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Dream Big, Work Hard

Ms. Bikini Universe Pro Javihana Azul shares says " Dream big, work hard, and stay focused".

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Training & Dedication in Being a Bikini Competitor

Ms. Bikini Universe Pro Alex Paine shares "A lot of people underestimate the training and dedication to nutrition that goes into being a being a bikini competitor. Realistically, we train just like any body builder does, but we focus on different primary muscle groups. I train as many as 6 days per week, and my weekly training program for example, includes up to 3 leg days a week. Let's see some boys try that! The rest of my week is split among all upper body, broken up into shoulders and light chest, arms, back and frequent abs. Depending on my goals and focus dictates the number of reps and sets I shoot for per workout. Commonly I'll perform series of drop sets, super sets and work to increase my weights weekly. Typically I will take one rest day a week as well so I can recover. As for cardio, I typically perform HIIT, which is a great way to increase metabolism, helping me burn more at rest. So as a "bikini builder" I am putting in hours of work every day to build lean muscles, create shape and balance, and build my curves!" 

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Once Fearless, Life is Limitless

Fitness Universe and Ms. Bikini Universe Pro Angela Gargano shares, ““Once you become fearless, life becomes limitless.”
Intentions this week are to FOCUS put the fear aside, get rid of limiting beliefs, and do what I know I’m capable of. “

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Reconnecting with Bliss

3x Ms. Bikini America Pro And model America Champion Natalia Castillo shares, “Nothing is more important than reconnecting with your bliss... Nothing is as rich. Nothing is more real! ☀️🌊😎 Joy is a sustained sense of well-being and internal peace—a connection to what really matters”

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Living a Healthy & Consistent Lifestyle

2018 Figure America finalist Tiffany Young shares, "It has been two weeks since my competition! Wow! I enjoy competing because it gives me a chance to showcase my best body along with the hard work and dedication that goes into creating that body. During the off season I realize that maybe I will not stay as lean as I was when I stepped on stage 2 weeks ago, but that's not important to me. What is important to me are the habits I've learned and the lifestyle I created while going through this process. These are the things I want to keep with me during the off season and throughout my entire life, living a healthy lifestyle and being consistent in everything I do 😊"

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Setting a SMART Goal

Figure Universe Pro Champion Christine Woods shares, “I was thinking about goals this morning and why I’ve been successful at achieving some goals and less successful with others. #TBT to my first Bikini competition in 2009. This was an experience for many reasons… The funniest reason being that I knew nothing about competing in the “Bikini” division. I had done Figure competitions before, and I knew what a Figure suit was but I mistakenly thought a Bikini was well…a BIKINI! I went to Target, got a bikini, showed up with it and wore it. So yes, that is me in the Target brand bikini, minus all the BLING that every other competitor was sporting. But as you can see, that bikini and I did alright 😉

But what led me to think about this competition specifically was that it was about a year after I had my daughter. And at that time, I was itching to feel and look fit again. 
So I set a SMART goal. 
Specific – I decided to compete in a Bikini Competition 
Measureable - I tracked my progress over the 12 weeks leading up to the show
Attainable - I knew the Bikini division would be an attainable look for me to achieve. It was what I wanted to get back to…a healthy and fit me
Realistic –I gave myself enough time to achieve my goal without having to do anything unhealthy or extreme
Timeline – There was a show date and that date wasn’t going to change, ready or not

A show has a non-negotiable achievement date… It’s called SHOW TIME! And I have come to realize my successes have largely depended on strategic deadlines. An achievement date absolutely increases goal attainment. For me, it 1) holds me accountable 2) keeps my momentum going and 3) keeps me focused only on what’s most important. 
And a goal once achieved has incredible power. It builds self-esteem and strengthens self-belief. To know that I can reach a goal by pointing myself in the right direction and taking small and gradual action. … To know that little by little, I am making progress even if it doesn’t always appear that way… To know that I can succeed if I just stick to the task.

The person you become when you reach a significant goal is a person more likely to achieve future goals. So set some goals.”

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Daisy Ward to Defend Her Title at FAW

17 Model America Champion Daisy Ward will be back to the Fitness America Weekend stage this year to defend her title. 
Watch her live at fitnessuniverse.tv

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Feeling on Top of the World

Fitness and Ms. Bikini Universe Pro Angela Gargano shares, “There’s no greater feeling than defying gravity. I remember feeling on top of the world during this Fitness Routine. I felt strong. My flips where high, my handstands where on point and I was completely in it. .
Since tearing my ACL in May, flipping has been off limits. But yesterday 21 weeks post surgery I was told that I can finally flip again 🤗... it feels like Christmas. I plan on working my way back up to it again safely and slowly but just getting the clearance to flip means so much”

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Without Willpower, No Gains are Made

Figure Asia Champion Gladys Leong shares, “Our Mind Will Fail A Thousand Times Before Our Body Does. Without Willpower, No Gains Can Be Made.”

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Never Stop Fighting

2x Ms. Bikini America Pro Champion Natalia Castillo is ready to defend her Title at Fitness America In 2 weeks. She shares, “Never stop fighting until you arrive at your destined place - that is, the unique you. Have an aim in life, continuously acquire knowledge, work hard, and have perseverance to realise the great life you have! 🌟

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