Courtney Wise – Transformation contest

Courtney Wise – Transformation contest

Courtney Wise - Transformation Contest presented by NW Fitness Magazine / Williams Productions

Courtney Wise – Transformation Contest presented by NW Fitness Magazine / Williams Productions

Courtney Wise - Transformation Contest presented by NW Fitness Magazine / Williams Productions

Courtney Wise – Transformation Contest presented by NW Fitness Magazine / Williams Productions

Courtney Wise - Transformation Contest presented by NW Fitness Magazine / Williams Productions

Courtney Wise – Transformation Contest presented by NW Fitness Magazine / Williams Productions

Courtney Wise - Transformation Contest presented by NW Fitness Magazine / Williams Productions

Courtney Wise – Transformation Contest presented by NW Fitness Magazine / Williams Productions

My story is all about me. I didn’t have anyone tell me I needed to loose weight. I didn’t have anyone name call or put me down. I had positive people in my life who always supported me.

My story comes from me being unhappy. Me always complaining about my weight. Me always dreading clothes shopping because I didn’t like the way I looked. My self confidence was down. I had a hard time doing physical activities that I loved, or knew I couldn’t try some.

I woke up one day and wondered, “Why am I complaining? Why haven’t I started? What is keeping me from obtaining what I want?”

Then answer was simple, it was me. I was depressed. I was overweight. I threw myself a pity party every other day. The only thing keeping me from obtaining what I wanted was myself. I only had myself to blame.

That was all it took. It took me starting action. I began simple, with adjusting my diet (though I knew nothing about it) and cardio. Some gym classes-  an unexperienced newbie in the gym who was terrified to even use the machines, because I was afraid to look “untrained” like I didn’t know what I was doing.

Every pound that shed, and every new person I met with a passion for fitness, put a little spark into my motivation. I picked the brains of those who let me. I graduated to “upstairs” where the weight lifting section resided. I moved to the free weight section TERRIFIED. I hired a personal trainer and learned so much more. I was HOOKED. It was now my passion. My stress relief. My fun.

What I learned was it is a community. A community of people who have similar goals and are your cheerleader. They will help guide you, stand by your side, sing your praises, and pick you back up when you fall.

I have fallen, I have picked myself up. I have educated myself. I have grown. I have lost wight. I have gained it. I have gained muscle. I have lost it. I have found my happy place. I am confident. I am happy. I am proud.

I went from 189 pounds – size 16/18 jeans, to a size 2. It wasn’t a fad diet, it wasn’t a gimmick, it wasn’t a weight loss pill. It was ME. I choose to put in the hours, log my food and educate myself. I love inspiring those like me. I love the path I have chosen. PROUD AND HAPPY.

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Clarence Watkins – Transformation contest

Clarence Watkins – Transformation contest

Four years ago I weighed over 325LBS and I was very unhappy and seen no light for my future. I had no friends so the only way I seen to comfort myself was through food. I ate and ate until my heart was content or till I was happy. By the time I was 22 I had reached 325LBs I decided that it was time to change and start living a better, healthier life. I started on my 22nd birthday with my weight loss journey. First by cutting out all bad food then started going to the track everyday and run. Before I knew it I started running more longer than I did the last time and the weight started melting off. For 2 1/2 years I did this. I then started working at the YMCA in my town and I meet a group of guys that were physique and bodybuilding competitors and they suggested I started lifting with them. At first I was like “I don’t want to get big again”. They told me that I wouldn’t so I agreed and started lifting with the in October of 2013. They proceeded to suggest that I should compete before I could even think I went off of impulse and registered for NPC Vancouver that following April. I can’t lie, it was one of the best decisions I had made in my life. The people, the lifestyle is truly amazing and I never thought that I would be among these type of people. I absolutely love it.

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Inspirational Story, Chritina Mangan

Inspirational Story, Chritina Mangan

Christina Mangan, Inspirational Story - NW Fitness Magazine

Christina Mangan, Inspirational Story – NW Fitness Magazine

Every single person in this world is destined for their own greatness, some it comes easier than others some harder, but every single one has their own struggles and hardships trying to stop their own personal greatness. Mine, well it has been a bumpy road from a younger age but I always seemed to rise above, but as of the last 5+ years those struggles became harder and I am now at the point I am trying to rise again.
My name is Christina, and I am 27 years young! When you look at me you see normality but little do you know I am nowhere near normal, titanium is more like it. After getting accepted into College on a Track scholarship and was studying Athletic Training and exercise science! Things were looking up! I got a great opportunity where I traveled with cheer and dance camps during the summer and was their first aider! I was almost done with my first summer doing that and about to

Christina Mangan. Inspirational story - NW Fitness Magazine - WilliamsProductions

Christina Mangan. Inspirational story – NW Fitness Magazine – WilliamsProductions

head back to my Sophomore year in college, when I was traveling to one of the last camps for the summer from Denver to Nebraska and was struck from behind on the highway by a semi Truck. I ended up braking my neck and needing spinal surgery and suffered brain damage. I attempted to finish college regardless, but the brain damage and accident ended up affecting me and I had to drop out and get surgery. It was a rough road to recovery and I was finally getting clear and being able to cope with my brain damage in a way that seemed to work with me. I ended up moving here to WA and started to finally get the courage to try and grasp my life again and make a name for myself again. I joined the Seattle Mist, apart of the Legends Football League (women’s armature football league) and was getting in there and feeling like a new me again when a few months into the season I was going to a Seahawks post season game and was hit head on by a drunk driver. Here I was again sitting behind the wheel feeling my life shatter in my lap. I re injured my neck on multiple levels and fractured my knee. After recovering my knee I returned home to Denver where my doctor was to get another spinal surgery. After everything was heeling great I was going into the Dr for my doctor appointment to clear me back to physical exercise and possibly the Seattle mist again, we found out that the work we just did broke and I was rushed back into surgery. I am now 3 spinal surgeries and whole neck full of metal in, and needing a lower back surgery to finish everything up, hopefully, I decided that instead of being the “disabled” girl everyone sees me as

Christina Mangan. Inspirational story - NW Fitness Magazine - WilliamsProductions

Christina Mangan. Inspirational story – NW Fitness Magazine – WilliamsProductions

and treats me as, I am going to take my life back. I am going to stop letting my life be dictated by doctors and surgeries and car accidents and I am going to run it. As we all can tell I love being fit, but after gaining over 40lbs from all the surgeries, I knew I had work. So I joined the Safe fitness team with Tanji Johnson, and stayed apart of the Seattle mist as much as I can while I recover. I am now 30lbs into my weight loss and though I am not there fully yet, I will be getting on the stage for the first time this June to start my fitness competition life. Is it easy no, would it be easier to accept disability and spend everyday on my couch and bed hardly leaving it, yes, but that’s not me, that’s not my destiny. Now I have always be able to help people and I pray that chasing this life and taking it into my hands I show people that they CAN do anything they want to do as long as they try, as long as they take their life into their hands and use the excuses that could be say I can and I will regardless of what life throws at me because we get one shot and lets make it worth it! I am here to show everyone that says I can’t, I wont, its too hard, I should just be in a bed…..SAY I WONT….AND I WILL! No burden is too strong for me, I am strong, I mean I am made of titanium! 😉 Bring on the new obstacles I got this! WE GOT THIS!

Christina Mangan. Inspirational story - NW Fitness Magazine - WilliamsProductions

Christina Mangan. Inspirational story – NW Fitness Magazine – WilliamsProductions

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Shari Lynn – Inspirational Story

Shari Lynn – Inspirational Story – NW Fitness Magazine

Shari Lynn - Inspirational Story - NW Fitness magazine - Williams Productions

Shari Lynn – Inspirational Story – NW Fitness magazine – Williams Productions

Despite the Fact that Shari Lynn is Deaf, she finds creative ways to inspire others to get the shape. Shari is passionate about inspiring as many people as she can to take advantage of the opportunities available to them and take charge of their health and fitness.  She is an National Physique Committee (N.P.C) competitor and hopes that she continue inspire other people to strive for their dreams. Shari utilizes social media to share workout tips as well as motivation.

Shari Lynn

Shari Lynn

 

 

 

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Ben Yada – Inspirational Story

Ben Yada – Inspirational Story – NW Fitness Magazine.

Ben Yada - Inspirational Story - NW Fitness Magazine - Williams Productions

Ben Yada – Inspirational Story – NW Fitness Magazine – Williams Productions

As told by Julie Sheldon, Bens Mom…

Ben Yada, Inspirational fitness story

Ben Yada, Inspirational fitness story

“I want to introduce you to an extraordinary young man, my son, Ben Yada.  Ben’s mission in life was to become a member of the Navy Seals.  Unfortunately, that dream was not to be due to a peanut allergy which kept him from enlisting in the military. On April 6, 2003, Ben crashed his CBR 954 motorcycle on the Alaskan Way Viaduct in Seattle, WA.  He went off the upper level falling approximately 30 ft. to the freeway below.  Fortunately, he was near Harborview Medical Center where he remained for nearly 3 months.  Ben was in a coma for weeks and his recovery required him to learn to breath on his own, swallow, speak, walk, all over in addition to polytrauma (ankles, pelvis, sacrum, ribs, jaw, internal bleeding, multiple infections, blood clots, ventilator, etc.) including injuries requiring a dozen surgeries.

 

Despite what doctors can only describe as a miracle (expected to be in a permanent vegetative state), Ben has completed an

Ben Yada - Inspirational story - NW Fitness Magazine - Williams Productions

Ben Yada – Inspirational story – NW Fitness Magazine – Williams Productions

Associate Degree and a Bachelor of Science degree in General Studies from Central Washington University.  Ben has always been very involved in physical fitness, particularly weight lifting and body building, and was a certified personal trainer with Powerhouse’s Gym in SeaTac, WA at the time of the accident. His motivation to recover and getting back to the gym gave him his life back.  The photo of Ben by the red Mustang was taken approximately 18 months after the accident.

Ben decided to train for the Emerald Cup which has a long history in the Seattle bodybuilding community.  He bulked up to 285 lbs. and on the day of the competition, he weighed 196 lbs.  The competition was held on May 8 & 9, 2015 at the Meydenbauer Center in Bellevue, WA.  There were over 500 competitors in all

Ben Yada, Inspirational Story - NW Fitness Magazine - Williams Productions

Ben Yada, Inspirational Story – NW Fitness Magazine – Williams Productions

categories.  Ben received the Most Inspirational award in front of a packed house and received a standing ovation.  The NPC WA State Men’s Physique is Ben’s second competition and his goal is continual improvement.

Ben has been an inspiration to me.  I saw him fight his way back from the brink of death.  Ben continues to attend the brain injury support group at Harborview Medical Center, as his work schedule allows, to help others facing similar circumstances.  He gives hope to families and friends of loved ones facing the uncertain world of recovery.  Ben is a member of the Power Team at Life Change Church and is an inspiration to all who know him.  He sets goals for himself and he achieves them.  Ben’s goal in life is to help others.”

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Inspirational story awards

Inspirational fitness story award

Do you have an inspirational story or know someone that does? Share your story with us and we will share it with others to inspire them through learning of the adversities that you have overcome. Submit your story and images through the form below. We will post a link to your story this page. The story that receives the most votes online will receive a special award at the N.PC WA State Bodybuilding, Figure, Fitness, Bikini Championship Night Show, July 15th 2017  Auburn Performing Arts Center, 702 4th Street N.E. Auburn WA 98001

Read the various inspirational fitness stories and vote for your favorite through the form below.

NPC WA State Open competitor info/email.

NPC WA State Open competitor info.

Thank You for choosing to compete in this years NPC WA State Bodybuilding Figure Fitness Bikini Physique Championship, National Qualifier.

CHECK‑INS/ WEIGH‑INS:    Competitors will weigh-in/measure in (wearing posing suit) and check in their music.  Check‑ins/weigh‑ins FRIDAY Aug 15 6pm-8pm.

  • Date: Sat August 16h 2014.
  • Location: Washington State Fair Events Center. 110 9th Ave SW, Puyallup WA 98371.
  • Time: 9am doors open to the public
  • 10am N.P.C Competition Judging starts
  • 5pm N.P.C Competition Night show finals start
  • Event Hotel: Hampton Inn & Suites Tacoma / Puyallup, 1515 South Meridian, Puyallup, WA 98371,
DATE:                                     Saturday, Aug 16, 2014 ‑ Prejudging: 10 AM Finals: 5:00 PM              
Competitor Meeting: mandatory competitor meeting Sat Aug 16   8:30am
MUSIC                                   ONLY CD’s (not MP3) are acceptable. CD must be free from distortion and blank, expect for the piece of music you’re using.  CD must be marked with competitors name and division entered on the side that the music is on.  Bodybuilding routines should be no longer than 60 seconds and up to 2 minutes for fitness.  Absolutely no music with obscene language accepted.  Williams Productions will not accept liability for CD’s left behind.
PREJUDGING:                   10 am, doors open 9 am
FINALS:                                5 pm

Event tanning link. http://wastatebodybuilding.com/competitor-resources/official-competition-tanner/

Event Tickets http://wastatebodybuilding.com/event-tickets/

Event Hotel http://wastatebodybuilding.com/host-hotel/

Competitor List http://wastatebodybuilding.com/competitor-list/

Event Photographer pictures http://wastatebodybuilding.com/competitor-resources/official-event-photographervideo/

Backstage Trainer Pass http://nwfitnessevents.com/events/backstage-trainer-pass-npc-wa-state-open-bodybuilding-figure-fitness-bikini-physique-championship/

  • The competitor list page is being updated within the next 12 hrs. Check back in a bit.
  • A page is additionally being made for each competitor. I would like to add pictures on your pages. With that said. Email me a picture or pictures to: pictures@nwfitnessmag.com or post them to this facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/wabodybuilding please write your name and class or classes you are competing in. You can also include a special thank message to your supporters, friends, family ect. I will add your message to your page in addition to including it in a video slideshow.
  • All competitors will be in both the 10am Judging and the 5pm finals. Awards for all classes are at the 5pm night show finals.

NPC WA Open Registered competitor Facebook Photo contest. Win a free contest package worth over $250. Post a pic on the following Facebook page and whatever pic has the most likes by July 31st wins.  Prizes awarded to the top 3 registered competitors with the most likes on their pics posted to this page: https://www.facebook.com/wabodybuilding

  1. 1st place- Free competitor tan from the event tanner, free contest video of both prejudge and night show, and 2 free Judging tickets.
  2. 2nd place-2 Free Judging tickets
  3. 3rd place- Free Judging stage picture package.

Backstage trainer pass includes NPC WA State Open admission to both 10:00am Judging as well as 5:00 pm night show. Purchase of the backstage trainer pass will give you a reserves seat as well as backstage access. You MUST possess a current NPC card to purchase this pass. You must show proof of NPC card at will call to pick up back stage trainer pass at will call. If you cannot prove proof of a current NPC card then you will only be given your reserved seat tickets and not backstage access. This is due to insurance and is an NPC Federation rule. Backstage Trainer pass sales end Aug 1st, no exceptions. You will receive a $50 Vip night show VIP seat as well as a $23 Judging VIP seat for yourself.  Williams Productions appreciates all trainers that are prepping competitors for this event as you have a choice of shows to prep your athletes for. However Williams Productions works hard to put together an amazing event for you to showcase your athletes and give you a platform and a reason for athletes to pay you to prep them. With that said…..Although Williams Productions appreciates your support, we cannot put on an event of this magnitude by giving away passes to trainers, and responding to requests of such.

Backstage trainer pass is only available for purchase until Aug 1st.  Backstage space is limited. Only 40 passes are available. 1st come 1st serve. After Aug 1st this opportunity will no longer exist.

*** JUDGING ORDER OF EVENTS ***

Open Men Bodybuilding Bantam

Open Men Bodybuilding Light Weight

Open Men Bodybuilding Middle Weight

Open Men Bodybuilding Light-Heavy Weight

Open Men Bodybuilding Heavy Weight

Open Men Bodybuilding Super Heavy Weight

Open Women Bodybuilding Light

Open Women Bodybuilding Middle

Open Women Bodybuilding Heavy

Novice Men Bodybuilding Light

Novice Men Bodybuilding Heavy

Novice Bodybuilding Women

Jr Men Bodybuilding

Mixed Pairs Bodybuilding

Masters Women Bodybuilding over 35

Masters Women Bodybuilding over 50

Masters Men Bodybuilding Over 40

Masters Men Bodybuilding Over 50

Masters Men Bodybuilding Over 60

Masters Men Bodybuilding Over 70

Fitness Routines

Figure Short, Medium, Tall, Masters 35, 50

Fitness 2 pc

Bikini (5’2” & under), Bikini (5’2”-5’4”),Bikini (5’4”-5’6”), Bikini (over 5’6”), Bikini 35, Bikini 50

Men Physique Short, Med, Tall, over 35,  over 50

Women Physique, Women Physique over 35

EVENING ORDER OF EVENTS

5:00 Intro of MC KIM FARISON Judges & Promoter

Open Men Bantam Bodybuildiers

Guest Poser

Light-weight Bodybuilders

GUEST POSER “

Middle-weight Bodybuilders

Guest Poser-

Lt-Heavy-weight Bodybuilders

Guest Poser-

Heavy-weight Bodybuilders

Guest Poser –

Super Heavy-weight Bodybuilders

Guest Poser-Pose down:

OVERALL OPEN MEN BODYBBUILDERS

Open Women Bodybuilding Light, Middle, Heavy

Guest Appearance 2011 Wa State Overall Champion Kirsten Haug

OVERALL OPEN WOMEN BODYBUILDERS

Novice Men Bodybuilding Light, Heavy

OVERALL NOVICE BODYBUILDERS

Novice Woman Bodybuilding

Jr Men Bodybuilding

Mixed Pairs Bodybuilding

Masters Woman bodybuilding 35

Masters Woman bodybuilding 50

Masters Men Bodybuilding Over 40, Over 50, Over 60, Over 70

OVERALL MASTERS  MEN BODYBUILDERS

Fitness Routines

Figure Short, Medium, Tall, Masters 35, 50

OVERALL FIGURE

Fitness 2 pc & AWARDS

Best Poser ** Team Trophy ** Most Inspirational

Bikini (5’2” & under), Bikini (5’2”-5’4”),Bikini (5’4”-5’6”), Bikini (over 5’6”), Bikini 35, Bikini 50

OVERALL BIKINI

Men’s Physique, Short, Med, Tall, 35, 50

Women physique, Woman physique over 35

OVERALL PHYSIQUE