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  • Today I speak with IFBB Pro Yurika Shigemoto, a posing coach and a full time registered nurse at an acute care hospital. She started competing in 2015 and then took time off to complete nursing school. She returned to the stage in 2018 at the Hawaii Pro/NPC Pacific Islands where she won the Overall. In 2020, she competed at North Americans where she won her class and her Pro Card! She has since competed in 7 pro shows including the 2022 Olympia! As a former dancer and cheerleader, she loves performing on stage and is always excited to step on stage!

    As a posing coach, Yurika shares her best habits and tips for stretching to improve posing. Yurika wants to encourage people that you can work full time and still be a successful athlete.

    TOPICS COVERED

    -changed how she preps

    -doing back to back shows

    -work and prep balance

    -being a foodie & competitor

    -stretching & posing tips

    -working as a nurse

    -qualifying for the Olympia

    -focusing on sleep and recovery

    -changing mindset to change your body

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

    Youtube: https://youtube.com/@yurikashigemotoifbbbikinip6427

    TIME STAMPS

    1:00 introduction

    6:00 evolving approach to prep

    9:59 being a foodie and struggling post show

    14:40 sharing habits & posing

    22:49 becoming a nurse

    26:45 managing work and bodybuilding

    31:15 changes in most recent prep

    39:40 earning an Olympia qualification

    45:30 goals for the Olympia and advice for competitors

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  • Today I speak with Haitian IFBB Pro Sophia Bernard, a transportation litigation/ regulatory lawyer, an avid blogger, traveler, and former NCAA Division 2 track athlete. She started competing in 2019, in the NGA. In November of 2020, she did her first NPC show at The Klash where I placed 1st in Novice and 3rd in open. After taking some time to grow, she returned to the National circuit. She finally earned her Pro card at 2022 North Americans where she took first place. Sophia shares how not realizing her full potential in track lead her to compete, where she had the opportunity to fully go for it and not hold herself back. As an athlete and a lawyer, Sophia uses many of the same skills and lessons to be successful in both.

    "I can. I will. I am able. I deserve.” is the mantra that has pushed her through some of her most difficult challenges and they continue to push her today.

    TOPICS COVERED

    -Balancing work

    -relationships and prep

    -imposter syndrome and not giving up

    -competing as a collegiate track athlete

    -competing in different federations

    -the impact her grandmother had

    -law school and working as a lawyer

    -recognizing your short comings

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

    TIME STAMPS

    1:00 introduction

    4:25 dealing with imposter syndrome

    7:26 deciding to compete

    14:25 shifting to self-belief

    18:59 losing her grandmother during prep

    23:10 making friends in the industry

    30:01 changes made competing at the national level

    33:43 parallel themes as an athlete and as a lawyer

    38:30 activities outside of bodybuilding

    43:10 prep versus improvement season

    50:56 working as a lawyer

    58:50 the value of using a to-do list

    63:25 the joys of being a lawyer

    70:43 competing in pagenats

    79:50 advice for competitors

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  • Are you interested in making connections with other like minded women in the "Prep Life"? Are you wanting to get your season started on the right foot with posing and training techniques? Do you want to work on the mental side of prep and your mental fortitude when it comes to reaching and setting your fitness goals? If so, tune in as @celestial_fit and @glamgirlbikini coaches @amyehinger @chrisnicole_ifbbpro talk all things regarding the Season Kick-off Retreat. To register for the retreat click here: https://www.glamgirlbikini.com/2023-retreat/ To join the team apply here: https://www.glamgirlbikini.com/get-started/ You can find us on Instagram @preplifepodcast

  • Today I speak with IFBB Pro Brittany Carbullido, a mother to a 3 year old boy, a fiancée, and a personal trainer for online lifestyle clients. She also runs a home staging business and is a Real Estate Broker in Pagosa Springs, Colorado. She started her competition journey in the middle of the pandemic while working from home. She was inspired by her mom who is also a bikini competitor! She earned her Pro Card at Universe in 2022 with an overall win, at only her 4th show ever! She wants to provide advice and courage to many women, that you can DO all the things!

    Brittany has such an inspiring story and positive attitude. She is here to inspire each of us to be our best!

    Topics covered include:

    -being confident on stage

    -being a mom as an IFBB pro competitor

    -creating balance in all areas of your life

    -having a mom as a competitor

    -prepping during COVID

    -managing different aspects of life

    -succeeding in real estate

    -avoiding burnout

    -shifting mindset to feeling deserving

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

    TIME STAMPS

    1:00 introduction

    3:30 having a mom as a competitor

    9:30 beginnings in bodybuilding

    12:27 prepping now versus at the beginning

    15:25 habits to support a busy life

    20:01 working and advancing in real estate

    28:01 feeling inadequate

    33:28 removing self-imposed limits

    40:20 experiencing breakthroughs

    47:00 making improvements from show to show

    52:55 things to have in order before prepping

    57:45 current competition goals

    61:43 bringing confidence to the stage

    66:50 advice for competitors

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  • Today I speak with IFBB Pro Iulia Baba, the first Romania IFBB Bikini Pro. She began her journey in 2019, after following WBFF and IFBB on social media. She has been involved in fitness for years and is a Certified Trainer in Europe. She won her Pro card at 2021 North Americans where she won her class and was runner up in the Overall. She then competed in her Pro debut at the Powerhouse Classic where she was 8th, and has since competed in 5 more Pro shows! She now does posing and consultation coaching for NPC and other Bikini federations.

    Iulia talks about her experiences making friends and building relationships through bodybuilding and how being a part of a team has enriched her experience. We hear about Julia’s childhood and growing up in Romania and how eating in a small village is different than eating in the USA.

    Iuila and I had a great conversation. You don’t want to miss this interview!

    Topics covered include:

    -dealing with a language barrier

    -making friends through bodybuilding

    -meal plan versus macros

    -judges’ feedback

    -growing up in Romania

    -enjoying the process

    -healthy weight gain

    -being a posing coach

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    CONNECT WITH IULIA:

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

    TIME STAMPS

    1:00 introduction

    3:22 getting into bodybuilding

    11:20 deciding to compete at the national level

    21:19 implementing feedback between shows

    28:17 growing up in Romania

    35:02 timing of prep and improvement season

    39:20 meeting her husband

    47:20 lessons from bodybuilding

    53:00 being a posing coach

    58:11 goals as a competitor

    61:15 advice for competitors

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  • Today I speak with IFBB Pro Gina Switzeny a lifelong athlete who started lifting after graduating university. She struggled with her weight in high school and university due to never having proper guidance on health and nutrition. In 2008, she started working with a nutritionist who taught her about meal planning and macros. In 2011, she entered a fitness model contest where she saw Bikini athletes who were competing that day. From that moment on, she knew that was what she wanted to look like. She competed in her first show in 2012 and competed consistently for the next 10 years. Finally in 2022, she won her Pro Card at the IFBB Natural Pro Qualifier after winning the Overall Masters Bikini 35+. She is a virtual personal trainer and nutrition coach. Gina wants to help the general population find a way to prioritize their health and fitness.

    Gina says, “There were so many highs and lows, but I was determined and stuck to it, and thus was able to continue to improve and finally win. To me it's been about the journey and falling in love with the process of improving yourself over time. Too many people think of health and fitness as an all or nothing pursuit, but to me that is the wrong mindset. It's about choosing to do better everyday, which little by little brings you closer to your goals.”

    Topics covered include:

    -compete as a lifestyle.

    -body image issues for competitors

    -loving the process

    -moving on from failure

    -having support from her husband

    -staying close to stage weight

    -improving every day

    -goals for the Pro stage

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

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    TIME STAMPS

    1:00 introduction

    4:35 life before bodybuilding

    10:30 loving the process

    12:37 lessons learned in bodybuilding

    23:50 previous athletic activity

    26:05 support from her husband

    33:42 body image struggles

    40:48 improving and staying consistent

    44:10 changes between improvement season and prep

    48:47 improving relationship with food

    62:12 being a coach and trainer

    66:18 advice for competitors

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  • Today I speak with IFBB Pro Kasie Rodriguez, a 35-years-old wife and mother of two children. She has called Yuma, AZ for the past 15 years ago. She started competing in 2019 and has competed in 14 shows total,10 of which were National shows. She won two Pro Cards at the 2022 North Americans, where she placed 1st in Open & Masters 35+ overall bikini champion. Kasie is an online coach for lifestyle and bikini competitors, and also offers posing sessions.

    Kasie tells us about the changes in her stage presentation from her first National show to now competing as a Pro, and the building phase that was necessary to build the upper body she needed. She wanted to turn Pro as a natural athlete and prove that it could be done.

    Kasie shows so much determination throughout her journey and is so open about her process. You don’t want to miss this interview!

    Topics covered include:

    -experience of her Pro debut

    -doing 10 National shows before turning Pro

    -listening to judges’ feedback

    -having an extended building phase

    -building her upper body naturally

    -dealing with food allergies

    -expenses competing Nationally

    -competing on the west coast

    -working as an online coach

    -importance of core control

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    CONNECT WITH KASIE:

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    TIME STAMPS

    1:00 introduction

    6:13 Pro debut

    11:20 lessons learned from National shows

    22:20 improving conditioning

    27:20 going into a building phase

    35:00 deciding to stay natural

    39:44 staying focused on the goal

    42:23 the why behind the Pro card

    56:18 feedback from Pro debut

    70:56 goals as a Pro

    74:50 working as a trainer and now online coach

    80:00 stage presentation as a Pro

    89:40 coaching philosophy

    100:30 importance of supports and community

    110:20 advice for competitors

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  • Today I speak with IFBB Pro Kate Orara, a full-time Partner Development Manager for a point of sale solutions manufacturer. She is married to her high school sweetheart and is a mom of 2. She also works as the sales manager for Boss Bodies. Her first competition in bodybuilding was in 2008 in figure. Once the bikini division was created, she switch and turned pro at NPC Universe in July 2021. Before turning Pro, she competed in 10 national level shows starting in 2015 earning more last callouts than first.

    Kate shares her experience as a mother and how she prioritizes her family, even as a bikini Pro and full-time professional. She talks about the times when she considered stopping competing and why she decided to keep going.

    Her goal is to prove to herself as well as others that competing can enhance your life and NOT take it over. It IS possible to have balance.

    Topics covered include:

    -dealing with rebounds post-show

    -Blinders on. Execute. Finish

    -being a mom of teenagers

    -balancing life with bodybuilding

    -having faith in her journey

    -deciding not to give up

    -goals as a Pro

    -staying focused in improvement season

    -tips for eating out

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

    YouTube: https://youtube.com/channel/UCxm3sRjVDWzLsl31WBxEJLg

    TIME STAMPS

    1:00 introduction

    7:03 posting on social media

    12:20 balancing bodybuilding with family life and work

    17:28 prioritizing her marriage

    25:54 working full-time

    29:55 importance of faith in her journey

    34:00 the importance of a social influence

    36:30 thinking about giving up

    41:42 lessons learned through bodybuilding

    54:38 comparing past improvement seasons to current one

    60:00 going through the “ugly” stage

    66:01 taking responsibility for yourself

    69:48 feedback after Pro debut

    75:45 advice for competitors

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  • Today I speak with IFBB Pro Danielle Combs, a 35 years old college professor with a PhD in International Business, who was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio. She met my now husband while working on their PhDs at the University of Illinois. She doesn’t have an athletic background and grew up primarily studying music.

    She was never really interested in competing, but started working out and eating relatively healthy to refrain from gaining too much weight while in grad school. When she moved to Florida, she and her husband started working out with a trainer at a gym owned by her current coach, Loleta Riley. She eventually competed in my first show in September 2020 and won her Pro Card ins July 2021 at NPC Universe.

    She talks about her quick success in the NPC and what she did to hit the Pro stage looking her best. Danielle shares so much about her journey. You don’t want to miss this interview!

    Topics covered include:

    -getting into health & fitness

    -managing a demanding career and competing

    -being a competitive Pro and a natural athlete

    -relationship with her husband

    -having quick success in the NPC

    -working with an in-person trainer

    -loving a good happy hour

    -being married to a non-competitor

    -life after competing

    -lessons learned through competing

    -working as a professor and researcher

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    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/missdjay05/

    TikTok: @daniellejonescombs

    TIME STAMPS

    1:00 introduction

    4:05 how prep has changed over time

    8:06 inspiration to begin competing

    14:57 becoming a better competitor

    23:00 choosing to have a positive mindset

    27:28 lifestyle prior to competing

    31:09 being married to a non-competitor

    38:18 having family support

    42:35 competing as a Pro versus amateur & lessons learned

    47:45 working as a professor

    54:05 parallels of getting a PhD and turning Pro

    61:02 dealing with feedback

    63:11 career goals

    65:20 advice for competitors

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  • Today I speak with IFBB Pro Shaunta Miller who started competing in 2017 at the San Francisco championships where she placed 4th. She competed at regional shows for 3 years before stepping on a national stage in 2020. She recently earned her Pro card as a Masters competitor at the NPC Teen/Collegiate/Masters Nationals in 2022. She’s a NASM certified personal trainer and also works in radiology. Shaunta talks about competing both in Masters and in Open, and how her physique suits each division. We hear what it’s like to compete and train as a 45-year-old and how that changes her training.

    Shaunta tells us about how her family, especially her children, support her in competitor and how their support has empowered her. She also tells us the lessons her children have learned from bodybuilding.

    Shaunta is so generous in sharing about her life and experiences. You don’t want to miss this interview!

    Topics covered include:

    -potential growth of the masters pro division

    -being competitive as a master in the open division

    -working with Shawn Hektor-Lewis to improve confidence on stage

    -having support from your family

    -having a daughter who is a Type I diabetic

    -building relationships through bodybuilding

    -being in the Air Force

    -dealing with loss

    -planning a Pro debut

    -working night shifts and as a trainer

    -transitioning from running to lifting

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    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/fit_twynn1_ifbbpro/

    TIME STAMPS

    1:00 introduction

    5:20 becoming a Pro as a Masters athlete

    13:06 being a mom and a competitor

    18:45 lessons learned as a competitor

    22:05 what you need to know before competing

    28:53 how she’s changed through bodybuilding

    34:14 values to live life by and dealing with loss

    42:05 going though improvement season and loss

    46:19 deciding to compete at the National level

    55:44 working night shifts

    62:28 life changes after marriage

    66:20 transitioning from running to lifting

    70:30 advice for competitors

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  • Today I speak with IFBB Pro Kayla Ashworth, a former volleyball athlete who stopped playing after her first year in college and decided to pursue bodybuilding. She always loved to workout, but wanted to take it to a competitive level and give herself a bigger goal. She competed in her first NPC figure show in 2020 where she got 4th in her class, then competed as a bikini athlete 4 weeks later and got 1st in her class which qualified her for nationals. She made her national debut in 2021 and hired her coach, Brandon Guillen with Hustl Hrdr, 12 weeks out from Jr. Nationals. She placed 3rd and then competed in USA’s 6 weeks later where she took first in her class and received her Pro card. She is now preparing for her Pro debut in 2023. Kayla has her bachelor degree in Exercise & Sport Science and is an online coach for both competitors and lifestyle clients.

    Kayla tells us about her struggles with gut issues and the protocols she had to go through to fix these issues. We hear about why she took an extended off season and what’s she’s planning for her Pro debut.

    Topics covered include:

    -binge eating

    -reverse dieting

    -body dysmorphia that comes with bodybuilding

    -planning her Pro debut

    -gut issues and birth control

    -setting priorities

    -dealing with body changes

    -prioritizing warm-ups

    -having a degree in exercise science

    -PEDs in the Pro division

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

    TikTok: kaylaashworth_

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    TIME STAMPS

    1:00 introduction

    3:01 planning her Pro debut

    7:10 dealing with gut issues and SIBO

    16:18 adjustments of training during the SIBO protocol

    19:15 effects on confidence

    23:58 body dysmorphia and competing

    28:38 avoiding overcomplicating things

    32:30 setting priorities and balancing life

    42:50 support from her coach

    47:02 having a productive improvement season

    55:00 keeping things sustainable

    60:39 goals for competing as a Pro

    64:08 PEDs in the Pro division

    69:45 learning about competing and bodybuilding

    74:30 advice for competitors

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  • Today I speak with IFBB Pro Becca Flachner. She started competing at the end of 2019 and prepped all the way until March 2020 when Covid hit and cancelled shows. As soon as gyms reopened she jumped into her first season, competing in three amateur seasons where she never placed below second place. She earned her Pro card in 2022 at Junior Nationals. Becca tells us about working towards judges’ feedback and how she made improvements to win her Pro card while progressing between shows. She also runs her own cookie business called Baked by Becs!

    She talks about her experience as a lifestyle coach and being a “stage mom” to help other competitors and how that has enriched her own journey in bodybuilding. Becca shares her go-to mindset tools to keep her mind in the game during prep so she can show up her best self on stage.

    Becca and I go deep in our conversation. You don’t want to miss it!

    Topics covered include:

    -morning routines

    -progressing between shows

    -having a close community with her team

    -being a lifestyle coach

    -follow through and consistency

    -mentally preparing early in prep

    -what is “too much” in prep

    -hormones and birth control

    -respecting boundaries & thresholds

    -dealing with ADHD

    -waist training

    -running a cookie business

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

    Baked by Becs: https://www.instagram.com/baked_by_becs_/

    TIME STAMPS

    1:00 introduction

    5:05 feedback going into national shows

    11:00 being engaged in community

    17:30 limiting beliefs and consistency

    24:11 mental tools to support her efforts

    30:55 what is normal and what’s “too much”

    46:50 feeling the need to prove yourself & healing childhood trauma

    57:17 the impacts of ADHD

    70:35 challenges during prep

    79:45 coming off of birth control

    92:00 waist training

    97:30 focus for the future and her cookie business

    109:13 advice for competitors

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  • Today I speak with IFBB Pro Allie Martens, a 28-year-old single mother and survivor of domestic violence. She started competing in 2016 and has done 8 shows total. She turned Pro in 2022 at USAs. Allie talks about how her life was when she first starting competing compared to now. She was in an abusive marriage when she first started her bodybuilding journey and has had many ups and downs during her efforts to prep. She has since made a promise to herself to fulfill her dreams and has never been so determined! As some one who loves the grind of bodybuilding, Allie is ready to put in the time it will take to grow and make it to the Olympia stage.

    Allie talks about shifting emotions through prep and improvement season, something all competitors can relate to! We also hear about her previous abusive marriage and her struggles with alcohol. Allie is so raw and open about her story!

    Topics covered include:

    -visions of turning Pro

    -loving the grind

    -shifting goals going into improvement season

    -life as a single mom and working two jobs

    -surviving domestic violence

    -having an unplanned pregnancy

    -no “ideal prep”

    -body changes after pregnancy

    -loving your gym community

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    CONNECT WITH ALLIE:

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

    TIME STAMPS

    1:00 introduction

    4:45 emotions going into Pro debut

    9:25 goals for improvement season

    12:27 deciding to leave an abusive marriage and get sober

    25:00 bad relationship after her divorce and getting pregnant

    26:35 finding out she was pregnant before her first national show

    33:45 getting back to working out after a c-section and hernia surgery

    37:22 showing up for goals even when things are tough

    38:55 excitement for the Pro stage and dealing with doubts

    40:00 body changes after pregnancy

    51:00 being inspired by her Dad and gym community

    56:40 working on judges’ feedback

    64:50 managing her schedule

    70:10 advice for those in abusive situations

    70:43 advice for competitiors

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  • Today I speak with IFBB Pro Kristen Reilly. She was born and raised in Northern New Jersey and grew up with a super active/athletic background. She played almost every sport you can think of, but never really fell in love with anything except for horseback riding. Before her fitness/bodybuilding career, she poured her heart and soul into horses and competing in the show jumping arena. This was her life from the age of 7-28. She came to a point in life where she had to put riding on hold and that is when she decided to put all her energy into fitness and bodybuilding.

    She started lifting weights around 2013 and began competing in 2018 when she won the overall at her first show. She fell in love with the sport after that and eventually went on to compete at the national level, earning her Pro card in 2022 at NPC Universe.

    She was married at a young age and it was an extremely toxic relationship. She hit rock bottom and felt alone, worthless and extremely depressed. Until one day she said NO MORE and left. She put all her energy into the gym and fitness and it truly saved her. She is now remarried to another competitor. He won his Pro card in Classic Physique art the same show as Kristen! Outside of fitness and bodybuilding she is a full time hair stylists. She owns a private studio in New Jersey where she specialize in hand tied hair extensions and natural looking hair color.

    Topics covered include:

    -toxic marriage/relationship

    -depression and low self esteem

    -binge eating after shows

    -dangers of comparison

    -finding your soul mate

    -developing discipline

    -prep versus improvement season

    -having a love of fashion

    -working as a hair stylist

    CONNECT WITH CELESTE:

    Website: http://www.celestial.fit

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

    All Links: http://www.celestial.fit/links.html

    CONNECT WITH KRISTEN:

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

    Hair IG: https://www.instagram.com/kristenmariehair/

    TIME STAMPS

    1:00 introduction

    4:20 competing as a Pro for the first time

    8:38 bodybuilding journey with her husband

    11:03 being in a toxic relationship with previous husband

    17:35 getting into fitness and developing discipline

    19:30 working through bingeing tendencies

    27:19 dealing with depressions and low self esteem

    35:09 current focus and goals

    40:45 fashion tips and styling choices for different seasons

    44:20 passions and goals outside of bodybuilding

    52:40 why she started competing

    57:02 advice for competitors

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  • Today I speak with Adam Atkinson, to talk about my first season competing with him as my coach and his philosophy and approach to prepping and improvement seasons. We talk about how Adam helped me with my hormones and finally decided to work with him for prep. Adam is so dedicated to the health of his athletes through stress management and picking shows that will work with their lives. We go through the why and how behind my prep season and what we are expecting for improvement season. Towards the end, we also answer some listener questions, including questions about supplements. I also talk with Adam about my personal hormone health and how we are dealing with it.

    So many of you have been asking for this episode. I can’t wait for you to listen!

    Topics covered include:

    -loyalty and knowing when to move on

    -choosing shows and reducing stress

    -changes in tracking food

    -embracing changes to training

    -success without using PEDs

    -meeting the needs of clients

    -adjusting training to correspond to macros

    -looking for the root cause of an issue

    -goals within the industry

    -being open to change

    -test, don’t guess

    -committing to growth

    -All In mentality and personal responsibility

    CONNECT WITH CELESTE:

    Website: http://www.celestial.fit

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

    All Links: http://www.celestial.fit/links.html

    CONNECT WITH ADAM:

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

    Website: https://www.seeyoulaterleaner.com/

    TIME STAMPS

    1:00 introduction

    4:42 deciding to work with Adam and first steps

    10:35 approach to tracking macros

    15:15 training like a bikini competitor who needs to grow

    25:03 being natural and expectations of success

    29:35 common traits in athletes that turn Pro

    36:55 training progression during prep

    46:50 choosing the right National show

    51:02 moving from Ohio to Vegas

    55:35 listener questions: Yohimbine HDL, Calcium d-glucarate

    61:44 paying attention to hormone health

    75:15 what Celeste needs to be more competitive

    83:50 working with clients who have binge eating disorder

    93:30 mitigating muscle loss

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  • Today I speak with IFBB Pro Erin Kamm. She has been into fitness since an early age, having swam varsity swimming throughout Middle/High School; however, much of her life was overshadowed by a severe eating disorder that totally consumed her for over 15 years.

    But that all changed when she started weight training in 2015. What began simply as the desire to stay “skinny” and get abs, quickly turned into a true love for fitness and bodybuilding. Erin stepped on the NPC stage for the first time in the fall of 2016. She since competed in 10 regional shows and 8 national shows, before earning her IFBB Pro card at NPC Universe in 2022.

    Through bodybuilding, Erin has not only achieved ED recovery, but also discovered her love of competing and her passion and desire to inspire and help others overcome their own struggles and achieve their own health/fitness goals. She strives to teach her clients the importance of focusing on sustainability and balance to ensure that they can not only achieve their goals, but maintain them long term as well. Health is a top priority for Erin and her clients- not only physical health, but mental and emotional health as well.

    Topics covered include:
    -history of eating disorder
    -anxiety and depression
    -the journey to Pro
    -coaching with Fit Body Fusion
    -seeing bodybuilding as a privilege
    -gaining weight in the off season
    -dealing with grief

    CONNECT WITH CELESTE:

    Website: http://www.celestial.fit
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/celestial_fit/
    All Links: http://www.celestial.fit/links.html
    CONNECT WITH ERIN:
    Instagram:
    https://www.instagram.com/erinkamm_ifbbpro/

    TIME STAMPS
    1:00 introduction
    3:50 seeing bodybuilding as a privilege
    7:09 mistakes to avoid and finding what works for you
    16:40 taking time off to improve
    24:40 committing to a season of growth and shifting mindset
    29:20 approach to coaching
    36:45 deciding to work with Fit Body Fusion
    42:10 dealing with imposter syndrome
    47:09 overcoming an eating disorder and earning her Pro card
    59:20 her history with ED
    67:50 food choices to manage hunger and digestion
    73:10 goals for the future and travel tips
    81:50 advice for competitors


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  • Today I speak with IFBB Pro Kaitlyn Ray, owner of AOC GYM, personal trainer and nutrition coach. She is a form police officer who won her Pro card at the 2022 USAs. Kaitlyn talks about how she developed her “Accept it. Own it. Crush it.” mindset and how she has used it to get through hard times in her life. We hear how she went through may knee surgeries playing basketball in high school and continued to pursue playing basketball in college. Through her life, Kaitlyn has embraced challenges and has always wanted to prove people wrong when they said she couldn’t do something. She doesn’t let anything stop her from going after what she wants!

    Kaitlyn is a force to be reckoned with! Her mindset and “can do” attitude is contagious. You don’t want to miss this interview!

    Topics covered include:
    -Accept it. Own it. Crush it mindset motto (AOC)
    -overcoming adversity
    -love of competition
    -going for what you want
    -setting and achieving goals
    -working with See You Later Leaner
    -gaining weight in the improvement season
    -slow and steady approach
    -overcoming doubts
    -doing what you want with your body and presentation

    CONNECT WITH CELESTE:

    Website: http://www.celestial.fit
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/celestial_fit/
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    CONNECT WITH KAITLYN:
    Instagram:
    https://www.instagram.com/kray_ifbbpro/

    Website: https://www.krayfitness101.com/
    AOC IG: https://www.instagram.com/krayfitnessaoc/

    TIME STAMPS
    1:00 introduction
    4:05 developing the AOC mindset and applying it in her life
    10:03 overcoming struggles to find success
    17:15 goals for the future
    20:25 life before bodybuilding
    25:18 working with Adam Atkinson
    30:02 building the best bikini physique
    39:10 changes in peaking process
    48:10 the impact of going after goals
    52:40 having a “dream season”
    58:33 NOT getting a breast augmentation, staying true to self
    63:45 advice for competitors


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  • Today I speak with IFBB Pro head judge and show promoter, Joe Pishkula. His genuine love for the sport and passion to support athletes is apparent from the moment you meet him! He started out as a competitor as a teenager in Ohio and has now most known for his role as an Olympia judge and promoter of the beloved Klash Series.

    Topics covered include:

    -the role ritual plays in bodybuilding

    -having passion for anything you do

    -knowing when you’re done

    -bodybuilding habits in the real world

    -taking responsibility for your life

    -Joe’s goal as a promoter

    -living in the moment

    -Masters Pros getting the same respect as Open

    -leaving a legacy

    -progression for judges

    -being patient to bring your best

    -embarrassing your journey

    -honesty is the best policy

    -learn one thing every day

    CONNECT WITH CELESTE:

    Website: http://www.celestial.fit

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

    All Links: http://www.celestial.fit/links.html

    CONNECT WITH JOE:

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

    Klash Series: https://theklash.com/

    TIME STAMPS

    1:00 introduction

    4:30 ritual in bodybuilding

    10:38 what drives Joe to his goals

    20:04 fostering the champion mentality

    28:15 bodybuilding impacting family life

    35:58 what’s different about Joe and the Klash series

    53:20 who are your best friends?

    58:35 being in the right headspace

    68:03 behind the scenes of being a judge

    89:25 athletes taking feedback

    80:10 what makes an athlete memorable

    107:30 the value of organic conversations

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  • Today I speak with IFBB Pro Lawna Dunbar, who started competing in 2014. After taking 3 straight overalls, she competed at USA where she got last call outs. After a 6 year break from the stage, she continued her 1st place streak and the won her Pro Card at the 2021 Ben Weider Natural Pro Am. She then made her Pro debut at the Texas Pro, taking 5th place. Since then she has had a breakout debut season, all while earning her Bachelor degree and starting a new job! Lawna talks about her goals away from the stage and how her love for fitness has stayed constant through everything. Planning and routine have helped her be successful in going to school and competing. As an adapted physical education teacher, Lawna has found her passion helping children with special needs learn about fitness.

    Lawna tells us about how she meet her husband and their journey in fitness together. Because their values are aligned, they are able to support each other in reaching gather goals. We hear how Lawna has approached her 2022 season and what she is doing to reach her goals.

    Lawna and I have a great conversation. You do not want to miss this interview!

    Topics covered include:

    -taking time away from the stage

    -background as a dancer

    -routine and planning

    -finishing grad school while competing

    -working as an adapted PE teacher

    -earning her Master’s degree

    -having a husband who also competes

    -being a lifetime natural athlete

    CONNECT WITH CELESTE:

    Website: http://www.celestial.fit

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

    All Links: http://www.celestial.fit/links.html

    CONNECT WITH LAWNA:

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

    TikTok: lawnadunbar_ifbbpro

    TIME STAMPS

    1:00 introduction

    5:20 changes through her 2021 season after taking a break

    9:50 changing habits during time away from the stage

    13:50 day in the life and her new career

    19:48 lessons learned from working with special needs population

    23:30 meeting her husband through fitness

    27:40 building their relationship and planning for children

    32:50 prioritizing her competitive goals

    40:00 what she wants people to take away from her journey

    42:50 judges’ feedback and trying new things on stage

    51:08 winning her Pro card at Ben Weider

    57: advice for competitors

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  • Today I speak with IFBB Pro Kristin Wright. She earned her BS in Dietetics from an ACEND accredited program. She coached people online to reach their fitness goals while learning how to have a healthy relationship with food. She has a long history of learning the hard way and feels it’s her duty to share what she's learned with others. She is also the mom of two, wild boys! She spent 4 years in the US Coast Guard and had been competing since 2016. She earned her Pro card at 2019 NPC National Championships.

    We talk about the importance of not seeing other competitors, or women as a whole, as competition. Comparing yourself to others is caging yourself in. The freeing of that cage is what she hopes to can inspire!

    Kristin and I go deep in this episode. You don’t want to miss it!

    Topics covered include:

    -changes after having a baby

    -juggling competing and motherhood

    -avoiding the comparison trap

    -failure is the mother of success

    -learning to rest and recover

    -choosing foods in prep and improvement season

    -the REAL prep feels

    -reducing stress

    -being in it for the long run

    -studying dietetics

    -relationship changes

    CONNECT WITH CELESTE:

    Website: http://www.celestial.fit

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

    All Links: http://www.celestial.fit/links.html

    CONNECT WITH KRISTIN:

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

    TIME STAMPS

    1:00 introduction

    2:53 getting into bodybuilding

    7:19 struggles with identity as a mom

    11:50 overcoming comparison and other mental drains

    16:30 learning from failure

    20:20 prioritizing rest and balance

    25:40 choosing foods to use in macros

    30:00 prep feels less talked about

    35:40 approach to training

    43:40 eating choices and lifestyle versus prep

    55:34 experience in dietetics and coaching

    62:45 evolution into current self

    71:20 walking away from relationships

    79:50 advice for competitors

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