It does not matter what kind of athlete you are – Strength, Bodybuilder or in this case Figure it takes a great deal of determination to get to meet your goals. It doesn’t necessarily mean that you want to compete as you may be doing this just for yourself and to keep in good condition and look good. To me anyone can drive themselves into becoming a competitor and be the best they can be without drugs. Tia is showing what can be done and should be a shining light for both male and female athletes.
From time to time a new stage competitor catches everyone’s attention. It could be a bodybuilder, a figure, bikini, fitness, or physique competitor – it doesn’t matter – but something makes that person stand out and immediately kindles thoughts of his/her great potential. Tia Edens is such a figure competitor.
Edens, 21, of Ramona, CA, just 30 miles east of San Diego, has only competed once but has already raised some eyebrows with her stunning beauty and stage presence. She captured the tall class at the 2015 NPC Western Cup Figure Championships (E Class) in her first competition on January 10 in Culver City, CA, and still hasn’t forgotten the exhilarating experience of standing on stage before hundreds of screaming fans.
“It was always a dream of mine,” says Tia, 21, “but not until I got in contact with the right people through the gym and friends was I able to make that dream a reality.”
Next time, however, she is will be thinking all natural.
“I met several competitors – and have friends, too – who have used drugs to enhance their appearance, and it’s something that I really want to stay away from, so I am very interested in competing in drug-tested events in the future,” explains Tia.
To prepare for her first contest, she followed a strict weight training and cardio regimen to sculpt her naturally-svelte 5’5” figure down from off-season weight of 135 lbs. to a leaner competition weight of 106 lbs. “Arms and back are my favorite muscle groups, so dumbbell curls, lat pull downs, ‘skull crushers’ are some of my favorite exercises,” she explains.
She followed a very strict meal plan for the contest including six smaller meals a day with measured protein and carb intake. “The diet was the hardest part for sure,” she laughs. “My coach didn’t believe in ‘cheat’ meals, so eating clean for two solid months was difficult, especially through the holidays.”
She also learned the importance of poise and presentation. “Dancing helped me with my stage presence, for sure, but the selection of my figure suit was also very important. The color as well as design/embellishment has to fit you as well as catch the eye of the judges. It was all pretty nerve-racking, to say the least, but knowing how hard I had worked gave me the confidence I needed.”
With a winning figure and a winning attitude, Tia has it all “figured” out. Watch for this newcomer to make a big impression in the natural arena. Tia knows that one win does not a champion make, but she already has her feet wet and a trophy to prove it.