Each interview has a certain viewpoint, a certain set of questions that are to be answered. But often, I come away with learning more than I set out to discover.
Amanda Betron is not only super sweet and easy to talk to, she makes you feel you’re an instant friend. She is passionate about the sport of Figure competitions and knowledgeable about what it takes to be a champion. She is tough, dedicated, and a competitor whom realizes that even in defeat, a measure of victory reigns.
The big takeaway in speaking with her is realizing that she has no pretensions, no ulterior motives and nothing but kindness to give to everyone. She is tough in the gym, but one of the nicest people you will ever encounter in this sport, on or off the stage.
Here in Part One she discusses her background, her motivations, her goals, and how she plans to attain them. She also explains what it takes to get from the local level of competition to the National ranks; some tips on cardio and diet; and the importance of using video as a way to monitor your progress through the years.
In her own words, Amanda Betron. She can be contacted at 517-256-6889 or firstname.lastname@example.org where she offers training at the Rochester Gym in Michigan.
Kristin and her mother Sandy, co-own and operate Sassy Spraytanning as well as Suits by Sassy. They serve competitors for the finishing touches that are so crucial before an event. Kristin explains the importance of having the right color for the stage, as well as the differences each division demands for both depth of color and skin tone.
Kristin can be reached at 586-481-5994 for appointments. Be sure to schedule well enough in advance of your event so you can get the correct treatment. She will help you through the process and explains it more fully in this video. Enjoy!
In this Michele Roscoe Interview Part 2, Michele explains what the judges are looking for in the, as yet, undefined category of Male Physique. She tells how important it is to be poised, show confidence, and to sustain that presentation the whole time on stage, whether from the center in comparisons, or off to the wings as you walt to be called center stage. Michele reinforces how important it is to be conditioned in Posing Practice to be able to stand for long periods of time without fidgeting and changing stances due to the discomfort of not being able to hold your poses.
The interview continues to point out that charisma and confidence cannot be taught, they have to come out naturally to make a contagious attraction so you will be the center of the judges attention with a magnetic pull that keeps drawing them back to you.
Michele also points out Men’s Bodybuilding and where the sport started, to where it has progressed. She gives great insights from the perspective of a competitor, judge and trainer. Michele Roscoe can be reached at The Flint Barbell Club 810-875-5288 for training and coaching.
Michele Roscoe is an NPC sanctioned judge, a certified trainer and a National level competitor. She first studied at the prestigious Dr. Kenneth Cooper Institute in Dallas, Texas while stationed as an enlisted Air Force member. She continues to speak, write, teach, train and offer her varied expertise at the Flint Barbell Club (810-875-5288), where she coaches athletes and non-athletes in all aspects of nutrition, wellness, strength training and contest preparation.
Here, she gives her background as a competitor and conveys her lifelong passion for the sport of bodybuildng; as well as promoting an approach to sustaining a healthy lifestyle through proper diet and exercise.
She further explains the differences between the classes of competitive physique, bikini, figure and the newly formed women’s physique division.
She tells what she looks for as a judge of NPC competitive events, from Men’s Bodybuilding and Physique, to all aspects of the women’s divisions as both a judge and competitor. This interview had to be split into two parts to contain all her information. Enjoy.
Michele can be reached for training and wellness consultations at the Flint Barbell Club, 810-875-5288.
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Kristin Nouhan makes competitive suits for bikini, figure, fitness and women physique athletes, along with her mother, Sandy Barber. They started “Suits by Sassy” to serve the market of competitive physique shows. Their full line of suits cover some of the top bodies in the sport. As well as custom designed suits, they also carry off the rack styles.
They began designing and making suits after competing together for years as NPC Figure athletes. When the Bikini division came along, Kristin felt her body type was better suited for that division, while her mother continued to compete in figure. They still both compete in their respective divisions.
They formed “Suits by Sassy” to design high quality custom suits, made with eye-catching fabrics in styles that stand out on stage, while meeting the guidelines of competition. They began creating durable, beautiful bikinis to custom specifications and never looked back.
Here, Kristin tells a little bit of how they started, their background, and her personal involvement with the sport as a competitive physique athlete. They can be reached at: 586-481-5994 or www.suitsbysassy.com
Chloe Sannito is going to be a competitor to watch in the NPC Figure Division. She won her first show, took overall, and went on to take 2nd place in the Chicago Iron Man against a very competitive field. This, and the fact that she is only 17 years old and a high school senior; but more than that, she battled childhood obesity, then turned the tables on being called “the fat kid” to now being the “fit kid.”
This girl inspired me as soon as she stepped on stage. She was an easy winner in this small group, but she still gave the audience her best shots, every one of them; and was a definite crowd pleaser.
Leg development in any physique sport is the determinant of the best conditioning, the hardest worker, the one paying attention to the details. Chloe Sannito had the best legs I’d seen all summer in any women’s division of Michigan Bodybuilding Competitions. When she turned around to show back, hamstrings and calves, the audience let out a simultaneous, “wow.”
She looked young, but who would have guessed 17? By the end of prejudging everyone knew who had the most outstanding physique of all the women at the 2013 Midwest Muscle Challenge; by the end of the night, the buzz about Chloe Sannito, “the teen figure girl,” was, “who is this girl was and where she came from? “
Standing around to congratulate her later, I stood next to other admiring fans; the one closest to me happened to be her mother, who was beaming. She proceeded to tell me the remarkable transformation of this young girl from an 185 pound freshman from Crown Point, Indiana, to this high school senior at 110 pounds, winning the NPC Figure Competition; blowing everyone away in this, her first show.
Listen to this inspiring interview with Chloe as she tells of her ordeals, training, diet and thoughts on competition in the figure division of the NPC.
Stacey Kay Morgan shows and tells how important posing practice is for the Bikini Physique competitor in NPC contests. Stacey is the 2012 Michigan Championships Bikini winner and has since competed in National events. Listen to her explain how posing should be as much a part of the competitor’s training as the training itself. Enjoy!
Tonight are the Oscars, the Academy Awards. Everyone who’s ever watched them has practiced their imaginary acceptance speech. Everyone who longs for stardom, success, recognition, dreams of receiving the “trophy,” the reward at the end of the journey, have sat there with smiles or tears or emotions to match the “winners”.
What journey are you on?
What reward do you long for?
If you’re in a competitive physique sport, is it the first place trophy?
Or is it truly the “journey” and the reward of a fantastic body transformation and optimum health that’s enough gratification for the work enlisted?
What is your acceptance speech?
Who do you want to thank?
Who helped you and supported you and believed in you along the way?
Who is that trophy truly for?
What is that trophy truly for?
As you sit and watch the Oscars tonight, think through these questions and apply them to your quest, your job, your trials, your journey.
Think of what you’re seeking and whom you desire to be there by your side every step of the way, to the end; spouse, Mom, Dad, sisters, brothers, friends, God.
Now silently, say thank you to all of those who stand by your side right now, at this stage in your journey; wherever you may be, at the start, near the end, or still looking for the Path. Say, “thank you.”
This is IFBB Professional Figure Competitor Rebecca Book stating how she learned first by watching DREAM VIDEO DVD’s to see how competitions were done, and won. She is a winner and has come a long way to make it to the top competitive level in the toughest division of Physique sports, the Pro Figure Division. See what she has to say and then go to DREAM VIDEO to purchase past events and learn from your peers and mutual competitors. The show she debuted with some of the top Figure Pros in the sport was the 2013 Powerhouse Pro Am Ifbb PRO WOMEN.
Bodybuilding, figure, fitness, bikini models and physique competitors are always quick to question the judges on their placement in an NPC show. The second, third, fourth, last place person will stand in line 20 minutes after a show to talk to a judge about how they placed and why they placed where they did; but they’ll rarely SEE for themselves how they looked up there, how the audience and judges saw their presentation and performance in real time They’ll have an image in their head of their practiced poses, the words from coaches, the feedback from mirrors and adoring friends; but they’ll fail to SEE what everyone else SAW by not looking at the tale of the tape, the videotape. As they say, “the camera does not lie,” and as they say, sound and vision add depth to the final picture.
Why do every high school, college and professional sports team have a designated DAY to watch game tapes? Why do you, as a physique athlete, not take one hour to review what you worked on for 3 months, to a year or more to achieve?
You can look at all your shaky, blurry photos from friends and family from off to the sides or from afar, to try to figure out how you looked. You can see a two-dimensional print of your best, and only your best, postures and expressions that so elegantly showcase and often hide the flaws of an image your mind’s eye holds dear. But the video shows every turn, every angle, every second of every pose in callouts and in the wings. The presentation round is you vs. them, and the camera witnesses it from their eyes. This is your only chance to see EXACTLY what they saw.
Video is a learning tool. Speakers use it. Actors use it. Athletes use it. Entertainers use it. If you really put everything into your day on stage, if you really used every source and tool and input for this most crucial few minutes, how come your arms or legs or butt make you look contorted and uncomfortable? How come you don’t know when you’ve HIT a pose, when to smile, which way to transition? Because you haven’t SEEN what you looked like. You haven’t LOOKED at your performance. You’ve taken the word, or the snapshot that froze time but didn’t tell you you clomped when you walked, or hunched when you stood, or stuck out your arms or neck or shoulders and ruined that beautiful line of muscle you worked so hard to create.
There is no sport more visual than physique and bodybuilding competitions. And until you see how you looked, you will never know how to improve. Until you SEE, you will never KNOW. Because pictures only capture your best moment, while videotape captures the day.
See how winners do it HERE. To see how you did, order the video HERE.