In this week’s episode, host Celeste Rains-Turk has the pleasure of interviewing IFBB Bikini Pro Belinda Rivera. This cheeky pro started competing in 2015 and won her Pro Card at the 2018 North Americans in the 40 and over category. She is a coach for Lifestyle Physiques and is a loving mother to her two beautiful daughters.
To begin, Celeste questions Belinda about her late start in bodybuilding and her opinions on being older than most of the girls. Belinda never expected to start her hobby at age 39 and winning her IFBB Bikini Pro Card one year later. She admits to being physically active throughout her whole life, but her passion for fitness began after the birth of her second child. She gives credit to her fitness background and sports for her transition to intense dieting for competitions. Belinda does enforce that this sport is personal and requires intense discipline rather than a team dynamic.
Belinda states she only competed in one show a year to get back in shape when she was an amateur. She made the decision to move to the National stage after placing top 5 in an open and master division. Even though she was incredibly nervous and self-conscious, Belinda went on to win her Pro Card at her first National show! She thanks her coach, Ray from Lifestyle Physiques, for taking her competition to the next level by aligning with her core values of professionalism and sportsmanship.
Celeste and Belinda discuss the value of having a quality coach and provides an inside perspective of the coach-client relationship. Belinda tries to be reasonable with her clients and would rather motivate her team rather than tear them down when they do not complete their plan. Furthermore, Celeste and Belinda have an open-ended conversation about the nutritional and mental approach to dieting.
Belinda is happy to share her knowledge and experience within the community regarding growing muscle and improving posing. She explains that everything she does as a coach should be expected in the athlete. Belinda relies on her team for group posing, one-on-one sessions, and is open to advice from other coaching.
Belinda details her journey of a fitness hobby turned career. She admits that her children being older helped with the personal and financial obligations and felt comfortable leaving the home to accomplish her aspirations. In addition, Belinda feels that her experience in life made her a more competitive and goal-oriented individual.
Finally, Celeste and Belinda discuss all things improvement season, balance, and daily habits for success. Belinda tells viewers to “always remember your why” and to embrace the lifestyle. Furthermore, she also details her daughter’s opinion of her bodybuilding career. Spoiler alert – her daughter is one of her posing coaches!
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[1:14] Celeste asks Belinda her stage ritual.
[2:01] Belinda shares her late start in bodybuilding.
[3:25] Celeste asks Belinda if her fitness background helped with her mindset in bodybuilding.
[5:40] Belinda shares her thoughts on competing in the open division.
[7:45] Belinda discusses her strategies on registering for classes/journey to the Pro stage.
[17:44] Celeste and Belinda discuss the importance of having a supportive coach.
[19:12] Belinda talks about her experiences as a coach/approach to competition prep.
[25:02] Belinda opens up about her growth in the sport to include building muscle and posing.
[27:16] The girls discuss their regimen on and off season.
[28:55] How Belinda turned a hobby into a career.
[32:32] Celeste asks Belinda how she is able to balance her career/when to step away from the stage.
[41:41] Belinda shares her daily habits that contribute to her success.
[45:29] How competing has affected her relationship with her daughters.
[52:33] Belinda gives her best advice to amateurs and competitors on their road to pro.
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