Feeling Stronger

Ms. Bikini Universe Pro Cora-Leigh Hutchinson-Gray says, "On the road to another Fitness Universe™ show in Miami. Mentally it’s been a big challenge for me this year. There has been a lot going on in the past few weeks that would have been an excuse for me to throw in the towel. At the end of the day prepping for a show is not a pretty process. Many of us have tears, frustrations, and circumstances that make only make us stronger when we keep pushing through it. I’m excited for everyone that’s going to compete and is going through the process."

Passion for Bodybuilding Style Training

Figure Universe™ Pro Cindy Michelle Auvil is 7 weeks out from the Universe! The 5'7", 147 lbs., 41 year old says, "Bodybuilding style of training is my passion. And I also love to do anything outdoors, nature, hiking and boating." Cindy has a Masters degree in Psychology and is a Registered Nurse. Married for almost 17 years, Cindy's a proud mom of 4 awesome children and soon to be a grandma."

In-Between Moments

"Love your in-between moments," says Fitness America™ Champion Angela Gargano.

"Recently I came back from an intense 2 weeks of adventuring, being around amazing people, working on camera and lots of go go go. Honestly, I personally LOVE it, I love being super busy and running around and having a purpose..I LOVE being on camera that’s where I flourish and feel a live."

"But where I get really stuck is those in between moments. The moments where I’m not running around like crazy. In fitness competitions, we use to call this the “post show blues” you work super hard for a moment and then the moment is over...and you’re kinda like now what."

"That’s where I’ve been at lately. My body needed a break from all the intense training so I’ve been working out less and resting more. I’ve been working more on the computer to finish projects and fine tune things in my business and making improvements in everywhere possible."

"But I feel this sense 'I’m not doing enough' and makes me feel like what I’m doing doesn’t matter. Or maybe if I’m not there 100% everything is going to fall apart. Here’s the deal, it’s so important to master and appreciate these 'in between' moments."

"What I found is a key 🔑 factor in my in between moments is environment. Being surrounded by good people with the same ambition, being in places where I walk outside and feel good, being in a space (your home) where wake up refreshed. Having people who hold you accountable."

Rhythmic and Aesthetic Gymnast

For 15 years, Fitness Universe™ Pro Oona Roisko was a rhythmic and aesthetic group gymnast. The 5'6", 132 lbs., 26 year old currently teaches gymnastics while attending university. But, most passionate to Oona she says, "I love shopping and to spend time with my friends!"

Friday Flex

Houston fitness fanatic Carley Kocel (L) says, "Friday Flex and️ officially 8 weeks out until my very first fitness competition in Miami. I am extremely blessed to have the best support system from my family, friends, boyfriend, and coach (too many of y’all to shoutout but you know who you are). I can’t wait for so many more raisin squad mornings with Abby Liu (R) and it’s all up hill from here baby!"

Up and Down Journey

Figure Universe™ Pro Jordan Maxwell says, "Competing is such an up and down journey. Some days you feel like a badass, some days you question if you are on the right track for stage. One thing I’ve learned is to trust the process. Rely on your tribe to help you through the low points. And celebrate the highs. I’m so thankful for my TRIBE, who constantly lift me up when I need it, or kicks my ass when I’m being ridiculous. Much love to y’all!"

Fun and Refreshing

Former Fitness America™ Champion Else Lautala proving fitness over 40 is fun and refreshing! The Finnish former acrobat, gymnast and dancer continues to have an amazing career still performing in public programs and television shows.

Not Losing Hope

French creative artist Geneviève Doang is a stage combat and Kung-Fu specialist. She says, "Even though Kung Fu has always been a part of my life, the reality with this year between pandemic / containment / work dates . . . is that I was not really able to resume training normally. But I am not losing hope with the beautiful days that are returning!"

Just Thrive!

Ms. Bikini Lationa Xime Chvls Mng says, "You don't need to be perfect in order to inspire others. Let people be inspired by the way you manage to deal with your personal imperfections. We are human and must grow, transcend and improve but without forgetting to live and be happy here and now. So turn your back on your insecurities and just thrive!"

Love for Training

Ms. Bikini Latina Su Zam is preparing for Ms. Bikini Universe in Miami in June. The Mexico City dentist says, "I can't get enough of these shows and just love training, dieting and, then, getting on stage to show off all the hard work. Plus with the pandemic restrictions for the past year, its like venting all the ills of the past. I love it!"