Competition Makes You Better

I was scared out of my mind and of all the other women backstage when I competed for the first time. I had no idea what the world I was doing, when I was supposed to ‘glue in‘, nor how to pump up.

Furtive glances at the other competitors kept me in the loop as what to do next.

All the women were very, very nice but also very, very focussed. I couldn’t really ask them their opinion on my suit or when it would be appropriate for me to eat my protein bar; they had much more important things to do and think about!

I settled into a small room with about 12 other women who were busy applying fake eyelashes, curling their hair, getting dream tanned, and ‘gluing in‘. It was a strategic location because it has a bathroom attached to it.

Whenever I went to the bathroom, which was quite often, I saw a strange mixture sheer panic and utter confidence in my eyes.

After I was set up in the back room, I caught the eye of a fabulous woman in a teal suit. She has the exact same mixture of sheer panic and utter confidence in her eyes. I was immediately drawn to her and knew she was going to do fabulous.

Don’t you know it, she was competing against me in my class!

It didn’t matter, as of that moment we were in it together. After asking her what her name was 14 times (no judging – your brain is foggy on competition day) and hearing her story, I knew we were going to be in it together longer than just that day.

Meet Robyn – a woman with a heart of gold and an iron will.

Robyn and Donloree

It was all of our first comp! We all look rather freaked out under the many layers of spray tan!

Robyn kicked my butt in the competition.

Now we kick each other’s butts as we work towards the next competition and being the best women we can be.

She is currently up to her armpits in life and work, inspiring others, training to compete in Bodybuilding in the fall, and running her own fitness studio; yet she had time to do an interview with me.

What did you learn from your first competition?

My first competition was probably the most amazing and terrifying experience of my life. Being an overweight child and a ‘thick’ young adult, having that stage body was something I never thought was possible.  Being on stage in the best shape of my life was the most rewarding feeling ever! The terrifying part was post competition! I didn’t hexpect such a huge weight gain right after my competition and I didn’t expect to get the negative body obsession that came with it. Having a coach in the off season is extremely important, not to mention having a coach that know what they are doing and can explain everything in dummy terms!

You competed in Figure at your first competition and now are training to  compete in Bodybuilding. What made you change categories?

I loved Figure, and I still love it. I changed from Figure to Bodybuilding for a couple of reasons actually. First, I am a wee bit of a feminist and strongly believer that there is no such thing as a weaker sex. I believe that bodybuilding will show more of my personality and strength than Figure did. Secondly, I am not a huge fan of the 5″ lucite heels!


Beautiful, determined, and taking over the world!

How do you motivate yourself?

Once I have a goal in place, there is absolutely nothing that will get in the way of it! It also helps having two very special people in my life: Ms. Donloree Hoffman and WNBF Pro Cheryl Glattacker! Donloree is the kindest person I have ever met, and is always so eager to help others see the cup as half full. Donloree’s blogs keep me sane and reminds me daily that there are more crazies out there, besides me! Cheryl, an amazing bodybuilder, is so incredible and lives life so calm and collected. Having her as one of my closest friends has helped me learn the secret to life. Positive thinking equals positive results. Law of attraction!

What are your goals with fitness and competing?

My personal goals are to one day become a WNBF Pro Bodybuilder, and help to motivate and inspire other women into the world of Natural bodybuilding. I want to help others realize that anything is possible with motivation, dedication and discipline, and that anyone can live a great life. It is not just for the upper class!

How do you find time to train and still have a life?

Training is my life! I am 22 years old, a correctional peace officer, and owner/personal trainer of Sculpt Fitness in Medicine Hat. When I am not working out, working at the Remand Center, or with clients, I am sleeping. I eat,sleep,talk, and dream about health and fitness. There is nothing else I would rather do!

When I do have spare time, I enjoy baking. I am a huge recipe guru. I love creating delicious food that competitors can eat! I am currently working on the manuscript for a “clean cheating” cookbook for us Fitness enthusiasts. Keep your eye out for that in the new year!

Robyn Vegetables

I vote for this picture to be the cover of the recipe book!

What advice would you give to a first time competitor?

Find a coach that you can trust, and knows what they are talking about. Always ask what your cardio will look like while training, as well as what your peak week will look like. If you are starting out with hours of cardio a day, imagine what you are going to be doing leading up to the show! Also, if your peak week involves dehydration…that coach has no idea what they are doing – WALK AWAY FAST!!

What is your favorite quote?

“Because it is a lifestyle change, not a quick fix”.
How true is that! All the hard work we do to get the body we have is not a quick fix if we want to be able to keep it, it is a lifestyle change. This is how all competitors should look at their off and on seasons – its a lifestyle!!

Robyn is going to clean up in October. If you are in the area, come watch her compete! I will either be on stage in a red bedazzled bikini or in the back gluing suits. There is absolutely no way I am going to miss watching my competition clean up!

I hope your competition is half as fabulous as mine!

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  1. Either my Google Reader is messing up, or I always manage to open your blog seconds/minutes after you post 🙂 Figure competitor ESP??

  2. Tiffany Miller says

    oh look, two of my fav competitors in one post! Robyn, is there a different between cutting water and dehydration?

    Loved this interview, can wait to see Robyn hit the BB stage!

  3. Robyn Homans says

    In my opinion, water dehydration and cutting water is the same thing. Cutting water was the stupidest thing I did, and it is a huge mind screwer! There is no need to water deplete!

  4. I’m with you, Donloree. That photo would be awesome on the cover of the cookbook. Please let us all know when the book’s available. I for one would like a copy!

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