Savka Browneski - IFBB Phyisuqe Pro

2018 NPC Universe WPD Overall Winner

The experiences and feelings from turning pro when I first landed in Miami Fl. for my first pro debut, walking into the hotel I thought I was dreaming. Walking in for Check ins/Athlete mtg was so surreal. Looking around and seeing all these Veterans and pros that you've always looked up to dreaming of one day meeting them and wanting to be on that pro stage with them is a dream come true. What really made me feel like an IFBB Pro was at the Athlete meeting - the fans would come up to you wanting to take pics and sign autographs. I remember the day of the show at Pre-Judge walking backstage I have never felt my heart race so fast in any of my previous shows that I have done. Looking at the rest of the athletes and seeing how they looked was absolutely insane and incredible knowing how hard they worked as well. It actually motivated me more and was amped up after seeing them. When Bob Cicherillo the "Voice Of Bodybuilding" announced my name I knew in my head right then and there "Holy Cow" - this is real I'm about to step on this pro stage! At the finals, I met a lot of amazing wpd pros and veterans getting to know them and what not was such an amazing experience. Even if you didn't place, it's the amount of happy emotions and just the overall experience was unreal. Just being on that Pro stage was a dream come true!


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Prep (diet + training, differences from previous preps) - so my coach Juan Morel did some tweaking on my diet adding a little more carbs to fill me up and looking to stay full, whereas other preps as it got closer to show time, I was basically just on fish and broccoli on almost all my meals. Cardio was slightly a little different whereas I didn't do as much as I did last preps/shows. This time around he incorporated HIIT which that worked for me. Training I definitely went harder and did a lot of super-sets. I would always go back and forth working some days lifting heavy, then other days lifting light - more reps, so I would always challenge my body to do that so your body doesn't get used to the same thing over and over.

Challenges during the prep - as it got closer to show my body was begging for carbs and sweets. I was able to maintain it pretty well not thinking about it and craving till about 5 weeks out. After that my body just went out of control craving for anything. Usually it's always a month out is when your body starts going into shock! I tried to drink as much water as possible to keep my stomach full and keep the cravings out of my head. Cardio started hitting me harder feeling more weak/fatigued and just out of energy. Getting out of bed early for fasted definitely was the hardest challenge for me hands down but still was able to get it done.


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Being an athlete/bodybuilding competitor can definitely affect a lot in your life. Bodybuilding in general is a "Selfish sport" and it's very true because when it comes to prepping and making you meals and working out - it's all about you and no one else around you. You can't go out as much as you used to or hang with friends/family - go out to parties/events, whatever it may be because you as a competitor can't have any of that and it's not fun. Prepping can be miserable and take out on others being moody and cranky, etc. We all have done that! Main concern/issue about bodybuilding/prepping is emotions/feelings. I have been there every prep and its Mentally, Physically & Socially takes a toll out of you.

Future Plans - I plan on Competing St. Louis Pro show 2019, not a definite but that is my plan. Right now just enjoying the off season lifting heavy and bringing a better package for my next pro show!

Contact:
IG https://www.instagram.com/savka_ifbbpro
Email: sbrowneski@yahoo.com

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Growing up, I always participated in sports from age 8-21/22. I played softball and basketball for a total of about 12-13 years. I played college softball and received many awards including basketball as well. Once I graduated from high school I knew I had wanted to pursue a career within the fitness industry. Once my college days were over I knew I had finally had the time to now focus on Bodybuilding. Ever since I started my IG and seeing these amazing BB females in sick shape I knew I wanted to do this. I fell in love with this sport and changed my lifestyle. I definitely continue to pursue this to hopefully become a Pro Sponsored Athlete.


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Diet off-season vs. pre-contest: Wow, Great Question. Now this I'm sure a lot of people would want to know, although in a sense this question can vary on people. Everyone's body is different and will react differently than others whereas some may see quick response to their bodies and others will take time to test their own bodies and figure out what diet/change they need. You need to test your own body and find out. That's what happened with me. I've had many trial and errors. Only You know your own body- No One Else Does- Remember That! Off-Season I'm a little more flexible with foods, have little more cheat meals than my usual in season prep because hey that's the only way to grow right? Off-Season I definitely lift a lot heavier. Once I get into Prep season I know that my body will soon eventually be weak and give out at times, that's why Off Season is actually more important focusing on building muscle and being smart with food portions as well. You don't want to overdue your body off season eating crazy because then once you get into prep-- now you gotta work hard for it to lose it.

Building self-confidence: One word, PRACTICE!! The more you practice over and over and over going in front of the mirror looking at yourself repeatedly-- You will feel comfortable on stage! I can't even begin to tell you how many people have come up to me asking me how do you feel so comfortable on stage and have that confidence? - PRACTICE!!!!


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Training: I listen to my body, I know my body very well and know how to prep for it. Lifting I go back and forth - some days I will lift extremely heavy less reps, other days I will lift very light more reps. You want to challenge your own body working different techniques and balancing them because if you keep lifting heavy less reps or vise versa over and over doing the same Motions and machines and what not. You won't see results and will take even longer time to build and see the results. The more you challenge yourself-- the quicker and better results you will get! Cardio- this honestly depends on my coach when he sees me for check ins , fasting days he will have me doing 30 or 40 or 45 min 6x a wk or 5x a wk and same with post cardio. My body can fluctuate at times so it all really depends.

Contest experience: Wow, this one I like, I did the Easterns in November of 2016 and knew coming into this show I was extremely nervous and anxious at the same time. This show was actually the biggest show I have ever competed than my previous show so I knew what I was in for. Athlete check ins was very overwhelming truthfully and seeing all these amazing athletes made me even more nervous lol but I knew I had to keep my head focused and say to myself- look how far you've come- Cant back down. Pre Judging I actually felt more comfortable and relaxed.

Seeing all these beautiful amazing athletes backstage and meeting them and sharing each others experience is what I call it "Bodybuilding Bond Family" you bond with such great people around you and make new friends and gives you such great motivation. I would truthfully say being backstage with all the athletes is the greatest memories I will never forget for this Bodybuilding Industry. Finals- this is where you actually start to get nervous- well personally for me because this is where it comes down to the wire for the awards. The crowd is more packed than it is for pre judge. So doing my finals routine for women's Physique I try and relax on stage w a big smile and always pretend like I'm practicing my routine at home- that's the only way to help me stay calm.


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Bodybuilding can be a full time job with everything you're doing like Time is invested in preparing meals, training, doing cardio, making sure you eating meals in time, posing, tanning etc. All these things come into play as being and wanting to be "COMMITTED". Here's the thing though. You gotta love it to enjoy doing all of this because then if you're not and complain too much this and that. Then this sport isn't really for you. Yes prepping for competition can take a big toll out of you and your body- Absolutely 1000%. Any of us competing athletes have been there and done it and knows the feeling of prep. But like I said YOU Gotta love it and enjoy it if that's what you want to do! To me I absolutely love it especially seeing the transformation. Bodybuilding is definitely my lifestyle and will always stick with me.

I will be competing East Coast October 21st 2017 and The Easterns November 11th 2017, to hopefully place 1st or 2nd and Head to Miami Nationals a week after the Easterns to try an attain my Pro Card and also to hopefully become a sponsored athlete. That is my goal. One day at a time!

Contact:
IG https://www.instagram.com/savka_ifbbpro
Email: sbrowneski@yahoo.com


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