Have you ever felt like throwing in the towel and giving up on your dream of ascending from an NPC Competitor to IFBB Pro?

Or just giving up on the sport altogether?

I know when I first started to compete I would have my doubts, but in the midst of those moments I always found a reason to continue working and persevering.

When I found myself in these moments of discouragement, I would visit blogs and social media profiles of some of my favorite PRO’S and would read their encouraging comments.I would bounce around from one website to the next, and one Facebook page to the other in an attempt to glean a nugget of wisdom to keep me going.

AND it would work, I would always find a lifeline, an inspiring word or quote, or even a before and after transformation that would pick my spirits up and keep me going.

So this week I thought I would reach out to 6 IFBB PRO’S that I admire and hold in high regard to  provide some words of wisdom and encouragement for my aspiring cuties.

I asked these awesome PRO’S to provide their insight on the following question:

If you could give an aspiring PRO-NPC Competitor 1 piece of advice what would it be? 

And here is what they had to say:

#1: Eboney Chipman  (IFBB Bikini PRO)

Eboney

“My advice to any aspiring competitor would be Do NOT let your placing define you as a person.Too often girls get caught up in the numbers game.Whether its a scale or with a placing. Do not let any number take away from your hard work and discipline. EVER!!!!”

I also asked Eboney:

 If you could only pack five items for your next competition, which five would you choose?

Eboney was all about staying relaxed and not allowing the moment to be bigger than her.

1. A good book!! Not a magazine but a novel. I am back stage so long its nice to try to stay calm in the storm.

2. A big fluffy pillow! Sounds crazy but as competitiors we spend so much time back stage with our feet up its great to be comfortable and cozy.

3. A personal fan to keep cool and relaxed.

4. A massive red velvet cupcake with creme cheese icing for the minute I step off stage.

5. A healthy and positive mindset. Thats the most important thing to bring with you!

You can connect with IFBB Bikini PRO Eboney Chipman on:

Facebook

Instagram

 

 

#2: Francesca Lauren Yumul  (IFBB Bikini PRO & Olympian)

IFBB Bikini PRO Francesca

 

“My advice to any aspiring competitor would be to BE the best version of YOU. Yes its a competition and we put ourselves out there on stage to be compared but we are all truly unique. Confidence in your own package from head to toe inside and out is truly key. So flaunt your strengths and embrace your weaknesses its what makes you YOU so be the best at it.”

I also asked Francesca:.

 If you could only pack five items for your next competition, which five would you choose?

Francesca kept it practical and listed the essentials to walk on stage along with her music to help her relax.

1. Competition suit

2. Competition heels

3. Makeup

4. Curling iron

5. Music player and Ear Buds

You can connect with IFBB Bikini PRO Francesca Lauren Yumul on:

Facebook

Instagram

Youtube

Twitter

Periscope:Francesca Yumul

 

 #3: Jill Vadala  (IFBB Women’s Physique  PRO)

IFBB Womens Physiue PRO-Jill Vadalla

“I have one piece of advice for IFBB aspiring pros. BE A SPONGE! Listen and Learn and never believe you are perfect. You are sculpting a master piece and it continues to be a work in progress show after show. Always look for flaws and ways to improve them. Take constuctive critiscism and run with it.”

I also asked Jill:.

 If you could only pack five items for your next competition, which five would you choose?

Jill is all business, give me what I need to compete along with my meals and I am all set!

1. Loose black clothing

2. Flip flops

3. Competition suit

4. Something comfortable to sit on

5. Cooler packed with food

You can connect with IFBB Women’s Physique PRO Jill Vadala on:

www.Jillvadala.com 

www.jillvadala.nerium.com

 

 #4: Lea Beaumont  (IFBB Bikini PRO & Olympian)

IFBB Pro Leah Beaumont

“If I could give an aspiring pro NPC Competitor advice, it would be dont sweat the little things and be yourself. I spent way to much time comparing myself to others trying to be more girly, more sassy, more of this or less of that…when all I needed to be is me. Be who you are, everything is way less stressful when you embrace that belief and that is when your true confidence really shines through.”

I also asked Lea:.

 If you could only pack five items for your next competition, which five would you choose?

Lea doubled up on her competition suit. If you think about it a suit is not something you can run to the store and replace so having a back-up is always a good plan.

1. My music to relax

2. Competition suit

3. Back-up competition suit

4. Hair, make-up and tanning appoinments pre-scheduled

5. Nutrition plan prepared 

You can connect with IFBB Bikini PRO & Olympian Lea Beaumont on:

Facebook

Instagram

 

 #5: Tracy Hess (IFBB Women’s Physique PRO)

IFBB PRO Tracy Hess

“My advice to up and coming NPC Competitors is simple hire a professional coach that will mentor and guide you in the right direction.You also need to be bull headed to last in this sport. The breaks don’t always go your way so learn to become resilient. Compete with yourself and ignore the noise around you, be patient and understand that PRO cards are not won overnight. Put your time in and earn it.”

I also asked Tracy:.

 If you could only pack five items for your next competition, which five would you choose?

Tracy, like Jill is all business bringing her essentials to walk on stage and clothes to relax in the venue.

1. Loose warm-ups

2. Toothbrush

3. Competition suit

4. Hair brush

5. Flip flops

You can connect with IFBB Women’s Physique PRO Tracy Hess on:

Facebook

 

 #6: Shandy Ortiz (IFBB Bikini PRO)

IFBB PRO Shandy Ortiz

“The one piece of advice I would offer an aspiring PRO is to fully dedicate yourself to your goal both mentally and physically. Your thoughts can tear you down and make you believe the journey is not meant for you or it can push you through the toughest days. It’s up to you! You have to wake up every day and tell yourself you can do this-believe you can! The grind is real, but the goal is attainable and worth it.”

I also asked Shandy:.

 If you could only pack five items for your next competition, which five would you choose?

Shandy comes to her shows prepared as a girl scout with her sewing kit in tow! Now that’s experience talking! 🙂

1. Competition suit

2. Competition heels

3. Makeup bag and mirror

4. Sewing kit for suit emergencies

5. Exercise band to pump up

You can connect with IFBB Bikini PRO Shandy Ortiz on:

Facebook

Instagram

I want to thank each of these pros for taking the time from their busy schedules to provide the cutie community with their insights. If there is one common theme among all these pros, it is to believe in yourself and never give up striving toward your dreams.

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