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The Confessions of a Bikini Pro Podcast is the only place where IFBB bikini pros share their struggles, strategies, stories, insights, and advice in a real, raw, and vulnerable setting.

​The goal of this podcast is to educate, inspire, and remind other competitors, athletes, or the every day gym goer that even the most elite professionals face hardships, health problems, mental obstacles, and other adversities.

All show notes, time stamps, links, and information can be found on this page, just search the athlete you want to listen to in the alphabetized categories section or keep scrolling.

​Make sure to subscribe, rate, and review this podcast if you love it as much as we do so we can continue spreading the message to people worldwide! And be sure to follow @celestial_fit on instagram too for behind the scenes, sneak peeks, and more! Tag her and the guests in your posts and stories loving on the podcasts too!

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Confessions of a Bikini Pro Celeste Rains-Turk

    • Health & Fitness
    • 4.8 • 305 Ratings

The Confessions of a Bikini Pro Podcast is the only place where IFBB bikini pros share their struggles, strategies, stories, insights, and advice in a real, raw, and vulnerable setting.

​The goal of this podcast is to educate, inspire, and remind other competitors, athletes, or the every day gym goer that even the most elite professionals face hardships, health problems, mental obstacles, and other adversities.

All show notes, time stamps, links, and information can be found on this page, just search the athlete you want to listen to in the alphabetized categories section or keep scrolling.

​Make sure to subscribe, rate, and review this podcast if you love it as much as we do so we can continue spreading the message to people worldwide! And be sure to follow @celestial_fit on instagram too for behind the scenes, sneak peeks, and more! Tag her and the guests in your posts and stories loving on the podcasts too!

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    CHRISTINA SANGGOR; Self-Love, Beautiful in Every Season, Break from Prep

    CHRISTINA SANGGOR; Self-Love, Beautiful in Every Season, Break from Prep

    Today I speak with IFBB Bikini Pro Christina Sanggor, a 27 years old who was born & raised in Houston, Texas. She started working out at age 19 while in college for her education degree. She decided to go back to pursue her passion of exercise science and will be graduating this spring. Christina works as a personal trainer and is a caretaker for her mother and grandmother. 
     
    She first competed in wellness in 2022, but switched to bikini in 2023. She switched coaches in August and went on to take overall in both novice and open bikini divisions at Battle of Texas in December. One week later, she took first in her class and earned her Pro card at NPC Nationals. Outside of the gym, she is a foodie and loves attending EDM music festivals.
     
    TOPICS COVERED
    -Mental aspect of bodybuilding
    -personal growth over the years
    -self awareness
    -past coaching protocol compared to current 
    -future goals or aspirations  
    -other hobbies such as raving
    -practicing self-love
    -patience with building muscle
    -raves and EDM festivals
    -goals to start her own company
    -willingness to change
     
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    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/xtinastar_ifbbpro/
     
    TIME STAMPS
    1:00 introduction
    5:09 starting in wellness
    13:25 finding fitness in college
    16:38 switching coaches
    20:30 being a foodie and a competitor
    25:30 changing your mindset
    33:00 loving your body in all seasons
    46:05 feedback and long improvement season
    52:35 keys to success as an amateur
    54:02 experience earned her Pro card
    59:25 enjoying raves and EDM festival
    66:10 growth in her relationship
    69:25 going back to school
    73:40 willingness to change plans
    77:40 being a caretaker
    82:50 advice for competitors
     
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    • 1 hr 30 min
    TIANNA PISTONE; Posing Considerations, What is the Best Approach, Make the Decision, Lots of laughs, Should you Crossover Divisions?

    TIANNA PISTONE; Posing Considerations, What is the Best Approach, Make the Decision, Lots of laughs, Should you Crossover Divisions?

    Today I speak with IFBB Bikini Pro Tianna Pistone, who started bodybuilding at age 16 years and did her first show at 17 years old. She earned her Pro card USA’s in 2023 when she was just 22. As a young teenager, she struggled with underrating, always wanting to be the thinnest girl. She was inspired to start bodybuilding by her father, a former bodybuilder.
     
    Outside of competing, I graduated college with a bachelors of science, majoring in homeland security, and is now in the Austin PD academy. She plans on making her Pro debut in 2025 or 2026. Tianna also offers posing coaching. 
     
    TOPICS COVERED
    -eating disorder recovery 
    -finding bodybuilding 
    -DIY show day
    -taking time away from the stage
    -life outside of bodybuilding 
    -benefits of intuitive eating
    -setting your mind to your goals
    -muscle maturity and time to build
    -division crossover
     
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    Website: http://www.celestial.fit
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    CONNECT WITH TIANNA:
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tirae_fit/
    Posing: https://www.instagram.com/tiraeflows/
     
    TIME STAMPS
    1:00 introduction
    6:27 how posing practice transforms you
    17:25 taking a long improvement season
    24:55 goals outside of bodybuilding
    28:34 transitioning to different styles of eating
    36:49 bodybuilding saved her life
    44:41 shifting her mindset
    49:00 feeling a responsibly on social media
    52:15 her dad’s experience bodybuilding
    60:00 wanting to be a police officer
    62:25 discipline to follow your dreams
    67:02 deciding to study homeland security
    70:00 life is too short to say no 
    82:49 Feedback from USAs
     
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    • 1 hr 37 min
    JANINE HERRERA; Thief of your Future, Master’s Category Labeling, God’s Purpose for You in Adversity

    JANINE HERRERA; Thief of your Future, Master’s Category Labeling, God’s Purpose for You in Adversity

    Today I speak with IFBB Bikini Pro Janine Herrera, a single mother to 3 amazing girls aged 10, 8, and 4. She is also an AGACNP-BC with a focus and passion for functional medicine. She has spent the better part of her life serving others, but was in need of purpose unique and personal to her, and she has found that in bodybuilding.  In addition to being a high school sprinter and cross-country athlete, Janine also danced ballet for 21 years.
     
    She started  bodybuilding in March 2021, and competed in 2 shows before earning 2 IFBB pro cards at the 2021 North Americans. She most recently earned second place at the 2023 Masters Olympia Bikini! Along with Jodie Unger and Ashlyn Little, she is a co-founder of Team Alpha Aesthetics.
     
    TOPICS COVERED
    -being a Masters athlete
    -staying healthy and balanced
    -empowering mothers
    -competing at Masters Olympia
    -serving others
    -focusing on the future
    -leaning on her faith
    -coaching relationships
    -in it to win it
     
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    CONNECT WITH JANINE:
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ja9fit/
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/teamalphaaesthetics/
     
    TIME STAMPS
    1:00 introduction
    8:53 Masters success & Masters Olympia
    13:15 having a passion to pursue
    17:15 managing her time as a single mom
    22:20 staying focused and not stressing
    28:30 asking for help
    33:17 overcoming obstacles
    37:22 focusing on being present
    43:50 working with clients with ICU nurse experience
    49:18 coaching philosophies
    55:48 habits for success
    60:00 building community with women
    65:33 you’re never too old
    70:14 should you hide your age?
    76:55 being fuller and tighter
    79:10 bikini competitors are athletes
    84:30 future masters Olympia
    91:20 advice for competitors
     
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    • 1 hr 39 min
    SAMMY JO; No More People Pleasing, Motherly Roles & Family Building, Taboo Talks, Suit Designing

    SAMMY JO; No More People Pleasing, Motherly Roles & Family Building, Taboo Talks, Suit Designing

    Today I speak with IFBB Bikini Pro Sammy Jo, an online health and fitness coach & posing coach. She started competing in 2022 and earned her Pro card one year later in 2023 at NPC Universe. She has a degree in business administration and quit my 9-5 in sales job back in 2022 to pursue competing and coaching. She is also a suit stylist with Toxic Angelz Bikinis and co-host of Bikini Things Podcast.  
     
    TOPICS COVERED
    -struggles post show
    -food obsession during prep
    -the reward through the process
    -personal growth through competing
    -leaving a friend group
    -working towards goals
    -understanding your feedback
    -following your intuition
    -talking about taboo topics
    -being your own boss
     
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    CONNECT WITH SAMMY:
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/itssammyjo_/
    Website: itssammyjo.com
    Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/@SjXoXo
     
    TIME STAMPS
    1:00 introduction
    3:40 what she wish she knew before competing
    9:15 competing for longevity
    17:02 dancers, competing, and body image
    20:08 views of competing  
    29:14 moving and changing your life
    33:00 becoming a step-mom
    40:40 competing and building a family
    44:07 goals for the Olympia
    51:30 the cost of competing
    55:18 leaving her 9-5 job
    60:00 being demonetizing YouTube
    72:45 building confidence
    77:40 managing her work flow
    85:00 acknowledging your accomplishments
    87:33 suit design with Toxic Angelz
    99:40 advice for competitors
     
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    • 1 hr 45 min
    CARRIE HENNESSY; Leaving an Abusive Marriage and Finding Love, Parental Guilt, Your Best Process, Competing as a Single Mother, Empowerment in Routine

    CARRIE HENNESSY; Leaving an Abusive Marriage and Finding Love, Parental Guilt, Your Best Process, Competing as a Single Mother, Empowerment in Routine

    Today I speak with IFBB Bikini Pro Carrie Hennessy, a wife and girl mom to a 18 months old and 13 year old plus a dog mom. She loves true crime podcasts, being outdoors and anything adventurous. She loves connection, laughing and advocating for women. One of her favorite quotes is “ If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.” She entered the bodybuilding world after leaving an abusive marriage and finding the courage to choose herself. Fitness took her from feeling powerless and defeated to empowered and strong. She is a Coach at Fitbliss Fitness.
     
    Her first NPC show was in March 2015, and later that year, competed at North Americans.  She earned her Pro card at USA’s in 2018 after placing 1st. She last competed in 2021 and is returning to the Pro stage this year!
     
    TOPICS COVERED
    -leaving an abusive marriage
    -choosing a partner
    -learning from mistakes
    -friendships in bodybuilding
    -adapting your routine
    -taking a break from stage
    -embracing the lifestyle
    -competing for the right reasons
    -setting boundaries
    -starting a family
     
    CONNECT WITH CELESTE:
    Website: http://www.celestial.fit
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/celestial_fit/
    All Links: http://www.celestial.fit/links.html
    CONNECT WITH Carrie:
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/carrielawlerhennessy/
     
    TIME STAMPS
    1:00 introduction
    5:25 leaving an abusive marriage
    10:01 finding love
    16:23 learning to trust yourself
    21:18 changing views of herself
    24:34 finding bodybuilding and coaching
    28:03 finding empowerment
    31:01 competing & motherhood
    39:30 changes made to go Pro
    44:52 living the lifestyle
    52:00 controlling the narrative around your body
    1:06:13 maintaining life while in prep
    1:12:10 pregnancy and postpartum
    1:17:20 prep changes after having a baby
    1:20:00 decoding to grow her family
    1:26:24 navigating client comparison
    1:33:50 advice for competitors
     
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    • 1 hr 37 min
    JESSICA DEXTER; Letting Go of Perfection, Self-Coaching Tips, Committing to Each Season

    JESSICA DEXTER; Letting Go of Perfection, Self-Coaching Tips, Committing to Each Season

    Today I speak with IFBB Bikini Pro Jessica Dexter, an online lifestyle/ bikini competition prep coach, who also offers posing coaching. She has been competing for four years and earned her Pro card at 2021 North Americans after coaching her self. Her bodybuilding journey has been her saving grace and she wants to encourage other women to have the strength to take care of themselves mentally and physically despite life's obstacles!
     
    TOPICS COVERED
    -mental health
    -maintaining healthy relationships/dating as a competitor
    -client/coach relationships
    -being self-coached 
    -learning from your mistakes
    -committing to improvement season
    -meeting clients where they’re at
    -confidence on stage
    -posing year round
    -it takes a village
     
    CONNECT WITH CELESTE:
    Website: http://www.celestial.fit
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/celestial_fit/
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    CONNECT WITH JESSICA:
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jess_ifbbpro/
     
    TIME STAMPS
    1:00 introduction
    3:48 lessons learned through bodybuilding
    8:19 placing second at a pro show
    11:40 committed to improvement season
    17:01 life before bodybuilding
    21:20 advice for prepping yourself
    26:20 collaborating with her coach
    30:40 non-negotiables for coaching yourself
    33:14 developing posing routines
    39:35 goals for competing
    43:20 going through a divorce
    46:34 dating as a bodybuilder 
    49:30 it takes a village
    55:24 advice for competitors
     
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    • 1 hr 5 min

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