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Body Transformation: Calculated Competitor

When volleyball exited Amber's life, she needed to fill the void. She had options with her education and personal training experience, but competitions were her calling!
Name: Amber Robinson
Email: arobinson@kravegym.com
BodySpace: akobus

Amber Robinson Amber Robinson
AGE 24
HEIGHT
5'5"
WEIGHT
141 lbs
BODY FAT
19%
AGE 24
HEIGHT
5'5"
WEIGHT
129 lbs
BODY FAT
11.5%

Why I Decided To Transform

After my volleyball career and during my master's exercise science program at the University of South Dakota, I came across Bodybuilding.com and was hooked. I wasn't concerned about making my own workouts during volleyball. After four years, it was challenging to come up with workout routines, diets, and supplementation plans. I Googled workout plans and found Bodybuilding.com, which had tons of information on nutrition, workouts, blogs, and recipes. I've been hooked on Bodybuilding.com since.

As a group fitness instructor, I always encourage my clients to set goals. It's a great feeling as a trainer to watch a client reach a goal they thought was impossible. After seeing this for years, I decided it was time to set goals for myself. Early mornings, hard workouts, and choosing chicken over pizza paid off. I saw changes in my body and the final outcome was greater than I imagined.

I never thought I'd have the courage to step on stage in a tiny bikini with insane lighting in front of hundreds of people, but I did. The knowledge I gained from Bodybuilding.com gave me confidence to compete in my first bikini show. It was an amazing, uplifting experience, and I cannot wait to do it again.

My confidence, energy level, happiness, and knowledge have improved during this challenge. I don't have to look at women in fitness magazines and wish I looked like them. Now, I look in magazines for the next step to become a fitness model and inspire others to overcome the fear of failure. I didn't let the fear of failure stop me from obtaining goals or stepping onstage and I don't plan to let it stop me. Lifting weights and exercising on a regular basis is something I will keep in my life forever.

How I Accomplished My Goals

I attended my husband's first bodybuilding show and was amazed by the confidence and swag of the bikini girls onstage. I added it to my bucket list right away. The courage and commitment of these beautiful women kept me from committing immediately. I didn't want to tell everyone that I was going to compete if I couldn't be 100 percent dedicated.

Months of debating passed. After my husband's third bodybuilding show, I decided it was time to do a show and reach my bikini goal. My husband was ecstatic about my decision to compete and decided to do the show with me so we could diet and exercise together. I cannot thank him enough. It made the process easier.

The diet was the most important measure I took to reach my goals. I never fully believed that abs are made in the kitchen, but it's right on. I saw results after three weeks of clean eating. I didn't change my workout routine, so I knew the results were coming from food choices and limiting my alcohol consumption.

Supplements That Helped Me Through The Journey

I have a hard time taking pills consistently. Having a pill organizer helps immensely.

Morning
Pre-workout
Post-workout
Evening
Diet Plan That Guided My Transformation

I eat every 2 1/2-3 hours and drink a lot of water throughout the day and with each meal.

Meal 1
Meal 2
Meal 3
Meal 4
Meal 5
Meal 6
Training Regimen That Kept Me On Track
Day 1: Morning Cardio/Afternoon Legs/Abs
Day 2: Back/Biceps
Day 3: Morning HIIT/Afternoon Chest/Triceps
Day 4: Rest
Day 5: Legs/Abs/Cardio
Day 6: Shoulders
Day 7: Rest

What Aspect Challenged Me The Most

The most challenging part is finding the energy to put myself through hard workouts. Since I lowered my carb intake, it has been a struggle to push myself. I've been attending more fitness classes to drive me through workouts. I love doing yoga on active rest days.

My Future Fitness Plans

I want to continue my fitness journey by competing in more bikini shows, receiving a pro card, and earning a spot in a fitness magazine. I love inspiring and helping others achieve goals. I want to do that through teaching group fitness classes and personal training.

Suggestions For Aspiring Transformers
  • Set obtainable goals for yourself; short term and long term.
  • If you have a bad day and cheat in the kitchen or weight room, don't get down on yourself. Be accountable for your actions and get back on track.
  • Allow yourself one cheat meal per week.
  • Surround yourself with people who believe in you and your dreams.
  • Take before and after pictures.
  • Every journey has to start somewhere. Don't let the fear of failure get in your way.
  • Embrace and love your body.
How Bodybuilding.com Helped Me Reach My Goals

Bodybuilding.com had the workout programs, supplement guides, and motivational articles to get me where I am today. I'm thankful I found it and will continue using the site for the rest of my healthy life.

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Awesome! Really motivating article. Seeing anyone make that type of transformation with dedication is always moving. Never give up! :)

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i like the way she transforms her self. i get motivated! maybe i should try this, ;) thank you for this article.

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