• IFPA Pro Melissa Johnson

    What made you get started in physique contest?
    I developed a severe eating disorder in college after gaining the freshman 20 and once I returned home, I hired a personal trainer to turn my life around. It took me 4 years to recover, but I managed to overcome my unhealthy relationship with food and turn it into something positive. Then after I recovered, I saw a trainer at my gym transform her body in 12 weeks to compete in a bodybuilding show and knew I had what it took to get to that level. I was hooked instantly. I began competing at age 20, when most kids are in the bars drinking and partying. I matured at a really young age and it saved my life.

    Who are your role models?
    Terri McBee, Patricia Payne, Chrissy Zmijewski and Erin Stern

    What are your short/long term goals in this sport?
    Short term: to be better on stage than the last show. Long term: to win first place in a big show and eventually win a world championship.

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