Fitmark Ambassador, Rachelle Dejean, talks college sports and the fitness.
As I entered the final pre-season of my NCAA career and final year as an undergraduate last summer in August 2011, I vowed to myself that I would continue to be an “athlete,” in all aspects of the word after graduation. I live this lifestyle because I enjoy working up a sweat, and being active–I just had no idea which outlet I would be doing this in when May 2012 came around!
Through times of defeat, mental and physical exhaustion as a student-athlete, I found that nothing made me tick more than when people didn’t put in effort, or went through the motions. It’s easy to make excuses to sleep-in, or put off studying later, and be lazy. I came across many of my peers that looked down upon the extra repetitions, and extra time I enjoyed putting in to improve my self and my skills. This instilled a hunger inside of me to work my butt off no matter what obstacles presented themselves to me. I think a lot of people can agree with me that they want to strive to be a better player, and a better teammate for the success of your team. I graduated from Bradley University breaking and setting a school record for career digs in Women’s Volleyball. It was a great feat, being in such a tough conference, but a few months later is when I found a home. I honestly found a comfortable place in the fitness industry when I started competing. A week after graduation I stepped on stage in May 2012.
The level of commitment, sacrifice, and passion that I find among others in the fitness industry is admirable and one that I level with. Athletes like Nicole Wilkins, Khay Rosemond, and Phil Heath are just a few of the ones that I model for their work ethic and poise on stage. I am so happy to be tested and challenged in this sport. In 4 months and 3 shows, I was able to obtain my pro card at IFBB North Americans in August 2012. I am eager and hungry for my pro IFBB bikini debut (early 2013) and look forward to the challenge. I am going to step on stage with the best of the best, girls I have been admiring for the past year, and I cannot wait to do it!
The transition from NCAA to NPC to IFBB was a tough one. But it taught me a lot about myself as an athlete, an individual, and though more experienced with the NCAA, I can take a lot of that experience with me as I transition onto the IFBB pro stage.
I wish everyone a year full of inspiration!
Fitmark Ambassador 2013