nothing” mindset
-Working to be a better poser
-The importance of lifting heavy
-Working as a strength and conditioning coach
-Living like an athlete
-Creating habits for success

 


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TIME STAMPS
[1:00] introductions
[04:20] quick success
[06:00] Pro versus amateur shows
[11:45] traveling long distances for shows
[14:50] plans for the future
[23:00] eating during prep
[27:01] self-coaching
[36:45] the love of competing
[37:30] seeing yourself objectively
[41:20] working on posing
[43:40] lifting heavy
[48:00] moving on from team sports
[50:00] working as a strength and conditioning coach
[62:45] optimizing your morning routine
[71;07] advice for competitors

 

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Jan 21, 2022
Sneak Peek at the Upcoming Build More than Just a Body x Glam Girl AZ Retreat
43:34

Reposted Podcast from Prep Life. Are you wanting to kickoff the competition season right? Have you been searching for an event in which you can connect with other likeminded women in the sport of body building? Are you searching for a place in which you can get strength training workouts, hiking in The South Mountain Preserve, HIIT cardio training, bikini posing practice, help with suit selection, and best of all mindset training and personal growth? If so, then join us in beautiful Phoenix, Arizona at the Arizona Grand Resort and Spa for an epic experience on Feb 19th and 20th!

During this episode @celestial_fit dives into some of the many topics that she will be covering so that you can Build More Than Just a Body at this amazing two day event! Over the course of the weekend she will help individuals work on mindfulness, food relationships, self love, stress management and much much more!! You can register for the event by clicking the link: https://www.glamgirlbikini.com/2022-retreat/ You can find us on Instagram @preplifepodcast @glamgirlbikini @amyehinger

Jan 19, 2022
ADAIR LIBBRECHT
01:02:45

Today, I speak with IFBB Pro Adair Libbrecht, a 26 year old who was born and raised in Winnipeg, Canada. She has an honors degree in psychology and just started a masters degree in counseling psychology! She is also a crisis counsellor for a 24/7 crisis and suicide line in Winnipeg. On top of that, she is a certified nutritionist and personal trainer who coaches online lifestyle clients and approaches fitness from a psychological perspective. Her goal is to not only help individuals achieve their fitness goals but work on their personal development and a develop a healthy mindset as well. She also runs her own business doing cosmetic teeth whitening.

 

Adair grew up very active playing a variety of sports but her true passion was dancing and aerial acrobatics in which she competed for 15 years. After she stopped competitive dancing, she got a membership at my local gym and fell in love with lifting weights and working out. She worked out consistently for about 5 years before deciding to compete. She competed in my first ever show September 2021 where she won the overall. That qualified her to compete the next day in the Canadian Nation Pro Qualifier where she won her IFBB Pro card!

 

Adair shares so much insight from her past and goals for her future. You don’t want to miss this episode!

Topics covered include:
-dealing with expectations
-deciding to work with a coach
-struggling with binge eating
-competing as a dancing and aerial acrobat
-struggling with feeling lost
-journaling for mental health
-getting into teeth whitening
-working as a coach
-the importance of psychology in bodybuilding
-traveling and competing

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TIME STAMPS
[1:00] introductions
[04:00] turning pro quickly
[07:30] shifting expectations with growing beliefs
[11:15] switching from a lifestyle client to a competitor
[14:30] working through binge eating
[17:05] dance background
[19:00] why prep is so rewarding
[26:25] routines for success
[28:00] day in the life
[29:01] teeth whitening
[34:57] working as a coach
[36:55] studying psychology
[42:02] Adair’s coaching style
[46:00] what preps are like
[49:30] judge’s feedback and changing mentality
[54:04] future goals
[55:04] advice for growth

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Jan 14, 2022
JAZMINE OSBORNE
01:11:57

Today, I speak with IFBB Pro Jazmine Osborne, personal trainer, & posing coach who started competing in 2015 and turned pro in 2019 at her second national show. She made her Pro debut in 2020 at the NorCal show! She initially started competing when she was still in college and only wanted to compete once as a bucket list item. She immediately started looking forward to her next show! Jazmine speaks to the importance of finding pride in the process and not the placing. She talks about not feeling ready for her first National show and feeling discouraged after placing 15th. But that gave her perspective to know where she needed to improve.

 

Jazmine tells us about how she worked with her coach to fine tune her body for a balanced physique that meets the bikini criteria. She admits to feeling uncomfortable with the amount of food she had to eat in order to grow, but also noticed how her lifts improved. She learned to trust the process and trust her coach, which paid off!

 

We talk about how Jazmine navigated her relationships outside of bodybuilding and how things changed. With communication and understanding, she has been able to maintain friendships through prep even though other friends were not into bodybuilding.

 

Jazmine’s journey is really special. You won’t want to miss her story!

 

Topics covered include:
-friendships through bodybuilding
-competing on the National stage
-embracing discomfort to grow
-trusting the process
-finding balance
-using her exercise science degree in her own prep
-changing up training to grow muscle
-dealing with mental struggles
-managing time and finances
-struggling with food
-dealing with ADHD

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TIME STAMPS
[1:00] introductions
[3:05] journey to Pro
[11:39] section national show
[18:50] trusting the process
[21:35] finding balance
[26:12] maintaining relationships outside of bodybuilding
[31:50] studying exercise science
[34:05] gaining muscle
[40:20] pro debut
[46:00] mental struggles
[48:35] financial commitment
[53:00] struggles with food
[61:00] dealing with ADHD
[66:09] future goals
[69:20] advice for competitors

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Jan 07, 2022
Inner Health Series Ep 3: The Pro Method
01:02:37

In the final episode of the Inner Health Series, I speak with Shonte Turner and Dawn Nasta of The Pro Method, a physiological decompression method approach to recovery and optimizing training via advanced technology. Shonte and Dawn start off by sharing some background as to how they met, what influenced them to join forces, and how The Pro Method came about.

 

First, Shonte and Dawn discuss the Neufit machine and the role it plays in their practice. Dawn talks about the concept of a direct current e-stim machine and its benefits for training and recovery. Shonte and Dawn also dive into the concept of neuromuscular reeducation and the importance of recovery for both muscle building and fat loss phases.

 

Dawn also breaks down colon hydrotherapy and how it may be beneficial for athletes, especially those with IBS or experiencing any GI distress. Next, Shonte and Dawn explain how these different therapies help athletes in all aspects of training, even down to posing for bikini competitors.

 

I can’t wait for you all to hear about The Pro Method’s tactics and strategies to maximize ones recovery for optimal training results!

 

Topics Covered:
-Beginnings of The Pro Method
-What is the Neufit & how it works
-Muscular Reeducation
-Neufit for recovery and restructure
-Importance of recovery
-Colon hydrotherapy
-Neuromusclar training & posing

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Time Stamps:
[0:45] Celeste introduces Shonte Turner and Dawn Nasta of The Pro Method.
[5:40] Celeste asks Shonte what inspired her to work with Dawn.
[10:20] Shonte & Dawn explain how the Neufit works.
[14:10] Celeste asks how pad placement is determined & if a competitors division
matters.
[18:20] Shonte & Dawn expand on muscular re-education & how the Neufit promotes
longevity in bodybuilding.
[23:05] Dawn discusses direct currents & other current types in the body.
[26:35] Celeste asks of any examples of athletes who changed their structure from using the Neufit.
[31:10] Celeste asks why recovery is important for building muscle and burning fat.
[41:40] Dawn talks about colon hydrotherapy.
[47:25] Celeste asks how often one should have colon hydrotherapy.
[51:20] Shonte explains how neuromuscular training is incorporated in posing.
[60:15] Shonte & Dawn share how listeners can connect and work with them.


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Jan 05, 2022
Inner Health Series Ep 2: Liv Health
01:04:30

In the second episode of the inner health series, I speak with Julia Bresner, the lead integrative health concierge, and Andrew Wax, the director of clinical care, from Liv Health. Andrew and Julia start the conversation by explaining to listeners what services are provided at Liv Health, the importance they have, and how they are beneficial to bodybuilders. They emphasize how their approach and methods differ from those of a typical primary care physician, and how they look to optimize their athletes health and performance.


Andrew shares his philosophy of “you can’t manage what you can’t measure,” which he references at several points during the conversation. We talk about the importance of lab work and how optimizing ones internal health can be beneficial during muscle building and fat loss phases. Julia mentions the role of birth control and bodybuilding, sharing experiences from many female clients she has worked with over the years. Both Andrew and Julia talk about the importance of supplement timing, giving specific examples and how it can affect one’s results when implemented correctly.


During this conversation, we openly discuss the topic of PEDs and bodybuilding. Andrew and Julia give valuable insight as to how athletes, especially those that are enhanced, need to consciously take care of their internal health and monitor certain markers via regular lab work, to ensure not only a successful contest prep but to help them prepare for life after competing.

You won’t want to miss all the valuable information and insights Julia and Andrew have to offer!

Topics Covered:
-Optimal internal health & muscle building/fat loss
-“You can’t manage what you don’t measure”
-Birth control & bodybuilding
-Supplement timing
-PEDs and labs
-Supplements loft bodybuilding
-Sexual function & libido

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Time Stamps:
[0:45] Celeste introduces Liv Health and the representatives Julia Bresner and Andrew Wax.
[2:15] Celeste asks how bodybuilders use Liv Health and why they are important.
[3:40] Celeste has Julia & Andrew define what they mean by athletes becoming “superhuman.”
[5:00] Andrew describes how their approach varies from that of a typical primary care physician.
[9:40] Celeste asks how optimizing internal health can support someone with muscle building & fat loss phases.
[12:45] Andrew shares how one knows if they reverse diet too quickly.
[14:55] Celeste asks how one finds “maintenance” via lab work.
[17:12] Andrew & Julia share habits that negatively affect important blood markers.
[22:50] Celeste asks what habits competitors can implement to improve their health.
[27:20] Julia shares how to eliminate depletion symptoms without compromising a prep.
[31:10] Celeste asks about the importance of supplement timing.
[35:00] Celeste asks how HRT or peptides are chosen for a client.
[40:50] Andrew talks about special considerations made with enhanced athletes.
[43:30] Celeste asks Andrew to go over proper post cycle therapy with PEDs.
[45:20] Julia explains what clients can expect when signing up with Liv Health.
[48:30] Andrew & Julia talk about the Liv Health supplements & including those in an athlete’s protocol.
[54:00] Andrew discusses sexual function, libido, and supplementation.
[58:00] Julia talks about how they address clients with amenorrhea.
[62:40] Celeste shares how listeners can find & connect with Liv Health further.


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Jan 04, 2022
Inner Health Series Ep 1: Adam Atkinson
58:29

Kicking off the first ever Inner Health Series, Celeste speaks with Adam Atkinson, head coach & creator of See You Later Leaner. Aside from coaching, Adam takes on lab consult clients, such as Celeste, to look at an athletes bloodwork and see if and where things are off hormonally, and how they can be fixed. First, Celeste discusses her personal experiences in working with Adam and how he has helped her improve her internal health and progress in her improvement season, starting with an in depth review of her bloodwork.

 

Adam discusses common results and red flags one should be aware of when going over labs and how different seasons of training an affect ones hormone levels. He also touches on the topic of enhanced athletes and supplementation, emphasizing what women especially should be aware of before going down that route. 

 

Along with sharing success stories from both his natural and enhanced athletes, Adam shares strategies he thinks are important for competitors to obtain longevity in the sport. He also talks about hormone replacement therapy and the role it plays for athletes of various age groups.

 

You won’t want to miss the valuable insight and experience Adam has to offer and the reasoning why he values bloodwork and labs so highly for longevity in bodybuilding and overall health!

 

Topics Covered:

-Importance of bloodwork

-Training seasons & hormonal impacts

-Women becoming enhanced athletes

-Coach-client communication 

-How to optimize longevity in bodybuilding

-HRT therapy and bodybuilding

 

Time Stamps:

 

[0:50] Celeste introduces the new inner health series & first guest, Adam Atkinson.

 

[2:20] Adam shares the importance of and why he prioritizes bloodwork.

 

[4:40] Celeste asks Adam to elaborate on why he recommended her specific tests.

 

[9:45] Adam summarizes starting and progress points from Celeste’s labs.

 

[14:50] Adam shares what one should consider a red flag vs normal results on bloodwork.

 

[21:20] Celeste asks how various training seasons affect certain hormone levels.

 

[24:40] Celeste asks how Adam treats athletes who have low energy levels yet “normal” lab numbers shortly after a show.

 

[26:10] Adam shares how optimal hormone levels attribute to physique development.

 

[28:15] Adam discusses what women should be aware of when choosing to become an “enhanced athlete.”

 

[30:50] Adam shares the importance of communicating with your coach about enhanced supplementation.

 

[34:50] Celeste asks what may be optimal for competitors to maintain longevity in the sport.

 

[40:00] Adam shares how supplementation based off his bloodwork review has helped natural athletes achieve success.

 

[46:30] Celeste asks if clients using HRT can leverage that to better their physique.

 

[53:15] Celeste asks Adam about athletes that want to transition back to being natural.

 

[54:50] Adam shares why he works with lab consult clients.

 

[56:00] Adam shares how potential clients can connect & work with him.

Jan 03, 2022
VANIA AUGUSTE
01:12:19

Today I speak with IFBB Pro and 2021 Olympian Vania Auguste. Vania started competing back in 2015 and won her pro card at Jr Nationals in 2019. Vania works as a posing coach alongside her teaching career, leading girls to the stage with a powerful stage presence and confidence in their routines.

 

Vania shares what inspired her move from her native country of Haiti to the US, sharing how she ended up in Nashville and chose her career as a high school teacher. Vania also discusses what inspired her to explore her love for posing, offering her time to competitors as a posing coach. She talks about how she balances both her teaching schedule and traveling for competitions and how she approaches the topic of bodybuilding with her students.

 

This year Vania was able to qualify for the Olympia after 10 shows and she shares her journey to the stage and what inspired her decision to become an IFBB Pro. We also discuss how Vania changed both her physical and mental training to gain the success she’s had in the sport, and how she prioritizes her health at all points in her prep.

 

You won’t want to miss Vania’s insight to both competing and work-life balance in this episode!

 

Topics Covered:

-Tips for improving your stage walk

-Mistakes at National level shows

-Decision to become a posing coach

-Balancing teacher life & competing

-Olympia experiences

-Mentality switch to earn the O qualification

-Prioritizing health during prep

-Future plans & advice for competitors

 

Time Stamps:

[0:50] Celeste introduces Vania.

[1:50] Vania shares her pre stage ritual.

[3:00] Vania shares tips for the best stage walk.

[4:20] Celeste asks Vania how she helps posing clients control their arms.

[5:45] Vania talks about what’s helped her confidence on stage.

[11:10] Celeste asks Vania about mistakes she sees girls make at the national level.

[13:50] Vania shares how and when she started posing coaching.

[15:35] Celeste asks Vania how she came to America & what influenced her decision to pursue teaching.

[20:05] Celeste asks Vania about time management with her teaching schedule and competing.

[22:55] Vania talks about life in prep vs in improvement season.

[26:10] Celeste asks Vania to share her Olympia experience.

[30:15] Vania discusses her journey to becoming a pro & the inspiration behind competing in figure along the way.

[33:00] Celeste asks Vania what specifically made her “feel like a bikini girl.”

[39:20] Vania shares what attributed to her progression her rookie season, leaving her just one point shy of her Olympia qualification.

[44:50] Celeste asks how that first season affected Vania’s mentality going into her next, where she earned her O qualification.

[47:15] Celeste asks Vania how her training changed once she switched coaches.

[55:20] Vania discusses how she manages her body’s health & needs during long competition seasons.

[60:30] Celeste asks Vania about her Olympia feedback and current plans.

[66:25] Vania gives her best advice for novice competitors and for girls on their road to pro.

[70:50] Vania shares how and where listeners can further connect with her.


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Dec 31, 2021
JONELLE WARNER
01:12:24

Today, I speak with IFBB Pro Jonelle Warner. She turned pro this year at NPC Junior Nationals Jonelle has been in the industry and competing since 2016 and is a full time coach for Team Boss Bodies, where she also handles athlete and staff relations. She has a fluffy maincoon cat  named Prince James and currently reside in Pittsburgh, PA. She firmly believes in the importance of focusing on the mental aspect of the sport and aims to help her clients with that.

 

She talks about the importance of training differently to break through thresholds to get to that next level. Going into Junior Nationals, she really focused on the detail in her workouts and mind-muscle connection. That attention to detail and working to shape her muscles really helped her work go farther. 

 

Jonelle wants to bring classic, vintage glam to the stage. She refined her look to a point but decided to wear a wig on stage this year. This way she can stay true to her style and still meet the criteria for the stage. She says this is the first year she feels like she has nailed her look.

 

Jonelle has such a great perspective on competing and coaching. You won’t want to miss her interview!

 

 

 

Topics covered include:

-Feeling like you’re bringing your best

-Prepping to go pro

-The importance of time under tension

-Rocking a wig on stage

-Staying true to yourself

-Saving money in the improvement season

-Creating habits for a successful prep

-Being prepared for the next level

-Working with Boss Bodies

-Body following mindset68”50] 

 

 

 

 

 

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TIME STAMPS

[1:00] introductions

[2:00] affirmations

[4:58] turning pro

[9:20] prepping to go pro

[18:45] competing at Junior Nationals

[22:05] having red hair and wearing a wig

[32:10] taking time off to grow and save money

[43:24] evolving perspectives in bodybuilding

[46:30] loving vintage style

[49:30] becoming a coach with Boss Bodies

[54:40] athletes leaving to work with other coaches

[59:20] what makes a champion

[65:20] being open to advice from your coach

[68:50] competitor advice

 

 

 

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Dec 24, 2021
LAURA MOORE-SHAY
01:11:38

Today, I speak with IFBB Pro Laura Moore-Shay, a full time project manager in engineering. She is also a prep & lifestyle coach, homeowner, and pug mom. She also is the host of the podcast Bikini Things! She first competed in 2017 and turned Pro in 2020 at NPC USAs.

Laura speaks in depth about her road to Pro and highs and lows. Being 6 feet tall, Laura has to be careful not looking too thin when she diets down for a show. She decided to start working with Kim Odo and take a long off season to put on more muscle. Laura tells us how she knew she wanted to be a Pro even before she started competing! She kept it to herself until she thought she thought the goal was in her reach.

We hear about how Laura plans her improvement seasons and what that means in regards to “old school” bulking. Because of her height and natural body type, it’s harder for her to keep on weight. She firmly believes you have to be happy with your body regardless of the stage you’re in. She has learned to appreciate her offseason body as much as her prep body.

In her work as a prep and lifestyle coach, she makes it a priority to foster healthy food relationships. She also believes in being honest with her clients. She does not like extreme cardio or extreme low calorie diets for her prep clients and would rather push a show date than be too extreme. She likes to shift clients immediately into a reverse diet post-show to allow for more flexibility and healthy maintenance of hormones.

“If you can manage your time, you can do whatever you want.”

This is such an informative conversation, you don’t want to miss it!

 

Topics covered include:
-Bikini Things Podcast
-Having confidence and knowing when it’s your time
-Shifting into prep mentality
-Purchasing her first home
-Prepping with a sprained ankle
-Planning for improvements
-Embracing your body in all seasons
-Working as a coach
-Work-life balance
-Putting in work to increase your confidence
-No short cuts to success

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TIME STAMPS
[1:00] introductions
[2:35] journey to Pro card
[10:13] what kept her going
[16:45] the feeling of going Pro
[19:20] Pro debut
[25:30] planning for improvements
[35:15] working as a coach
[44:08] the importance of positive reinforcement
[47:08] working in industrial automation
[50:00] time management
[58:10] lessons learned
[61:00] no short cuts to success
[66:55} advice for competitors

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Dec 17, 2021
DR. JACQUELINE DUKE
01:17:22

Today, I speak with IFBB Pro Dr. Jaqueline Duke, a doctor of clinical psychology who has ran a thriving practice while raising her young daughter with her also-competing, chiropractic physician, IFBB Pro husband. She earned her pro card with a first place finish at NPC TCM Nationals and received two fourth place finishes 24 hours later at her pro debut in the IFBB Pittsburgh Pro Masters Championships. Her success in Pittsburgh took place only 13 months after her very first bikini competition, a goal she decided to pursue with her husband in celebration of their 40th birthdays.

The doctors' first prep began just prior to the March 2020 shut down, which presented its own obstacles in addition to drastic career changes, struggles in parenting a young daughter, and events that lead to their current preparation to move across the country. Amidst the chaos and tragic loss that 2020 presented to the Duke family, Jacqueline found bodybuilding to be the anchor that provided stability in life while also connecting her with like-minded individuals. She grew to find a passion and deeper connection to the meaning of her goals within the sport. She attributes these emotional experiences to be what created her relentless drive and fast, consistent success.

Credentials: B.A., M.A., Psy.D. Clinical Psychology, Illinois-licensed, Post-doctoral M.S. Psychopharmacology
Appearances on national and local television news media
Expert print & online literary contributor
District-approved independent consultant for educational neuropsychological assessment

This is such an important conversation, you don’t want to miss it!

 

Topics covered include:
-Competing along side a spouse/partner
-The world of parenting as a competitor
-The mindset of a professional (doctor and athlete)
-The evolution of body image through the 80’s, 90’s through today
-Letting go of what no longer serves you
-Coping with intangible loss, grief and anger
-Relating her bodybuilding journey to her daughter’s journey of visual development
-The exciting journey from amateur to pro (J.M. interview, NPC gym)
-Future plans for 2021 pro shows and a move from Chicago to Florida

 

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TIME STAMPS
[1:00] introductions
[3:04] journey to pro
[6:30] prepping as a parent
[13:05] a day in the life
[20:00] moving to Florida
[22:45] working as a doctor of clinical psychology
[28:10] deciding to go into psychology
[35:20] contributions through psychology
[38:30] falling in love with competing
[40:50] taking a proper off-season
[44:50] choosing a coach
[48:50] finding her why
[55:00] pros and cons of bodybuilding
[59:20] future of competing
[63:00] advice for competitors

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Dec 10, 2021
CHRISTY BROWN
01:31:08

Today, I speak with IFBB Pro Christy Brown. Sh earned her pro card in her rookie year of competing in the NPC. She achieved this at the Teen, Collegiate & Masters National Championship in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in July of 2021.  This was her 5th ever competition! She has a bachelors in Business Management and is a practicing Dental Hygienist, while growing her online coaching business on the side. Her dream is to eventually become a full time online fitness and posing coach where she can help lifestyle clients and new girls coming into the competition world with their journeys and posing.

 

She love macros and flexible dieting and is quite a wizard in the kitchen, creating new recipes. She is releasing a cookbook very soon! She live in Burleson, Texas with her amazing husband E, her daughter Kennedy, and two fur babies Charmin and Shelby.

 

Christy explains why she believes it’s important to work with a coach and how her struggles with depression have made her an empathetic coach herself. Celeste and Christy go deep in speaking about the importance of having knowledgable fitness professionals to to work with eating disorders. She also shares her experience dealing with food sensitivities and how she deals with them for prep.

 

We also get to hear some of Christy’s favorite strategies to hit macros with fun recipes that she has created! She shares how important her husband is to her success and mental-well being.

 

This is such an important conversation, you don’t want to miss it!

Topics covered include:
-Working as an online coach
-Creating a positive experience for competitors
-Working with a coach
-Struggles with depression and eating disorders
-Macros and eating disorders
-Competing with Crohn’s disease and IBS
-Dealing with food sensitivities
-Food prep with a family and busy schedule
-The importance of a support system
-How competing affects her relationships
-Starting in fitness later in life
-Power of manifestation

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TIME STAMPS
[1:00] introductions
[5:19] pump up routines
[8:40] working as an online coach
[13:45] struggles with depression and eating disorders
[26:10] pros dealing with the same problems as amateurs
[27:50] Crohn’s disease and IBS and food sensitivities
[37:50] eating mostly whole foods
[39:34] planning ahead
[46:45] stress management
[53:40] Impact of competing on relationships
[60:00] family dynamics around food
[68:55] background in fitness and becoming a pro
[80:00] believing in yourself
[81:55] future plans
[84:06] advice for competitors

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Dec 03, 2021
BRYANNA BARCELO
01:21:48

Today, I speak with IFBB Pro Bryanna Barcelo, a 29-year-old who earned her IFBB Pro status at USAs 2019, her third National show! She has been competing since 2015 and since 2016 in the NPC. She works full time as a registered nurse in a critical care unit and also coaches competition and lifestyle clients for Team Fflex. She took almost two years off from competing and is now just starting to hit the Pro stage.

 

Bryanna tells us about her joint to the stage and then how she eventually began working towards her Pro card. She talks about the difference in stress levels between competing as an amateur and a Pro. We hear her story of how she had to shift her mindset to put in the work and focus to actually go for her pro card.

 

On her journey to Pro, Bryanna decided to start working with Team Flex , after being self-coached. She interviewed many coaches before deciding on Ryan. She loves that he places health and longevity as the top priorities for his athletes. She talks about her transition to actually being a coach for Team Fflex. She takes her willingness to help people in her career as a nurse and a coach.

Bryanna has such a positive outlook! Don’t miss her interview!

 

Topics covered include:
-Deciding to work towards a Pro card
-Competing as a Pro
-Being self-coached
-Doing more isn’t always better
-Working with Team Fflex
-Coaching for Team Fflex
-Posing as a pro
-Common posing mistakes
-Being a shorter competitor
-Eating higher calories
-Don’t compare yourself to your last prep
-Working as a critical care nurse
-Future plans

 

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Team Fflex: https://www.teamfflex.com

TIME STAMPS

[1:00] introductions

[2:50] Joining the NPC and working towards Pro

[6:40] Competing as a Pro

[11:00] Being self-coached versus working with a coach

[16:20] shifting  mindset to work towards pro

[19:50] feedback after turning pro

[23:13] Working with Team Flex

[28:00] Coaching for Team Flex

[40:00] Posing

[43:00] Common posing mistakes

[46:45] Eating during a growth season

[52:15] Different patterns for eating

[62:00] Embracing the improvement season

[67:02] Working as a nurse

[78:00] Advice for competitors

 

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Nov 26, 2021
MICHELLE ABRAMSON
54:53

Today, I speak with IFBB Pro Michelle Abramson, who turned 51 in September. She started this journey at 42 and fell in love with this sport. She's a professional certified registered nurse anesthetist in a high volume transplant hospital in Florida. She works full time, and is also a mom and wife. Her motivation is to help other women over 40 with a full plate to take care of themselves. She’s also an ISSA certified master trainer in nutrition and bodybuilding . She’s proven it’s never too late to find fitness!

Michelle tells us how persistence with posing practice helps her gain confidence when she is on stage. She was told many times she didn’t have the right look for NPC/IFBB bikini, so she ended up competing in and turning pro in WBFF. But in doing so, she realized how much she loved the NPC and decided to prove everyone wrong and earn her IFBB pro card.

She decided to become certified in training and nutrition because she had so many people asking her for help after she started competing. She puts a lot of effort into each plan and individualizes it for each person’s circumstances.

As a client of Celeste’s, Michelle has felt like she had someone who truly cared about her well-being and relationship with food. She discovered macros and has really learned more about nutrition and what foods work well with her body, which has taught her to love the food she eats.

Michelle is a great role model for all of us! Don’t miss her interview!


Topics covered include:
-setting an example for fitness at any age
-proving people wrong
-focusing on health
-working as a nurse and seeing the lack of health people experience
-becoming certified in training and nutrition
-working with Celeste
-having a coach who believes in you
-being a Master’s athlete
-competing in figure
-helping others experience what she’s experienced
-staying true to yourself

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TIME STAMPS
[1:00] introductions
[6:00] setting an example for other women her age
[7:10] being told she wasn’t a good fit for NPC bikini
[10:00] focusing on health
[13:55] inspiration behind becoming a trainer
[20:10] working with Celeste
[26:01] having a coach who believes in you
[30:10] being intentional about recovery
[32:30] competing history and journey
[39:00] future plans
[40:30] training to change her physique
[45:00] how bodybuilding has affected her family


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Nov 19, 2021
NICCOLE GUGGIA
01:38:07

Today, I speak with IFBB Pro Niccole Guggia, an AFPA certified holistic nutritionist who turned Pro in the 35+ division. Niccole began bodybuilding after she was already vegan. She was experiencing unexplained medical issues that doctors were unable to solve. In 2017, she decided to try a a plant-based diet for 30 day. After only two weeks, the majority of her symptoms were gone. She fell into bodybuilding after lifting weights with her husband and falling in love with the sport. She did her first show in October of 2018 and immediately knew she wanted to keep going. She won her pro card in her first national show and won the 2021 Nashville Fit Show Pro Masters division.

 

She decided to take an 18 month improvement season to build muscle before her first national show. This taught her a lot about her body and different aspects of bodybuilding. When she was two weeks into her next prep, COVID hit and derailed her plans. Despite all of the chaos, she decided to push through and let go of things she couldn’t control. 

 

Niccole tells us how she considers “offseason” her “on season” because that’s when the real work of improvement happens. She also speaks to her experience as a vegan bodybuilder and proving that it’s possible to build muscle without animal protein. She chose to be vegan for health reasons and wouldn’t sacrifice her health for an incremental amount of gains that she could possibly gain from animal protein. She shares her favorite sources of vegan protein and how she uses them in her diet. 

 

We get into how Niccole became as AFPA certified holistic nutritionist and that she and her husband grow strawberries. Niccole has such an interesting story. You don’t want to miss this episode!

 

 

 

 

Topics covered include:

-Being a vegan athlete

-Healing her body with food

-When to take improvement seasons

-Growing mentally and physically

-Making the most of improvement season 

-Being a Masters athlete

-Good sources of vegan protein

-Becoming an AFPA certified holistic nutritionist

-Being a strawberry farmer

-Opening a private gym during COVID

-Growing a business

-How her children view bodybuilding

-Having an identity outside of being a mom

-Mindset and setting boundaries

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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19, 70

 

TIME STAMPS

[1:00] introductions

[5:03] becoming vegan

[8:10] starting bodybuilding

[13:25] how preps can vary

[18:30] on season, not off season

[21:50] building muscle as a vegan

[24:55] sources of vegan protein

[32:00] being a AFPA certified holistic nutritionist

[35:00] farming strawberries

[41:00] growing their business and taking risks

[47:30] having a husband who is an IFBB pro

[53:50] children’s views on bodybuilding

[60:30] having an identity outside of being a mom

[62:00] working on mindset and setting boundaries

[67:01] what winning looks like

[72:00] deciding to compete in Masters as a pro

[78:45] differences in judging

[91:00] advice for competitors

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Nov 12, 2021
HOLLY LARSON
01:06:58

Today, I speak with IFBB Pro Holly Larsen, a 51-year-old mother who didn’t start competing until she was 48. She started her lifestyle coaching business when she experienced a layoff during COVID. Holly loves the lifestyle and journey to getting on stage but has had to work extra hard to overcome her discomfort being on stage. She found bodybuilding when she went to a women’s retreat and set the goal to get into the best shape of her life. Someone in her group suggested a bikini show and she ran with it! She thought she would be “one-and-done”, but she missed having a reason to train and eat well. That’s when she decided to start working with Team Elite Physique again.

 

Holly and Celeste share stories about competing during COVID and the lengths promoters and the NPC and IFBB went to make the experience the best they could for competitors. Because there are no Pro Masters shows in Colorado where she lives, she decided to make her Pro debut at the Puerto Rico Pro, which was held in the Bahamas. She got section place at her Pro debut and was really happy because it gave her things to work on and room to grow.

 

As a Master’s athlete, she doesn’t compete in the Open classes because she wants to win as a Master first. She hopes to still be competing into her fifties! She loves the lifestyle and how she can set a good example for her teenage children.

 

Holly share so much about her story. Give the episode a listen!

 

Topics covered include:
-Learning to be comfortable on stage
-Not taking too long on stage
-Working with Team Elite Physique
-Competing as a Master’s athlete
-Setting an example for her children
-Universal lessons learned from bodybuilding
-Choosing nutrient dense foods
-What the future holds
-Being a lifestyle coach
-Shifting your mindset
-Learning through failure

 

 

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Website: www.hollyisticnutrition.com

check out her recent book, "You Might be a Bodybuilder If...": https://www.amazon.com/You-Might-Be-Bodybuilder-If/dp/B09JRTWQVC

TIME STAMPS
[1:00] introductions
[2:45] discomfort on stage
[3:30] posing differences after turning pro
[6:00] starting in bodybuilding
[10:15] competing during COVID
[14:00] moving to the national stage
[19:00] favorite travel destinations
[23:15] competing as a Master
[26:45] long term goals
[30:00] working with a coach year round
[31:55] taking time off
[33:50] what changed when she started working with a coach
[40:10] eating with a family
[44:00] plans for the future
[46:04] a day in the life
[48:50] having her lifestyle coaching business
[52:02] challenges people face to make changes
[57:15] tools to stay focused
[59:50] it’s okay to fail
[62:19] advice for competitors

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Nov 05, 2021
CARLIE LANE
01:28:20

​Today, I speak with IFBB Pro and fellow Team Edge teammate Carlie Lane, who has a passion for fitness and decided to compete as a bucket list item back in 2016 and 2017. She won her pro card this year at Masters Nationals, her first national show, after taking nearly four years off from the sport. Carlie shares how she found herself inspired to try competing after a break up, although being the center of attention was something out of her comfort zone. She shares how she ultimately decided to work with Joe Discullo of Team Edge after some experience self coaching and dealing with post show struggles and rebounds.

 

Carlie shares tips on habit stacking and how she feels that one should embody the lifestyle and habits of a competitor before diving into a competition prep for the first time. She discusses setbacks that led her to take a break from competing and how she took care of her emotional health, an aspect of her life she realized she needed to prioritize and improve. Carlie emphasizes the difficulty yet importance of taking ownership of her actions and thoughts to make positive change.

 

Carlie talks about her experiences working with Team Edge and she learned that there can be a way to compete and prep without running her health into the ground. She shares what she has learned from her coach, Joe, with not only training but how macros and meal plans can be applied in different season of her journey.

 

Listen to hear Carlie’s amazing journey of self discovery, reflection, and resilience, and to see what lessons she shares from her experiences along her journey!

 

Topics Covered:
-Finding competing after a breakup
-Winning your prep day by day
-Post show rebound struggles
-Traveling post show
-The secret to habit stacking
-Emotional health and love
-Effort with your investments
-Staying natural & prioritizing health
-Loyalty to Team Edge
-Lessons from setbacks

 

Time Stamps:
[0:50] Celeste introduces Carlie.

[2:00] Carlie shares if she has a pre stage ritual.

[3:30] Celeste asks Carlie why she chose competing when she didn’t like being the center of attention.

[7:50] Celeste asks Carlie if she had experienced a prep similar to the first one she had under Team Edge coaching.

[9:30] Carlie shares if any part of Joe’s approach to her prep seemed scary, being a totally new strategy for her prep.

[13:40] Celeste asks Carlie about her post show experiences this prep.

[18:10] Celeste asks how the pro status has influenced Carlie’s execution on her commitments, if at all.

[21:20] Carlie shares feelings about traveling after her show.

[25:40] Celeste asks Carlie which important habits lifestyle clients should establish before deciding to compete.

[28:10] Carlie talks about challenges or setbacks that took her away from bodybuilding in 2017.

[31:30] Celeste asks Carlie to share how she got to an emotionally healthy place and found her love.

[43:30] Celeste asks if Carlie’s upbringing in the south influenced her decision to stay a natural athlete.

[45:45] Carlie walks listeners through her prep journey and how she keeps her health a priority.

[49:30] Celeste asks Carlie what’s kept her with Team Edge over the years.

[61:00] Celeste asks Carlie if she was surprised about her overall win.

[68:15] Carlie talks about who she shared her backstage experience with.

[71:30] Carlie shares what she has learned from any injuries or setbacks.

[80:20] Carlie gives her best advice for novice competitors and for girls on their road to pro.


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Oct 29, 2021
200th Episode Special! Hearing from Listeners...Best Advice, Mistakes Made, & Lessons Learned
24:09

This 200th Episode Special features YOUR insights!

I asked the community about their best advice for new competitors, competitors on their road to pro, and what lessons they have learned from mistakes in their journey.

We get to hear from amateurs and pros who submitted their response through my Instagram story and I am blown away by the amount of responses and amazing insights shared! I will be posting screenshots of the submissions on my Instagram stories today too so you can go and follow or attach faces to names as you listen to the advice :).

You guys are so awesome and just knowing that we all have each other's backs in this community and want to see each other win is SO beautiful.

If this podcast has made a positive impact in your life, it would be so amazing if you could please rate it on iTunes and even leave a review :).

It means a lot to me that you guys are so engaged, listening every week, and willing to contribute. I feel blessed to do this and even more blessed by all the support. CHEERS TO 200 AND HERE'S TO HUNDREDS MORE!!! 

 

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Oct 28, 2021
RACHAEL SAELER
01:10:19

Today, I speak with IFBB Pro Rachael Saeler, registered nurse who lives in Colorado. She began competing in 2015 as a bucket list item but got hooked after her first show. She won her Pro card at USAs in July of 2021. With each show she grows more confident and experiences less nerves before stepping on the stage. She looks forward to competing on the Pro stage to experience the backstage vibes and make friends.

 

Rachael talks about how she’s had to go past motivation and rely on discipline to get her through tough parts of prep. She asks herself, “What will skipping this workout do for me?” Or she will ask herself how she would feel after eating a sweet treat that wasn’t on her plan. She likes using macros during prep because of the flexibility it offers her.

 

In 2019, Rachael decided to prep because she in her husband were in different states and she needed something to help her through that and school. That’s also when she decided to start working with her coach and take things more seriously. That’s also when she realized she could turn Pro with more focused work. Every day, Rachael does something that will move her closer to her goal.

 

Rachael and Celeste talk about making gains in the improvement season and disconnecting from the number on the scale. Shifting focus to how your body is feeling and the strength you are gaining. She likes to take advantage of the improvement season to do fun trips with her husband that she can’t really do during prep.

 

Rachael and I had a great conversation. I can’t wait for you to hear it!

 

Topics covered include:

-Moving to Colorado

-Improvement season plans

-Working as a nurse

-Starting your day with a workout

-Studying to become a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist

-Working with a coach versus prepping herself

-Goal setting

-Taking rest days seriously

-Gaining weight the right way

-Living an active lifestyle

-The comfort of routine during prep

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TIME STAMPS

[1:00] introductions

[3:00] pre-stage nerves

[4:45] moving to the Pro stage

[7:30] working as a nurse

[12:00] becoming a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist

[17:15] pushing through when things get tough

[20:45] working with Paul Revelia and Team Pro Physique

[23:30] her relationship with her husband

[26:45] her road to Pro

[28:40] being a strong competitor

[29:50] intention setting and meeting goals

[32:00] the importance of rest days

[35:00] improvement season progress

[44:00] doing fun things in the improvement season

[49:40] from CrossFit to bodybuilding

[53:45] moving cross-country during peak week

[60:00] her husband supporting her goal of becoming Pro

[64:27] advice for competitors

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Oct 22, 2021
ALLEX GRANGER
01:08:32

Today, I speak with IFBB Pro Allex Granger, a family nurse practitioner who lives in North Carolina. She began competing in 2019 and won her Pro Card at NPC Universe in 2021. Allex shares her early struggles about gaining weight and then how her classmates treated her when she actually did gain weight. When she learned about tracking macros, it helped her understand that one day or one meal of overeating wouldn’t derail her progress. When she realized it wan’t all-or-nothing, she was able to find balance and comfort in her body. As a nurse practitioner, it’s also helped her realize many of her patients don’t understand the nutritional benefits of food. She’s learned to honor her hunger cues and cravings while still staying on track through counting macros.

 

Allex shares how she has gained perspective of what she wants and doesn’t want for her body in every season. She speaks of the importance of shifting perspective to goals outside of her physique during improvement season. In working with her coaches, she tells the importance about giving detailed check-ins to be able to analyze the data to get the best results.

 

Currently, Allex is dealing with fractures in her feet after two 65lb dumbbells fell on her feet! She has had to modify her training because of this but is keeping a good attitude. After winning her Pro card, Allex experienced serious post-show blues. She almost felt like she didn’t even deserve her Pro card because she was so stressed. She had to shift her focus to relieve some of her stress and was able to still make her Pro debut.

Allex has such a great story. I can’t wait for your to hear it!

Topics covered include:
-Early struggles with weight gain
-Counting macros as a tool to understand nutritional value of food
-Shifting mindset to growing in an improvement season
-Setting performance goals
-Eating enough to build muscle
-Online versus in-person coaching
-Training with broken feet
-The importance of mindset in reaching your goals
-Finding the right level of conditioning
-Struggling with Post-show blues
-Knowing when to push through and when to pull back
-Having a mom who was a bodybuilding Pro
-Losing with grace

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TIME STAMPS
[1:00] introductions
[2:45] early struggles with weight gain
[7:17] counting macros as a competitor
[11:10] prep versus improvement season
[16:45] changing stage weight from season to season
[18:25] gains in the improvement season
[21:30] working with coaches
[24:00] online versus in-person training
[26:20] training with stress fractures
[31:20] working towards her Pro card
[35:45] finding the right level of conditioning
[37:19] Pro debut at Republic of Texas
[42:21] Post-show blues
[46:20] Shifting focus away from competing
[51:00] having support
[53:15] having a mom who is a bodybuilding pro
[60:33] your relationship with your body
[64:00] advice for competitors

 

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Oct 15, 2021
2021 Bikini Olympia Special
12:49

Today's special episode commemorates all the women who have been on the podcast that are stepping on the Olympia stage today! I asked them to submit an audio answering 1 of 3 questions...You will be hearing those questions and some of the athlete's answers in this episode. Be sure to go back and listen to their individual episodes too! I am so happy for all these women living their dreams and inspiring us along the way to do so too. 

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Oct 09, 2021
KATHY SEITZ
01:32:49

Today, I speak with IFBB Pro Kathy Seitz, a lifetime athlete who is now a physician assistant where she works in surgery. She earned her pro car ant NPC Universe and works as an online lifestyle and posing coach. Kathy played Division III softball during college which always put exercise and competition in her forefront. Her sophomore year of college, she began to struggle with disorder eating and overexercising. After her coach approached her about it, she decided she needed to step away from softball to focus on her studies and having a healthy body. She fell in love with the weight room as she started to see how food fail her body to grow stronger.

 

Kathy began to use counting macros to experiment with what foods fuel her body best. Counting macros gave her the freedom and structure to really learn how different foods affected her and how she could best eat for success, mentally, physically, and emotionally. She believes it is important to understand why your are feeling certain feelings, and what they can lead to. Bodybuilding isn’t the healthiest sport, so understanding different feelings can lead to peace throughout he process.

 

Kathy shares what it’s like to work as a physicians assistant, specializing in surgery. She tells us about why she chose orthopedics and why the OR feels like home. She receives so much support from her co-workers. They have also become interested in bodybuilding as a sport and the prep lifestyle.

Listen in as Kathy shares her incredible story of resilience and self-discovery!

 

Topics covered include:

-Believing you belong on stage

-Life skills gained through sports

-Struggles with disordered eating and overexercising

-Finding bodybuilding

-Learning not to fear food

-Understanding the science behind bodybuilding

-Taking care of yourself by asking questions

-Setting short-term and long-term goals

-Working as a physicians assistant

-Managing work with bodybuilding

-Being prepared for anything

-Working with Paul Revelia

-Early days of competing

-Camaraderie in bodybuilding

-Nailing your reverse and lifting heavy to grow

-Working toward goals that aren’t physique related

-Working towards the next big thing

 

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TIME STAMPS

[1:00] Introductions

[4:05] playing college sports

[6:15] falling into disordered eating

[9:45] finding bodybuilding

[15:45] transforming through bodybuilding

[17:20] proper fueling through counting macros

[19:45] understanding the process

[26:15] healing through the gym

[28:25] life as a physicians assistant

[34:20] questions for a physicians assistant

[37:12] growing confidence in her physique

[38:50] deciding to work in orthopedics

[44:10] time management

[49:50] having the right mentality

[51:00] working with Paul

[54:45] first contest experience

[59:59] growing confidence on stage

[61:00] friendships made through bodybuilding

[64:00] owning your look

[65:30] bringing confidence to the stage

[66:35] building in the off-season

[70:00] lessons learned in the off-season

[74:50] learning from failures

[80:00] trusting yourself

[81:00] changes after becoming a Pro

[83:00] life improvements gained from competing

[84:13] goals moving forward

[90:00] advice for competitors

 

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Oct 08, 2021
JODIE SWEENEY
01:28:57

In this episode, Celeste speaks with Jodie Sweeney, an IFBB Bikini Pro who set her sights on earning her pro card during the quarantine after years of dedicating her life to CrossFit. Jodie starts off the episode discussing her background in CrossFit and admits that although she wasn’t ever “good” at the sport, she found herself drawn to the family feel and community aspect it brought. While she liked the overall training structure of CrossFit, Jodie feels she is able to push herself more in bodybuilding, as there is more of a demand for dedication and focus as there is only so much time an athlete has to be ready before show day.


Jodie discusses how she found bodybuilding and how in the beginnings of her bodybuilding career she was able to train close to some of the well known gyms and prestigious shows in the area. She shares what it was like to train at JM Manion’s gym while only being in her rookie year of competing. Jodie notes that her husband was the one who had always motivated her to try bodybuilding as he saw the potential she had to be successful in the sport. Since most of her training to her pro card was during the quarantine, Jodie explains how she prepared for that and walks listeners through each show and the lessons that she learned leading up to her pro win.


Getting more personal, Celeste asks Jodie more about her family and what life was like growing up. While acknowledging Jodie’s rough upbringing, Celeste also sheds light on the financial success Jodie has experienced on her own, and asks if she received any feelings of shame or guilt from her family about her success. Jodie openly discusses her family dynamic, what growing up was like and how that influenced her views on her future and the goals she set for herself. She also discusses the challenges that came along with the decision to live on her own at 19 and what she learned from those experiences.


Jodie sheds light on the parallels between the discipline and growth required both from bodybuilding and her rough upbringing and shares how it’s made her into the woman she is today. The two women discuss how life’s challenges mold one into who the person they become and that there is so much more to someone and their story than what they share on social media.


Next, Celeste asks more about Jodie’s experiences with her coach and training, asking what inspired Jodie to make a coaching switch and what changed in her routine when making that switch. After hearing Jodie’s story of life and bodybuilding, Celeste wraps up the episode by asking Jodie to share her best advice for novice competitors and for girls on their road to pro.


Topics Covered:
-Beginnings in CrossFit
-Experience at JM Manion’s gym in a rookie season
-Improved work ethic via bodybuilding
-Guilt from family around financial success
-The affect a rough upbringing has on Jodie’s approach to relationships
-Living alone at 19 years old
-Inspiration behind a coaching switch
-Current approach to prep & improvement seasons



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Time Stamps:
[0:45] Celeste introduces Jodie.

[1:40] Jodie shares her pre stage ritual.

[5:50] Celeste asks Jodie about her background in CrossFit.

[9:15] Celeste asks if Jodie pushed herself more in bodybuilding or CrossFit.

[11:20] Jodie shares how she found bodybuilding.

[15:35] Jodie talks about how she learned posing.

[17:55] Celeste asks Jodie how it felt being at JM Manion’s gym while still being a rookie.

[26:30] Celeste has Jodie walk us through her 2020 season & share lessons from each show.

[33:20] Jodie shares how it felt to turn pro and her current goals.
[40:10] Celeste asks if Jodie feels bodybuilding has improved her work ethic in her corporate job.

[46:40] Jodie shares if she felt guilt or shame when she started making her own money.

[49:10] Celeste asks Jodie how her rough upbringing influenced how she saw her future.

[53:10] Jodie discusses how not being close with family has affected her friendships & relationships.

[55:40] Celeste asks about the benefits & challenges Jodie’s experienced since being on her own at 19.

[64:30] Jodie talks about what inspired her coaching switch & what changed in her routine.

[73:20] Jodie shares her approach to her diet during her prep and improvement seasons.
[76:40] Celeste asks Jodie’s best advice for novice competitors and girls on their road to pro.

[85:45] Jodie shares where listeners can find & connect with her further.





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Oct 01, 2021
CAROLINA ARAUJO
01:41:16

In this episode, Celeste speaks with Carolina Araujo, an IFBB Bikini Pro who has been competing since 2015, obtained her degree in psychology, and helps women love their bodies through weights and balanced nutrition. Carolina is also the cohost of the podcast The Center Stage. Celeste starts off by asking Carolina her pre stage ritual then transitions into asking Carolina about her background in psychology. Carolina shares what inspired her to pursue her degree in psychology and how her childhood and growing up in Brazil influenced said interest. She talks about how her studies led her to find a passion in developmental psychology to be able to better understand and help people.


Carolina discusses the cultural differences between Brazil and New York in terms of the emphasis and value that was put on body image. Carolina mentions how her views shifted as she became aware of the cultural differences and how she handled those mindset shifts. Carolina talks about what inspired her to come to the US after having grown up in Brazil, and how having dual citizenship gave her the opportunity to pursue higher education in the US, something that is highly valued in Brazil.


After learning more about Carolina’s background, Celeste asks how she got into competing. Carolina shares how she got into weight lifting because of past injuries & for preventative measures, then realized she found a love for training. Research led her to find the sport of bodybuilding and she was inspired to try competing after learning about Amanda Latona. Celeste asks Carolina to share more about her first prep and how her approach and strategies have changed over time.


Next, Celeste and Carolina discuss the habits that Carolina practices both in prep and the off season that set her up for success. Carolina talks about the importance of consistency yet allowing more flexibility in the off season. Also, she talks about supplementation. She notes that while supplementation has its time and place, girls should focus on the other important elements like sleep, hydration, nutrition, bloodwork, cortisol management etc. to ensure one’s internal health stays a priority even when competing is not the primary goal.


Carolina and Celeste then talk about confidence, to which Carolina shares her definition of confidence and she shares how fitness has helped her foster that for both herself and her clients. She also talks about why she started her business and how she goes about teaching her clients healthy lifestyle habits to help reach their goals. After discussing programming protocols she takes with her clients, she shares her best advice for novice competitors and for the girls on their road to pro.

Topics Covered:
-Inspiration to study psychology
-Being Brazilian growing up in New York
-Inspiration to come to the US
-Differences between East & West Coast Meccas
-What inspired Carolina to compete
-Lessons learned from Carolina’s first prep
-Strategic time away from the stage
-Habits for a successful prep and off season
-Supplementation & cortisol management
-Definition of confidence
-Tips for new and national level competitors

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Time Stamps:
[1:00] Celeste introduces Carolina.
[2:35] Carolina shares her pre stage ritual.
[6:30] Carolina discusses what inspired her to study psychology.
[11:15] Celeste asks Carolina if what she experienced in her teen years was due to developmental psychology.
[17:00] Carolina shares what sports she played growing up.
[18:40] Celeste asks Carolina what inspired her to come to the US.
[21:00] Carolina talks about what inspired her to move from New York.
[24:50] Celeste asks Carolina if shes adjusting to the California lifestyle.
[26:50] Celeste asks Carolina about differences between the West & East Coast Mecca.
[30:15] Carolina shares if she misses out on getting feedback on the east coast Mecca vs here on the west coast.
[33:00] Carolina discusses what inspired her to compete.
[37:20] Carolina talks about her first prep and how her approach has changed over time.
[41:40] Celeste asks what led Carolina to take such strategic time off.
[46:55] Celeste asks Carolina if she felt she brought the changes necessary after taking an extended time off.
[49:30] Carolina shares how she coped with this last season while falling short of her expectations.
[63:50] Celeste asks Carolina about habits she practices both in prep and improvement season that fuel her success.
[69:00] Carolina shares tips to manage cortisol and internal health both in prep and improvement season.
[80:55] Celeste asks Carolina what confidence means to her, the role fitness has had in her self confidence & for her clients.
[89:15] Celeste asks Carolina why she started her business.
[96:00] Carolina shares her best advice for novice competitors & for girls on their road to pro.
[99:30] Carolina shares where listeners can find & connect with her further.

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Sep 24, 2021
KIMBERLY GIER
01:26:09

Today, I speak with IFBB Pro Kimberly Gier, a registered nurse, trainer, and baker! She fell in love with competing after her husband convinced her to give it a try and turned pro after 14 shows! At her first Pro show, she had to compete on a severely sprained ankle. Despite her injury she made the decision to push through and worked with her doctor to make a plan to still train and compete.


Kimberly talks about how the last 18 months have been a whirlwind for her with moving, getting married, switching coaches, having a revision of her breast augmentations, getting a new job, starting her own business, her husband having an accident, all while she was competing to turn Pro. Because she switched coaches right before getting married, she followed her intuition with food on her wedding day and her mini honeymoon. Kimberly firmly believes in appreciating big moments in life because there will always be another show but not another wedding day.


All throughout her competitive career, Kimberly has prioritized her relationship with her husband.  Even through preps, she has managed to still go on date nights and do different activities with her husband. He doesn’t compete but is very involved with fitness. Competing has helped Kimberly find self-confidence and love herself for the first time. Overtime, her reasons for competing have changed, especially after switching coaches. She credits her coach, Casey, with helloing her shift her mindset.


Kimberly shares so much about having a positive mindset and balancing life with competing. Don’t miss her interview!

Topics covered include:
-you versus you
-learning to lose
-having the Pro mindset
-prepping and competing with an injury
-dealing with big life events
-Having clear priorities and boundaries
-Prioritizing relationships
-Loving herself for the first time
-Becoming self-aware
-Competing as a creative outlet
-Transitioning careers
-Setting goals

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TIME STAMPS
[1:00] Introductions
[4:25] Competing as pro
[7:00] Learning to lose
[9:20] The road to her first pro show
[15:30] Prepping and competing with a sprained ankle
[22:50] Dealing with big life events and her husband’s accident
[30:40] Getting married while prepping
[36:40] Prioritizing relationships
[42:50] How she got into competing and finding confidence
[47:40] Working on self-awareness
[56:40] Why she chooses to compete
[62:01] Competing as a creative outlet
[68:50] Working as a trainer
[75:00] Advice for competitors


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Sep 17, 2021
ARIEL BARLEY
45:52

Today, I speak with IFBB Pro Ariel Barley, who earned her Pro Card less than a year after she started competing. She just made her Pro debut and placed 3rd. Then she won her second Pro show and qualified for the Olympia! Ariel talks about the team environment backstage at Pro shows and how she tried to focus on being in a good mood and making connections with other competitors. She likes to go into shows with expectations to help her motivation, but she doesn’t attach her emotions to meeting those expectations. Since bodybuilding is a judged sport, she feels it can be damaging to place too much emphasis on placings.

 

After prepping herself for her first show, she decided to start working with a coach to help relieve the stress of having to make all the choices for her own prep. Ariel says her ultimate goal is to make it to the Olympia stage. Ariel talks about having mental fortitude as a competitor and how the mid can influence the body. She works hard to embrace all parts of bodybuilding, knowing that the discomfort will bring results.

 

Focusing on her mindset and mental health has impacted her not only as a competitor, but also in her daily life. It allows her to take a step back and not jump to conclusions. It also allows her to deal with the stress of other people’s expectations in a health way.

 

Ariel shares how important mindset work is and shares so any great tips for competitors to use. Don’t miss this episode!

Topics covered include:
-competing as a new Pro
-expectations going into Pro debut
-transitioning to working with a coach
-setting goals as a Pro
-facing different challenges of competing
-normalizing bodies during improvement season
-mindset work
-loving to read
-doing your best if you’re going to do something
-dealing with pressure
-handling feedback
-analyzing things on a deeper level

 

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TIME STAMPS
[1:00] Introductions
[2:25] Competing Pro versus Amateur
[6:00] Going into shows with expectations
[7:55] Deciding to compete
[10:33] Working with a coach
[12:15] Goals as a Pro
[14:15] Facing different challenges of competing
[16:10] Embracing different parts of the process
[18:10] The importance of not “hiding” during an improvement season
[20:00] Daily work on mindset
[27:00] Using her competitive spirit
[29:30] Dealing with pressure
[34:30] Putting in the work to support your beliefs
[39:45] How bodybuilding can be life-changing
[43:07] Advice for competitors

 

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Sep 10, 2021
DANIELA BURROLA REYES
01:21:48

Today, I speak with IFBB Pro Daniela Burrola Reyes, who works as a registered nurse, She competed first NPC show in 2018. She earned earned her Pro Card after taking a break in 2020 and started her own resistance band company called Strong Pompis. She seeks to inspire people through her competitive journey as a shorter competitor (she’s only 4’11”!) She finds discipline and strength through bodybuilding.

Daniela thought it would take her a long time to turn pro because she heard so many other competitors say it took them multiple national shows to earn their pro card. Once she stepped on stage with the belief that she could turn pro, she did at her second national show. Daniela talks about the important lessons she learned that helped her turn pro so quickly.

She talks about not telling anyone she was going to compete at her second national show because she didn’t want to hear everyone’s opinion about her decision to compete. Daniela experienced much less stress not having to deal with naysayers.

Daniela shares her experience with feeling like she need to eat everything post-show and how her honesty with her coach helped her over come that feeling. She used her knowledge as a nurse to know the changes she was experiencing were detrimental to her body, which gave her the motivation to get back on track. She regularly checks her labs to make sure she is staying healthy.

In our interview, Daniela offers excellent advice for competitors. DO NOT miss what she has to say!

Topics covered include:

-Starting her own business

-Honoring her Mexican heritage

-The benefits of using ankle weights and resistance bands

-The importance of diet in making gains

-Having the belief she could turn pro

-Learning from her mistakes

-Struggling with food post-show

-How being a nurse informs her choices as a competitor

-Working with Team Atlas

-The importance of posing

-Dealing with pressure

-Life as a nurse

-Cosmetic procedures

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TIME STAMPS
[1:00] Introductions
[2:25] Starting her own business
[3:03] pre-stage ritual
[5:10] benefits of using resistance bands and ankle weights
[7:15] missing the compound movements
[9:54] what contributed to her gains
[11:20] favorite exercises
[12:45] belief in becoming a pro
[20:30] dealing with food post-show
[29:30] handling cravings with support
[31:20] how being a nurse informs her choices as a competitor
[34:50] working with Team Atlas
[40:20] the importance of posing
[41:10] dealing with pressure
[44:20] prep compared to everyday life
[46:50] life as a nurse
[50:00] cosmetic procedures
[57:50] competitors getting cosmetic procedures
[63:50] things to consider before getting a cosmetic procedure
[70:30] the best way to use sunscreen
[73:25] advice for competitors

 

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Sep 03, 2021
JENNIFER ARESCO
01:25:08

In this episode Celeste speaks with Jennifer Aresco, an IFBB Pro who starting competing in 2015, winning her pro card at USA Championships in 2020 after 11 regional and 7 national shows. Celeste and Jennifer talk about Jenn’s journey throughout her 18 shows leading up to her pro card win, discussing what changes were made during both preps and off seasons that led to Jenn’s success. Jenn talks about how her stage confidence grew with her experience which grew most after finding her current coach, Shane Heugly.

Jennifer opens up and shares her struggles with anxiety and how she realized one of her medications caused her to gain and hold onto 20lbs, despite the efforts she was putting into her diet and training to get ready for stage. She talks about how she manages her anxiety now given that she prefers not to use traditional medicine as a means to help mitigate her symptoms. Jenn also highlights challenges outside of her mental health battles she had to overcome to prove to herself she was capable of competing.

Jennifer mentions her experience at nationals in Orlando and how she felt that show was her “alley oop,” or her time to succeed. She highlights how one can be both a competitor and a work in progress when it comes to mental health and identity, and how working with a therapist helped her through that. Jenn also dealt with adversity in a relationship when her boyfriend at the time wanted her to take a year off of competing, which led Jenn to realize she should never let her passions take a back seat because of the opinions of others.

Celeste mentions the importance that bodybuilding has in teaching competitors patience instead of instant gratification, leading her to ask Jenn to elaborate on her lengthy journey to becoming a pro. Jenn shares how she feels bodybuilding has changed over the years in regards to the science behind prepping and all that she personally has learned throughout her preps. Celeste asks about Jenn’s pro debut experience and her future competition plans, allowing Jenn to share the strategies and approach her and her coach have taken to get her ready to compete at the pro level. Finishing off the episode Jenn shares her best advice for first time competitors and girls on their road to pro.

Topics Covered:
-Struggles with anxiety, medication & alternative treatments
-Challenges Jenn overcame to compete
-Financials in competing
-Finding her “alley oop” in Orlando
-Breaking away from “society’s timeline”
-Benefits of a long journey to pro

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Time Stamps:
[0:45] Celeste introduces Jennifer.

[1:20] Celeste asks Jennifer her pre stage ritual.

[3:50] Jennifer shares whats changed in her approach to off season and prep over the years.

[11:45] Celeste asks Jennifer how she now manages her anxiety.

[17:00] Jennifer breaks down a day in the life both in prep and improvement season.

[19:20] Celeste asks Jennifer to discuss some challenges she overcame to be able to compete.

[30:50] Celeste asks Jennifer when she knew she wanted to become a pro.

[36:02] Jennifer shares how she was financially able to compete.

[40:50] Celeste asks Jennifer what changed between shows that helped Jennifer know when it was “her time.”

[46:00] Jennifer shares how she dealt with being told not to compete for a year.

[58:40] Celeste asks Jennifer what she feels are the benefits of not having a fast journey to pro status during her bodybuilding career.

[65:30] Celeste asks Jennifer to share her experiences at her pro debut.

[68:20] Jennifer shares her next competition plans.

[70:10] Jennifer talks about what she did between USAs and her pro debut to prepare.

[74:00] Celeste has Jennifer share some of the details her and her coach honed in on to bring her best to stage.

[82:20] Jennifer shares her best advice for novice competitors and for girls on their road to pro.

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Aug 27, 2021
KIKI MCCLELLAN
01:04:12

Today, I speak with IFBB Pro Kiki McClellan, coach for Team Boss Bodies. She earned her Pro card at NPC Nationals in 2020 after a long pandemic prep! Prior to bodybuilding, she was a competitive cheerleader and dancer. She credits this past experience with her comfort on stage. Kiki talks about how she utilizes her education in her coaching career to help women bring their best to the stage. Her first experience with a coach really opened her eyes to what NOT to do during a prep. Through her 2020 prep, Kiki found the confidence and belief in herself that she could turn Pro. She was reluctant to broadcast her goals because she was afraid of what people would think if she failed. She believes the isolation she experienced in 2020 allowed her to put her head down and grind to reach her goal. Once she decided to make the jump to the National circuit, Kiki didn’t want to leave anything to chance or have any thoughts of “what if” during her prep. Kiki tells us how her goals have changed over time and how her path has taken her to places she never expected!

 

Kiki has so much knowledge to share! Her insights into meal plans and macros are epic! You don’t want to miss this conversation!

 

 

Topics covered include:

  • Competitive cheerleading and dancing
  • What lead her to bodybuilding
  • Her experience finding a coach through a Google search
  • Physical and mental growth on her way to turning Pro
  • 2020 providing a mindset shift 
  • What it takes to gain muscle
  • Working in “treat” foods during prep
  • Centering flexibility for longevity
  • “Normalizing” foods you crave
  • Making personal connections with her clients
  • Transformation versus Transactional coaching
  • What to consider before competing at the National level
  • Staying positive regardless of placing
  • Shifting between coaching and competing
  • The importance of knowing your “Why”

 

 

 

 

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TIME STAMPS

[1:00] Introductions

[2:25] Pre-show routine

[3:35] Experience as a competitive cheerleader and dancer

[4:36] Her path to bodybuilding

[8:30] Looking for a coach on Google

[12:13] The road to Pro

[14:30] The importance of recognizing the progress you’ve made

[16:10] Taking long offseason to make gains

[18:12] Using the macro approach in conjunction with meal plans

[22:50] Finding a middle ground between macros and meal plans

[25:30] Working in more macros around leg day

[27:00] Prioritizing flexibility for longevity

[30:00] Her approach as a Team Boss Bodies coach

[32:54] Carrying lessons she learned through her past careers into coaching

[34:55] Creating your own success

[37:10] Top 10 National placing guarantee of Boss Bodies

[40:00] Respecting the process

[43:20] The stress of the National circuit versus a rookie Pro season

[45:45] Current plans during her off season

[47:32] Shifting between coaching and competing

[51:00] Business lessons she learned through experience

[53:40] Looking back on her past experiences and branching out

[57:00] Advice for competitors

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Aug 20, 2021
NATASHA PEAY
01:49:39

Today, I speak with IFBB Pro Natasha Peay, who turned pro at NPC Universe in November of 2020. Her passion for fitness has sparked her and her husband to give back to the fitness community. She grew up in Hawaii and struggled with emotional eating. Once moving to California for college, she was able to overcome her poor relationship with food once she had easy access to a gym. When she discovered boxing, she found running and really came into her own as an athlete. She believes finding a form of exercise you truly enjoy is the key to long-term success.

 

Because there is so much information out there, it can be hard for someone to know where to begin their fitness journey. That’s why Natasha and her husband have started a lifestyle coaching business to help people integrate fitness in their lives without going to extremes. Natasha talks about the structure that is required to compete with a young son and how he is invested in it, as well. He is her biggest fan! Even though bodybuilding can be a selfish sport, she doesn’t want him to feel like he is coming second to competing.

 

Natasha speaks to how she competed in Wellness and Bikini in the same show and decided to stick with Bikini after winning the overall. After hearing judges’ feedback that she had great proportions for Bikini, it gave her great confidence to move to the National stage. As she talks about her plans competing in as a Pro, Natasha reveals her future plans of competing with her husband and they shows they want to choose. Listen in to hear an incredible story you won’t want to miss!

“If I can do it, so can you.”

Topics covered include:
-Overcoming an unhealthy relationship with food
-Discovering boxing
-Working had to achieve big goals
-Starting a lifestyle coaching business
-Competing as a mom
-Asking yourself “How bad do you want it?”
-Competing in Wellness and Bikini
-Struggles with body dysmorphia
-Doing what works best for you
-Having a husband who also competes
-Mindset shift from competing as an amateur to Pro
-The importance of having the right coach
-Taking control of your life

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TIME STAMPS

[1:00] Introductions

[1:37] Pre-show routine

[5:00] Overcoming emotional eating

[7:00] Discovering boxing

[11:10] Starting a lifestyle coaching business

[14:12] Helping her mom change her lifestyle

[16:05] Competing as a mom

[26:25] Competing during tough personal times

[29:18] Feeling deserving of turning Pro

[31:00] Training during COVID

[33:25] Trying out Wellness

[40:40] Feelings of choosing Bikini over Wellness

[44:35] Feedback after turning Pro

[47:34] Having a husband who also competes

[51:45] Raising her son with her current husband

[55:15] Having fun prepping as a Pro

[60:00] How this prep has been different

[66:00] Finding the right coach

[71:00] Advice for competitors wanting to turn pro

[74:24] Being honest about your effort

[78:50] Setting an example for her son

[79:40] A word to mothers about competing

[84:50] Social Media versus reality

[93:45] Working an on-call job

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Aug 13, 2021
AMBERLYN MORGAN
01:18:48

Today, I speak with IFBB Pro Amberlyn Morgan, who’s an ICU nurse and also offers online coaching. She started competing in 2015 and turned pro in 2020 at her 4th National show. We talk about how Amberlyn’s journey to turning Pro and how a decision to stop playing college soccer lead her to the bodybuilding. When she learned about counting macros, it totally changed her relationship to prep and she really started to thrive. Placing last in a show made her rethink her “why” and the reason she was competing. Amberlyn shares her experience as a nurse during COVID and how stressful it was for her. Over time, she has found her drive to continue competing by discovering self-belief in her ability to succeed as a bikini competitor. Meditation and mindset work allowed her to reach a new level of commitment to the sport. 

 

Amberlyn shares why it’s so important to experience our feeling instead of avoiding them in order to heal from traumatic experiences. With her busy schedule, Amberlyn talks about the importance of getting into a routine and using downtime efficiently. We cover so many topics throughout this conversation! Amberlyn has such a power story, you won’t want to miss it!

 

 

Topics covered include:

-The road to Pro

-The importance of having a “Why” when deciding to prep

-Working as a nurse

-Self-sabotage and hard talks with you coach

-Mindset in support of physical efforts

-Having the right support

-How harmful it can be to compare yourself to others 

-Finding things that bring you joy

-Going through divorce

-Overcoming childhood trauma

-Setting big goals

-How nursing enhances her coaching

-IIFYM and hitting micronutrient goals

-Simplicity is key!

 

 

 

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TIME STAMPS

[1:00] Introductions

[2:18] Pre-show routine

[3:18] Journey to Pro

[5:55] Refining her “Why”

[10:10] Changing mindset

[13:45] Having the right support

[15:45] Finding purpose and joy

[18:50] Going through divorce

[24:45] Working as an ICU and trauma nurse

[ 33:50] Experiencing trauma as a nurse

[36:50] Advice for nurses

[38:00] Shifting priorities

[39:39] Growing up on a dairy farm and as a southern baptist

[44:05] Going through childhood trauma

[51:40] What the path to the Olympia may look like

[58:30] Changing how you train

[62:03] Coaching clients through putting on muscle

[65:05] How nursing affects her coaching

[67:30] Setting macro and micronutrient goals for clients and IIFYM

[71:00] Why she preaches simplicity

[74:00] Advice to competitors

 

 

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Aug 06, 2021
DR. MELANIE CYR
01:14:47

In this episode Celeste speaks with Melanie Cyr, an IFBB Bikini Pro from Canada with a degree in family medicine, who has been practicing since 2017. Melanie found competing while looking for a challenge and her “one and done” mentality led her to finding a love for the sport and a desire to become a professional athlete. 

Celeste and Melanie dive into Melanie’s career as a physician and how she decided to get into bodybuilding while also trying to start her medical practice. Melanie shares what her schedule was like while in med school and how she realized she had fallen into some unhealthy habits due to the demands of the curriculum. She started following a meal plan and workout regimen as a means of being an example for her patients and ultimately found competing, thus finding a way to make both her work and school schedules harmonize. Celeste and Melanie talk about time management and the commitment and discipline that both med school and bodybuilding require.

Melanie discusses her long “roller coaster competition season” in 2019, sharing if she ever experienced burnout. Celeste and Melanie then dive deeper into her experiences competing at the Ben Weider, her and her coach’s peaking process, and how she dealt with the weight of expectations from friends and family. Melanie walks listeners through her competing journey to her pro card and shares the feedback she’s working towards for her pro debut.

The conversation shifts into training and Melanie shares how she gets the most out of her workouts and what she’s done to really transform her physique, given that she is not the most genetically gifted. Celeste asks Melanie to share what she feels are the biggest differences between competing in the US and Canada, and in drug tested shows vs non-drug tested shows.

Melanie also talks about her career as a doctor and her views on the sport of bodybuilding from a physicians perspective. She also shares how she empathizes with her patients when they express they don’t have time to make healthy habit and lifestyle changes. Melanie shares what her patients have taught her over the years and how she has evolved as a physician to encourage and support her patients the best way possible.

Finishing up the episode, Melanie shares strategies to have longevity in bodybuilding, and also gives her best advice for novice competitors and for the girls on their road to pro.

Topics Covered:
-What type of athletes should consider bodybuilding
-Starting her practice while competing
-Expectations from friends and family
-Getting the most out of your workouts
-Natural show experiences
-Opinions on bodybuilding from a doctor
-Habits that promote longevity in bodybuilding

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Time Stamps:
[0:45] Celeste introduces Melanie.

[1:30] Melanie shares her pre stage ritual.

[3:00] Celeste asks Melanie how she’s handled defeat and criticism.

[6:45] Melanie shares her beginnings in bodybuilding while also starting her medical practice.

[9:30] Celeste asks Melanie if the mindset & discipline required in her studies helped her in bodybuilding.

[11:20] Melanie shares her opinion on what type of people are and are not cut out for bodybuilding.

[14:40] Melanie talks about her life in improvement season vs during prep.

[17:05] Celeste asks Melanie if she ever felt burnt out during her long 2019 competition season.

[20:25] Celeste asks Melanie how the peaking process & expectations from friends & family differed going into the Ben Weider show.

[24:20] Celeste asks Melanie what differed going into the show where she won her pro card.

[26:20] Melanie shares how she felt winning her pro card, given that she didn’t feel it was her best physique.

[27:20] Melanie shares feedback she received after turning pro. 

[31:50] Celeste asks Melanie what she’s doing to stay ready for her pro debut, despite ongoing show cancelations.

[35:00] Melanie discusses how she gets the most out of her workouts.

[38:30] Celeste asks Melanie how she knows shes not genetically gifted for the sport and what she’s done to morph her physique for success.

[42:30] Melanie shares experiences competing in Canada vs the US.

[49:00] Celeste asks Melanie about the drug testing process at the natural shows.

[50:35] Celeste asks Melanie how she balanced her schedule to compete while also building her career.

[55:55] Melanie shares how she maintains empathy when patients tell her they don’t have time for their health.

[59:20] Celeste asks Melanie her opinion on bodybuilding as a doctor.

[65:35] Melanie talks about what she does that she feels are beneficial to have longevity in the sport.

[70:10] Melanie gives her best advice for novice competitors and girls on their road to pro.

[73:10] Melanie shares where listeners can find & connect with her further.


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Jul 30, 2021
ANNA GOLOVYRINA OMG BIKINIS
54:56

For the final part of the series, Celeste interviews founder of OMG Bikinis and figure competitor, Anna Golovyrina. Anna talks about how, as a competitor herself, she can relate to the ups and downs other competitors have experienced during the pandemic and having shows cancelled. As her business has grown, she has found less and less time for herself to prep. She wants her customers to get great quality at an affordable price, because bodybuilding is such an expensive sport. OMG bikinis offers swimwear, posing suits, competition bikinis, and an affordable line of competition suits. Anna started making suits because of a bad experience with her first competition suit. Because of this she strives to be transparent with her customers about the suits they are buying. You won’t want to miss her story!

Topics covered include:
-Moving from Figure to Wellness
-Quality level of different crystals
-Shopping for the right suit
-How different crystal combinations can affect the color of the suit
-Why transparency is so important to her company
-Life as a suit maker
-Taking risks and trying new designs
-The value of doing something you love
-How the pandemic affected her business choices
-The value of great customer service
-Knowing the specifications of your league

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TIME STAMPS
[1:00] Introductions
[3:00] Finding time to prep as a business owner
[6:15] Types of suits OMG Bikinis offers
[9:45] Shopping for the right suit
[12:55] Different crystal patterns
[17:45] Why Anna started making suits
[22:20] How her process has changed over time
[27:00] Working on something you love
[28:34] Taking risks with trends
[30:00] The decision to start making swimsuits
[31:33] Different fabric choice
[33:20] The importance of pricing and customer service
[35:15] Determining the best cut for each person’s shape
[38:35] How to become a sponsored athlete
[43:00] Wellness and figure suits
[47:10] Difference between making a bikini and wellness top
[48:00] Answering common questions
[51:38] How to find Anna

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Jul 26, 2021
INGRID ROMERO
01:38:26

For part 3 of the series, Celeste interviews a return guest, Ingrid Romero. She is the face behind Ingrid Romero Bikinis and Pose Like a Pro posing coaching. Ingrid talks about the bonus of being able to rent suits and make last minute changes if a suit doesn’t work for a competitor. With the amount of time competitors put into prep, Ingrid wants to help them realize the importance of getting a posing coach and consistently practicing their routines. Ingrid goes to great lengths to follow new trends in posing and suits to give her competitors an edge. Part of Ingrid’s philosophy is encouraging the joy in the process instead of the destination. Ingrid gives invaluable tips to everything from how to practice posting to choosing your stage look! Give this episode a listen and write down your favorite tips!

Topics covered include:
-Picking the right suit to create balance
-Out-posing someone with a better physique for a better placing
-Being open to learning and improving
-Knowing which poses work for your body
-The importance of keeping your core tight
-Preparing for what can happen and being able to adjust
-Competing with loose skin, tattoos, and stretch marks
-The importance of mobility
-How to foster confidence on stage

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TIME STAMPS
[1:00] Introductions
[5:45] Posing classes, even for seasoned competitors
[10:00] Engaging the judges
[11:00] Front poses
[16:55] Transitions and back pose
[21:30] Breath control and vacuuming
[26:45] Back pose
[34:00] Overdoing the hair flips
[40:01] How to practice posing
[46:15] Hiding stretch marks and loose skin
[50:10] Being happy with doing your best
[51:30] Hiring a posing coach
[60:00] Over-posing backstage before a show
[64:00] Making eye contact with the judges
[69:01] Choosing suit and makeup
[75:00] Explaining the process of ordering a suit
[80:00] How your body changes from prep to prep
[82:22] Colors that work on stage
[85:01] What sets apart Ingrid’s suits from other suits

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Jul 25, 2021
KARAH JONES
57:46

For part two of this series, Celeste interviews Karah Jones, CEO of Angel Competition Bikinis. They create custom fitness competition suits that make women feel confident on stage. ACB values ethical sourcing and labor, female empowerment, and making women feel confident. Karah has helped grow Angel Competition Bikinis into one of the largest providers of competition suits in the world. Karah talks about how her own stage experience spurred her to start making competition suits with her sister and mom after seeing a need for quality suits back in 2013. Through offering free consultations and design packages, Angel Competition Bikinis aims to give each competitor the perfect suit for their body!

Topics covered include:
-Why instilling confidence is the cornerstone of ACB
-Running and growing a business with her family
-Parallels between competing and being an entrepreneur
-Developing community and staying authentic
-The importance of ethical sourcing and labor, and sustainability
-ACB Fashion Show
-What sets Angel Competition Bikinis apart from other suit makers
-What’s included in the free Angel Design package
-Choosing the right suit through a free consultation
-Becoming a sponsored athlete

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TIME STAMPS
[2:40] Introductions
[3:35] Why confidence is so important
[7:15] What contributed to the growth of the business
[9:40] Transparency in the process
[12:10] Ethical sourcing and labor
[14:45] The process of creating suits
[17:25] Future growth and projects
[19:15] ACB Fashion Show
[25:35] What sets ACB apart from other companies
[27:25] Cuts and colors, Angel Design package
[29:35] Adapting to trends
[35:00] Mistakes competitors make
[38:35] Determining the best suit cut for each shape
[44:50] Popular looks
[47:45] Differences between what Pros and Amateurs wear
[50:00] Making it right for dissatisfied customers
[53:30] Becoming a sponsored athlete

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Jul 24, 2021
ALEXA STIMP
01:02:52

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In part one of our series, Celeste interviews Alexa Stimp, founder of The Shoe Fairy. She founded her company after her first show after she realized how hard it was to find a quality pair of show shoes. Alexa talks about how important community and quality are to her brand and how it sets The Shoe Fairy apart from the competition. She feels like her customers are a big Hype Girl Squad and help empower each other. Her ultimate goal is to become THE shoe of bodybuilding. Alexis talks about the lengths she’s gone to in order to solve problems found in other shoes. You won’t want to miss her story!

We talk about:
-What you can find at The Shoe Fairy
-Selling confidence
-Picking the right shoe
-How shoes can affect your physique on stage
-The myth of wide width show shoes
-Finding the right fit
-Staying relentless after delays
-How branding correlates with psychology
-Manifestation and goal setting
-Investigating your feelings
-Pursuing other passions in life

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Time Stamps
[1:00] Introduction
[3:05] What girls think about when they think about The Shoe Fairy
[5:39] Taking the Shoe Quiz
[10:00] “extra” options for shoes
[13:22] Product development
[16:00] Launching new products in the Olympian line
[18:25] Figuring out the manufacturing process
[20:00] Branding and cohesive marketing
[23:10] The step from competitor to entrepreneur
[26:07] What keeps Alexa going
[32:30] Personal development through difficult times
[33:50] Staying compassionate and allowing yourself to feel
[37:00] Transitioning away from her full-time job
[40:45] Coordinating partnerships
[45:15] Stress and freedom surrounding business
[50:00] Being real on social media
[55:05] Listener questions

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Jul 23, 2021
KRISTY IMSANDE
01:02:02

On today’s episode, Celeste speaks with Kristy Imsande, a lifelong athlete who has a background in cheerleading, her bachelors degree in nutrition, and who is also a coach and athlete for FitBody Fusion. Kristy turned pro in 2020 and went on to get first call outs in only her second pro show.

Kristy shares what helps put her in the zone before stepping on stage and explains what “being herself” on stage means to her. She explains how her background in cheer has had an influence on her stage presence and talks about the influence sports had while growing up as she had a difficult upbringing in a broken household, and talks about the relationship she has with her mom.

Next, Kristy tells listeners how she found bodybuilding and shares her experiences with a bad reverse diet and what she’s learned in the process. She also explains the strategy she uses for herself and her clients when it comes to reversing, emphasizing the importance of a proper reverse and the affect it can have on an athletes future. 

Celeste and Kristy talk about her relationship with her husband. Celeste asks Jami about Kristy’s decision to change coaches and teams, what fueled that decision, and what made Kristy decide to become a FitBody Fusion coach herself. 

Celeste and Kristy talk about Kristy’s national show experiences, when she received some tough love coaching from Jami, and how she nailed her stage look. Kristy shares her experiences on the pro stage, what feedback she’s working toward in her current off season and also shares what goals she has for this upcoming season. Celeste wraps up the episode by having Kristy share her best advice for novice competitors and for girls on their road to pro.

Topics Covered Include:

-How a cheer background influenced stage presence
-The impact sports had while growing up in a broken household
-How Kristy found bodybuilding
-Importance of a proper reverse diet
-Implementing yoga
-Bad coaching experiences & switching teams
-Nailing her stage look
-Tough love coaching

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Time Stamps:

[0:55] Celeste introduces Kristy.
[1:45] Kristy shares her pre stage ritual.
[3:10] Celeste asks Kristy if she feels her cheerleading background helped her showcase herself on stage.
[4:45] Kristy shares how sports have influenced her growing up given her rough upbringing.
[7:30] Celeste asks Kristy how she got into competing.
[8:55] Celeste asks Kristy what shifted to make her want to turn pro.
[10:30] Kristy shares what qualifies as a good reverse for herself and what she allows for her clients.
[13:00] Celeste asks Kristy what happens from a physiological standpoint if one does not properly follow a reverse.
[19:30] Celeste asks Kristy what she learned from her bad first reverse diet to set herself up for success going into this season.
[22:45] Celeste asks Kristy if she’s ever experienced self doubt in bodybuilding.
[25:50] Celeste asks Kristy how it felt to go from being top 3 on a national stage to transitioning into a honeymoon phase with her new husband.
[30:31] Kristy shares if her husbands absence because of work brings her any emotional stress or pain.
[32:00] Celeste asks Kristy if there are any changes to her routine she wishes she had implemented or started sooner.
[36:05] Celeste asks Kristy about her bad past coaching experiences & the what drove her decision to switch to FitBody Fusion.
[38:30] Kristy shares her decision to leave behind her own coaching business to become a FBF coach.
[40:32] Kristy tells listeners what sets herself apart as a coach.
[43:20] Kristy shares a time when Jami gave her tough love at Jr USAs.
[46:10] Celeste asks Kristy about her stage look.
[51:10] Celeste & Kristy talk about her first two pro shows and Celeste asks what changed to fuel her success.
[54:40] Celeste asks Kristy if there’s any specific feedback she’s been working towards in her off season.
[56:00] Kristy shares what she’s done differently to deliver on her feedback.
[57:45] Kristy gives her best advice to novice competitors and for girls on their road to pro.
[60:40] Kristy tells listeners where they can find and connect with her further.

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Jul 16, 2021
JOY SHEPPARD
01:22:15

Today Celeste speaks with Joy Sheppard, a mother and nurse practitioner who started competed in 2014. She turned pro in 2018 at North Americans when she won the Overall.


Joy talks about the feelings she has before stepping on stage and how gratitude plays into her whole prep. In speaking about her journey as a competitor, going through life struggles has really forced her to look at herself and make major changes. She recognizes the importance of really knowing why she wants to compete and playing the long game.


In recounting the experience of her first show, Joy says that it was all a blur but remembers feeling how fun it was. Over the years, her definition of fitness has changed to include way more that just a physique. She now prioritizes mental health instead of tying her worth to how hard she works.


After earning her pro card in 2018, she felt lost in her identity and decided to start therapy, which has been paramount to her current outlook on life. It helped her learn how to feel and understand her feelings, and now she doesn’t even recognize her old self.


Joy talks about how she used to use the gym and shows as distractions from her pain and unhappiness.Taking inventory of her own life allowed her to make the changes she needed in her life. She can now make conscious choices on how she responds to things. Joy notices many people put too much stock in prep and don’t give enough effort to rest and time to grow.


Joy’s ultimate goal is to make it to the Olympia stage! Because she knows herself better and repeats the sport, she feels more confident setting challenging goals!

Topics Covered Include:
-Overcoming hurdles to compete
-Taking time off to improve
-Why she competes
-Separating her identity from the stage
-The importance of mental health
-The difference between an obsession and a healthy commitment
-How Buddhism helped her parents change
-Making mindful choices
-Normalizing offseason bodies
-Being ready for the National stage
-Competing with tattoos

You don’t want to miss this incredible interview! Joy’s story is so powerful!


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Time Stamps
[1:00] introduction
[2:50] pre-show ritual
[4:55] journey as a competitor
[8:40] first prep and first show
[11:59] committing to bodybuilding
[15:40] prioritizing mental health and getting therapy
[22:00] having a strong sense of self
[25:20] having parents who are Buddhist and how they changed
[31:22] how her parents’ change impacted her view of family
[39:00] changes in training over the years
[44:00] challenges of an offseason
[50:20] shaking the victim mentality
[53:00] Being ready for the national stage
[64:00] Competing with tattoos
[70:00] Advice for competitors

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Jul 09, 2021
STEPHANIE FOURNIER
54:32

In this episode, Celeste speaks with Stephanie Fournier, an IFBB Bikini Pro who started competing in 2017, turning pro at her 12th show. Stephanie is also a mother, trainer, and posing and prep coach. 

Celeste starts off the episode by asking Stephanie about her pre stage ritual, to which Stephanie shares how affirmations are her favorite go to practice. Next, Celeste asks Stephanie how she first got into fitness and Stephanie explains how she found competing “on a fluke” when deciding to sign up for boot camp classes to simply just get in shape. Stephanie shares that before signing up at this gym, she was a total stranger to the world of fitness and didn’t have any knowledge of weight training. Celeste then asks Stephanie what inspired her to take part in uplifting and inspiring other women both in fitness and with their lifestyles. Stephanie shares how her experiences through competing and encouragement from her coaches led her to take the leap into becoming a coach herself. Stephanie also shares how she feels that family should always comes first and how she adjusts her prep schedule accordingly. 

Stephanie walks listeners through her experiences at both regional and national shows, and what ultimately led her to achieve her pro card. She shares her beginnings with Kim Oddo and the feedback she received throughout her shows, yet notes that she turned pro under Shane Heugly’s guidance. After sharing the reasoning behind her coaching switch, Celeste breaks down Stephanie’s show and placing history, asking Stephanie what changes were made that led to her winning her pro card. Celeste also asks Stephanie what kept her motivated on her goal of turning pro, and with her response Stephanie also emphasizes the importance of knowing when to slow down and take a break from the stage. Stephanie talks about her time off and how her break from competing allowed her to enjoy time with her family without having a strict training or cardio schedule. Stephanie shares that there were many times she was just a “tired mom,” especially when she was closer to show and Celeste asks if she tried to hide those feelings from her children or if she let them see the affect prep had on her. 

 

From there, Celeste asks Stephanie how her training changes during prep versus in her improvement seasons and how she feels now that she is back in prep for her pro debut. Stephanie talks about her plans for competing at the pro level and expresses her indecision of whether or not she will compete in the both the open and masters categories. While on the subject of competing, Celeste asks Stephanie about her decision to compete with her bright blonde hair. Stephanie talks about the feedback she’s received from Sandy from her shows and shares that regardless of the comments or opinions of others, she feels most confident rocking her bold blonde hair. Next, Celeste asks Stephanie how she chooses which classes she competes in and how she budgets accordingly. 

 

Celeste acknowledges that Stephanie has a solid foundation of muscle and asks how she retains her muscle during a cut. Stephanie talks about the cardio methods she feels has helped her both build and retain muscle in her legs and which she prefers during prep. Celeste and Stephanie then transition into discussing Stephanie’s experiences working with a trainer. Stephanie shares how she and her trainer met, how the two of them worked together to execute Stephanie’s prep plan, and how she eventually became more independent and confident in her capabilities in the gym before becoming a trainer herself. Then, Stephanie shares how her coaching style is unique and how her approach differs from other trainers and coaches. After sharing her insights from a coaching perspective, Stephanie gives her best advice to for first time competitors and for the girls on their road to pro.

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Time Stamps:

[1:00] Celeste introduces Stephanie.

[1:35] Stephanie shares her pre stage ritual.

[2:15] Celeste asks Stephanie how she got into fitness.

[3:40] Stephanie shares what she did before finding her boot camp classes.

[5:20] Celeste asks Stephanie what inspired her to take part in uplifting and inspiring others.

[8:00] Celeste asks Stephanie what advice she’d give other moms who think they don’t have time to compete.

[11:00] Stephanie talks about the impacts, if any, her lifestyle changes had on her family.

[15:20] Celeste asks Stephanie to walk us through her evolution as an athlete.

[17:10] Celeste asks Stephanie what inspired her coaching switch.

[19:55] Stephanie shares what kept her going to achieve her pro card.

[23:45] Celeste asks Stephanie her opinion on showing her kids the toll prep took on her or if she tried to hide it and power through.

[27:00] Celeste asks how Stephanie’s training during her preps and improvement seasons differ.

[31:20] Celeste asks Stephanie about always competing with bright blonde hair.

[33:15] Stephanie shares how she decides what classes to compete in and how she budgets for her shows.

[35:55] Stephanie talks about strategies she’s used to retain her muscle.

[41:00] Celeste asks Stephanie more about her experiences working with a trainer.

[46:00] Stephanie shares how her coaching style is unique when working with her competitors

[52:00] Stephanie gives her best advice for novice competitors and girls on their road to pro.

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Jul 02, 2021
HELEN FRITSCH
01:19:39

Today Celeste interviews Helen Fritsch, a 63 year old dynamo who does it all and doesn’t let her age dictate her drive! Helen hosts a podcast called Age is Irrelevant  where she talks with other athletes about their accomplishments at any age! As a former collegiate track and field athlete, Helen is a life-long competitor. She describes her unpredictable schedule working as a flight attendant and how she manages to stay on track even with all of the travel! With all of her accomplishments and her longevity, Helen believes that mindset is the key to keeping her fire lit. Believing in yourself is key! 

Surrounding yourself with like-minded people and coaches is how you stay consistent with performance and motivation. Helen talks about prepping through injury and sharing the journey with other age 50+ competitors. Enjoying the process on the way to the result is important for every aspect of life. Helen talks about coming at a crossroads with her cancer diagnosis and choosing to be a victor rather than a victim.

Helen tells us about the challenges she faces in bodybuilding as an older athlete and how dedicated she is to maintaining her mental and physical health. She offers a great perspective on gaining wisdom with age and the effect it’s had on her athletic journey. Helen talk about her experiences coaching and what she commonly sees in her clients and the unique perspective she can provide other women over 40.

Topics covered include:
-Coming in third at first show at age 56
-Surround yourself with like-minded people
-How making excuses may mean you need to reevaluate your priorities
-The importance of preparation and manifestation
-Dealing with a cancer diagnosis 
-Looking back to set new goals for the future
-What she sees as a coach
-Redefining "old age"

You don't want to miss this episode! Helen's story is inspirational and shows what anyone can do with determination and positivity! 

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Time Stamps
[01:00] Introductions
[03:49] Inspiration for her competitive journey
[09:15] How her life has changed once she turned pro
[12:27] Life as a flight attendant
[15:50] Competing as a masters figure competitor 
[18:12] Keeping your fire lit
[20:00] Focusing on the process instead of the result
[26:26] Dealing with a cancer diagnosis
[29:10] Doctor’s opinion of her bodybuilding lifestyle
[30:45] Self-care routine
[34:20] Learning from the past
[40:30] The importance of psychology
[42:00] Challenges of an older athlete
[47:04] Most important things to consider for women over 40
[53:40] Lessons Helen has learned from her podcast guests
[60:00] What Helen has learned about her body
[67:08] Common misconceptions about older women
[71:15] Future competition goals
[71:13] Best advice for new and seasoned competitors

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Jun 25, 2021
SIERRA SWANN
01:27:48

In this episode Celeste speaks with Sierra Swann, an IFBB Bikini Pro who works as a senior clinical research associate in clinical trials and as posing coach. Sierra talks about her experience being self-coached and her reasons for eventually deciding to hire a coach. Sierra is open about her challenges with an eating disorder and how that led her to take time to grow mentally as she was entering college. She explains how she found a passion for fitness, thus leading her to pursue a degree in kinesiology.

 

Sierra acknowledges how competing can be a distraction from what’s going on in the outside world, and checking in with oneself during the process is crucial to staying true to who you are. She shares other important lessons learned while prepping through a hard season of life, in which she made the decision to leave both an engagement and a job. Sierra shares what she learned from sitting with her emotions and how she continues to apply those lessons to her daily routines.

 

Sierra mentions how closures due to Covid led her to have a longer off season than expected yet she focused on training with intention every session in the gym. Celeste then asks Sierra more about how she plans on training with intent based on her feedback and the goals she’s set for herself for this season.

 

Sierra shares how she plans out her meals and manages traveling with all her foods and how necessary it is to be able to adapt to different circumstances. With so many moving parts to her day between work, prep, and coaching, Sierra talks about the importance of planning and yet being flexible. The episode closes with Sierra sharing her top advice for new and seasoned competitors.

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Time Stamps:
[0:45] Celeste introduces Sierra.
[2:30] Celeste asks Sierra about her pre stage ritual.
[4:50] Celeste asks Sierra to share her beginnings self coaching and ultimately what made her decide to hire a coach.
[11:30] Sierra shares a hard time she was going through and how it taught her to stay in tune with herself while prepping.
[16:05] Celeste asks Sierra how she knew it was time to move on from both her relationship and job.
[19:50] Sierra discusses if her personal struggles affected her post show experience back in 2018.
[24:20] Celeste asks Sierra how she broke out of the feeling of loneliness after her 2018 season.
[28:30] Sierra talks about what she learned from sitting with her emotions and how she applies those lessons daily.
[33:00] Celeste asks Sierra to open up about her past struggles with disordered eating.
[47:50] Celeste asks Sierra what she was working towards during her year and a half off season.
[54:00] Sierra talks about how she’s going to “train with intention” based off of the feedback she’s received.
[59:15] Sierra answers why she’d love to compete on the Olympia stage one day.[62:10] Celeste asks Sierra how she balances a full time job, posing coaching, and prep.
[69:40] Celeste asks Sierra how she creates time to compete while having a busy work and travel schedule.
[72:25] Sierra talks about how she got into clinical research.
[75:00] Sierra gives her best advice for aspiring competitors.
[78:45] Sierra shares her best advice for girls on their road to pro.
[83:10] Celeste asks Sierra where listeners can connect with her further.

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Jun 18, 2021
MARY ANN PARKS
01:19:43

In today’s episode, Celeste interviews IFBB Pro Mary Ann on her road to becoming a professional athlete as well as the struggles she faced along the way.  In this episode, Mary Ann opens up about her path to bodybuilding and how she has chosen to make a lifelong commitment to the sport.  Celeste inquires about several noteworthy topics from: correctly executing on judges feedback, all things improvement season, and managing a healthy relationship during preps.  

The pair also discuss the various hardships and lessons that came out of the 2020 year amidst the COVID pandemic.  Mary Ann shares insightful and invaluable advice as someone who has overcome numerous obstacles and has still risen to the top, earning her pro card in November 2020.  She sheds light on the necessary changes she has made throughout her competing experiences that have shaped her into the athlete she is today.  

Mary Ann also opens up on her struggles once suffering from a tibial fracture during a ski trip, and ultimately how she overcame the challenge and bettered herself.  This inspirational episode is packed with invaluable gems of wisdom and information for athletes of all levels!


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Time Stamps: 
[0:44] Celeste introduces Mary Ann onto the show, highlighting her accomplishments
[1:37] Pre-stage rituals! 
[3:38] Mary Ann talks about how she got started in bodybuilding 
[8:00] Celeste asks about the aspects of 2020 that allowed Mary Ann to grow before competing at the end of the year
[9:30] Mary Ann talks about how her approach with her current coach 
[12:55] Celeste asks about feedback marine received and how she worked towards fulfilling it 
[15:07] Celeste inquires about the uncomfortable aspect of gaining weight in improvement season
[17:52] Mary Ann talks about the importance of being uncomfortable to make progress 
[19:21] Mary Ann describes fulfilling her vision once she attained her pro card
[20:57] Mary Ann talks about the various changes she made with her approach to her 2021 improvement season
[29:10] Celeste asks how Mary Ann discovered that her previous diet was compromising her health and the changes she made 
[31:05] Mary Ann describes how she made her transition from vegan to vegetarian 
[33:05] Celeste and Mary Ann talk about dairy as a source of protein 
[38:08] Celeste inquires about the approach of reverse dieting into shows 
[41:11] Celeste asks if turning pro changed Mary Ann’s view of herself as an athlete
[43:00] Mary Ann describes how fracturing her tibia presented a unique learning experience 
[47:03] Celeste inquires about how Marry Ann stayed positive during her injury 
[52:25] Mary Ann shares some of the ways she mentally helped herself heal in regards to her injury
[59:08] Celeste inquires about how Mary Ann learned to maintain a healthy relationship with her boyfriend while in prep
[1:09:21] Celeste talks about the importance of giving ourselves grace and freedom with food and restrictions 
[1:10:23] Mary Ann talks about her path to bodybuilding and fully taking on the lifestyle 
[1:16:56] Celeste asks Mary Ann to share advice for first time competitors and girls on the road to pro 

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Jun 11, 2021
MORGAN SMITH
01:44:59

In this week’s episode, host Celeste Rains-Turk speaks with IFBB Bikini Pro Morgan Smith. This 23 year old bombshell started competing in 2018 and turned pro at her second national show! She has a bachelor’s in political science with future dreams of attending law school. Her daily activities include coaching a successful traveling softball team and working in the painting business with her boyfriend. 


Celeste and Morgan kick off the episode by discussing Morgan’s road to become an IFBB Pro. Her passion for bodybuilding started during her college experience and needing to find a community after leaving softball. Morgan missed the team dynamic and the mental challenges of playing a rigorous sport. Morgan believes bodybuilding can be a team effort but enforces that it does rely on constituent individual challenges. 


Morgan states she is competitive to a fault. She emphasizes that she wants to place well, not just get on a stage. She states that 110% is the bare minimum in this sport, and there is always something a competitor can do to improve. Morgan tells listeners to focus on personal growth instead of comparison to avoid burn out.  Celeste and Morgan advice fellow competitors to enjoy their time in the NPC by recognizing the friendships and opportunities made in the community.


Morgan reflects on a moment she was told, “You cannot succeed in this sport.” Reflecting on her competitive nature, she was mentally ready to prove them wrong by hiring a coach and buying home equipment. Her mindset as an IFBB Pro is now focused on complete intention in the gym. Morgan states she did not want to use the pandemic as an excuse and feels empowered to consistently improve herself during the pandemic.


Morgan explains her emotional process of turning Pro and the doubt she had prior to her win. She was one week out from the show that awarded her a pro card, and she believed she would not get a high ranking after being in 3rd callouts the week prior. She is now self-coaching while in search for her next team and online coach that puts focus on attention to detail.


Celeste and Morgan go all in with talking about social media pressure, learning to step back, and finding the right people to surround yourself with. Celeste believes the pressure to show up on social media is often due to personal judgement, trying to make a name of themselves, and fear of failing their friends.


Morgan wraps up the episode by giving her best advice to new competitors and women aspired to reach the IFBB league. Morgan’s genuine demeanor and words of wisdom create an episode you do not want to miss!


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TIME STAMPS:
[1:27] Morgan’s pre-stage ritual
[3:14] Morgan discusses her emotional road to becoming an IFBB Pro.
[5:53] Morgan talks about leaving her hometown, the college experience, and missing softball.
[9:24] Celeste and Morgan discuss the initial push to compete.
[12:02] Morgan reflects on her prep approach throughout the years.
[19:01] All about mindset and staying motivated during the pandemic.
[25:02] How Morgan changed her mindset as an IFBB Pro.
[30:26] Morgan talks all about her waist training.
[35:44] Morgan and Celeste talk about feedback from judges & the emotion of turning Pro.
[52:20] Doubt and having a coach who believes in you.
[1:01:18] Morgan explains why she left her previous coach.
[1:05:25] How Morgan finds the right people to support her.
[1:18:09] Morgan and Celeste talk about prioritizing health over constant competing.
[1:29:12] Morgan talks about going to Law School, discipline, and balance.
[1:38:22] Morgan gives her best advice to aspiring competitors and IFBB Pros.


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Jun 04, 2021
SHEY WEBB
01:08:57

In this episode, Celeste speaks with Shey Webb, an IFBB Bikini Pro who is also a certified nutritionist and trainer, mom to her baby boy, co-owner of her own meal prep café and is also in remission from Lupus. 

Celeste starts off the episode by asking Shey if she has a ritual she performs before hitting the stage, to which Shey shares the songs she uses to get herself into the right mentality to perform. Shey shares how her training schedule is based around her duties as a mom, mentioning how breast feeding has impacted her approach to nutrition during her current prep. Celeste mentions that Shey chose to start a contest prep shortly after giving birth and asks her to elaborate on her decision. Shey discusses the approach she’s taking this time around and while she does have her sights set on qualifying for the Olympia, she emphasizes how her priorities have shifted because of her new responsibilities as a mom. She also shares how she feels less pressure now as her mentality and focus has shifted as opposed to her previous preps.

 

Shey talks about mental struggles she faced in the past and how before she knew she wasn’t mentally ready to be in a prep, despite her drive to “push through the pain” and follow through with her commitments. Celeste acknowledges Shey’s strength through the difficult times, then asks Shey about her mindset about competing upon receiving her Lupus diagnosis. Next, Celeste asks Shey what ultimately led her to find bodybuilding and Shey explains her beginnings, the inspiration she received from a friend, and how she ended up prepping herself for first show. She walks listeners through the process of that first prep and how that took her on the journey to becoming a nutritionist. Shey explains the relationship with her primary doctor and the process they took to adjust her diet to help manage her symptoms from Lupus. Shey was curious to become an advocate for her own health and used herself as a guinea pig while educating herself.

 

After learning more about Shey’s background into bodybuilding and how she became a nutritionist, Celeste asks Shey to share more about her experiences with Lupus. Shey discusses how working with new doctors and taking new medications gave her a wide variety of side effects, and because of that Shey found herself dealing with depression and self isolation, as she didn’t want sympathy from people because of her condition. After Shey shares her mental battles during that time, Celeste asks Shey about the nutrition changes she made to her diet to help combat her symptoms. Shey also discusses how her relationship with food changed because of her varying symptoms and she shares how her struggles with binging led her to find a coach that helped her focus on her mental health and finding balance in her life. Then, Celeste asks Shey to talk her progression she made as an athlete once deciding to hire a coach. Shey shares her tumultuous experience with her first coach and how she realized they were giving her cookie cutter plans, and how she ultimately made the decision to take things into her own hands, turning herself pro, although deciding to continue check ins with her coach. After reminiscing on her first coach, Celeste asks Shey about her experiences working with Jami DeBernard.

 

Next, Celeste transitions the conversation from competing to Shey’s bout with postpartum depression. Celeste asks Shey how she found the proper therapist for her and also has Shey share more about her daily gratitude practices. Afterwards, Shey opens up and discusses her struggles with comparison to other competitors because of her battles with Lupus.

 

Moving on, Celeste asks Shey about her meal prep company and vision to help others. Shey talks about her husbands expertise as a trainer and how she saw the meal prep company as a way to help others and teach them how to fuel themselves properly. After hearing how Shey wants to help others reach their goals, Celeste asks Shey about her personal mission and goals in both competing and business. Shey again emphasizes her passion to prove that healthy food doesn’t have to be bland and boring, and Celeste has Shey share some of her favorite cooking tips and recipes. Finally, wrapping up the episode Shey gives her best advice to novice competitors and the girls on their road to pro.

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Time Stamps:

[0:45] Celeste introduces Shey.

[1:30] Celeste asks Shey about her pre stage ritual.

[3:20] Shey breaks down what a normal day looks like within her busy schedule.

[5:00] Celeste asks how breast feeding has impacted Shey’s approach to nutrition while in prep.

[7:00] Shey discusses how she decided to start prepping so soon after giving birth.

[10:30] Celeste asks Shey how this prep has differed from past preps due to her new responsibilities as a mother.

[14:40] Celeste asks Shey what was going on when she states she didn’t feel “mentally ready” to be in a prep.

[16:55] Shey talks about what contributed to her mindset surrounding competing & her diagnosis with Lupus.

[19:40] Celeste asks Shey how she approached getting ready for her first show.

[20:45] Shey walks listeners through her path to becoming a nutritionist.

[24:15] Shey talks about her experiences dealing with Lupus.

[29:15] Celeste asks Shey if she noticed any changes in her symptoms due to the changes she had made in her nutrition.

[31:15] Celeste asks Shey how her symptoms affected her relationship with food.

[34:15] Shey discusses the differences in her progression as an athlete once she hired a coach.

[41:20] Celeste asks Shey if her old coach celebrated her pro win & her feelings surrounding their reaction.

[44:30] Celeste asks Shey about her experiences working Jami DeBernard & FitBody Fusion.

[46:45] Celeste asks Shey to share how she found the best therapist to help her deal with her postpartum depression.

[48:10] Shey shares what she’s grateful for & celebrates on a daily basis.

[50:50] Celeste asks Shey if she’s ever found herself in comparison with other competitors experiences.

[53:45] Shey talks about starting her meal prep company & her vision to help others.

[57:00] Celeste asks Shey about her future goals.

[60:15] Celeste asks Shey to share her favorite cooking tip or recipe.

[64:10] Shey gives her best advice for novice competitors and for girls on their road to pro.

[66:00] Shey shares where listeners can connect with her on social media.


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May 28, 2021
FRANCESCA LAUREN
01:05:59

In this week’s episode, Celeste has the pleasure of speaking with IFBB Pro Francesca Lauren. This bikini bombshell and Olympian competitor is a mother of two who started competing in 2011 and made her pro debut in 2013. Her last show was in 2018 after making the decision to hang up her heels to focus on her family. She now works as a personal trainer and online coach based in Oregon while teleworking from home.


To begin, Francesca explains the importance of body language in sports and how confidence is key when preforming on stage. She reflects on her decade-long journey in bodybuilding and how her friend inspired her to compete. Francesca enrolled in a bodybuilding show two weeks prior to the show date and her placement only fueled her fire to continue. Her first national show in 2012 crushed her confidence but was pushed to compete in another national show where she was awarded her pro card.
Celeste asks Francesca her reasons for hanging up her heels. Francesca explains that she wants to expand her family with her loving husband. She does hunger for prep and a gym routine but is thankful that her body has time to recover and carry a child.
Francesca explains the pressure of staying prep ready and being confident with more body fat. She states that having an online presence makes her feel constantly critiqued. Francesca likes to “get fluffy” after a show but this would often lead to comparison amongst other competitors. She had to reframe her mindset and be grateful for her accomplishments.  She warns other competitors that prepping for a show shouldn’t feel like a chore and to step back if it no longer becomes a “passion project.”
Celeste and Francesca discuss getting comfortable with being uncomfortable. Francesca states she was self-coached for four years and admits she would have went progressed faster if she had a coach. Francesca was constantly chasing the stage as an amateur and hungry for a top 5 placement, even if she wasn’t ready. She states that several micro-goals helped her maneuver to a bigger goal.
Francesca discusses her daily home routine. She is currently homeschooling her children and trains clients in the afternoon. She is fortunate to be working from home to keep an eye on her children and take care of house chores.
Celeste asks Francesca how she was able to find love after a long custody battle and during competition prep. She states competing is a selfish sport and how easy it is to forget about the needs of other people. Francesca admits that it was difficult in the beginning of her relationship with her husband. She states that her husband may not have liked it, but he understood her drive and they made a deal about settling down to start a family once she was ready.
Finally, Francesca gives advice to new beginners in the sport and competitors trying for pro. She enforces lifestyle habits and being in a healthy mindset before starting prep. Francesca is an OG bikini competitor who continues to inspire and motivate the future generation of Pros. This is a listen you do not want to miss!


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TIME STAMPS:
[1:01] Francesca details her stage ritual.
[4:25] Francesca discusses her decade experience in bodybuilding and the journey it took to become an IFBB Pro.
[12:37] Francesca explains why she decided to hang up her heels.
[17:34] Francesca talks about how the fitness industry/social media has affected her self-confidence, when to step back, and how to get comfortable with being uncomfortable.
[ 34:49] Celeste and Francesca discuss the addiction of chasing the pro card
[41:15 ] Getting back into a healthy fitness routine
[47:14 ] Francesca details her daily routine
[50:20 ] Discusses having a relationship during competition
[57:11] Francesca’s final thoughts about being an IFBB Pro
[58:43] Francesca gives her advice on amateur competitors.



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May 21, 2021
JESS JOHNSON
01:12:30

Today, Celeste chats with Jessica Johnson, an Australian Pro who is also an online and in-person fitness, nutrition, and posing coach. She begins talking about how before she steps on the stage, she takes a deep breath and reminds herself she put in all the work and she deserves to be there.


In university, Jess studied psychology and takes mindfulness into everything she does. Jess talks about her previous experience in the Air Force and that is still a Reservist. She explains how living the Air Force life made it difficult to settle into a routine and train.


Before Jess joined the IFBB league, Jess was a Pro in two natural federations. After she competed in the Natural equivalent of the Olympia, she returned to Australia and decided to switch to IFBB for more opportunities.


When Jess was competing in the natural federations, she was told to compete in Figure because she was too muscular for bikini. She was glad she did figure but her heart was in bikini. It taught her how to be a chameleon, to change her posing to change her body.


When she does virtual posing classes, she uses different camera angles so she can see what they are doing, there are advantages and disadvantages to virtual posing. She loves the challenge of catering to different learning styles.


Jess talks about placing third at her first pro show only and hour after she earned her pro card! It gave her the confidence to push forward and improve as a pro. In the whole country of Australia, there are only three Pro Cards given in a year.


Jess speaks to her struggles with IBS and how it affects her preps. Because of this, she is very sensitive to carbs. She and her coach have open discussions about when the plan needs to change and when it needs to be followed. Communication is key to coaching. She always talks with a potential client on the phone before committing to coaching them.


Jess explains the effect doing 12 back-to-back shows had on her and how mindfulness was the key to pulling herself out of a restrict/binge cycle. Moving into an improvement season, Jess likes to stay consistent but with less structure to help herself not fixate on the food. When in prep, she likes to do longer preps to allow for diet breaks to help her metabolism stay healthy.


In her youth, Jess used to get called harsh names making fun of her thin figure, she never thought she would  be know for her glutes! Jess talks about the techniques she used to grow her glutes and offers some things to avoid. It’s not always about adding more weight. Work smarter not harder!


Jess leaves us with advice for new competitors to find a good coach and work with them to put on muscle before prepping. For competitors on the road to pro, Jess says to be consistent and persistent. If you want to be a pro you have to act like a pro. Just don’t give up!



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Time Stamps:
[1:00] Introduction
[2:01] Importance of mindfulness
[3:25] Jess talks about her time in the Air Force
[7:40] Difference between the Australian and American bodybuilding leagues
[10:20] Benefits of competing in IFBB
[13:00] How past experiences influence current outlook
[15:05] Virtual posing classes
[17:11] Jess talks about her journey to pro.
[22:10] Competition structure in Australia
[29:20] Feedback from pro debut
[31:55] Jess talks about how her body responds in different scenarios
[38:00] Knowing when to change things from your plan
[40:05] prioritizing communication in a coaching relationship
[45:50] Daily mindfulness habits
[51:27] Red flags that you may struggle post-show
[52:25] Shifting mindset from prep to improvement season
[57:10] Success through consistency and taking your time
[60:45] How Jess transformed her gluten
[68:45] advice for new competitors and those on the road to pro

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May 14, 2021
DENETRA BLACKSHEAR
01:21:10

In today’s episode, host Celeste Rains-Turk interviews IFBB Pro Denetra Blackshear. A former Hip-Hop dance professional, Denetra stumbled into the world of bodybuilding and has not looked back since.  

A current member of Team ProPhysiques, as well as a personal coach to lifestyle clients, Denetra enlightens listeners on all of her exciting experience in and outside of competing. 

In this episode you will find tons of knowledge and advice on both the expected and not so expected!  Denetra shares about her passion for participating in Comic-con events and how it has given her a unique perspective on the importance of inspiring others.  She also humbly opens up about her experience as a black woman in the IFBB Professional League.  Denetra is clearly a huge ambassador of the bikini division, and it shows through the way she presents herself and her experiences!

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Time Stamps

[00:50] Celeste opens the podcast, introducing IFBB Pro Denentra Blackshear

[1:55] Celeste asks about a pre-stage ritual

[2:40 ] Denetra shares her background in HipHop, and how she found her way to bodybuilding

[6:00] Denetra shares her first show experience, her path to pro and some fun experiences along the way

[10:31] Denetra shares the aspects she appreciates about competing

[13:58] Celeste inquires about the connections Denetra has made through competing

[18:30] Denetra shares about her life outside of competing

[23:45] Celeste asks Denetra to expand on some of her previous experiences with previous coaches

[30:20] Denetra talks about the importance of the offseason

[32:46] Celeste asks how Denetra support her own coaching clients

[35:00] Denetra expands on how she motivates her lifestyle athletes

[38:52] Celeste and Denetra talk about working with Comic-Con players and how she got involved

[45:30] Denetra share how she is a very supportive personality

[46:45] Denetra talks about how she helped influence a fellow competitor

[49:50] Celeste asks Denetra to expand on any misconceptions about Cos playing

[53:13] Denetra shares about what it is like being a black woman in the IFBB pro league

[58:28] Denetra talks about her experience being placed center stage by Sandy

[61:50] Denetra shares her experience competing in Korea and the logistics with International travel

[67:44] Denetra elaborates on her current mindset as she preps for her upcoming show, Chicago Pro

[73:58] Denetra shares some “pro tips”

[76:45] Denetra shares her best advice for girls who have never competed and girls on their road to pro

[79:00] Denetra gives her social media contact information


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May 07, 2021
SHARON HALPIN
01:15:26

TITLE: SHARON HALPIN; Does it Truly Matter?, Macro Mistakes, Fostering Life & Love, Growing up with 10 Siblings

In this episode, Celeste speaks with Sharon Halpin, a full-time hair stylist who started her competing journey back in 2014, earning pro status at North Americans in 2019 and who attributes her competitive spirit to having grown up with nine siblings. 

Celeste starts off the episode by asking Sharon if she has any rituals or routines she performs before her heel hits the stage. Sharon shares her first experiences with competing, what caused her to take a step back, and ultimately, what made her decide to return to the sport.  While discussing taking a macro approach on prep, Celeste asks Sharon if there are any mistakes she has made or that she see other athletes making while implementing this technique.

Shifting the conversation from Sharon’s approach to training and nutrition, Celeste asks about how Sharon’s life looks while in prep and during an improvement season.  She also shares how her husband, being her high school sweetheart, has seen her progress and evolve over the years and through various sports. Sharon talks about the friendships she’s gained through the sport and how she supports and fosters those friendships that she makes on show day.

Next, Celeste has Sharon share more about her pro debut. Sharon emphasizes that while every competitors goal is to win their show, the biggest reward is in the constant improvement and progression that the sport requires. Next, Celeste asks Sharon how she kept herself motivated and focused on her goal of achieving her pro card, despite having a long season with multiple national shows. 

Celeste asks Sharon more about her job as a hair stylist, wondering how Sharon’s work schedule affects or impacts her energy during prep. Celeste asks Sharon about her decision to offer coaching and Sharon explains that while she loves to coach and sees it as a teaching opportunity.

After talking competing and coaching, Celeste asks Sharon more about her personal life. Sharon discusses how growing up poor and having to compete for her parents attention encouraged and influenced her to take on the mentality to set herself apart and strive for more in her life; something she found within bodybuilding. After opening up and sharing more about her family history and personal life, Celeste asks Sharon to give her best advice to first time competitors and for the girls on their road to pro.

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Time Stamps:

[0:45] Celeste introduces Sharon

[1:30] Celeste asks Sharon about her pre stage rituals.

[2:45] Celeste asks Sharon if she ever envisioned herself at her pro debut despite her long journey to the pro stage.

[4:40] Sharon discusses what brought her back to bodybuilding.

[8:20] Celeste asks Sharon about her training style & what her training looks like.

[11:30] Sharon talks about how she’s approached her reverse diets and mindset to best support growth between shows.

[14:15] Celeste asks Sharon about her food choices within her IIFYM approach when getting close to a show.

[18:45] Celeste asks Sharon about mistakes with the IIFYM approach, both with personal experiences and what she sees other girls doing.

[22:50] Sharon shares what her life looks like in prep & during an improvement season.

[25:25] Celeste asks Sharon about her husband and the impact her athletics have had on their relationship over the years.

[30:35] Sharon shares how she’s fostered the friendships she’s made at shows and within the sport.

[36:45] Celeste asks Sharon to share details about her pro debut.

[42:50] Celeste asks Sharon about her long off season and the feedback she received after her performance at her pro debut.

[48:15] Sharon talks about the mindset she maintained during her road to pro.

[56:10] Celeste asks Sharon how her work as a hair stylist impacts her energy and schedule while on prep.

[59:25] Celeste asks Sharon when she decided to start offering coaching given her already busy schedule.

[63:30] Sharon talks about what it was like having 9 siblings and the influence it has had on her behaviors.

[70:50] Sharon gives her best advice for novice competitors and to girls on their road to pro.

[73:45] Sharon shares where listeners can find and connect with her further.

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Apr 30, 2021
BELINDA RIVERA
57:56

In this week’s episode, host Celeste Rains-Turk has the pleasure of interviewing IFBB Bikini Pro Belinda Rivera. This cheeky pro started competing in 2015 and won her Pro Card at the 2018 North Americans in the 40 and over category. She is a coach for Lifestyle Physiques and is a loving mother to her two beautiful daughters.

To begin, Celeste questions Belinda about her late start in bodybuilding and her opinions on being older than most of the girls.  Belinda never expected to start her hobby at age 39 and winning her IFBB Bikini Pro Card one year later. She admits to being physically active throughout her whole life, but her passion for fitness began after the birth of her second child. She gives credit to her fitness background and sports for her transition to intense dieting for competitions. Belinda does enforce that this sport is personal and requires intense discipline rather than a team dynamic.

Belinda states she only competed in one show a year to get back in shape when she was an amateur. She made the decision to move to the National stage after placing top 5 in an open and master division. Even though she was incredibly nervous and self-conscious, Belinda went on to win her Pro Card at her first National show! She thanks her coach, Ray from Lifestyle Physiques, for taking her competition to the next level by aligning with her core values of professionalism and sportsmanship.
Celeste and Belinda discuss the value of having a quality coach and provides an inside perspective of the coach-client relationship. Belinda tries to be reasonable with her clients and would rather motivate her team rather than tear them down when they do not complete their plan. Furthermore, Celeste and Belinda have an open-ended conversation about the nutritional and mental approach to dieting.
Belinda is happy to share her knowledge and experience within the community regarding growing muscle and improving posing. She explains that everything she does as a coach should be expected in the athlete. Belinda relies on her team for group posing, one-on-one sessions, and is open to advice from other coaching.
Belinda details her journey of a fitness hobby turned career. She admits that her children being older helped with the personal and financial obligations and felt comfortable leaving the home to accomplish her aspirations. In addition, Belinda feels that her experience in life made her a more competitive and goal-oriented individual.

Finally, Celeste and Belinda discuss all things improvement season, balance, and daily habits for success. Belinda tells viewers to “always remember your why” and to embrace the lifestyle. Furthermore, she also details her daughter’s opinion of her bodybuilding career. Spoiler alert – her daughter is one of her posing coaches!

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Time Stamps:

[1:14] Celeste asks Belinda her stage ritual.
[2:01] Belinda shares her late start in bodybuilding.
[3:25] Celeste asks Belinda if her fitness background helped with her mindset in bodybuilding.
[5:40] Belinda shares her thoughts on competing in the open division.
[7:45] Belinda discusses her strategies on registering for classes/journey to the Pro stage.
[17:44] Celeste and Belinda discuss the importance of having a supportive coach.
[19:12] Belinda talks about her experiences as a coach/approach to competition prep.
[25:02] Belinda opens up about her growth in the sport to include building muscle and posing.
[27:16] The girls discuss their regimen on and off season.
[28:55] How Belinda turned a hobby into a career.
[32:32] Celeste asks Belinda how she is able to balance her career/when to step away from the stage.
[41:41] Belinda shares her daily habits that contribute to her success.
[45:29] How competing has affected her relationship with her daughters.
[52:33] Belinda gives her best advice to amateurs and competitors on their road to pro.

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Apr 23, 2021
MASSIVE GIVEAWAY CELEBRATING 500K UNIQUE DOWNLOADS
04:34

1ST WINNER OPEN TO US AND CANADA, 2ND AND 3RD OPEN INTERNATIONALLY

We have to celebrate together big time because Confessions of a Bikini Pro Podcast has hit half a million unique downloads!!!

All thanks to YOU guys!❤️

I wanted to throw a virtual party to thank you for being part of and building up this incredible community!

Interviewing @ifbb_pro_league bikini competitors has been an absolute dream and I am so grateful for your listenership & support!❤️❤️

 

BIGGEST GIVEAWAY EVER!!!🥳🎙

WHAT YOU CAN WIN:

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- Bottle of Get Buffed Tan Prep / Skin Exfoliation from @protan_official

- Tank, tee, or journal with the Confessions of a Bikini Pro Logo (your choice which one)

- 6 month membership to my On-Demand Mindset Coaching Platform for competitors!)

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Apr 18, 2021
INGRID ROMERO
01:23:00

Today, Celeste is speaking with one of her coaches and best friends. Ingrid Romero grew up in Barcelona, Spain. She left the country to pursue modeling, eventually arriving in the USA. She became an IFBB Pro in 2010 and mother to twin boys in 2012. She and her husband own Team Edge Global. Celeste has been working with Ingrid and her husband, Joe, since 2017.

Celeste breaks the ice by asking Ingrid what she did before stepping on stage. Ingrid admits that she always needed to be alone and kept to herself. Now as a coach, she recognizes bodybuilding is a team sport. As soon as she stepped on stage, the nerves went away.

Ingrid talks about the challenges and adversity she had growing up and how it gave her the strength to become the person she is today. She always knew she was different and would do something with her life. When she was living in London, she struggled with binge eating, partying, and drinking. This led her to try all of the fad diets, which all failed. When she found competing, she realized that food was meant to serve her body.

Celeste asks Ingrid how she balances competing with other aspects of life. Ingrid admits she doesn’t think she has balance figured out completely. When she is involved in on aspect, he gives it 100% and maybe that is her idea of balance.

Ingrid tells how at her last show, she was 2 months pregnant and didn’t know it. The morning after the show, she took a pregnancy test and as shocked to learn she was pregnant. When she learned she was pregnant with twins, she couldn’t believe it but was so happy. This is when she knew she would start her own team. Her boys were born premature and and spent two months in the NICU. She built Team Edge during all of this.

While some people become paralyzed when they scared, Ingrid will do whatever it takes to make her goals happen. Ingrid says working on mindset is the first key to having success. You have to believe your services are needed and clients will come your way. When you have a set back, you need to stop and think of the steps you need to take to overcome it. You always have to be ready to learn and take action.

Ingrid knew if she took action everyday and kept moving forward, she would stay on the right path. She speaks to the power of imperfect action. Don’t wait for everything to be perfect before you act.

After experiencing burnout, Ingrid realized the importance of boundaries and clear communication. She knows she cannot be at every show every weekend and still be able to serve her clients and herself fully. Ingrid tells how Celeste has helped her put systems in place to streamline her work.

Celeste asks Ingrid what clients should look for when looking for a coach. Ingrid says getting on the phone and talking to a prospective coach is the most important way to see if you have a good feeling about a coach. You need to have chemistry with your coach.

Ingrid talks about the launch of her mastermind program, She’s Got Brand. It’s a membership program to help women find and retain clients. She wants to help people do what she’s done. You don’t have to have a pro card to be a successful coach, but you have to show up authentically.

Celeste asks Ingrid how she sees the bikini division evolving. Posing is one of the biggest factors of your presentation. It not just about getting shredded. Ingrid recommends hiring a position coach and being open to change. Practice is the best thing you can do to showcase your charisma.

Using mindfulness from the beginning of the competition process is so important to help you deal with any adversity you may meet. Don’t compare yourself to other, focus on yourself and your personal growth.

Ingrid speaks to using show results and judges’ feedback in her coaching decisions. You have to focus on what each competitor can bring to the table. It takes time to get results and you can’t rush things.

Celeste asks what Ingrid wanted to accomplish by creating her own bikinis. It started with her and her husband making them in their living room. She really wanted to give the full package to their clients. She also rents suits to her team to help them keep costs low.

Celeste closes out the interview with Ingrid by talking about protecting your energy with your actions. Ingrid will also help anyone who is having issues with their health an encourages anyone to message her on Instagram.


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Time Stamps:
[0:44] Celeste introduces Ingrid Romero
[3:41] Ingrid talks about how she felt before stepping on stage.
[5:50] Celeste asks Ingrid about life before she met Joe.
[9:00] Ingrid talks about her past depression and struggles with food.
[12:00] Balance competing with other aspects of life
[14:35] Competing while pregnant
[17:30] Building Team Edge
[19:12] Adversity as opportunity
[21:18] Advice for new entrepreneurs
[25:45] Ingrid talks about what’s missing in coaching
[28:00] The importance of imperfect action
[30:32] preventing burnout
[33:40] What to look for in a coach
[41:50] Ingrid talks about her program She’s Got Brand
[47:08] How the bikini division is evolving and the importance of posing
[53:45] Recommendations for beginning competitions
[1:00:13] How show results and judges’ feedback play into coaching
[1:06:00] Pursuing passion and finding fulfillment
[1:09:00] Ingrid talks about making bikinis
[1:17:13] Protecting your energy
[1:22:21] Celeste closes out the show

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Apr 16, 2021
WHITNEY WISER
55:37

In this episode, Celeste speaks with Whitney Wiser, an IFBB Bikini Pro who has competed in 31 shows, is now a posing coach, show judge, and promoter who has built her brand by supporting other women to live their best life through fitness.

Celeste starts off the episode by asking Whitney if she has any routines or rituals she performs before stepping on stage. Touching on the fact that Whitney hasn’t competed since 2018, Celeste asks Whitney if she has any future plans to return to the stage. Next, Celeste mentions Whitney’s transition from athlete to show expeditor, promoter and coach, and asks how her role and presence in the sport has evolved over the years. Whitney shares her experiences as a test judge and how those experiences sparked the desire to become a promoter and hold her own show.
 
Celeste then dives deeper, asking Whitney more about the process to become a test judge and asks Whitney what mistakes she sees girls making on stage. Whitney emphasizes the importance of posing and shares trends that she feels will become the “new normal” in the bikini routines. Whitney talks about how the course she created, titled Amateur Advantage, goes over what new competitors should know before starting a contest prep, which talks about how girls know if they are working with the right posing coach.

After sharing details of her coaching strategies and her reasoning behind creating her programs, Celeste asks Whitney what she finds herself looking at and scoring the most while judging, while still adhering to the established criteria. While talking about judging, Whitney shares insights on the importance of stage presence and confidence and how competitors can really stand out to the judges. Whitney mentions the importance of “staying true to yourself” instead of trying to be someone else on stage.
 
Next, Celeste asks Whitney about what types of investments girls should prepare for and expect before finally deciding to commit to a contest prep. Whitney references the first module of her course and how she outlines the commitments and expenses that are required in every aspect of prep. Celeste reiterates the importance of being aware of all the responsibilities that come with competing but also mentions the decision that every athlete ultimately has to make: when is the right time to step away from the stage.

Celeste asks Whitney how she approaches her training, nutrition, and mindset since making the decision to hang up her heels. Whitney shares how her role shifted from competitor to show promoter and also discusses what comes with that role, as well as the pressures she feels as a female athlete representative. Whitney emphasizes the challenges that came along with finding balance without maintaining the “expected competitor look” or stage-lean physique all year round.
 
From there, Celeste mentions Whitney’s success via internal reflection but also asks about the driving force that yields the growth and success of her brand. Whitney vulnerably shares a story about her past abusive relationship and how her ex ran her over by a car right as she was gaining momentum in her competing career.

Despite doctors telling her she might not be able to walk or compete again, Whitney took those words and decided her life was not over just because someone else tried to take everything from her. Whitney tells her story of resilience and how she had to rebuild her body, sharing any doubts or fears she had over what her future would have in store for her.

Whitney explains how she combats doubt and how her connection with her faith comes into play when those feelings arise. Celeste and Whitney discuss how its important for one to be in touch with their emotions and how to channel them in a positive way to be able to fuel growth in times of difficulty.
 
Next, Celeste asks Whitney to share her best advice for someone that wants to leave their mark on the industry. Once again, Whitney emphasizes the importance of finding your purpose, how to go about doing so, and how that can lead oneself to making a lasting impact. Finally, Celeste concludes the episode by asking Whitney to share her best advice for the novice competitor as well as for girls on their road to pro.
 
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Episode Time Stamps:

[0:45] Celeste introduces Whitney
 
[1:50] Celeste asks Whitney about her pre stage ritual.
 
[3:35] Celeste asks Whitney if she plans on returning to the stage.
 
[5:40] Whitney shares the evolution of her involvement in the sport aside from being an athlete.
 
[10:10] Whitney describes the process to become a test judge.
 
[12:05] Celeste asks Whitney to share some things she sees girls doing wrong.
 
[13:40] Whitney shares any trends she feels will become the “new normal” with posing.
 
[15:45] Celeste asks Whitney how a competitor knows if they are working with the right posing coach.
 
[20:10] Whitney shares what she finds herself looking at most when she judges competitors while sticking to the criteria.
 
[21:45] Celeste asks Whitney how girls can stand out at the national level.
 
[26:00] Celeste asks Whitney what investments girls need to prepare for before deciding to prep for a show.
 
[30:00] Whitney discusses her approach to training and nutrition now that she has decided to hang up her heels.
 
[32:50] Celeste asks Whitney what comes with being a female athlete representative and if she feels any pressure from that role.
 
[36:35] Celeste asks Whitney what fuels her drive.
 
[41:50] Whitney shares if she had any doubts of what her future would look like.
 
[47:15] Celeste asks Whitney for advice for someone who wants to make a stamp on the industry.
 
[50:50] Celeste asks Whitney to share her best advice for the novice competitor and for girls on their road to pro.
 
[53:20] Whitney shares where listeners can find and connect with her on social media.

Apr 09, 2021
NADIA SZYMANOWICZ
01:39:08

In today’s episode, host Celeste Rains-Turk interviews IFBB Professional Nadia Szymanowicz.  Currently, Nadia is a lifestyle and contest coach with Camp Jansen.

Nadia started competing in 2017 and has done 6 shows with her 6th being 2020 National Championships where she won her pro card and the overall. She has  a love for travel but has settled in Florida with her boyfriend and their two Frenchies.

After talking about pre-stage rituals, Nadia gives insight to her overall mood and mindset backstage before her big moment.  Nadia also goes into detail describing her lifestyle before competing, and how it has helped her to shape the competitor she is today.  Celeste and Nadia discuss the various ways athletes can choose to follow a plan, whether that be a meal plan or macro dieting.  Nadia shares various ways that macro dieting has helped her with flexibility in her current meal plan based lifestyle.  

    Nadia sheds light on a somewhat taboo subject of the competing industry: Performance enhanced drugs.  She gives listeners great advice through openly sharing her experiences and reasons for becoming a PED enhanced athlete.  Nadia shares invaluable information about making the decision to begin using PEDs, and the importance of trusting ones coach throughout this process.  

    Throughout the interview, Celeste and Nadia talk about the importance of being patient, trusting the Universe and all of its plans in store.  Nadia emphasizes that we should never fear waiting, but rather trust the time and use it to our benefit. She continues to share the ways waiting has helped her in life and in competing, and has ultimately given her much success.  

    A true student of the sport, Nadia explains how the most important aspect of competition prep is the relationship we develop with ourselves.  She wants listeners to know that it is important to sign up for the journey, not the destination.  This episode is packed with fruitful bits of advice and knowledge, and Nadia shares them willingly, openly, and unapologetically. Truly an episode you will want to hear again and again!

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Episode Time Stamps
00:44 Celeste introduces Nadia onto the podcast, highlighting her accomplishments and hobbies
1:35 Nadia talks about her pre-show ritual, and being present in the moment 
5:28 Celeste asks if Nadia has felt a need to socialize with other competitors backstage 
9:20 Nadia talks about her life before competing
11:40 Nadia elaborates on how her results improved after focusing on her nutrition 
14:00 Nadia talks about the ways tracking macros has shifted her views of food
17:20 Celeste and Nadia elaborate on the idea of “maximizing” meal plans and swaps
18:25 Celeste asks if Nadia believes its possible to have a healthy relationship with food on/off prep
20:56 Nadia describes some of her “disordered” habits she has battled with 
24:30 Nadia talks about some of the ways she works through tough cravings 
28:01 Celeste inquires about when Nadia and her coach decided she was ready to compete at a national show
28:37 Nadia talks on the importance of setting micro goals in preparation for the national stage
34:50 Nadia talks about starting with her new coach, Matt and the adjustments they made
37:41 Celeste elaborates on the importance of taking adequate time to make improvements 
38:45 Nadia describes several aspects competitors can look out for to track progress 
43:05 Nadia continues and describes the ways we can asses biofeedback 
47:06 Celeste inquires about Nadia's training in the off season vs in prep
51:06 Celeste asks about the ways Nadia's nutrition changes in off season vs prep
54:03 Nadia describes ways she learned to recognize signs/symptoms in her body and the different ways on how to take action
56:25 Celeste inquires about Nadia's decision to be a PED enhanced athlete 
56:30 Nadia elaborates and discusses the various PEDs she has supplemented 
62:19 Nadia talks about her decision to take her PED usage online
67:30 Celeste confirms Nadia’s statement that using PEDs does not define her as a competitor 
70:18 Celeste asks about Nadia’s micro goals before her top goal of the Olympia
72:30 Nadia describes her decision to soak up her experience of winning the overall at nationals instead of jumping into another show 
73:30 Nadia talks about Sandy’s feedback at nationals 
75:45 Nadia talks about some of the ways she handled stress during her peak week 
78:52 Nadia explains the ways she trusts her timing and enjoys the process 
80:02 Celeste inquires about how Nadia approached her training after such a large win
82:50 Nadia talks the various ways she struggled post show physically and mentally
86:36 Nadia explains how she will continue to do what works for her, until it stops working
87:37 Celeste asks for advice for someone who has never competed and someone who is on their way to pro
97:00 Nadia shares her contact information

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Apr 02, 2021
JOVANNA GIBBS-ARNOLD
55:01

In this episode Celeste speaks with Jovanna Gibbs-Arnold, IFBB Bikini Pro and owner of So Frea Lingerie who started competing in 2018 and earned her pro card in 2019 after having early success as an amateur. She recently competed in her first pro season and comes on to share many of her most real and raw parts of herself and life as a whole!

 

Celeste starts off the episode by asking Jovanna if there is anything special she does or thinks about before hitting the stage. Next, Celeste mentions Jovanna’s experience competing in the SNBF before finding and competing in the NPC. Jovanna goes on to share what competing in that federation was like, how she decided on switching to the NPC, and what inspired her to set the goal of becoming an IFBB Pro. 

 

Jovanna shares her beginnings in the bodybuilding world and some of the feedback she received amongst her first few shows. Celeste asks Jovanna how her approach to nutrition and training has changed over the years to help her both put on muscle and achieve her desired shape. Jovanna discusses why she found weight lifting appealing, how her training has evolved and Celeste also asks her to share the story behind her infamous addiction to Chick-Fil-A. 

 

Next, Celeste asks Jovanna more about her “quick prep” approach she’s taken leading up to all of her shows. Jovanna opens up and shares how bodybuilding has become a confidence booster and how she tends to “run away” from certain looks or “standards” that the majority of women tend to desire and run towards. 

 

Celeste dives deeper by asking Jovanna how she has come to foster self-confidence regardless of the season she is in, and Jovanna opens up about how she not only loves and embraces her curves, but shares what inspired her to strive towards her goal of giving her body more shape. She mentions how cultural norms & body image “standards” that are common amongst those living in the South have affected her, since bodybuilding requires Jovanna to maintain quite a different look. Jovanna shares her struggles in her relationship with food, weight loss, and what she views as her version of body dysmorphia. 

 

After vulnerably sharing her battles with self-confidence, Jovanna also shares how she overcomes feelings of wanting to self-sabotage when she starts to second guess her progress or experience self doubt. Jovanna touches on the impact her coaches have had on her journey and how they’ve been vital to keeping her on track mentally, especially leading up to a show.

 

Then, Celeste transitions to discuss Jovanna’s performance at the Chicago Pro, asking Jovanna what exactly made her feel she was not deserving of first call outs and how that will influence her approach to future preps. Again, Jovanna touches on her preference of having shorter preps and the success she’s had thus far, yet the dissatisfaction she felt about her overall presentation. 

 

Jovanna shares the realization of needing to step up her game by putting in more time, effort, and attention to detail before hitting the pro stage again. She admits she got away with not “giving it her all” in her days as an amateur but where she knows she needs to adjust to have success as a pro. 

 

Celeste acknowledges the progress Jovanna since having that realization and goes on to ask about the reasoning behind Jovanna’s idea to potentially be self-coached for her next show. Jovanna explains how attending the yearly seminar put on by her sponsor, Shawn’s Couture has taught her the importance of stage presence and where she has room to improve in her overall presentation at future competitions.

 

Branching off of the knowledge Jovanna has gained from her sponsor, Celeste asks more about what bodybuilding has taught her. Jovanna shares her thoughts on the importance of both communication and discipline which leads Celeste to ask Jovanna if bodybuilding has had an effect on her decisions or work ethic when it comes to her approach to her business. 

 

Celeste then asks Jovanna about the inspiration behind the name of her business, the meaning behind it, and how things have been going since the launch. Jovanna also talks about the changes and adjustments she’s had to make in her schedule now being both a professional athlete and a businesswoman. Before wrapping up the episode, Celeste first asks Jovanna for her best advice for novice competitors and for the girls on their road to pro.

 

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Time Stamps:

[0:50] Celeste introduces Jovanna.

 

[1:30] Jovanna shares what she does right before she hits the stage.

 

[2:40] Celeste asks Jovanna about her experience competing in the SNBF.

 

[3:45] Celeste asks Jovanna if she set a goal to become an IFBB pro after her first NPC show.

 

[5:00] Jovanna shares some feedback she received as she was on her journey to pro.

 

[7:00] Celeste asks how Jovanna has changed her nutrition & training over the years to achieve her physique.

 

[8:35] Celeste has Jovanna share the story behind her Chick-Fil-A addiction.

 

[10:00] Celeste asks Jovanna about her “quick-prep” approach.

 

[12:40] Celeste asks Jovanna how she has been able to foster self-confidence regardless of the season she’s in.

 

[14:30] Jovanna shares what inspired her to gain more shape in her physique.

 

[18:00] Celeste asks Jovanna if living in the South for 15 years had an affect on how she felt or saw herself because she looked different.

 

[19:50] Jovanna talks about how she works through periods of wanting to self sabotage.

 

[22:50] Jovanna shares how her feeling of not deserving first call outs at Chicago Pro has inspired how she’s going to approach future preps.

 

[26:00] Celeste asks Jovanna the reasoning behind potentially prepping herself for her next show.

 

[28:20]Celeste asks how being a sponsored athlete had any affect on how Jovanna showed up at shows.

 

[31:00] Jovanna shares lessons bodybuilding has taught her.

 

[34:50] Celeste asks Jovanna how bodybuilding has influenced her decisions and work ethic towards her business.

 

[36:30] Celeste asks Jovanna how has pursuing the lingerie business has inspired her to influence other women to embrace their version of sexy. 

 

[38:45] Jovanna shares the inspiration behind the name of her business & the success she’s had.

 

[43:40] Celeste asks Jovanna about adjustments she’s had to make to her schedule being both a competitor and a businesswoman.

 

[48:45] Jovanna gives her best advice for first time competitors and girls on their road to pro.

 

[52:50] Jovanna shares where listeners can further connect with her.

Mar 26, 2021
EMILY PLAJER
47:12

​Emily is a realtor who lives in South Florida and is the founder of Tall Girl Gang. She started competing in 2013 and after a 5 year break, returned to competing with the goal of earning her pro card. She did so in 2020 at National Championships and then won her first pro show to earn a spot at the 2021 Olympia. 

Because Emily’s mom was a competitor, she was inspired by her hard work and dedication to building her body. Watching her mom conquer prep helped her through her prep. Her mom is extremely supportive. Emily tells us that before she steps on the stage, she looks out into the audience to find her family to get her excited.

Emily explains why she needed a break after her first season. She was 18 years old when she started competing and needed to recover mentality from the prep cycle. She also focused on school and all of the things that go along with that. She talks about how she initially wanted to be a doctor and then switched to nutrition, but her heart wasn’t in it. She made the choice to drop out so she could prioritize her happiness. 

Celeste asks what inspired Emily to start Tall Girl Gang. Emily explains that after winning her pro debut, she received so many messages thanking her for representing tall girls. Emily tells how she was the shortest in her class growing up until high school, when she had a growth spurt. As a competitor, she often receives feedback to “fill out” her muscles. 

When started working out again, she regained the desire to compete and reach her original goal of turning pro. She started without a coach and eventually hired a coach to help her get to the national stage. She talks about feeling the frustration of having shows pushed back due to COVID in 2020 and being eager to get back to the national stage after not having won her pro card in 2019. 

 

Celeste asks how she’s approaching her offseason. This reverse she has focused on how she is feeling in her body and not the number on the scale. Her coach is local to her, as well as some of her teammates, and that allows them to workout together. Even during prep, Emily lifts heavy because it helps keep her muscles fuller. Emily describes how she maintains flexibility in her offseason diet, but keeps the same daily routine that she does during prep. 

Emily sees her coach almost daily. As the have more experience together, they have gained trust for each other, which makes communication easy. They decided to jump into a pro show because it was so close to her home. She wanted to get feedback for the 2021 season, but she ended up winning and qualifying for the 2021 Olympia. Eventually, she dreams to be Ms. Bikini Olympia.

Celeste asks how she would use the platform if she became Ms. Bikini Olympia. Emily feels it’s bigger than just the title. She would want to give back to the people who have helped her, possibly starting a charity to give back. She feels added pressure to do well because she won her pro debut. For her pro debut, Emily didn’t change her posing routine from Nationals. She says it was an honor to stand on stage with girls she has admired for so long. 

After she moved to Florida, she became a realtor to earn money while competing and to have flexibility. With Tall Girl Gang, she wants to inspire other tall girls to know they can do well in the sport. 

A listener asks what her biggest life lesson learned form competing is. Emily says that we are capable of anything we set our minds to. Completing a prep is a huge accomplishment and we should be hard on ourselves if the placing isn’t what we want. She doubted herself when she first started, but stuck with it and proved herself wrong. 

Emily talks about losing her father when she was young. He passed away from brain cancer when she was 13. It taught her that life is too short and you need to go after what you want. It took her a few preps to figure out how to balance her relationship with her boyfriend. She couldn’t use prep as an excuse to slack on their relationship. She practiced more patience and listening. She realized she can’t dictate what he eats just because she is on prep. Being on prep can amplify problems in your relationship. 

To first time competitors, Emily recommends to just try it. Go to a show and see what it’s about, reach out to someone on Instagram. For seasoned competitors, regardless of how long the road is, don’t give up. 

 

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Episode Time Stamps:

[0:51] Introduction

 

[1:49] Pre-stage ritual

 

[2:30] Emily talks about what inspires her

 

[5:00] Celeste asks why she returned to the stage

 

[7:25] Inspiration for Tall Girl Gang

 

[9:39] Emily talks about competing as a tall girl

 

[14:14] Celeste how she’s approaching her offseason

 

[16:30] Emily talks about a hospital visit

 

[18:10] Lifting during prep

 

[20:35] Working with a coach

 

[23:50] Celeste asks how she would use the platform if she became Ms. Bikini Olympia.

 

[26:35] Emily talks about posing. 

 

[29:23] Emily talks about her career. 

 

[32:35] Pre-Olympia plans

 

[33:05] Biggest life lesson learned from competing

 

[35:08] Emily talks about losing her father when she was young. 

 

[37:10] Emily talks about her relationship with her boyfriend. 

 

[41:53] Celeste mentions Emily’s consistency.

 

[44:13] Emily offers advice for first time competitors and those wishing to turn pro

 

[46:00] Emily and Celeste rap up the conversation. 

Mar 19, 2021
AIMEE VELASQUEZ
01:00:51

In this episode, Celeste speaks with Aimee Velasquez, the 2020 Ms Bikini USA who earned her pro card at her 4th show in only her first year of competing, who overcame various mental health struggles with depression, ADHD, and mood changes amidst troubling times in her life and is also a proud mother to her toddler. 

Celeste starts off the episode by asking Aimee if she has a routine or ritual that she performs before her heel hits the stage. While staying on the subject of competing, Celeste asks Aimee about how she was feeling going in to USAs. Celeste touches on the fact that Aimee competed in front of the same panel of judges at each of her shows this year, and asks Aimee to explain the reasoning behind that strategy. Aimee then recounts her experiences at Universe, her first national show, and shares all that went wrong leading up to prejudging and also addresses what she changed going into USAs. 

After hearing how the results at Universe were far from expected, Celeste mentions the evolution of Aimee’s posing between Universe and USAs, asking her what strategies she used to perfect her routine. Celeste also mentions the confidence Aimee presented on stage and asks at what point in her journey Aimee felt she started to embody a “pro mentality.” Aimee walks listeners through her experiences and growth throughout the quarantine, finding her coach, Jourdanne, and also the emotions running through her when she received both her pro card and overall award from her coach. 

After discussing the events leading up to winning her pro card, Celeste talks with Aimee about how her goals and mindset have evolved since she rose through the ranks so quickly.  Aimee shares the growth she’s seen in herself, mentioning that she is now considering the idea of getting into coaching, something she originally hadn’t pictured herself doing. 

Acknowledging the fact that Aimee has overcome much self doubt, Celeste asks Aimee to share three tips for women that are experiencing the same emotions and limiting beliefs. Next, Celeste asks Aimee to share what typical day looks like both during prep and during her improvement season. Aimee shares a typical “day in the life,” then discusses the different phases she has experienced along her fitness journey both before and after pregnancy and how her priorities changed once she committed specifically to bodybuilding.

Next, Aimee discusses how her boyfriends business took off and started to have success around the time she really dove into bodybuilding. She mentions that she had to make the difficult decision to put a hold on her schooling and give up working full time to fully dedicate herself to her goals as a bikini athlete and to her daughter. 

Celeste asks, despite the difficult decision, what it felt like to relinquish all financial responsibility to her boyfriend. Celeste also recognizes the strength and mental fortitude that both motherhood and bodybuilding require and asks Aimee if she sees any parallels between the two. Aimee shares the positive influence she feels that becoming a bikini competitor has had on her daughter and upon hearing this, Celeste asks how the other relationships in Aimee’s life have changed or evolved since adopting this new lifestyle and habits.

After hearing Aimee’s story Celeste acknowledges the changes that occurred in Aimee’s life since finding bodybuilding and she asks Aimee if, reflecting on her “old ways,” she recognizes the person she used to be. 

Celeste also recognizes Aimee’s ability to reflect on her past and be courageous enough to make the conscious decision to improve her situation, and asks about any red flags she looked for while searching for a new coach before finding Jourdanne. Aimee emphasizes how she values the importance of being able to openly and comfortably be able to ask her coach questions regarding her plan without being reprimanded in their response. 

Based off of the experiences shared, Celeste is curious to know what types of questions Aimee typically asks her coach to assure herself that she’s constantly learning as an athlete. After sharing her client-coach experiences thus far, Celeste asks Aimee about her current goals and what her game plan looks like for this year. To conclude the episode, Celeste asks Aimee if she has any other advice for both first time competitors and girls on their road to pro.

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Episode Time Stamps:
[0:45] Celeste introduces Aimee.

[1:35] Aimee shares what she does before stepping on stage.

[2:45] Celeste asks Aimee how she felt going into USAs.

[4:20] Celeste asks Aimee what it was like getting in front of the same judging panel at each of her shows.

[6:00] Aimee talks about what went wrong at Universe and what improvements she made going into USAs.

[10:00] Celeste asks Aimee which athletes posing she studied and how that influenced Aimee’s view of herself & her routine.

[12:50] Celeste asks Aimee at what point she felt she embodied a pro 
mentality.

[17:20] Aimee shares what it was like to have her coach, Jourdanne, present her award at USAs.

[19:10] Celeste asks Aimee what was going through her head when standing on stage waiting for the results of the overall.

[21:45] Celeste asks Aimee how her mindset and goals have evolved since she became pro so quickly.

[24:15] Aimee gives three pieces of advice to women who experience self doubt.

[26:50] Aimee shares what a normal day looks like in prep and during improvement season.

[29:45] Celeste asks Aimee how things changed when she recommitted to fitness with the focus on bodybuilding.

[33:05] Aimee talks about what it was like to relinquish financial responsibility and let her boyfriend become the soul provider. 

[36:20] Celeste asks Aimee if there are any parallels between her experiences as a mother and as an athlete.

[39:10] Aimee discusses how relationships changed once she adopted this new lifestyle.
 
[41:40] Celeste asks Aimee if, looking back at her old self, she seems unrecognizable when seeing where she is now.

[45:00] Aimee shares some coaching red flags that she took into consideration before finding & hiring Jourdanne as her coach. 

[50:50] Celeste asks Aimee what types of questions she asks her coach to assure herself that she is always learning.

[54:00] Aimee shares her current goals and game plan.

[56:20] Celeste asks Aimee her advice for first time competitors and girls on their road to pro.

[59:00] Aimee shares where listeners can connect with her on social media.

Mar 12, 2021
TINA DENOFF
01:16:05

In this episode, Celeste talks with Tina Denoff, proving to us that at any age, at any time, and with any other obligations you can still prioritize yourself. She is a mother of two and has 3 fur babies as well living in sunny Florida after years of Michigan winters. Priding herself as a natural athlete this competitor started her journey in the NPC in 2019 and just went pro in October 2020 at teen collegiate and masters nationals winning first in her bikini masters over 50 class and 2nd in masters over 45 

Celeste starts off the episode by asking Tina if she has a specific ritual she performs before hitting the stage. Tina shares the many rituals she has that all play a crucial role in her daily life and throughout the various stages of her prep. Celeste mentions the importance of precision with habits and rituals not just daily but leading up to show day.

Next, Celeste mentions Tina’s commitment to implement the habit of “rest, reconnect, and listen” and has Tina share how she plans on prioritizing that goal. Tina discusses the importance the gym has in her routine and how, although it is a hobby, she is lucky to be able to compete yet that she must remember the importance of also setting aside time to be present with her family. Next, Celeste asks Tina if this is a lifestyle she had always led or something she came to adopt. 


Moving forward, Tina opens up and shares that finding the gym was an accident. She talks about her past as a runner and how an ice skating injury which resulted in ACL surgery ultimately led to her finding resistance training, as her doctor had recommended she not return to running.

Tina discusses how she  started researching and changing up her diet on her own as something to help with inflammation issues she was experiencing post surgery. Then, somewhat by chance, she found that combination of her new diet and light resistance training at home sparked her interest and she found herself signing up for her first gym membership, and then hiring a trainer.

She explains the feelings she had while watching her physique begin to evolve and progress with the more time she spent in the gym. Tina also shares a time of personal hardship and the gratitude she felt for the community her gym has blessed her with.

After seeing how her body was changing, Tina started to be asked if she was going to compete. Those questions inspired her to research the sport and from there she contacted her first coach. Together, they both decided it was time for Tina to start training for her first competition.

Tina mentions that she “started from zero,” learning the basics such as “what is a macro?” and how to properly train for a show. After sharing her beginnings in the sport, Tina dives into the details of her cringe-worthy story from her experience at North Americans, her first national show. She mentions how the day was “off” from the beginning and what unraveled from there. 

Tina shares not only the mishaps from her admitted lack of attention to detail in preparation for prejudging but how she eventually made it to the stage. Tina recounts, from start to finish, every mishap and mistake that she encountered and overcame, but also shares the main takeaways of what the experience as a whole taught her. Among those mistakes included one of the biggest any competitor could make - missing her class for finals.

Upon turning to the hotel room with feelings of both disbelief and disappointment, Tina found herself in a difficult place mentally, debating whether or not she should continue to pursue her pro card in Orlando the following month. She felt conflicted, having prepped for so long and not wanting to continue without the support from her family.

Celeste asks Tina about her decision to go ahead and compete in Orlando and what she did to prepare her mindset for this next challenge after all the difficulties North Americans presented. 

After sharing her experiences in Orlando, Celeste asks Tina what she has been focusing on since winning her pro card. Tina shares how she has approached her improvement season and what she is planning in terms of her pro debut.

Celeste asks Tina more about why she chooses not to share progress photos unless she’s in a cutting phase and the strategy and reasoning behind it. Next, Celeste asks Tina about her family’s thoughts on competing, and how she told her family and friends about wanting to embrace this new lifestyle.

From there, Tina talks about the nature of her relationship with her husband, and how they consciously make time for one another and prioritize their relationship, despite being quite opposite.

Tina also discusses the areas of life in which she feels she lacks balance while in prep and acknowledges that while bodybuilding is a hobby that she values dearly, she needs to make the experience both enjoyable for herself and for those around her.

To conclude the episode, Tina shares her best advice for native competitors and for the girls on their road to pro and then shares how listeners can find and connect with her further.

CONNECT WITH TINA:
www.instagram.com/tinadenoff_ifbbpro/

CONNECT WITH CELESTE:
instagram.com/celestial_fit

Time Stamps:
[0:50] Celeste introduces Tina.

[1:30] Tina shares her pre stage ritual.

[5:50] Celeste asks Tina how she practices her commitment to “rest, reconnect, and listen” and how she prioritizes this goal daily.

[8:10] Tina shares how she came to adopt this lifestyle.

[11:40] Tina talks about her first experience joining a gym and hiring a personal trainer.

[14:30] Tina shares how the gym helped her out of a dark time in her life.

[17:00] Tina shares her experiences of finding her first coach and training for her first show.

[21:00] Tina shares her cringe-worthy story from North Americans.

[32:00] Tina talks about how she missed finals at nationals. 

[37:30] Celeste asks Tina if she was able to talk to the judges despite missing her class for finals.

[40:30] Tina shares how she felt after processing the emotions of what happened at the show.

[42:35] Celeste asks if Tina felt like she had lost her chance at a pro card if her family didn’t support her to continue competing.

[48:30] Celeste has Tina share where her mindset was at going into nationals in Orlando.

[53:15] Celeste asks Tina what she’s been focusing on since earning her pro card.

[56:45] Tina answers why she decided she won’t share progress photos until she starts her next cut.

[60:15] Celeste asks Tina about her family’s opinion on her competing.

[62:00] Celeste has Tina open up about the nature of the relationship she has with her husband.

[65:30] Tina shares in what areas she feels she lacks balance when in prep.

[69:50] Tina gives her best advice to novice competitors and girls on their road to pro.

[75:20] Tina tells listeners where they can find and connect with her on social media

Mar 05, 2021
DR. IRINA POST
01:19:13

In this episode, Celeste speaks with Irina Post, a Russian immigrant who came to the US to pursue her American Dream, working diligently to put herself through school to become a pharmacist, and found bodybuilding after countless attempts at fad diets. Irina first competed in 2014, being inspired by bikini girls she saw on social media. Due to life’s ups and downs she took a break from competing, yet made her return to the stage in 2019 after passing her boards and seeking new coaching, & obtained her pro card at USAs in 2020. 



Starting off the episode, Irina shares the routine she performs before her heel hits the stage. Next Celeste mentions the five year break from competing, asking Irina when she knew it was time to step away, and what fueled her decision to return. Irina talks about her reaching out to work with Whitney Jones, the initial plan for her prep, and the changes they had to make because of show cancellations and postponements due to Covid. Irina also shares how her diet approach became macro based as opposed to meal plans, and she shares how she adjusted to this new method for her contest prep nutrition. 

 

Celeste also asks Irina how, despite the uncertainty, she and her coaches worked together to combat her plateaus and “sticking points” since her prep was longer than originally anticipated. Irina discusses how she had to make the decision to continue to prep or take a step back and try to get pregnant, as that was something she and her husband had been talking about before starting the season. 

 

Irina shares her feedback she received from her first show of the year, the Arnold Amateur, and describes how she and Whitney strategized so that Irina peaked properly going into USAs. Noting the passion and desire Irina had to assure she was bringing nothing short of her best to the national stage, 

 

Celeste asks if Irina trusted and followed her coach’s protocol, or if she asked for modifications to her plan. Irina shares how her prep changed in the final weeks leading up to the show, and Celeste asks Irina about the feelings she experienced hearing her name being called for her pro card. Irina shares where her mindset was at during her prep as she became busier than expected at her pharmacy job due to periods of work being short staffed during Covid. 

 

She mentions that between long commutes, twelve hour shifts, and feeling like she was “running on fumes,” winning her pro card at her first national show wasn’t in the front of her mind. Celeste then mentions Irina’s proximity to snagging the overall title and what feedback she received from the judges. 

 

While on the topic of winning her pro card, Celeste touches on the fact that Irina’s husband, who is also a competitor, won his pro card as well, and asked Irina what it was like for them to turn pro at the same show. Irina tells listeners that, while excited to celebrate her husband's success, she also felt pressured to bring home her pro card as well. 

 

Moving on, the two women discuss Irina’s approach to diet and training post show, as she had mentioned how her and her husband had wanted to try and have a baby. Irina expresses certain hesitations and concerns she has about getting pregnant and the changes to her body, but also her feelings of excitement for this next chapter in her life. 

 

Although there are talks of both a baby and making their pro debut together, Irina discusses how her and her husband came to the decision that it was time to start a family.  Irina talks about her and her husband's feelings towards having a baby and how she foresees her husband being as a future father. 

 

After talking about family matters, Celeste mentions Irina’s busy work schedule that she manages with competing. She asks Irina if the mentality and habits she developed from her experiences of coming to the US, and working full time while earning her doctorate had an influence on the way she approached bodybuilding. Irina then shares her story of immigrating from Russia to the US. 

 

She discusses how coming to the US influenced her decision to choose to commit to pharmacology and also how she found bodybuilding. Irina acknowledges that nothing was gifted to her and that she had to work hard to put herself through school and establish her career. Because of Irina’s story, Celeste was curious to ask how the “American Dream” was depicted in Russia and what inspired Irina to come to the US. 

 

Irina discusses how she came to the decision to apply for schools in the United States as she wasn’t sure how long she was going to stay upon arriving. Celeste and Irina discuss how Irina got into pharmacy and she shares an important goal she would like to accomplish in the field. 

 

The conversation shifts and Irina shares financial goals she has for herself, which leads Celeste to ask about any strategies Irina has or is taking to set herself up for this financial success. Next, Irina briefly shares how she met her husband before giving her best advice for both first time competitors and for the girls on their road to pro.

 

CONNECT WITH IRINA:

IG: https://www.instagram.com/irina__post_/



CONNECT WITH CELESTE:

IG: https://www.instagram.com/celestial_fit/

WEBSITE: WWW.CELESTIAL.FIT



Episode Time Stamps:

[0:50] Celeste introduces Irina.

 

[2:20] Irina shares her pre-stage ritual.

 

[4:30] Celeste asks Irina how she knew it was time to step away and then come back to the stage.

 

[8:10] Celeste asks how Whitney’s approach to Irina’s prep has differed with the show cancellations due to Covid.

 

[10:50] Celeste asks if Irina struggled at first with figuring out macros.

 

[12:15] Irina shares what she did to combat the plateaus she experienced during prep.

 

[15:50] Celeste asks how Irina & her coaches assured that she peaked properly for USAs.

 

[17:30] Celeste asks Irina if she was asking for changes on her prep plan or if she followed the protocol given. 

 

[19:45] Irina shares her focus going into USAs and how it felt to hear her name called for her pro card.

 

[24:40] Celeste asks Irina about her feedback from the battle for the overall.

 

[27:30] Irina shares what it was like to win her pro card at the same show as her husband.

 

[31:20] Celeste asks Irina if she felt pressured to get her pro card after her husband received his.

 

[34:45] Celeste asks if Irina’s post show approach has changed because she is trying to get pregnant.

 

[40:55] Irina talks about how she & her husband knew they were ready to start a family.

 

[48:00] Celeste asks Irina if she believes her life experiences thus far have influenced her approach to bodybuilding. 

 

[50:30] Irina explains her journey as an immigrant and how she came to have the success she does in her career and bodybuilding.

 

[58:30] Celeste asks Irina how the “American Dream” was seen in Russia and what inspired Irina to come here.

 

[60:15] Irina shares her thoughts on deciding to go to school in the US.

 

[65:15] Celeste clarifies what Irina means by her goal to own her own pharmacy.

 

[69:00] Celeste asks Irina what steps or strategies she has taken to set herself up for financial success for herself and for her future family.

 

[72:45] Irina shares how she met her husband.

 

[73:30] Irina gives her best advice to first time competitors and for girls on their road to pro.

 

[76:40] Irina tells listeners where they can find & connect with her on social media.

Feb 26, 2021
DR. RUTH MONTES
01:22:09

In this episode, we meet Ruth Montes, life-long athlete and primary care physician who just won her IFBB Pro card at the 2020 Masters USA Championships, even while working COVID wards and caring for her ailing mother. Her athletic career began with gymnastics , running,  and cheerleading but it took a revenge body mindset to get her into weight training and competing in the NPC 2.5 years ago

 

She found out that being a doctor was her calling, because she always had a passion for science. Moreover, due to some condition, her mom was frequently in the hospital. Ruth grew up finding faith in her Christianity, and all these elements made her ask herself what are we doing for others ?. 

 

She started lifting with a revenge mentality, after having been cheated on. 

Throughout the journey, her mindset evolved from revenge to doing something for herself

 

The owner of the vitamin store she used to go advised her to go to Ryan Bentson, who became her coach.  They had a good connection & his useful detailed feedback and coaching has made a huge difference in her athletic career.

 

She was competing while she was still a resident in med school.  That gave her ammunition to keep her going and strive for more. There are parallels between becoming a doctor and becoming a pro, in the extremes of the lifestyle. 

She used to do boot camps and marathons before immersing into bikini competitions. Training became a fuel and a way to take time for herself. She ran a marathon 1 week prior to Governor’s cup and learned lessons about that. She was too sore and didn’t do great. A choice had to be made between running or bodybuilding. 

 

A few times, Ruth was super close to earning her pro card. She used her coach's feedback to improve along with the support of a posing coach.

Her mindset also changed. Now she feels lots of gratitude and taps into mindfulness in everything she does to make the most of it. She is a positive person and always takes lessons from her experiences. 

 

Ruth  insists on the importance of the whole package, which is also why she changed her suit and hair color. 

 

Ruth explains that it is important to be mindful about nutrition, especially when you’re always on the go like she is. 

 

Ruth and Celeste discuss how she has been feeling since her pro card win and she shared how keeping a positive mental attitude focused on manifesting and never allowing negativity to rob her of happiness. She shares the importance of having a supportive community. Her boyfriend, who’s also her coach's brother, is a piece to her success, thanks to the incredible support he gives. 

 

Ruth gives her standpoint, as a doctor, regarding health and bodybuilding. recommending to think ahead, consider the side effects as well as the importance of fertility to you.

What risks are you willing to take ? Using is not necessarily inherently bad, but you have to take informed decisions, with health at the forefront.

 

Ruth’s best advice would be to listen to podcasts! Podcasts give us a great insight and we can always learn from others. Find people who you connect with to tune into this lifestyle and of course, never give up. 

 

Connect with Dr. Ruth
​on IG :https://www.instagram.com/ifbb_pro_drruth/

 

Connect with Celeste: 

https://instagram.com/celestial_fit

www.celestial.fit

 

EPISODE TIME STAMPS

 

2’18 : Ruth shares her pre stage ritual. She uses breathwork and prays

3’13 : Ruth explains what a « normal » day is for her, which is very busy.

She starts with fasted cardio, then breakfast, consisting in spinach egg whites, oats, almonds

Then goes to work. After work she goes to the gym.

Then ends with groceries and diner. 

6’42 : She learned lessons from practicing lots of sports besides bodybuilding, especially one week prior to competition. 

Ruth shares how she’s dealt with that and how now she recovers. 

10'47 : Ruth’s « why » has evolved, from a « revenge body » mindset, to « I wanna do this for myself ». 

13’30 : Ruth explains how she started with her coach. 

16’05 : She gives details about how it is to work with her coach, and how useful his feedback is. 

18’16 : In 2019, Ruth was super close to getting her pro card.  She gives her insight about that experience. She also shares the feedback she got. 

23’33 : Ruth explains how her perspective has changed compared to when she was a gymnast. 

23’53 : Ruth shares the feedback she got from North Americans and how she improved. 

26’ : Ruth explains how she became more mindful about her diet, while she’s always on the go.

27’40 : Ruth shares how she was able to turn things in order to get that win, and the Procard, in 24h. 

With her coach, she used nutrition and posing tweaks. 

31’48 : She explains how posing can be used as a tool to display a different physique, and the importance of being relaxed. 

35’37 : Ruth talks about the changes she brought to her hair and suit. 

38’ : Ruth gives DIY tanning tips. 

40’46 : Ruth explains how bodybuilding can actually add to your life. 

41’30 : She talks about the feels when she earned her procard.

44’44 : Ruth shares how she dealt with doubts and post show blues. 

48’ : Ruth talks about the tunnel vision on stage. 

51’ : She talks about her mindset post pro card.

54’40 : Ruth’s boyfriend is her coache’s brother. 

She develops about that. She also shares about the support she receives from her boyfriend. 

58’13 : Ruth talks about the parallels between becoming a doctor and turning pro. 

59’14 : She gives her point of view about « hiding » or not hiding that she’s a bodybuilder to patients. 

60’39 : Ruth gives her standpoint, as a doctor, about health and bodybuilding. 

63’23 : She continues with how she capitalizes on health. 

67’14 : Ruth explains she wouldn’t change a thing in bikini, since she loves the division. 

69’04 : Ruth mentioned that she was taking care of her mom. She develops about that. 

75’50 : Ruth explains how she knew that being a doctor was her calling. 

75’40 : She shares her best advice for new competitors and new pros : 

Listen to podcasts ! you can learn from others and become involved in an inspiring community/ 

78’46 : On your road to pro, Ruth’s advice would be to trust the timing, each time you get better, enjoy, stay involved and don’t give up. 

Feb 19, 2021
TRISHA GREEN
01:14:48

In today’s episode, Celeste interviews Trisha Green, who works as a personal trainer and began her competition journey in 2015 completing 6 regional shows and 6 national shows before earning her pro card at USA’s in 2020.

After discussing some pre-stage rituals, Celeste and Trisha explore the various ways Trisha’s mindset towards prepping and competing have changed over the past six years.  Trisha goes on to explain her path towards the stage, beginning with starting out as a personal trainer at a local gym.  Once she made it through her first prep and stepped on stage for the first time, Trisha was “hooked” on competing and created a lifestyle that allows her to pursue her dreams with a strong support system.  

 

Trisha shares many insights into her competition prep, one most notably being her post-show feedback from head judge Sandy Williamson.  She goes into details about the areas of her physique that need improvement, as well as some of the ways she plans on improving her package and coming back better for her rookie season. 

 

Trisha openly shares about her two year unexpected hiatus from competing, and describes some of the challenges she endured during this time.  Ultimately, she enlightens us on how her mindset adapted this time, and how she has used her lessons learned into the prep that allowed her to earn her pro card. 

 

Throughout the interview, Celeste and Trisha continuously talk about the importance of having a strong foundation of support to succeed in both life and competing.  They also discuss the significance of being willing to “reset” throughout a season of prep or life.  No matter the setbacks, Trisha talks about the importance of loving the process more than the final result or destination.  Also mentioned is the value in taking your time; not rushing the process or results we often so quickly wish to attain.  

 

As the interview comes to a close, Trisha shares her best advice for a competitor who has never competed before but has a desire; as well as her best advice for a competitor on her road to earning a pro card!



Connect with Trisha

IG: https://www.instagram.com/Trisha_fit_ifbbpro/

Resources: linktr.ee/Trishagreen

Connect with Celeste 

IG: https://www.instagram.com/celestial_fit/

Website: www.celestial.fit

 

TIME STAMPS

[00:44] Celeste introduces Trisha onto the podcast, highlighting some of her accomplishments 

[2:15] Trisha talks about her rituals before stepping on stage 

[4:06] Celeste asks how Trisha’s thoughts on competing evolved from 2015 to now

[6:15] Trisha describes her life before competing and her path to becoming a personal trainer

[9:08] Celeste inquires on how Trisha’s mindset has shifted after earning her pro card

[13:00] Trisha elaborates on how she used her time post show as a reset

[14:48] Trisha shares her feedback from head judge, Sandy 

[18:00] Trisha describes finding balance and fine tuning from show to show

[19:30] Trisha talks about placing 5th at her first national show

[20:30] Trisha describes some of life changes that occurred over a 2 year hiatus from competing 

[23:14] Celeste asks what the transition was like after Trisha’s return to competing

[25:30] Celeste inquires on how Trisha's prior experience allowed her to be successful during this most recent prep

[29:00] Trisha talks about different approaches she has experimented with over the years 

[30:30] Trisha elaborates about the importance of “fine tuning” from show to show

[31:17] Celeste asks about Trisha’s decision to switch coaches 

[36:15] Trisha talks about the differences going into previous shows compared to winning her pro card 

[39:33] Trisha describes some of the times she was discouraged and felt like giving up

[40:50] Celeste and Trisha discuss the importance of enjoying the process and the journey 

[43:00] Trisha describes how her mentality shifted, knowing her next show will be her pro debut 

[46:00] Trisha talks about how she has mapped out her next steps as a new pro

[47:40] Celeste inquires about how Trisha will know when it is time to prep again

[50:30] Trisha talks about how she uses her own experiences competing with clients of her own

[53:16] Celeste asks Trisha to share how structure is present in her daily routine

[57:05] Trisha elaborates on how a strong support system has helped her achieve her dreams

[61:07] Trisha talks about the importance of relying on and supporting yourself

[62:18] Celeste elaborates on the importance of not seeking things outside of ourselves, but rather creating them within us

[62:54] Celeste asks Trisha to share her top three posing tips

[65:28] Trisha shares how she is approaching the choreographing for her pro routine

[68:08] Celeste asks Trisha for her best advice for new competitors and those who are on their road to pro

[68:15] Trisha shares her advice for new competitors 

[69:34] Trisha shares her advice for someone on the road to pro

[71:14] Trisha shares how to connect with her on social media 

Feb 12, 2021
CHRIS NICOLE CHIACCIO
01:15:59

This week, host Celeste Rains-Turk sits down with Chris Nicole cohost on the Prep Life podcast who started her competition journey in 2015 as a hobby and prepped for one show a year. She holds certifications in both nutrition and exercise from NPTI along with Precision Nutrition

Chris starts off by sharing how the encouragement of a friend initially brought her to competing as well as her desire to take her fitness hobby to the next level. She shares how her type A personality played a large roll in her journey and how it had attached her own self worth to her adherence of her plan. 

As the episode progresses, Chris talks about her own history with disordered eating. She shares how inquiries from friends and family about her weight loss made her only want to control it more through over exercising and under eating. It was a pivotal moment when she was lying on her back and realized she could see her own skeleton that made her realize that she needed help. This history doesn’t hold her back in her preps, however, because she has learned how to properly frame her mindset around her goals so that they are healthy. She shares the importance of setting a goal for a certain leanness for a temporary time and not to live at.

Chris continues to talk about her most recent show and taking last place. She shares how she felt in denial of it for quite some time, but after a few months she realized how disappointed she was in the placing. Chris talks about how she tried to control her reverse despite what her coach wanted her to do and how they were able to sit down and develop a plan for making the most of the improvement season.

On the note of physical health, Chris shares her own struggles with hypoglycemia as well as scoliosis and the impact that both have on competing for her. She talks about how hypoglycemia causes her to rethink the way that most people would eat in a prep and experimenting with what works best for her. Because of the scoliosis she has had since a young age, Chris talks about modifications she has had to make to her posing in order to appear balanced while on the stage.

Throughout the episode, Chris’ passion for mental health and self improvement is apparent and she talks about one of the tactics she uses in order to get the most out of every day. She shares the important aspects of her morning routine and the appointment she creates with herself as well as the daily discussion she has with her boyfriend that features two important questions to positively reflect on the activities of the day.

As the episode comes to a close, Chris shares her best advice to both new competitors and those on their way to their pro card. In this insightful episode, she continues to stress the ever important theme of competing and life in general, “Your value doesn’t come from the things you do, it comes from who you are.”


CONNECT WITH CHRIS:
INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/chrisnicole_ifbbpro/
ALL LINKS: https://linktr.ee/chrisnicole_ifbbpro
HEAR HER COACH SERIES EPISODE WITH GLAM GIRL: http://www.celestial.fit/confessions-of-a-bikini-pro-podcast/coaches-series-glam-girl-bikini


CONNECT WITH CELESTE: 
IG: https://www.instagram.com/celestial_fit/
WEBSITE: http://www.celestial.fit/


EPISODE TIME STAMPS

[2:50] Pre Stage Rituals
[4:10] Increasing stage time to one minute as an IFBB Pro
[6:33] Transitioning a fitness hobby to a competition career
[8:23] Using the perfectionist mentality in life as an athlete
[10:47] Putting Self worth into adherence
[13:17] The drive to compete
[15:31] Pivotal moments that stressed the importance of mental health
[18:22] Previous struggles with disordered eating
[23:53] Changing a mindset around getting leaner
[27:02] Placing last at her most recent show
[34:21] Feeling pressure to perform a certain way as an IFBB pro and a coach
[38:34] The impact being an IFBB Pro has on coaching
[44:12] Feedback from shows
[47:21] Managing Stress and Hormones in the improvement season
[51:19] Handling gut health and hypoglycemia while nourishing her body
[55:32] Impact scoliosis has on competing
[1:01:11] Prioritizing a morning routine
[1:06:47] The impact reviewing the day has on the approach to goal setting
[1:11:12] Best advice for the girl who’s never competed and the one who’s on the road to pro

Feb 05, 2021
Olympia Debut Series Part 2 of 2
01:07:25

These two episodes are featuring the amazing athletes who have been on this podcast before and have now achieved their dreams of hitting the Olympia stage!

I am so excited to have them on again and can't wait for you to hear these episodes

We get into their experience at the show, backstage, and plans moving forward. With intimate topics covered including; challenges overcome, relationships, prioritizing time and energy, their competing plans from here, emotional experiences, feedback from the judges, physical changes, birth control, post-show weight gain, fears, doubts, and so much more...

You can find each athlete's original, individual episode below too to get a glimpse at the evolution:

ALESSIA FACCHIN
ASHLYN BROWN
BRITTNEY DAYNE
DARAJA HILL
HANNAH RANFRANZ
JULI LOPEZ
MAIA GORDON
MAYA ASTABIE
NOORA MAHONEN

Feb 03, 2021
Olympia Debut Series Part 1 of 2
01:31:48

These two episodes are featuring the amazing athletes who have been on this podcast before and have now achieved their dreams of hitting the Olympia stage!

I am so excited to have them on again and can't wait for you to hear these episodes

We get into their experience at the show, backstage, and plans moving forward. With intimate topics covered including; challenges overcome, relationships, prioritizing time and energy, their competing plans from here, emotional experiences, feedback from the judges, physical changes, birth control, post-show weight gain, fears, doubts, and so much more...

You can find each athlete's original, individual episode below too to get a glimpse at the evolution:


ALESSIA FACCHIN
ASHLYN BROWN
BRITTNEY DAYNE
DARAJA HILL
HANNAH RANFRANZ
JULI LOPEZ
MAIA GORDON
MAYA ASTABIE
NOORA MAHONEN

Feb 03, 2021
ANGELINE JEANSON
01:03:12

Today we hear from Angeline Jeanson. She is a mechanical engineer and posing coach for Team Atlas, and former dancer who came back from a terrible car accident to become an IFBB pro. 

 

Celeste begins by asking Angeline about her pre-show rituals when she was still completing. Angeline explains she would listen to the same song during prep and it would calm her on show day. She would also do this before she stepped on stage as a dancer. 

 

Because most people know Angeline as a top posing coach, Celeste asks about her backstory and what led her to bodybuilding. Angeline describes a car accident she had as an 18-year-old that required her to re-learn to walk. Her physical therapist told her she needed to begin weight training to aid her recovery. She had always been in shape because of dancing, and after two years of training, a friend suggested she compete. She had a terrible experience at her first show. 

 

She knew nothing of posing or proper make up, but she loved being on stage. In her second show, she placed first and soon went to her first national show, placed first. In Canada, one needs to win the overall to win a pro card, and she finally did that in 2017. After 6 years of competing on the world stage, she is retired. Because she coaches some of the top IFBB pros, she does not feel it is right to compete against them.

 

Celeste asks Angeline what she thinks of how the bikini division has changed over time and where it will go in the future. When Angeline first started competing, the standards were not very strict. She likes that there are clear expectations now because it gives her competitors a standard to work towards. 

 

With 15 years as a dancer, she carries that experience into the way she coaches posing, using steps and counts to build routines. Each detail is calculated to the second, just like dance choreography. This is what sets her apart from other posing coaches. She is consistently trying to push posing to another level. Angeline spends hours creating routines for each athlete and does not look at what others are doing. She is not influenced by what others are doing. Angeline does not post her athletes’ routines before they hit the stage because they have been copied in the past. She records everything to study and change as needed. 

 

Celeste asks Angeline if she has any pet peeves that come up when she is watching other competitors pose. Angeline says she has a list! She points out that amateurs waste a lot of their 15 seconds on stage with hair flips and arm movements when they should be focusing on showcasing their physiques. Angeline doesn’t have a preference in working with newbies or pros, but she wants to work with athletes that bring good attitudes and leave their ego out of the process. Angeline finds the criteria for posing is always the same but what helps an amateur go pro is when they show up to a show already presenting as a pro. 

 

Angeline shares her trick to choosing the right suit, makeup , and general look for the stage. She says to look at the previous season’s Olympia top 5 to set the criteria for the upcoming season. It’s that simple. If the top 5 Olympians are wearing blues and purples, why would you show up with a red suit? The type of posing they do is what you should bring to your next show. 

 

Angeline explains that she only works with members of Team Atlas because of the shared mentality with the other coaches, James and Jennifer. She chooses every detail, from suit to hair, so each competitor presents their best. When she worked with other coaches, they did not always see eye to eye. Angeline speaks generally to stretching and how it is specific to each girl. She recommends working with a physical therapist or a massage therapist to see where your deficiencies in movement may be. 

 

Celeste shares a listener question about how to be as comfortable on stage as one is at home practicing. Angeline says the competitor needs to ask herself why she doesn’t feel comfortable on stage. Is it because they are super shy, they did not practice enough? You can’t solve the problem until you know what is causing it. Angeline stresses the importance of practicing like you are on stage to build comfort and confidence. Angeline explains that she has always strived to be the best at what she does and that naturally carried over to posing. She even calls herself “annoying” to the point where she purchased all the posing shoes she could to tell her clients what to buy and not to buy. 

 

Angeline begins to talk about her background as a mechanical engineer. When she was visiting universities, she had three professional choices; doctor, lawyer, or engineer. She decided on engineering because she loves problem solving and wants to know “everything about everything”. She has been working on business aircrafts for the past seven years and she really loves her profession. Angeline speaks to how she has considered transitioning full time to being a posing coach. During the COVID quarantine, her business shut down and she realized how much she missed it. Because she worked so hard to earn her degree, she feels leaving the profession would almost feel like a failure. 

 

Because she has two demanding professions, Angeline finds success through structure. She wakes up early and keeps a strict schedule to stay organized. She does not waste a minute. She also uses alarms to help her stay on track. When she was competing, her boss was also supportive and understanding of her unique needs. Now that she isn’t competing, she rarely trains and doesn’t diet. Now she just enjoys food. When she wasn’t competing, she never rebounded and maintained her physique. Now she just trains for fun and to relax. But because she coaches so many posing clients, that also counts as training. 

 

Celeste shares a listener question regarding being a female in a predominantly male field. Angeline says her personality lends itself to working in the field of engineering and has rarely had issues. 

 

Angeline shares her advice for competitors in various stages of their journeys. For new competitors, she recommends to choose their first team wisely as to not waste time and money on their journey. Having a good coach and team will set you up for a favorable experience and help maintain your health. For competitors on their way to pro, she recommends not competing until you look ready. Analyze your posing and your physique and take your time. Aim for what the successful pros look like. Define what you want and work towards it. 


CONNECT WITH ANGELINE: 
www.instagram.com/angelinejeanson/
linktr.ee/PosingbyA

CONNECT WITH CELESTE: 
www.celestial.fit
www.instagram.com/celestial_fit/


Time Stamps:

 

[1:20] Celeste introduces Angeline. 

 

[1:36] Angeline talks about her pre-show ritual.

 

[3:50] Celeste asks Angeline to speak about her path to becoming a competitor.

 

[9:00] Angeline explains why she is not competing now.

 

[9:53] Celeste asks Angeline what she thinks of how the bikini division has changed over time.

 

[12:10] Angeline talks about how her dance background has influenced her posing.

 

[14:40] Celeste ask how she creates unique routines for her athletes without pushing the   

            envelope too far. 

 

[17:50] Angeline talks about how she keeps track of all the routines.

 

[19:34] Celeste asks about Angeline’s posing pet peeves.

 

[22:08] Angeline describes the type of athletes she prefers to work with.

 

[24:25] Celeste asks Angeline if she notices differences in judges’ preferences in posing.

 

[26:38] Angeline gives advice for how to pick your “look”.

 

[28:42] Angeline explains why she only works with competitors on Team Atlas.

 

[31:59] Celeste shares a listener question regarding stretching.

 

[33:17] Celeste shares a listener question about being comfortable on stage.

 

[36:56] Angeline talks about her dedication to posing.

 

[38:50] The conversation transitions into Angeline’s experience as a mechanical engineer. 

 

[44:14] Angeline talks about balancing her two careers.

 

[48:15] Celeste asks how her life has shifted since she stopped competing.

 

[52:28] Angeline talks about working in a predominately male field.

 

[55:04] Celeste asks Angeline for advice for different competitors.

 

[61:04] Celeste wraps up the conversation. 

Jan 29, 2021
CHELSEA STONESTREET
54:35

In this week's episode, host Celeste Rains-Turk has the pleasure of speaking with Chelsea Stonestreet, a 29 year old business development director for Spooner physical therapy and a realtor in Arizona who also provides online lifestyle coaching. who used to be a competitive boxer before having her now 8 year old daughter. She started bodybuilding 3 and a half years ago and fell in love with the structure of prep as it was one thing she could control in her life on her mission to be confident in her body post baby. 

Even though she didn’t love being on stage, was told she couldn’t be successful in the sport due to severe stretch marks, and getting second callouts all at her first show she decided she could do better and proved to herself she was the only one who would define her success. This sparked the next 3 years and ultimately after 12 shows a first place and pro card win at NPC Universe. This soon to be wife and step mom serves as a powerful example that anything is possible if you put in the work and never give up.

Chelsea explains to Celeste about her first show-day experience and insecurities about wearing a bikini. Even though Chelsea has been successful in the IFBB division, she was once told at the amateur level that her stretch marks on her abdomen would hold her back from success. 

Due to her competitive nature and desire to better herself, Chelsea dove into self-improvement eventually earning her IFBB title at NPC Universe after twelve shows. Chelsea now reflects on her past struggles and successes before stepping on stage to truly enjoy the experience.

Chelsea discusses her previous passion for boxing. She states that competitive boxing and bikini bodybuilding have similarities, mostly by subjecting yourself to the judgement of hundreds of people in the crowd. 

Chelsea oftentimes has to reflect on her boxing experiences to get herself calm her nerves, “You can get into a [boxing] ring and get yourself knocked out, you can throw yourself in a bikini and go on stage” Furthermore, Chelsea states her strength of digging deep and pushing further than last time allows her to shine in competition prep.  

Celeste asks Chelsea why she decided to transition from boxing to bodybuilding. Chelsea believes getting punched repeatedly will affect her mental and physical long-term health. Although she has always loved the sport of bodybuilding, being a single mom made her weigh the importance of family over injury. She will occasionally “hit the bag” for stress relief and cardio during her offseason. 

Celeste and Chelsea discuss her training on prep and post season. Chelsea focuses on increased calories and heavy lifting in the offseason as she is able to build muscle easily. As a lifestyle coach, she develops circuit style training and bodyweight exercises while keeping the main focus on movement. 

Chelsea informs Celeste on her body improvements over the years. During her final national show, Chelsea was told she was too lean and conditioned and was able to feed herself up to the next show. 

Chelsea advises listeners to find a trustworthy and quality coach that gives adequate feedback as feedback from the judges can be confusing and frustrating.  Celeste explains that if you love the sport, you will continue to pursue it despite the differing feedback of judges.

Chelsea discusses how minor details matter for placement. Suit color is a priority for her coach and believes red is the best color for her overall package. Chelsea emphasizes that stage presence and overall package, to include your suit color, can be the difference between placement. 

Chelsea tells Celeste she has never been told by a judge that her stretch marks affected her placement. Chelsea has been micro needling to improve the color and density of her stretch marks and has noticed great changes.

Chelsea shares that both herself and Fiancé earned their IFBB pro cards at the NPC Universe! Prior to meeting her Fiancé, she accepted being a single mother. Chelesa admits to initially being scared of being a step-mother but has fallen in love with her Fiancés children over the years. 

Chelsea is proud to have influence on young children and to provide siblings for her daughter. Celeste and Chelsea praise the newest Bikini Olympian and are happy to see a mother win the title. Furthermore, Chelsea values quality family bonding and makes sure to have family dinner every night without cell phones. 

Finally, Chelsea tells Celeste her goals as an IFBB Pro while providing listeners and fellow competitors advice on reaching the IFBB stage. Chelsea’s impressive background and humble demeanor provides an episode you do not want to miss!

 

CONNECT WITH CHELSEA:

https://www.instagram.com/chelsearose_ifbbpro/

 

CONNECT WITH CELESTE:

https://www.instagram.com/celestial_fit/

FREE RESOURCES, DISCOUNTS, AND MORE: http://www.celestial.fit/links.html



TIME STAMPS

[2:10] Chelsea’s stage ritual

[4:57] Chelsea discusses her first show and insecurities after having a child

[6:50] Chelsea’s boxing career and how it has impacted her 

[10:17] Celeste and Chelsea discuss her reason for leaving boxing

[12:46] Chelsea’s diet and lifestyle during prep and offseason

[13:45] Chelsea’s favorite exercises

[16:18] Chelsea’s coaching tips and tricks/her training approach to clients

[17:40] How Chelsea’s training has evolved over the years/advice on receiving feedback

[26:00] Chelsea discusses the importance of stage presence and overall package

[29:01] Chelsea’s IFBB Pro debut experience

[31:44] Chelsea discusses her stretch marks

[35:40] Chelsea shares her experience of watching the Olympia 2020 in person

[37:13] Chelsea opens up about her family life and being a single mother.

[41:13] How Chelsea has prioritized her family and career.

[45:10] Chelsea discusses her businesses and hobbies outside of bodybuilding

[46:55] Chelsea gives advice on first-time home buyers

[49:05] Best memories as an amatuer/future plans as an IFBB Pro

[51:24] Chelsea's advice for competitors reaching for their Pro cards.

Jan 22, 2021
CANDICE HENRICKS
01:09:41

In this episode, we’re introduced to Candice Henricks, a new IFBB pro who works as a registered respiratory therapist who is inspired to support others in sharing experiences and showing love to all with her faith in Christianity and the belief she holds that we are all in this together and no one is alone. She dives into her journey, the power of faith, her career, vulnerable stories and struggles of her life, and caffeine abuse. 

Candice reflects on 2020 as a year of internal growth. It’s not the year you get what you want, but a year you must make the most of. During her prep to her pro card, she was in quite a bad place, mentally. She could no longer find joy in the process.  She was struggling with her diet, after a 28-week prep. 

All in all, she could not even really enjoy the pro card. But moving to Texas changed the game. Thanks to her  new coach, she was introduced to a more flexible diet style. Her relationship with food changed. She was able to reflect on what she really enjoys. She feels much healthier. 

This prep was also super different regarding the training. Weight lifting sessions were more intense than ever. However, cardio was kept reasonable.  This was a brand new approach. This made her feel empowered and made her fall in love with the process again. 
This prep started as a challenge. Her friend Gina Scafoglio, who’s also an IFBB pro, told Candice she should try and compete with her. Challenge accepted! Candice was on fire, loved everything, and was thriving. 

Candice used to compare her life to IG influencers’ lives. Before moving to Texas, she was in a bad place, financially.  She had just graduated but couldn’t find a job. It was a hard time. And it was also very hard not to compare herself to others who « made it ». The solution was simple : temporarily deleting social medias ! And taking time to reflect on herself. 

During this waiting period, Candice took time to reflect on her purpose, and accepting the path she was on. She was able to find balance with food, and put herself in the right mental state for work. She could also focus on her faith. 

When Candice was 17, her mom died of a cancer. This lead Candice to her first journey into faith, leaving her with questions : « why ? », « who’s God ? ». Since then, she’s been building her faith. 


This also made her realize she wanted to help people, she wants to be that person who shows you you can overcome darkness. This is how she choose her career path.  She knew she wanted to help and tried to work as a nurse. However, bathing/ cleaning people, … that was not meant for her. 

Then she turned to respiratory therapy. She graduated in a year. This path helped her to switch her mindset from « I can’t » to « I can ». It’s not easy to come from unemployment to 12-hour shifts though.  But with organization and routine, Candice made the transition. 
Another point to take into consideration was the fact that we’re in a pandemic. Working in a hospital these times can be really nerve wrecking. But with her fresh mindset, Candice reminds herself that people are the priority, not bodybuilding, which is a « hobby ». It is important to find a routine that works for you, to stay grounded. 

She used to abuse caffeine. She didn’t realize it, but was pretty agitated, leading to relationships issues. After 1 week limiting her intake, she felt a complete change and felt much more calm. 
Regarding artificial sweeteners, she doesn’t want to go cold turkey, but she focuses on living a healthy lifestyle and wants to fuel her body with nourishing foods. Candice loves the pro milieu. She competed at the Battle of Texas, sharing the stage with Olympians. She loved that experience. Compared to amateur level, there is much more positivity. It feels like a community, girls are rooting for each other. This is an inspiring experience. 

Now Candice is in a better mindset and she’s able to truly enjoy the pro status. She puts less pressure on body building and no longer « has to » do things. She switched from not being in the moment to living a healthy and happy lifestyle.  Her best advice for a first timer would be to ask themself lf if this is really their passion, if they want to live this lifestyle. Having a great support system helps a lot. It’s important to take things day by day, have a plan. 

For competitors on their way to the pro status, it’s crucial to have a vision on where you want to be. This is you versus you. Whenever you improve, you’re on the right track. Get a great support system and do things day by day. 

CONNECT WITH CANDICE: https://www.instagram.com/can_dice_ifbbpro/
CONNECT WITH CELESTE: https://www.instagram.com/celestial_fit/

EPISODE TIME STAMPS
00 :50 : Presentation of Candice
1 :46 : Candice talks about her « ritual » before getting on stage. She always remembers every tough moment she went through and reminds herself that every struggle pays off. 
Her vision of 2020 is summarized by : growth
3 :30 : Celeste also shares her vision of 2020. It all comes down to growth and making the best of hardships. 
4 :30 : Candice share her post pro card experience. 
She had been dieting for 28 weeks, which was quite a mental game. Her mindset regarding dieting was not ok. 
5 :39 : Candice explains how moving to Houston, Texas helped her in her journey. 
It also changed her approach to dieting. 
8 :44 : Candice talks about how she dealt with transition from « bro diet » to flexible diet and how this switch can make dieting much easier. 
You can get the best of both worlds. 
11 :48 : Candice explains her approach regarding her current training, and how it was during the prep. This new way of doing things sparked something and made her love that process again. 
15 :39 : Loving the process again made Candice thrive. She made new connections in this new environment. 
She shares how connections, interactions, can be uplifting and can surround you with good vibes.
17 :50 : Candice explains how she deals with people’s curiosity, questions, in the gym.
20 :40 : Candice underlines the importance of showing up, every single day. 
21 :22 : Candice talks about the comparison game, about financial issues and the waiting season, waiting impatiently for things to get better. 
24 :31 : Candice shares how she got past this tough period. 
24 :52 : Candice talks about her faith and how this helped her a lot. 
27 :48 : Candice tells about her first journey into faith. 
30 :44 : Candice explains how your faith can help you but also other people, indirectly.  
32 :47 : Candice shares her action plan, for tough times. 
36 :35 : Candice talks about her choice of carreer path. 
42 :17 : Candice gives her « tips » to transition form an unemployed life to working for 12-hour shifts. 
45 :11 : Working during a pandemic can be nerve wrecking. Candice shares her experience. 
46 :52 : Candice talks about her previous caffeine « addiction » and how minimizing her intake helped her. 
She also shares her standpoint regarding sweeteners and overall dietary approach. 
53 :11 : Candice explains about her peak week.
56 :05 : Candice gives her insight about the pro milieu
1 :00 :57 : Candice experienced a mindset shift regarding her IFBB Pro Status. She develops about that. 
1 :03 :45 : Candice shares her advices for first time competitors and for competitors on the journey to the Pro Card.

Jan 15, 2021
COACHES' SERIES; TEAM COSMIC BODIES
01:12:08

On this episode of coaches' series Celeste Rains-Turk features the power couple behind Team Cosmic Bodies featuring Lauren Dannenmiller who has a BS in Health Science and has been a guest on the show as an IFBB bikini pro who won the 2017 NPC National bikini overall champion title and competitor Kyle Burns who has his BS in health and exercise science and is in pre doctorate stages for physical therapy. 

Celeste starts off the episode by asking Lauren and Kyle to share their coaching philosophy. Kyle explains how their priority is to take the most responsible approach possible and heavily emphasize educating their clients. Celeste then asks Kyle what inspired him to pursue his doctorate in Physical Therapy while also running his business. After discussing his goals in terms of his education, Celeste uses Kyle’s response to transition into the question of how he and Lauren know how far they can push an athlete.

Lauren shares her thoughts on how both the athlete’s level their goals help determine how hard she will push them during their prep. Both Lauren and Kyle highlight the importance of trust and communication with their clients and how that affects the levels they are willing to push them to. Next, Celeste asks them how they prioritize their energy and focus since they coach clients at various levels and goals.

Then, Lauren, and Kyle discuss their thoughts on a natural athlete’s potential for success in the NPC given that they may not be genetically gifted. Lauren and Kyle share their experiences and insight about the importance of patience and understanding that natural athletes, especially new to competing, need to be realistic with their expectations and timelines for their goals and how “living the lifestyle” will benefit them long term. Lauren, having been a natural athlete her entire competing career, shares valuable insight from her own experiences and again emphasizes how patience is key for both success and longevity in the sport.

From there, Celeste asks Lauren and Kyle how they prioritize their clients hormone health. Lauren mentions why her and Kyle prefer longer preps for their clients and how that method allows for refeeds and diet breaks which both can help maintain healthy hormone levels for as long as possible during prep. 

They also mention how tracking a female competitors cycle adds to their data collection for their prep and how it plays a role in how they can better coach their clients.

Celeste then asks Lauren and Kyle how they deal with the mental and emotional demands involved with coaching. The couple shares that although it’s still a work in progress, they have learned from their mentors about the importance of setting boundaries and specifying days or time away from work.

They share that they feel this will give them not only longevity in coaching but allows for them to invest time and attention to their relationship. Next, Celeste asks Lauren and Kyle what they feel makes a good coach and team.

The couple discusses what they feel is important and also mention goals they have for the future of Team Cosmic Bodies while still sticking to their principles and philosophies.

Celeste then asks Lauren and Kyle what important questions an athlete should ask during the initial interview process and afterwards they share some of their coaching pet peeves.

Celeste then asks Lauren and Kyle’s opinion on politics in competing. The conversation transitions into athlete qualities, and Celeste has Lauren and Kyle share what they feel separates the good from the phenomenal athletes. 

After discussing coaching philosophy Celeste starts the hypothetical round of questions. Celeste starts off the round by asking: if she was a competitor with overall wins under her belt, wanting to hit the national circuit yet is looking for a new coaching approach, why would she hire Lauren and Kyle.

Lauren shares her experiences on her journey through various national shows on her road to pro and explains why those lessons make her a great coach. Next, the couple discusses how they address clients who express that they don’t feel they are ready for their upcoming show.

Lauren and Kyle also share what they would like a first time competitor to know before deciding to commit to a contest prep. Celeste then asks how the couple approaches training and nutrition when a client comes to them after a bad rebound. Lastly, Celeste asks if Lauren and Kyle would still put an athlete on stage if they have executed their plan to a tee, except for their posing and stage presentation.

Celeste then moves on to the rapid fire round of questions, asking the couple to give short one-sentence answers to topics such as waist trainers, macros vs meal plans, fed vs fasted, and HIIT or steady state cardio, water cutting and supplements. Based off of their responses, Celeste takes the lead and asks Lauren and Kyle to expand on their thoughts on water cutting during peak week and before a show.

Next, Celeste asks the couple to share why they advocate for the use of creatine. After discussing creatine and other supplementation, Kyle shares his thoughts on waist trainers. To conclude the episode, Lauren and Kyle tell listeners where and how they can find and connect with them further. 

CONNECT WITH TEAM COSMIC BODIES:
Team Instagram: www.instagram.com/teamcosmicbodies/
Website: www.teamcosmicbodies.com/
YouTube: www.youtube.com/channel/UCmbcjRZI6xOxUgopZ2BwH7w

Lauren:
IG: www.instagram.com/laurendannenmiller/
All Links: linktr.ee/laurendannenmiller

Kyle:
IG: www.instagram.com/kyledburns1/


CONNECT WITH CELESTE:
INSTAGRAM: www.instagram.com/celestial_fit/
WEBSITE: WWW.CELESTIAL.FIT
Post-Show Blues, Food Relationship Coaching, & On-Demand Mindset Coaching for Competitors: www.celestial.fit/work-with-me.html

Time Stamps:
[0:50] Celeste introduces Lauren and Kyle, the coaches and owners of Team Cosmic Bodies.

[2:00] Celeste asks Kyle to share the team’s coaching philosophy.

[5:48] Celeste asks Kyle what inspired him to go for his doctorate while running his business.

[8:50] Lauren and Kyle discuss how they know how far to push their athletes.

[14:00] Celeste asks Lauren and Kyle how they prioritize their focus and energy with clients of many different levels.

[15:45] Lauren and Kyle share their opinions on an athlete’s potential for success in the NPC if they are not genetically gifted.

[19:45] Lauren and Kyle share how they discuss with their clients realistic expectations, goals, and timelines for muscle gain in natural athletes.

[21:55] Celeste asks Kyle and Lauren how they prioritize their clients hormone health.

[28:00] Lauren and Kyle share how the deal with the mental and emotional demands involved with coaching.

[32:30] Celeste asks what makes a coach a good coach and a team a good team.

[36:00] Lauren and Kyle discuss what questions they feel athletes should ask before hiring a coach.

[38:15] Lauren and Kyle share their industry pet peeves.

[41:35] Celeste asks Lauren and Kyle about politics in competing.

[43:40] Lauren and Kyle talk about the differences between good and phenomenal athletes.

[46:10] Celeste starts the hypothetical round of questions.

[57:50] Celeste starts the rapid fire questions.

[59:45] Celeste asks Lauren & Kyle to expand on their response to water cutting.

[61:50] Celeste asks why Lauren & Kyle advocate for the use of creatine.

[63:30] Kyle shares on his thoughts on waist trainers.

[69:30] Lauren and Kyle share how listeners can connect with them further.

Jan 09, 2021
COACHES' SERIES; Hillary Giuda Philpott-HGP Elite
01:09:11

In this episode, Celeste sits down and talks with Hillary Giuda Philpott, a mother of 2,  certified personal trainer and nutrition coach who started training competitors in 2017 & opened her own home gym in 2018. Hillary went into coaching full time in 2019 and is the owner of Team HGP Elite.

Celeste starts off the episode by asking Hillary to give a brief summary of her coaching philosophy. Next, Celeste asks Hillary about her “whole picture” approach she takes and how understanding her clients lifestyle outside of fitness helps her prepare and provide them the best tools for success.

Hillary shares an example of how stress can play a role in a clients results and how that can affect progress instead of the body’s response to the prescribed plan. After discussing how understanding lifestyle factors influences her coaching strategies, Hillary shares her thoughts on how she knows how hard to push a client given their goals. Celeste then uses a piece of Hillary’s response to transition into the topic of hormonal health and asks how Hillary how she prioritizes hormone health for her clients. 

Next, Hillary shares her thoughts on what she feels makes a good coach a good coach, or a team a good team. She emphasizes the importance of understanding the body’s functions, limits, and when it is and is not appropriate to push a client to certain extremes. Hillary highlights that it is important for a coach to have good people skills so their clients will not feel fear or anxiety during check ins. Regardless of whether a client has perfectly executed their plan or have encountered an obstacle, they should feel a level of comfort and peace to be able to openly discuss that with their coach.

After sharing her thoughts on client-coaching relationships and the trust that should come with that, Celeste asks Hillary if she has any pet peeves regarding coaching or the fitness industry as a whole. She shares a personal experience she had in where a coach made her feel like she wasn’t good enough and that she had to prove her worth as an athlete via the execution of her plan, and how she vows to never let her clients feel less than one another on her team.

Celeste briefly dives into the psychology behind athletes working to please coaches instead of for self gratification and affects, both positive and negative, that can have on ones mentality. Celeste then asks Hillary how she prioritizes her energy and focus on her clients of different levels, as she works with women who have goals for both lifestyle and competition. 

Switching gears, Celeste asks Hillary what qualities or characteristics she feels separates a good athlete from a phenomenal athlete. Hillary shares her thoughts on this topic with her personal experiences as a competitor. She also emphasizes that while she believes competing is possible for everyone, it must be made a priority for one to be successful.

After sharing her thoughts, Celeste asks Hillary how she personally deals with the physical, mental, and emotional tolls that come with being a coach. Once again, Hillary shares how her experiences as a competitor helps her empathize and relate to her clients on a deeper level, and the strategies she uses when facing difficult situations.

Next, Celeste touches on the camaraderie amongst the athletes on Hillary’s team and asks how she was able to foster such a supportive environment. Hillary admits that she isn’t quite sure how the strong camaraderie came to be, but expresses her pride in the fact that all her clients seem to connect, regardless of their goal, current fitness level, or physical location. 

Next, Celeste asks Hillary’s opinion on politics and competing. Hillary shares her thoughts, again both personal and from experiences with clients. She also shares her insights on a natural athlete’s potential for success in the NPC without being “genetically gifted.”

Hillary emphasizes the importance of understanding that while all goals are attainable, everyone’s timeline for achieving said goals will be very different. To conclude the philosophical round of questions, Celeste asks Hillary if there is anything she wishes potential clients would ask her, or any coach, in the initial interview process. Hillary shares that she feels a client should always feel comfortable to ask a coach the why’s behind their plan and be able to always have an open and honest line of communication.

Moving on, Celeste starts the hypothetical round of questions. 
Hillary highlights the strengths she brings to the table and the strategy she would take when bringing an athlete to the national stage.

While discussing her approach to programming and rebounds, Hillary addresses the importance of continuing to follow a reverse diet despite the setback instead of resorting to once again restricting food, as the focus should be on a client’s recovery instead of going back to caloric restriction as a form of punishment.

Both Celeste and Hillary discuss the importance of understanding the psychology aspect of a rebound and the strategies to use with clients to set them up for success in terms of getting their consistency back on track. To finish up the hypotheticals round, Celeste asks Hillary if a competition client has been consistent with everything except their posing, whether or not she would still let them step on stage. 

They reference Celeste's food relationship program and resources which Hillary has found success in sending her clients to.
Free Food Series: www.celestial.fit/foodseries
Food Relationship Healing & Discovery Program: www.celestial.fit/foodfreedom

Celeste then moves into the rapid fire round of questioning, where she has Hillary give a short answer on a handful of topics, including meal plans versus macros, waist trainers, and fasted cardio. After sharing her responses, Hillary expands on the topic of macros versus meal plans and she emphasizes that what matters most about a diet is not the type but whether or not it is sustainable.

Next, Celeste asks Hillary to elaborate on her opinion of fed versus fasted cardio, as Hillary had a strong reaction to the initial question. Hillary shares her reasoning behind her cardio preference and then gives some insights to her thoughts on supplements. To conclude the episode, Celeste asks Hillary to share her website and social media channels so listeners can connect with her further. 

CONNECT WITH HILLARY:
TEAM IG PAGE: https://www.instagram.com/team_hgp_elite/
HILLARY IG PAGE: https://www.instagram.com/hillary_giuda_philpott/​

CONNECT WITH CELESTE:
WWW.CELESTIAL.FIT
https://instagram.com/celestial_fit

Time Stamps:
[0:50] Celeste introduces Hillary Giuda Philpott of Team HGP Elite.

[2:10] Celeste asks Hillary to summarize her coaching philosophy. 

[4:15] Hillary shares how understanding the “whole picture” of a clients lifestyle helps her give them the best tools for success. 

[6:30] Celeste asks Hillary how she knows how far she can push a client.

[8:50] Hillary talks about how she makes her clients hormone health a priority.

[11:40] Celeste asks Hillary to expand on her thoughts about what makes a good coach or team truly a good coach/team.

[15:00] Hillary shares some pet peeves she has about coaches and the fitness industry.

[19:25] Hillary talks about how she prioritizes her time, energy, and focus amongst her athletes.

[22:25] Celeste asks Hillary her opinion on what she feels separates a good athlete from a phenomenal athlete.

[25:00] Celeste asks Hillary what physical, mental, and emotional tolls coaching takes on her and what she does to handle those emotions. 

[28:00] Celeste asks Hillary how she’s fostered an environment of camaraderie amongst the athletes on her team.

[32:00] Hillary shares her opinion on politics and competing.

[35:40] Celeste asks Hillary her opinion on athletes success in the NPC without being genetically gifted.

[37:40] Celeste has Hillary share what she wishes clients would or wouldn’t ask in an initial conversation or interview with a coach.

[44:30] Celeste starts the hypotheticals round of questions by asking Hillary if she were an athlete wanting to make a coaching switch before hitting the national circuit, why would she hire Hillary?

[46:00] Hillary shares how she would respond to a client who is questioning whether or not she is ready being 4 weeks out from a show.

[47:45] Hillary shares what she would want a potential competition prep client to know before committing to competing.

[49:50] Celeste asks how Hillary approaches nutrition and training plan for a client who’s had a bad rebound after a show.

[53:00] Hillary expands on why competitors shouldn’t continue to restrict after a rebound or slipping up on their reverse.

[57:00] Celeste asks Hillary if she would put a client on stage even knowing that she is not fully prepared in terms of presentation. 

[60:10] Celeste starts off the rapid fire questions asking Hillary about waist trainers, macros vs meal plans, fasted cardio, etc.

[61:15] Hillary expands on her response to macros vs. meal plans.

[63:35] Celeste asks Hillary to expand on the topic of fasted vs fed cardio.

[65:15] Hillary quickly expands on her opinion about supplements.

[66:30] Hillary shares where people can find & connect with her further

Jan 08, 2021
COACHES' SERIES; ADAM ATKINSON-SEE YOU LATER LEANER
53:36

Today, host Celeste Rains-Turk interviews Adam Atkinson of See You Later Leaner who has had a passion for fitness and health since he was young as his dad and he created their own home gym which sparked a passion for lifting much like his fathers passion. He has been a powerlifter and nationally qualified bodybuilder himself.  He turned his love of lifting into a career training at a local YMCA in 2002 with his issa certification. As his client base grew he founded SYLL in Columbus, Ohio to provide proper nutrition on top of training. He has been coined the diet doc of his town and works with people from all walks of life and of course competitors. His success in the NPC, IFBB, and other federations has led to many top placings, pro cards, and ultimately dream making which is his true passion  

In this educational and informative episode, coach Adam discusses the personal and professional trials and tribulations he tackles as a contest prep coach.  

Adam and Celeste dive deep into topics concerning Adam’s coaching philosophy, prioritizing the health of his clients, and ways to make sure the body is ready for the rigors of prep.  Adam elaborates on the attributes and separating factors between good athletes versus athletes that are truly exceptional.  

He goes on to talk about the use of PEDs with amateur athletes, and sheds light on the rumors associated with “politics” in competing.  In the rapid-fire round, Celeste inquires about many hot topics in the realm of bikini prep; Adam answers, providing listeners with his honest and experience based input.  

Adam’s level of commitment to his clients and passion for coaching radiates throughout this episode, as he provides touching and personal experiences during his time as a competition prep coach.  

Of course, Adam provides ways for listeners to connect with him on social media, as well as his website.  This is certainly an episode you don’t want to miss!

Connect with Adam
Instagram: https://instagram.com/seeyoulaterleaner
Website: https://www.seeyoulaterleaner.com

Connect with Celeste: 
Instagram: https://instagram.com/celestial_fit
Website: http://www.celestial.fit

Episode Time Stamps:
[1:34] Celeste introduces Adam to the show 
[2:20] Adam’s coaching philosophy 
[3:45] Adam talks about how he prioritizes health with his athletes 
[6:04] Talking about determining how far to push an athlete 
[7:42] Hormones/panels to run to determine if someone is healthy for prep 
[9:40] Adam explains a “sympathetic state” 
[11:57] Adam shares what potential clients should look out for before seeking a coach
[14:36] Attributes that make a good coach/athlete team 
[17:17] Characteristic of good athletes vs phenomenal athletes 
[19:37] Adam talks about the demands and struggles of coaching 
[21:40] Adam describes how he prioritizes the needs of different IFBB Professionals 
[25:45] Can natural athletes do well in the NPC if they are not genetically favored?
[28:50] Politics in competing? 
[32:45] Celeste gives various hypothetical competitor scenarios, Adam answers how he would address them accordingly 
[37:03] Adam describes how he would help a struggling client post-show
[38:40] Putting a competitor who has a great physique but struggles with posing on stage
[41:38] Adam talks about benefits/risks of waist trainers 
[42:50] Adams take on the “if it fits your macros” vs “meal plan” dieting 
[46:25] Limiting water intake/cutting water
[46:43] Steady state vs HIIT cardio workouts 
[47:03] Best supplements/vitamins for competitors 
[49:15] Adam talks about an experience where he had to fire a client 
[50:10] Adam describes how to get the most out of steady-state cardio sessions

Jan 07, 2021
COACHES' SERIES; TEAM ATLAS-James Ayotte, Jennifer Dorie, & Angeline Jeanson
01:07:41

Today, Host Celeste Rains-Turk sits down with members of Team Atlas, including James Ayotte, Angeline Jeanson, and Jennifer Dorie. James started coaching in 2016 and has made 21 IFBB pros in the past 2 years. He currently has 2 of the Top 5 bikini Olympians & had 4 bikini Olympians in 2020. Angeline is the head posing coach and builds their athletes' complete look. She is an IFBB bikini pro and a mechanical engineer. Jennifer has a degree in Kinesiology, and placed 2nd at the prestigious 2020 Olympia. 

The conversation begins with James discussing the detailed philosophy of Team Atlas and what sets them apart. James says that each detail is cared for, from bracelets to suit color. The most important thing is the quality of the athletes produced. Each athlete gets individual service, no one is just a number. 

Celeste asks James to discuss how they manage having so many athletes. Many tasks are delegated to Jen and Angeline, such as administrative tasks, as well as getting multiple points of view from Jen and Angeline. James credits organization for their success.

They never procrastinate. Jen says they all thrive off of being productive and enjoying what they do. Angeline talks about the most important things the athletes need to focus on in each posing session. She coaches technique first then works on the details. She selects every detail about their look, including suit connectors, cut and color. James expands on suit selection and its importance and how it’s so difficult to get the perfect cut and color. 

Regarding what sets apart a good athlete from a champion athlete, James starts with a bad athlete as someone who doesn’t have great genetics and doesn’t follow the plan. A good athlete begins with someone who follows protocol and makes corrections and listens to feedback. A great athlete is someone who cares deeply about their progress. Jen agrees that being coachable is important. The athlete has to take ego out of the process.

James says the best athlete can put their egos aside. Angelina says she agrees with the ego element. She wants each athlete to look their best on stage and sometimes sees athletes unwilling to listen to her advice and they get limited by their egos. James says he, Jen, and Angelina are all very different and all the same. They have different approaches but are all detailed and organized.

James talks about the fine balance between pushing an athlete and prep while keeping them as healthy as possible. He admits that prepping is not the healthiest thing. Bodybuilding is an extreme sport and requires an athlete to experience hunger. He would never do anything extreme to get an athlete on stage.

He would say no and recommend a later show. He hates short prep because it doesn’t allow for time to practice posing, also. Jen says sometimes clients have unrealistic expectations and she has to be honest with the athlete that they will not be healthy and show ready. Extreme preps also make the rebound much harder. 

Celeste asks James for his thoughts on the claims that politics play a role in judging outcomes. He and Jen both say it’s ridiculous and a cop-out. There are no free wins, they are all earned in the IFBB. The judges want the best athlete to win on show day. There is a panel of judges as an insurance to keep fair judging.

James brings up the point that Instagram photos look different than stage comparison photos, which can show more detail. Angelina says that the overall look matters in judging and can take away from a great physique. Fifty percent of the battle is your presentation and posing. If you’re going to make a choice, like an unusual hair cut or suit color, everything else has to be on point. 


Celeste asks Angeline what they would do if they had an athlete whose physique is on point but their posing is lacking. Would they still put them on stage? Angeline is honest with the athlete how their posing will hinder them. She says it’s on them if they decide to ignore their posing practice and still get on stage.

Celeste asks James what he would want someone to know before they commit to competing. James says they are very passionate about their jobs and wants their athletes to have the best experience. They aren’t driven by the money, they have passion for their athletes. Jen says if you aren’t willing to give 100%, then Team Atlas isn’t for you. They expect a lot and have high standards. They have never declined an athlete because of genetics, only because of work ethic and mindset. 

Next, the team discusses how they would handle an athlete who doesn’t feel ready but is physically ready. They would encourage them to stop looking in the mirror! Send check-ins and listen to the coaches. If James isn’t worried, the athlete shouldn’t be worried.

James likes to have athletes ready ahead of time so they can cruise into the show and have a more refreshed body. If an athlete isn’t going to be ready but still wants to compete at a specific show, she asks what their goals are for the show. If it’s just a matter of having fun and bringing their best, then she thinks it’s fine they still choose that show. They would never tell an athlete they are capable of something they aren’t. They want their athletes to have realistic goals. 

Celeste asks their approach to an athlete that has a bad post-show rebound. James explains how the metabolism is affected at the end of prep and how a reverse is necessary to bring it back to a higher rate. He says reverse is harder than prep because the show is over but they still need to stay on track. 

For the last hypothetical question, Celeste asks if an athlete that is one year into competing and wants to turn pro, why would they hire Team Atlas? James says he would actually encourage the athlete to stick with their current coach if they are doing well. Jen says if this happens, usually there is an issue. If you’re happy where you are, then don’t shop around. But if you have to chase your coach for check ins, then you should inquire about a new coach.

Celeste begins the rapid fire questions with seven questions and each coach gives short answers. To see all questions asked in the coach series you can visit the main blog breaking it down 

After finishing the rapid fire questions, Celeste asks where the egg term came from. James says it was something silly that came from another client referring to himself as an egg when he had to shave his head and beard for a show. 

Celeste wraps up by thanking Team Atlas for joining her on the podcast. 

WAYS TO CONNECT:

CONNECT WITH TEAM ATLAS:
IG: https://www.instagram.com/teamatlasmtl/
WEBSITE: WWW.TEAMATLASMTL.COM


CONNECT WITH JAMES:
MIND LEADER IG: https://www.instagram.com/mindleader/
MIND LEADER YOUTUBE: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC3RId73Xm0CHY6v1cycCMfA

CONNECT WITH JEN DORIE:
IG: https://www.instagram.com/jenniferdorie_ifbbpro/
YOUTUBE: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCiQs8mwt1BfGc6bREoPxBkg

CONNECT WITH ANGELINE:
IG: https://www.instagram.com/angelinejeanson/ 
ALL LINKS: https://linktr.ee/PosingbyA

CONNECT WITH CELESTE: https://www.instagram.com/celestial_fit/

SIGN UP FOR THE FREE FOOD RELATIONSHIP ​COACHING SERIES: https://celeste-rainsturk.clickfunnels.com/free-food-relationship-mentorship
Get Access to the Free Post-Show Blues ​Coaching Series: https://celeste-rainsturk.clickfunnels.com/free-7day-post-show-personal-development-coaching-series


EPISODE TIME STAMPS:

[1:00]  Celeste introduces Team Atlas

[2:10] James talks about his coaching philosophy. 

[3:19] Celeste asks how they manage to have so many athletes. 

[6:40] Angeline talks about their approach to posing. 

[8:53] James expands on suit selection and its importance.

[10:00] The group talks about what sets apart a good athlete from a great athlete. 

[21:10] Celeste asks how they determine how far to push an athlete. 

[26:20] James talks about the claim of politics in judging. 

[31:33] Celeste asks the group some hypothetical questions. 

[36:04] The team talks to how they would handle an athlete who doesn’t feel ready but is physically ready. 

[41:53] Celeste asks their approach to an athlete that has a bad post-show rebound. 

[46:00] Celeste asks about a hypothetical scenario regarding coach selection. 

[49:16] Rapid fire questions begin.

[63:43] Celeste asks about the origin of the egg term. 

[65:40] Celeste wraps up the conversation thanking James, Jen, and Angeline for joining her. 

Jan 06, 2021
COACHES' SERIES; GLAM GIRL BIKINI
01:18:38
Jan 05, 2021
COACHES' SERIES; NICOLE FERRIER
48:23

In this episode, Celeste kicks off the second round of Coach’s Week by speaking with Nicole Ferrier, an online lifestyle and competition coach who is also the host of her own podcast, Beyond the Bikini, and who is an NPC Bikini athlete and has competed in 18 shows.

Celeste also emphasizes Nicole’s education credentials and certifications and highlights that Nicole also focuses on prioritizing her clients mental health and food relationships in both the lifestyle and competition realms. 


First, Celeste breaks down the types of questions she will be asking Nicole so both Nicole and the listeners can understand the structure of this new Coach’s Series. Celeste starts off with a round of philosophy questions, asking Nicole to summarize her personal philosophy and coaching style.

Nicole then goes on to share how she handles the mental, physical and emotional demands that coaching can have as she is a coach who is heavily invested in her clients results and progress. Celeste mentions how Nicole emphasizes educating her clients and how she works with them on their relationship with food. 


Nicole shares how she works with clients that feel apprehensive or overwhelmed about the prescribed food on their plan, especially with those that are prescribed more food than they are used to eating. Nicole also opens up and shares her personal struggles with an eating disorder and how that experience has helped her become a better coach. 

After discussing the importance of coaching and food relationships, Celeste asks Nicole her opinion on what she feels is important in a coach or a team that sets them apart from others. With Nicole’s opinion in mind, she shares how her experiences as a competitor have helped her shape and mold her personal coaching philosophy and also talks about what she wishes potential clients would ask her in their initial consultation call. 

Next, Celeste asks Nicole to elaborate more on some of her coaching strategies. Celeste starts off by asking a listener question, having Nicole share how she determines how far or how hard she can push her athletes. Celeste then asks Nicole how she addresses situations with clients that go “above and beyond” their plan. Branching off of the topic of monitoring client progress, Celeste asks Nicole about the approach she takes when peaking her clients for competition while taking a macro based approach. 

Nicole then shares her opinion on what she feels are qualities or characteristics that separate the good  athletes from the phenomenal athletes. Celeste then asks Nicole to share her opinion on the somewhat taboo subject of natural athletes in the NPC and their potential for success without having “gifted genetics.” Circling back to the focus of client health as Nicole had mentioned previously, Celeste asks Nicole how she keeps her clients internal health a priority. 

After talking coaching strategies Celeste and Nicole discuss pet peeves and about both the fitness industry in general and coach-client relationships. Nicole gives a more in depth description of how she prioritizes her clients given that they have such varying goals, for example lifestyle and competition, and she also shares her opinion on politics in competing. 

From there, Celeste starts the second round of questioning, the hypotheticals, and asks that Nicole share her best opinion on each question. The subjects in this round consist of topics such as clients on their road to pro looking to change coaches before hitting the national circuit, client reassurance from Nicole as their coach if they are experiencing doubt during contest prep, what Nicole would like a potential client to know before committing to a competition prep, how she would help a competitor deal with a bad rebound, and if she would follow through with putting a competition client on stage even knowing that this client hadn’t been as diligent and dedicated to perfecting their stage presentation. 

After finishing the hypotheticals, Celeste and Nicole get into the quick fire round of questioning. The quick fire round includes topics such as meal plan preferences, best methods of cardio for fat loss, waist trainers, and supplements.

Nicole chooses a few of those questions to elaborate on and share her deeper thoughts and insight. She then shares key advice to listeners about the process of interviewing and hiring a coach and Celeste concludes the episode by having Nicole share where and how listeners can find her and connect with her further.


CONNECT WITH NICOLE:
https://www.nicoleferrierfitness.com
https://www.instagram.com/nicoleferrierfitness/?hl=en
https://linktr.ee/nicoleferrierfitness

CONNECT WITH CELESTE:
https://www.instagram.com/celestial_fit/?hl=en

FOOD RELATIONSHIP COACHING FREE SERIES: https://celeste-rainsturk.clickfunnels.com/free-food-relationship-mentorship


Episode Time Stamps:
[0:45] Celeste introduces Nicole.

[1:40] Celeste goes over the format of how and what types of questions will be asked for the Coaches week series.

[2:00] Nicole summarizes her coaching philosophy.

[2:50] Celeste asks Nicole how she handles the mental and emotional demands that come from being a coach.

[4:20] Nicole shares her top three recommendations for clients who are apprehensive about eating the prescribed food on their plan. 

[5:50] Celeste asks Nicole how her personal struggles with her relationship with food has helped her become a better coach to her clients in the same respects. 

[7:45] Celeste asks Nicole’s opinion on what she thinks makes a good coach or team truly a good coach/team. 

[9:10] Nicole shares how her experiences as a competitor have molded her approach to her coaching style.

[11:25] Nicole discusses what questions she wishes potential clients would ask her before deciding to work together. 

[13:30] Celeste asks Nicole how she determines how hard or far to push an athlete.

[16:25] Celeste asks Nicole how she addresses situations where she feels her clients may be going “above and beyond” their prescribed plan.

[18:05] Nicole shares insight on peaking her athletes who take a macro based approach with their diet.

[20:00] Celeste asks Nicole what qualities she feels separates the good athletes from the phenomenal athletes.

[21:15] Celeste asks Nicole’s opinion on natural athletes and their potential for success in the NPC.

[22:30] Nicole discusses how she keeps her clients hormonal health a priority.

[24:00] Celeste asks Nicole about any fitness industry pet peeves.

[25:45] Celeste asks Nicole if she has any pet peeves in terms of coach-client relationships.

[27:40] Nicole talks about how she prioritizes her clients, despite their varying levels of goals (ie. competition vs lifestyle clients).

[29:00] Nicole shares her opinion on the topic of politics in competing.

[31:10] Celeste starts the hypothetical round of questions, starting with this: if she were a competitor going for her pro card and seeking a new approach with coaching, why would she hire Nicole?

[32:00] Hypothetical question #2: how would Nicole reassure a client they are on track and will be ready for their show, despite the clients doubts?

[33:35] Hypothetical question #3: what is something Nicole wants a potential client to know before committing to a contest prep?

[35:30] Hypothetical question #4: how would Nicole address a client who comes to her wanting to reverse and get “back to normal” after feeling they had a hard rebound.

[37:50] Hypothetical question #5: would Nicole put a competition client on stage even while knowing that client has not spent enough time on their posing?

[39:15] Celeste kicks off the rapid fire round of questions with Nicole. 

[40:35] Nicole expands on the rapid fire question about firing a client.

[42:43] Nicole expands on the topic of supplements and competing.

[45:00] Nicole shares advice to listeners about the process of interviewing and hiring a coach. 

[46:20] Celeste asks Nicole to share how listeners can find and connect with her further. 

Jan 04, 2021
BRITTANY HAMILTON
01:03:13

In this episode, Celeste speaks with Brittany Hamilton, an IFBB Bikini Pro who earned her pro card at Universe in 2019, works as a posing coach and is also a sponsored athlete with Natural Science and Angel Competition Bikinis. Celeste starts off the episode by asking Brittany if she has a routine or a ritual she performs right before her heel hits the stage. Brittany explains how she prefers to stand back and reflect on her prep and the process it took her to get to stage. 


Next, Celeste presents Brittany a “myth buster” question; asking her opinion on whether or not an athlete should win an overall title before deciding to hit the national circuit. Brittany shares her insight on the topic and afterwards, Celeste mentions how Brittany’s placings varied throughout her amateur career with little consistency. She then asks Brittany if she had any doubts in herself or her abilities because of the various placings between both first and second call outs. Brittany talks about the feelings that came with receiving different types of feedback on each physique she brought to stage and what she had to change to best fit the criteria the judges were looking for in bikini. 


Brittany shares the shocking detail that it has been two years since she last trained shoulders and she discusses the tweaks she’s made to her posing and overall presentation to try to compensate for her overpowering upper body. Celeste then asks Brittany what her current training split looks like since she’s had to refrain from training certain muscle groups. Despite the sacrifices Brittany has had to make to her physique to stay with the standards of the division, she shares why she loves competing in bikini. 

Next, Celeste takes Brittany back to her journey as an amateur and asks Brittany what gave her that drive and tenacity to go after and achieve her pro card. Brittany talks about the support from her coach, Adam, from Team See You Later Leaner, and she discusses what she has most benefited from by learning from him and having his guidance throughout her progression as an athlete. After hearing about her experiences thus far with her coaches, Celeste asks Brittany to share one of her favorite moments she has had with them. 

This question calls Brittany to reflect on this years competitions, and Brittany mentions her feedback from the Klash Championship. She discusses the physique she brought, her feedback, and what her and Adam discussed before building the game plan allowing her to make the necessary changes for the New York Pro. Brittany talks about the extreme changes her training took to bring the look the judges wanted from her. 

Celeste then guides the conversation in a different direction, asking Brittany about taking time off and when she knows it is her time to take a break from competing. She asks Brittany what she does and how she prioritizes giving her body the necessary rest before deciding to start another contest prep. Brittany explains how she takes breaks more for the mental aspect since she doesn’t need to focus on gaining muscle or putting on any more size. Brittany circles back to competing at the NY Pro and how it was the biggest learning experience she’s had this season. She shares how her and her coach really took the time and energy to discover the best nutrition and training plan for her to bring her best look to stage. 

Brittany talks about how self-reflection opened her eyes to what she sees as one of her weaknesses and the strategy she has to improve on this weakness. After hearing that Brittany’s plan involves cutting out all sugars and artificial sweeteners, Celeste asks Brittany to share her experiences so far and if she has done any specific testing to further educate herself. Because of all the highs and lows Brittany has experienced through her 2020 season, Celeste asks how she has handled everything both mentally and emotionally. 

Next, Celeste asks Brittany about her first season as a pro and what it was like to be backstage and surrounded by many seasoned athletes who she has admired and looked up to for years. Brittany also talks about her friendship with Lauren Adams, another IFBB bikini pro, and the positive impact it has had on her journey. Since Brittany is also a posing coach, Celeste has Brittany share what she feels are the most important aspects for a posing routine. 

After sharing her insight Brittany talks about what she has learned from her experiences working with Casey Samsel, another IFBB Pro who helped Brittany drastically change and improve her presentation. She emphasizes the importance of coaches needing coaches as well, especially when it comes to posing, as an outside eye can catch details that an athlete cannot see in their own routine. 

After talking competing, Celeste asks Brittany if she has any other hobbies or interests in life that give her fulfillment outside of bodybuilding. Brittany tells listeners about her current job outside of the fitness industry but that she wants to become more involved in fitness by getting her training and nutrition certifications. She talks about how she loves being outdoors and has interests in fishing and before finding bodybuilding was a golf professional. 

Celeste and Brittany discuss her former career in golf and Celeste asks if there are any similarities in mindset or approach between the two sports and if golf has had any influence on the athlete she has become in bodybuilding. Next, Brittany shares her advice for both first time competitors and girls on their road to pro and then tells listeners where they can find and connect with her further.

CONNECT WITH BRITTANY: https://www.instagram.com/britthamilton_ifbbpro/

CONNECT WITH CELESTE: https://www.instagram.com/celestial_fit/


Time Stamps:
[0:50] Celeste introduces Brittany.


[1:40] Celeste asks Brittany about her pre stage ritual.

[4:20] Celeste has Brittany share her opinion on competing at the national level before winning an overall at the regional level.

[7:05] Brittany discusses if she had any doubts before earning her pro card as her placings varied between her regional and national shows.

[12:00] Celeste asks Brittany about what she changed to make her shoulders seem smaller on stage.

[14:15] Celeste asks Brittany to share her training split as she mentioned she doesn’t train upper body.

[16:20] Brittany discusses why she loves competing in the bikini division.

[18:20] Celeste asks Brittany what drove her tenacity and decision to go for her pro card.

[20:15] Celeste asks about Brittany’s coach and if his support has benefited her progression as an athlete.

[23:05] Brittany shares her most memorable moments with her coach thus far on her competing journey.

[25:30] Brittany talks about the training changes she made between the Klash and NY Pro to bring the look to match the judges criteria for bikini.

[27:10] Celeste asks Brittany if there was anything particular thing she did to prioritize giving her body a break before starting a new prep.

[31:35] Celeste asks how Brittany and Adam, her coach, discovered the best nutrition and cardio plan for her to bring the right look to New York Pro.

[34:00] Brittany shares what she feels is a weakness of hers and what changes she’ll be implementing to improve on this weakness.

[36:20] Celeste asks Brittany about her decision to cut out all sugars and artificial sweeteners.

[39:00] Celeste asks Brittany how the 2020 seasons lessons have been for her both mentally and emotionally. 

[42:15] Celeste asks Brittany about her experiences backstage and what she feels being surrounded by other women she’s admired and looked up to for years.

[44:20] Brittany talks about her friendship with Lauren Adams and what it means to have such a good friend in the sport.

[47:25] Celeste asks Brittany what she feels is most important in a posing routine & when stepping on stage.

[49:20] Brittany talks about how she improved her posing and what she learned working with Casey Samsel.

[54:00] Celeste asks Brittany how she finds fulfillment in life outside of bodybuilding.

[56:00] Celeste asks Brittany if her career in pro golf has any similarities to her career in bodybuilding.

[57:40] Brittany shares her best advice for first time competitors and for the girls on their road to pro.

[61:00] Brittany tells listeners where they can find & connect with her.

Jan 01, 2021
MAEGHAN EGLI
01:04:08

In this week’s episode, host Celeste Rains-Turk speaks with newly crowned IFBB Professional who played and coached club and collegiate volleyball and has been competing since 2016 and just went pro at NPC universe 2020, while working as a sales executive marketing rep for Ticor Title and living the wife and dog mom life, Maeghan Egli, to discuss the ins and outs of her road to her pro card.

 

Maeghan starts by sharing what initially got her interested in the sport and how she began her first prep with a novice coach. She talks about how they learned about the methodology and competing together and how maybe honey-glazed salmon was a little too complicated of a meal while prepping. 

 

In her first two years of competing working with this novice coach, Maeghan talks about how she went to her first national show with no understanding of the weight that nationals carry and what it truly means to earn a pro card, despite walking away from that show with a 4th place title.

 

Although she received an incredible placing, Maeghan talks about the day of prejudging for her first national show when she experienced a scare – passing out prior to stepping on stage. As someone with a very all-or-nothing mindset, Maeghan learned the importance of listening to her body and eating or drinking water when she needed it, especially because the incident left her with 12 stiches underneath her chin.

 

As the episode progresses, Maeghan shares the importance of researching a coach and what factors influenced her decision to hire a coach that had more experience in the world of competing than she did as opposed to someone who would learn along with her and the experiences and expectations she had of herself when working with this more experienced coach.

 

Maeghan shares in depth about her no-excuses mentality and how it has brought her this far in not only competing, but in her career and her marriage. She shares the importance of routine in her daily life and how her athlete mentality has influenced her to become the best possible version of herself, which includes merging her professional life with her competition and fitness life. Maeghan shares about all the wonderful opportunities that have presented themselves to her since she made the decision to no longer isolate each part of her life.

 

As the episode draws to a close, Maeghan shares how her strategies have changed between Universe and North American’s as well as the feedback she has received and how she plans to grow and change (which also includes a surprising, uncommon area where she is looking for growth). Maeghan talks about how her suit and hair color have changed over the years and the reasoning behind the decision to make these changes.

 

In perfect Confessions of a Bikini Pro fashion, the interview wraps up with Maeghan sharing her best advice for those new to competing as well as those looking to go pro. This wonderful, insightful and relatable episode, Maeghan shows how to live by the words “If it’s important to you, you’ll find a way; if not, you’ll find an excuse.”



CONNECT WITH MAEGHAN: https://www.instagram.com/maeghanegli/

 

CONNECT WITH CELESTE: https://www.instagram.com/celestial_fit/



EPISODE TIME STAMPS

 

[1:20] Pre Stage Rituals

[3:02] The first Prep

[5:04] Working with a novice coach

[7:13] Knowing when to switch coaches

[10:18] Stepping away from a show and taking time to grow

[12:33] Showing up at nationals with a love for the sport over nerves

[13:12] Passing out before the stage

[16:30] How passing out changed a view on bodybuilding

[21:59] Signs your body is giving you that you need a break

[24:25] Working with an experienced coach

[25:56] Expectations of a new coach

[27:36] Post-Wedding Prep

[29:00] An athlete mentality and it’s influence in life

[33:01] Leaving no room for excuses

[36:19] Developing a morning routine

[39:08] Managing a work schedule with competing and a marriage

[43:01] Sharing her business and fitness together on social media

[46:10] Inspiration after earning a pro card

[47:38] How being a pro effects the way you show up for yourself

[49:15] Current goals with no show in mind

[50:45] Favorite exercises for glutes, hamstrings and shoulders

[52:07] The difference between Universe and North American’s

[54:09] Peaking strategy leading into Universe

[57:22] Changing Hair Color

[58:40] Feedback on suit color

[1:00:13] Best advice for girls who have never competed before and those on the road to pro

 

 

Life long athlete, played and coached club and collegiate volleyball, went pro at NPC universe in 2020, wife and dog mom

[1:20] pre stage ritual: chatting with the girls in line, no specific ritual, in deep conversations with those around her to distract herself from nerves

[3:02] first prep in 2016 and inspiration for competing – longer prep because she had been seeing a trainer at her local gym for winter/summer break to stay in shape for volleyball then go back to college, came back after graduating and the trainer saw her, even though she wasn’t training for a purpose. There was a local one in may of the next year and she was all in for it, it was the first time he had prepped anyone, super cheap training like $100/month, started in NOV 2016, intention of may 2017 show.

[5:04] working with a coach who had never prepped anyone before – fancy, complicated meals, was hard to control variables, 4 or 5 weeks into prep she was getting leaner and it was obvious he didn’t know what he was doing so he brought one of his friends in and asked for help, after 1.5-2 weeks into that she fired the trainer because the other guy was doing the work and she asked the other guy to prep her. Stayed with him for the first 2 years of the competition

[7:13] Knowing when to switch coaches – her old coach and her were learning and experiencing things together, she got to the point where she wanted to pursue it in a more competitive way and she felt that she needed someone that had more knowledge than her, not someone who was learning with her. She hired Shane Heugly because he had been in the game and knew what level she wanted to be at as opposed to growing linearly. If you’re wanting to look at other coaches, talk to your coach about it, let them understand what your thoughts are and be transparent. She wanted someone who was already competitive at the level she wants to be at.

[10:18] Stepping away from your first national show and taking time to grow – the universe delivers when you’re ready because I stepped on to that national stage not knowing what a procard was and what placing meant. She was just enjoying training and doing it because she loved the sport. Her husband proposed to her two weeks before nationals, wanting to get married in a year, so after this show she’s going to focus on life and wedding stuff, before she even received her placing she knew she was going to take time off, she knew she wasn’t going to compete until 3 months after her wedding minimum.

[12:33] Showing up at nationals with a love for the sport over nerves – placed 4th at first national show, she thinks that 

[13:12] passing out before stage – follows her plans to a T – i.e. if plan says eat at 8am, won’t eat at 7:59 or 8:01, woke up that morning dehydrated of prejudging, had to get her tan touched up and got super dizzy standing in line for touch ups and passed out in the tanning tent, woke up instantly and had hit the underside of her chin on the fan in front of her, split open her chin, stepped on stage for prejudging with makeshift bandages under her chin, held a tissue there seconds before she stepped on stage, went to the ER later that night and got 12 stitches, went back and did finals with stitches in her face. Lessons learned – don’t cut water, don’t drink wine the night before and EAT if you’re dizzy!

[16:30] How passing out changed her view of bodybuilding – it’s hard because it could have been prevented had she eaten before she went to tanning, get in the mindset in competing that it’s so hardcore you should push through the suffering, you need to recognize your limits. Stepping on stage is not worth your overall health. In that moment I felt like I had to push past it, but it’s important to know that you do have to go to extreme levels, but if it comes down to “I’m going to pass out” just eat and drink some water. The fact that she hit the only part that the judges couldn’t see was insane. She knew that passing out was on her, her coach didn’t tell her not to eat or drink, she made that decision. Also judges will disqualify you if they know you passed out.

[21:59] Body giving you signs you need a break – 3-4 weeks out from USAs, her body was stalling, not losing weight, was doing HIIT and steady state cardio (2-3 sessions/day) and nothing was changing. Coach at the time reached out to friends and was like “what do I do” and the coaches gave little pieces of advice (i.e. parking further away, increasing overall NEAT). Was getting so tired that despite cardio going up, daily activity was going way down, wasn’t doing anything, that was negating the cardio. Didn’t properly address it, didn’t reverse properly after the show, tried to do macros but had no idea how to, was overeating at time, her body eventually “gave up” and she got to a weight where it didn’t change, but she wasn’t comfortable with it

[24:25] Shows with an experienced coach – never doubted whether or not she would be ready

[25:56] Expectations with a new coach – didn’t want to do macros, she just wanted to feel good, did a meal plan “with options”, interchanging her proteins/carbs/fats. Got a meal plan implemented and was focused on making her coach happy – helped that she was a collegiate athlete. She wanted to know if she was going to get results with him so focus was to be 100% so she could be focused on that. Cardio was down and food was up, had a really good maintence while adhering to the plan

[27:36] Post-Wedding Prep – started at a high maintence and worked into the prep, started with a mini-cut for 4 weeks before the wedding and then started prep 1-2 weeks after she got back for nationals in November. Shane is slow to change things with her athletes. “If your body is still responding, there’s no need to change anything”.

[29:00] An athlete mentality and it’s overall influence in her life – had a coach say one time “if it’s important to you, you’ll find a way, if not, you’ll find an excuse”. It became engrained in her and has looked at that in all areas of her life. If it’s truly important to you, you’ll make it happen. Was late to practice because her car was towed and made her run lines because she was light. If you wouldn’t have parked in the tow zone, you wouldn’t have gotten towed, then you wouldn’t have been late. If you want something, you won’t let anything stand in the way. “you’re either growing or dying, there is no stagnation”

[33:01] Leaving no room for excuses – adding things into a routine. Wanted to read books and recognized that she needed to set it in the schedule, developing a plan around her goals. Started reading during steady state cardio because she was “wasting” time via Instagram/music so she started reading during steady state to maximize. When the gyms shut down she implemented a bedtime routine where she would read before bed, helped relax her. Added a morning routine and started reading during that time too. She was noticing that things she would learn about in books would show up in life and she was able to handle situations better because she had more knowledge from the books. Our brain is attunded to be mindful of the things that happen to us.

[36:19] The beginning of the morning routine – miracle morning by Hal Elrod, spent the first 20 pages arguing with the book lol and then she said ok, I’m going to try this, then she tried it. After the first 3 days (which sucked),  then she started the morning routine and then noticed that the anxiousness that had cropped up in COVID world was beginning to melt away.

[39:08] Managing a work schedule with competing and a marriage – sales and marketing rep for a title company, pre covid she was meeting with real estate agents and learn how they market themselves, then try to fill the holes in their business. When covid happened, zoom became king, had to get appointment with clients via zoom because realtors initially wanted to meet when things went away, then it got to the point where everyone did zoom all the time and they were over it lol. Relationship wise, he is a grower for family dispensary, it’s all he’s been doing and they were considered essential so literally nothing changed for him, he still worked his regular job and regular hours. She’s home when he comes home for lunch which is different, but nothing really changed. They saw each other more because she was working from home and not 45 minutes away. She also had two extra hours because she didn’t have that extra drive time. Didn’t have to wake up at 4:30 anymore and could wake up at 5:30. Prep wasn’t easy, but easier in terms of fitting things in.

[43:01] Sharing her business (title company and fitness) on social media – tried to keep fitness and normal life separate in the beginning because she thought it would be looked down on by people who don’t know anything about the sport. She wanted to remain professional, and FB was her business side of things whereas IG was all the competing stuff. Noticing clients and potential clients had a huge wow factor when they found out she was a competitor. When business and health align, you flourish. The more she combined the two worlds, the more she is seeing inspiring people and getting business opportunities she wouldn’t have otherwise gotten.

[46:10] Feeling differently after earning her procard, shift in goals with the sport – felt the fire to work hard and reach the procard goal, but she feels more relaxed now because there is no show in mind and there isn’t a big “all or nothing” mentality right now, but at the same time, feels so motivated and excited and wants to be better, but once she got her procard, her level of intensity increased. Super motivated and inspired, yet calm about it

[47:38] how does being a pro effect the way you show up for yourself – train harder, pushing harder and failing more with weights, now isn’t just “going through the motions” and her husband went to her with the gym for the last 4 weeks of her prep so her husband could spot her and she couldn’t take short cuts. Even in the garage gym, she feels like she’s been on another level and pushing even harder

[49:15] Current focus/goals – wants to properly reverse and wants to know what she will do to make herself competitive at the pro level. Wants to go in with intention. Need shoulders, glutes and calves, so on those days, she’s hyper focused because she knows she needs to really push until failure. Also added calves in on another day 

[50:45] Exercises for glutes, hamstrings and shoulders – hip thrusts (HEAVY), tie between dumbbell shoulder press (with husband spotting so she can go heavy) and lateral raises seated (feels like it puts more focus on her shoulders), hamstring curl machine

[52:07] what set her apart at universe as opposed to north americans – posing 100%, her north americans posing was “cringey” lol. The DJ at north americans was awesome, so the DJ was awesome, and she was way too excited and she practically ran on stage and posed way too fast and ran off. Practiced being slower with headphones on to super fast music (lots of latin music) and focused on being slow so the judges will focus on her and show off what she worked for.

[54:09] Peaking strategy different than past experiences – body was super on fire. 1.5 weeks out she looked in the mirror and was like “I look good”, and she doesn’t really feel that very often, but she knew it was the best she ever looked, even her husband was like “this is the best you’ve ever looked”, this show she didn’t hardly carb load the day of the show (only the day before). Only had one meal before going on stage and shane’s wife said she looked perfect, didn’t need extra carbs or salt, felt like she looked really good with this approach, even though it wasn’t planned that way

[57:22] Changing hair color – changing her hair color for life, she didn’t change it because of competing. Started going blonde in college because she wanted to be but had naturally dark brown hair. It was a lot of maintence so she went back to natural color and stepped on stage with brown hair.

[58:40] Feedback on a suit color – have control over suit color, jewelry, everything before stepping on stage. Was first red, then switched coaches and tiffany suggested a couple colors went for like a more purple, but then went blue and they did well in blue so they’re sticking with it.

[1:00:13] Best advice for girls who have never competed and those on the road to pro: get a coach that knows what they’re doing from the get-go and do your research. Interview your coaches and pick the one that best aligns with you. Be a student of the sport. Be patient on the road to pro and be willing to work hard because the sport is not for everyone. Not everyone is meant to be a professional bikini competitor.

[1:02:15] Connecting via social media

Dec 25, 2020
DR. CHELAN NOUR
59:07

  In this week’s podcast, Celeste interviews Dr. Chelan Nour: Anesthesiologist, mother and IFBB Bikini Professional.  

    The pair kick off the podcast by talking about show day rituals, as well as how Chelan serves to be a positive source of energy towards other competitors backstage during show day.  Chelan and Celeste go on to mention the importance of positivity and the value of “Celebrating each others” both as people and competitors. 

    The two go on to talk about various obstacles encountered during prep, and how ultimately everything we do comes down to choices we make.  Chelan talks about sayings she incorporates into not only her preps, but lifestyle as well, called “Chelanisms”

    Chelan elaborates on her journey in fitness, from just starting out to earring the title of IFBB Professional.  She goes on to discuss some of the various obstacles she encountered along the way, but ultimately how she overcame them and now views them as being blessings in her life.

    As a physician, Chelan describes her path to becoming a doctor, and her decision to specialize in anesthesiology.  She describes how the discipline she acquired through studying and medicine have translated into the discipline she needs to be successful in bodybuilding and motherhood.  

    Celeste and Chelan talk about Chelan’s experiences competing in the national circuit, as well as feedback she has received from judges along the way.  The duo converse on Chelan’s ultimate “Why” for competing in the first place as well as things that have continually inspired her throughout her journey.  Specifically, Chelan emphasizes the impact a previous podcast on the series affected her on a very personal level.   

    Chelan shares valuable advices for both new competitors and those who are on their road to pro.  Moreover, she talks about the importance of manifesting and dreaming about your goals to make them come to fruition.  Quoting Chelan “If you can dream it, you can do it!”

 

CONNECT WITH CHELAN: https://www.instagram.com/dr.chelanashley/

CONNECT WITH CELESTE: https://www.instagram.com/celestial_fit/

 

EPISODE TIME STAMPS

[00:45] Celeste introduces Dr. Chelan Nour to the podcast, highlighting her accomplishments: both as an athlete and in the professional 

[2:23] Celeste asks about a ritual Chelan has before she steps on stage

[3:06] Chelan talks about how she brings a positive supportive energy to the backstage atmosphere  “celebrating each other”

[3:51] Celeste inquires about Chelan's various “Chelanisms”(ie “being hungry is a choice”)

[4:47] Celeste and Chelan talk about viewing hunger as an opportunity vs a disappointment 

[5:32] Celeste asks how Chelan started competing 

[7:17] The pair discuss Chelan’s experience prepping herself for her first competition 

[8:34] Chelan discusses about her “fomo” watching others compete nationally while she was recovering after her surgery

[11:36] Celeste and Chelan talk about how we can accomplish our goals, despite various obstacles that come our way

[12:18] Chelan mentions the various blessings she has had thought the COVID pandemic 

[13:30] Celeste asks how Chelan manages all of the various moving parts of her busy life

[14:54] Celeste asks if Chelan ever pictured she would be where she currently is as a mother (39, single living in LA)

[15:53] Chelan describes how she is grateful for the changes in her life as they have allowed her to find a life she never would have imagined 

[16:33] Chelan shares how bodybuilding is a blessing 

[17:16] Celeste asks Chelan about her experience adjusting to single life

[18:33] Chelan describes her journey to becoming a physician

[20:13] Celeste inquires about how Chelan manages days that are unexpected or out of the blue

[21:13] Chelan mentions shifting her priorities from work to her bodybuilding goals and goals of motherhood 

[21:33] Chelan describes her love for medicine and her choice to becoming an anesthesiologist 

[23:19] Celeste asks if the disciplines of motherhood and being a physician translate into bodybuilding

[24:15] Chelan talks about how the difficulties motherhood have ultimately shaped her productivity 

[26:34] Celeste asks what inspired Chelan to go back and forth from regionals to nationals

[28:05] Chelan talks about the connections she has fostered through bodybuilding and social media 

[28:57] Celeste inquires about Chelan's “why” for bodybuilding

[30:08] Chelan describes how she manages her emotions and expectations in competing 

[31:50] Celeste inquires about Chelan's use of low pressure fitness (LPF)

[32:00] Chelan describes her experience working with an LPF coach and her

[34:00] Chelan talks about her experience from judges at her various shows 

[34:35] Chelan mentions “eating her way” towards her pro card and “being hungry” even when she was not

[36:40] Chelan talks about the impact celeste previous podcast with Maya Soleli had on her life and journey as a competitor 

[38:09] Celeste asks what Chelan's process was like hitting the national circuit 

[39:17] Chelan mentions her experience winning the overall

[40:09] Chelan talks about her stage presence and proudly showing off her hard work 

[41:35] Celeste asks what Chelan would say to women who are hesitant to compete because of their age

[42:23] Celeste inquires about Chelan's post show reverse dieting experience 

[43:23] Chelan mentions her experience jumping into her pro debut 5 days after earning her pro card

[44:33] Celeste asks about Chelan's goals for her next season as an IFBB Professional

[46:56] Chelan mentions t her goal of placing top 10 in a show as a goal

[46:21] Celeste asks about Chelan's favorite exercises for glutes, lats, and shoulders 

[49:09] Chelan describes the importance of mind muscle connection to help simulate muscle growth

[49:26] Celeste asks what the biggest difference is between being an NPC vs IFBB athlete 

[51:05] Celeste inquires for advice for someone who is never competed before, as well as someone who is on their road to pro

[53:10] Chelan talks about the importance of always continuing to show up and how persistence helps us achieve our dreams 

[54:25] Celeste asks Chelan to share her social media handle for users to connect with her

[55:58] The pair discuss how our lives and identities are not dependent on instagram 

[57:30] Chelan asks Celeste to share her upcoming competing goals

Dec 18, 2020
JENNIFER ST PETER
01:05:10

In this episode, Celeste speaks with Jennifer St Peter, an IFBB Bikini Pro, and a financial service industry career woman who also has her black belt in Krav Maga. Jennifer won her pro card and took the overall title in 2019 at Jr Nationals. 


Celeste starts off the episode by asking Jennifer if there’s anything she thinks about or a ritual that she performs right before her heel hits the stage. After sharing her routine, Jennifer goes on to talk about her experience with Krav Maga, telling listeners how she got started in the sport and how long it took her to achieve her black belt. Jennifer mentions that her and her husband took on Krav Maga as another fun “fitness thing” they could do together as a way to challenge themselves. Celeste and Jennifer then discuss the discipline that comes with Krav Maga and bodybuilding and Celeste asks if the disciplines that both sports require differ or support one another. 

The conversation then transitions to the Instagram page Jennifer shares with her husband, who is also a competitor. Celeste asks Jennifer to share how she and her husband met, about the nature of their relationship, and what made them decide to start and run their Instagram page together. Jenn explains that before meeting her husband she was not a someone who went to the gym and working out was not part of her regular routine. She explains how Travis, her husband, originally got her attention by challenging her to a Sudoku match and how from there the relationship blossomed into a future of exploring and growing together in new ventures, many of them being activity and fitness related. 

She shares what it is like to be on prep at the same time as her husband and the dynamic their relationship takes on during that time. Celeste also asks Jennifer about how her and Travis prioritize their schedules while on prep, as they both also work full time. After discussing scheduling and priorities during prep, Celeste asks if Jennifer and Travis currently have any plans or goals outside of bodybuilding competitions to accomplish since they are now both in an improvement season. 

While on that subject, Celeste asks Jennifer about what it feels like to be in her first long off season after being in prep or competition mode for the last three years. Jennifer talks about how she sees the current situation with Covid as a blessing in disguise, forcing her to give her body the rest it needed after being on a regimented training schedule for so long. 

Jennifer shares some of her struggles and challenges she faced while prepping during Covid and what it took to finally get her to the stage. She also mentions how she and Travis are experimenting with taking a macro approach to their diet for the first time as opposed to their preferred meal plan approach. Celeste then refers back to Jennifer’s mentioning of an injury she sustained while being in prep, asking her to share more details about the injury; how it happened, what she was doing, and how she adjusted her prep strategy accordingly. 

Next, Celeste asks Jennifer about her current goals she’s focusing on this improvement season in regards to improving the physique she’ll bring to the stage next season. After sharing where she will be focusing her attention in her training, Jennifer talks about her posing. She shares the feedback she received and where and how she will be adjusting her presentation.

 Jennifer talks about her experiences with her posing coach and what she has learned from working with her. Celeste acknowledges that Jennifer has become a student of the sport, taking the time to study not only her feedback but also what the judges are rewarding and how she can apply that to her personal stage presentation. Celeste asks Jennifer about the biggest differences she’s noticed in terms of conditioning and physiques as she made the transition from the NPC to the IFBB stages. 

Next, Celeste asks Jennifer about her training and has her share her favorite exercises for glutes, hamstrings, and shoulders. Aside from training, Celeste circles back to the topic of diet and nutrition, asking Jennifer how she hopes and plans to enjoy the holiday season now that she is using a macro approach. Jennifers mentions the need for a mental, and physical, reset and how she will implement that in regards to nutrition during the holidays. 

Jennifer then gets the opportunity to share how she became affiliated with the Competitors Cookie Co. She talks about her love for cookies, how she started working with them and how she was able to create her own cookie. Jenn shares the fun yet difficult decisions she has to make when deciding which flavors and combinations she wants to include in her personal cookie. 

After discussing the art of cookie creating, Celeste asks Jennifer about her journey mentally and emotionally through her varying placings on the national stage after having been a top placing competitor at the regional level. Jennifer touches on her experience at NPC Universe and how she saw her lower placing as an opportunity to grow and better herself as opposed to letting it defeat her. She then walks us through her experiences regarding the feedback and adjustments to her training and physique she made to try to satisfy what she thought the judges wanted to see, yet how ultimately, she realized she needed to bring the physique that she personally was happiest with presenting. 

Jennifer explains how she met and ended up working with her current coach, Casey, of Team Boss Bodies, and the plan they created together to help Jennifer reach her goal of becoming a pro. Jennifer shares her biggest takeaways from all her national show experiences, discussing her mentality going into each show and if her thoughts and expectations changed from show to show. After sharing her mindset approach to her national competitions, Celeste asks Jennifer to share her best advice for the first time competitor as well as the girls on their road to pro. Finally, Jennifer tells listeners can connect with her further and shares the best way to find her on social media. 


CONNECT WITH JEN:
https://www.instagram.com/ua_fitcouple/

CONNECT WITH CELESTE:
https://www.instagram.com/celestial_fit/


EPISODE TIME STAMPS:
[0:45] Celeste introduces Jennifer.

[1:40] Celeste asks Jennifer to share her pre stage ritual.

[2:45] Celeste asks Jennifer about how she obtained her black belt in Krav Maga. 

[4:40] Jennifer talks about how the discipline she gained from Krav Maga carried over into bodybuilding.

[6:40] Celeste asks about the beginnings behind the Instagram page Jenn & her husband started together as well as her beginnings in fitness.

[10:30] Jennifer talks about how her and her husbands schedules work seeing as they are both athletes and work full time.

[13:33] Celeste asks Jennifer if her and her husband have any goals or activities they plan on doing together during their improvement season.

[15:00] Celeste asks Jenn about how she feelings about taking her first long off season after three years of almost consistent prepping and competing.

[22:43] Jennifer shares details about her fall she had while in prep.

[28:35] Celeste asks Jenn about any goals she has for her current improvement season.

[30:25] Celeste has Jenn share feedback she has received on her posing.

[33:50] Celeste asks about Jenn’s transition from the NPC to the IFBB and what differences she noticed in terms of conditioning and physiques.

[36:30] Jennifer shares her favorite exercises for glutes, hamstrings and shoulders.

[39:25] Celeste asks Jenn about how she will be approaching her diet and how she plans to enjoy the holiday season now that she isn’t dieting.

[42:50] Jennifer talks about her cookie obsession and how her collaboration with the Competitors Cookie Co. 

[48:40] Celeste asks Jenn about her feelings mentally and emotionally in regards to her varying placings at her national shows despite having been a top placing competitor.

[57:00] Jenn talks about the difference in her thoughts and expectations going into each different national show.

[60:15] Celeste asks Jenn to share her best advice for first time competitors and also for the girls on their road to pro.

[63:30] Jenn shares where listeners can find and contact her on social media. 

Dec 11, 2020
SHANAE DICICCO
41:31

In this week’s episode, host Celeste Rains-Turk has the absolute pleasure to interview IFBB Professional Shanae Dicicco. Known as one of Australia’s best bikini pro’s, Shanae qualified for the 2018 Australian Nationals and now works to develop her name as a posing coach.

Shanae kicks off the episode by sharing her biggest weakness. She admits to always being nervous and even stumbled on stage at Muscle Contest Japan. Celeste praises Shanae for sharing her vulnerabilities

Previously trained by her Bodybuilder ex-boyfriend, Shanae oftentimes eating way more than necessary to grow. After stepping off stage feeling “blocky and bigger than the other girls,” Shanae invested in a coach that specialized in bikini. She explains how it took several years to transform her shape, focusing on slimming her waist and posing versus trying to grow her deltoids. 

Celeste and Shanae discuss the fallout from their shows being cancelled this year. Shanae admits to an uncontrolled rebound and began to eat for comfort after losing her job. She discusses how she had to do a full prep to reverse out of the significant calorie increase and a 15-kilogram weight gain. Shanae has now learned how to maintain, properly reverse, and occasionally indulge without rebounding.

Shanae discusses the process of being an IFBB Profession in Australia. Shanae explains the standard in Australia being quite competitive and is thankful for the influx of competition coming to the IFBB. Her goal is to compete in the Olympia however has been held back this year due to COVID restrictions. 

Celeste asks Shanae her daily habits to success. Shanae became a manager for ambassadors of a company after being laid off from her job this summer. 

Prior to the IFBB, Shanae states she had dreams to be an actress but found it hard to maintain her muscular figure. She now focuses on pushing her body to the absolute potential, finding complete confidence in the process of building muscle.

Finally, Shanae gives listeners her best advice on their road to Pro. Shanae’s vulnerability and success story gives listeners an episode they do not want to miss!

CONNECT WITH SHANAE: https://www.instagram.com/naedicicco/
CONNECT WITH CELESTE: https://www.instagram.com/celestial_fit/

EPISODE TIME STAMPS:
[1:34] Shanae's stage ritual
[4:33] Shanae’s Arnold Debut story
[6:27] Shanae discusses how she had to change her training routine to fit bikini division
[12:37] How Shanae feels about her shows being cancelled/rebounding/Future show plans
[18:04] Off-season diet/how Shanae maintains her calorie intake
[20:48] How to become a IFBB Pro in Australia/Her goals in the IFBB
[25:03] Shanae’s daily habits for success
[28:18] Shanae’s life and mind set prior to fitness/IFBB Pro league
[33:40] Shanae’s advice to listeners stuck in a bad mindset/pressure to maintain a lean figure
[38:13] How Shanae and her partner train together
[39:32] Shanae gives her best advice for new competitors and future IFBB Pros

Dec 04, 2020
SHELBY BRUSSELBACK
01:08:45

In this exciting episode, Celeste introduces Shelby Brusselback, who went pro at North Americans in 2020 less than one year after starting her journey as a competitor. She works for a data company as a custom success manager with goals of becoming a coach to inspire everyone to uplevel and be their best selves

She explains about her game plan, how she was able to improve very quickly but also how she was able to train during Covid. 

Shelby talks about the power of visualization, manifestation, gratitude. When you visualize, the Universe delivers. 

Shelby explains why she changed coaches, while everything was fine with her previous coach. She develops about the importance of  reel connection.

She explains how her new coach, Ashlyn Brown, from Fit Body Fusion played a huge role in her journey. 

Shelby talks about her personal life and how she went from a dark place, feeling like there is no perspective, to a happy and confident self. She talks about her young self and her lack of confidence. 

She's not always been into that lifestyle, before following the coaches and athletes of Fit Body Fusion. But at some point she felt like this was time to do something for herself. 

She shares her morning routine ,visualization, that helps her to set the tone for the day as Shelby is an empath, she explains how this can help her to reach her goals and also help people. 

Shelby talks about how weed can be used as a tool for training and recovery. According to her, this can also help with hunger pangs.

Shelby is a vegan, but also a foodie, who loves family gatherings. She explains how she's able to deal with veganism when hosting. 

She talks about what her diet looks like. 

Shelby explains how she now knows she's on the right path for herself. She's now living her best life, she makes gratitude her attitude and the Universe is delivering. 

You can always learn from your experiences, it's a matter of perspective and it all boils down to self belief. This also applies to dieting, and the way you decide to perceive hunger and diet. 

She underlines the importance of being intentional in everything you do. 

Shelby shares her best advice for newbies : have a strong belief that you can do anything, give your all, have fun, don't let comparison hold you down, be your best, be centered, never give up. 

Connect with Shelby:
https://www.instagram.com/shelbyalexiss/

Connect with Celeste: 
https://instagram.com/celestial_fit



EPISODE TIME STAMPS

00:51 : Presentation
1:29 : Celeste asks about Shelby's stage ritual
1:32 : Shelby shares her ritual and underlines the importance of visualization/manifestation
2:20 : Celeste asks how to deal with self doubts
2:40 Shelby explains how important the relationship with her coach, Ashlyn Brown, is helpful and important. 
4:00 Celeste asks about any hesitations regarding the process
4:30 Shelby talks about when  she turned pro.
5:00 Celeste asks how it feels to  have a top pro coach, now coaching you as a pro. 
5:21 Shelby explains how incredible it is to accomplish so much in such a short time. Her coach makes her feel special and gives her confidence. 
7:00 Celeste wants to learn more about Shelby's journey and the reason why she changed coaches
7:20 Shelby explains the importance of vibing with her coach and feeling a deep connection. 
10:40 Celeste asks about Shelby's morning routine
11:00 Shelby talks about positive affirmations, meditation and how to formulate affirmations/intentions. 
14:00 Celeste develops about the power of "I am"
15:55 Celeste asks about how being an empath can help along the journey. 
16:13 Shelby explains  her sensitivity to energies, emotions and intuitions.  She's able to focus on where energy needs to go. 
20:13 Celeste asks about the influence of weed on recovery and training
20:26 Shelby talks about her use of weed as a tool. 
24:00 Celeste mentions that some pros openly use weed and talk about it.  It's important to be intentional about what works best for you. 
25:13 Celeste asks how weed can help with munchies. 
25:20 Shelby tells how weed helped .
27:12 Celeste asks about Shelby's favorite TV shows
27:20 Shelby talks about her preferences; anything human mind related. 
28:40 Since Shelby is a vegan, Celeste wonders how Thanksgiving looks like for her. 
28:50 To Shelby this is mostly a big gathering where she prepares what the family wants to eat. 
30:00 Celeste asks about what a full day of eating looks like, about macros and cooking skills
30:20 Shelby explains where her passion for cooking comes from.
She explains her "trick" to get her protein intake when dieting. 
34:23 Celeste asks if gatherings have impacted growth and development. 
34:39 Shelby talks about how family situation made her self confident. 
38:23 Celeste asks about Shelby's fit lifestyle background. 
38:29 Shelby explains that before following Fit Body Fusion, she was not in that physical and mental place. She suffered from low self image. 
But at some point, it clicked and in 2018 she felt that this was the right time to do something for herself. 
42:27 Celeste asks how one can be sure to be on the right path for oneself. 
42:35 Shelby explains how she knows she's on the right path. She talks about the power of gratitude. 
44:46 Celeste asks what Shelby would say to somebody who thinks they have no perspective and just go through the day.
45:12 Shelby shares her experience and advice. 
It all boils down to self belief. 
46:42 Celeste asks Shelby what made her confident to go for Nationals. 
47:16 Shelby had top callouts mindset. She took feedback and improved, working hard like never before. She's thankful for her coach. 
50:39 Shelby explains how a better mindset makes you handle a "starvation diet" better. 
52:26 Celeste shares her experience as a coach, working on relationship with food, about perception of hunger.
53:27 Celeste asks about Shelby's game plan
53:36 Shelby talks about her focus points. She means to be intentional when hitting the gym, when eating. 
SHe's determined to take the time needed. 
56:10 Celeste asks whether Shelby was able to make muscle gains during Covid
56:17 Shelby explains about her gym training and her "barn training". 
57:48 Shelby's 1st pro show was the same show as her 1st pro show ever. Celeste asks about her feeling. 
57:54 Shelby shares her experience. On top of that, she was able to ask Sandy's (Sandy WIlliamson - bikini head judge at the Olympia) impressions. 
1:00:44 Celeste asks about Shelby's best memories
1:00:51 There are many best memories. 
Shelby also talks about the importance to celebrate others and the importance of gratitude. 
1:04:04 Celeste wraps up and asks about Shelby's best advice for a newbie. 
1:04:53 Shelby gives her tips : believe strongly that you can do anything, give your all, have fun, don't let comparison hold you down, bring your best, be centered, never give up
1:06:53 Shelby shares how you can connect with her and various sponsorship discounts

Nov 27, 2020
MIA SANCHEZ
01:25:06

In this week's episode, host Celeste Rains-Turk welcomes IFBB Pro, holistic nutrition expert, and Puerto Rican bombshell Mia Sanchez.  After finding her passion in bodybuilding, she quickly rose to the ranks by winning her pro card at Universe in 2016.

In addition to her love for fitness,
Mia has her bachelors in Communication Studies, is an excellent writer, painter, and a great advocate for mental health in the IFBB division.

Celeste and Mia begin the episode by discussing Mia’s journey into fitness. Mia explains how she was an overweight child and was made aware of her food choices since age 13. After removing red meat from her diet, Mia began to feel confident in her new shape which gave her the courage to start a fitness journey. Mia states that bodybuilding opened her eyes to everything she can achieve aesthetically.

Celeste asks Mia about her journey into bodybuilding. States she found an advertisement in a magazine several years ago. Mia states she was initially laughed at by her peers, however she persisted and grew her passion and fell in love with the bodybuilding atmosphere.

This passion grew even more after placing well at her first show. Mia’s current goal is to be invited to the Arnold Classic or be qualified for the Olympia. Mia openly discusses with Celeste about feeling exhausted during prep. She has learned to “embrace the suck” while keeping focused on beating her best package.

Mia tells viewers to appreciate the outcomes, follow the plan, and be proud of the journey. Mia explains her post operation breast augmentation complications. She states she has had to have several reconstructive breast surgeries throughout the years. Mia started her social media accounts the morning after her breast augmentation for other competitors to follow her recovery. She admits to feeling pressured to have a social presence after winning her Pro Card and felt as if
she had to share her whole life to the fitness world.

Over the years, Mia let go of the pressure to be an influencer and focus on impressing the judges instead. In addition to bodybuilding, Mia’s true passion is writing, painting, and being surrounded by loved ones. Mia opens up about her coach, grandmother, and dog passing away last year.

She explains to Celeste the began to doubt her presence in the IFBB professional stage and worry about hiring a new coach. Mia made the choice to take time off, visit family in Puerto Rico, travel across the United States, and prioritize her mental health by seeing a holistic psychologist.

Mia admits to not knowing the feeling of “being off a diet” before taking time off and believes her diet break helped her achieve an amazing package. For her next competition prep, Mia explains to Celeste how she will be putting primary focus on
her recovery.

She loves the process of getting ready for stage, but admits she needs to also love the recovery part. Mia is excited to get massages, take a few days off from cardio, practicing yoga, and laying on the couch. In addition to physical rest, she will be keeping her journaling, story writing, and painting as a priority.

During her coaching, she encourages quiet time and advocates for her clients to prioritize her Mental Health. She recommends her clients have five obtainable, positive, and simple goals to reflect on each week, especially for her lifestyle team members.

Intrinsic motivation, confidence, and discipline is hard to teach, and recommends coaches to be slow on their approach. Not focusing on her negatives and acknowledging her fears. Mia and Celeste end the episode by giving her best advice to women who are new to competing.

Mia’s interesting journey to fitness, nearly 5 year history in the IFBB division, and unique perspective on recovery makes an episode you do not want to miss!

Connect with Mia Sanchez:

https://www.instagram.com/miaifbbpro/

Connect with Celeste Rains-Turk: 
https://www.instagram.com/celestial_fit/

EPISODE TIME STAMPS:
[1:42] Mia’s pre-stage ritual
[5:46] Mia’s approach to getting shredded/stage ready
[8:47] Celeste asks Mia her journey into bodybuilding
[11:15] Mia’s challenges with prepping/bodybuilding
[14:32] How Mia has changed her approach to prepping/recovery throughout the years
[21:50] The pressure of social media when joining the IFBB
[28:25] Mia’s hobbies outside of bodybuilding
[38:43] Mia’s opens up regarding her coach passing away, stepping back from the stage, and
prioritizing mental health
[49:28] What Mia will be focusing on for her next prep
[1:00:04] Mia’s approach to coaching in regards to Mental Health
[1:11:13] Mia’s struggle with Social Anxiety Disorder, public speaking, and interviews
[1:19:06] Mia’s best advice to new and upcoming competitors

Nov 20, 2020
LIANA GIANNAMORE
01:08:56

Today, Celeste interviews IFBB Pro Liana Giannamore, a soon to be Registered Dietician and coach of Bair Aesthetics.  In this episode, Liana talks about her journey to becoming a RD, her path into bodybuilding, and the invaluable lessons she has learned along the way.  Liana provides essential nutritional value regarding macro and micro nutrients, as well as science based tactics she implements with her own competitors.  

 

Using the knowledge she has learned obtaining her RD, Liana dispels some of the common myths around the bodybuilding diet culture.  She elaborates on how much protein competitors should actually be eating to achieve their goals, and the importance of a well balanced diet to achieve optimal results.  

 

Liana talks about her personal bodybuilding experience including: the beginning of her journey, finding common ground with her coach  Dylan Bair (a fellow dietician), and feedback she has received from judges regarding her physique.  The pair discuss the importance of celebrating personal victories outside the realm of bodybuilding and overcoming various struggles throughout preps.  

 

Specifically, the two discuss some of the adversities Liana has had to recently overcome; including prepping during the 2020 COVID pandemic, moving to a different state, and quarantine.  This is certainly an episode you don’t want to miss out on!



Connect with Liana: https://instagram.com/Lianagianna_ifbbpro

Connect with Celeste: https://instagram.com/celestial_fit

 

Episode Time Stamps:

[00:44] Celeste introduces Liana onto the podcast 

[1:45] Celeste asks about a ritual or routine before Liana steps on stage

[2:50] Celeste asks Liana about what inspired her to pursue her career dietetics 

[4:52] Liana talks about when and how she began her 1:1 coaching journey 

[6:28] Celeste and Liana chat about Liana’s past and current school scenarios 

[9:00] Liana talks about working with Dylan and what she’s learned at Bair Aesthetics  

[10:10] Celeste and Liana talk about using an “if it fits your macros approach”

[10:50] Liana talks about using the term “Flexible dieting” over “if it fits your macros” 

[11:30] Celeste asks Liana to dispel any myths regarding proper nutrition and getting ready for the stage

[12:07] Liana talks about peak week, and the importance of carbing up instead of being depleted

[13:34 ]Celeste talks about the evolution of bodybuilding and the different approaches

[14:20] Liana talks about the textbook recommendation for protein vs what is necessary for lifestyle/bodybuilding clients 

[16:28] Celeste asks about Liana’s opinion on carbs and fat macronutrients 

[17:50] Celeste inquires about the micronutrients liana would recommend for competitors to prioritize in prep

[19:00] Liana talks about the importance of consuming enough fruits and vegetables  

[20:28] Celeste asks how Liana would consult a competitor who was previously advised to restrict fruit from their diet 

[22:54] Celeste and Liana talk about Liana’s journey as a bikini competitor 

[22:35] Liana talks about how she began her bodybuilding journey, starting with her parents

[25:28] Liana talks about how she reached out to Dylan of Bare aesthetics 

[26:30] Liana mentions how bodybuilding came “naturally” to her because of her prior lifestyle, and some struggles she faced 

[28:08] Celeste asks what made Liana to pull back from competing, despite her high placings 

[29:35] Liana talks about the process of reverse dieting and the motivators that come from it 

[30:11] Celeste asks about Liana’s feedback regarding her upper body

[31:00] Celeste asks how Liana has used her experiences to stay the course in their improvement seasons and capitalize on their reverse diets 

[31:43] Liana talks about switching our focus from the scale, to our own personal victories as competitors/training w intent 

[33:03] Celeste talks about the importance of victories outside of bodybuilding 

[35:34] Liana talks about her current life living in Colorado 

[37:39] Celeste and Liana talk about how moving states impacted Lianas schooling and prep experiences

[40:25] Celeste asks what made the biggest difference for Liana winning her pro card

[40:31] Liana talks about her transition from gym life—>at home training throughout COVID 

[42:20] Liana talks about some of the improvements she noticed in her posing from working with Kenny Wallace

[44:45] Celeste inquires about Liana’s experience competing at Jr. USAs and transitioning into another show days later

[48:08] Liana talks about the importance of enjoying yourself post show and post show meals 

[49:44] Celeste asks what it was like for Liana’s vision of turning pro at Jr. USAs not coming to fruition 

[51:17] Liana talks about the differences between the competitors last year (2019) vs this year (2020) at the national level 

[52:46] Liana talks about the motivators that kept her going throughout the quarantine and then pandemic

[53:52] Liana talks about her overuse of caffeine during prep and resetting her body

[57:04] Celeste asks Liana about her favorite glute, hamstring and shoulder exercises 

[61:26] Celeste asks Liana about one of her favorite meals during prep

[64:10] Celeste asks Liana for advise for girls who have never competed before and girls on the road to pro

[67:17] Liana shares her instagram handle: Lianagianna_ifbbpro

[68:33] Celeste and Liana sign off the podcast

Nov 13, 2020
JENNIFER ROBERTS
01:12:08

Host Celeste Rains-Turk speaks with Jennifer Roberts, wife, mother, full-time school district principal, and lifetime athlete who just turned pro at North Americans! 

Celeste begins by asking Jennifer what rituals she has immediately before her heel hits the stage. Jennifer says she gives herself reminders of what she’s been working on with her posing and she gives herself a physical cue to help ground her and keep her arm relaxed. She used to remind herself to “Own the stage”. This year she has focused on transforming nervous energy by saying “It’s showtime.”

Jennifer worked hard on the energy she brings to the stage. Because she got to a point with her posing this year where she moved beyond making corrections, she could focus on doing the things that make her stand out. Eight days before the show, her cousin passed away. Jennifer explained how she wanted to honor him some way during the show and how she thought about her grandfather calling her a ray of sunshine that lights up the room. Celeste talks about not posing as someone else, but as you. Ask yourself, what energy do you bring to the stage?

Celeste asks Jennifer about the unconventional set up of this year’s North Americans and competing in a tent. Jennifer says she enjoyed it even without an audience, because it allowed her to focus on the judges. She had no problems with the stage and the organizers did a great job. 

Jennifer started in natural shows in Canada, though the IFBB was always in her mind. She did local shows to keep fit and competed back in 2000, before bikini was a division. She came second in her first competition but realized she was doing it because of deep-seated insecurities. This led her down a personal development path, away from fitness. This contributed to who she is today. 

Jennifer talks about when she first met her husband, he asked her if she ever read any books for fun instead of all serious, non-fiction books. She tells the story about how he helped her see her beauty, and that was her pivotal movement. Celeste relates by explaining if you aren't willing to look in the mirror and change something, nothing will change. You have to do the hard thing. 

Currently, Jennifer has a much healthier body image, even though she says it’s not perfect. She does shows to stay healthy and because she loves them, instead of trying to attain a certain body. She still has moments, but she doesn't go to a dark place anymore. Recognizing our growth shows us that we can continue to heal. 

Celeste asks Jennifer what she would say to people who think they are too old to reach certain goals. Jennifer says it’s never too late to work on yourself or do a show. She talks about her young family and demanding job, and how you have to recognize your priorities to reach your goals. Jennifer wakes at 5 am to stretch and practice posing. Then she completes her workout and is done just after 7 am when her family is waking up. 

Jennifer says she does sometimes feel overwhelmed but acknowledges that you just have to fit in things where you can. At one point, she thought she had a good family balance, but her husband explained how she isn’t always mentally present for her family. Jennifer says she didn't realize how much it was affecting the family and focused on creating quality time for her family this year. In order to do this, Jennifer preps her food for weeks at a time. When her family gets home, she stops what she's doing and is present for them. 

Celeste asks about Jennifer’s demanding job as a principal. Jennifer explains how she has to travel quite a bit for her job and that she never cheats on her prep. Being super organized allows her to maintain her schedule. She just makes it work. Even on a trip to France last summer, she stayed on track 100 percent. There’s nothing you can’t do if you want it badly enough. During an improvement season, Jennifer still works hard but is less rigid with her schedule to let her relax. This allows her to go full out during prep. 

When choosing shows, Jennifer used to consider location, but as she improved and moved up, she realized the IFBB was something she could reach. She started to focus on shows that would allow her to qualify for the Vancouver Pro/Am and then North Americans. She took a long improvement season after the 2019 North Americans to focus on 2020 North Americans and earning her Pro Card.

Jennifer talks about how COVID changes her prep with the uncertainty of it the show would even happen. Jennifer took many virtual workshops to improve her posing and started to focus on flexibility to help her achieve proper poses. Once she got in the daily habit of stretching and posing, she had a mindset shift of thinking it was hard for her to pose. 

Celeste asks Jennifer to speak to what keeps her going through this difficult prep. Jennifer thrives on prep and loves knowing what she has to do and just doing it. She wouldn't want to have regrets if she strayed from her plan and then missed bringing her best to the show. Jennifer focused on her upper body and her glutes based on feedback from the judges. Jennifer loves mountain biking but saves it for improvement season and then switches to road cycling and hiking for prep.

Jennifer sees bodybuilding as lifetime fitness. Even when she’s done competing, she will keep working out. She does her second workout with her son and wants to be a role model and stay healthy. She wants to keep healthy and stay active for life. She had the goal of getting her pro card before she turned 50, and she did it!

Jennifer’s husband is a bug support for her. They check in with each other  regarding their workouts, keeping communication open to make sure everyone’s needs are being met. They work as a great team, even tackling meal prep together. Everyone in the family will eat the same foods. 

While eating the same foods, each family member still has autonomy in their food choices. Her husband and son don’t weigh their food like she does, but they still make conscious food choices. Jennifer’s son is also very supportive of her. He helps keep her on track and even critiques her posing. Jennifer loves that her son is involved and they both treat bodybuilding as a sport that requires hard work. 

Celeste asks Jennifer about a special tradition she has with her family post show. They share wine and charcuterie to honor their family Friday nights. Another tradition they honor daily is sitting together and talking about their day with no distractions. 

Jennifer talks about the shift that started to happen before she was even a pro. Because she was visualizing being a pro and creating positive energy around her goal, she felt like a pro before she even was one. She believes this focus and mindset helped her achieve her goal. Soon she will start visualizing her next goal. She also sets goals with her family and sets them on a vision board to help keep track of them. 

Celeste asks Jennifer to offer advice for new competitors and aspiring pros. Jennifer advises aspiring pros to look at the energy they are bringing to their routine. Always practice with your best energy. To new competitors, Jennifer urges them to go to a show and see what it’s like as well as evaluate their motives as to why they want to do a show. Trust the process. To both, she encourages family time. 

CONNECT WITH JENwww.instagram.com/jsharam_ifbbpro/
CONNECT WITH CELESTE: www.instagram.com/celestial_fit/


Time Stamps
[1:22] Jennifer talks about her pre-stage ritual.

[5:00] Jennifer talks about her cousin passing away 8 days before the show.

[7:34] Celeste asks if she will be taking the same energy to pro debut.

[8:14] Celeste asks Jennifer about the unconventional set up of this year’s North Americans.

[10:40] Jennifer talks about her experience in natural federations. 

[12:37] Jennifer talks about the origins of her fitness journey. 

[16:30] Celeste asks Jennifer what one thing that transformed the way she viewed her life. 

[19:25] Celeste askes Jennifer about her current body image. 

[22:22] Jennifer addresses the thought of being too old to reach certain goals. 

[25:08] Celeste asks if she ever feels overwhelmed

[27:17] Jennifer explains cations she took to be more present.  

[28:14] Jennifer talks about balancing everything with her demanding job. 

[31:20] Celeste asks how her prep differs from an improvement season. 

[32:40] Jennifer talks about how she chooses competitions. 

[34:58] Celeste asks what changed between 2019 and 2020 North Americans. 

[39:15] Jennifer talks about what it was that kept her going. 

[40:49] They discuss what improvements Jennifer made based on feedback. 

[44:35] Jennifer talks about different forms of cardio. 

[46:57] Celeste asks about Jennifer’s past athletic experiences. 

[49:35] Jennifer speaks about her husband’s support. 

[53:15] Jennifer talks about her family’s eating habits. 

[54:33] Celeste asks what Jennifer’s son thinks about what she does. 

[57:50] They talk about children with parents that compete. 

[59:33] Jennifer talks about a tradition she has with her husband. 

[63:21] Celeste asks Jennifer how her mindset has shifted since winning her pro card. 

[68:04] Jennifer offers advice to new competitors and aspiring pros. 

[70:30] Close out.

Nov 06, 2020
LAUREN ADAMS RETURNS
01:16:22

In this episode, Celeste brings back Lauren Adams, an IFBB Bikini Pro that Celeste spoke with about many deep and eye opening topics in her first episode. To start off Lauren’s return episode Celeste asks Lauren about her first year competing as a pro. 

Lauren shares what it was like stepping on stage with Olympians and prepping through COVID, and she also talks about how she was determined to step on stage at the Klash Championships despite the uncertainty of the new show date despite various cancelations and postponements. Next, Lauren talks about the feelings she had surrounding her placements and the feedback she received. Celeste then asks Lauren about her feedback from the judges and has her elaborate on how the feedback has changed from the amateur level to now competing as a pro.

Lauren talks about her dedication and drive she had to build as much muscle as she could before stepping on stage for her pro debut, and the pros and cons that came along with that growth in relation to the criteria for the bikini category. Lauren shares what she learned in terms of what the judges were looking for on the pro level, how that differed from the amateurs, and what training and nutrition changes she made to fit those criteria. After talking about the critiques and feedback she received, Lauren emphasizes the importance of competitors creating a relationship with the judges, especially if one wishes to be a true student of the sport. 


Celeste then goes over the transformations that Lauren made with her physique, overall look, and presentation based on the feedback she received from the judges. Lauren then talks about her feelings associated with the critiques she received about her physique being too big or too muscular for the bikini division after working so hard to bring a new and improved package to the stage.

Celeste then asks Lauren about her coaching switch, what inspired the change, and the new approach they took with her training and nutrition to bring the look the judges were looking for. By mentioning the changes in her training, Celeste and Lauren go on to discuss the various coaching methods and approaches to cardio during prep. Next, Celeste touches on Lauren’s approach to her nutrition and asks Laure if she prefers to track macros or take an intuitive approach. 

Circling back to a topic Lauren wanted to elaborate on, the women discuss all things judging, specifically the differences between what is being rewarded at the amateur level and then what is expected for the pros. Lauren touches on how as much as she loved training heavy, she didn’t need to go quite as “beast mode” as she did for so long and how the judges do not always reward the girl that shows up the most lean or “shredded.”

Lauren also shares that at the pro level, the judges tend to focus more on the minor details including posing and overall presentation. The two women discuss more in detail the importance of posing itself and Lauren shares what she felt has made the biggest impact on the improvements she’s made on her posing routine. 

After discussing judging criteria, Celeste asks Lauren about her feelings around getting sick and asks Lauren to share if she felt any grief while watching her physique change because of the inability to train due to being sick. Lauren reflects on the feelings and emotional waves she has experienced during this time and what she will be focused on moving forward.

As a result of this reflection, Celeste asks if Lauren has had any breakthroughs, whether about herself or about life, during this time. During this discussion, Celeste and Lauren talk about expectations athletes set for themselves and also the healthy, real and raw feelings or reactions they experience around competing and placings, both positive and negative. 


Next, Lauren and Celeste both reflect on how they feel this year has been a blessing in the sense of learning to trust life’s timing when striving to achieve personal goals. They also touch on how this relates in the competition space and how girls tend to have a scarcity mindset around sticking to the timeline they set for themselves when it comes to achieving specific competition goals.

Celeste opens up and shares valuable insight about the importance of the journey, self growth, and personal lessons that one learns through a competition prep. Both women also share the importance of competing for the love of the sport and the desire to truly better oneself instead of competing for the external validation they receive from others.

After sharing some valuable insights Celeste switches subjects and asks Lauren about the friendships she’s made backstage and the difference in the dynamic amongst competitors between the NPC and IFBB levels. Lauren then opens up and shares if there was anything she wishes she would have known before competing in her first pro show and season. Lastly, to conclude the episode Lauren shares how others can reach out and connect with her.

HEAR THE FIRST EPISODE WITH LAUREN 

CONNECT WITH LAUREN:
 
https://www.instagram.com/lauren_elizabeth_fit/

​CONNECT WITH CELESTE: https://instagram.com/celestial_fit

Time stamps:
[1:00] Celeste reintroduces Lauren and shares what topics will be discussed.

[2:50] Celeste asks Lauren about her first year competing as a pro; sharing the stage amongst Olympian’s, prepping during Covid, etc.

[7:15] Lauren talks about the feedback she received from the judges, how her feedback as a pro has differed from being an amateur, her plans moving forward.

[9:30] Lauren mentions what the IFBB Pro judges typically look for versus the physique she originally brought to stage.

[11:15] Lauren shares why she think it’s important for competitors to have a relationship with the judges.

[14:00] Celeste asks Lauren how she felt after receiving feedback such as being too lean or too muscular after taking the time off to build.

[19:20] Celeste has Lauren share the inspiration behind her coaching switch, what major changes were made in both her training and nutrition.

[24:40] Lauren and Celeste talk about different coaching methods & approaches when it comes to cardio.
 
[27:40] Celeste asks Lauren about her approach to nutrition during prep; intuitive approach versus weighing her food and tracking macros.

[31:00] Lauren talks about judging; what is being rewarded at the amateur level and what is expected in the pro circuit.

[35:40] Celeste asks Lauren about judging at the pro level and if they focus more on posing and presentation as being part of the whole package.

[38:10] Lauren talks about what had the biggest impact on improving her posing.

[40:00] Celeste asks Lauren to share her feelings or possible grief she’s experiencing from the changes in her physique as a result of being sick.

[44:00] Celeste asks Lauren about personal breakthroughs she’s had during her first pro season. 

[48:30] Lauren and Celeste talk about expectations as an athlete and healthy reactions around placings and competing.

[51:00] Celeste and Lauren talk about how this year turned out to be a blessing in disguise in relation to trusting life’s timing.

[53:40] Celeste and Lauren discuss the concept of competitors having a scarcity mindset around one’s competing timeline.

[59:00] Celeste shares valuable insight on the importance of the journey and self growth and lessons one can learn about the self through competing. 

[64:00] Lauren talks about friendships that develop backstage amongst competitors.

[68:39] Lauren shares if there’s anything she wished she would’ve known before going into her first pro show & season.

[72:15] Lauren shares the best way for listeners to connect with her.

Oct 30, 2020
ASHLYN BROWN RETURNS
59:24

Today, IFBB Professional Ashlyn Brown makes her second appearance on “Confessions of a Bikini Pro”.  In this exciting episode, Celeste and Ashlyn discuss all the major changes and events that have happened since Ashlyn’s debut to the podcast in December of 2018 which you can hear here: http://www.celestial.fit/confessions-of-a-bikini-pro-podcast/ashlyn-brown-getting-capped-shoulders-coming-back-from-a-nasty-rebound-developing-a-love-for-the-sport-how-small-tweaks-can-make-all-the-difference-and-staying-consistent. 

Ashlyn goes in depth about her exciting journey, qualifying for the 2020 Olympia!  She provides details on her various placings, feedback received from judges, and other realistic show day experiences. 

Ashlyn shares her positive experiences working with Jamie Bernard of FitBody Fusion, and expresses how her life has changed since joining the team.  She goes on to talk about how Jamie’s mentorship has been a springboard for Ashlyn to influence and inspire athletes of her own.  Celeste asks essential questions about show day presentation, and how to find and perfect show day polish. 

The pair discuss Ashlyn’s podcast, The Center Stage, which she co-hosts with fellow IFBB Professional Beatriz Biscaia.  They go on to talk through the importance of showing up for yourself, defining factors between those who turn pro and those who do not, and how the ultimate goal for bikini athletes is not a trophy or placing - but rather to persist, improve and bring your personal best each and every time. 
​ 

Connect with Ashlyn: https://instagram.com/ab_bikinifit
Connect with Celeste: https://instagram.com/celestial_fit

Episode Timestamps 
[00:45] Celeste re-introduces Ashlyn onto the show, outlining her past goals which have become current realities.
[1:36] Celeste mentions some of Ashlyns contributions to the bodybuilding community 
[2:20] Ashlyn talks about her successful rookie season, leading up to her 2020 Olympia qualification 
[4:00] Ashlyn discuss some of the overlooked aspects of being an amateur, and how she improved her polish as a pro athlete
[5:25] Ashlyn talks about her San Antonio Pro debut, placing, suit colors and her overall look 
[6:40] Ashlyn talks about her best and worst placings, and the different variables between them
[10:33] Ashlyn mentions her 8 week break, re-starting her season, and Pre-Covid show plans
[11:50] Ashlyn talks about her Northern California show and competing after a longer than anticipated off-season
[12:15] Ashlyn discusses her positive post-show feedback w head judge Sandy 
[13:12] Ashlyn talks about her decision to compete next to olympians if she wishes to step on the Olympia stage
[13:50] Ashlyn discusses the Tampa Pro and placing 3rd
[14:56] Ashlyn discusses the judges feedback from the Tampa Pro
[15:39] Ashlyn talks about her driving motivator; feedback.
[15:26] Ashlyn talks about her Klash championship experience 
[16:36] Ashlyn mentions drastically changing her posing the night before Klash and the stressors that came along with that decision
[19:12] Ashlyn talks about the importance of a coach, and trusting them with everything
[20:08] Ashlyn mentions the success that came with her posing modifications 
[20:51] Celeste reiterates the importance of “the outcome does not matter” and how that contributes to Ashlyn’s success as an athlete
[21:46] Ashlyn discusses how she loves the challenges of bodybuilding, and how that motivates her to be better 
[22:36] Ashlyn talks about the insignificance of placing to her, because of her pure passion for the sport itself 
[22:50] Celeste questions about doubts arising backstage, if Ashlyn ever experiences such situations 
[22:13] Ashlyn truthfully responds to Celestes question, and discuses how doubt is something we all experience
[24:44] Celeste asks Ashlyn about her polish and presentation and how she made her decisions regarding these important aspects of competing 
[25:20] Ashlyn talks about how she used the feedback from judges to make future decisions 
[26:10] Ashlyn points out that having a natural hair color is more of what the judges are looking for
[26:30] Ashlyn talks about her previous show looks and feedback from the judges on each of them
[29:00] Ashlyn talks about her decision to stick to more neutral colors for her overall look 
[30:00] Ashlyn talks about the hair and makeup colors that work well for her 
[30:35] Ashlyn mentions the importance of constantly getting feedback from judges and working on their feedback 
[31:20] Ashlyn talks about some of the aspects she is still tweaking to improve her overall look
[31:45] Ashlyn mentions her plans to do a show before competing in the 2020 Olympia
[33:08] Celeste inquires about what feedback Ashlyn is currently focusing on
[33:42] Ashlyn discusses the feedback she received from both Tyler and Sandy at the NY Pro and how she will incorporate that into upcoming shows
[35:53] Celeste asks Ashlyn to talk about her short mini break, and how this differed from a regular post show break 
[36:25] Ashlyn discusses how she wanted to take a break from tracking while traveling with her husband, and how she hit her goals while still enjoying herself 
[38:20] Ashlyn mentions her eating plan before starting prep (2 weeks intuitive eating, 1 week tracking macros) 
[38:45] Celeste talks about how enjoying yourself does not have to mean losing control of your identity, and having
[39:43] Celeste transitions into Ashlyn’s podcast, and the original goal/vision for the podcast 
[40:14] Ashlyn talks about how her and co-host, Beatrice have shared their prep experiences on their podcast
[42:00] Celeste and Ashlyn talk about how their podcasts are a way to share experiences and inspire others through their platform 
[44:00] Celeste comments on the many ways Ashlyn’s life has changed, and the various opportunities that have arisen because of these changes
[44:20] Ashlyn talks about how being uncomfortable promotes growth and provides challenge 
[45:06] Ashlyn mentions the importance of having her coach to show her all of the ins and outs of the industry 
[46:24] Celeste asks Ashlyn about some ways she encourages her clients to go for opportunities 
[46:55] Ashlyn discusses one of her current clients and how they have successfully worked together, despite some obstacles 
[48:42] Ashlyn talks about how she instills what Jamie gave her into her own clients to help them succeed. 
[49:53] Celeste asks Ashlyn’s option on the separating factors between those who turn pro and those who do not
[50:22] Ashlyn talks about the inconsistencies of bikini and importance of continuing to show up.
[51:21] Ashlyn talks about how her own experiences with perfecting polish have defined her eye for her own athletes 
[52:35] Ashlyn sets some healthy expectations for amateur athletes looking to turn pro
[53:46] Ashlyn talks about her mindset for every show is to get better
[54:33] Celeste asks about Ashlyn’s time management when prepping for shows 
[54:55] Ashlyn mentions her process for maintaining a busy schedule and staying organized
[56:33] Celeste thanks Ashlyn for her insight and advices that she provided on the show
[57:08] Celeste asks Ashlyn to share how listeners can find her podcast or get touch with her 

Oct 23, 2020
SPECIAL FEATURE; ELYSA WEISSBAUM OF PRO TAN!
01:12:42

[Scroll down for episode time stamps!]

​Today Celeste speaks with Elysa Weissbaum, brand coordinator of ProTan! Elysa has been the leader in the industry for 33 years, ranking #1 in products and customer service. They have been the official tanning company of Olympia for 16 years. Elysa trains, coordinates, and manages events. She loves to make connections with athletes and gets everyone involved with tanning to make memories a priority at each show. Outside of ProTan!, she has her heart focused on service in the special needs community, as well as traveling the world. 
 

Recently Celeste joined team ProTan! & wanted to provide the best insight on all things competition tanning directly from the source! ​You can use her code 'Celeste' at checkout on protanusa.com for a discount too!

Elysa keeps backstage fun and motivating by creating a show day playlist. Her heart is in the spray room where the reality of show day is setting in for the athletes. Tanning makes show day official, as if a competitor is putting on their war paint. She enjoys the aspect of being the one to start of the show day experience with athletes. 
 
Elysa recounts the memory of one of the top bikini athlete’s (listen to find out whose!) daughter spraying her mom’s back. Next, Elysa talks about what goes through her mind backstage. Elysa stresses that the whole team stays involved to make the athletes comfortable. Service is important.
 
The spray tanners put the competitors at ease with conversation. Through an introduction, they find something in common with the athlete to gain trust. Celeste and Elysa both agree that trust equals comfort.  Elysa talks about her most challenging situations as well as her experiences at prestigious shows like the Arnold or the Olympia
 
Elysa covers common misconceptions about nailing your tan and dispels conflicting information that athletes often receive. ProTan! is consistent in it’s messages, while still being able to evolve, adapt, and overcome changes in the industry. With brighter stage lights and larger physiques, ProTan! developed a new product called Top Coat. Her biggest wish is that everyone would be on the same page, the coach, athlete, judge, and tanner. She wants tanning standards to be part of the judging criteria.
 
Celeste asks if Elysa notices a difference in how an amateur and professional athlete communicate with spray tanners. Celeste gets Elysa to share what things athletes can do to make tanners' lives easier and make a better show day experience.
 
Celeste and Elysa begin discussing skin preparation and taking care of skin pre and post show. Elysa emphasizes the importance of listening to the tanning company and not straying from instructions. She often hears “I didn't...so I just...”; it’s a choice to not follow instructions. In this episode, Elysa breaks down exactly what you need for the best tan and even shares the best process to prepare for the tan and WHY skin preparation matters. 
 
Elysa explains the science and importance of proper skincare and skin prep! Celeste asks the best way to care for your skin when you have back to back shows and Elysa shares the best practices for girls being tanned at the show and girls using the DIY kit. Of course they discuss the situation of protecting tan from pee and fixing it after any mishaps. Celeste also asks Elysa for best advice with The DIY kit which offers the convenience to allow for variance and to do it on your own time but you won’t be disappointed with an in person ProTan! Experience :)


CONNECT WITH ELYSA: 
https://www.instagram.com/elysaweissbaum/

CONNECT WITH CELESTE: 
https://www.instagram.com/celestial_fit/

Learn more about and purchase your ProTan! Products. Percentage saved on your order helps support Celeste & the production of this podcast! So THANK YOU in advance 😊
 
Time Stamps:
 
[1:00] Celeste Introduces Elysa Weissbaum of ProTan!. Visit www.ProTan!usa.com and use code CELESTE
 
[2:56] Elysa talks about her show day/travel ritual of playlist to keep everyone happy and upbeat. 
 
[5:45] Elysa speaks to her past experience as an independent sunless tanner and being with  the competitors as the gravity of show day is setting in.
 
[6:29] Celeste asks Elysa what she does that other companies don’t do.
 
[8:26] Celeste asks what goes through Elysa’s  mind backstage.
 
[10:55] Elysa talks about reassuring nervous competitors about tanning process.
 
[13:15] Celeste asks if Elysa is personally nervous tanning someone.
 
[15:25] Elysa talks about addressing concerns with coaches.
 
[18:05] They discuss what needs to be known about tanning process. 
 
[21:50] Elysa discusses how preparation for shows like Olympia differs from a regional show.
 
[27:07] Elysa highlights both negative and positive experiences.
 
[34:35] Celeste asks about things to do to make tanners life easier. 
 
[38:20] Elysa talks about looking forward to shows and grieving their end.
 
[39:50] Elysa talks about making your tan the best it can be, pre and post show.
 
[44:55] What makes Get Buffed so great?
 
[51:15] They discuss skin prep for back to back shows.
 
[54:43] How does extending a tan change the use of the DIY kit or new spray tan?
 
[57:03] All about the DIY kit!
 
[62:20] How to fix pee marks on your tan.
 
[63:50] Reach out to Elysa by email with questions about the DIY kit.
 
[67:33] Insight, FAQs
 
[63:45] Close out
 


​Use code 'Celeste' at checkout on protanusa.com for a discount on all your orders!

Oct 21, 2020
STEFANIE ANTORCHA RETURNS
54:34

In this “comeback episode” Celeste sits down and talks with the “Brownie Boss” herself, creator of Bambody Nutrition, Stefanie Antorcha!

​Celeste and Stefanie waste no time and kick off the episode addressing the recent allegations that were made against Bambody by other individuals in the industry.

Stefanie opens up and shares more about what actually happened, how the situation arose, and how she herself found out about these allegations and accusations. She starts from the beginning and shares the challenges she and her business were already facing due to the Covid-19 pandemic, and where she was when she initially found out what had been happening on social media.

Celeste then asks Stefanie about her initial feelings and reactions to the accusations that were being made against Bambody and their products.

While explaining the situation, Stefanie shares her passion for her business and its customers, and how she feels they have become a family. She expresses the gratitude she felt for deciding to sit down with her team and finding the most professional manner to address the situation instead of immediately firing back to accusations via social media. Stefanie expresses that she wanted to really connect with and squash doubts from customers and people who truly care and support the company instead of giving attention to the internet trolls. 

Next, Celeste asks Stefanie if there are any details she wishes customers could have known about the complexities of the situation that attributed to why she couldn’t address the situation right away. Stefanie shares sympathy for her customers initial feelings, then explains in detail how they went about finding the lab and started the process of getting samples tested to have their own facts and results.

She explains the mix up with the postal service, the delay in delivering the packages containing their samples, and the toll that took on getting the lab results in a timely and efficient manner. Then, Stefanie explains that even upon obtaining the lab results she could not immediately share the results with customers.

She goes on to explain the intricacies and details of the results and how one would go about deciphering the numbers and percentages reflected, and why that took so much time for her to be able to properly interpret and communicate with customers. She also emphasizes the importance of being fully transparent with Bambody customers and her passion to always handle things the right way, comparing that to her feelings and values being a product consumer herself.

Celeste highlights Stefanie’s passion and dedication she has for always providing customers with the best product and the most information possible, without even being required to.

Celeste also touches on how her and other loyal customers questioned the claims against Bambody as they have been able to incorporate the treats into their daily nutrition plans and still achieve their goals.

Celeste also asks Stefanie to touch on the macro content and nutrition labels Bambody does provide customers and how it varies from the typical baked good or treat you find on grocery store shelves.

Transitioning from the process of and how Stefanie addressed the issue of the allegations made against Bambody, her and Celeste talk about the expanding product line and the changes Stefanie is making moving forward. Stefanie then breaks down the differences between the new lines; the Elite line, Guiltless Pleasure line, and the Indulgent line.

Next, Celeste and Stefanie talk about the new exciting holiday treats that will be releasing soon as the fall season is in full swing. After talking fun holiday releases Celeste asks if Stefanie ever gets creative at home and creates Bam treats outside of her official “Bambody kitchen.”  Celeste also asks Stefanie if there are any Bambody treats that her friends and family love, yet she isn’t over the moon about.

Stefanie shares a brief history of the evolution of Bambody and how she first started experimenting with macro friendly treats as she wanted something that would satisfy her sweet tooth yet keep her on track for her fitness goals.

She talks about how she got into bodybuilding when the typical competition diet was the “chicken, broccoli, and rice” and how she wanted to add variety in a fun and tasty way.

Celeste also shares her personal experiences in finding Bambody products and how she felt it helped her mend her relationship with food and allow herself freedom and flexibility in her diet, as well as allow herself to have an indulgent sweet treat on a regular basis yet that also supports her and her goals. 

Next, Celeste asks Stefanie about personal goals Stefanie has and she shares that she started working with a coach again and that she loves the idea of one day returning to the stage.

Then, the two women talk about Stefanie’s circle of friends and customers. Celeste asks Stefanie about the circle of love she has and maintains at all times and how she has developed such a strong support circle.

Concluding the episode Stefanie shares how listeners can further connect with and talk with her through her personal and business channels on social media.

CONNECT WITH STEFANIE HERE:
LEARN MORE ABOUT BAMBODY AND TRY THE DELICIOUSNESS HERE:
USE CELESTE'S MONTHLY DISCOUNT CODE TO SAVE! DM HER ON IG: @CELESTIAL_FIT OR VISIT HER LINKS PAGE TO SEE THE MONTH'S CODE :)

Episode Time Stamps:

[0:50] Celeste introduces Stefanie and mentions topics to be discussed in her return episode.

[2:30] Stefanie opens up about the allegations made against Bambody by other names in the industry.

[6:50] Celeste asks Stefanie about her initial feelings and reactions to the accusations being made against her company.

[9:50] Stefanie shares how she decided the best way to first address the situation as a business owner as opposed to letting emotions fuel her response, even on social media.

[12:20] Celeste asks Stefanie to walk customers through the complexities of the situation when it came to immediately addressing concerns and doubts that arose about Bambody products.

[16:20] Stefanie explains why the lab results were not immediately posted after receiving them and how they are difficult to understand by the “average consumer.”

[19:45] Celeste asks Stefanie if the lab was able to share the results of the previous tests, product quantity, etc. with Stefanie.

[23:00] Stefanie talks about the nutrition labels on Bambody products and how they differ from other treats made in mass quantities and produced in factories.

[27:15] Celeste has Stefanie elaborate on the new product lines and changes Bambody will be making & coming out with moving forward.

[33:20] Stefanie shares exciting new holiday treats that will soon be released.

[37:00] Celeste asks if Stefanie ever makes her own “Bam experiments” in her own kitchen/at home setting.

[38:40] Celeste asks Stefanie if theres any Bambody treats she is impartial to, yet her family and friends really enjoy.

[42:00] Celeste shares how Bambody has personally helped her on her mindset and competing journey and relationship with food.

[43:40] Stefanie shares some of her current personal goal.

[46:30] Stefanie talks about how she has developed a supportive, close circle of friends.

[52:40] Stefanie tells listeners how they can connect with her

Oct 16, 2020
KATE ABATE RETURNS
59:13

In episode two of the Returning Guest series, host Celeste Rains-Turk sits down for a second time with Crisis Counselor, Master student of gerontology, Registered Yoga Teacher and Certified Personal Trainer, Kate Abate to dig deeper into Kate’s life outside of competing.

Although she is not actively competing, Kate shares how she has continued to make her body a priority. As discussed on her previous episode, Kate has struggled with her gut health and talks about her continued journey to improve her digestion. She shares about the Autoimmune diet she has been following and it’s impact on her overall gut health and colitis.

Beyond that, Kate discusses her own hypermobility and the levels it can work at outside of simply “being flexible”. She shares how the hypermobility works its way down to her internal organs and joints and the correlation that exists between her hypermobility and her physical and mental health.

Kate studies gerontology which is the study of the aging process. Kate talks about the aging process as growth and development. She talks about how even though the body no longer grows taller, it grows and develops in many other fascinating ways. She specifically talks about mental health in the older population by asking the question, “Have you ever seen an 80 year old freaking out and stressed about something?”

Because she is receiving this new degree, Kate talks about how she wants to expand her business once she receives her diploma. Just like getting this degree is allowing her to “pivot” in her own life, Kate wants to be able to reach those who  have also reached a pivot point in their life, whether it be in fitness, lifestyle, wellbeing or even a financial pivot. Even through all of this future planning, Kate shares how she is able to bring herself back to the present moment and enjoy every day.

As the episode progresses, Kate talks about how she began her career in crisis counseling, stemming from trauma she experienced in her own childhood and in her 20s. She talks about how she was able to heal from this trauma and how she used a difficult time in her life to launch her into the world that is crisis counseling. Kate shares some of the best things that have come to her personally from crisis counseling and how to speak out when feeling the shame that is accompanied by the violence of a sexual assault.

In this powerful episode, Kate’s words inspire hope and optimism for the aging process, healing through trauma and sexual assault.

EPISODE TIME STAMPS:
[2:10] Kate’s focus while not actively competing
[4:04] New implementations to help with gut health
[9:15] Hypermobility
[12:15] Mental and physical needs evolving with age
[14:02] Aging as growth and development
[15:35] Correlation between mental health and hypermobility
[20:58] Pursuing higher education in gerontology
[24:50] Business vision
[28:45] How the interest in gerontology was sparked
[32:06] Bringing yourself back to the present while planning for the future
[36:02] Pivoting
[38:36] Experience as a crisis counselor
[41:12] The best things that came out of crisis counseling for her personally
[47:52] Having an open conversation regarding sexual assault
[52:04] Working through her own trauma
[57:47] Best advice for someone going through trauma

National Sexual Assault Telephone Hotline (RAINN) HOTLINE SUPPORT: https://www.rainn.org/about-national-sexual-assault-telephone-hotline

CONNECT WITH KATE:
www.instagram.com/misskateabate/
CONNECT WITH CELESTE:
www.instagram.com/celestial_fit/

Oct 09, 2020
TAMARA HADDAD RETURNS
49:08

In this week's episode, Celeste Rains-Turk reintroduces Tamara Haddad, a previous guest from the beginning of her podcast who has since retired from the IFBB division. While she may be retired from competing, Tamara is still well-known for her excellent posing coaching and active in supporting other competitors. 

To Begin, Tamara opens up to Celeste about her last show, the Arnold Classic Australia, in 2017.  She admits to post-show months of rebounding, feeling depressed, and unmotivated. Tamara explains how her biggest struggle was learning how to balance fitness as a lifestyle instead of a competition.

She states it took approximately 9 months to get back into shape and how the slow and steady approach gave her the lifestyle shape she always dreamed of having. Tamara is thankful to have had the chance to compete at The Arnold and Olympia and uses her experiences to coach other competitors to these elite stages. 

Tamara explains how the hardest part about overcoming post-competing blues is the mental changes and lifestyle adaptations.

Tamara tells Celeste how she used to believe you couldn’t take rest days, and now realizes that taking rest days allows for muscles to heal, bones to repair, and mind recovery. Tamara no longer has food guilt and chooses to eat three fuller meals instead of five portion-controlled meals. 

Tamara and Celeste discuss the heavy and often disregarded topic of addiction in the bodybuilding sport. Tamara admits she was addicted to competing, Adderall, Xanax, and sex which reared its ugly head after retiring.

Tamara decided to cleanse her body, mind, and soul and admits to having a predisposition to extreme addictive characteristics. She started her recovery by doing a 90-day commitment, sun healing, and focusing on spiritual growth.

​While Tamara was afraid of her true self without the title of IFBB pro champion, she worked with God to release those stigmas. Tamara happily expresses she is now three months clean of prescription substances!

Celeste and Tamara open up about the breakup from her fiancé and how she was struggled with intimacy with partners since. In addition to healing herself, she admits to Celeste how she avoided masturbation to build up her “spiritual soul” She states since her 90 day commitment cleanse, she is now able to have a sexual relationship with a partner and raise her vibrations/energy. 

Tamara states how online competitions is “the future of bodybuilding”. She praises the division for transforming to an online stage and is pleasantly surprised how successful the first one was in July. In the future, she is hoping the Top 10 gets more prize money to help boost audience participation and reimburse competitors for their hard work. 

Finally, Tamara gives viewers advice to competitors who feel addicted to the identity of the sport. Tamara’s honesty and open conversations provide an episode you do not want to miss!

Connect with Tamara Here:
www.instagram.com/tamarahaddad7/

Connect with Celeste Here:
www.instagram.com/celestial_fit/

TIME STAMPS:
[3:24] Life and Goals after retiring from the IFBB division
[8:52] Learning to step away from the extremes of competing
[16:56] Tamara’s spirituality, addiction to prescription drugs, and healing. 
[23:24] Staying abstinent/avoiding masturbation/raising your vibrations
[35:21] Tamara discusses her opinion on online competitions
[46:56 ] Advice to competitors who feel addicted to the sport

 

 

Oct 01, 2020
ANNETTE MOUNTFORD
01:48:06

In this episode Celeste speaks with Annette Mountford, an IFBB Bikini Pro who is also a pole dancing instructor, personal trainer, and posing coach who also helps women tap into their own inner strength, and who found and fell in love with bodybuilding after getting sober alongside her husband.

As always, Celeste starts off the episode by asking Annette about her pre stage ritual and Annette shares her belief in the power of mantras, a technique she also likes to teach her posing clients.

Annette also shares her thoughts on breath work and how she talks to her clients about the moments right before stage, how to channel their true source energy and nerves, and how to use them to positively impact their performance instead of viewing them as a negative.

From there, Celeste and Annette discuss visualization, and how visualizing every step of the process, not just the end result one desires, will help improve one’s overall performance. Celeste and Annette share many valuable tips when it comes to mindset and how girls can best prepare themselves before stage, even with the minute details, for example, getting familiar with as much of the event environment as possible.

After discussing how Annette prepares her posing clients for stage, Celeste asks Annette about how much she practices her own personal routine. Next, Annette talks about her posing business, A Team, the organic beginning it had and talks about the impacts and affects she has been working through amidst the Covid-19 situation.

Celeste then asks Annette if there are any pet peeves she has when it comes to posing and Annette explains why certain shoes could cause more harm than good. After sharing her insight on posing shoes, Annette talks about her background in pole dancing how that has influenced or helped her posing. 

Switching gears from talking all things posing and stage presence, the women talk about body work and Annette expresses that she feels it has made a difference in her physique. Annette shares insight on the concept of giving back to your body and what that has looked like for her over the years throughout her competing journey. She talks about the toll training takes on one’s body and why it is so important to take the time to give our bodies extra care.

Annette shares an experience she had while traveling with her sponsor, Magnum, before earning her pro card and relates it back to her point of the importance of giving back to her body. From there, Celeste asks Annette about her experiences self-coaching and what made her decide to take the leap from having being coached to then coaching herself. Celeste asks Annette about any roadblocks she experienced while coaching herself and the strategies she took to approach and overcome those obstacles. 

Annette opens up and shares more about her and her husbands background on their struggles with addiction and how their experiences at the Van Pro Show expo in 2015 was really the catalyst for them deciding to take charge of their health and get sober. She shares her husbands struggles with Type 2 diabetes and how one of his doctors visits was one of a series of “wake up” moments to the harm that they were causing their bodies. Celeste then asks Annette to open up about her addictions and how they manifested in her life.

Annette talks about growing up in Calgary, the lifestyle and social norms she and her husband were surrounded with, and how that led to their struggles with addiction. She recounts the memory of their fifth anniversary and how one “hiccup” of treating themselves to a bottle of wine with dinner led to years of relapse.

Celeste asks Annette about the relapse and if her and her husband sought therapy or support groups during their second attempt to overcome addiction and stay healthy. Annette explains how her and her husband tackled their new lifestyle, what mistakes they made during their first attempt to get sober, and how they adapted their methods the second time around.

Celeste talks with Annette about any feelings of guilt or struggles of feeling worthy of the success she achieved with her health given her past with addiction. From there Annette discusses how she started working with a coach and how the experience of prepping for and competing in her first show became a celebration of her and her husbands sobriety. 

Then, Annette shares her views and opinions on placings and expectations, walking us through her first national show and what she learned from that experience. The two women then discuss the topic of expectations, how bodybuilding should be a celebration, and the importance of always staying connected to your why. Next, the conversation transitions into the strategy involved in competing, touching on why certain competitors continue to compete in multiple shows despite already having certain qualifications. While discussing all things strategy, Celeste asks Annette to share an analogy she uses when it comes to various aspects of competing, both in prep and the improvement season.

Annette shares her experiences with a negative post show rebound where she gained 35 pounds and what that taught her about her approach to nutrition and supplementation post show. Annette talks about the importance of understanding ones gut biome and how competitors should really be aware of and take care of it, especially when it comes to food sources they choose to eat post show. 

Celeste then transitions the conversation to Annette’s past and asks her about her experiences with bullying and how that affected and influenced her to become the woman she is today. Annette talks about what it was like moving around a lot growing up and not having money to afford the same luxuries as her peers and the toll that took on her self-confidence.

She talks about how she was able to challenge the limiting self beliefs she had developed from those experiences growing up and how she loves to help her posing clients overcome that obstacle in their own lives. Next, Celeste asks Annette more about her experiences of moving out at sixteen and the logistics of where she would stay and finding financial stability.

Annette talks about how she fell into the party lifestyle, when she met her husband and when deciding to completely change their lives they came to find the beauty in their sobriety. She shares how that insight shifted her view and mindset on the vision she now has for A Team posing and decided what it is she really wants to teach her clients.

Celeste and Annette share a moment to acknowledge one another for their each other’s visions and their desire to help women in multiple aspects of life and on topics deeper than just surface level. Concluding the episode, Celeste asks Annette to share her best advice for first time competitors and girls on their road to pro.

CONNECT WITH ANNETTE: 
PERSONAL IG: https://www.instagram.com/annette_corvette_ifbbpro/
POSING TEAM: https://www.instagram.com/a_team_posing

CONNECT WITH CELESTE:
IG: www.instagram.com/celestial_fit/
WEBSITE: www.celestial.fit

Time Stamps:
[2:05] Celeste asks Annette her pre stage ritual.

[3:15] Annette shares advice from her pre stage routine that she also teaches her posing clients.

[4:00] Celeste and Annette talk about breath work and nervousness before stepping on stage.

[7:00] Celeste and Annette discuss the importance of visualization.

[10:00] Annette shares some tips for what to do during athlete check ins or the night before the show to best familiarize yourself with the competition environment.

[12:50] Celeste asks Annette how much she practices her personal posing routine.

[14:30] Annette talks about the organic start to her posing business and how it has been impacted with COVID-19.

[20:20] Celeste asks Annette to share some of her posing pet peeves.

[24:00] Celeste asks about Annette’s background in pole dancing and if that has helped her approach to posing.

[25:20] Annette talks about the importance of body work and the difference it has made in her aesthetics.

[28:30] Annette shares an experience she had with her sponsor Magnum and how that relates to her point of giving back to yourself & your body.

[32:00] Celeste asks Annette about her experiences with coaches and Annette shares how she eventually became self-coached.

[34:30] Celeste asks Annette about the typical prep roadblocks she expected to experience and how she approached them while coaching herself.

[41:45] Celeste asks Annette to share her experiences with addiction and how it manifested in her life.

[49:00] Celeste asks Annette if she and her husband sought therapy and support groups while working to overcome their addiction and stay healthy.

[52:20] Annette shares if she ever doubted she belonged in the community or that she was worthy of the success she achieved with her health.

[57:00] Annette talks about her feelings and opinions on placing and expectations, sharing her experiences of her first national show.

[60:30] Celeste relates to Annette’s experiences and elaborates on the importance of connecting to her why in terms of competing.

[64:40] Celeste and Annette talk about strategy behind continuing to compete despite having particular qualifications.

[69:00] Celeste asks Annette to share an analogy she relates to competing, in terms of during prep and the period post show.

[73:30] Annette shares insight on her post show approach with nutrition and supplementation.

[85:00] Celeste asks Annette about her childhood and her experiences with bullying, how that affected her and influenced her to become the woman she is today.

[94:00] Celeste has Annette share more about her experiences of moving out at sixteen and how she figured out where to go and how to build up her finances.

[98:00] Annette talks about the mindset work she does and how she applies that to the goals and visions she has for herself and her future.

[103:00] Annette shares her best advice for new competitors and girls on their road to pro.

Sep 25, 2020
DR. BRITTNEY DAYNE
01:22:35

In this week’s episode host Celeste Rains-Turk sits down with IFBB Bikini Professional, Wife, Pharmacist, Esthetician and business owner Brittney Dayne to discuss how she Reveals Her Truth in her own journey.

With a history in ballet, Brittney finds being on stage to be a very natural experience. She shares how her knowledge in dance has helped her to recognize exactly what she needed to do in her own posing through how it feels and by paying attention to details. Even with all of this she stresses the importance of remembering that posing simply creates an illusion of how your body is “supposed to” look. She also discusses the importance of not falling victim to the comparison game and that photos on Instagram don’t tell the whole story.

As a world traveler, Brittney shares some of her most memorable trips, including an underwater hotel room in East Africa. She talks about how important it is to her and her husband to prioritize travel in their marriage. As both her and her husband are competitors, she shares how they time out trips so they can let the vacation serve it’s purpose: reenergizing and recharging.

Brittney talks a lot how her spiritual journey has helped her to recognize how things time out as God intends them to, whether that be receiving her pro card or starting a family. She shares how she and here husband struggle with infertility. After a failed round of IVF, Brittney heard the sermon she needed to hear on the importance of trusting God’s timing.

As a business owner, Brittney passionately talks about the natural skincare line she has developed called RYT Skincare, which stands for Reveal Your Truth. And although a big part of her brand is focused on the skincare, Brittney talks about another huge aspect which is Revealing Your Truth. For Brittney, this was sharing her journey of infertility and the depression that came from that. In revealing her truth she found a community of women who had been going through struggles similar to her own.

As the episode draws to a close, Brittney gives her best advice to both first time competitors and those on their road to pro. Although different, both pieces of advice have a similar theme, one Brittney feels very passionate about and is excited to share with the world: Reveal You Truth.

CONNECT WITH BRITTNEY:
https://www.instagram.com/drbrit_fit/

LEARN ABOUT RYT SKINCARE:
https://www.instagram.com/therytskincare/
https://www.therytskincare.com/

CONNECT WITH CELESTE:
https://www.instagram.com/celestial_fit/
www.celestial.fit



EPISODE TIME STAMPS
[1:58] Pre Stage Rituals
[3:44] Feedback from the Tampa Pro
[5:15] Post Show Weight Gain
[8:53] The Impotence of Giving your Coach time to get to know you
[11:02] Adjusting physically and mentally to a hectic prep schedule
[12:30] Giving yourself grace to rest when you need to
[14:32] Competition Journey
[18:17] Ballet Background and how it helps in posing
[21:59] Showing up for yourself every chance that you get
[24:42] Non-negotiables in her marriage
[30:40] Travel recommendations
[34:44] Prioritizing travel in her marriage
[38:15] Differences between vacation life and day to day life
[41:59] The decision to take time off from the stage
[46:22] Having fun on the stage
[48:57] Infertility journey
[53:44] Choosing to discontinue fertility treatments and trusting God’s timing
[58:45] RYT Skincare
[1:00:52] Overall Business Mission
[1:04:10] Returning to the stage for mental and physical health
[1:08:20] How to find RYT Skincare
[1:11:17] Developing the RYT Skincare formula
[1:15:04] Best advice for first time competitors and those on the road to pro

Sep 18, 2020
SHENESE CASE
01:27:26

In this week’s episode, host Celeste Rains-Turk has the pleasure of interviewing IFBB Pro Shenese Case. Known for her killer glutes and high energy, Shenese has a passion for fitness and helping women achieve their goals. In addition to being a fitness coach, this Canadian bombshell is in prep for her Pro debut after winning her pro card at Vancouver Pro in 2019.

Shenese begins by acknowledging how hard she is working to achieve a better stage presence for her Pro Debut in September. She gives credit to Beyonce to obtain a more sassy and energetic stage presence. Shenese also mentions the importance of hiring a coach during this time to have “another set of eyes”. Her coach focuses on every detail from “hair to toenails”. Her coach emphasizes a good posing routine to show off her physique and how making posing a daily routine will help the stage become second-nature.

Celeste and Shenese speak about how she was able to self-coach to the national level Shenese explains how she was afraid to train upper body before hiring a coach because of the misconceptions of being too manly with big biceps and shoulders. She has also decreased lower body focused strength training such as quads/calves and increased upper body days to obtain the perfect balance of muscle. 

For her pro debut, Shenese has now focused on bringing down her mid-section, facial expressions, and overall conditioning. During her off season, Shenese did not over indulge and enjoyed occasional cheat meals to keep her waist line down and manageable. Celeste and Shenese agree that there is more to life than “chicken, rice, and broccoli”. Shenese now uses this approach while she coaches other women about meal timing, macros, and practicing moderation and portion sizes. 

Celeste and Shenese also discuss the “why” of competing. Shenese reminisces about the insecure girl she used to be and how fitness gave her the confidence she always wanted. Shenese encourages viewers to support other women in the beginning of their fitness journeys. Celeste and Shenese believe that competing gave them the inner strength and discipline to have a sense of purpose in life. 

Finally, Shenese gives credit to her daily rituals. She begins the day by meditating 10 minutes journaling, lighting a candle, and setting intentions for the day. Shenese never wants to be remembered as “the moody person” during prep and wants to represent sport in the best light. She states, “When you love what you do, it should be full of happiness.” She has leaned on her friends and family during stressful times to include losing her Dad and going through a breakup during competition prep.

Shenese is a wonderful representation for the IFBB and has an undeniable energy!

CONNECT WITH SHENESE:
www.instagram.com/shennxo_ifbbpro/
linktr.ee/Shenese

CONNECT WITH CELESTE:
www.instagram.com/celestial_fit/
www.celestial.fit


EPISODE TIME STAMPS:

[1:32] Shenese shares her stage ritual

[4:01] Shenese discusses her love for her team/importance of posing and stage presence

[8:04] Differences between self-coaching and hiring a quality coach.

[10:32] Training split/favorite shoulder and glute exercises

[13:05] Feedback provided by judges for her Pro Debut

[15:36] Traveling for shows internationally/during pandemic

[20:23] Difference between prep and off-season diet/bringing your best package

[25:31] Shenese’s “why” on competing/words of wisdom

[33:24] How Shenese stays inspired/motivated; Her day-to-day routine

[36:21] Keeping a positive attitude in prep, avoiding negative feelings

[41:37] Shenese opens up about heart break, losing her dad, moving during pandemic

[45:33] How being an IFBB Pro has aided her professional life

[50:25] How Shenese guides women to feel empowered/her coaching skills

[53:30] Shenese discusses her E-Book for better glute development

[55:56} Transitioning from cosmetology to fitness coaching

[58:27] Fear of post-season eating/being food focused

[1:05:33] Favorite meals/recipes/food freedom

[1:15:00] Shenese talks about her future plans, endorsements, brand deals

Sep 10, 2020
KIM SERMENO
01:06:02

In this episode, Celeste speaks with Kim Sermeno, a Salvadorian immigrant who learned English in three months, obtained US citizenship and her college degree in nutrition, and who is a soon to be gym owner who earned her pro card at North Americans in 2019.

Celeste starts off the episode in her usual fashion by asking Kim about her pre stage ritual. From there, Kim shares with listeners how she got started in fitness and competing and what led her to pursue achieving her pro card.

Kim shares that growing up she was always athletic, participating in various sports such as track, soccer, and softball. When she came to the United States she discovered the gym and it was then that she started the transition from being a runner to immersing herself in the world of weightlifting.

After being asked by other gym goers if she was a competitor, Kim started researching the sport and decided to give it a try. Next, Kim talks about her experiences with her first two competitions being self coached and the approach she took to her nutrition. She then goes on to share how she started off competing in smaller shows to allow herself to manage her nerves and allow herself to get comfortable with the stage and the sport.

Celeste asks Kim if her nerves have progressed as she’s climbed through the ranks from amateur to pro, yet Kim shares how she believes her background in modeling helped her feel comfortable on stage. Since Kim jumped into competing without knowing a lot about what bodybuilding entailed, Celeste asks Kim if, looking back, there is anything she wishes she had known prior to starting in the NPC.

Kim explains that her approach to nutrition has changed since she started, from being self-taught to now working with a coach who has her on a structured meal plan for competitions. Then, Kim gives listeners insight on how her approach to nutrition changes during the off season and she admits that she doesn’t track macros or calories. She shares that she doesn’t feel the need to count meticulously in her off seasons as this has become her lifestyle and she understands how to fuel her body properly regardless of her current “season.” Kim and Celeste discuss the concept of treating the body like a treasure and how that translates to leading a healthy lifestyle.

From there, Celeste transitions into Kim’s competing career and asks how her approach has differed over the years. Kim explains that she follows the plan her coach gives her and that she never sees competing as a chore, as it’s something she  loves chooses to pursue.

She shares that although she does have cravings during prep, she never gives in and loves seeing how her body changes the closer she gets to a show. With that being said, Celeste asks Kim to share her favorite prep meals and the ladies discuss their shared love for meals including oats. Next, Celeste asks Kim to share her favorite exercises for glutes, hamstrings, and shoulders if she could only choose one exercise for each muscle group.

The ladies discuss how much they both love smaller isolation movements and band work as well as typical heavy compound movements, which many prefer to emphasize when it comes to building muscle. After discussing training, Celeste asks Kim to walk listeners through her experiences competing in various national shows and how she addressed the feedback given to her by the judges.

Kim shares how she took first her class at her first show, the Olympia Amateur, then from there proceeded to do well in other shows, almost achieving her pro card, yet at one national shows she landed in one of the last call outs, making her reconsider if competing was for her.

Despite being on the fence about her future in competing, Kim had already signed up for the next national show and also had plans to vacation with her boyfriend. Kim recounts her experiences of being on vacation and how the time away from her training and diet affected her physique. After coming home, Kim realized she was up 10 pounds being only 11 days out from her show and she explains how she and her coach addressed the setbacks and persevered regardless.

Kim felt a newfound sense of confidence in herself during the show after hearing other women compliment her physique backstage and how that was the day she achieved her pro card. Celeste and Kim reflect on the various challenges Kim faced before finally reaching her goal and how that only made her a stronger athlete. Celeste then asks Kim what she would like to accomplish with her IFBB pro status and Kim shares her hopes and aspirations to one day step on the Olympia and Arnold stages. 

Switching gears from all things competing, Celeste asks Kim more about her journey to citizenship; how she ended up in the United States being an immigrant from El Salvador, and what inspired her to come to California.

Kim explains that growing up she was one of five children and after seeing how hard her mother worked to provide for her and her siblings, Kim knew she wanted a better life for herself. She also shares how life in El Salvador differs from that in the United States, stating that the weaker economy and lack of options and opportunities in terms of higher education and jobs limits ones potential. Kim sought a better life not only for herself but for her family as well.

She opens up and reveals that she originally came over as an illegal immigrant, recounting her experiences on her journey to the United States, which she plans to write about and publish, titling the book “29 Days,” as a tribute to the time it took her to cross the border.

Next, Kim talks about her plans to not only become an author but to open a gym in her city of San Juan Capistrano. She explains the reasoning and motivation behind wanting to open up her own facility as well as the some of the challenges she has faced thus far. Kim shares that she has always wanted to be a business owner and explains some of the other projects she is working on both in business and in education, yet how all her goals are interconnected.

Celeste then asks Kim how bodybuilding has helped her as both a business owner and a mother. Kim talks about how she admired her mothers hard work ethic and how that inspired her to be a hard worker, a good mother but also enjoy the fruits of her labor. Kim also mentions the point of the greater the risk, the greater the reward, and how she has taken that approach with her business ventures.

​After discussing business, Kim shares how she learned English after arriving in the US not knowing the language at all. Kim shares her strategy of immersing herself in the language every way she could and how that helped her learn the basics before being able to take classes. Celeste also asks how Kim met her now boyfriend and how he and her son not only support her but keep her accountable during her competition preps. Lastly, as always, Kim shares her best advice for first time competitors and for girls on their road to pro.

Connect with Kim:
https://www.instagram.com/k_roxysermeno/
https://linktr.ee/k_roxysermeno

Connect with Celeste:
https://www.instagram.com/celestial_fit/


Time Stamps:
[1:45] Kim shares her pre-stage ritual with listeners.

[2:15] Celeste asks Kim to share how she got started in fitness and when she found competing.

[4:38] Kim shares how she prepped herself for her first two competitions.

[7:50] Celeste asks Kim if she’s ever experienced nervousness before hitting the stage as her competitive career continued to progress.

[9:20] Celeste asks Kim if there’s anything she wishes she had known prior to competing in her first NPC show.

[12:40] Kim shares her approach she takes with nutrition in her improvement seasons as opposed to during prep.

[14:00] Celeste asks Kim if she takes an intuitive eating approach during her off season, given that she doesn’t track her food or macros.

[17:25] Celeste has Kim share the differences, if any, amongst the various preps she has done.

[18:50] Kim shares why she loves bodybuilding.

[20:20] Celeste asks Kim about her favorite prep meal.

[22:00] Kim shares her favorite exercises for shoulders, hamstrings and glutes.

[25:00] Kim discusses her experiences competing in various national shows and how she addressed the feedback she received from the judges.

[32:15] Celeste asks Kim to share about her time on vacation before North Americans and her thoughts about the physique she felt she would bring to the stage.

[35:30] Celeste asks Kim if she felt she brought a different physique to each of her national shows.

[37:40] Kim talks about what it was like to compete at the Olympia amateur.

[40:00] Celeste asks Kim what she would like to accomplish as an IFBB Pro.

[42:40] Kim shares her path to citizenship and her journey from El Salvador to California.

[45:00] Celeste asks Kim about the actual citizenship process.

[49:00] Kim talks about her plans to open up her gym.

[52:00] Celeste asks Kim how bodybuilding has helped her as a business owner and mother.

[55:40] Celeste asks Kim how she learned English.

[59:15] Kim talks about how she met her boyfriend and how he and her son keep her accountable during prep. 

[61:25] Kim shares her best advice for first time competitors and girls on her road to pro

Sep 04, 2020
JESSICA PEREZ-BEEBE
01:25:08

In today’s episode, host Celeste Rains-Turk, speaks with Jessica Perez-Beebe, an IFBB Pro who faced adversity growing up, yet found how to live a healthy abundant life after finding personal development and
self improvement and who now uses her athlete mentality in her own business to mentor entrepreneurs and leaders.

As always, Celeste kicks off the episode by having Jessica share her pre-stage ritual with listeners. From there, Celeste and Jessica quickly recap Jessica’s competing history during which she goes on to share how her experience coaching herself into nationals was what she considered “a disaster.”

First, however, Jessica explains how she originally got into bodybuilding after previously being active in the CrossFit community, as well as owning her own strength & conditioning gym, yet was looking for another goal to help her stay focused while also trying to grow her business.

To Jessica’s surprise, she placed in the top 5 at her first national show yet at the time she hadn’t even considered the thought of becoming a pro in the sport. After leaving her coach at the time due to plans of moving abroad with her husband, Jessica decided last minute to compete at USA’s self-coached, which was where she discovered the necessity to have a coach despite her years of knowledge and education in the industry, emphasizing that “you don’t know what you don’t know.”

Next, Celeste asks Jessica about her decision to move overseas, which ultimately led to her 3.5 year break from competing. Jessica explains that her and her husband had a shared vision of being location independent, traveling for months or years at a time, renting houses here and there, all while being able to manage their businesses or work remotely. Jessica shares that her and her husband ended up becoming overnight parents to her niece Lily, yet despite her coming into their lives they went ahead with their plans to move.

Jessica sold her business sooner than originally planned and they decided to bring Lily with them and gift her the experience of travel from a young age. Jessica confirms that her decision to take Lily along was the right one, as Lily was able to grow up in an environment with parents who set positive examples and displayed
what a well rounded and fulfilling life can entail.

Celeste then asks Jessica how the living abroad and being a nomad affected her commitments to health and fitness, to which Jessica explains that her experiences were different from a typical vacation as it was an opportunity to immerse herself in various cultures, learn new customs and ways of living, as well as constantly having to adapt. Celeste then has Jessica elaborate on the role nutrition and fitness took during Jessica’s time in other countries.

After discussing Jessica’s time abroad and what sparked that decision, Celeste asks about Jessica’s role as a performance coach. Celeste asks how Jessica has taken her experiences of travel and being a professional athlete to work with her clients on mindset and how to live more fulfilling lives.

Jessica emphasizes the importance of focus and commitment and how that translates from bodybuilding to business. She teaches her clients about removing the distractions to focus on one thing at a time, and how that translates for one to be successful in business.

Jessica explains that even the most successful entrepreneurs start their day off with fitness, to which she shares that she loves working with athletes in particular, knowing that they already have instilled life habits of dedication and focus. Celeste then transitions the conversation to Jessica’s daily habits and has her share with listeners her daily non negotiable’s. Jessica shares how the to-do lists are something she no longer uses, yet implements a practice of writing down two important things that must be accomplished the next day.

​This opens a discussion between Celeste and Jessica about the concept of the to-do list and Jessica shares what she feels is necessary for athletes or entrepreneurs to do to “level up” and go from amateur to pro. She shares how she feels that the smaller habitual things on the to do list distract from the bigger, more important tasks that will really take one to the next level. The two women discuss their opinions on how to best set yourself up to win the day while setting intentions and how to focus those actions and intentions to help accomplish the big vision or goal.

Switching gears, Celeste asks Jessica about her beginnings in the world of personal
development and how she realized that things like the law of attraction and inner work could help her lead a more abundant life. Jessica talks about how from a young age she was always curious and how she found ways to detach from the violent and fearful environment she grew up in to seek out how to better her life.

She shares that from a young age she knew she was meant for more and how that desire and skill carried over into her adult life and competing career, trusting that she could create what she focused on. Branching off of Jessica’s beginnings in truly
achieving what she focuses on, Celeste asks Jessica about finances and how she manages her mindset around money in terms of budgeting for competitions, as well as how she works with clients about their mindset with money as well.

Celeste moves on to ask Jessica about the sudden passing of her mom and how that affected her life decisions moving forward. Jessica recounts the story of how she found out about her moms passing after coming home from an out-of-town event for a job she didn’t enjoy working under a verbally abusive manager, where she felt like she wasn’t harnessing her true potential, and how she took this as a sign to fearlessly pursue the life she had dreamt for herself.

Jessica found the lesson in a tragic event, shifted her mindset and used that to propel her forward. Jessica then talks about her plans for her pro debut and how injuries and show cancellations forced her to modify the original plan, yet that she never saw quitting as an option. Her and Celeste walk through the various challenges she faced before stepping on stage at the NorCal show, yet Jessica emphasizes the importance of finishing through with goals she sets for herself. Jessica looks at her perseverance as something she has trained herself for, to “go all the way.”

Although not showing up with her best physique to date, Jessica was still proud of the fact that she followed through with the plan to step on that stage having overcome so many obstacles. Next, Celeste asks Jessica about her plan of action moving forward for her 2020 season, now already having one show under her belt. Jessica explains her reasoning behind switching teams and coaching and why she had to make a tough decision in order to level up and shares what her and her new coach Damian, from The Pros, have planned for the rest of this year.

The women quickly touch on the importance of divine timing and trusting that goals
will come to fruition when they are meant to be. While talking about the concept of time and patience, Jessica emphasizes why “the juice is in the journey” not just in competing but in business as well. Jessica shares that although winning an award or medal is gratifying, the real reward is in the process and journey along the way.

Celeste and Jessica then emphasize the importance of habits and consistency and how that helps not just in bodybuilding but in many other aspects of life, business included. The women then make more connections between bodybuilding and “real life” when they touch on the concept of how one’s imperfections can lead to longevity as it pushes them to constantly strive for improvement.

By emphasizing consistency one can omit what can feel like inevitable ebbs and flows since habits will take over and create that certain behaviors become natural. After talking all things consistency and discipline, Celeste asks Jessica to give her best advice for both the first time competitor and for the girls on their road to pro.


CONNECT WITH JESSICA: 
https://linktr.ee/jessicaperezbeebe
https://www.instagram.com/jessicaperezbeebe/

CONNECT WITH CELESTE:
https://instagram.com/celestial_fit
http://www.celestial.fit/

EPISODE TIME STAMPS:
[1:30] Jessica shares her pre-stage ritual with listeners.
[2:42] Celeste and Jessica go over a quick recap of Jessica’s competing history.
[4:20] Jessica explains how she felt coaching herself was “a disaster” going into USAs.
[9:40] Celeste asks Jessica about her move overseas; why she decided to do so and what inspired the move.
[12:20] Jessica explains how she became an overnight parent to her niece, Lily.
[13:30] Jessica shares what it has been like to have Lily share her and her husbands life dream in terms of their vision of traveling and living abroad.
[16:30] Celeste asks Jessica how traveling and living abroad impacted her lifestyle or
commitments to health and fitness.
[20:00] Celeste asks about the priority nutrition and fitness had during Jessica’s life while living abroad.
[21:50] Celeste asks Jessica what she’s learned as her experiences as a professional athlete, traveling the world, and how she teaches that to her clients when it comes to living fulfilling lives.
[27:10] Jessica shares some of her non-negotiable’s and daily habits that she believes have attributed to her success.
[31:10] Jessica elaborates on her thoughts on manifestation and setting yourself up to win the day.
[33:00] Celeste shares her thoughts on setting oneself up for success in terms of identity, as well as on to-do lists with intentions behind the items on the list.
[40:00] Celeste asks Jessica about her first encounter with personal development work and how to translate that to living a more abundant life.
[46:30] Celeste asks Jessica about mindset around money when it comes to competing; both while being in prep and during her off season.
[49:00] Jessica shares how the passing of her mom impacted her life’s decisions moving forward.
[56:20] Jessica talks about how she approached her pro debut despite the numerous show cancellations.
[57:30] Jessica recounts her experience at the NorCal show and how the thought of giving up never crossed her mind despite the multiple challenges she faced to get to the stage.
[60:20] Jessica explains why following through and accomplishing goals she sets for herself is so important and how she felt of her placings because she persevered.
[64:40] Celeste asks Jessica about her plan of action for her new goals and visions.
[68:00] Celeste shares insight on the importance of staying patient and goals/visions will come to fruition when the time is right.
[71:20] Jessica explains why “the juice is in the journey” in competing and business; how consistency translates into habits that can be applied to multiple aspects of life.
[74:00] Celeste and Jessica discuss how our imperfections lead to longevity both in competing and business and again emphasize the importance of consistency.
[79:00] Jessica shares her best advice for the newbie competitor and for girls on their road to pro.

Aug 28, 2020
CHYANNE JACOMINI
02:15:41

In this week’s episode, host Celeste Rains-Turk dives head first into heavy hitting subjects in the bikini bodybuilding world with fitness coach turned IFBB Pro Chyanne Jacomini. After leaving a fortune 500 company to pursue her dreams of being a fitness coach Chyanne rose in the ranks in the bikini division earning her pro title in 2019 and continuing to stay in the top 10 of all of her IFBB shows.

Chyanne opens up to Celeste about having the courage and support from her significant other to leave corporate America to pursue her dreams of being a fitness entrepreneur. Chyanne discusses how forcing herself to rest and spending quality time with family has impacted her physical health for the better. She explains how not having a set time limit for the gym gives her peace of mind. Chyanne and Celeste also discuss the problems with turning to food when anxious and how living in an area that sparks joy could help mitigate these tendencies.

Chyanne gives details on her journey of motherhood to becoming an IFBB bikini professional. She initially used competing to bounce back from pregnancy. She explains how she had several doubts during her first prep and nearly dropped out, however the guidance of her friends and coach gave her the courage to push through. 

After competing for her first show and riding on her huge accomplishment, Chyanne
wanted to use her new platform to help provide for her son and aide other women in their fitness journey. Chyanne says the key to staying in the top 5 at Nationals was slowly gaining weight back post show. She believes staying between 8-10 pounds of her stage weight allows for an easier prep, but gives herself grace in the off season to eat desserts. 

Chyanne says that mindfulness and envisioning herself being awarded her IFBB pro card throughout prep was instrumental in earning her title. Chyanne also explains how she initially preferred structured meal plans over macro counting, however switching to a year-round flexible dieting has brought overall happiness. Even though she has only been counting macros for approximately 6 months, she feels stronger than ever, her relationship with food has improved, and has made personal records in the gym.

Celeste asks Chyanne about her struggles with having joint custody of her child. She admits to being in a very dark place in her life and initially shut herself away from the world. Chyanne also discusses how her son needed to be resuscitated after birth and how this event has impacted her life. and Chyanne discusses the challenge of moving and sharing her son with his biological father and how she has had to
strategically plan her workouts around this. Chyanne had to allow herself to be OK with missing workouts to make her son a priority.

Celeste ends the episode by discussing Chyanne’s influence on social media, her feelings of being in an interracial relationship, ignoring racist comments on Instagram, and her views on cancel culture in mainstream media. Finally, Celeste asks Chyanne how she stays confident and feels sexy after becoming a mother. Chyanne expresses that all women can be sexy, regardless of how lean or curvy you are!

CONNECT WITH CHYANNE:
https://www.instagram.com/bikinibarbie24/
https://linktr.ee/Bikinibarbie

CONNECT WITH CELESTE:
https://instagram.com/celestial_fit
www.celestial.fit

TIME STAMPS
[1:27] Chyanne’s stage ritual
[4:30] Chyanne speaks about her life in corporate America and how she found her confidence to leave
[15:15] How leaving her 9-5 job gave her back freedom, sleep, personal happiness
[20:22] Chyanne discusses her move from Las Angeles to Las Vegas
[29:49] From motherhood to bodybuilding: having a family and monetizing her bodybuilding career
[39:20] How Chyanne stayed top 5 at Nationals and top 10 in the IFBB league
[53:02] Changing coaches, promoting her own diet/fitness coaching/switching meal plans
[1:15:22] How changing her food choices affected her workouts
[1:21:28] Chyanne’s favorite workouts
[1:24:08] Chayanne's struggle with custody of her child and how it almost ended her bodybuilding career
[1:39:20] Being a social media fitness influencer/ Her story of interracial relationship discrimination /
Cancel culture on social media
[1:52:37] Feeling sexy and confident postpartum/judgement from other mothers
[2:03:06] Chyanne’s advice for the women wanting to start bodybuilding and who are looking to turn pro

Aug 21, 2020
JESSICA DOLIAS
01:06:55

 In this week’s episode, host Celeste Rains-Turk sits down with IFBB Bikini Pro and Coach Jessica Dolias. As a certified holistic nutritionist, Jessica shares insight on how holistic nutrition has helped her own mindset and relationship with food and how she passes this insight on to her own clients. Jessica stresses the importance of eating foods that make you feel whole, both mentally and physically, instead of cutting things out of your diet.

As Jessica shares how her interest in holistic nutrition began, she dives into her past with disordered eating. She talks about how the numbers she constantly chased (the scale, the macros, the calories) had negative effects on her body image and her eating style. Jessica explains about the moment she recognized that something had to change in her current lifestyle as she noticed the lifelessness in her own reflection.

Jessica proudly discusses how she worked through her recovery by herself and how her mentality made a shift from focusing on eating as little as possible to instead focusing on eating healthy. Although this shift has been made, Jessica talks about how it wasn’t an instant shift. She talks about how although she has been recovered for 10 years, she still finds herself dealing with disorder thinking and shares some of her best advice to competitors who may be going through what she has in the past.

As the episode progresses, Jessica talks about her career and her education. When she lost her job due to her company shutting down, Jessica decided to seize the opportunity to start her own business so she would be able to pursue her dream, training clients and becoming a coach for Bombshell Fitness. She shares how her background in dance has aided her to becoming a posing queen, with one judge giving her the feedback that when she is on stage posing, she “lights up the room”.

Like many of us, Jessica has had to make adaptation in the recent months due to quarantine. She shares how her unorthodox gym has helped create a new passion and drive for the sport. While she’s squatting with tree trunks she recognized that the quarantine only reinforced her passion because although the circumstances have changed, the excitement for the sport has only grown.

Finally, Jessica shares her own journey to the stage. As she fought her way to the top through 10 shows, three of which were national levels, she shares how important it was for her journey to get a “less than optimal” placing. Her 16th place at her first national show made her realize how badly she wanted to push harder to earn her pro card. She also talks about how important it was for her own journey to be involved in the industry outside of her own training and coaching. She talks about the passion she has developed for the sport in things such as working with the tanning company and expediting the stage. She shares how important it was for her to take her competing career to the next level by working behind the scenes.

In this insightful and powerful episode, Jessica reinforces the importance of building a life that competing fits into and visualizing your way to success.

CONNECT WITH JESSICA:
https://www.instagram.com/jessicadolias/
https://bombshellfitness.com/b-competitive

CONNECT WITH CELESTE:

https://instagram.com/celestial_fit
www.celestial.fit

EPISODE TIME STAMPS:
[2:17] Pre Stage Rituals
[3:14] The Importance of Daily Visualization
[5:20] Holistic Nutrition and its Definition
[6:53] Living with and without an eating disorder
[8:50] Eating Disorder Recovery
[9:55] Choosing to study nutrition
[13:20] Recognizing the Goal Value of Food
[14:14] “Coming out the other side” of an Eating Disorder
[17:43] Importance for Competitors to be Mindful of their Relationship with Food
[20:49] Reinforcing healthy behaviors and thought patterns
[23:21] Being Mentally Prepared to commit to competing
[26:31] The Journey to Becoming a Competition Coach
[31:42] Starting a Business
[33:03] Obtaining a degree from the Fashion Institute Technology (FIT)
[35:00] A Dance Background’s Impact on Competing
[36:59] Feedback received from the judges
[38:40] Favorite Exercises for Glutes, Shoulders and Hamstrings
[40:21] Evolving with the Bikini Division
[43:44] Prep under lockdown
[47:57] Maintaining an unwavering commitment to the sport for over five years
[51:30] Journey to becoming an IFBB Pro
[53:48] The Experience of winning the overall at NPC Universe
[55:29] “Leveling Up” and creating new goals
[56:23] Spousal support in the competition world
[58:20] Pets and easing into the farm life
[59:37] Ways to become more involved in the industry
[1:01:34] Best Advice for New Competitors and Competitors looking to go pro


Jessica Dolias

  1. Competing in 2015, 10 shows before winning pro card at Universe (3rd national show) in 2017, certified nutritionist and holistic nutritionist, has degree in fashion, works with ICE tanning hair and makeup and works as expidiotr 
    1. [[2:17] Prestage Rituals: gets into her zone, gets quite and visualizes herself on stage, when lining up she likes to perk herself up and talk to everyone around her, get conversation going
    2. [3:14] Importance of daily visualization, using it as fuel and motivation
  2. Holistic Nutrition [5:20]
    1. Definition [5:27]: eating foods that make you feel better and incorporating foods that are full of nutrients that help make your life better
      1. Following a diet that makes you feel whole, not cutting stuff out of your diet
    2. [6:53] differences in life with/without an eating disorder
      1. ~9-10 years ago, her main focus was not about the food but the control of the food, she is an “OCD” person
        1. Focusing on numbers, macros, getting it really low and not paying attention to the food, just looking for low numbers
        2. “How can I get food in so that people don’t realize that I am undereating?”
        3. 5’4” and under 90 pounds,
      2. [8:50] recovery: one day she actually saw herself in the mirror, noticed the lifelessness in her own eyes and she missed the life in her eyes
        1. “I am who I am and I have a lot to offer for life”
          1. [9:55] how she got started in studying nutritionTurned discipline from eating low calories to eating healthy, that’s when she started studying nutrition
          2. Started focusing on her health and that it’s okay to enjoy different foods, but it’s important to life wholefully.
          3. Choosing foods based on what she likes and what will help her build the physique she wants
    3. [13:20] Recognizing the Goal Value of the Food (i.e. enjoying a part of life that isn’t focused on how it’s going to help you change)
    4. [14:14] when she realized she had “come out the other side” of the eating disorder
      1. It wasn’t instant, it took years to get to a point to where those thoughts don’t creep in and they still do try to creep in, 10 years later. It took YEARS to get to the point where she was feeling good about her eating choices.
        1. First ~3 years it was a constant battle, recovering from that on your own is so difficult
        2. You HAVE TO give yourself grace
        3. Don’t know of anyone that has recovered and has been able to instantly change their mindset about it.
        4. You have to be able to have a rational conversation with your thoughts about what you really want
          1. This is a daily, hourly, by the minute decision to change.
    5. [17:09] full recovery is possible but you have to be prepared to handle these thoughts and give yourself grace
    6. [17:43] Importance for competitors to be mindful with their relationship with food
      1. Competing is so regimented that negative relationships can creep back in
      2. There is a fine line between having a good relationship with food and competing, you have to be able to disconnect yourself from the regimen and not let it control your life
      3. YOU ARE CHOOSING TO DO THIS AND YOU HAVE CONTROL OVER IT, IT DOESN’T HAVE CONTROL OVER YOU
      4. Once you can learn what you need and are able to communicate it with your coach you’ll be able to choose your relationship with food is
    7. [20:49] reinforcing healthy behaviors and thought patterns
      1. Learning from experience, how to eat well, fuel yourself well, looking at your fitness as an overall picture as opposed to just the eating or just the training
        1. What you fuel yourself impacts everything, your emotion, your decision making, your energy
        2. You are free to be fit and free to be healthy.
      2. [23:21] don’t forget about the passion, love, fulfillment and lessons that comes with competing
      3. [23:35] being mentally prepared to commit to competing
        1. Girls have to already have a decent relationship with food, yo-yo dieters or those fresh out of an eating disorder are likely not ready for an eating disorder.
          1. Not about pushing people to the stage if they’re not ready for it. If you’re not read for it, it can be so discouraging.
        2. Best factors: You enjoy training, you are an athlete, you like competition, not seeing competing as a diet or to reach a certain weight
    8. [26:31] the journey to becoming a coach
      1. Bombshell fitness coach
      2. Started competing in 2015 doing her own prep, was inspired by the bombshell athletes.
        1. Started as an athlete after her first show, it’s a powerful sisterhood that takes an individual sport and turns it into a team thing. Visualize herself being a bombshell coach.
        2. Lost her job when company closed in 2016 so she ended up opening her own computer programming business to help pay the bills while she was starting her own personal training business, what she was doing when she turned pro
          1. Dream to turn pro and dream to work for bombshell
          2. BECAME A PRO July 2017
          3. Started working with bombshell as a posing coach, then asked her to be a coach
      3. [31:42] Her own computer programming business
        1. Certified programmer, is a service provider for her business, program “smart home” systems and design graphics for it
        2. [33:03] degree from FIT (fashion institute technology)
          1. Moved to manhattan to earn the degree, wanted to be a professional dancer, injured herself in high school and it helped her see things she enjoyed beyond dance
    9. [35:00] does the background of dance help with bodybuilding
      1. 1000%, reason for starting competing was because she missed being on stage, when she got into weight training she was able to combine her love for the stage with the love for weight training
      2. Dance background helped a lot with posing, it’s a forte of hers because it comes naturally with her dance history.
    10. [36:59] Feedback from judges
      1. Been told her posing is great and when she’s on stage posing she “lights up the room” with it.
      2. Been working on building up legs, has built her glutes up way too much and her glutes overpower her legs and shoulders (upper body width)
    11. [38:40] one exercise for shoulders, glutes and hamstrings
      1. Shoulders: lateral raises
      2. Hamstrings: sumo deadlifts
      3. Glutes: reverse lunges, but if she was doing heavy glute training, she would pick hip thrusts
    12. [40:21] changing her diet/training to evolve with the bikini division
      1. Focuses on going heavier
      2. “old school” training for heavy compound lifts, i.e. squats, deadlifts, presses
        1. Higher reps, heavy weight
      3. Eating a lot, more food volume
      4. Everyone should have a different approach because all of our bodies are different
    13. [43:44] Prep under lockdown
      1. No access to gym, hasn’t been in five months ☹
      2. This has been her best/favorite prep yet
        1. Training at home has allowed her to focus more
      3. Unorthodox gym
        1. Bench, dumbbell, squat racks, husband cut down some trees and she is literally squatting with tree trunks, a pulley system made with cinder blocks
      4. Reinforced her passion for the sport because she feels able to still prep for the sow under these unknown circumstances, this was a “blessing in disguise” for her competitive journey
    14. [47:57] maintaining a commitment to the sport for 5 years without wavering
      1. Loves it that much
      2. Sees her own athletes go through ups and downs,
      3. You have to power through it and it takes years to get there, before you hit your “normal”.
      4. You have to be patient with yourself because you are completely changing your lifestyle and your mind doesn’t change overnight.
    15. [51:30] Journey to IFBB pro
      1. 10 shows, 3 national shows
      2. [51:45] most memorable part of journey to IFBB pro
      3. Got 16th place in her first national show, it made her realize how much she wanted to push and had to work harder to earn that spot
        1. Developed a new approach, mindset going into next year (2017)
        2. Got overall in two prestigious NPC shows and rode that high into NPC Universe
        3. Everything felt “right”, it felt like her time
      4. [53:48] experience of winning the overall at NPC Universe
        1. Most overwhelming feeling of chills/butterflies, thinks she cried but isn’t sure
        2. When having a bad day she visualizes that experience and brings herself back there
        3. Surpassed what she dreamed of happening
    16. [55:29] “Leveling Up”, what her new goal/accomplishment is
      1. Placing at a pro show, earn points
      2. Make it to Olympia (I don’t care how long it takes I want to make it happen)
    17. [56:23] support of her husband in competing
    18. [57:20] using shows as a reason to travel together
    19. [58:20] Pets and easing into the farm life
  3. Importance of Food Relationship
  4. Making Dreams Reality
  5. Ways to get Involved in the Industry [59:37] and the impact in the experience as a competitor and coach
    1. Work with tanning company, expedite the stage, takes it to the next level to be behind the scenes as well as on the stage
    2. [1:01:34] Best advice for one who isn’t competing but thinking about it and road to pro
      1. Never competed: look into getting a coach who is involved in the industry and understands it. They’ll help you prep better and if they understand the industry they’ll know what the industry is looking for
      2. Looking to go pro: keep going, if it means that much to you, do not give up, don’t live or die by the win of each show.
Aug 14, 2020
KASEY WILSON
01:15:43

In this week's episode, Celeste speaks with IFBB Pro Kasey Wilson, a Speech Pathologist and Posing Coach with a burning passion for fitness and living a healthy lifestyle. Kasey started competing in 2016 on a whim and fell in love with the sport after winning her class. She continued to compete while obtaining her undergrad and master’s program, eventually earning her IFBB Pro Card at Universe In 2019. Kasey went on to receive first call outs at San Antonio Classic at her first pro show with an impressive seasoned lineup. 

Kasey and Celeste start off the episode by discussing the lessons Kasey has learned from competing on a National stage. She elaborates on why going into a show thinking you will get first can be detrimental and to embrace the journey not the placement. Kasey opens up with Celeste about prepping while her father was diagnosed with cancer and how her father’s fight gave her the strength to continue.

Kasey explains how she grew up loving the arts and did not begin to lift weights until the age of 19. She gives credit to her coach for the past 4 years, and expresses how their professional relationship was key to success at growing into the IFBB Pro stage. Furthermore, Kasey states that being part of a well-known team is not a factor for judged in placement.

Kasey states that although you may bring your personal best package to the stage, it may not be the look the judges are looking for that day. She also gives tips on saving money during prep to include the bikini, shows, hotels, and meals. 

Celeste and Kasey discuss food choices on prep and post-season. Kasey reminisces on how little she understood macros when she began her NPC journey, and now appreciates how taking a flexible approach in improvement season can be mentally beneficial. Kasey isn’t afraid to have a glass of wine or a hearty slice of cake if she believes it will benefit her in ways other than fitness, “Food isn’t just food; It is part of our social culture.” 

Finally, Celeste asks Kasey her favorite exercises and questions by viewers! Kasey’s realistic lifestyle, her successes in the NPC/IFBB, and a mesmerizing personality create an episode you do not want to miss!

CONNECT WITH KASEY:
https://www.instagram.com/kaseylfitness_ifbbpro/
All Links: https://msha.ke/kaseylfitness_ifbbpro/

CONNECT WITH CELESTE:
https://www.instagram.com/celestial_fit/

TIME STAMPS:

[2:39] Kasey's routine prior to hitting the stage

[3:40] Lessons learned from competing at the National level

[6:56] Kasey’s personal issues while competing for Universe

[15:46] Building a good relationship with a coach/

[19:28] Intuitive dieting/post-show dieting technique

[29:40] Flexible approach of eating in improvement season

[32:05] Kasey’s issues with gut health/tips on fixing inflammation

[40:27] Kasey’s meals/cravings during prep

[43:00] Having a healthy relationship during prep

[50:11] Kasey’s experience at her first IFBB debut

[53:55] How Kasey handled her family not understanding the NPC/IFBB/diet prep

[57:30] Kasey’s perspective of bodybuilding from NPC to the IFBB

[60:44] How bringing your best package may not be what the judges are looking for

[63:52] Making a budget/tips on saving money for shows

[66:05] How Kasey balanced school/work balance with prep

[70:34] Kasey’s favorite exercises

Aug 07, 2020
SUZANNE FARGO
01:18:14

In this episode Celeste speaks with Suzanne Fargo, an athlete who has overcome major adversities through her two regional and two nationals shows to achieve the success she has today and who is a true representation that age is not a limiting factor in the sport of bodybuilding. 

As always, Celeste kicks off the episode by asking Suzanne about her pre-stage ritual. Next, Suzanne goes on to describe her experiences at her national show, where the morning of her competition did not go as expected. With the make up artist running late and a mix up of when her class was being called, Suzanne explains the anxiety she felt as she rushed to get ready, only to find out that she was ready early as the Pro class for her age group was being called instead of the amateurs.

From there, Celeste asks Suzanne to recount her experiences and journey to that national stage, including the show where the two women were able to meet in person, Gold Coast Classic, which was Suzanne’s first show. Suzanne shares what her feedback was from the judges and what she worked on to improve her physique for the national stage. 


Before diving into the challenges and obstacles Suzanne has dealt with throughout her journey, Celeste asks Suzanne what inspired her to get into the gym to start lifting. Suzanne shares that she was diagnosed in December 2016 with Osteopenia, early osteoporosis, meaning that she had weak bones, which was a condition she was unaware of having. She explains that for four years before her diagnosis she experienced various broken bones, which led her to get a bone density scan. 

Suzanne’s doctor recommended she start weight resistance training to prevent more serious problems in the following years and she found out that her Osteopenia was genetic given that was not deficient in Vitamin D or Calcium. 

Being that she is half Taiwanese, Suzanne also learned that both osteopenia and osteoporosis are common conditions throughout the Asian community. With her doctors advice in mind, Suzanne sought out a trainer at a local gym and after a few months she really began to see her body change. It was then that her trainer at the time suggested she try prepping for a bikini competition. Celeste asks Suzanne about if she ever had any pain in her bones when she began lifting weights, as it was something her body was not used to and had broken so many bones in the past. 

Next, Celeste opens the conversation to the topic of age. Celeste asks Suzanne to share her thoughts on getting into competing at her age and if she ever felt she was too old, which leads to Suzanne revealing her age. Suzanne shares that she has never felt that her age has been something to hold her back from going after her goals. Celeste asks Suzanne if she knew she would want to turn pro after her first experience on stage. Suzanne reflects on her experiences as a collegiate athlete and states that she knew that if she wanted to reach the next level she would have to reign in the necessary discipline and mentality to do so.

Since Suzanne first started training in the gym and getting into competing she has had the opportunity to work with more than one coach. Celeste has Suzanne share the different approaches and techniques each coach has taken, how her preps have differed, and if Suzanne prefers one particular training method or style over another. Suzanne notes that each coach has served a particular purpose in her journey and talks about if she had any doubts or fears while transitioning between coaches. She then shares how she likes working with her current coach, Shane, and what she likes most about working with him. 

Celeste asks about the influence Shane’s belief in Suzanne and her abilities has had on her journey to achieving her pro card. Suzanne shares that her coach never once doubted her potential to go pro and the importance of strategic planning they discussed when it came to competing at the national level. Celeste has Suzanne share her favorite part of her road to pro between the experiences with her different coaches, the methods she personally liked most, and what she’s learned along the way. 

Suzanne talks about Shane’s “old school bodybuilding” approach when it comes to training, using the same workout plan over years yet progressing in each individual movement. From there, the two women further discuss that strategy and its benefits instead of constantly switching up ones workout routine. 

After discussing training Celeste and Suzanne talk nutrition. Suzanne explains her reasoning behind eating a pure plant based diet for a portion of the week along with her meat based meals. The two women talk about their favorite preferred animal proteins yet that they can appreciate and enjoy fully plant based meals from time to time.

Celeste discusses the psychology between positive and negative reinforcement with behaviors and how that translates to nutrition and bodybuilding and seeing the physical results one desires. They then discuss the difference between actual cravings and perceived cravings and the perceived norms associated with post show treats.


Switching gears, Celeste asks Suzanne about her career prior to competing. Suzanne dives into her 25-year career in retail fashion and how she fell into that industry after majoring in Sociology, a degree she decided on after not feeling called study subjects she did not enjoy, such as math. She shares that now she would love to become more involved in the health and fitness industry and focus on working with women over 40, encouraging them to believe in themselves and break the belief that age is a limiting factor on ones goals. 

Next, Celeste asks Suzanne to share some of the setbacks and obstacles she experienced throughout her competing career. Suzanne shares that her first national show experience was delayed because of a surgery her doctor refused to let her put off after fighting through a hernia to step on stage at her two regional shows. Suzanne walks us through her journey of fighting through various injuries and sicknesses while doing everything in her power to step on those national stages and achieve her pro card.

Suzanne shares the impact her coach had while she was going through these tough times and how, no matter what, he encouraged her “not to let anyone beat her” and to push through the struggles. While on the topic of all things competing, Celeste asks Suzanne about her plans to step on stage for her pro debut, which leads Suzanne to share her plans and setbacks she is currently working through. Concluding the episode, Suzanne shares her best advice for new competitors and girls on their road to pro. 

 Connect with Suzanne:  https://www.instagram.com/suzannefargo_ifbbpro/
Connect with Celeste: https://www.instagram.com/celestial_fit/


Episode Time Stamps:
[1:40] Suzanne shares her pre-stage ritual with listeners. 

[3:00] Celeste asks Suzanne about the morning of her national show and what happened that made it such a crazy experience.

[8:30] Suzanne shares the feedback she received from the various judges she competed in front before hitting the national stage.

[10:50] Celeste asks Suzanne to share what inspired her to start lifting. 

[12:00] Suzanne explains what Osteopenia is and how she came to be diagnosed.

[15:35] Celeste asks if Suzanne had any pain in her bones when she started lifting due to her Osteopenia. 

[17:15] Suzanne talks about feelings she had regarding her age; did she feel she was too old when she got started in competing?

[18:15] Celeste has Suzanne share her age with listeners. 

[19:45] Suzanne shares her original thoughts on whether or not she would become an IFBB pro.

[25:00] Celeste asks Suzanne to share her experiences and approaches to preps with the different coaches she’s had throughout her career and if she’s found more enjoyment with one method in particular.

[28:40] Celeste asks Suzanne about her experiences switching coaches and if she had any doubts or difficulties leaving one to work with another.

[30:40] Suzanne shares how her coach, Shane, had an influence on her because of his strong belief in her abilities.

[32:00] Celeste and Suzanne discuss the importance of strategic planning with ones coach, especially while on the road to pro.

[34:15] Celeste asks Suzanne about what aspects she has enjoyed most about the approach she’s taken with her various coaches during her preps while on her road to pro and now starting her pro career. 

[40:00] Suzanne talks about her nutrition and her method of taking half the week to eat a fully plant based diet.

[43:00] Suzanne talks about how she’s not one to crave sweets; her and Celeste talk about honoring your body’s cravings and not stressing over what to eat, especially post show.

[46:40] Celeste asks Suzanne about her career prior to finding competing.

[50:00] Suzanne talks about wanting to help women over 40 not let age be a deterring factor from them competing and her hopes that one day there will be a Masters Arnold & Olympia.

[54:00] Celeste has Suzanne share some adversities and difficulties she overcame while on her road to pro.

[56:30] Suzanne talks about how a hernia surgery impacted her post show plans after her second competition.

[60:00] Suzanne shares how she got ready for North Americans despite not being able to do any cardio due to bronchitis.

[63:15] Celeste asks Suzanne about her recovery after North Americans.

[64:40] Celeste asks Suzanne if she’s currently in prep for her pro debut and Suzanne shares what setbacks she’s been working through.

[70:30] Celeste has Suzanne share if there's anything else she’d like to tell listeners.

[71:30] Suzanne gives her best advice for first time competitors and girls on their road to pro. 

Jul 31, 2020
CAROLINE OFENSTEIN
01:29:43

In this week’s episode IFBB Bikini Pro, wife and online coach Caroline Ofenstein talks with host Celeste Rains-Turk about her journey not only to her pro card but to the best version of herself. After winning her pro status after just two shows, one of which was international in Columbia, Caroline shares her story of struggling with her relationship with food.

In a powerful turn of events, Caroline talks about the thought process that led to hiring Celeste as a mindset coach and the food freedom she found while working with Celeste.

Caroline stresses the importance of slowing down, journaling and being as real as possible on her journey towards overcoming a negative food relationship.

 

After making the difficult decision to switch coaches, Caroline talks about the self-advocacy she developed in her own prep. She shares how important it was for her to tell her new coach exactly what she needed and why she needed it, such as explaining why a certain change was made to her plan.

 

Through this process and through obtaining her Precision Nutrition certification, Caroline shares the importance of periodizing her nutrition throughout the year to account for not only a prep, but the necessary improvement season that comes with it. She talks about how she really focuses her attention on her relationship with her friends, family and husband in the improvement season and how it helps when prep comes along and energy levels may not be what they once were.

 

Another tactic Caroline stresses the importance of is visualization throughout the whole process. Caroline shares how she visualized the entire day she won her pro card the night before from simple things like where she would put her things to the big picture, like receiving her trophy. She shares the knowledge that the body doesn’t know the difference between what is existing in the mind and what is happening outside and how that visualization helped her to manifest her pro card victory.

 

Caroline shares about the little habits that she does every day, whether she is in prep or not, that help her mindset in the sport. Habits such as meditation and journaling in the morning, taking an early bed time and staying off social media in the morning have helped her to come into the best version of herself.

She passionately discusses the importance of “turning off” work at a certain time of the day to separate her “work from home” life from her home life. She talks about how she doesn’t feel weighed down with work at the end of the night and the importance of remembering that there will always be “just one more thing” to do before bed, most of which are fine to wait until the next day.

Unlike a lot of competitors, Caroline shares how she and her husband are polar opposites when it comes to fitness. As described by Caroline, her husband has “naturally lean physique and an active job”, so fitness was never a big priority for him.

When she made the decision to compete in a show, Caroline talks about how she sought her husband input on the decision. She shares how she sat him down to talk about the reality of prep and what he could expect when she got closer to her show.

 

As the episode concludes, Caroline shares some of her favorite exercises that targets the glutes, hamstrings and shoulders, and follows that with advice for the newbie competitor and one who is on the road to pro. 

In this insightful and not too “hippie” episode, Caroline shares a mountain of helpful tips for the competitor at any stage in her journey to the stage.

CONNECT WITH CAROLINE HERE
https://www.instagram.com/carolineofenstein_tcm/ 
and 
https://linktr.ee/carolineofenstein_tcm
CONNECT WITH CELESTE HERE: 
https://www.instagram.com/celestial_fit/
and
www.celestial.fit

EPISODE TIME STAMPS:

[2:28] Pre Stage Rituals

[3:25] Competition Journey

[4:36] Pushing calories to observe physique changes

[7:44] Choosing to discontinue CrossFit

[8:40] Sweeping all her classes in her first show and deciding to chase the pro card

[11:28] Competing in Columbia

[13:58] The importance of being specific in visualization

[17:19] Unconditional Self Worth

[20:46] Not basing self worth on success in bodybuilding

[24:56] Feedback after earning her pro card

[28:18] Developing a new plan with cancelled shows

[22:04] INSTAGRAM IS NOT REAL

[24:03] Positive Comparisons

[31:27] Caroline’s journey to improve her relationship with food

[34:45] Her inspiration to commit to the food freedom journey

[39:30] Adapting nutrition to meet the demands of prep or improvement season

[45:18] Committing to little habits in developing a daily routine

[51:43] Adding up the little routines over time

[53:49] Breaking up with your coach

[57:45] Determining what you need for your own long term success

[58:47] Self Advocacy

[1:00:42] Hormone Health

[1:04:09] The importance of addressing your personal demons revolving around your health situations

[1:09:21] The importance of improvement season in regards to overall health

[1:09:56] Making sacrifices in prep

[1:11:42] Investing more energy in personal relationships during improvement season

[1:10:32] Having a polar opposite partner

[1:12:32] Seeking her husbands input on her decision to compete

[1:13:24] The cause of hanger

[1:16:22] Long term competition plans

[1:20:17] Plans to start a family

[1:20:49] Favorite glute, hamstring and shoulder exercises

[1:26:27] Advice for new competitors

[1:27:29] Advice for competitors on the road to pro

Jul 24, 2020
ALEJANDRA BALLESTEROS
01:38:52

In this episode, Celeste has the pleasure of speaking with Alejandra Ballesteros, an IFBB Bikini pro who won her pro card at North Americans in 2018, who has overcome many adversities and hardships in her life to get to where she is today.

Besides being an IFBB Pro coached by Ryan Hinton, Alejandra is also an in-person & online trainer for both lifestyle and competition clients. As always, Celeste kicks off the episode by asking Alejandra if she has a special routine or ritual she runs through right before her heel hits the stage.

Alejandra shares her perspective on channeling her inner performer and the energy she brings and exudes when she hits the stage. From there, Celeste asks Alejandra to share, in her own words, her life’s mission.

Alejandra dives into how exactly she wants to use her platform as an IFBB Pro to help inspire others to prioritize health and discover and channel their inner champion. She then goes on to explain how she represents and embodies an inner champion on a day to day basis and the significance that role has in her own life. 

Next, Celeste asks Alejandra to share her experiences with being bullied and how she used that as a motivator in the gym. The two briefly touch on the importance of self efficacy and how it translates to self confidence both in bodybuilding and life. Then, Celeste goes back to Alejandra’s experiences with bullying and asks Alejandra if it ever caused her to struggle with body image.

Alejandra shares many details about the bad habits she developed when she first wanted to get in shape, yet she really started to educate herself once she found the weight room and the gym. She also shares that along with the physical and mental changes fitness became more of a safe haven and representation of commitment instead of solely being something for her physical body.

Celeste then asks Alejandra if she feels she would have the success she has today in both competing and her career had it not been for her humble beginnings. Celeste asks Alejandra to elaborate more on her commitment to growth when it came to her career in fitness and Alejandra shares how her original job as a front desk worker at the gym evolved into pursuing a career in personal training.

She explains how the first few opportunities came her way before she felt fully ready to explore the world of personal training, yet after her experiences and relationships she built at the 6th Street Gold’s Gym, while still in college, she finally decided to open the door the next time that opportunity came knocking.

Alejandra shares the struggles she faced while pursuing personal training, something she found she had a passion for, while studying government at University of Texas. She talks about the depression she fell into while learning how to manage her conflicting feelings on her educational path.

After hearing more about her beginnings in the professional side of fitness, Celeste asks Alejandra what inspired her to make the decision to compete. Alejandra then goes on to tell listeners about how she met her current hair stylist who encouraged her to compete and reach out to a local trainer on Instagram, Lauren Flodquist, who through winning a giveaway, ended up becoming Ale’s mentor and role model.

Through the mentorship she met coach and Texas bodybuilding legend Dave Shockterly and worked with him up to her first competition where she competed in both figure and bikini. After competing for the first time she fell in love with the finesse of bikini, deciding that would be the division she pursued.

Although falling in love with competing after her first show, Alejandra found herself in a tough financial situation yet at the same time yearned for the stage and to continue progressing. Feeling lost and unsure of where to go, she reached out to her friend, Lauren, her former mentor, and Lauren encouraged Alejandra to reach out to a few different coaches.

Alejandra then got in touch with Team Legacy coach, Ryan Hinton, and she was immediately impressed with how invested Ryan was in helping her grow not only as an athlete physically but also mentally. Celeste asks Alejandra about the positive influence that Ryan had on her mentality and how that contributed to her success on her journey stepping on various national stages and ultimately earning her pro card. Next, Alejandra shares her experiences at her first national show and what it was like to meet JM Manion and Angelica Teixeira.

After her first national show she felt she had good momentum and following her gut, signed up for her second national show. Unfortunately, Alejandra didn’t realize the financial and mental toll doing back to back shows would have, and found herself stuck between sticking to social commitments she’d made with her boyfriend, or going all out to pursue her dream of becoming a pro. She decided that she felt the need to fearlessly chase her dream yet ended up losing her job while being only 10 days out from her second national show.

Alejandra takes listeners through what exactly happened at USAs and the lessons and takeaways she gained from that experience. Bouncing back from taking 3rd place at USAs and losing her job a week and a half before her show, Alejandra shares how she regained a job at Lifetime Fitness. From there, she recounts her journey to and experiences at North Americans, her third national show, and what obstacles she had to overcome to get there.

Alejandra shares the advice she received from head judge Sandy Williamson after her second national show and what she did to bring the physique the judges were looking for at North Americans. While reminiscing on the experience at North Americans, Alejandra shares some advice that she received from both JM Manion and Angelica Teixeira and Celeste asks that if, in retrospect, she understands why JM and Angelica encouraged her to do that specific show. 

Next, the conversation transitions into Alejandra’s plans and focus as a new pro. Celeste asks Alejandra about the feedback she received after winning her pro card and what her plans are for her pro debut.

Celeste and Alejandra talk strategy, opening the floor for Alejandra to share how she approaches an improvement season and if she continues to work with her coach during that time. From there, Celeste and Alejandra discuss the topic of heavy lifting and Celeste asks Alejandra how incorporating that into her training has helped attribute to her success on stage.

Alejandra then shares insight on how she maintains her focus on heavy lifting while in prep and she tells listeners her favorite exercises for glutes, hamstrings, and shoulders. The conversation shifts into the benefits of experimenting with other forms of training and how to implement those into ones training to grow in the ways they hope. For example, the girls discuss what benefits come from seeking training advice from a power lifter to maximize gains in their biggest lifts thus seeing the necessary growth and improvement they desire for the stage. 

After talking training, Alejandra opens up about some regrets she does have during her journey through her national shows yet she also shares the valuable lessons she learned from her experiences. She shares that winning her pro card was not what she expected and shares what she felt was the true prize. As always, concluding the episode Celeste asks Alejandra to give her best advice for first time competitors as well as the girls on their road to pro. 

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EPISODE TIME STAMPS:
[2:40] Alejandra shares her pre-stage ritual.

[6:30] Celeste asks Alejandra to share what she feels is her life’s mission.

[8:00] Celeste has Alejandra explain the concept of an “inner champion,” and what that looks like to Alejandra on a day to day basis.

[8:52] Alejandra talks about how she channeled bullying she experienced as a motivator in the gym.

[12:25] Celeste asks Alejandra if she’s ever struggled with body image.

[16:50] Celeste asks Alejandra to expand on how she found fitness as more a safe haven & representation of commitment as opposed to just something for her body. 

[18:30] Celeste asks Alejandra if she thought she would end up where she is today in terms of success in competing and her career while coming from such humble beginnings.

[20:30] Alejandra explains how working at the front desk evolved into her pursuing a job as a personal trainer.

[25:00] Ale shares her beginnings in personal training career while still being a student at University of Texas.

[26:10] Ale shares how she fell into a depression while struggling to find her true passion while studying & working full time.

[29:10] Celeste asks Alejandra what made her finally decide to compete.

[33:00] Ale talks about how her mentor ship opportunity was the sign she needed to finally pursue bodybuilding.

[40:30] Ale shares how she found her coach, Ryan Hinton, and how she came to be one of his athletes on Team Legacy.

[43:15] Celeste asks Ale about how her coach Ryan helps her grow mentally.

[44:00] Ale explains how after meeting her coach in person, she knew her and Ryan were meant to work together.

[46:10] Alejandra shares how her experiences with such positive influence from her coach impacted her journey through the various national shows while on her road to pro.

[54:00] Alejandra discusses the unexpected toll and consequences competing took on her personal and professional life while chasing her competition dreams.

[59:30] Alejandra shares how she bounced back from losing her job being only 10 days out from her next national show.

[63:30] Ale shares what she learned from her experience at USAs, coming up short of her pro card taking 3rd.

[69:00] Ale shares what she overcame and her experience at North Americans in Pittsburgh.

[73:15] Celeste asks Ale that, if in retrospect, she understands why Angelica and JM Manion told her to compete at North Americans when she had met them at her first national show.

[74:50] Celeste asks about the feedback Alejandra received from North Americans and her plans for stepping on stage for her pro debut.

[76:15] Alejandra shares if she has continued to work with her coach during this time given all the uncertainty with shows.

[77:28] Celeste asks how Alejandra’s strategy of incorporating heavy lifting has attributed to her success on stage.

[79:05] Alejandra shares insight to her strategy of maintaining her heavy lifts during prep.

[80:00] Alejandra answers the fun question of what her favorite exercises are for hamstrings, glutes, and shoulders.

[84:00] Celeste and Alejandra discuss the importance of seeking out training advice or strategies from others, for example powerlifters, to optimize strength gains and progressive overload in the gym.

[87:02] Alejandra shares a regret she has from her decisions yet the important lessons she learned from those experiences.

[89:40] Alejandra gives her best advice for first time competitors and for girls on their road to pro.

Jul 17, 2020
ELIZABETH YISRAEL
51:54

In this episode Celeste talks with Liz Yisrael, a 3x Bikini Pro Champion who has competed on both the Arnold and Olympia stages, a mother, an army veteran, and a current logistics senior manager who has her Master’s Degree from West Point.

​Celeste starts off the episode by having Liz share with listeners her pre stage ritual. From there, Celeste first asks Liz about her history in the military and what inspired her to join the army originally.

Liz shares that she not only wanted to serve the country but saw the military as a means to help pay for her education, as she grew up in a household raised by a hard-working single mom. She ended up extending her original five year commitment in the military from feeling so inspired by the people she was leading and serving.

​The conversation then transitions to the most important things Liz learned during her time in the military and Celeste asks Liz about time management skills and how she incorporates discipline into her daily routine. Liz explains that commitment and attention to detail in her schedule is important for her to maintain the consistency with her priorities and leave no room for the excuse that something can’t get done.
 
Celeste shifts the focus to Liz’s role as a mother and asks Liz how her daily structures and priorities have changed since having her daughter, Madison. Liz mentions how she made an effort post-partum to take time for herself away from her daughter without any feelings of guilt and explains how she got back into training post-partum, what that process looked like, as well as the approach she took during her pregnancy in regards to monitoring training and diet.

Liz shares that she approached her pregnancy diet similarly to how she would an off season, yet allowed more leniency with “going over her macros” if she found herself hungry at the end of the day. Celeste then asks Liz about the difference between her preps and off seasons and Liz explains why she prefers macros over meal plans and why that method works best for her.
 
Next, Celeste brings up a topic that is not typically mentioned or talk about openly by competitors - the decision Liz made to drop her sponsorships during her time off. Liz explains the reasoning behind why she likes working with the sponsors she has and what brought about the decision to drop her sponsors while taking a break from competing.

From there, Liz dives into what drove her decision to take time away from the stage and Celeste asks Liz to share whether or not she felt she made improvements to her physique during her pregnancy. Liz then gives listeners some insight as to her competition plans for the 2020 season, as well as the goals she has for returning to either the Olympia or Arnold stages. Also, having stepped foot on both prestigious stages, Celeste has Liz talk about her experiences as well as the differences she’s noticed between the two competitions themselves.

After sharing insight and perspective on competing as a pro, Liz shares how she found bodybuilding and what motivated her to dive into the world of competing. Liz shares her early successes taking the overall in her first amateur competitions which led her to pursue nationals, yet that her road to pro was not an easy one. She explains how she had to climb the placings in various national shows, what she learned along the way, and what changes she had to make that finally led to her achieve the top spot and earn the coveted pro status.
 
Next, Celeste asks Liz about her preps: the approach she takes, what she endures during prep, and how she transitions from lifestyle lean to competition lean. Celeste also asks Liz how she maintains her health while in a prep and Liz mentions what she has changed or added to her routine over the years. Liz then answers a question from the listeners of whether she had noticed a difference between her preps pre- and post-baby. Since currently being in her improvement phase, Liz shares with listeners her favorite exercises for glutes, hamstrings and shoulders.
 
Switching the focus of conversation to a more personal note, Liz shares more about her husband and the transition he had to make when they were still dating and she started to lead a more “competitor lifestyle.” Aside from competing, Liz pursued other personal and career goals as well. Celeste asks Liz about those goals and how it felt to accomplish those goals, both personal and competition related.

Although she had to juggle long distance with her husband while trying to sell one of their houses, Liz was glad she took on a promotion at her job at Target Headquarters and Liz shares how she ended up at her current job being that she received her Masters Degree in Environmental Management. Wrapping up the episode as always, Liz shares her best advice for newbie competitors and girls on their road to pro.
 
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Episode Time Stamps:
[1:30] Liz shares her pre stage ritual.
 
[2:45] Celeste asks Liz what inspired her to join the army.
 
[3:50] Liz shares what made her sign onto the military for another 3 years after finishing the initial 5 she had agreed to.
 
[5:40] Celeste asks Liz more about her background in gymnastics and cheer at West Point.
 
[7:00] Liz talks about how she manages her time and incorporates discipline into her daily schedule.
 
[8:50] Celeste asks Liz if caring for her daughter, Madison, has made her schedule more difficult or harder to manage with the structure that Liz likes to maintain.
 
[10:20] Liz shares why it was so important for her to take time for herself post-partum and explains her transition back into training.
 
[12:40] Celeste asks Liz how she monitored her training and macros throughout her pregnancy.
 
[14:15] Liz explains the difference between her off seasons and her preps.
 
[15:50] Celeste asks Liz why she decided to drop her sponsors when she took a break from competing and during her pregnancy.
 
[17:30] Liz shares her reasons behind taking time away from the stage after competing in the 2018 Olympia.
 
[19:00] Celeste asks Liz if she feels that she made any improvements during her pregnancy and about her 2020 competition plans.
 
[23:40] Celeste asks Liz about her different experiences between competing at the Arnold and competing at the Olympia.
 
[25:30] Liz talks about how she got started in the world of competing.
 
[29:00] Liz explains how she went from overall wins at her first few competitions to climbing the placings over various national shows and what finally got her to achieve that pro status.
 
[32:15] Celeste asks Liz about the process and approach she uses to get from lifestyle lean to competition lean.
 
[35:00] Liz discusses if there’s been differences between her preps pre- and post-baby.
 
[36:30] Liz shares her favorite exercises for glutes, hamstrings and shoulders.
 
[38:50] Celeste asks Liz if her husband had to make adjustments to his habits or lifestyle when Liz got into competing.
 
[40:20] Liz talks about other goals and ventures she’s pursued outside of just her competition goals.
 
[43:50] Celeste asks Liz how she ended up in her current job after getting her Master’s in Environmental Management.
 
[48:20] Liz shares her advice for new competitors and girls on their road to pro.
 
 

Jul 10, 2020
EMILY PARRIS
01:13:54

In this episode Celeste has the pleasure of speaking with Emily Parris, an IFBB bikini pro who started competing in 2017 and competed in seven national shows before earning her pro card. Emily has her Masters Degree in Speech Pathology and works as a Regional Director of Operations for Reliant Rehab as well as a coach for competition and lifestyle clients.

Celeste starts off the episode by asking Emily about her pre-stage ritual and from there the conversation transitions into how Emily ended up competing for the first time “on a whim.” She shares that she was ready for a new challenge in her fitness journey and was drawn in by the sparkly bikinis, the hair, makeup, etc., yet even after signing up for her first show, had no idea what the NPC was or exactly what competing entailed.

From there, Emily goes on to tell listeners about her experience living abroad in Asia; how long she was there, what she did while living abroad, what made her decide to do so, and why she chose Asia. After sharing her experiences using her skills in speech pathology abroad, Celeste asks Emily to share how she got into the medical field and ultimately chose speech pathology as her career.

Emily then talks about how she manages her time between competing, life, and her full time job and how she organizes her days. Next, Celeste and Emily discuss the importance of consistency and commitment and how that is such a vital aspect of making the lifestyle work, and Emily shares her experiences of a time she had a hectic schedule being on prep and traveling between California and Utah for work.

Next, Celeste opens the conversation to the topic of relationships and asks Emily about not only her current relationship, but experiences she’s had with people who may not have been supportive of her lifestyle as a competitor. Emily talks about how growing up in Atlanta her desire to train for and participate in a bikini competition wasn’t widely understood and accepted right off the bat. She also opens up and talks about her fiancé Jeff, and the impact her lifestyle as a competitor has on their relationship.

After getting personal, Emily answers the fun question of what her favorite exercises are for shoulders, hamstrings and glutes and why she loves those exercises. Emily also admits that she has a least favorite exercise that her coach includes in her training program, yet she does them anyways!

Celeste asks Emily to share more about her coach, how she chose him and why she decided to switch coaches before competing in Universe and earning her pro card. Emily also talks about her experience competing at Wings of Strength and what it was like standing next to pros she had admired for years on social media and during her journey to becoming a pro herself.

Celeste and Emily then talk training strategy and the approach Emily took in terms of her training and time off to really transform her physique and hit the national circuit and eventually turn pro.

From there, Celeste opens up the conversation to the mindset aspect of the sport and asks Emily to share with listeners about her struggles during her off season in terms of mindset and how she had to learn to switch her perspective from “prep mode” to “improvement season mentality.”

Also, Emily talks about a setback she had during her first off season and explains the changes she has made to have more successful off seasons in the future. Emily and Celeste discuss the importance of living a healthy and balanced lifestyle, no matter the goal, as long as there as passion and self fulfillment attached to that goal.

Next, Emily talks about what she learned about her body, herself and the sport during her journey competing in various national shows before finally achieving the coveted pro status. She mentions respecting the sport and respecting the process instead of just trusting it and how understanding that respect made a difference in her outlook on her journey.

Emily also shares why its so important to have love for the sport beyond just attaining the pro status and shares some goals that she has for this 2020 season, all while wanting to keep her expectations in a specific realm of where she feels personal success - whether that means making it to the Olympia stage or simply achieving callouts in her shows.

Emily then talks about posing and presenting her physique on stage and her experiences working with a male posing coach as opposed to a female posing coach. She mentions the distinction she makes between criticism and feedback and how she uses that to continue to make necessary adjustments to present her physique the best way possible, whether that be with a male or female posing coach. Finishing off the episode as always, Emily shares her advice for the first time competitor as well as her advice for girls who are on their road to pro. 

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