While in college I watched a fitness competition on ESPN and thought that looks like fun. Girls are fit, doing gymnastics, cheerleading moves and dance. All things I enjoyed doing. Since I was no longer doing any sports while in college I thought this might be a fun activity to do. My first ever competition was in Chicago in 1996. I had no idea what I was doing. (-: I worked out the same as I normally did and cut out stuff like ice cream, soda and anything fast food. I thought I was on a “diet”. I did my own choreography for my fitness routine. Used Bat Dance by Prince and made my own outfit. It was low budget for sure. I took an old swimsuit I had and added some gold studs to “dress” it up a bit. Got some black heels and was all set. I knew nothing about tanning, cutting out carbs, proper swim suits and shoes for this type of thing. It sure showed when I was there, however I was not the only first timer so thankfully I didn’t totally stand out. I did not place and I remember feeling so disappointed afterwards. Not sure why I had my hopes up about it. Young and dumb I guess… I didn’t get back into competing until 2004. Each year moving forward I learned more and got better help. In 2006 I hired a coach and had some “professionals” help with my fitness routine and swimsuit selection and my diet. I placed better at some events and even won some. (-: I’ve highlighted a few of the bigger shows I did through the years I competed.
MS. FITNESS- Las Vegas
I competed in Ms. Fitness in 2005 and 2006. Here are a few pictures. Great thing about this show was you got tons a cool free stuff and the aired the competition on TV. There was 3 rounds for this competition: Fitness, swimsuit and evening dress with a 2 minute speech on what fitness means to me.
2007 Fitness Universe – Miami, FL
*Fitness America was one federation that did not seem to favor my natural muscular build. I always had trouble leaning out for their shows and typically got “deducted” for too much muscle.
Here are a few photos that were taken during my trip to Miami. If was a 3 day weekend of competitions with over 100 competitors.
2008 NPC Jr. National- Chicago, IL
Fitness Routine- Gangster
*This was the last year that I competed before I had my daughter. This routine was one of my favorites of the 3 that I used during the 6 years of competing
Some times I do miss competing and have thought about going back to give it one more go. The fitness competition world has changed a lot since I did it. Its a lot about who you know and who you market and who is your sponsor. I’ve never done it to get a “break” as a model, spokesperson or have my name up on the big screen. Sure that would have been nice but I like doing it for the sheer competition. Just another chapter in my Fitness life story book.