In this week’s episode, host Celeste Rains-Turk speaks with IFBB Bikini Pro Morgan Smith. This 23 year old bombshell started competing in 2018 and turned pro at her second national show! She has a bachelor’s in political science with future dreams of attending law school. Her daily activities include coaching a successful traveling softball team and working in the painting business with her boyfriend.
Celeste and Morgan kick off the episode by discussing Morgan’s road to become an IFBB Pro. Her passion for bodybuilding started during her college experience and needing to find a community after leaving softball. Morgan missed the team dynamic and the mental challenges of playing a rigorous sport. Morgan believes bodybuilding can be a team effort but enforces that it does rely on constituent individual challenges.
Morgan states she is competitive to a fault. She emphasizes that she wants to place well, not just get on a stage. She states that 110% is the bare minimum in this sport, and there is always something a competitor can do to improve. Morgan tells listeners to focus on personal growth instead of comparison to avoid burn out. Celeste and Morgan advice fellow competitors to enjoy their time in the NPC by recognizing the friendships and opportunities made in the community.
Morgan reflects on a moment she was told, “You cannot succeed in this sport.” Reflecting on her competitive nature, she was mentally ready to prove them wrong by hiring a coach and buying home equipment. Her mindset as an IFBB Pro is now focused on complete intention in the gym. Morgan states she did not want to use the pandemic as an excuse and feels empowered to consistently improve herself during the pandemic.
Morgan explains her emotional process of turning Pro and the doubt she had prior to her win. She was one week out from the show that awarded her a pro card, and she believed she would not get a high ranking after being in 3rd callouts the week prior. She is now self-coaching while in search for her next team and online coach that puts focus on attention to detail.
Celeste and Morgan go all in with talking about social media pressure, learning to step back, and finding the right people to surround yourself with. Celeste believes the pressure to show up on social media is often due to personal judgement, trying to make a name of themselves, and fear of failing their friends.
Morgan wraps up the episode by giving her best advice to new competitors and women aspired to reach the IFBB league. Morgan’s genuine demeanor and words of wisdom create an episode you do not want to miss!
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[1:27] Morgan’s pre-stage ritual
[3:14] Morgan discusses her emotional road to becoming an IFBB Pro.
[5:53] Morgan talks about leaving her hometown, the college experience, and missing softball.
[9:24] Celeste and Morgan discuss the initial push to compete.
[12:02] Morgan reflects on her prep approach throughout the years.
[19:01] All about mindset and staying motivated during the pandemic.
[25:02] How Morgan changed her mindset as an IFBB Pro.
[30:26] Morgan talks all about her waist training.
[35:44] Morgan and Celeste talk about feedback from judges & the emotion of turning Pro.
[52:20] Doubt and having a coach who believes in you.
[1:01:18] Morgan explains why she left her previous coach.
[1:05:25] How Morgan finds the right people to support her.
[1:18:09] Morgan and Celeste talk about prioritizing health over constant competing.
[1:29:12] Morgan talks about going to Law School, discipline, and balance.
[1:38:22] Morgan gives her best advice to aspiring competitors and IFBB Pros.
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