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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 • 302 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!

Make sure to rate, review, and subscribe so you never miss an episode!

    MANUELITA ACUNA; God's Glory, Columbia to America, Injured Athlete to IFBB Pro

    MANUELITA ACUNA; God's Glory, Columbia to America, Injured Athlete to IFBB Pro

    Today I speak with IFBB Bikini Pro Manuelita Acuña, a 20-year-old from Colombia, who has lived in the USA for 2.5 years. A former member of the Columbian National Trampoline team, she retired after winning the 2019 National championships and sustaining an injury. Who her mom came to visit her in March of 2022, she realized she wasn’t in a good spot mentally or physically, so she decided to make a change and began working out again. She began her bodybuilding journey in March of 2023 when she began coaching with Daniela Benitez.
     
    She won the overall at her first show and then won her Pro card in December 2023 at Nationals, only her second show ever!
     
    TOPICS COVERED
    -health, discipline, passion, hard work, 
    -inspired to dream 
    -put in the work & trust in God
    -trusting your coach
    -being patient
    -being an elite trampoline gymnast
    -growing her relationship with God
     
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    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/manuacuna_ifbbpro/
     
    TIME STAMPS
    1:00 introduction
    5:10 winning Pro at her second show
    15:17 having a team you trust
    19:30 being an elite level trampoline gymnast
    23:35 finding bodybuilding
    27:55 going from injured athlete to Pro 
    35:48 moving to another country
    42:12 fear of judgement 
    50:34 trusting in God& giving him glory
    56:00 life outside of bodybuilding
    60:33 missing family
    67:10 feedback after Pro card win
    69:30 plans for the future
    72:00 advice for competitors 
     
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    • 1 hr 18 min
    JORDAN & DREW BRANNON; Everyone is a “Coach”, Trends of the Divisions, Honesty in Coaching, Balancing Marriage & Coaching

    JORDAN & DREW BRANNON; Everyone is a “Coach”, Trends of the Divisions, Honesty in Coaching, Balancing Marriage & Coaching

    Today I speak with Jordan and Drew Brannon. Jordan was born & raised in Tampa, Florida. She has her Bachelors Degree in Exercise Science from the University of South Florida, where she also met her husband, Drew Brannon. Drew is from Miami, Florida. Like Jordan, he also has his Exercise Science degree from USF.  After college, Jordan & Drew opened their own gym, Pinellas Ultimate Strength House. Five years later, they just moved their gym to a brand new space featuring top of the line equipment, a posing room and a member lounge. 
     
    Both Jordan & Drew are online coaches for Fit Body Fusion & travel frequently to support their athletes at shows. When not working, they enjoy spending time with their golden retrievers, Oliver and Penelope, cooking and a good glass of red wine! 
     
    TOPICS COVERED
    -finding a REAL coach and what that actually means
    -safety and efficiency in coaching
    -patience and realistic progression
    -the WHY behind everything
    -spending time at shows
    -shaping a bikini physique
    -the roll of genetics
    -coaching for Fit Body Fusion
     
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    CONNECT WITH JORDAN & DREW:
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jayybrannon_ifbbpro/
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/drewbrannon08/
    Website: www.pinellasultimate.com
    Website: www.fitbodyfusion.com
     
    TIME STAMPS
    1:00 introduction
    5:56 addressing trends in the industry
    9:30 coaching and training philosophies
    13:38 what makes a good coach
    17:32 changing trends at the national level
    20:56 difference between a good athlete and a champion
    23:44 the toll of coaching
    35:05 prioritizing client health
    38:40 politics in coaching
    42:30 coaching for Fit Body Fusion
    45:25 common misconceptions 
    47:59 hypothetical questions
    60:00 rapid fire questions
     
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    • 1 hr 4 min
    CASEY MARSHALL; Bikini as an Overall Package, Power of Mindset, Putting Health First, Coaching Camaraderie

    CASEY MARSHALL; Bikini as an Overall Package, Power of Mindset, Putting Health First, Coaching Camaraderie

    Today I speak with IFBB Pro Casey Marshall,  a coach of NPC/IFBB athletes and lifestyle clients for 13. She specializing in the overall package - presentation, glam, suit, sportsmanship and overall creating healthy happy athletes. Her team, Team Boss Bodies, has turned over 50 women pro and have had athletes win pro shows in masters and open. She is also the author of the book The Bikini Bible.
     
    While treating each client as an individual, she also accounts for their mental health and discipline. Casey helps her clients navigate their normal life by making sure they are successful as a whole, not just on stage, keeping in mind their careers, life, and relationships.
     
    TOPICS COVERED
    -balance versus extremes 
    -setting realistic expectations and timelines 
    -bodybuilding as a subjective sport
    -maintaining a positive image of yourself while trying to improve 
    -optimizing the improvement season
    -paying attention to stage glam
    -outgrowing a coach
    -setting boundaries as a coach
    -falling into comparison 
    -financial aspect of competing
    -sponsorships & affiliate links
    -loving your body on and off stage 
     
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    CONNECT WITH CASEY:
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/caseymfit/
    Website: www.teambossbodies.com
     
    TIME STAMPS
    1:00 introduction
    3:01 what makes a good coach
    4:10 good athlete versus champion
    12:13 maintaining health in all seasons
    14:45 different approaches with different clients
    21:30 taking personal lessons into coaching
    24:05 having long-term athletes
    33:25 the toll of coaching
    38:20 managing mistakes
    45:10 politics in bodybuilding 
    50:35 common misconceptions
    53:20 hypothetical questions
    1:14:00 rapid fire questions
    1:19:26 genetics for bodybuilding 
     
     
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    • 1 hr 35 min
    DAVID DEMESQUITA; Functional Health, Balancing Hormones, Trusting your Coach, Truths about PEDs

    DAVID DEMESQUITA; Functional Health, Balancing Hormones, Trusting your Coach, Truths about PEDs

    Today I speak with David DeMesquita, a functional health coach on a mission to “make lives better”. For the past 8 years, he has helped people from a wide range of backgrounds to not just optimize internal systems, but ALSO achieve their best physiques ever. He has worked with some of the top Olympians in the IFBB and continues to help athletes of all ages and experiences. David has over 10 years of his own competitive bodybuilding experience, being coached directly by some of the best in the industry including the late Matt Porter and John Meadows, and Austin Stout. His love for the sport continues, as he continues sharing content on his YouTube channel with show predictions and division analysis.
     
    Outside of fitness, David is a nerd, and enjoys playing various PC video games and watching anime. He enjoys weekend house projects and playing with his Bengal cats, Luke and Leia. He and his wife Caroline reside in Atlanta, Georgia. 
     
    TOPICS COVERED
    -functional health & cortisol management
    -balancing hormones & menstrual cycles
    -longevity in bodybuilding
    -recovering health naturally
    -taking unnecessary risks
    -truths about PEDs & SARMs
    -stimulate use & cortisol levels
    -capitalizing on opportunity
     
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    CONNECT WITH DAVID:
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dynamite_d/
    david@demesquitanutrition.com
    YouTube Channel: @DavidDeMesquita 
    tik tok: David DeMesquita
     
    TIME STAMPS
    1:00 introduction
    8:20 optimizing bodybuilding prep
    15:15 recovering from disordered eating
     26:47 rushing to the result
    35:40 usage of PEDs in female athletes
    42:02 SARMs and side effects
    46:45 longevity in the industry
    56:16 primo entering the bikini community
    1:03:30 measuring side effects of PEDs
    1:05:45 managing cortisol 
    1:15:20 rapid fire questions
    1:28:03 overuse of stimulants
    1:34:31 the toll of coaching
    1:46:50 common misconceptions
    1:52:18 politics in bodybuilding
    2:01:45 good athlete versus champion athlete
    2:10:45 gut health and performance
    2:29:20 being ready for stage
    2:54:00 fertility
     
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    • 3 hr 3 min
    LEXIE MAITLAND; Building Community, The Optimal Prep, When to Work with a Coach, Handling Post-Show

    LEXIE MAITLAND; Building Community, The Optimal Prep, When to Work with a Coach, Handling Post-Show

    Today I speak with Lexie Maitland, a NASM certified CPT with a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Physiology from the University of Tampa. Before online coaching, she was an in person personal trainer and has been a coach for Team ProPhysique since 2019. She competed for the first time in 2017 (out of a dorm room) and then took a few years away before coming back to the stage. As a coach, Lexie puts her clients’ health first, both physical and mental. She has built a close knit community with her clients and credits that to their success!
     
    TOPICS COVERED
    -Mentoring under Paul Revelia
    -Building a community within her team of clients
    -In person events and seminars
    -prep does NOT have to ruin one's mental and physical health
    -prep optimally
    -educating clients & encouraging questions
    -coaching glam & presentation
    -prioritizing mental health
    -planning for post-show
     
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    CONNECT WITH LEXIE:
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/lexiemait/
    Coaching application: https://www.projotforms.com/direct/lexe
    Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCcJ8M9Qt7haA5fjZVd21SWA 
     
    TIME STAMPS
    1:00 introduction
    6:30 picking the best show for your client
    8:34 coaching philosophy
    15:15 getting to the psyche of a client
    19:42 what makes a good coach
    23:25 building a community
    27:40 in-person events
    30:03 politics in bodybuilding
    33:50 difference between a good athlete and a champion
    36:36 common misconceptions 
    44:30 an optimal prep 
    48:20 handling a rebound
    55:08 prioritizing health
    57:36 the toll of coaching
    1:03:45 working with Lexie
    1:11 :25 overlooked components for bikini athletes
    1:13:50 rapid fire questions
     
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    • 1 hr 24 min
    SEAN IRWIN; Hard work vs. talent, Embrace the Process, Rooting in Reality, Focus on Longevity, Being a leader

    SEAN IRWIN; Hard work vs. talent, Embrace the Process, Rooting in Reality, Focus on Longevity, Being a leader

    Today I speak with Sean Irwin, a Bodybuilding Contest Preparation Coach, Lifestyle Coach, and Personal Trainer. He is also an experienced Bodybuilding Athlete associated with some of the top competitors and brands in the sport. At an early age Sean developed his passion for competitive preparation through various individualized sports that demanded peak levels of physical performance. He is constantly seeking out innovative and scientific approaches to maximizing client health as well as physical and mental output. Although he possesses specialty certifications in Performance Enhancement, he enjoys catering to a large array of fitness and lifestyle goals. Sean loves motivating, inspiring, and pushing people to achieve drastic results. Whether his client is striving for weight loss, a high caliber athlete, or a hard-charging professional; he can create and implement effective programs to launch them to success.
     
    TOPICS COVERED
    -maturing as an athlete
    -process over outcome
    -taking ego out of the process
    -handling all types of stress
    -finding the middle ground
    -pushing boundaries & taking risks
    -Does a coach need a pro card?
    -prioritizing training
    -handling your reverse
    -trusting your coach
     
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    CONNECT WITH SEAN:
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/seanirwin_/
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sagacoaching/
    Website: https://sagacoaching.com/
     
    TIME STAMPS
    1:00 introduction
    4:25 coaching philosophy
    8:30 good versus champion athlete
    14:05 mindset based in ego
    23:35 addressing extremes
    36:55 demands of coaching
    47:02 what makes a good coach 
    54:10 politics in bodybuilding 
    1:04:05 Why to hire Sean
    1:13:01 training aspects overlooked for bikini
    1:19:10 working with clients in reverse
    1:24:55 dealing with self-doubt
    1:28:46 rapid fire questions
     
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    • 1 hr 47 min

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AMAZING!!

I’ve been listening to Celeste since starting to compete in 2017/2018. This podcast is loaded with so much good information, tips and varying perspectives that truly shaped my bodybuilding journey. It was an absolute pleasure and honour as a current bikini pro to be on this podcast as a guest!

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