IMG_2862Tell me a little about yourself and your background?

I am 21 years old, an early college grad with my bachelors in Kinesiology and Nutrition. I am currently applying to careers with a hopeful future in law enforcement. I am also a National bikini competitor and I have competed in and placed at 8 shows since 2015.

What aspect of fitness do you enjoy the most?

I love being able to help motivate others through my fitness journey. I love showing others that it’s okay to do fitness in any form and it doesn’t have to be the only part of your life you focus on!

How long have you been into fitness?

I was always in and out of the gym. I was in karate from 5-16 years old and earned my black belt at 13. I became more serious with my diet and the nutrition component in August 2014, along with more adherence to the gym (6 days a week). I would consider myself “into fitness” my entire life, but more fitness prioritized as of 2014!

How did you get into fitness?

I actually powerlifted in Spain while studying abroad before college. I loved it and once I came home to America I realized that I didn’t want to live a party lifestyle in college, I really wanted to change my body. I went away to school and started endlessly researching nutrition and exercise. I slowly and steadily lost body fat and completely transformed my physique. By the summer of 2015, I began my first competition prepped and placed top 2 when I competed that October. I fell more in love with bodybuilding than ever and it hasn’t stopped!

What was a turning point for you to take it seriously?

Studying abroad in Spain and realizing that I didn’t need to party to have fun. Once I got back to America and realized how much I wanted to change I stopped wanting and just did it!

How has fitness impacted your life?

Fitness has made me closer with so many great people. It introduced me to my loving boyfriend. It made me closer to my family. It showed me I am capable and worthy of so much. It showed me who my true friends are. Fitness has changed my life and my mindset for the better in every way possible. Without bodybuilding I would not be living the same life.

What words of advice or encouragement would you like to give to someone who is just starting out or would like to start but doesn’t know where to begin?
You are capable of so much if you simple envision it. Keep practicing discipline. There are days you won’t have the motivation but you just have to keep pushing… it will be so worthy once you prevail.


Instagram: @rachelricha

B.S. in Kinesiology and Nutrition

Top 10 National Bikini Competitor and @Steelfitusa Affiliate athlete


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