NEW IFBB PRO SPOTLIGHT: CHRISTINE CECILIONE
Which show did you get your procard?
NPC USA Bodybuilding Championships in Las Vegas
How did you get into competing?
Having always been involved in some type of sport or athletic event, and I started to long for a challenge. That challenge and athletic camaraderie was missing in my adult life. In search to fill this void, bodybuilding/competing entered my life and I never looked back.
Give an overview of your fitness journey to winning your Pro Card.
I started competing a little over four yeas ago. To be honest, when I first started competing, I never thought of my ultimate goal as attaining a pro card. My focus constantly remained improving my physique. It wasn't until 2014 that I started focusing not just on my physique, but on my mind too. Once I started working on personal development coupled with my physique did I start seeing holistic changes. Often times we forget, our mind is a muscle, and that too needs to be worked.
What do you attribute to your success?
There are so many people that I've crossed paths with along this journey that helped me achieve my Pro Card. From the beginning stages with BodyVisions to my current coach Dylan Armbrust. Molding and shaping took place along those four years and I had many people supporting me along the way. The person who stuck by my side through it all, first as a friend and moved to something greater is my boyfriend Corey. I remember stepping off stage in Vegas and through the congested hallways, rushing to find Corey who was waiting with a beautiful flower bouquet and open arms. I think I saw a few tears too. ;) When someone you care about so much is proud of you...that's such a great feeling.
Also, consistency is key. I find that eating at the same time and sticking to the same workout schedule, played an important role in my development as not just a competitor, but as an athlete. Also, physically seeing my coach, Dylan, once a week had a profound impact. It served as accountability, but he was also able to tweak my diet with small changes that led to significant results.
What advice would you give someone who is contemplating competing?
Do not compromise your character. Taking control of the experience means letting go of excuses. For example, competitors will often use dieting as an excuse to be rude to others. Again, dieting is not an excuse. I do recognize that being on a diet has its own side affects such as drowsiness, irritability, fatigue, and hunger. However, living consciously, recognizing what you are feeling, and combating that side effect with sleep or a check on yourself, allows you to treat others with a tablespoon of respect rather than no respect at all.
Where can people find you?