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 😊"
Model Universe Champion Jessica Vasquez shares, "Be BRAVE. Be BOLD. Be YOU. Darling be whatever your heart desires! Shoutout to ALL the AMAZING LADIES working super hard day in and day out to keep their LIFE balanced."
Ms. Bikini Lone Star Pro Champion Silvia Leslie shares, “Tuesday: One day closer to your goals and one day closer to the weekend?!! Can’t beat That. The day is what you make it so make it a good one!”
2017 Ms. Bikini America Champion Leah Gruber shares, “No one may ever recognize all the hard work that goes in, but to be successful you have to persist on.
There’s a lot more time, effort, prep work, and people that go into a photograph.
People don’t see the workouts, food prep, struggles staying balanced, and self doubt that go into getting ready for a shoot.
In the end it’s definitely worth it to make goals happen.”
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.”
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
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”
Figure Asia Champion Gladys Leong shares, “Our Mind Will Fail A Thousand Times Before Our Body Does. Without Willpower, No Gains Can Be Made.”
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! 🌟”
Congratulations to Ms. Bikini Texas Champion and new Ms. Bikini Universe Pro Miranda Kennedy last weekend. She will be back on stage for her Pro debut at Fitness America Weekend in Las Vegas in 2 weeks.