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Fit Show Story Project 2022

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EVERYONE HAS A STORY OF SOMETHING THEY’VE OVERCOME IN THEIR LIFE  …whether they know it or not. Some are more obvious than others… some are buried down so deep that so many layers of protection have subconsciously been placed on top of the traumas – big or small – that we forget they are there.

From my personal experience, competing played a vital role in my ability to overcome tragedy. The resilience that I developed during some of the darkest times in my life turned out to be a key characteristic that I needed to push me to the next level in every aspect of my life in the long run, not just in competing.

When I was run down and crushed under an SUV almost 11 years ago, the doctors told me I may not walk again…but most certainly would not compete on stage again. After my back surgery to fuse my spine together with metal rods and screws, everyone doubted that I would ever be the same.

The doubt around me didn’t matter because I built a wall of protection around myself… deep in my heart I knew God saved my life for a purpose and he’d use that traumatic event to inspire hope in others… I just had no idea what that looked like at the time.

When He gave me the vision to create something different in the bodybuilding industry, all-female competition, the doubters came again inserting negativity into what they believed would be possible. My goal was to simply take my experiences from competing all over the world in over 30 shows and create an experience for athletes here in Nashville, TN like no other. To make these female athletes feel like the strong & powerful ROCKSTARS that they are! My vision for this show was to inspire confidence and strength among women. To EMPOWER & cultivate an environment of support & community focused on thriving… to say that it has far exceeded my expectations would be an understatement.

With that vision & mission still in mind, the Fit Show Story Project will be the avenue to bring even more light to the power of sharing stories of overcoming… to inspire the hope, resilience & strength in others to overcome too.

We want to showcase and honor the amazing & strong women who are the FIT SHOW BRAND.

The 2022 Overcomer Award will presented on stage by me, Whitney Wiser Savage, in collaboration with our Body Positive Sponsor, Dani D Fitness! Prizes will include a FREE Empowerment Transformation Photoshoot with Fitography Files, Custom Designed Crystal Award & Crown, a Custom Nashville Fit Show gym bag filled with goodies, FREE Entry into the IFBB North American Championships, FREE Entry into the 2023 NPC/IFBB Nashville Fit Show and many more to be announced!

See details on the entry process & Submit your story via this LINK

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For the Love of the Sport featuring Bernadette Galvan

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Today I speak with IFBB Figure Pro Bernadette Galvan. She is the Vice Chair for NPC Texas and a promoter Galvanized Texas. After she graduated from nursing school, she started working in a fitness center which lead to her introduction to bodybuilding. She earned her Pro card in 2005 and competed at the Olympia in 2007 and 2008. Bernadette talks about how she has changed her mindset through competing and how that has carried over to the rest of her life.

Bernadette gives her advice as a judge for competitors when making their individual routines. She shares common mistakes she sees and what competitors need to focus on. You don’t want to miss this interview!

We talk about:

-volunteering at bodybuilding shows

-early days of Figure

-importance of presentation

-advice for amateurs in the individual routines

-hiding your flaws and showing your strong points

-taking advantage of opportunities

-bring a gym owner and having a clothing line 

-believing  in yourself

TIME STAMPS

1:00 introduction

1:38 getting started in bodybuilding

7:15 early days of Figure

8:40 importance of presentation

12:48 individual routines from a judge’s perspective

19:08 life as a business owner

23:15 feeling ready to compete

 

CONNECT WITH WHITNEY

IG: https://www.instagram.com/whitneywiserfit/

BUSINESS IG: https://www.instagram.com/nashvillefitshow/

CONNECT WITH BERNADETTE

IG: https://www.instagram.com/rockfit/

bGalvanized: https://www.bgalvanized.com 

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For the Love of the Sport featuring Alyssa Flores

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Today I speak with Alyssa Flores, founder and head coach of Dumbbells and Doughnuts, which is a coaching community. Alyssa speaks about her introduction to distorted eating habits and how that eventually lead her to the fitness community. Alyssa overcame extreme food restriction to find a healthier love of her body. She started the coaching community in early 2020 because she saw the need to connect coaches who truly care to empathize with every step of their clients’ journeys. She now leads a 13-coach team that coaches both men and women. 

Alyssa talks about how she balances her life with fitness and coaching. You don’t want to miss this interview!

We talk about:

-Alyssa’s fitness journey

-struggles with restriction and disordered eating

-the beginnings of Dumbbells N Doughnuts

-being empathetic as a coach

-potentially competing in the future

-fertility struggles

TIME STAMPS

1:00 introduction

6:30 starting a coaching community

10:27 approaches to coaching

12:59 lifestyle and competitor clients

14:55 goals and plans

19:40 advice for new competitors

CONNECT WITH WHITNEY

IG: https://www.instagram.com/whitneywiserfit/

BUSINESS IG: https://www.instagram.com/nashvillefitshow/

CONNECT WITH ALYSSA

IG: https://www.instagram.com/dumbbells_n_doughnuts/

Dumbbells N Doughnuts: https://www.dumbbellsndoughnuts.com

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For the Love of the Sport featuring Casey Samsel

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Today I speak with IFBB Bikini Pro Casey Samsel, an Olympian and founder of Team Casey and the Fit Femme Project. She talks about her start in the sport in the early days of the Bikini division and turning Pro in 2014. Out of her desire to help people, she started coaching and her own team. She focuses on mindset with her athletes to help them take the skills they learn through bodybuilding and apply them to everyday life. Along with coaching, Casey started the Fit Femme Project to help women optimize their health from every aspect. 

Casey talks about her own struggles of dealing with Mitochondrial Disfunction, even competing at the Olympia. We can learn so much from her. You don’t want to miss this interview!

We talk about:

-her start in the sport

-starting her own team

-mindset and stress reduction 

-starting the Fit Femme Project

-dealing with Mitochondrial Disfunction

TIME STAMPS

1:00 getting started in bodybuilding

2:26 starting Team Casey

6:30 focusing on mindset

8:44 Fit Femme Project

13:40 current goals

15:30 advice to first time competitors

CONNECT WITH WHITNEY

IG: https://www.instagram.com/whitneywiserfit/

BUSINESS IG: https://www.instagram.com/nashvillefitshow/

CONNECT WITH CASEY

IG: https://www.instagram.com/caseysamsel_bikini/

Fit Femme Project: https://www.instagram.com/caseysamsel_bikini/

Team Casey: https://www.instagram.com/official_team_casey/

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For the Love of the Sport featuring Allen Sizemore

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Today I speak with Allen Sizemore, NPC State Chairman of Tennessee, NPC and IFBB Pro judge, promoter, and head expediter. Allen talks to us about his experience and responsibilities as a State Chairman, as well as how he progressed in the sport. He loved bodybuilding so much, he volunteered at every show he wasn’t competing at. 

Whitney and Allen share what is involved with promoting a show and why they love promoting shows. We hear how anyone can get involved and why it’s important to volunteer for all competitors. 

Allen gives us a behind the scenes look at the NPC and shows. You don’t want to miss this interview!

We talk about:

-learning through volunteering

-what’s involved in promoting a show

-creating a great experience for the athletes

-why it’s important to register early

-showing your best on stage

-how and why to volunteer

TIME STAMPS

1:00 Allen’s role as State Chairman

3:18 Allen’s role as a promoter

7:38 educating the athletes

10:57 how athletes can help

13:00 individual posing routines

15:30 reading the rules

16:40 how to get involved

18:30 best piece of advice

CONNECT WITH WHITNEY

IG: https://www.instagram.com/whitneywiserfit/

BUSINESS IG: https://www.instagram.com/nashvillefitshow/

CONNECT WITH ALLEN

IG: https://www.instagram.com/allensizemore/

NPC Tennessee Website: https://npctn.com

NPC Tennessee IG: https://www.instagram.com/npctennessee/

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For the Love of the Sport featuring Karah Jones

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Today I speak with Karah Jones, owner of Angel Competition Bikinis, the leading source of competition suits in the world. Their goal is to make women feel confident on stage. Sarah shares her story of how she got started in bodybuilding in 2013, when the bikini division was still new. We hear why Karah decided to start Angel Competition bikini and how it’s grown from an Etsy shop to where it is today! Kara explains why the take the extra effort to be so interactive with their customers and how ACB takes customer service to the next level.  

Karah is an incredible entrepreneur and shares so many valuable insights. You don’t want to miss this interview!

We talk about:

-the beginnings of Angel Competition Bikinis

-feeling confident on show day

-the importance of customer service

-online free suit consultations

-growth for the future of the company

-living the bigger life!

TIME STAMPS

1:00 getting started in bodybuilding. 

2:19 getting the idea to start Angel Competition Bikinis

4:45 the customer’s journey

7:21 the ordering process

11:25 Karah’s competitiveness 

13:19 competing plans in the future

15:25 advice for new competitors

CONNECT WITH WHITNEY

IG: https://www.instagram.com/whitneywiserfit/

BUSINESS IG: https://www.instagram.com/nashvillefitshow/

CONNECT WITH KARAH

IG: https://www.instagram.com/karahtheyogi/

ACB Website: https://angelcompetitionbikinis.com

ACB IG: https://www.instagram.com/angelcompetitionbikinis/ 

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For the Love of the Sport featuring Marilyn Spatola

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Today I speak with Marilyn Spatola, founder and CEO of Liquid Sun Rayz, the official tanning company of the Nashville Fit Show. Marilyn talks about her start in the salon industry and spray tanning and how it lead her to bodybuilding. As she becoming more experienced spray tanning bodybuildings, she set out to create her own product that fixed all of the complaints competitors had with their current options. We hear Marilyn’s top advice for getting your best tan every time. She dispels myths that some people have about tanning that can hurt your tan.

A high quality tan is integral to good stage presence. It can actually make or break your placing. That is why Liquid Sun Rayz focuses on the athlete experience to provide the best show day experience possible.

Marilyn has done so much to change the industry. You don’t want to miss this interview!

We talk about:

-how she treated her own product

-how Liquid Sun Rayz is different

-the importance of skin prep for a good tan

-tips for proper exfoliation

-training for spray tanners

-DIY tans, should you or shouldn’t you?

-the ins and outs of scheduling

TIME STAMPS

1:00 introduction

3:02 creating her own product

7:12 skin prep advice

11:00 communication for proper training

14:20 providing a good experience

15:30 DIY tanning and backstage experience

20:27 scheduling tans

24:17 advice for new competitors 

CONNECT WITH WHITNEY

IG: https://www.instagram.com/whitneywiserfit/

BUSINESS IG: https://www.instagram.com/nashvillefitshow/

CONNECT WITH MARILYN

IG: https://www.instagram.com/liquidsunrayz/

Liquid Sun Rayz: https://liquidsunrayz.com

Skin Prep Guide: https://liquidsunrayz.com/pages/preparing-for-a-spray-tan-appointment

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For the Love of the Sport featuring Mo Newman

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Today I speak with MarieAnne Newman, Vice chairperson on NPC Carolinas, IFBB Figure Pro, and IFBB/NPC judge. Mo talks about the trends she is currently seeing in the spot, both positive and negative, and what she’d like to see in the future. She talks about the importance of not tying your identity to your places but still staying competitive. 

Being involved with the sport since 1993, Mo has so much wisdom and insight to share. You don’t want to miss this interview! Check out my previous two interviews with Mo to hear all about her story!  

We talk about:

-the importance of “MindPrep”

-current trends and what should change

-appreciating the journey 

-what is normal in prep

-celebrating the wins

 

TIME STAMPS

1:00 introduction

2:30 the importance of the journey

9:20 dealing with anxiety

15:30 growth of the sport

19:03 advice for competitors 

CONNECT WITH WHITNEY

IG: https://www.instagram.com/whitneywiserfit/

BUSINESS IG: https://www.instagram.com/nashvillefitshow/

CONNECT WITH MO

IG: https://www.instagram.com/marieannnewman/

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For the Love of the Sport featuring Sarah Lyon

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Today I speak with Sarah Lyon, owner and CEO of Maximum Beauty. Sarah tells us about her transition into the sport of bodybuilding and how it changed her life. We hear what led her to start Maximum Beauty and how a last minute surprised changed her involvement with her company. She tells us how show day glam has changed since she started competing and why having a solid team doing you hard and makeup is so important.

Sarah shows us how you can have a career in bodybuilding away from the stage. You don’t want to miss this interview!

We talk about:

-careers in bodybuilding outside of the stage

-all about Maximum Beauty

-advice for first time competitors

-minimizing stress

-enjoying the process

-the importance of mindset

TIME STAMPS

1:00 introduction

1:20 Sarah’s start in bodybuilding

4:45 likes and dislikes about competing

6:23 starting Maximum Beaty

9:25 behind the scenes of Maximum Beaty

11:20 scheduling with Maximum Beauty

18:05 advice for new competitors 

CONNECT WITH WHITNEY

IG: https://www.instagram.com/whitneywiserfit/

BUSINESS IG: https://www.instagram.com/nashvillefitshow/

CONNECT WITH SARAH

IG: https://www.instagram.com/sasarahnicole/

Maximum Beaty: https://www.beautyatitsmaximum.comhttps://youtu.be/XR2tTsqqtQc

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For the Love of the Sport Featuring Jim DeBernard

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Today I speak with Jami DeBernard, coach and founder of Fit Body Fusion. An IFBB Pro and 2 time Olympian in the figure division, Jami is a longtime fan of the sport. She didn’t start competing until she was in her late 30’s and stepped on the Olympia stage in her 40’s. She is a big proponent of starting at any age and wants to show other women that age does not matter. 

Jami is a leader in the sport of bodybuilding and has so much insight to share. You don’t want to miss this interview!

We talk about:

-competing later in life

-history of different divisions

-starting Fit Body Fusion

-common pitfalls competitors face

-Jami’s experience in the corporate world

-turning bodybuilding into a team sport

-studying holistic health

-Jami’s take on balance

TIME STAMPS

1:00 introduction

3:52 history of competing

6:00 starting Fit Body Fusion

10:08 the team aspect of bodybuilding

13:29 holistic education

17:40 the idea of balance

20:50 top advice for new competitors

CONNECT WITH WHITNEY

IG: https://www.instagram.com/whitneywiserfit/

BUSINESS IG: https://www.instagram.com/nashvillefitshow/

CONNECT WITH JAMI

IG: https://www.instagram.com/jamidebernard/

Fit Body Fusion: https://www.fitbodyfusion.com