Monika’s Journey to the Stage
” It honestly has turned my life around “
Why did you decide to partake in the competition?
It was one of these New Years resolutions. I was burned out as a fitness instructor and badly needed some changes in my personal life as well as in lifestyle. Luckily at that moment in my life I happened to meet an amazing coach who I agreed to work with; I wanted to do it right. At that time I didn’t think about competing, well, not very seriously. It was just too far but I committed myself to a new training and eating plan.
Tell us what the preparation leading up to the competition was like? Food, exercise regime.
The first few months were quite easy. I ate plenty of healthy food that I love. The training was also not too challenging for me as I was always very fit and strong. I was very dedicated, all my food was prepared for 2 days in advance; I couldn’t forget or skip meal. Closer to the competition my diet and training regime was changed and it became more and more strict.
Were there times you felt like quitting altogether? What made you keep going?
There were times when I missed my party lifestyle, some foods and treats, but in general I never wanted to quit. Firstly, I was surrounded by people who believed completely in me and gave me all the support I needed. Secondly, I had a great trainer who I trusted. Thirdly, once I started seeing results there was no turning back.
How many girls partook in the competition?
I think in the Mr Cork competition there were over 80 contestants from different categories both men and women. There were possibly around 20 – 25 in the bikini category.
What was the most challenging part for you in all of this?
Explaining to people why I can’t eat and apple even though it’s healthy. No, but seriously, the hardest part was the last month. As a fitness instructor I actively teach many classes. At that stage my diet was very strict and burning extra calories was actually working against my prep regime. I had no energy some days to teach classes, do personal training and my own training. But of course the last week before the competition was a bit extreme.
Where was the competition held and who organised it?
The Mr Cork competition is a yearly event . This year happened to be in the UCC main campus.