As I've stated on various message boards and on my own sites, the world of Bikini competition continues to expand into new markets -- like wild fire! After only a couple of years, the new division continues to draw out more mainstream support, meanwhile solidifying it's place amongst other physique sports in the gym.
But there's more to Bikini than meets the eye. The training, for example, is not that far off from Figure (or in some cases bodybuilding). Most of the competitors do in fact train with weights, undergo intense rounds of cardio, and eat five to six meals per day (usually high in protein and moderate in fats and carbs). There is an emphasis on supplements, tanning, massage, and posing. The more people take the time to study Bikini, the more parallels they will draw between it and the more established divisions like bodybuilding, figure, and fitness.
Today, I'd like to introduce the world to a very special Bikini competitor that's placed Top 3 at the NPC Excalibur and won her class at the NPC San Diego. Carolina Granados is one of the more familiar names being discussed for a possible pro card this year. In fact, she's currently prepping for the USA's, and seems poised at taking both her physique and her career, to the next level! Make sure to read the very special greeting Carolina wrote up for us (expect a full interview sometime later in the year).
"My name is Carolina Granados, I am originally from Costa Rica and I grew up in California. I now reside in Las Vegas, NV. I have been a personal trainer for over 10 years, and I decided to start competing in 2010 in order to get exposure and expand my personal training business. I met my coach Denise Dinger at my gym Anytime Fitness, and joined her competition training team Dees Divas (www.deesdivas.com).
From there I fell in love with the sport, Denise has taught me everything I know about competing and pushed me harder than I ever thought I could train. I learned a lot about myself, and the amount of discipline that it takes in order to achieve the physique that is needed to participate in a competition. It became more of a mental challenge than a physical one, and I found that I really enjoy pushing myself to my limits both physically and mentally.
My training consists of a lot of cardio, and conditioning exercises. I do a variety of workouts and change it up daily, from running to stairmill to plyometrics and more. My diet is very clean and consists of a lot of lean proteins and vegetables. With the guidance of my coach Denise, I adjust it weekly based on how many fats, carbs, and proteins I need in preparation for a show.
I have competed in 5 regional shows and am currently preparing for my first National competition, USA’s on July 29-30th. I have gained a lot of exposure in doing these competitions and through them I’ve received a few sponsorship opportunities which have helped me immensely along the way. My business website(www.carolinapersonaltrainer.com) and all of my marketing materials are sponsored by www.sitesmartmarketing.com. Also, my newest sponsor PowerMaxx Nutrition (www.powermaxxnutrition.com) is a new company that I am excited to be a part of and is a great and convenient website where I get all of my vitamins and supplements from.
I hope to continue to compete in National shows from here on out until I get my Pro Card, and from there see where this ride will take me!"