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Changing My Look for Success on the Stage

Photographer Thomas Guaghan recently spoke with Bikini Competitor, Maricela Lemus about competing this year. He decided to share that interview with MuscleBombshell. We hope you enjoy the interview as much as we did.

Maricela Lemus is 27 years old and currently a Graduate student working towards her Masters of Science in Higher Education at California State University Fresno. She is working to complete her internship as an Advising Intern. She is going to school full time as well as training in the gym 5-6 days a week.

She became very intrigued with the world of bodybuilding back in 2007 when her boyfriend Cesar Martinez won the overall in the Fresno Classic Bodybuilding competition. She learned a lot from just watching him and using him as her guide. She began competing in 2011, but did not place in her first competition.

She decided to take a year off to train and put on some muscle. A year later she entered the Muscle Shoot out in Clovis, CA and took first place in the bikini “A” class. She then proceeded to prepare for the NPC San Jose in July, where she took 4th place and finally the NPC San Francisco, where she took 2nd place.


TGP:  After finals you didn’t place as high as you would have liked, what were the judge’s comments?

ML: After pre-judging I had the feeling that my placing was not going to be top 3 because of where the judges had placed me in the lineup. I was able to talk to the head judge following pre-judging and asked him what he thought of my physique now compared to the previous show in Clovis (where he happened to be the head judge as well). He commented that I was too hard and defined; emphasizing the hardness in my shoulders and abs. According to Jim Reyes (who was part of the panel of judges), the judges preferred the bikini girls to be softer and fuller for this particular show. According to them, I stood out like a bullet next to the softer bodies versus my hard conditioned look. I felt somewhat disappointed, not in myself, but in knowing how hard I had worked and how well conditioned my body was, it just made me wonder whether all the hours at the gym and diet were even worth it. I started asking myself “What are they really looking for?” I began to reflect back to the Clovis show and how I looked then and what I could have done for the San Jose to come in softer and fuller. My goal with the San Jose was to try to take the overall and I thought by coming in tighter and more conditioned the judges would see the work I put in to improve my physique, but that was not the case at all, instead of getting recognized for my tight and hard physique, I got scored down for it.

TGP: So having this in mind, what were your thoughts on competing going forward?

ML: Although I felt a bit disappointed, in the back of my mind I was not content with the results of the San Jose show, so I was debating whether I should give it one more try before the end of the year. I was not planning on doing anymore competitions, but I wanted to figure out what the judges really wanted and if softening up would change their perceptions of my physique. A week before the NPC San Francisco I made the last minute decision to register for this show and give it a shot.

TGP: I was shooting the NPC SF show as well and was glad to see you back on stage.  You made obvious changes to your physique, tell me about that process.

ML: Honestly, the process was easy, but frustrating at the same time. I pretty much had to do the opposite of dieting in order to soften up and put on some weight. The most frustrating part was that it is really hard for me to put on weight. I have to intake a high calorie diet in order to gain a good 3-4lbs. I would say it took me about 2 months to gain 2 lbs. I had to cut my cardio back to 15 minutes a day and just try to maintain focusing on my glutes and legs. This process was difficult because I am use to working hard when it comes to getting ready for a competition; it was tough.

TGP: I know some girls would love to not be able to put on weight but that is equally frustrating to deal with.  How did you feel going into that show, how you felt on stage and finally taking 2nd in your class?

ML: Like I mentioned before my decision of competing for the San Francisco was last minute and was not really planned. I did not feel as confident as I felt going into the San Jose show where I felt prepared and had really put in the work, but at the end of the day I was more than happy with my placing considering the different approach I took for this show.

TGP: Sounds almost bitter – sweet.  Which physique do you prefer, the more conditioned Maricela you presented in San Jose or the one that landed you a second place trophy?

ML: Although I did not land a 2nd place trophy like I did at the San Francisco show I do prefer the more conditioned Maricela that came in the San Jose show. For me it’s about putting in the work and to know that I was able to transform my body in less than a month was impressive and that pushes me to work even harder.

TGP: So when are you going to be competing next?

ML: Now that I qualify for a national show, my thoughts at the moment are to do the USA’s next year in July. I want to step on a national stage and see how I do there. I do know that doing a national show is different from doing an amateur show. The judging seems to be different and from what I have seen, bikini competitors come in a bit more conditioned for a national show. I know that I will be ready to put in the work when that time comes and I look forward to it.

Overall, I have learned a lot with every competition. I take everything in as a learning experience and an opportunity to grow, but at the end of the day I do realize that I have to be happy with my physique and the way I look regardless of what the judges prefer.

I want to thank my boyfriend Cesar Martinez who has supported me through the process as well as Jim Reyes (Cesar’s coach) for being there and giving me tips. Also A special thanks to Matt Stephenson and his wife Sophi Stephenson who coached and prepped me for the NPC San Jose show. To all the friends I made along the way, thank you for your support and lovely comments and thank you all for believing in me! Watch out for me next year!

Anyone can follow me on Twitter or Facebook at:

twitter.com/marilemus88

https://www.facebook.com/marilemus88

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Patty Zariello IFBB Figure Pro

Patty Zariello is one the the most disiplined and hardest working women I know. No surprise she earned her PRO card at the 2012 Team Universe show on July 8, 2012. I asked her to share with our readers what keeps her motivated. Read below for more

My family motivates me to live a healthy lifestyle. We have a history of health problems in my family including heart disease and diabetes, which can be avoided by taking better care of our bodies by eating right and exercising. It hurts to see loved ones suffer especially knowing that there is something they can do to help themselves. I want to be able to live life to the fullest, to be able to enjoy an active lifestyle with my kids for as long as I can, and to set an example for them. I’m also motivated by my awesome husband who always supports me.

 

As far as what motivates me to complete I would say that comes from within. There’s something inside of me that just pushes me to work harder. I love the feeling I get from setting a goal and going after it with all I got! I have a very competitive side of me that feeds off the challenge. The more impossible it seems the more I need to find a way to do it. I absolutely fell in love with this sport and I’m having so much fun. I truly just enjoy it so much that it doesn’t take much to motivate me. I just want to become better and better at it! I also want to help others. I enjoy giving support and encouraging others (especially other moms). It inspires ME even more when someone tells me that I inspired them or helped them in any way. To receive letters of thanks or being recognized by other women with the same dreams is an amazing feeling! I love the feeling of making someone else happy.

To read more about Patty check out her sites http://www.pattyzariello.com/ and https://www.facebook.com/pattyzariello

Tyra Love WBFF PRO


It is always exciting when someone we know wins their pro card. Especially when you haved seen their journey. That dream came true this year  for Tyra Love of Ontario, Canada. In May she won her Pro card, WBFF Pro Fitness Model.

Tyra Love in a certified personal trainer, professional fitness model and bikini model. She has been published in Canada’s #1 Fitness magazine “Inside Fitness” . She was also named one of the Hot and Fit 100 fitness models in Canada.

Congratulations Tyra!!!

Tyra Love (May 2012) WBFF Pro

 

https://www.facebook.com/TyraLoveFitness


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Christina Rico – Figure Athlete


Christina Rico - Figure Athlete

At the young age of 18 Christina has already accomplished so much in the fitness world. She is a fitness model, figure competitor and a full time student.

Read more about Christina,

Tell us a little about yourself?

I was born and raised in a small town in the mountains– Pinetop, Arizona. I graduated from high school when I was 16 and moved to the city to attend school at Arizona State University, where I am currently studying Exercise and Wellness.  I am now 18, so this fall will be my third year here.  When I am not at school or doing homework, you can find me at the gym or doing some other physical activity (hiking, yoga) , experimenting in the kitchen with different foods trying to make healthier versions of my favorite dishes  or hanging out with my friends and family.  I truly have a passion for health and wellness  and I want people to be inspired by my actions to live a healthy life.

What inspired you to start competing?

I kind of just “fell” into competing.  I have always loved going to the gym and throwing around the weights, but my diet was never 100% clean. So, last year I started reading numerous articles about training and proper nutrition  and I made the decision to start eating 100% clean.  After choosing to do so, I immediately began seeing results, and friends from the gym started asking me if I was getting ready for a competition.  At the time, I had no idea what these “competitions” even were!  Coincidentally, there was a local show coming up and many people told me that I should at least try it out.  About a week before the show, I spontaneously decided that I should compete and see what the shows were like.  I learned the poses within a few days, gathered competition necessities and I jumped on stage that weekend!  It was a completely new experience for me, I loved it! 

What shows have you done and what was the outcome?

  • NPC Terminator- Tucson: 1st Teen Figure , 2nd Women’s Open Figure
  • NPC Arizona Open- 1st Teen Figure, 2nd Women’s Open Figure
  • NPC Pacific USA’s 2011- 1st Women’s Open Figure, Overall Winner

Anything else to add:

If you are interested in following me and my progress, please check out my: 
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Christina-Rico-NPC-Figure-Competitor/212275032150524 
Bodyspace: http://bodyspace.bodybuilding.com/christinarico/
Blog: http://christinarico.blogspot.com/


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Choosing the Perfect Suit


Finding the right bikini/figure suit can be just as important as your diet and training program. You have worked hard for months and now need to present your physique in the best way possible.  I have some great information for you given to us by an amazing and talented suit designer Jen Whitfield of A Suit to Remember.

 

Jen has been designing suits since 2006. She believes you should have top-notch quality and a stress free experience.  I found Jen through a friend a few years ago. I had a malfunction in my suit and had to have a back up suit sewn immediately.  The part that impressed me the most was how fast Jen got my suit to me. It was done quickly and perfectly.

A competitor herself, Jen understands the stress that can be experienced when waiting for your suit to be made. She doesn’t believe a suit should be sent to you the week of your show and she wants to make the process as fun and stress free as possible. Here is some great information that she shares with us:

Consider Your Budget:

Be realistic on how much you are willing to spend. There are suits that are available in every price range. There is also the option of purchasing a used suit or renting a suit. Check with your suit maker for these options.

Choosing a Color:

Every person can wear any color; it is just a matter of finding the right hue for you. If you choose a color you like, you will appear more comfortable and confident on stage. The current trend is brighter colors but again go with what looks best on you.

What are Different Styles of Suits?

The primary cut of choice for bikini competitors is the scrunch butt bottoms with a triangle top. This looks great on most everyone.

The primary cut for Figure, Fitness, Physique and Female Bodybuilding is the V cut bottoms and triangle top.

A Glute Issue

One issue many women have is they want to cover too much of their glutes. You must follow the guidelines put in place by your organization but you want the minimum coverage allowed. The reason for this is: the more fabric covering the glutes, the larger the backside looks.

How far Out Should I Order a Custom Suit?

Most designers in the industry request a minimum of 6 weeks for a custom stones suit. Bikini suits, posing trunks and plain suits can typically be completed in 2-3 weeks.

How do I Order?

If you are looking to order a suit, contact the designer of your choice as they all work a little differently. If you would like to get a suit from A Suit to Remember, you can order via email, phone or go direectly to the website  @http://www.asuit2remember.com/

 

 Custom suits made by Jen


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