In this episode, Celeste Rains-Turk speaks with Geri Berger, Team Elite warriors head coach and seasoned competitor who consistently places top 5 in pro bikini and has graced the Arnolds Classic Australia stage and the Olympia.
She is the regional general manager and partner of Island Club & Spa, a high end luxury fitness club and spa in Honolulu, Hawaii and as an IFBB bikini pro, she continues to inspire, motivate and educate individuals on being the best that they can be at any age.
Tune in to hear Geri open up on making competing a lifestyle and all about how she manages being a full time business owner, trainer, mom, and professional athlete.
Learn about how she has instilled the message of education over deprivation in her son and all her athletes.
Plus, hear about her doctor's take on the one thing she does every week (that her coach may not know about) that has helped her to stay healthy in competing.
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MICHELLE HURST: Building the Booty, Competing as a Lifestyle, Training According to your Goals, Recovery, Judges Feedback
In this episode, Celeste Rains-Turk talks to Michelle Hurst, a kickass athlete who has been competing since 2012, retired from her silicon valley corporate job at 40 years old to pursue her passions in fitness representing the total package as a certified personal trainer, runner, 1st degree blackbelt in Mixed Martial Arts, sponsored global formulas athlete all while being co-owner and Bikini Head Coach of Handsome Muscle.
Michelle shares some of her key strategies behind her popular glute transformation, competing as a lifestyle, training according to your goals, building off of judges feedback, recovery methods for optimal performance, and what it is like to prep with her husband.
CONNECT WITH MICHELLE:
IG: @michelleifbbpro / @handsomemuscle
Michelle Hurst was born and raised in Manila, Philippines and currently resides in San Jose, CA. She is an IFBB Bikini Pro, co-owner and Bikini Head Coach of Handsome Muscle. Team Handsome Muscle is a community of competitive and lifestyle clients whom share the same passion for fitness and self improvement. Team Handsome Muscle prides themselves on a more personalized approached and push the importance of communication and accountability. Their vision is to create a family of like minded individuals that can lean on each other and work together to create a stronger team.
Michelle worked in the heart of the Silicon Valley for over 20 years. She started as a receptionist and climbed the corporate ladder to Senior Management of Procurement for a Digital Entertainment company, where she retired at the age of 40 in 2014. Michelle's passion is in the health and fitness industry and making the transition was inevitable. She is a certified personal trainer, runner, and is a 1st degree blackbelt in Mixed Martial Arts.
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KATE ABATE: Philosophy, Auto-Immune Diseases, One thing Everyone should be Taking, Presence in the Moment
In this episode, Celeste Rains-Turk talks to Kate Abate, who has so much knowledge in the realms of philosophy, health, and self-improvement. She is a transformation consultant who loves positive energy and has a deep passion for eldercare and fitness. This is a woman who faces adversities everyday and always shares beautiful insights from the heart.
She shares her greatest philosophy muses, insights, and lessons as well as nutritional strategies for optimal health, being present in the moment, and accepting what is. The depth of the conversation goes well beyond surface level looking at mindset, daily rituals, and the importance of slowing down in a fast paced world.
CONNECT WITH KATE:
@misskateabate on Instagram and steemit.com/misskateabate
Kate shares more about herself: "I am a searcher, and a student, of writing, philosophy, health and self improvement. I am a transformation consultant and I invite clients to design the best version of themselves from their deepest imaginations.
I was introduced to competing in bikini in 2012. I turned pro at Nationals in Miami in 2014, and won my pro debut in Sacramento in 2015, earning me a spot on the Olympia stage that year. I took two full years away from the stage due to a full hamstring tear, as well as some other life injuries, and returned fall 2017. I recently placed 5th in 2017 and then 3rd in early 2018. I struggle with autoimmune illnesses like celiacs and lupus, and am currently recovering from a relatively major flareup of both.
I am passionate about positive energy and questioning the meaning of life, different for each. I am also incredibly passionate about food, health, intestinal health, mental health and improving the condition of life for others as they age. Eldercare and fitness is one of my greatest passions. I am also in love with my cat, and all animals. I enjoy sharing time and knowledge with others, in every way."
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In this episode, Celeste Rains-Turk talks to Marie Rios, a total firecracker who has been competing for 6 years, just made her pro debut and has her eyes on the Olympia stage.
Marie shares what it was like being backstage with the more seasoned pros for the first time, why/how she stays so fit and consistent in the off season, and how competing has impacted her marriage.
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MARIE AT A GLANCE:
Marie Acosta is from Stockton ca. She started bodybuilding at the age of 21 back in 2012. Fell in love with the sport and decided to actually hire a coach in the end of 2015 and turned pro in 2017.
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In this episode, Celeste Rains-Turk talks to Riley Worth, a very busy IFBB pro who is a biology major with a pre-med emphasis who is also currently finishing up her Nursing program before beginning her job in labor and delivery next month.
Riley shares why she deleted her Instagram under the social pressures and the disconnection to the present moment which matters most to her.
She talks about her health struggles and complications that came from her back to back shows on her road to pro and how her body fought her through the process until she finally earned her pro card after deciding to persevere.
Lastly, she shares what kept her motivated through the intense preps and how much believing in herself helped her through.
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This episode, Celeste Rains-Turk and Tamara Haddad dive deep into the post show rebound, weight gain, and the mental toughness required to make it through these challenges.
Tamara is an incredible coach, trainer, model, and teammate… she is a 2x Olympian and one hell of a competitor who has graced the most prestigious stages in the world since earning her pro card in 2013.
She shares her vulnerable story about her recent struggle with going from 118-140 pounds after a show and how it makes her feel.
Tamara shares how she can relate to the average joe as an elite competitor and reminds us that the pros are no better than the next athlete.
Listen to the episode for more insight and vulnerability on; Post Show Rebound, Dealing with Losses and Celebrating Wins, Balancing Life.
CONNECT WITH TAMARA:
*YouTube Channel: Tamara Jordan
TAMARA AT A GLANCE:
* Olympian: 2015 and 2017
IFBB Pro Bikini Athlete (Pro Card obtained in 2013)
2theT Bikini Competition Coach
* Online Training and Nutrition Coach
* Personal/Group Training AAAI/ISMA Certified
* Posing Technique/Stage Presentation Coach
* Published Fitness Model
* Bachelorette Degree: Psychology 2010
Confessions of a Bikini Pro Podcast
The Confessions of a Bikini Pro Podcast is the only place where IFBB Bikini Pros share their struggles, strategies, stories, insights, and advice in a real, raw, and vulnerable setting. Host, Celeste Rains-Turk, dives into the parts of these professionals' lives that aren't always openly discussed in the public eye or on social media (You know, the stuff we tend to wonder about the most). The goal of this podcast is to educate, inspire, and remind other competitors, athletes, or the average gym goer that even the most elite professionals face hardships, health problems, mental obstacles, and other adversities. There are a wide range of topics discussed including, but DEFINITELY NOT limited to; post show rebound, health complications, eating disorders, mental illnesses, winning mindset, dealing with losses, judges feedback, approaches to the stage, life outside of competing, money, relationships, philosophy, pursuing passions, and SO MUCH MORE! All show notes, links, and information can be found on www.celestial.fit/podcast Make sure to SUBSCRIBE, RATE, AND REVIEW THIS PODCAST if you LOVE it as much as we do so we can continue spreading the message to people worldwide! And be sure to follow @celestial_fit on Instagram too so you never miss an episode!
CONFESSIONS OF A BIKINI PRO PODCAST
The Confessions of a Bikini Pro Podcast is the only place where IFBB Bikini Pros share their struggles, strategies, stories, insights, and advice in a real, raw, and vulnerable setting.
The goal of this podcast is to educate, inspire, and remind other competitors, athletes, or the average gym goer that even the most elite professionals face hardships, health problems, mental obstacles, and other adversities. A
All show notes, links, and information can be found on THIS PAGE, JUST SEARCH THE ATHLETE YOU WANT TO LISTEN TO OR KEEP SCROLLING.
Make sure to SUBSCRIBE, RATE, AND REVIEW THIS PODCAST if you LOVE it as much as we do so we can continue spreading the message to people worldwide! And be sure to follow @celestial_fit on Instagram too so you never miss an episode!