Tina Brown - Physique Competitor

My name is Tina Brown. I am 31 years old, a Military wife and a mother of two and I am a Woman's Physique Bodybuilder. I have been competing for 2 years. My first show was Night of the Champions in Spokane Washington. I competed in 2016 in the woman's Figure division. I was told on that very day from the judges that I would benefit to adding on some size and working on my conditioning because I had great potential to succeed in Woman's Physique based on my genetics, body structure, and muscle density. I decided to take that advice and I spent several months training and transforming my body to start to have the "look" I needed in order to do well. I also did not have the capability for a coach at the time and studied all the posing and everything I needed to know all online.

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I grew up being a competitive dancer and cheerleader. I absolutely love being on stage. I don't get very nervous about performing in front of crowds or judges so I was very excited that I would get to perform my very own posing routine. The following year I did my first Woman's Physique body building show at Big Sky Championships and took home the overall and was awarded best posing routine. At that time I was not only in shock but defiantly knew in that very moment that I was exactly where I needed to be. I spent time after that show continuing to grow not only in size, strength, but also in knowledge. I finally got a coach and have now done two shows with him.

My most recent show was the Emerald cup this past April. I knew in order to do well I was going to need to work harder than ever before and that's exactly what I did. I had a 13 week prep and brought my best package to date. Everything went great and I took home second place out of a stacked class of 13 girls.

Over the past few years between my coach and I we have really been able to figure out what diet and meal plans work best for me. I am not one to follow Macros at all. I find it very stressful and difficult to stay on track that way. I prefer structure. Just tell me what to eat and how much to eat and that's exactly what I will do.
We have also found that I respond better to lower fats and moderate carbs. Everybody is different and that's what makes it so much fun. During my off season I try to continue staying on a meal plan but allowing myself to indulge on family pizza night or getting an ice cream cone with my children after a fun day at the pool. There is absolutely nothing wrong with that. As cliche as it sounds, It truly is about balance. Sticking to a routine and regimen is key for me to be successful.

Being a wife, mother, hold a full time job, have clients on the side, and be bodybuilder can often be stressful on households. I have had to learn how to juggle it all and fit everything into my schedule while still staying focused on my dream of becoming an IFBB Pro. Family will always come first of course but I am very grateful to say that my family is extremely supportive of me and helps me every step of the way. They understand the sacrifices I have to make and never hold it ageist me. However, they sure do love to tease me when it comes to food. haha. All in good fun though.

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I have also learned how to eat around my workouts. Knowing my body and what foods wok for me and are easy for me to digest properly and give me the fuel I need. During my off season and leading up into my Prep when it's time to start cutting I lift heavy compounds. Such as Deadlift, Squat, Military Press, Bench, and even Rack Pulls. Then I spend the rest of my workings doing more hypertrophy and focus a lot on time under tension and follow a tempo. I find that for me I grow very quickly and I am strong so the compound lifts really help to build my size and get that dense muscle that I need. Then going into the other styles of training really help with muscle separation and also my mind to muscle connection.

After recently qualifying I am now currently in Prep for Nationals in Miami FL this coming November. I will be doing a 20 week prep by the time it's all over with. I do believe that taking an additional month to prep than usual will really help make a difference in my conditioning. I am really excited and nervous all at the same time but can't wait for the opportunity to be able to compete against some very amazing and beautiful women. Wish me luck!!

Tina Brown
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tina.the.titan
Email: tinaebrown87@yahoo.com

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