Hello my Beautiful Ladies …i am super excited for you to read this article where Summer Trenkle will share her Fitness Journey to NATIONALLY QUALIFIED FITNESS BIKINI COMPETITOR at 19 years old.
Every stage of life we enter brings its own challenges. Some may be harder to overcome than others. Some challenges are meant to push us to our threshold to show us that we are capable of more than we limit our mind to believe. But through every challenge I believe there is a lesson we learn that grows, shapes, and molds us into the person we are meant to be far more than we ever could have imagined. Along with challenges we tend to adopt fear. Whether that be the fear of unknowns, fear of change, fear of failure or anything else. Fear is something everyone feels at some point in their life. Going into my freshman year of college at a University, there were so many unknowns that lead me to create fear. I feared that I would easily fall away from my core values or stray away from the healthy lifestyle I was living. Going to college the only thing familiar to me was the gym.
🖤 The gym was always an outlet for me, a place where I let go of all my fears and pushed my limits.
Every single time I step into the gym I get this incredible feeling, like I am POWERFUL and UNSTOPPABLE. The gym is where I can fully step into the person I see myself being.
After the first couple of weeks at college I decided I wanted to take on the challenge of competing as Fitness Bikini competitor, as if
- moving out of my home
- just breaking off a toxic relationship
- working two jobs
- being a full time college student
WASN’T CHALLENGING ENOUTH! I’ve made a decision to compete as FITNESS BIKINI COMPETITOR. I did not have a lot of money. So I chose to hire a coach who gave me a great deal, I thought this could be a great opportunity since we both were new to competing. I started prepping as fitness bikini competitor in October hoping to be ready for a show in December. My coach coached me for 10 weeks of my prep, then about 5 weeks into prep I decided that a show in December was too soon and I decided to set a new show day for January 26 at the LA Fitexpo. Competing was something I knew absolutely nothing about and neither did my coach at the time. I had to google information, watch Youtube videos and message other competitors to get my questions answered. Everything that I was doing in prep: eating, workouts, posing, were all found on the internet. I knew this was not good.
During this period in time, a local coach whom had reached out to me a year before, reached out once again. I made a very risky decision by switched coaches to the local coach 4 weeks out from my show. I switched to him because he was very knowledgeable about the sport and had a lot of experience coaching competitors.
In just 4 short week my physique made drastic changes. I increased my calories and started practicing posing with my new coach and my presence made crazy changes.
I fell in love with this sport, having the ability to challenge myself mentally, physically and emotionally every single day, testing my capabilities and pushing my limits really allowed me to come in tune with my strengths.
Knowing I put in months of work for my physique and saying that feels like an understatement. I earned my fitness bikini competitor spot on that stage, hours of cardio, meal prepping, mental pep talks, and the hundreds of sacrifices I went through to get there was all starting to pay off.
Show day finally came. I was not as nervous as I thought I would be. It was more realizing that I made it here. I made it to the stage and knowing that I did that was all I could truly ask for. I was so happy with the hard work I put in and I knew I gave every last drop of me into this prep. First call outs happened, I stood top three in both of my classes: teen and open. I was not even expecting to get top three. When final call outs came, the judges called 5th, then 4th, then 3rd then second and then they called my name for first place in both of my classes. I was not even expecting one trophy and I walked away with two trophies and a National qualification!!!! Shoking, the tears started to flow uncontrollably. I did this. That was all I could say.
Being a college freshman is never easy.
Try prepping as fitness bikini competitor through your first quarter ever as a freshman in college and you will begin to understand the difficulties and challenges I faced ever single day, and the sacrifices I made to stay perfect in prep.
I was so proud of myself. I proved not only to myself but to everyone who doubted me that you can freaking do it. So if you have the passion and fire inside of you, do NOT let anyone take that away from you, that fire and passion was put inside of you for a reason. Not everyone is blessed with having such soul fire to want to do something. Whatever it is you are telling yourself you cannot do, flip that right now. YOU CAN DO IT. You are so much more capable than you allow yourself to believe. Take that step into the unknown. Take risks. Test your limits. I promise you, you will find another part of you that you did not even know existed. Dream big.
Yes, I am just a nineteen year old girl. I am not where I want to be yet but you bet I am dreaming big. National’s is just around the quarter and I am sitting 9 weeks out. I am not going to lie to you, this prep has been a rollercoaster, but this whole process; how hard I have worked and how everything happened so that I could qualify for National’s is unreal. I am still pushing my limits as fitness bikini competitor every single day and in less than 9 weeks I will be stepping on the National stage in Pittsburgh, competing against girls 2-3 years older than me. I am not going to let age define anything. Going to show myself I can compete at the next level.
My journey has only just begun but the change I have gone through and the person I have become, no one can take that away from me. I am so thankful I found this sport and I am so excited to see where this road takes me. As for now, ROAD TO NATIONAL’S is in route, ride with me!
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