Meagan Vota - Bikini Competitor

How did I get into bodybuilding: itís actually pretty funny. I was a cheerleader my whole life and always around fitness. When I came to college, I transitioned from being a competitive all star cheerleader, to just being a college student. I had lifted weights heavy in high school but never really had a knowledge beyond the basics. This summer going into my junior year of college, my best friend literally looked at me and said ďletís do a bodybuilding showĒ. From that moment, I never looked back. I got excited for the thought of finally being a part of an organization again, did my research on shows, on coaches and ran with the idea of being a body builder!

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I donít know how I havenít posted my hardware yet so HERE THEY ARE! ?????? ?? I was told over & over again how crazy I was for choosing @kentuckymuscle as my first show because of how hard the competition usually is. I walked out with a 5th place (Novice), 4th place (T Novice) and ?? in collegiate. I aimed high and held my own, and then some. I am so proud of my accomplishments and will forever prove the naysayers wrong. ?Now itís time to go figure out how to decorate with these swords ????? ?? I couldnít have done it without my amazing coach @hannahosmon_bikinifit , my beautiful bikini company @angelcompetitionbikinis , my comfy heels providers @theshoefairy_ and the support of my friends. The fire is lit and Iím ready for my future in this industry so be on the lookout for me ????? ? ? ? ? #fit #bikinicompetitor #npcbikini #muscle #npc #gym #workout #bikini

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When Iím on prep, my coach gives me a meal to meal plan. She tells me what to eat, around what time, and how much. I like this for the season. It gives me structure I need and doesnít have me thinking/planning out my meals. For the off-season, I am at a IIFYM approach. I make smart decisions, but have the ability to fit in some sweets when I want as long as I keep it without my macros. I enjoy this because dieting on such a strict meal plan for a period of time can become draining so having the opportunity to get creative with meals on the off-season, makes it enjoyable.

I havenít come across any diet plans that have failed me yet. I definitely struggle with weighing out my food and being able to guesstimate how much is what but I wouldnít call that a failure. Iím still learning how to be precise as Iíve only competed once

Self confidence has always been hard for me. I've never had it prior to competing unless I was up on stage at a cheerleading competition. Going into this, I didnít believe in myself and didnít have confidence but I learned how to love myself and the process along the way. My turning point for having a solid foundation of confidence came from the moment I stepped on that stage to receive my first trophy at my first show. It was a ďwow Iím actually pretty good at thisĒ moment and from there on out into my off season, I havenít questioned my ability since. Competing genuinely gave me the ability to overcome negative, self hate thoughts that can creep into your mind.

My training program for the off-season right now looks like this. Cardio 5x a week, lift 6x a week, 0 HIIT sessions, 1-2 post workout functional training sessions (tumbling, everyday movements). I lift extremely heavy for every workout because going through shows makes you lose some strength so when you have the ability and power to lift heavy, you love those dang weights like itís nobodyís business.

My most recent show was my first show. I competed at the Kentucky Muscle here in Louisville, Kentucky. During my athlete check in I think I cried and got emotional about 3 times. I was so excited, nervous, happy, proud and my emotions hit me multiple times that day. I remember being scared as can be leading up to pre-judging. I barely talked, I sat still, I isolated myself and let negative thoughts into my head. When I finally stepped on stage, my mood changed completely. I was happy, confident and felt like I belonged. I started talking to girls backstage, making friends and feeling the intensity of the backstage feel. Finals was insane. I entered in collegiate, true novice and novice. I took home hardware in each division and walked out the convention center with 3 swords. All I wanted to do was hold my own and step on stage at a HUGE show as a first time competitor and I ended up walking out of there better than I could have ever imagine. I cried like a baby.

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Being an athlete affects your whole life in a number of ways. You find yourself in the gym more than anything else. Iím a personal training so on top of working, I would have 2/3 workout sessions a day. I lived in the gym. You start to lose your social life for a little because youíre either too tired to go out at night, or donít want to sit and watch your friends eat/drink things you can. You tend to get moody, so you isolate yourself from others just to make sure you wonít be rude to them. Eating and working out literally becomes a job to you and you canít just skip a meal like your friends suggest. It also has lots of pros. I learned INSANE time management skills and planning skills. I learned how to pack for a vacation in a plane/car while still meeting my goals and how to choose healthy options when eating exactly whatís on your plan isnít feasible. Being an athlete gives you a niche and makes you feel important. Itís your thing, be the best you can at it and own it.

My future plans have not been set yet. All I know is I wanna become nationally qualified!!!!!


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