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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.

Host, Celeste Rains-Turk, dives into the parts of these professionals' lives that aren't always openly discussed in the public eye or on social media (You know, the stuff we tend to wonder about the most).

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

There are a wide range of topics discussed including, but DEFINITELY NOT limited to; post show rebound, health complications, eating disorders, mental illnesses, winning mindset, dealing with losses, judges feedback, approaches to the stage, life outside of competing, money, relationships, philosophy, pursuing passions, and SO MUCH MORE!

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Confessions of a Bikini Pro Celeste Rains-Turk

    • Health & Fitness
    • 4.8 • 283 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.

Host, Celeste Rains-Turk, dives into the parts of these professionals' lives that aren't always openly discussed in the public eye or on social media (You know, the stuff we tend to wonder about the most).

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

There are a wide range of topics discussed including, but DEFINITELY NOT limited to; post show rebound, health complications, eating disorders, mental illnesses, winning mindset, dealing with losses, judges feedback, approaches to the stage, life outside of competing, money, relationships, philosophy, pursuing passions, and SO MUCH MORE!

All show notes, links, and information can be found on www.celestial.fit/podcast

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 https://www.instagram.com/celestial_fit/ too so you never miss an episode!

    LIZZY CUNNINGHAM; In a Funk, Keep Your Faith, Transition to IFBB, Identity Outside of Bodybuilding

    LIZZY CUNNINGHAM; In a Funk, Keep Your Faith, Transition to IFBB, Identity Outside of Bodybuilding

    Today I speak with IFBB Pro Lizzy Cunningham, a former collegiate track athlete who felt lost after graduating college. This feeling lead her to finding bodybuilding and reigniting a fire within herself she thought she had lost after track ended. She has been bodybuilding since November of 2018 and has been with Bair Aesthetics and Progressive Performance since then. She went pro at Nationals in 2021 after being one spot away form her pro card for 3 national shows in a row.
     
    Aside from bodybuilding (which she does as a passion/hobby) she is also a full time registered nurse who loves to spend time with her family, friends, and her fur baby, Nova. 
     
    Lizzy’s story of perseverance is so inspiring. You don’t want to miss this interview!
     
    Topics covered include:
    -being a former Collegiate track athlete
    -missing her pro card by 1 spot three times
    -staying a natural athlete
    -working as a travel nurse
    -feelings post Pro card win
    -struggling with imposter syndrome
    -possible plans for her Pro debut
    -finding bodybuilding after track
     
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    TIME STAMPS
    1:00 introduction
    5:30 long journey to pro
    12:25 how things changed after winning her Pro card
    27:35 getting back to feeling like herself
    29:33 finding bodybuilding after collegiate track
    35:00 taking time to build
    40:55 dealing with imposter syndrome and enjoying the NPC
    45:50 staying a natural athlete and priorities outside of bodybuilding
    51:45 balancing all aspects of life and hopes for the future
    57:30 advice for competitors
     
     
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    • 1 hr 4 min
    BRITTANY GILLESPIE; Life Break to Pro Card, Body Image Relief, Nurse Life, Living with 1 Kidney

    BRITTANY GILLESPIE; Life Break to Pro Card, Body Image Relief, Nurse Life, Living with 1 Kidney

    Today I speak with IFBB Pro Brittany Gillespie, a NICU nurse with a bachelors in healthcare studies and bachelors in nursing. She started competing in 2018 was the 2021 NPC Nationals Overall Winner where she earned her Pro Card. As a newer competitor, she still feels like she is finding her groove on stage. She talks about dealing with other people’s expectations in the process of getting her Pro Card and how she has approached her season since then. Brittany tells us how she handled traveling between shows and the emotions she felt with that.
     
    As a NICU nurse, Brittany works overtime and night shift most of prep, she she really had to have her routine down to a science. She talks about the struggles she has working in a hospital and the food that people bring in to share. 
     
    Brittany shares so much about her daily life and how she handles everything. You don’t want to miss this interview!
     
    Topics covered include:
    -work and prep balance as a nurse
    -having an in-person coach
    -traveling between shows
    -using journaling to support mental health
    -struggling with body image
    -studying Spanish and being a bilingual nurse 
    -having only one kidney
     
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    TIME STAMPS
    1:00 introduction
    2:51 journey to her Pro Card and judges’ feedback
    11:05 focusing on mental health and body image
    17:40 committing to progress and shifting priorities
    21:30 working as a nurse and juggling bodybuilding
    33:34 changing approaches to preps
    36:45 only having one kidney
    39:25 working with a local coach and working towards a Pro debut
    48:03 advice for competitors
     
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    • 52 min
    ANGELES BURKE TCHIVIDJIAN; Post-Olympia Hiatus, Am I Ready to Prep, Transparency, Positives of Structure

    ANGELES BURKE TCHIVIDJIAN; Post-Olympia Hiatus, Am I Ready to Prep, Transparency, Positives of Structure

    Today I speak with IFBB Pro Angeles Burke, lifestyle and wellness consultant and VIP competitive coach and transformation coach for Bombshell Fitness. Angeles started competing in 2011 and earned her Pro status in 2013. She has competed in over 25 shows! In 2021, she returned to the stage for the first time since 2016! She talks about how the standards have changed in the bikini division since she first started competing and how she planned to bring a better package than she did in 2016. Angeles shares the red flags she noticed that told her it was time to take a break from the stage. Even though she wasn’t competing, she staying in the sport as a coach.
     
    Angeles shares her insight into adapting from season to season and how her mentality has changed when it comes to making choices around food. As a coach, Angeles talks about the importance of open communication between coach and client.
     
    Angeles truly lives the bodybuilding lifestyle. She shares valuable information as a long term competitor and coach. You don’t want to miss this interview!
     
     
    Topics covered include:
    -Mental health
    -relationship with body
    -relationship with food
    -motivation Post show
    -changes in the bikini division
    -competing in the 2015 Olympia
    -habits to support goals
    -setting the example for her step-children
    -building a support system
     
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    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/angelestchividjian/
     
    TIME STAMPS
    1:00 introduction
    2:35 returning to the stage after a long hiatus
    7:40 knowing when to take a break
    11:50 changes in how she views her body and daily habits
    22:24 post-show expectations
    27:30 how her Why has changed over time and lessons learned through bodybuilding
    36:20 competing for the wrong reasons
    45:58 approach as a coach with Bombshell
    52:34 advice for competitors
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    • 59 min
    STEPHANIE HING; Filling Out for Stage, Lifestyle 180, Health is #1, Collection of Memories

    STEPHANIE HING; Filling Out for Stage, Lifestyle 180, Health is #1, Collection of Memories

    Today I speak with Australian IFBB Pro Stephanie Hing. She recently spent 7 years living and working in Los Angeles, but is now back at home in Sydney, Australia. She competed in 2 regional and 3 National shows before getting her pro card in 2020. She works full time as a Senior Product designer. Stephanie talks about the mental barriers she experienced during her first and only national season when she had to put on 4 pounds after previously coming in too lean.
     
    After earning her pro card, she realized that she did not have a proper cycle after coming off birth control. After countless doctors visits, tests and money spent on all kinds of supplements, she was diagnosed with Hypothalamic Amenorrhea. It took her a year and a half to get her cycle back. 
     
    Stephanie shares her journey through this and what it has taught her about herself! You don’t want to miss this interview!
     
    Topics covered include:
    -struggles with Hypothalamic Amenorrhea
    -confidence on stage
    -dealing with prep goggles
    -deciding to stop oral birth control and fixing her hormones
    -returning to Australia during COVID
    -changing mindset to regain health
    -when to embrace the “all or nothing” mindset
    -being comfortable with asking questions 
    -a reason behind the actions
     
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    TIME STAMPS
    1:00 introduction
    7:50 reversing into National shows and supporting stage confidence
    18:08 understanding judges’ feedback and needing to come in fuller
    22:05 returning to Australia and dealing with travel restrictions
    32:30 trying to get her cycle back and dealing with Hypothalamic Amenorrhea
    47:45 a future approach to bodybuilding
    58:30 goals for the future
    63:50 meeting her husband
    70:45 lessons learned through bodybuilding 
    74:34 questions to ask your coach or potential coach
    88:00 advice for competitors
     
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    • 1 hr 39 min
    LYNSIE HICE; Feel the Rumble, Ambition Motivation, Prep Pains, Maintain Composure

    LYNSIE HICE; Feel the Rumble, Ambition Motivation, Prep Pains, Maintain Composure

    Today I speak with IFBB Pro Lynsie Hice who turned Pro in July 2021 after competing in 7 Regional shows and 3 National shows. She lives in Fayetteville, Arkansas and is a currently the lead expeditor for all NPC Oklahoma bodybuilding shows. Alongside her partner, she coaches other women and men to reach their goals of stepping on the bodybuilding stage. She is full time fitness professional and her specialty is in posing and presentation. Lynsie talks about her struggles with scoliosis and how back pain has affected her training. Even though it’s been difficult, she refuses to quit! We talk about tips to deal with anxiety and how to build confidence for the stage. 
     
    Lynsie has such a great perspective as a coach and competitor. She goes into detail about building confidence in posing and how to craft am effective routine. You don’t want to miss this interview!
     
    Topics covered include:
    -preparing for Pro debut
    -opening a gym
    -Oklahoma bodybuilding
    -dealing with scoliosis
    -struggles with anxiety
    -goals outside of the stage
    -be willing to work
    -what to expect for prep and when to walk away
    -working as a posing coach
    -working as an expeditor
    -acting like a Pro before becoming a Pro
     
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    CONNECT WITH LYNSIE:
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/lynsielove/
    Coaching IG: https://www.instagram.com/fitted.fhysiques/
    Website: https://FittedFhysiques.com/
     
    TIME STAMPS
    1:00 introduction
    5:00 establishing confidence for the stage
    10:30 living the lifestyle
    16:30 will to work and will to win
    21:00 difficulties during prep
    35:26 experiences with prep and second guessing
    43:55 posing routines and coaching
    50:00 let the judges’ do the judging
    62:40 win before you go to the show
    66:03 working towards current goals and healing her back
    79:50 visualizing her pro debut
    89:40 advice for competitors 
     
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    • 1 hr 35 min
    THE OLYMPIA EXPERIENCE YOU CAN'T MISS; Adam Bonilla and Celeste Discuss Plans to Give Back for the 2023 Olympia

    THE OLYMPIA EXPERIENCE YOU CAN'T MISS; Adam Bonilla and Celeste Discuss Plans to Give Back for the 2023 Olympia

    Today I speak with Adam Bonilla of Team Elite Physique. Today we are talking about a VERY special event! We are hosting an event at the Contest Prep Center during the Olympia! We discuss the week-long calendar of events planned at the Contest Prep Center for the Olympia and the Build More than Just a Body event! Adam talks about how he has tried to make the Contest Prep Center an open and welcoming space for competitors from any team. He wasn’t to create a space where competitors and teams can come together and learn about the sport of bodybuilding. 
     
    The Build More than Just a Body event and all the other events at the Contest Prep Center for the Olympia are really to give back to the bodybuilding community. If you’ll be at the Olympia, you do not want to miss them!
     
    Topics covered include:
    -Olympia returning to Vegas
    -special events at the CPC for the Olympia
    -creating a welcoming environment
    -opening the door for others
    -what to expect form Build More than Just a Body events
    -the mental side of bodybuilding
     
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    Website: https://teamelitephysique.com
    Text Hotline: 303-536-3766 text “EVENT”
    Event: www.buildmorethanjustabody.com
     
    TIME STAMPS
    1:00 introduction
    7:30 events at the CPC surrounding the Olympia
    11:40 the Why behind the Contest Prep Center
    22:02 schedule of events and giving back
    28:00 the mental aspect of bodybuilding and planning for success
    37:02 accepting success
    46:15 how to follow the events
     
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    • 58 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
283 Ratings

283 Ratings

Laurie-Delaware ,

Truly inspiring!

I am completely hooked on Celeste’s podcast. The knowledge that comes with every episode along with her genuine heart and overall love for this sport speaks volumes. Her guests are amazing athletes/coaches and each episode is a plethora of information. Celeste also helps with food relationship and I have been lucky enough to be coached by her. She’s as real as it gets. Give this a listen, you’ll love it!

Willa-K ,

Amazing!

This is such an amazing podcast about all things bikini! I always learn so much! Thank you!!

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