- Last year at The WBFF World Championships….I designed my own unique US/Canadian Swimsuit! As I look back over my 20 something years of competing in fitness shows, I realize there have always been several motivating factors that may or may not differ from show to show. One thing that does stay constant is the fact that first and foremost, I do it for ME. It takes a lot of time, energy, sacrifice, loss of social life, and quite frankly more mental power than physical endurance or strength. Will power and commitment are an understatement, just ask anyone that has ever competed.
- If you decide to compete, my advice would be to seriously find your “why”. Of course, there are always several reasons anyone decides to set the goal of competing. The most important thing is to identify why YOU want to compete in a fitness show, no matter which category you decide best fits your body or needs, you should determine a specific reason. It may be more than one or two reasons, that’s perfectly normal, but only you can determine your “why” and let it motivate and push you to the best body you can achieve! Then, form an action plan and get it done!
Finding your competitive “WHY”
The reason I first started competing was quite simply the fact, that I had always been a competitive athlete and I needed an outlet to continue this after college. I began with organizations that consisted of evening gown round and a fitness routine which involved dance, gymnastics, and strength moves. I had been a gymnast and cheerleader all through college, and I absolutely loved being on that stage and rocking the routine round. It was an adrenaline high, that’s for sure! I continued competing for several years before “retiring” to start my family. The reason I decided to return back to competing was to kick my butt in gear after having my daughter at 40! My “why” was to prove to myself and everyone else, that I could still be a competitor and a mom. I decided that my body couldn’t endure the fitness round this time, so I decided to do a bikini/fitness model competition. It still required getting in amazing shape, but no added stress of gymnastics to my poor back, which I had actually broken, (that’s another whole blog for later) in my last competition before my “retirement” .
I have tried several different organizations throughout the years, and I now compete with “The Best of The Best” The WBFF. I have found a true home among this organization and just earned my pro status, of which I am very proud! I am currently training to make my pro debut August 25, 2012 in Toronto, Canada. I will be competing in the Fitness Model category which has Bikini round and Themed Sportswear. I am so excited and I can’t wait to step on stage again. My “why” for this show is to prove that we moms can have a family, be hot, and still be fit and strong. I want my daughter to know that women can do anything we set our minds to, and dreams really can come true!!!
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