This week I thought I would change it up a little. This week I thought I’d have you hear from someone else. A bikini competitor that I think has a great story. Yes, I’m a little biased because she is one of the people closet to me… but if you need a little motivation her show will help.
When I think of Heather Mowry the first thing that comes to mind is drive. I’d call her the BIKINI ROCKY BALBOA.
Heather has been competing for about a year and a half. She has competed in 8 shows. She has won a show (BEATING ME!) 🙂 , won her class, not placed, and placed in the top five. She has been in the running for her PRO CARD (her goal) twice… losing both times by 1 point! I don’t know if you have every been so close to a goal but so far… it sucks. But Heather always keeps her head high and sets a goal for the next time. Sure, she gets upset! Who wouldn’t! As a fitness competitor you would love to win… you work so hard to be the best you. It’s nice when the judges think you are the best of the best too. But when it doesn’t happen that is when your character shows. Knowing her like I do… I know there are moments she isn’t 100%. (No one is). But she shakes it off and focuses on the next show.
I personal think she is one of the most, if not the most decided person to a goal that I know. It’s always easy to keep going when you win… but it takes an extra something deep inside to push forward when you don’t! She keeps a good balance of being humble but aggressive! She doesn’t let anyone tell her she can’t… trust me she’s been told she “couldn’t” or “shouldn’t” One of the typical things she hears… “You should just do figure”. Maybe in the future she will try her hand at figure, but she sent a goal over 2 years ago to compete and win her PRO CARD in bikini and she is driving forward towards that.
I worked out with Heather the other day and asked her a few questions to give you all a little more insight about her.
What motivated you to start doing shows?
I was going to the gym daily and not seeing the results I wanted. So I decided to train for something. To see what I could turn my body into… To see how dedicated I could be to a goal. And I fell in love with the process.
I would have to say my favorite exercise is squats… Heavy squats!
What is your favorite thing to eat on prep? I would say my favorite thing to eat while on prep are my protein pancakes! Who doesn’t love pancakes!!!
What is one piece of advice you would give other fitness athletes?
Once you see the results you will fall in love with the process. And once you step on stage and feel that rush you will be hooked! But it’s stressful at times with diet and training. And def isn’t easy on the wallet.
We all know you have been fighting for your PRO card for while… What keeps you going?
Knowing I do have people rooting for me and want to see me succeed. And also, I just love this sport. I love the workouts, I like eating healthy (but do miss my ice cream) and the people I have met are amazing!
Fast forward, you won your pro card… Now what?
Omg I honestly don’t know! I would love to get on a pro stage and see how I can compete there. Keep moving forward and never give up…
Best of luck to you Heather in your next 3 shows (maybe 4)… I look forward to standing on stage together as IFPA PRO. 🙂