Christy Ann - Bikini Competitor

* 5X Nationally Qualified NPC Competitor, Fitness Model, Sponsored Athlete

Christy: I started competing at the very end of 2015. Someone that I regularly train with had mentioned that I should enter a local bodybuilding competition after a photoshoot that I had done. I had trained really hard and leaned down to get my body ready for that and I my body was similar in looks to that of an NPC bikini athlete. I decided if I was going to do a competition, that I didn't want to do something small and local. When I do something I am all in, so I entered myself into the largest show in Tennessee where veteran athletes compete for national qualification. It gave me a goal to work for to get my body in the best shape it had ever been. My first show was a success, despite it being a more competitive show than most athletes choose for their debut. I walked away as a first time competitor qualified to compete nationally against the nation's elite NPC fitness competitors. I never started as an attempt to become a fitness personality or for competing to become a full time thing, but I've had success at every show and become very well known in the fitness industry.

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Contest Prep

Since I began competing in November of 2015 I have competed 7 times at either national or pro qualifiers. That is 7 major bodybuilding shows in 17 months. The most experienced competitors begin their final prep for a show 4 months before the date of the competition. If you do the numbers, I've averaged 1 show every 2.5 months. So there hasn't really been much "down time" or "off season" for me. I will say that my diet is a science and it is carefully managed by myself, my husband, and a team of experts that we consult with weekly. I usually eat 6 meals a day and my body fat % fluctuates between 18% while building muscle and intense training to about 8.5% on competition day. Beginning next month, I'll be rolling out some helpful information for the average soccer mom who wants a better bikini body that I've learned from competing. It won't be anywhere as intense, but helpful nonetheless. I can't wait to share.

Failed diet plans: Like I mentioned before, when I do something I am ALL IN. There is no room for failure when I set out to do something. I've managed my fitness career the same as I manage my life and businesses. I go into something where if it fails, it is not from a lack of preparation. I only surround myself with the best coaches, trainers, advisers, nutritionists who have experience and results. I don't just take people's word for it. I want to see results before I use someone's advice or "method." Over the past year and a half, I've been able to do a lot of building on what others showed me when I knew nothing into finely tuning my body. I know my body better than anyone, so I'm the best person to make decisions on what goes into it and how it is trained. With all of that said, again.... I've surrounded myself with people I consider to have a proven track record and I wouldn't be where I am had it not been for their efforts. If I was going to give advice to a new competitor, however, Id tell them spend a lot of time searching and preparing for your prep to start and who is going to help you manage it. Because once you're in, you're in! Abraham Lincoln said this about preparation, "Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe."

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I train 5 days a week. If I'm not looking how I want, I will add in another day of training or do cardio twice a day to either build muscle or lose body fat. It is a seesaw and you have to balance it at some point to come in just right. My meals are planned around my training. Because I'm a wife and mother with a very busy and hectic family schedule, sometimes my training is planned around my meals. There is nothing routine about being a wife, mother, business owner, super model, fitness competitor. I always have a curve ball. Being prepared and able to react is what keeps me on track. I have a great support system as well and my family supports everything I do, so I love making them proud of me.

On Stage

I've always been proud of who I am and the results I produce. You don't have to win the show to be confident in the physique you bring to the stage. One of my closest advisors has told me since day one that I'm not competing against the other competitors on the stage, I'm competing against myself and bringing a better physique to the stage than last time. In a sport where someone you are competing against might have a trainer who is also on the judging panel or a coach who is a show promoter for the next show with the judges on their payroll, you can't base your success solely on 1st place alone or your confidence for that matter. I learned that the hard way two competitions in a row. You aren't just competing against another competitor's physique. You are competing against who they know and pay. So my confidence, when I take the stage, comes from knowing that what I bring to the stage is face value. I can hold my head high and say, I worked for this and here it is. I place wherever I place, but I know in my heart that I made improvements in myself and inspired others to be physically fit and do THEIR best. At the end of the day, you can't compare your beginning to someone else's middle or someone else's end. You are who you are today and when you see someone who has built their body into something spectacular, it gives you hope and confidence that you can do the same.

It's #PeakWeak ??. Let's do #CharlotteCup this weekend! #npc #npcbikini #fitgirls #fitnessmotivation #npcbikiniprep #npcbikinicompetitor #teamhainestraining #teamhaines #hainesherway #npcbikiniathlete #bodybuilding

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My two most recent contests were Charlotte Cup and Europa Games. Both are very large shows and Europa has one of the largest fitness expos in the U.S. Both shows were fun for me because I knew I looked exactly how I wanted to look. If I could name one positive thing from these two most recent competitions, Id have to say that the sport is definitely growing by the sheer number of competitor entries and that is a good thing! It does keep us on stage late but Europa Games has a two day format which makes a very long day shorter, but you have to do it twice. Both formats 1 day vs 2 day has it's unique challenges but competing and making it work is what sets the competitors apart from everyone else. You do what you have to do!

Life as an Athlete

Much of my business is built around my fitness and modeling career. It is my livelihood and so it kind of become my identity. I'm always a mommy first and a fitness competitor/model second and that is difficult for some people to understand when they want some of my time. There are shows where I could have done very well but turned down due to my children's extra-curricular activities, etc. It means I have to say no a lot. A LOT. Especially to photographers or companies who want me to endorse their products. I have an overall plan and direction and at the top of the list is my family and my brand, so everything related to competing or fitness has to fit my mold or it just doesn't happen.

Future Plans

My immediate plans after having competed twice already this year is to take some much needed recovery time. I plan on long summer days lounging next to my swimming pool holding a mixed drink! I have a modeling contract in Las Vegas to fulfill , but that only takes 4-5 days each month (for now). I continue to work alongside WWE legend Paul Heyman on various social marketing and bikini modeling projects. My team and I spend time on those things as they come about. For the rest of the time I plan on expanding a few business ventures that I am involved in including a my branded fitness app "Fit Link", franchising my protein shake cafe "Shake This Cafe" that I launched last year, and introducing more products to my new sports bra brand "Melon Sport." As to whether or not I will compete again this year, I am still undecided. My body REALLY needs some recovery time after having been in a state of competing non stop for the past 17 months. I'm leaving the door open to one last pro qualifier later this year, but nothing is certain. My gut is telling me to take an entire year off to recover before I even begin training for my next competition, but never say never. I may get the itch and jump on stage without even announcing it before then.

Just finished finals at #EuropaGames ?? so it's time for #cookies! ??. #europagames2017 #europacharlotte2017 #europacharlotte #europaexpo #teamhainestraining #europagames #hainesherway #bpsupps #bpathlete #bpsponsoredathlete #paulheymangirl #HeymanHustle #hustlebootytemptats #christyanneffect

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