Competition has always been a major part of my life. After several ankle injuries, I had to give up playing soccer, the sport I was most passionate about. I was definitely missing that adrenaline rush and conditioning I got on the field. So I decided it was time to switch gears and start going to the gym with my husband. I hated being the only girl in the weight room. I was self-conscious and concerned that people were judging me because I didn't know what I was doing and couldn't lift heavy weights at the time. Over time and after much consistency, I got the hang of things and loved not only the challenge, but also the results I started to see. Being the competitor that I am, I wanted to take it to the next level and sign up for a Figure Competition. My trainer created the perfect plan for me and gave me that confidence boost I needed to step on stage!
The St. Louis Gateway Naturals in October, 2013 was my very first Figure Competition. I ended up winning my height class in both the Beginner and Open Figure Divisions, Overall Beginner Figure, Overall Open Figure (which landed me my IPFA Pro Card), and Best Poser/Presenter! Three weeks later I competed in the 2013 NPC KC All Stars Championships, where I also won my height class in Open Figure. The journey was the most amazing experience that I wouldn't trade for anything.
Throughout my training, I learned the importance of proper nutrition and weightlifting and the effects it has on our physiques. My main goal is to influence others to live a healthy lifestyle and give women the confidence they need in the gym and in their personal lives, just like the confidence that I had gained from my experience. It's not a quick fix, it is a lifestyle change you have to work at everyday.
I took 2014 off to focus on building muscle for my Pro Debut. I am so excited to bring my best package when I compete in 2016! I am very excited to team up with P4P! We share the same passion for the fitness industry and I love their views on helping promote natural athletes while offering high quality products.