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The Secret Life of a Bikini Competitor Podcast is a weekly show featuring unfiltered conversations with female bodybuilders. Speaking to both pros and amateurs from all different federations and categories, your host Robyn Challands goes behind the layers of tan and sparkly bikinis to find out what it’s really like to be a bikini competitor. No topic is off limits!

The Secret Life of a Bikini Competitor Robyn Challands

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The Secret Life of a Bikini Competitor Podcast is a weekly show featuring unfiltered conversations with female bodybuilders. Speaking to both pros and amateurs from all different federations and categories, your host Robyn Challands goes behind the layers of tan and sparkly bikinis to find out what it’s really like to be a bikini competitor. No topic is off limits!

    PREP FILES EP 8: My show was cancelled! Now what?!

    PREP FILES EP 8: My show was cancelled! Now what?!

    Hello friends -  I am back with the next instalment of PREP FILES where I take you with me on my prep journey… no longer to the WBFF stage!!
    That’s right! My show show has been CANCELLED due to COVID. So, now what? What’s the plan?!
    In this episode I reveal what my plan is now and more importantly WHY! As always I also answer all your fantastic questions at the end.
    Some of the things I cover off in this episode:
    What my plan B (C/D/E….) is!What I’m most proud of in my reaction to the show being cancelledWHY I’m choosing to push on, despite uncertaintyGetting my AZ vaccine!Another date attemptMy body love/confidence right nowRealising my ‘why’ has evolvedCurrent stats: weeks out, weight, training, wins, lessons, challenges etc.Listener Q:&:
    What were you doing when you found out the news?Biggest lesson from whole pre/show cancellation?Would you have started your prep if you know this would be the outcome?What’s the plans from here for you? Goals for 2021?What would you do if you could never compete again?And PLENTY more weird and wonderful things as usual.
    I mention an interview I recently did with Anjuli Mack which you can listen to here as well as Apple etc.
    You can subscribe so you never miss an episode and if you love the show feel free to leave a 5* review and/or share to your Instagram stories and tag me so I can see!
    And don't forget SLBC MERCH is STILL AVAILABLE! But not a lot left so if you've been thinking about grabbing a shirt now is the time! Head to https://thesecretlifeofabikinicompetitor.bigcartel.com/ to get yours now!
    You can find me and the show on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/secretlifeofabikinicompetitor/ and https://instagram.com/robynzimmy  
    Love you,
    R x
    #SLBC #prepfiles

    • 54 min
    PREP FILES EP 7: Lockdown (again!), plan B? Weight plateaus, food cravings, honouring my emotions & listener Q&A!

    PREP FILES EP 7: Lockdown (again!), plan B? Weight plateaus, food cravings, honouring my emotions & listener Q&A!

    Hello friends -  I am back with the next instalment of PREP FILES where I take you with me on my journey to the WBFF stage in October. Currently 11 weeks out!
    Well, well, well. Back in lockdown again. Round 6. Getting pretty good at this lockdown business now. Not going to lie, this has been the hardest one to deal with mentally/emotionally so far. Really kicked me in the guts - but ever resilient (read: stubborn) I am still on track on kicking goals!
    As always I cover all things prep related and I answer all your fantastic questions at the end.
    Some of the things I cover off in this episode:
    Advice for first time competitor who is most nervous about being on stageWhat Cold World song you blasting for squats? (Most important question ever)Best low calorie sauces?Why WBFF over NPC?How do you stay motivated in lockdown // get through the adversity in prep?Do you have any off/plan/fun meals during prep?Biggest cravings?What are you most proud of yourself for so far this prep?How are you finding posing?And PLENTY more weird and wonderful things as usual.
    You can subscribe so you never miss an episode and if you love the show feel free to leave a 5* review and/or share to your Instagram stories and tag me so I can see!

    And don't forget SLBC MERCH is STILL AVAILABLE! But not a lot left so if you've been thinking about grabbing a shirt now is the time! Head to https://thesecretlifeofabikinicompetitor.bigcartel.com/ to get yours now!
    You can find me and the show on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/secretlifeofabikinicompetitor/ and https://instagram.com/robynzimmy  
    Love you,
    R x
    #SLBC #prepfiles

    • 1 hr 2 min
    PREP FILES EP 6: ‘what do emotions have to do with it’ - when prep gets you good!

    PREP FILES EP 6: ‘what do emotions have to do with it’ - when prep gets you good!

    Hello friends -  I am back with the next instalment of PREP FILES where I take you with me on my journey to the WBFF stage in October. 
    Oh my days, 13 weeks you guys!! How exciting! This was the first week I truly felt like I was in prep - it got me good! But I truly loved the challenge and feel like if I can get through that I can get through anything! As well as all things prep related I answered all your fantastic questions at the end.
    Some of the things I cover off in this episode:
    Hardest week so farLockdown life‘What do emotions have to do with it’Plan B/C/D for if shows get cancelled/pushed back and my mindset around thatImportance of rest and recoveryFull update on my stats, condition, weight/cm loss, challenges, goalsListener Q&A! Including:Dealing with emotions during that time of the month in prep Do you get hungry on prep, if so, what are some tricks you used (mindset or otherwise)?Do you feel lockdown will give you a disadvantage over other athletes on show day?Weird cravingsWill your show be live streamed?How to choose the evening wear dress for WBFF?Do you think eating protein bars, powders and things with artificial sweeteners effect your physique? Do you ever feel lonely in prep, especially in lockdown?What’s your key to self motivation?How to find a coachHow not to compare yourself to othersAnd PLENTY more weird and wonderful things as usual.
    I mentioned two blog posts I wrote in this episode which you can see below for more info:
    Show day check listMotivation vs. disciplineDon’t forget to subscribe so you never miss an episode and if you love the show feel free to leave a 5* review and/or share to your Instagram stories and tag me so I can see!
    You can find me and the show on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/secretlifeofabikinicompetitor/ and https://instagram.com/robynzimmy  
    Love you,
    R x
    #SLBC #prepfiles

    • 1 hr 8 min
    PREP FILES EP 5: diet breaks, dates, social FOMO, posing and listener Q&A!

    PREP FILES EP 5: diet breaks, dates, social FOMO, posing and listener Q&A!

    Hello friends -  I am back with the next instalment of PREP FILES where I take you with me on my journey to the WBFF stage in October. 
    We are still trucking away and now 16 weeks out!! Cant quite believe how time is flying. This week I run you through how I am managing my first ever structured prep diet break, an update on everything else prep related and of course all your questions!!
    Some of the things I cover off in this episode:
    Diet break low downGoing on a date (lol)Missing my friends and social FOMOThe effects of other states going into lockdown and shows being postponed on my mindsetFull update on my stats, condition, weight/cm loss, challenges, goalsListener Q&A! Including:Competing and fear of prep triggering old eating disorderTop 5 comp things you do daily Biggest challenge going through right nowHow many weeks out do you start to “cut”?Would you suggest practicing your peak week during prep before the show?What’s your fave thing about being on stage?Biggest bikini athletes regardless of federationHow do you manage social relationships in prep/do you feel like you have to isolate?Go to affirmation when things are feeling extra toughWhat inspires you through the tough days when you’re hungry and don’t want to train?And PLENTY more weird and wonderful things as usual.
    Don’t forget to subscribe so you never miss an episode and if you love the show feel free to leave a 5* review and/or share to your Instagram stories and tag me so I can see!
    You can find me and the show on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/secretlifeofabikinicompetitor/ and https://instagram.com/robynzimmy  
    Love you,
    R x
    #SLBC #prepfiles

    • 1 hr
    #56 Daniella Murphy WBFF Fitness: Childhood trauma and building a survivor mentality, manifesting your dreams, post-show binging, posing struggles

    #56 Daniella Murphy WBFF Fitness: Childhood trauma and building a survivor mentality, manifesting your dreams, post-show binging, posing struggles

    This week’s episode is with the unreadily inspirational Daniella Murphy, who is a WBFF Fitness (soon to be IFBB!) competitor and personal trainer from Wollongong.
    Dani has been through a lot in her life and her story is one of survival and determination.  I am eternally grateful to Dani for sharing it with me (and you!) - it was incredibly inspiring to listen to and I will be surprised if anyone doesn’t feel inspired to go out and conquer their goals after this.
    TW: This episode touches on themes of domestic violence, sexual abuse and suicide so if you’re not in a place to listen to this now, please save it for another time 💕
    In this episode, Dani and I cover:⁠
    Prepping throughout COVID in 2020 and finally hitting the stage for the first time in 2021 Journaling and manifesting her way to a top 10 placing!Dani’s post show binging experience and concerns over developing disordered eating patternsWhat she’s doing differently the second time aroundPosing struggles!Childhood trauma and building a survivor mentality - Dani’s incredible journeyFinding bodybuilding as part of the healing and growth journeyFalling in love with discipline and structureIf you want to heal… you need to dealDoing everything with intention Feeling seen in other people’s journeysAdvice for first time competitorsAnd SOOO much more!⁠
    If you want to follow Dani’s journey and find out more about her personal training services you can do so at https://www.instagram.com/fitness_with_dani/ 
    If you love the episode don’t forget to share to your stories and tag us both in so we can see and share too!⁠
    ⁠Until next time…⁠
    ⁠Love you!⁠
    R x
    #SLBC

    • 1 hr 13 min
    #55 Holly Ouwehand NZIFBB Wellness: Finding a category for your body shape, prepping as a flight attendant, time management tips

    #55 Holly Ouwehand NZIFBB Wellness: Finding a category for your body shape, prepping as a flight attendant, time management tips

    This week’s episode was with the lovely Holly Ouwehand who is an NZIFBB Wellness competitor.
    I’ve been meaning to catch up with Holly for a while now and it was awesome to get a little insight into her journey and super competitive mindset!
    In this episode, Holly and I cover:⁠
    Holly’s prep 8 weeks out from her first Wellness compHow she manages prepping while being a flight attendantDoing photoshoots in prepMoving from bikini to wellness which suits her body betterDeciding to prep for WBFF with one week’s notice after her first comp with IFBB!COVID getting in the way of 2020 competing plans How Holly got into bodybuilding her background as a competitive swimming and netballerPutting on 30kg when on a student exchange to the USWhen we ‘noticed’ we’d gained weightWhy Holly loves competingHolly’s time management tipsAnd SOOO much more!⁠
    If you want to follow Holly's journey you can do so at https://www.instagram.com/hollyshaus/ 
    If you love the episode don’t forget to share to your stories and tag us both in so we can see and share too!⁠
    Until next time…⁠
    Love you!⁠
    R x
    #SLBC

    • 53 min

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