Righteous Muscle

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***2013 World Championships – 2nd Place Bantam-weight***

And lessons learned…

…The salty, tangy heat of the buffalo chicken calzone surrendered to an irritating buzz.  The dingy, local grub stop – complete with rusty rack of Wachusett potato chips and blue Mass lottery machine – evaporated before me.  Although blurry-eyed, my alarm clock’s laugh was undeniable.  It was 4:15AM again. I shook off the delirium and with it the taunting aroma of savory treats.  Piercing dawn’s serenity like a tetanus shot was the realization that that it was February 1staudit busy season – and 90 minutes of intense training lay between me and this morning’s Q4 operating reviews with my client’s CFO – I grinned.

Adorned with my laptop case, I heaved my college back pack already loaded with 6 precisely measured chicken breasts, steamed broccoli and Ezekiel flourless bread over my shoulder before setting out on the 38 mile trek from my home in Shrewsbury to my training facility in Waltham, MA.  Another productive session – my programming felt less taxing today.  4 weeks down and only 20 left until the World Natural Bodybuilding Federation (“WNBF”) 2013 World Championships.

…The moment had arrived.  Blinded by yellow light, the halogen stage lamps of the World Championships flushed my skin.  After 7 years of training, 24 weeks of competition preparation and immeasurable hours dreaming, nothing could have prepared me for the 2,700 second battle that had begun… 2013 WNBF World Championships - Bantam-weight Top 5

In hindsight, through competition prep – helping my siblings, being there for my significant other, family and friends, building my career, serving professional services clients, volunteering in greater Boston, participating in Isenberg Alumni events, rehabilitating nagging injuries, and training as a WNBF Pro – follow through and balance have proven to be more essential than anyone could have convinced me.

Without undying commitment, engrained routine, follow through and balance, the 2013 WNBF World Championships and my second place victory would have been impossible.  Training as a WNBF Pro and balancing life - rising before dawn and 6:00am workouts have become as much a part of me as my own personality.  Life simply provides too many amazing opportunities and responsibilities that fill the night and weekend hours.  There are certainly times when the scales must be tipped – the final two weeks leading up to the big day – but for the majority of contest prep, balance has been essential for me.  Natural bodybuilding is undoubtedly one amazing aspect that makes up the person I am today; but now - as the competition season ends and while you’re strategizing for next year – take time to embrace the other aspects of who you are.

I want to reiterate as much for myself as for my fellow competitors out there - in the end, we are people like everyone else with commitments, responsibilities, families, friends, other hobbies and careers.  We undeniably share a special union; we are bound by our passion for fitness, competition, achievement and personal growth.

It’s clear to me though, that we share another equally – if not MORE important union – we are bound by our passion for life itself! NOW GO ENJOY IT!

2013 World Championships - Side Chest

2013 World Championships - Front Lat Spread

2013 World Championships - Rear Double-biceps

2013 World Championships - Side Tricep

2013 WNBF World Championship Results:
November 9th, 2013

Natural Bodybuilding Federation (“WNBF”) Homepage

Pro Figure Short

  1. Njeri McGill 5 points OVERALL WINNER
  2. Erin Gelinas 13 points
  3. Ashley Pereira 15 points
  4. Crystal Woods 22 points
  5. Tanya Williams 24 points
  6. Jennifer Sammartino 32 points
  7. Beverly Canteen 39 points
  8. Shanaz Izer 39 points
  9. Sherrie Bindon 42 points
  10. Sara Miccini 49 points
  11. Nadine Ianiello 53 points
  12. Sarah Hover 59 points
  13. Denise Abad 65 points

Pro Figure Tall

  1. Heather Drake 5 points
  2. Emily Wirling 12 points
  3. Fiona Groves 13 points
  4. Randi Preis 21 points
  5. Courtney McDonald 24 points
  6. Nikki Robbins 29 points
  7. Kimberly Braham 37 points
  8. Anna Lisa Ghirotti 44 points
  9. Shawn Webb 45 points
  10. Nicole Carrasco 49 points
  11. Lynn Rousseau 52 points
  12. Courtney Dyers 58 points

Pro Fitbody

  1. Robyn Mays 7 points
  2. Sharon Zaubi 12 points
  3. Tracy Rabbitt 14 points
  4. Sally Allgaier 19 points
  5. Kristin Stymiest 24 points
  6. Ali Mater 32 points
  7. Kandace Pardales 34 points
  8. Regina O�Brien 39 points

Pro Women Lightweight

  1. Irhasette McClean 7 points
  2. Kristin Fonseca 8 points
  3. Janet Esterkes 17 points
  4. Nicky Fogarty 21 points
  5. Sheila Zitano 25 points
  6. Pam Benoit 28 points
  7. Michele Parsons 37 points
  8. Maurissa Micci 44 points
  9. Janelle Arigo 45 points
  10. Valerie Worell 46 points
  11. Tracy Verdegan 56 points
  12. Lisa Miller 59 points

Pro Women Heavyweight

  1. Cathy Vail 6 points OVERALL WINNER
  2. Helen Stack 10 points
  3. Melissa Scott 14 points
  4. Erin Duggan 20 points
  5. Debbie Marcy 25 points
  6. Robin Berner 37 points
  7. Michelle Andrews 37 points
  8. Leslie Crook 38 points
  9. Rebecca Litschner
  10. Krystal Morgan White

Pro Men Bantamweight

  1. Mark Oakes 6 points
  2. Andy Kalinowski 10 points

  3. Rich Lauro 16 points
  4. Luigi Del Piano 19 points
  5. Patrick Harris 29 points
  6. Ivor Brown 32 points
  7. Tony Ruffin 34 points
  8. Davide Donato 35 points
  9. Gerardo DiGennaro 47 points
  10. Dutch Bulseco 48 points
  11. Mauro Copellini 55 points

Pro Men Lightweight

  1. Brian Whitacre 5 points
  2. Levi Burge 10 points
  3. Francisco Montealegre 15 points
  4. Ulysses Fowler 22 points
  5. Matt Viemeister 23 points
  6. Matteo Cresti 31 points
  7. Ahmed Rashed 37 points
  8. Andrew Scott 37 points

Pro Men Middleweight

  1. Shevon Cunningham 5 points OVERALL WINNER
  2. Erik Alstrup 10 points
  3. Sean Young 18 points
  4. Gerry Ruck 18 points
  5. Mitch Robinson 26 points
  6. Vic Cuzzupe 27 points

Pro Men Heavyweight

  1. Abraham Tchabe 5 points
  2. Richard Godzecki 10 points
  3. Hashim Evans 15 points
  4. Tishay Johnson 20 points
  5. Robin Johnson 26 points
  6. John Heart 31 points
  7. Anthony Spencer 34 points
  8. Jon Arnold 37 points

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