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Since 3rd grade I've been involved in sports. In that one year I began cheerleading, joined the jump rope team at school, and signed up for gymnastics. Being such a shy little girl, it's amazing how much I loved performing. It was over from the start!
My senior year of high school, I tried out and made the Varsity Cheerleading squad. The entire summer before school started we practiced cheers in the mornings and lifted weights in the football team's gym in the afternoons. I was very pleased with the changes and shape the lifting created with my physique and never put the weights back down.
I began college as a Recreation major and got my first job as a Gym Attendant. It was nice having a free membership and the ability to workout after hours! It was like having my own gym! I met a lot of nice people and took my lifting one step further. I began researching the best workouts for each body part and started paying a little more attention to what my body responded to best. I even liked protein shakes and tuna!
I decided to take the spring semester off from college to reassess where I wanted to go with it all. I had already declared two different majors and didn't see my future with either one. I started working full time at the Rec Center where I previously worked, only this time as a lifeguard.
Who would've thought my first day on the job would have TOTALLY changed my life. I was being trained for four hours by a guy named Andrew. During those four hours we had a "get to know you" chat and had SO much in common that when I left that evening, Andrew actually went to our boss to see if he had coached me on what to say and how to act! He hadn't! We actually just had THAT much in common... from our outlook on life and how we were raised, to our morals and values. When the opportunity arose a few months later, we began dating.
Our first date set the standard to what our relationship was going to be. We went to dinner at Applebee's and then went back to the gym to workout! We continued training together on a daily basis where I was able to grow and learn so much from Andrew. In our first few months, I was able to put on 10 lbs of muscle! I was in love!! (With both Andrew AND the muscle- haha). It was there, one of the directors nicknamed us Mr and Mrs Fitness. For me, the Mrs Fitness really seemed to stick! I also learned that he had previously competed in bodybuilding competitions. This was VERY good news! I had always seen the girls in the fitness magazines who had six packs and amazing physiques but figured, as a little girl from West Virginia, I would never be able to do something like that. He was going to prove me wrong!
At a beautiful ceremony in the church I grew up in, Andrew and I got married!! The day was definitely catered to us considering we even toasted to Myoplex Ready-to-Drink protein shakes! The day and entire experience was perfect...and I got to become Mrs Wright!
I competed in my first Fitness America competition, the Kumite Classic in Pittsburgh. This federation was looking for a softer competitor and had no mandatory moves. It was a great place to start my fitness career. I was very pleased with my performance and excited to have placed 6th among a lot of seasoned veterans! I was hooked! In '04 and '05, I had competed in a couple figure competitions, but adding a 2 minute routine confirmed my addiction to competing and performing! One month later, Andrew and I traveled to Miami to compete in the Fitness Universe competition. Again, a great experience and another stepping stone to get me prepared to step on the NPC stage, where they require a greater amount of muscle and symmetry, along with six mandatory fitness moves. It was going to be harder, but it was where I truly wanted to be!
This was it! Where I had worked so hard to get! The NPC stage! I competed at my first NPC show in my home state of West Virginia. The Upper Ohio Valley competition was promoted by Rick Bayardi who made my first experience with the NPC unforgettable! I competed and won the Fitness Tall class, as well as the Overall Fitness Award! Two weeks later I took the stage in Pittsburgh and again, won 1st place in Fitness! Although I had won at both shows, I was still no where NEAR satisfied with my physique. For each show I had done so far, I had picked them at the last minute and did a maximum of 10 weeks preparing (which includes bulking/cutting, learning a routine, shopping for suits... the whole nine yards) A lot of the girls had years of training on me and it SHOWED! Their muscle maturity was unbelievable!
I vowed not to step back on stage until I could have a physique that could compete with theirs. I took the rest of the year off from competing and gained as much as I possibly could! With this came a lot of fat, but I was okay with that because I know my body prefers to be long and lean! I wasn't going to settle for that ANYMORE!!
After topping off at 160 pounds on my tiny frame, it was time to get rid of the fat and see what was underneath! I had vowed to step up my game and that's just what I was going to do. Only this time, it was going to be on the National level stage at Junior Nationals in Chicago. I took the most time I've EVER taken to prepare for this show and boy did it make a difference! I was able to get my body fat the lowest it's ever been and still weigh in at about 135 lbs. Looking at pictures, I even impressed myself. I was also able to execute a much more difficult routine than I ever have before by doing combination strength moves and by ending my routine with my tumbling. It took a lot out of me and I was VERY pleased with my performance, however my placing did not reflect that. It was a little disappointing..however I LOVE this sport and want to congratulate those who did well!! I know I'm the low man on the totem pole and so young for this sport! I've got years and years ahead of me and don't mind paying my dues! They have NOT seen the last of me... This is only the beginning!!