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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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    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

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  • 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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    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/the_prepping_pa/

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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/

    Strong Pompis IG: https://www.instagram.com/strongpompis/

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ingridromero1/
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    TIME STAMPS
    [1:00] Introductions
    [5:45] Posing classes, even for seasoned competitors
    [10:00] Engaging the judges
    [11:00] Front poses
    [16:55] Transitions and back pose
    [21:30] Breath control and vacuuming
    [26:45] Back pose
    [34:00] Overdoing the hair flips
    [40:01] How to practice posing
    [46:15] Hiding stretch marks and loose skin
    [50:10] Being happy with doing your best
    [51:30] Hiring a posing coach
    [60:00] Over-posing backstage before a show
    [64:00] Making eye contact with the judges
    [69:01] Choosing suit and makeup
    [75:00] Explaining the process of ordering a suit
    [80:00] How your body changes from prep to prep
    [82:22] Colors that work on stage
    [85:01] What sets apart Ingrid’s suits from other suits

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Topics Covered Include:

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

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    Time Stamps:

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

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


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


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


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


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


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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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    Time Stamps:

    [1:00] Celeste introduces Stephanie.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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