In this episode, Whitney talks to Heather Barbee about her journey to becoming an IFBB Women’s Physique Pro and her life now as an aesthetics nurse. Heather started competing in 2009 in figure, but when Physique was introduced in 2011, she knew it was the division for her!
Turning Pro was never her initial goal, but when she started getting positive feedback and doing well, she gained the confidence to move forward with the new goal of earning her pro card.
Whitney and Heather dispel the myth that competitors are catty and unsupportive. Competitors cheer for each other and want each other to do well. Heather knew after she earned her pro card, she would have to step up her game because she was starting at the bottom.
Heather speaks about the lessons she learned from competing that have stayed with her since stepping away from the stage in 2015. Competing helped Heather gain confidence and that has carried over into all aspects of her life.
As a nurse aesthetician, she likes to develop relationships with her clients. She works on their insides while beautifying their outsides. She helps them reveal their inner confidence. Aesthetics is more than her career, it’s her platform to help people. To end the interview, Heather speaks to the importance of finding the right coach and doing her research.
CONNECT WITH HEATHER
BUSINESS IG: https://www.instagram.com/heather_barbee/
CONNECT WITH WHITNEY
BUSINESS IG: https://www.instagram.com/nashvillefitshow/
[1:00] How Heather got started
[4:41] Pro in physique 2011
[7:30] talks about her journey to turning pro at Jr. Nationals
[11:00] camaraderie in bodybuilding
[13:30] starting from the Bottom as a pro
[14:35] personality trait learned through competing
[16:35] starts competing “late”
[18:40] Focusing on goals after stepping away from the stage
[21:20] Working with competitors as an aesthetics nurse, offering guidance from past experiences
[22:20] Heather offers best advice to competitors