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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


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








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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


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






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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


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 






Liquid Sun Rayz:

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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



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 






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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


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 






Maximum Beaty: https://www.beautyatitsmaximum.com

Interview with Becca Sizemore IFBB Fitness Pro and Olympian, NPC Judge and Statistician

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Join me today as I interview with Becca Sizemore, IFBB Fitness Pro and Olympian. She is also an NPC judge and statistician. Through her roll with the NPC, Becca offers a unique perspective on competitions and competitors. What an interview!

Topics we Cover:
-How She Got Her Start in Fitness
-Who Can Compete in the Fitness Division
-Her Role in the Industry Now
-How the Judging Works
-How the Scores are Calculated
-How to Progress in the Sport from first-time NPC Amateur to IFBB Pro Athlete

Interview with Marie Ann “Mo” Newman, IFBB Figure Pro, IFBB/NPC Judge, NPC Carolinas Vice Chairperson

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In my interview with Marie Ann “Mo” Newman, IFBB Figure Pro, IFBB/NPC Judge, NPC Carolinas Vice Chairperson, we cover topics so many competitors are asking about! There is so much value in this conversation!

Topics we cover in this episode:
-Your Overall Stage Look
-Keep it Simple, Don’t Overcomplicate it
-What You Have to Have
-Makeup: No Muddy Faces
-Competition Suits Talk! How It Should Fit & How You Should Wear it
-Stage Presentation Posing: What Actually Matters
-Mo’s Top Piece of Advice for Competitors

Guest Interview with Shawn Hektor-Lewis, IFBB Bikini Pro, Miss Atlantic Coast, Owner of Shawn’s Couture Cuties, Overall Stage Look Specialist… ROUND 2!

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In part 2 of my interview with Shawn, we focus on social media and the comparison that can happen. It can be so tempting to look at other competitors and compare yourself to them, but it can also be harmful to your progress. Shawn reminds us that it’s easy to look good by yourself in a photo, but what matters is how you look compared to others on stage.

We talk about:
-Social Media & the Stage: How is it impacting your placings & mental state?
-The use of Photoshop and filters
-The importance of stage presence
-Enjoying your time on stage
-Getting judges’ feedback
-Having the right people to support you
-Connecting on Social Media

Shawn hosts one main event every January called Cuties Conquering the Stage, multiple posing workshops, and is on IG LIVE EVERY week night offering tons of valuable information!

Where you can find her:
On instagram at @shawnscouture
On her website at

Guest Interview with Amber Larkins Owner of Fitography Files, Fitness – Branding – Empowerment

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Today I’m speaking with my friend Amber Larkin, a fitness and branding photographer who uses her talent to help women heal their trauma through photography. She takes great care to listen to their stories and plan shoots that can empower them. You won’t want to miss this powerful episode!

In this episode we talk about:

-How Amber Got Started in Photography
-How She Uses Photography to Empower Women
-Her latest project: Transformation through Trauma The Process & Purpose of these Shoots Inspiring Others Through Sharing Stories

Where you can find her:
Instagram: @fitographyfiles

Guest Interview with Heather Barbee, IFBB Women’s Physique Pro & Owner of Lolli’s Pop Aesthetics

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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.







Time Stamps:

[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

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