Tell me a little about yourself and your background?
Hi! My name is Mary Tran and I’m currently prepping for my 8th NPC bikini competition. I’ve competed on the national level for powerlifting and slowly transitioned into bikini competitions, which has taught me so much! I enjoy prepping, training, and learning so much about myself along the way.
What aspect of fitness do you enjoy the most?
I enjoy the progress and looking back to see how far you’ve come. Most people focus so much on where they want to be that they don’t realize how far they’ve come from.
How long have you been into fitness?
I got into fitness around 2012.
How did you get into fitness?
I’ve always been on the heavier side growing up and was teased for it a lot. My parents always told me to eat less and coming from an Asian culture, they felt like Asian girls should be small and petite, something I was not. I had a lot of self-confidence and image issues as I compared myself to my sister and other girls around me who were much thinner and fit more of the Asian norm. Overtime, I started to realize that I could do something about it rather than dwell in my own self-pity. I got a gym membership and started to go to the gym, ate healthier foods, made better food options, and maintained a more positive outlook on life and fitness itself.
What was a turning point for you to take it seriously?
Like anyone else, I fell off the wagon a couple times before I was consistent in it. I started taking it seriously when I got into weightlifting and doing it competitively. I realized that a lot of people were watching my growth as I continued my journey into fitness and it made me really happy that I was able to inspire many. I got into competitive weightlifting and loved the community and competing. Although I don’t see myself doing fitness as a full time career, I do enjoy helping people and watching others grow in their journey along the way.
How has fitness impacted your life?
Fitness has changed my life in so many ways… from the way I look at life, my decisions, the people I surround myself with, and my work ethic. I use to be such a negative person, but I have learned to be grateful for many things in my life. It’s taught me to have a much more positive outlook on my life and a lot of circumstances that I find myself in. In doing so, it’s lead me to be very open minded!
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?
Take initiative to research and learn. If you’re willing to commit yourself to making a change, you’ll take that initiative to learn and look up things you don’t know. Nothing gets handed to you on a silver platter, so if you want something, go get it. You’ll find out more than you realize…about yourself and so much more!
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