They say life is all about choices. It’s about the decisions we make that ultimately decide who we’ll become and where we’ll end up. However I believe that sometimes it’s the things in life that we don’t chose that have the greatest impact. It’s the moments of cosmic or divine intervention that come crashing into our lives without any warning that ultimately become the moments that auto-correct our course without us having any say whatsoever. And sometimes, like in the case of emerging female bodybuilding star Margie Martin, those moments lead us into a world we only could’ve envisioned in our wildest dreams.
Please Eva, introduce yourself in a few sentences for the Rx Muscle readers.
My name is Eva Pogacnik and I’m an IFBB Pro Woman’s Physique competitor working as a personal trainer, nutritional and supplementation adviser. I would describe myself like stubborn, mind oriented, focused, friendly, honest, curious and funny. I love fitness and sport lifestyle. My great interests are healthy cooking, motor biking, downhill biking. I could say, at the same time: I enjoy discipline but also having fun and relax with close friends, traveling, studying about nutrition, training and health. The most of all I like feeling on the stage and I like to win!
You’ve been dedicated to your training and nutrition plan for months – logging hours in the gym each week and prepping all your meals. You’ve checked off all the boxes to be successful, right? Maybe not. You might be overlooking one key factor in your plan: sleep.
The work performed during training puts stress on the body, tearing muscle fibers and draining cells of their energy stores. Positive changes such as growth and recovery happen when you rest, and the only time your body is completely at rest is when you sleep. There are a number of ways sleep impacts your body, all of which are highly important to those working towards fitness goals. Read on to learn more, and get ready to tuck yourself in for gains.
Striking the Balance – Femininity, Muscle, and Symmetry
An Interview with IFBB Pro Women's Bodybuilder Shannon Courtney
Striking the balance is the goal. For a woman, especially a young woman entering a sport that many say is on its way out, that's an important milestone. There's a segment of Women's Bodybuilders, the pragmatists if you will, that see the writing on the wall and they've started jumping ship. Some will choose retirement, meanwhile others will opt to join the ranks of Women's Physique, Figure, or maybe even Bikini.
What exactly does it mean to be a 9x Olympia champion in the world of professional bodybuilding? It means you’re in an elite club of one. Iris Kyle is now the sole member in this exclusive fraternity and it may have just defined and cemented her legacy as the greatest bodybuilder-- male or female-- of all time.
KRIS MURRELL: TRAINING FOR WOMEN’S PHYSIQUE
Hybrid: Noun: A thing made by combining two different elements; a mixture
Adjective: Of mixed character; composed of mixed parts
Hybrid happens to be one of Kris’s favorite words. To her, it means something different, something better, something no one has even seen or done. The women’s physique category falls into this criteria. In my opinion, women’s physique will be a hybrid of women’s bodybuilding and figure. I am basing this on the top five competitors chosen in their respective classes at the 2011 NPC Nationals. In my opinion, these competitors resembled figure athletes in bodybuilding condition.
An Exclusive Interview With the Ms. Olympia Champion Iris Kyle
First off Iris, I want you to know that I have dreamed about interviewing you for MANY years, so I am on cloud nine right now! I REALLY appreciate you taking the time out of your busy schedule to answer my questions! I am enthralled by your motivation, passion, mental outlook and drive in the sport of bodybuilding. Without further ado.....let's get started.....
FROM WOMEN'S BODYBUILDING TO WOMEN'S PHYSIQUE
Physique contests for women date back to at least the 1960's with contests like the Miss Physique and Miss Americana. However, these early "bodybuilding" contests were really not much more than bikini contests. The first U.S. Women's National Physique Championships, promoted by Henry McGhee and held in Canton, Ohio in 1978, is generally regarded as the first true female bodybuilding contest.