Kaelyn Feistel - Bikini Competitor

I have always been an extremely active person and have the desire to push myself as hard as I can in every area of my life. I started lifting when I was about seventeen years old, because I struggled with a warped self image. I fell in love with lifting and found a new love and respect for myself. Even though at times I am too hard on myself, I have never been happier. When I found out there was a bikini category in bodybuilding I immediately knew that it was something I desperately wanted to do. That is when I got serious about fitness and found Joe at Next Level Bikini Prep. Since then, May 2015, end of my senior year of high school, I have never stopped training like an athlete.

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From off-season to on-season my diet does not change too drastically. Off-season I eat about 1,900-2,100 calories that is fairly balanced (protein/fat/carb). I do tend to eat a little carb heavier in the morning and slightly more fats in the evening. I also, do a week cheat meal, or when my body needs it a 5~hour refeed of everything and anything my little heart desires. Other than my cheats/refeed I enjoy eating clean, even in off-season. On-season I eat very clean and make sure that all my calories come from whole food sources. Mainly because it helps to actually eat my calories and have real food in my tummy. My coach usually slowly drops my calories to 1250-1050 by peak week, and once I get low we add in HIGH carb refeeds every few days. These refeeds usually consist of adding in rice/cakes and froyo.

Though none of my preps have been exactly the same, we have never failed to bring an improved package each time to the stage. I have prepped with burger/ fries refeeds and high carb refeeds. Both worked just fine, it all just depends what my body needs at the time.

Confidence is a huge part of posing and that is a huge part of placing. I am not a natural poser, but practice makes perfect. Posing practice everyday and the whole prep process, puts me in mind set of, I worked so hard to get here and here I am to win. All the support I get from everyone helps to build my confidence.

My training changes depending on what is needed at the time. I usually lift legs 3x a week and upper 2x a week. It varies from traditional lifting and circuit training. Though, during my most recent prep I only lifted upper body once a week, and only did very light weights. I can build upper body like there is no tomorrow, which I have to be mindful of in order to stay balanced.

My most recent competition was NPC West Coast Classic in 2017. I have to say it was the most fun and well put together shows I have ever had the chance to compete in. There was so much positive energy! Athlete check-ins did run super late, but that was due to the fact that there were so many people competing. Prejudging was a quick, since it was only comparisons (competitors got to do there full routine and finals). I remember having so much fun backstage just goofing around with people, which made the show a million more times more enjoyable. I recommend to anyone competing to have a just good time, and not to stress too much. Your happiness and excitement will show in your posing, believe me!

Being an athlete is my life. I do enjoy off-season perks, have stress from being a fulltime college student and work a physically demanding job, but it is what keeps me sane. It is a huge part of who I am. I love being healthy and fit. It helps me keep in shape for my job too! I work with horses on a ranch and let me tell you, you have to be physically fit to be able to do most of the stuff we do. I do take breaks, go on vacation and live, but as I said before being an athlete is my lifestyle and I love every part of it!

My plans for the future are still unknown. I want to compete again and go Pro, but as of now I am focusing on improving my physique and finishing my degree. I have continued to train and diet to make sure I keep making progress. I would love to become a sponsored athlete, especially for athletic clothing and do fitness modeling, if the opportunity ever arose. I am not sure what to future hold for me, but I will continue push myself to better myself in all areas.

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