Fitness

IFBB Pittsburgh Pro, Klash Championships and Wasatch Warrior Results

IFBB Pittsburgh Pro, Klash Championships and Wasatch Warrior Results…In case you aren’t subscribed on YouTube and haven’t seen my latest uploads, I’ve got not one, not two, but THREE contest recaps for ya’ this month! Normally I’d post here about each one separately, but this has been a particularly busy month for me and figured one post with all three was better than none! So here you go! It’s been an exciting month for bikini, figure and wellness, and we have a few more qualified athletes heading straight to the Olympia. There are even more contests scheduled for May, so I will be back with more videos–just be sure to subscribe on YouTube in case I don’t get a chance to share them here right away…

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2021 IFBB Pro League Australia Pro Bikini Show & 2021 IFBB Pro Spring Contest Schedule

2021 IFBB Pro League Australia Pro Bikini Show & 2021 IFBB Pro Spring Contest Schedule…The IFBB Pro League contest season has officially begun! We just had the 2021 Australia Pro Bikini Show, the first competition of the year, and it was fabulous! It’s so good to see these amazing and beautiful athletes back on the stage…

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Female Olympian Physique Updates

Female Olympian Physique Updates…A few weeks ago I did a video showcasing physique updates from the top three 2020 Olympians in each division, and this week I thought it was time to look at physique updates from the 4th, 5th and 6th place winners. It’s really fun to hear the feedback from the judges regarding the placings, and it is even more fun watching the athletes train and adjust their physiques to comply with that feedback. The offseason is really a spectacular time of change and it’s awesome when the ladies take us along with them (but also totally reasonable for them to keep it private, too; to each his own!)…

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How to Become an IFBB Pro in 2021

How to Become an IFBB Pro in 2021…I thought it was time to examine the rules of how to go from an amateur in the NPC and NPC Worldwide to getting a Pro Card with the IFBB Pro League in 2021. There are different rules governing different contests, and different rules governing different countries, so the take-away of my examination is to read the rules very (VERY!) carefully–and get clarification from the promoters or your local league branch if things aren’t quite clear. The typical first step after registering with the NPC is to compete in a national qualifier and hopefully place top 5. For the NPC Worldwide, the typical first step is to compete in a regional show, though there are some changes to the rules due to the craziness of the pandemic…

Baby

DIY Winter Maternity Photoshoot

DIY Winter Maternity Photoshoot…We recently did our pandemic friendly, outdoor winter maternity photoshoot, and it was a resounding success! This isn’t our first DIY photoshoot; my husband and I have now done four of these together, and I think we get better every time. Normally we try to plan the photoshoot around a babymoon or trip so that the location is somewhere special, but because of the situation the world is in right now, we had to come up with an idea that was close to home, socially distant, and safe to bring the kids with us…

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IFBB Pro Bikini Judging Criteria

IFBB Pro Bikini Judging Criteria…Since Janet Layug won the 2020 Olympia Ms. Bikini, I’ve seen quite a lot of commentary that the bikini division judging criteria has changed, especially with the introduction of Wellness at the 2021 Olympia. Luckily for all of us, IFBB Pro Judge Tyler Manion recently set the record straight on Instagram, telling us exactly what the judges are looking for. I had a few opinions of my own to share, along with a breakdown of the rules as posted on the NPC website…

Baby

Shared Baby and Toddler Nautical Room

Shared Baby and Toddler Nautical Room…The shared nursery for the newborn and toddler is ready, we are all so excited! I’m 37 weeks pregnant now, so it is really nice having this done, even if the new baby will be in a basinet in our bedroom for the next few months. I have always loved nautical themed nurseries and adore navy blue with turquoise, so it was a perfect fit. And that giant giraffe has been a fixture in all of the baby nurseries, so now he is a sailor giraffe…

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Fourth Pregnancy Bump Comparison, Part 3

Fourth Pregnancy Bump Comparison Part 3…My fourth pregnancy is almost over, I can hardly believe it! One of the most fun things for me is comparing how my bump looks in each pregnancy, and I have to say, I still can’t tell if I’m “high” or “low” or just somewhere in between. However, I definitely think this is my biggest bump–and biggest baby?–yet…

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Olympia 2021 Qualification Rules and Physique Updates

Olympia 2021 Qualification Rules and Physique Updates…The IFBB Pro League just released the rules for qualifying for the 2021 Olympia in Bikini, Wellness, Fitness, Figure, Women’s Physique, and Women’s Bodybuilding and I could not be more excited! It’s great to have confirmation of exactly how the points will be distributed, especially for the new Wellness division. We still don’t know when or where the Olympia will be and when the qualification period will end, but that’s ok since it’s the currently off season for our favourite athletes anyway…

Life

Nightmare Before Christmas 5th Birthday Party for Baby J

Nightmare Before Christmas 5th Birthday Party for Baby J…As you probably can tell, we are a Halloween family. Christmas and Thanksgiving and Easter and all the rest of the holidays are certainly fun, but there’s just something really wonderful about the spookiness of Halloween. It’s not about a big meal, large family gatherings that go on for weeks, or mountains of presents; it’s just making one day extra special, a bit thrilling, and totally memorable. In our house, it’s the Halloween family portrait that gets hung on the wall! So, when my little baby girl watched Nightmare Before Christmas this year and declared it was the theme for her 5th birthday party, I was delighted…