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  • 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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    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/christybrown.ifbbpro/
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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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  • 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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    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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  • 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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    CONNECT WITH MICHELLE:
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/michellejabramson_ifbbpro/

    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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  • 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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    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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  • 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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    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hollyfitatfifty_ifbbpro/
    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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  • ​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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/allexnicole_ifbbpro/
    All links:

    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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  • 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.

    A link to each of their past episodes can be found at www.celestial.fit/podcast

    Tag us as you listen on IG @celestial_fit

    Enjoy!

  • 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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  • 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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    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jomarswe/?utm_medium=copy_link
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dannie_br/

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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