Interview with Courtney Cronin

Hi everyone!

This week’s is a little something different. Courtney is a fellow competitor and blog, so we decide to interview each other and share our stories and blogs with each other’s readers.

Check out her blog:

When the Tan Fades- Fitness Fun and other Shennanigans
click here to see Courtney’s Blog

You started this journey in 2012 (correct)? How have you seen the sport change?
I actually started in the spring of 2011 with the OCB Spirit of America as my first show. Holy mackerel has it evolved! Just taking our division of Bikini, I remember there were 9 girls in my class…I think that show this year had over 40!
Not only are there more participants but the competition is increasing dramatically…in a good way. OCB Bikini hasn’t had a lot of street cred in the past but now you look at the lineup of Pro Bikini ladies at the Yorton Cup and it’s comparative to those at the IFBB Olympia…incredible.

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You had an injury, back I believe. How did you deal with that (mentally) and how did you come back from it?
What a learning experience! I had started feeling back, hip, and joint pain about 2 years ago and thought it was contributed to a mix of a bunch of different factors- stress, improper lifting form, too much cardio, etc…
A year later I found myself in the doctor’s office getting diagnosed with an early onset form of arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis. As with most forms of arthritis, movement and activity of the body is encouraged so I had that going for me! Between proper rest, better nutrition, and learning how to properly lift I experienced dramatic improvements in how I felt. I can certainly still feel it, even on the best days but
its been an amazing lesson in perseverance and APPRECIATION. I took my able body for granted before, now I am so very grateful for every step and movement it allows me to take.

You’re now fiancée is a bodybuilder and part of this life style. What are the pros and cons you guys have during prep and in off season?
Great question! We’ve experienced both prep and off season life for each of us and as with all relationships and the events that take place in them, there were/are some awesome pieces and challenges.
Our first date was to a Red Sox game while I was in prep (and he was not). I remember bringing my huge cooler of food down to Boston and sharing, laughing, and enjoying the day with someone who truly understood and respected my choices. It was the first time I dated someone who could appreciate planning ahead and striving for a goal, and that food choices were a component of that.
I think we balance each other. He’s VERY excited in the offseason, enjoying varieties of foods and drinks…I tend to be a bit more reserved with my indulgences. He gets me to try new things and understand I can’t be in prep mode 365 days a year. I get him to throw some veggies in his eggs once in a while!

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You have a ‘normal 9-5 job’ where you sit most of the day. How do you deal with having most of your day in the corporate world?
Well, funny you ask because I’ve learned you can also bring the fitness world into a corporate environment. Bringing my meals and putting them in the office refrigerator, having a CONSTANT glass of water going on my desk, and taking frequent walks around my building helps. I also discussed the benefits of movement/standing with my boss and am now one of two users in the office demoing standing desks! It’s pretty nice and enlightening to others I work with as well.

What’s one thing you have learned about yourself from doing shows? (Good and ‘bad’)
1. I have learned healthy living is my passion. By that I mean when I competed initially, I wasn’t very healthy about it- standard too much cardio/too little food situation. Through time, trial, and research, I have found that sincere healthy living is far, far more enjoyable and beneficial long term. It has taught me that competing is a hobby but health, movement, and proper nutrition is a lifestyle and my passion.

2. I have also learned that I am my biggest critic. After competing multiple times, I no longer really care what others think of my body/physique…I care what I think! This can be good and bad- if someone doesn’t enjoy my physique, whatever! If I don’t enjoy my physique, well that’s a different story and something I’m trying to consistently work on mentally.

What advice would you give a first time competitor… That they won’t read onbodybuilding.com?
ENJOY THE DAY. So many articles, coaches, competitors, and websites focus on the necessary details of the food, the suit, hair, shoes, getting there on time, etc. very few mention to simply sit back and enjoy the day. Introduce yourself to a new person backstage, sit and watch a division you don’t know much about, step out in the sun for a few minutes and enjoy how freaking awesome your tan looks…take these moments during the hectic day to just BE.

Why did you start your blog?
I was seeking an outlet to express the thoughts I have an overabundance of! After writing a few a finding some people enjoy them, I realized I could also use it as a source of motivation and inspiration. I think it’s incredibly important for humans to feel like they can relate to others- I like sharing what we all may think, feel, doubt, or do.
I continue my blog because it’s enjoyable, I LOVE putting thoughts into words and knowing others read them. It also helps me process thoughts and learn more about myself than I ever thought possible- and yikes, there’s a heck of a lot to this little lady!:)

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Thank you Court for your time! I love your point of views and I’m excited to see what the future holds for you in this sport… and Life! 🙂

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